Inching Along

Today, I finished painting the original hand-carved capitals of the porch columns (shown upside-down) for the south-facing front porch! I have yet to install the trim which goes just above the capitals. The capitals are painted with color #5, and then washed with the green trim color. The green “boxes” are new, replacing rotted originals. The new versions are made from pressure-traeted lumber so they should last a lot longer. I have also ordered computer-crimped metal roofs for them!


Painted columns!


The #4 column is not shown, nor are all the bases. These are in the kitchen of the Cross House, while all the above are in the living room of the carriage house. I keep darting back/forth with a wet paint brush!




  1. Tracy W Pelton on June 29, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    You are making the house look so classy. Just Beautiful!

  2. Dawn Rocco on June 29, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    And you are darting back and forth for what reason? I’m confused but that’s nothing new.

    • Tracy W Pelton on June 29, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      He has part of them in the main house and part of them in the carrige house

      • Dawn Rocco on June 29, 2019 at 10:12 pm

        I understood that but why not put these all together in one place?

        • Ross on June 29, 2019 at 10:29 pm

          That requires lifting heavy objects and transporting them.

          At 62, I try to keep that to a minimum, Dawn!

  3. Dawn Rocco on June 29, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Oh and I really love the way you painted the capitals, nice!!

  4. Tracy W Pelton on June 29, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I wanted to buy the house even before Bob got it. I don’t know if I could have even came close to doing as good a job as you are!

  5. Dan Goodall-Williams on June 30, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Your attention to detail is astounding. Can’t wait for the exterior to be finished so you can put out a book of all the things you did. Amazing work.

  6. Jackie on June 30, 2019 at 10:14 am

    These look stunning!
    I stumbled across this company and thought it might be interesting to you. They’re in the uk, but I think some of these tiles look like some photos I’ve seen you share.

  7. Aric on June 30, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I have been following your posts for about two years and I find this project marvelous. I have been renovating a house myself, however it is only a 1970’s ranch that I’m not concerned with keeping period specific. But I CAN relate to all the little issues you run into from fixing the work of previous owners, or discovering rot beneath a simple job. I laughed when you discovered the rivet gun. You do all this amazing work and haven’t discovered the rivet gun?!

    Anyway, I love your blog! Keep it up! It is very entertaining.

    P.S. I hope the cats come home soon!

    • Ross on July 1, 2019 at 11:27 am

      Nice to meet you, Aric!

  8. Cindy Belanger on June 30, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    The capitals are so beautiful, such detail. I really like the green color wash. The porch will be awesome when you are finished.

  9. Seth Hoffman on July 1, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Looking good! The metal flashing caps on top of the column capitals are a great idea. Wood end grain exposed to moisture is always the first to go. Keeping them covered should really make a difference.

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