The Cross House

Inching Along

The upper landing, before. 


And today I primed the wall!!!!!!!! All the window trim was removed so it could stripped of a ton of paint, the last coat black. 


So, by next week I should have the wall painted (a kinda greenish taupe), have the gold picture rail installed in the original location (about 20-inches below the ceiling) and the frieze painted (pale taupe). The trim will all go back. I am debating if I should paint it (it was painted originally with a faux oak finish) or just leave it As Is (partly bare wood and partly retaining a bit of the 1894 finish). Either way, I hope to eventually recreate the original finish.

The rest of the upper landing will still look like a bomb has gone off in the space but at least the stained-glass wall will be lovely.

I can’t wait.

Small moves, Ellie. Small moves.



16 Responses to Inching Along

  1. I’m so jealous. I have a partially demolished wall between my bathroom and kitchen. I intended to spend today, tomorrow, the weekend, Monday and Tuesday putting supports under joists, finishing the demo, and rebuilding the wall.

    But no! my grandson has the flu, so my granddaughter is here all week. She’s 18 months old, so it’s not the kind of babysitting that is conducive to getting anything major accomplished.

    The bad thing is that the wall is open to under the house, and the mice have discovered this. *sigh*

    Oh well… I will prevail, eventually.

    • Julie:
      Now is a good time to let a friend help you a little bit. Just enough to stabilize the site for the weekend will make a big difference to your state of mind.

      • David,

        I guess I did come off as kinda stressed out. *grin* I’m actually okay, honest!

        And like Ross quoted “Small moves, Ellie. Small moves” In this case, my small moves just had a bit of a schedule change.

  2. Fabulous progress! What was the original lighting location(s) for the upper stair hall, and what do you plan to put there?

  3. I think it would historically honest to re-install the trim with the traces of original finish and the clear wood both covered by a clear protective finish. There is no need for a new layer of paint. Let the palimpsest speak for itself. Its story will be clear when set against the restored plaster and new paint.

  4. Very exciting! If you’re unsure of what you want to do about the trim, I would just leave it As Is. You can always come back to it later.

    Anyway, i was just curious, I think at one time you told us what the original wallpaper looked like, but I can’t remember what you said.

      • Thank you Ross!

        For some reason, I thought the wallpaper on the first and second floors was the same paper, but with a different background color. I must have miss-remembered it because of the sample that Bo sent to you. It does make more sense for it to be the same paper!

        • No, you are correct.

          If I recall correctly, the paper had a green background on the first floor, and silver on the second.

          Bo and I could not figure out exactly where the shift might have occurred.

  5. Best reference while working on an old home!!! That’s how I feel. Your quote reminded me to take a breath and that not everything needs done. Now. At this moment. Cause it’s those small moves that make the house a part of us. That make it this living, breathing thing that becomes intermingled with who we are. Thank you for the reminder. Contact. ❤️❤️❤️

  6. I think you should leave the trim as is, put a clear coat over it. It tells the story. No matter what it will look beautiful!

  7. It’s always a conundrum for me; restore something to look like it did when it was new, or clean it up and preserve it in it’s present condition to show the remains of what was. Since our house is a home and not a museum, and since my wife prefers for things to look more nice than old, I usually end up restoring…

  8. That’s looking much better already! I think you should leave the trim as is for now and then have it faux grained later to match the original finish. Don’t do something now that you might need to undo later like the pantry door. You have enough projects to work on without creating them yourself

  9. If you are enjoying the journey, there is no need to worry about when you will arrive at your eventual destination.

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