The Cross House
In every old house I have ever owned, or restored for others, I have taken a special pride in creating beautiful basement windows.
Such windows are normally overlooked, even in otherwise restored homes.
But I love being in a basement and looking through clean, restored windows. It is an unexpected…pleasure.
In the 1894 Cross House I have overlooked the basement windows, to date, as there has been, ah, other distractions. But now…
The brown finish was unaffected by paint stripper. As was the faux wood finish in the parlor. Are these finishes milk paint, which is unaffected by paint stripper? I don’t know.
I plan to paint out the white bits, and then apply two coats of latex poly. This will help make the end result look deliberate, while the presumed original finish will still be visible.
I am now working to make pretty one of the windows at the bottom of the round tower. I think I will have four basement windows all pretty by the end of the year. The effect will be kinda surreal: Pristine windows otherwise surrounded by a rough basement. And this will delight me.