With Spring just around the corner, the Mountain Man and I are already itching to get outside and start fixing up the yard and exterior of the house. The house right now is a shade of brownish-red, which we really can’t stand. We’ve been saving up here and there so we can get it painted and re-do the decks, and I’m kind of dying with anticipation.
We want to go grey on the house – it’s my favorite color and will help the colors of the yard pop. We haven’t found the perfect shade yet – we’re debating on how dark to go, and if the grey we choose should be more blue or green. Since we only get one shot at painting it we’re taking our time picking just the right shade, and of course scouring photos online for color combos that take our breath away. Here’s the two samples we have so far – which would you choose?
I try to make it a point to take the Mountain Man adventuring for his birthday each year. Celebrating at the beginning of February in the outdoors can be a little tricky, but we always make it work. This year we ventured down to southern Utah to Escalante and Capitol Reef. It was STUNNING.
The town of Boulder, UT was completely dead since it was long before tourist season kicks up in those parts. Thankfully we had a cooler full of food and everything else we could possibly need as we headed through town and down onto the Burr Trail.
The Mountain Man had found a glorious spot to camp – surrounded by red rock walls and a large stream, it was perfectly sheltered from the wind on what was undoubtedly going to be a cold night. Waking up to frost on our tent in the morning made me feel a little better about all the shivering I did the night before – it was FRIGID! Of course the dogs were bundled up like little snuggle bugs in the back of the truck, happy as can be.
We had hoped to eat at Hell’s Backbone Grill while we were down there, but not even they had opened for the season. So we took off for our off-road adventure on the Burr Trail. It was the first time we really got to take the truck out for a fun ride, and it was damn fun. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful places in Utah, but none like this.
We pulled off to visit the petrified forest which was awesome for prehistoric buffs like me. The pools of water were a perfect shade of pink from the sediment in the rock. And there was a bleached cow skeleton!
We’re slowly tackling the remaining projects in the house, including our two sets of unfinished stairs. Our house was built in two sections – the A-frame in the 70’s, and what we call the “new side” in the early 90’s. The A-frame stairs were a beautiful fir – gently worn with time and perfect for a fresh coat of stain. Sadly, the drywall company we used broke a few of the original stairs in half, and managed to damage all the others they didn’t snap in two. Our contractor let us know there was no way to replace the broken stairs and have them appear anything like the old fir treads that were there, so there went our grand ideas of restoring the staircase…
The stairs on the new side took much less of a beating, so we focused on those first. We were still bummed that our original stair plans would never be a reality, so we opted to just do something quick so that the stairs would look somewhat finished and so we could place a runner on them to make going up and down easier for the dogs.
First, we painted the stairs the same color as the walls. We wanted them to somewhat disappear and to be easy to touch up as they dogs do their damage. We did a total of 4 coats, which took a good chunk of time to complete, but gave the stairs great coverage.
Once they were completely dry we stapled a series of these runners straight into the treads. Finding a runner long enough for this staircase was a challenge – we actually ended up using 3 runners to make it all the way down. I’ll admit, it’s far from perfect, but it certainly makes it feel a little more like home! Now we just need to stain our new banisters and add the cable between them and we’ll be done!