A Continuing Niche


  1. Devyn on April 10, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Looks amazing… I was never a fan of the lighter shade of wood, but it is growing on me more and more.
    Question: Are the rosettes inset with a different wood?

    • Stewart Mclean on April 10, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Although it might not be the case here, carvings cross into end grain, which is considerably darker than long grain.

  2. Cindy Belanger on April 10, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Squeee!!! indeed, you are making quick progress. Can’t get over how beautiful the stained glass windows are.

  3. Colin Boss on April 10, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    This looks beautiful. The pain and cramps must be feel worth it when you can look down on the results of your labours. Hang on in there Ross and hopefully you’re limbering up for the assault on the remainder!

  4. Seth Hoffman on April 10, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Oh boy, that is looking great!

  5. Annette on April 10, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    It’s looking amazing, good to see you putting those cars to work!

  6. Annette on April 10, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    *cats not cars lol.

    • Ross on April 10, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Whew! Thanks for the update! I was thinking: HUH?????

  7. Cody H on April 10, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    It really IS amazing just how much better the lighter colored wood compliments the colors in the glass, as the architect intended. Squires definitely knew a thing or two about color theory.

  8. Suzanne on April 10, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Beautiful. I would love a reading nook right there to sit and simply admire! So many lovely spots in that old house!

  9. Kim on April 10, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    The drama shot shows such a difference in the cleaned wood. It’s certainly going to give a more pronounced strength to that expansive arch!
    It’s getting more gorgeous by the minute! 🌟

  10. Stephanie on April 11, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I cannot get over the transformation…absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Dan Goodall-Williams on April 11, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Bravo! The last shot is the best! How great it will be to show all these pics when the house is done! The achy body is worth it. Thanks for continuing to share.

  12. David F. on April 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Is there Lincrusta behind the radiator? I know the radiator isn’t moving, but if you can remove the wallcovering, it might be good “back stock” for those areas that need some help.

  13. Laura on April 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    AND, the replaced piece of trim work above the center window … How fortunate to have that and not have to reproduce it… Just awesome work going on here..ibuprofen on the side!

  14. Mike on April 11, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    This lighter shade of wood looks great, your niche is starting to remind me of the woodwork in the famous Carson Mansion.

  15. Paul M Seymour on April 12, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I can’t believe how good that looks. I have been logging back in everyday just waiting with anticipation on what it will look like when it is done. With clean crisp paint job, it is going to look like a million bucks!! I can’t wait!

  16. elin noller on April 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    So pretty! Well, if you ignore the rest 😛

  17. Randy C on April 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    This small area of such a huge home is going to be absolutely beautiful. There are so many parts of the Cross House that stand alone in their beauty…..I can’t imagine the entire house being finished. Holy Cow….

    I am also waiting breathlessly to see a glimpse of the light fixture you have waiting for this space. I have created new shades of green with my envy.

  18. Trudy Palmer on April 17, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Ross, what is behind the radiators? My hse I had in Pittsburg Kansas I painted all the radiators with black BBQ paint, a little black in each room. Beautiful job Ross 😉

    • Ross on April 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Hi, Trudy!

      The wall behind the radiator is paneled in oak. Quite lovely actually even though invisible.

      The radiator originally had a two-tone gold finish. I will recreate this. Soon!

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