I have a confession… I’ve been using a little Photoshop magic to adjust a tiny detail on our bedroom balcony (I know, I know). Any guesses? Some of you have noticed the discrepancy in my IG stories in the past. It’s the columns, which was probably given away by the post title. It has been on my to-do list forever! The capitals on our columns were a putty yellow color. They have been annoying me since we moved in. I’m not sure if someone forgot to paint those or if they’ve yellowed over time, but no other columns (and we have quite a few) on our home have yellow capitals. FYI… the “capital” is the top part of a column. It comes from the Latin word “caput”, which means head. Anyway, the balcony columns looked terrible and I have no idea why it took me THIS LONG to finally paint them, but it did. I got on a ladder, and finally decided to cover the icky yellow once and for all. Please tell me I’m not alone in putting off those tiny pesky projects? Click through to see some pretty good before & after images and for tips on tackling similar projects.
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Were you ready for that before?! I wasn’t lying… YELLOW. What kind of nonsense is that, and more importantly- why did I wait until now to finally do something about it? Oof. I took the time to paint the brick, but skipped the yellow columns? Can someone please go back in time and tell past Sarah to get it together. Here’s another one…
Perhaps I avoided this task because eventually we have to rebuild the entire balcony someday (it has some structural issues), which will probably result in replacing the columns. I have no idea. Regardless, in the 30 minutes it took me to paint the capitals, it was well worth the time and effort to be rid of the icky yellow for good. This is what I used for the quick project…
SUPPLIES + TOOLS:
- Purdy Nylox Glide Paint Brush
- Valspar Duramax, in flat (I color matched it to our existing columns, which is super close to Chantilly Lace)
- Purdy Jumbo Mini Frame Roller
- Purdy Jumbo Mini Ultra Finish Roller
- Drop Cloth
I wasn’t sure how the paint would match, so I pulled out my roller supplies as well- to paint the entire columns or do a little touch up here and there, as needed.
I’ve professed my love for Purdy paint supplies multiple times here on the blog (I’m thankful they wanted to work with me again this year), because I really love my brushes. Most of my brushes are 3+ years old. A quality brush makes a big difference. If you missed this post, be sure to check out my 10 pro paintings tips, where I go into greater detail!
For this project, I opted to use my angled Nylox Glide brush. It provides a super smooth finish (no brush marks). It also has excellent paint pickup and release, so that meant less times getting up & down on my ladder on the balcony (which felt pretty high peering into our backyard). I never use painters tape and always freehand, so I like a nice angled brush for cutting in… especially around tricky curved objects- like columns. I made quick work of the project and I’m kicking myself for not covering the yellow before now. Ready for the after?
Emmett got home from work right as I was cleaning up and had a “WHOA!!” moment. He said, “I can’t believe the difference that made- it doesn’t look crusty and old anymore.” Haha! Ew. He’s right though. Here’s a side-by-side image…
As I previously mentioned in my bistro set post, we use the balcony so often! I’d say I’m out here almost every day during the spring & summer months. I think the past couple of years I just tried to ignore the yellow columns because it didn’t seem like a pressing project, but I’m here to tell you- those little things really do make all the difference.
This outdoor living space feels so bright and happy to me… especially now! Isn’t it amazing how a fresh coat of paint can be so transformative and mood lifting? That never ceases to amaze me.
You can catch a peek at our new roof in the background below! I still need to photograph that post for you, but I love looking out at it from the balcony. Between the roof and the fresh columns, this space finally feels pretty “finished” in its current state.
Are there any small projects you’ve been putting off (maybe even for years, like me)? I have to believe we’re all in the same boat when it comes to those little annoying chores. As always- please let me know if you’d like any paint or technique recommendations, or need sources for anything! I’m always happy to share all the info in the comment section below. Our balcony really hasn’t changed much since it’s initial makeover. For more info or to locate your own Purdy Paint Tools, click here.
SallyJune 15, 2021 at 4:21 am
No – you are certainly not alone in putting off tackling the little jobs! For me I think that it’s that a 10 minute job necessitates at least twice that time to gather tools at the start and then clean and put away at the end. Not particularly onerous in reality, but it’s the very dullness of doing so! 🤷🏻♀️ If space is not an issue, having a brilliantly organised tool and supplies area would help with this – maybe even having some ‘kits’ ready-to-go in a box/bag/bucket might be worth a go. You could have a tiling one; a painting one; a picture hanging one etc etc
SarahJune 15, 2021 at 8:40 am
Exactly, Sally! It’s such a process and I feel like those pesky little tasks don’t feel as rewarding as the big ones, but they’re certainly necessary. They definitely feel like dull projects in comparison to the exciting ones that feel really transformative. I love the idea of a tool area with ready-to-go kits! Such a smart thought! Thanks for sharing :)
VickiJune 29, 2021 at 11:39 am
Sally….Oh thank you for such a good idea about the ‘just grab it and do it kits’!
I am LOVING this blog….everything Sarah and her husband does is spectacular!
