The Cross House

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!



13 Responses to Inching Along

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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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