Mom and I took the entire thing apart. As it was missing most of its screws it didn't take long to have everything laying on the garage floor. Our first item of business was to go to the store and pick up replacement screws, sandpaper/sander, paints, stain, brushes, and rust remover. The first day we sanded and stained the boards and cleaned the iron. Nothing was too hard, or a lot of work, and it was fun doing it with mom. The second day we taped the tarp to the side of the house and painted the iron. Now, I knew I wanted turquoise, and Captain really wasn't sure about that, but I just knew it would look great. Mom was more than generous and great, and as we waited for the paint to dry we put in flowers in the front flower bed. Remember those moss rose I place in spring. They didn't quite make it to the end of Summer. Then, we put it all together screwing everything in place. And here is the final result.
I don't think I can quite explain how happy this makes me, and how much I smile when I see it, and how often I plan to drink coffee in this spot. The sun is coming up later these days, so even after I write it wont me miserable hot out there. It's lovely. Here's a few shots of how the porch looks and part of my garden area.
And Captain and youngest both seem to be quite happy with the end results. Now, you should know another project was preempted by this one, and so next week I get to clean out this mess.
WHO needs this many coffee mugs???? Apparently me.