It’s such a quiet elegance, yet WOW!…xo
PeggiJune 15, 2021 at 6:32 am
Bahaha. If you could have seen the grimace on my face when you showed the before. (I hate yellow.) The after is like angels singing! Just the mention of climbing a ladder at the edge of a balcony 😱 makes me queasy, though! My fear of heights would have been a solid excuse to leave those capitals alone.
Let’s not count the small, unfinished projects in my house, k? Some of the jobs I have yet to complete were stalled because I’m not sure how to proceed. #trimwork Others though, like Sally said, are tasks where the set up and clean up will take twice as long as the work! Where’s the fun in that? I needed this reminder that the AFTER is the reward. Currently staring at four little nail holes that have been filled but need sanding and paint. I’m on it, Sarah. All over the country today, annoying little jobs will finally be tackled because of this post! Thanks!💜🤣💪🏻
SarahJune 15, 2021 at 8:38 am
Right? The yellow was UGLY. I’m embarrassed it took me that long to paint over it. Yikes. The ladder on the edge of the balcony definitely made my palms sweat, haha. I totally agree with Sally that the cleanup of small projects is such a turn off… especially maintenance type things, that don’t yield an awesome big reveal or amazing before & after. It just feels like a big effort, even though it’s always worth the time and energy. You’re right though- the after is always the reward! As for nail holes- we have those all over our house, and patches that we never got around to sanding. Hah! I’ve just come to terms with the fact that we’ll always live in a construction zone since we constantly have a project going. I hope the post is a good reminder to cross something small off the list- I’ll take all the motivation I can get. Hope you have an awesome Tuesday :) Stay cool in this crazy heat!
LaurenJune 15, 2021 at 8:48 am
You are not alone! Remember how I refreshed my living room paint in 2018 (or was it 2019?)? I had run out of primer and paint, so we’ve been living with half of the kitchen/living room wall painted. It’s the pinnacle of an eyesore…Adobe Sand abruptly gives way to the most heinous shade of mustard yellow. It truly reminds me of a baby diaper-and that’s the nicest I can put it! Haha!
Then there’s the guest bath that needs all things paint. A section of our hallway needs one small sheet of drywall from when we added HVAC to the bonus room…all the things in this house need to be finished. LOL
Projects like these easily fall to the back burner because it’s difficult to plan around when the kids are away. We’ve basically decided that we’ll be moving within the next two years, so we have a bit of work cut out for us.
Your columns look incredible with the touched up paint! Thanks to photoshop I never realized there were columns to the back of your balcony. The before and after though…that’s got to feel so wonderful with how much time you both spend out there. It’s also probably a relief that you won’t have to spend valuable time editing them out anymore.
Unfinished projects probably abound for a good majority of people. This post is a testament to how much enjoyment those small tasks can bring once they’re done. I need all the vibes for fending off procrastination! Haha. I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday. Xo
SarahJune 15, 2021 at 9:39 am
Ha! I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one. Your baby diaper description of your wall is cracking me up! I totally feel your “all things in this house need to be finished” sentiment. Same here, same here. You’re moving?! That’s exciting! And smart to start planning and preparing now. I can’t wait to hear more about it. I did some color adjusting and intentional cropping, and now that I think about it- I probably spent more time in Photoshop than it would’ve taken me to just paint them. Oof. Why do I do this? It’s definitely not bothering me anymore. It was the first place my eye would travel when sitting outside. I feel like summer is our season of procrastination because there are so many other fun things to do. It’s all about finding balance :) Hope your summer vacay is off to an amazing start!
Danna FJune 15, 2021 at 10:45 am
I never caught or saw the yellow capitals. Sometimes the little things are the ones we dread the most! I too have put stuff off when I knew we would be getting rid of it or changing it one day. Then I would make excuses as to why it looked bad when people came over.
Your newly painted capitals and posts look fresh! Glad you are enjoying the time on this beautiful balcony. We have gone from 70/80’s to hot 103*! I may need a pool day today. Speaking of pools, I loved the outtakes of Emmett trying to ski on the lake. You two have the best adventures! Enjoy your Tuesday.
SarahJune 15, 2021 at 3:59 pm
Those small projects are the worst! I’m terrible at crossing them off our to-do list. I do the same thing… “ignore our yellow columns, blah, blah, blah” haha! Then I ask myself, why don’t I just fix those already?! I fear my balcony time is dwindling this summer. We’re in the 100s here, too. Today the high is 104 and I’m also dreaming of a pool. Our neighbors have a boat and sometimes we join them on the water- it’s always a fun time! Emmett is practicing hydrofoil skills and as you noticed, it’s not going well. LOL! Hope you’re having a good week! xo
JanaJune 16, 2021 at 8:02 am
I don’t even want to talk about how many small projects I look at all the time that have been sitting for yeeeears. lol. It’s my MO at this point to leave the tiniest of projects undone forever. It always feels good and I know it will feel good.. and yet, I just don’t wanna. WHO are these people that don’t do that?!
SarahJune 17, 2021 at 7:28 pm
Hah!! I’m thrilled to hear I’m not alone in this, Jana! I feel like my entire house is one giant project. Lol! I’d also like to know who are the people that have it all together and finish every last detail? We’re clearly not in that category, but kudos!