This Memorial Day weekend brings back memories from Memorial Day 2010. I was almost 6 months pregnant and home for a long weekend, husband-less (he was working overtime). I decided to tidy up the place for spring...starting with the farmer's porch. As I was sweeping it, I thought "This is ugly". So, I promptly grabbed our sander and went to work on my hands and knees.
The next day, the conversation with the husband goes something like this:
H: What did you do?
Me: Well, it looked ugly. I decided to fix it up.
H: Why didn't you tell me you wanted help with this?
Me: I didn't know I was going to do it. I just decided yesterday while you were working.
H: Is that even safe?
Me: I wore ear, mouth and eye protection.
H: (shakes head) I know I should be surprised, but that's my wife. I don't know if you should be left home unsupervised
Here's the before and after. It pretty much took all three days. I used Thompson Rustic Red Sealer. We're both pretty pleased with the results.