The Cross House

Another Kitchen Window Restored

This is the east kitchen window. The sashes were CAKED with paint, as is all the trim in the kitchen.

 

The sashes had glopped-on paint on the glass (oh, the horror) and the sashes did not actually close (they did not meet in the middle).

 

The sashes today. All perty! They have been restored inside-out. The edges are crisp crisp crisp! The old glass now READS as old glass, full of irregularities.

 

No longer painted hardware! And I am fascinated with the contrast between the now pristine sashes and the ghastly window sill. Now I am itchin’ to restore the sill!

 

Sash locks which can actually lock! What a wonder!

 

Again, the utter contrast of pristine sashes and unrestored trim.

 

The diamond pantry windows are now restored.

The huge double south kitchen windows are now restored.

And the east kitchen window is now restored.

Whoee!

Next on the window list are the sashes for the servant’s hall!

 

The sashes were, originally, painted. I think. A kinda nutmeg color. I will be having the trim and walls of the kitchen analyzed to determine the original colors/finishes, and will then restore the 1894 finish to the sashes.

Even though the kitchen is still a wreak, having GORGEOUS windows lifts my soul.

 

12 Responses to Another Kitchen Window Restored

      • I confess I did paint the hinges of a door I painted on an old house. It was already painted over and I didnt have the time to remove the old paint. I cringed the entire time.. I still get upset at myself and that was over a year ago.

  1. I MUST learn how to do this! My friend’s West facing windows are ghastly on the outside… Paint is completely gone in some places, and most windows barely open even with the paint cut. The Glazing is also cracking and falling away. I’m thinking of restoring them next time I can visit them(2 states away) But I’m afraid of damaging the windows!

    • Jonathan,

      I am not as talented as Ross, but I have done a lot of wood/furniture refinishing. Look on youtube for video’s to get started. DO NOT be afraid to try. There is really very little you can do to damage anything beyond repair. Just look at what you are starting with and keep your sense of humor!

      Randy C

  2. Little by little the ole girl is coming back to life. When you think about it, the number of jobs you have done is absolutely incredible. If I ever travel to America cross house would be number one on my list of things to see.

  3. I often wonder as I scrape away layer after layer of paint on my house, do people say this Oak-Walnut-Cherry-etc wood will look So much better under 27 coats of renter’s white paint?

  4. Jonathan,

    I am not as talented as Ross, but I have done a lot of wood/furniture refinishing. Look on youtube for video’s to get started. DO NOT be afraid to try. There is really very little you can do to damage anything beyond repair. Just look at what you are starting with and keep your sense of humor!

    Randy C

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