My Biggest Mistake in the Waco House Remodel

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All remodeling projects have setbacks and mistakes. I wanted to share my biggest mistake in our Waco home remodeling project.

Waco Home Remodeling

We all make mistakes. And I was pretty sure I would make one in the Waco house fixer upper remodel. I thought I was doing the right thing and since I had seen so many others on Instagram doing this it never occurred to me it was a bad idea. But this was, so far, my biggest mistake in the Waco home remodeling project.


My Biggest Mistake in the Waco Home Remodeling Project

And what was my mistake?

Waco Home remodeling

Painting the porch floor white.

Mistakes in Home Remodeling

I know the porch looks great in this photo. I loved it after we painted it. Even if I had to clean it for an hour before I took this photo. 

I need to mention when we took these photos for the curb appeal reveal of the home, the painter only painted the porch floor white in the front. The remaining 3/4 of the porch floor (the side and back) had not been painted.

Thank heavens.

The following day, when all of the photos were posted on my blog and I was very happy, I showed up at the house and it was raining. The workers were already in the home and this photo below is what the front porch looked like.

I started to panic.

I knew I had made a really bad decision in my home remodeling project.

Painted porch floorboards after the rain

A few feet to the left was where the porch floor hadn’t been painted. It looked just fine. Because the dirt didn’t show on the non-painted floor.

Non-painted porch floorboards after the rain

Most of you know this home was going to be used as a short-term rental. It suddenly occurred to me that every time the cleaning crew cleaned our house there would be at least an hour required to clean the porch too. Ugh.

This was a huge problem.

I was told by a few friends that I could just paint the porch floor grey. But I didn’t want a grey porch floor. 

I talked it over with my contractor and we decided to pull up the floorboards that had been painted white. 

This was a mid-sizes home remodeling error.

It was costly to redo. But long term made sense.

Removing the porch floor boards

I guess this was the classic “two steps forward and three steps backward”. Here is my poor front porch with all of the white-painted boards removed.

Why a white painted porch floor doesn't work

The good news was, most of the boards could just be flipped. This actually made me smile. A silver lining to my home remodeling mistake!

Here is the porch after the mistake was fixed and the boards were flipped. Some of the boards (under the posts) couldn’t be removed and still need sanding.

The front porch with unpainted floor boards

But the change saved me a ton of headache and cost to clean the porch multiple times every single week. (Not making the change would have been an even bigger mistake in the Waco home remodel.)

front porch with unpainted floor boards

The top boards on the front stairs had to be replaced too. And in the photo below, you can see that the boards still have to be cut across the front (they look a bit uneven).

waco fixer upper after photo

But the side and back porch floors were never painted so the “fix” wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

Look how amazing the porch looks now!

Waco home remodeling project.

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Painting the Porch Ceiling Blue

The one question I get asked the most about our porch is “What color is the ceiling paint?”.

waco fixer upper painted porch ceiling

Here is the answer.

Sherwin Williams 6504

Sherwin Williams Sky High 6504

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    1. Ipe hardwood

      I am so thrilled to see your blue porch ceiling!
      It is a southern tradition to use haint blue and I love that is getting its due!!!!

  1. I cannot wait to be able to book your absolutely amazing BandB! Once this raging pandemic is more under control, I want to visit Waco and of course Magnolia! I so enjoy all of your posts. Thank you!

  2. Hi Leslie, you did an amazing remodel! I am in the throes of one too in Carmel Valley and bc of Covid, it is really a challenge to get it done! Could you share where the front porch furniture is from? Thank you!

  3. Hi Leslie,
    What color to paint the porch is always a dilemma and lucky for you the whole porch hadn’t been painted. I’m curious, is the existing porch sealed or stained? It look not to be. Or did you use a treated wood?
    Thank You,

  4. My front, often used, porch was coated with a light “paint stain”. Bad decision. The dirt factor for one is overwhelming. After 2 years it needed redoing. Another expense. Next time I will use the TREX boards, everlasting and attractive.

  5. You are so pretty never thought you were this young ….
    I love Waco ….. husband born there in 1956
    We use to try to visit often when aunt was alive in China springs . Silos 3x. We used to have our corvette meets at the convention center but no room anymore . Anyway love this house & your 100 yr old especially !! Might try to visit again in a few years “retirement “. Take care & thanks for helping for bringing Waco back to life .

  6. Hello Leslie, Helen here from Australia…love the redo of your porch.and as alway love the style may be one day would love to visit and and see this town Waco…and of course would love to stay in one of your rentals…So for now love your post on any decorating cooking and special occasion in the home…..Oh and a Happy New Year to you and your family….love seeing your creative style..

  7. You did an amazing job! We have 7 STR’s and I always have to hold back on what I really want to do! Practicality always wins out 🙁

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