The Cross House

Lovin’ Diamonds

The pantry of the Cross House has two diamond-paned windows. They were pretty grim.


But no more! For several weeks, when I am outside, I have been enjoying gazing upon the windows with deep satisfaction.


Today though was the first time I noticed the windows from inside. Oh. Oh!


Again, the before.


From inside NO paint is visible on the glass, and I think this makes a huge difference. Crisp!


The sashes are now bare wood inside. I do not know what the original finish was, but the adjacent trim will be sent off for a color analysis, and this will guide me in finishing the sashes. Were they painted? Varnished? It will be fun learning what!

Restoring the windows was a bitch! But as I stood today in the pantry I knew that they were worth bit of aggravation and expense.


9 Responses to Lovin’ Diamonds

  1. Ross, you mention varnish for the sash. Since this wood gets baked by UV everyday, do you recommend a certain type of varnish? Marine products with a UV protection? I want to properly varnish some of my sashes and I want to do what is best for the wood.

  2. What a transformation…I’m running out of new and original complements. Of your many talents, the one that I think impresses me the most is your ability to focus on small details like these windows. So often, when people take on a big project, they get impatient and devote all of their time, energy, and money on the big items. So much is lost when historic details are skipped over or eliminated for the sake of saving time and money.

  3. Oh, I have a question for you! If you decide to paint them, will you put some sort of sealer on them first, to prevent the paint from soaking into the wood? Since I have started stripping paint from our woodwork, I have learned to be thankful that it was originally stained and shellaced before it was later painted. We have friends who are restoring a 1915 four-square, and they have determined that their woodwork on the second floor was painted when it was originally installed; the white paint that they want to be rid of was absorbed into the wood. The only way it can be eliminated is to take off a thin layer of the wood. Just something to consider, should you decide to paint…

  4. Hello Ross – as usual enjoying all your posts. As I said in earlier post, we are using your concepts extensively in our restoration of our 1863 farmhouse. Question – you say “…the adjacent trim will be sent off for a color analysis”.

    Sent to where and how is this analysis done?

    Thanks for answering and your lovely posts.

  5. Yay Ross! I am constantly amazed at your perseverance to get things right! Whether it be macro or micro you are amazing! It is so fun to see the continued transformation of many areas of the Cross House. Truly awesome! Hip hip hurray to Ross!

  6. I had to count panes to believe those were the same windows! That is tremendous. I am working on a window restoration project now, and it is really taxing! Great work.

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