Shingling the Back Porch Part 2

After shingling the back wall of the back porch, I finally got around to doing the side wall.  In the grand scheme of things it hasn't been all that long, but I definitely didn't want to get into the habit of leaving projects "mostly done."

After work last Tuesday, I went outside and ripped off that horrible vinyl siding:

Once again the clapboard was in really bad shape.  Once again - 1/2" plywood went over it, then covered in 30W tar paper:

Okay, okay...I realize the courses don't line up, and I'd love to say that was planned, or the result of necessity due to some architectural issue.  The truth is - I didn't think about it until the last two courses.  Ugh!  Oh well, I just can't bring myself to tear it back off and start again.  I'm sure the day will come when it'll need replacing!  Besides, once the Rose of Sharon has grown and the rain barrel is back in place - it'll be hard to notice!  At least that's what I tell myself.

Then came the commitment question:  what color?  I mean really, this is a pretty serious question because we have plans for the house and we had to decide on colors.  Now.  We chose Olympic "Ginger" deck stain.  In the can it looked olive green and reminded me of my Army days.  As I started applying I was panicked!  I just couldn't imagine my house that color.  But as it dried I lightened to the exact shade of brown I had always pictured!  My lucky day!

So this is how it turned out.  I'm really liking it.  I love the brown vs. white contrast.  I think I want to do the upper part of the porch too...but not right now.  I think I've had enough of shingling for the moment!


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