Monday, August 19, 2013

Victorian Veranda - work in progress III & Coco Runner on Stairs

Life has been super busy here. We've accomplished many things between rainy weather, but there are still a few more to do before the cold weather sets in. The side veranda balustrades, column bases and sides have been restored, primed and painted. You can go here to see a before shot. But the three trellis skirt sections still need to be done.

Here is my lovely assistant Astrid, indispensable student helper of the season. 
A fresh coat of floor paint was given to the front stairs...

and front veranda, covering the repairs done to the floor earlier this season. My back is acting up so Astrid has interrupted her work on the shed/playhouse to do touch-ups for me. 
To be young and limber again... sigh.

A 45" wide coco runner was installed on the steps leading to the front door. I looked at many options to make the stairs more safe and to me, this was the most attractive and environmentally friendly.

Easy to install with a good heavy duty stapler and galvanized long staples. Brian and I did ten steps and a landing in an hour. 

Safer for humans and my beasts as well.

Here we are, mid-august 2013. Let's hope for a gorgeous autumn to make up for the disappointing summer weather we've had so far.


Rosemary said...

You have done a splendid job Any├Ęs you must be pleased. Hard work at the time, but when you look back and admire it, you can really appreciate your achievements.
The coco runner looks very attractive against the grey paint - will it stand up to all kinds of weather - snow etc?

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Rosemary,
The nice thing about a blog is that it keeps an excellent record of what has been done and how long the work will last, down the line. It will be a good test to see how long the coco runner will last in our weather. I'm always thinking of reducing my footprint so if it gives me five years, I'll be satisfied.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Anyes,
Everthing looks gorgeous! I really like that stair runner, it looks like your dogs do too! :)
Have a great week,

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Anyes,

Everything is looking very smart at your place. Here in Florida, I'm waiting for the winter to be able to get out and do yardwork and exterior painting. Right now it's just too humid.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you Gina,
The dogs, immediately took to the carpeted area, they felt more secure. If one stumbles, it's a long way down.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
I always presumed that one could work on exterior projects year round down south, but of course, each area must have its own best and worst time to work on certain projetcs. I would gladly exchange my winters for your winters though - heaven.