Disclaimer – This post on how to replace porch steps is not riveting… nor is it awe inspiring… but I hope it IS confidence boosting. If I can do it, YOU can do it!
If you’ve been following my blog, then you know that I sold my house this past fall. Before I could put it on the market, there were some improvements that needed to be made. My Mom and sister, Christy, came to visit one weekend to help crank out some projects. While they were in town, my Mom made it her personal mission to get the ball rolling on my front porch. On top of tiling my bathroom and installing a new vanity with Christy, my mom scraped the chipping paint and applied the first coat of primer to the porch. It was just the motivation I needed!
After they left, I ran to the store to purchase some grey outdoor paint. I managed to get two coats on the porch within 48 hours of their leaving. It felt SO good to be making progress!
…but there was one problem…
They were a hot mess. Not even worthy of a fresh coat of paint. Let’s face it.. .for 2+ years I’d kept kicking the bottom riser to make sure it was still supporting the first step. It was just waiting to fall apart.
Why didn’t I fix it sooner? Well – I didn’t think I could! In fact, I was convinced I couldn’t. Joke’s on my – it was MUCH easier than I thought!
Step one – Rip them out. Not surprisingly, the rotten boards didn’t put up much fight. I used a crowbar and heavy hammer to knock the boards loose. It took all of 2 minutes… maybe.
Snag a broom and sweep up all those leaves! I took note of how the last stringers and risers were attached. This shouldn’t be too bad!
After a quick trip to Lowe’s, I had two ready-to-go stringers, screws and the boards I’d need for my treads. Let’s do this!
I used the old stringer to determine where I’d need to make my cuts. A couple quick chops with my miter saw and this bad boy was ready to go on.
At this point, I was smiling ear to ear. This was really going to work! My confidence was starting to shift! My neighbors were probably wondering what was up with the crazy girl smiling as she screwed boards onto her porch. Nothin’ to see here people – just go on aboutcho bidness.
I was on a motivation roll… why not go ahead and prime them, right?! I raced the sunset to get my first coat on. Woop!
I did this project ALL. BY. MYSELF. - and it turned out AWESOME!
I knew when people came to look at my house, the porch would make a great first impression. - and don’t worry, I spruced up those flower beds too! I just had to wait until the last minute to plant things. I have a way of killing plants and didn’t want them to all die before my house was actually on the market.
What’s the moral of this long-winded DIY tale? Don’t sell yourself short! We’re all capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for. So get up, get out there and just do it!