The Cross House

A Terrifying Post. TERRIFYING!

Two years ago I did a post on the parlor.

The room looked ready to paint but, up close, well, horrors were revealed.



The SE corner looked read to paint. Now, are you sitting down?


Up close though revealed paint glopped on the mantel. I know! THE HORROR!


During the spring of 2017 I was able to de-horrify the SE corner. Now, are you still sitting?




SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! The mantel still needs to be refinished but all is SO much better. Of course, all the wood trim in the parlor was like this. Yep, just terrifying.


Today though the parlor pays homage to the precise line. Mmmmmmmm, the precise line.




16 Responses to A Terrifying Post. TERRIFYING!

  1. Homage to the crisp & precise line!!!
    Happy New Year!! Keeper of the Cross House & Restorer Extraordinaire!!! To 2018 & many a de-EEKED corner, mantel, cornice, window et al!!

  2. May 2018 be a great year for you Ross; may you be happy and have lots of fun getting the house to the point that you can move in at the end of 2018. Looking forward to reading about your progress through this year.

  3. This only thing I don’t understand is why this is more terrifying than the Worst Wall. That thing is still giving me nightmares and it’s been fixed. Or is it just that there aren’t enough symbols in the top row of the keyboard to express the depths of the Worst Wall?

    • My house has a few structural issues. Sagging floors, weird ceilings. I shrug at them. Then I look at the paint on the wall that has drips from when my brother painted. I stare at it all the time and want to tear the wall out.

  4. I know that 2018 is going to be an even better year for you than 2017. Indictments will come down, causing at least one political party to come crashing down, and common sense will reign supreme over the country and world. The Cross House will be in a condition that will make it comfortable for you to move in. Your blog will get twice the hits as 2017 providing you with rushes of positive energy. Someone, out of the blue, will stop by bringing (drum roll please) the, yes, the one and only Palace Hotel neon sign. Where it has been all of these years will come to light, which is appropriate because you restore lights. Matching gas/electric sconces, swivel sconces, twenty in number, will come up on Craig’s list for a reasonable price in some obscure part of the world. E-mails will cross oceans and continents to inform you of these beauties, and you will snap them up. Of course dramatic changes will continue to take place indoors and out.

    Or not, as you may not know, I dream big, while remaining happy with what I get.

    It will still be a good year.

    Happy New Year from the crazy person in Baltimore!

  5. Eeeek, globs of paint on woodwork should be illegal! And a special punishment should be designed for those who transgress this law. Happy New Year Ross, hope it’s amazing for you.

  6. So much better! I share your disdain for sloppy paint drips on woodwork. At least it’s not as bad as people painting it over entirely, though. I try to console myself with that thought as I carefully strip and scrape the glops off at our new house now.

  7. It looks SO nice!
    Do you have recommendations for how to remove paint mistakes/globs!? My woodwork is in good shape and mostly does not need to be refinished, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get old paint mishaps off and have basically resigned myself to keeping them!

    • Gentle scraping with a single edge razor blade will often scrape off paint without damaging the finish. The blade must be held perpendicularly to the surface because you are scraping off the paint, not cutting it off. Heavy drips often get scraped off in layers, scraping the high points first and working your way to the surface.
      Blades must be sharp and they get dull quickly, so buy a hundred pack. You can recycle the old blades.
      This takes a little time to develop the right technique. Just remember, the more you angle the blade, the more likely you are to dig into the wood. Some angling is fine, but not much.In theory, you are holding the blade parallel to the finished surface under the paint and are just scraping the paint. In reality, you do end up scraping a bit of the original surface. There are also issues that involve paint in crack s and dent which takes a little finessing with the corner of the blade to dig paint out. Use your judgement, it is pretty much the only guide you will have.

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