Category Archives: Porch Piece Blog

Everything Could Use a New Paint Job


Thanks to some Kelly Writers House paint and a few CVS paint brushes…and most importantly, the help of my generous, gracious, and patient friend Sarah Hendry, the porch piece was transformed!


Some busted up porch…

How it Started Out: Dull, Chipped, Needy

A bucket of leftover paint stored in a basement…

The Writers House's Green Trim Paint

Some brushes, a willing friend, and you’re ready to get to work:

Seeing Green!

Many thanks to Sarah for her help!



The Electrical Wiring


This’ll be a short one… because high school physics still brings up bad memories of electricity and circuits and directions and Ohms…OHMygod.

So, to insert the lights we snagged during a trip to Lowe’s, Tim carved out some slots on the back side of the smaller wooden curved pieces and then we temporarily taped them in. Pictures might explain this better 😉

The Notches

The Notches

Attaching the Lights

Attaching the Lights

Our Trip to the Plastic Store


Our Source of All Things Plastic

Thanks to Tim’s mechanical know-how, we ended up getting our plastic sheets from a plastic store, called Everything Plastic (people in the plastic retail industry are, by far, the most creative). After searching through plastic scrap, we stumbled upon huge rolls of thin, colored plastic sheets that we’d be able to cut with scissors. Recalling primary color mixing rules, we left with some sheets of red, yellow, and blue.

Here’s how we’re going to arrange them:

The Whole Shebang!


Porch Piece Brainstorming


What We Were Working With:

Dirt covered, afflicted with chipping paint, grimy with dirt and sand, this porch piece was hidden by the side of my apartment for a good month before we got a chance to check it out and figure out what to do with it. There were metal re-bars poking out the sides and lots of wooden shards doing their thing along the cut edges.

The Ideas: 

Upon seeing this monster leaning against a frat house wall, Tim immediately exclaimed: “Oooh, we can stick empty liquor bottles in that inner curve part by drilling in holes that can perfectly fit the necks of the bottles and then stick Christmas lights in them! That would be the best wall piece ever…”

Upon trying to hoist this thing over to his lab and finally getting a good look at it, Tim decided: “Maybe we should try plastic panels instead.”

What We’re Doing with It:

Inserting light bulbs along the smaller curved pieces of wood. Covering the circular gaps with sheets of colored plastic cut in segments. Covering this plastic with a thicker layer of frosted plastic. Ending up with the best wall piece ever…