The Cross House

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!



16 Responses to In The Pink!

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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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