Our inn is of such a size that our painting budget only allows for a portion of the inn to be addressed each year. This year the painters worked on the lower north side of the main inn and the back porch. The biggest part of the job was scraping and sanding away years of paint from the back porch because we wanted to stain it the same Rose Red that we used on the front porch last year.
The painters started with the deck, first stripping the paint and then sanding it smooth to reveal the beautiful old wood that had been hidden under all that paint. Next came the porch railing and posts. Those were tricky too because of all the groves and detail work.
It was also revealed that the under structure of the porch was rotting and had to be replaced! It was great to discover this so that it could be fixed, but it also set the time schedule off a bit. We were anxiously trying to get all the work done during a week when we had no guests at the inn, but on the upcoming weekend we'd have a full house. Time was of the essence!
Our painting team was great, though, and put in long hours to get the job done as quickly as possible. They finished on the day when just some of the weekend guests arrived. Whew - just in time!