In The Pink!

The four new columns are installed, but there are three original columns which need restoring.


The original columns look TERRIBLE. There are black from age, and the capitals look totally corroded.

The pristine new columns offer a stark contrast. A scary contrast.

Yet, through the wonder of elbow grease…


…the original columns, after an encounter with a palm sander, turned pink! This is really obvious in person. And after an encounter with a brass wire brush, the capitals are actually in near original condition! I have fretted about them for five years now!


I had to create a sun shade as one can’t paint in the summer in direct sun (the paint will blister). Still, it is hard to imagine that the column on the right will soon looks as good as the column on the left!




  1. Dawn Rocco on August 1, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Nice, nice, nice!

  2. John on August 1, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Wow lucked out on that one.

  3. Christine on August 1, 2019 at 8:01 am

    That sure goes to show how durable old wood is. OLD siding, windows, doors, and porch columns are much more useful if restored than replaced. Those columns probably haven’t seen a lick of paint for 60 years and look how lovely after a little work. I’m impressed, as always, Ross. Well done.

  4. Mike on August 1, 2019 at 9:45 am

    As Mr. Welk would say, “Wonnerful, wonnerful!” 🙂

  5. Sean on August 1, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Its always amazing how the small details matter- the missing trim on the cap of the original column completely changes the look of the carved capital – That extra bit of trim really add dimension and sets off the beautiful carving!

  6. Phyllis Copt on August 1, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Lookin’ amazing, Ross. I love following your loving progress and attention to details.

  7. Tony Bianchini on August 1, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I would say they had many licks of paint, perhaps a few licks too many.

  8. Dan Goodall-Williams on August 1, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Looks great!!

  9. Sandra Diane Lee on August 1, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    In the pink indeed! What a remarkable transformation!! Ross strikes again! Toast 2 Ingenuity & craftsmanship!

  10. Cindy Belanger on August 1, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Looks great, I can’t wait to see the original column painted. It will be awesome.

  11. Nancy from Georgia on August 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    What will you do about the deep cracks in the wood of the base and of the bottom of the capital? The new column is smooth and wrinkle-free. It’s mate looks like it’s been through a thing or two. They look like grandmother and grandchild!

  12. Aedan on August 3, 2019 at 12:21 am

    I love the Cross House! I stumbled accross your blog a couple of months ago and have read every post. I love your blog posts!

    • Ross on August 3, 2019 at 12:25 am

      Thank you, Aedan!

      And, very nice to meet you!

  13. Jonathan W on August 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Is that a speaker in the last photo?

    • Ross on August 4, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Yes. The previous owner installed them.

  14. Liz on August 18, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Your painting always looks so flawless! In your spare time (haha, haha, ha), you should do a “master class” on all the tricks you’ve learned and tools you use to have a beautiful end result.

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