Tomorrow, I am anticipating in the mail a chip of the original exterior wall color of the Cross House! I will then have this computer matched, and after much ado, will finally know exactly what the color was.
I am breathless with anticipation and a tingly excitement!
Today, Groh & Sons Roofers told me that they will soon start on the round tower!!!!!!!!
Also today, Groh mostly finished the octagon tower:
I really wish I, too, owned a bucket truck.
Done! Round tower next! Then the porch roof! I am breathless with anticipation! The rear extension is done, as is the porte-cochère.
The big north gable is now painted!!!!!!!! Of course, there is too much scaffolding in the way to really see it, but I am nonetheless breathless with excitement! The upper portion of the scaffolding will be removed soon.
I think old houses get restored through spurts of Great Effort…and a great many baby steps. This is the BIG window in the parlor, facing the main porch. The glass had zero glazing. It has been held in place with small blocks of wood, as seen on top. For two years this vexed me. So, three days ago I decided that at the end of each work day I could not stop until I gazed one strip. Just one strip Tomorrow, I will finish the glazing, and am breathless with anticipation. When the glazing dries, it will be painted black. One less thing on the scary big checklist.
Young Brian was interested in working on the Cross House. So, I put him to work refinishing the pockets doors between the parlor and entry. The side facing the parlor has a faux wood original finish, matching the faux finish on the parlor trim. The side facing the entry has, to my surprise, no faux finish, but is rather oak.
Actual oak! This is the only non-faux finish I have found in the house to date, and I am breathless to have the doors refinished, re-installed, and gliding effortlessly upon their newly restored track/wheels.