I believe (along with our favorite guy Chip Gaines) that all makeovers should begin with a demo-day. Unfortunately, this one began with a cleaning day.
This photo is an “after shot”. I cleaned all of the black fire marks on the brick.
I searched everywhere for a good brick cleaner and this one was recommended to me. It didn’t take too much scrubbing and it actually worked! Can you notice the difference?
You c an see how dirty it was.
I also scrubbed the ceiling and posts (wow, what a difference!) and attacked a few (ok, a lot) of spider webs. It’s funny how quickly spider webs accumulate in an outdoor room.
I took the drapes down and gave them a thorough cleaning. If you are thinking about putting up outdoor drapes you can save a fortune by making your own curtain rods. I bought these black metal rods at home depot for less than $20 each. I needed really long ones and just had them cut the pipe to the length I needed. I hung them with brackets. They were about 25% of the cost of purchasing extra long curtain rods. I think they look great!
Now that the cleaning is done, it’s time to decorate!
This post is the second in a larger series… since I’m not done with the makeover, who knows how many there will be!