Returning to Life


How to bring a long dead column back to life.




Prime. Paint. Replace missing trim above capital. Endlessly fuss with highly damaged base. Love. Lots of love.


I also still need to get the column straight. It leans to the right. And I’m, ahh, really unhappy with a right lean.



  1. Stephanie on August 4, 2019 at 12:21 am

    It never fails to amaze me what you can do, Ross.

  2. Sandra Lee on August 4, 2019 at 1:09 am

    You are absolutely remarkable Ross! Everything you do is amazing & the quality is unparalleled!!

  3. Ruth Anne on August 4, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Ha, no, it really wouldn’t be appropriate to have anything right leaning around Ross. 😉

    • Derek Walvoord on August 5, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      That made me laugh too!

  4. Thad on August 4, 2019 at 8:31 am

    On the plus side, viewed from the street, it leans left….

    Your efforts are inspiring, as always!

  5. Stewart McLean on August 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Really great!

  6. Jim on August 4, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I understand your concern about the right lean, but what really has me worried is the ginormous spider lurking on the block of wood above the capital in the last photo.

    • Ross on August 4, 2019 at 10:28 am

      That is not a spider. Just some paint on the drop cloth.

      But is does look like a spider!

  7. Jonathan W on August 4, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Took me a second to realize the “right lean” I too would be annoyed at a right lean. It looks beautiful though Ross!

  8. Seth T Hoffman on August 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Looking good! Is the lean due to the top shifting, or bottom creeping over? It seems the top would be nailed in to the header, but I could see the bottom “walking” over ever so gradually due to expansion/contraction of the wood under the right conditions.

  9. Cindy Abernathy on August 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I dont know why but seeing these made me cry.


  10. Cindy Belanger on August 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Amazing! After painting I can hardly tell which is new & which is old. Great job.

  11. Chad on August 5, 2019 at 8:52 am

    If worse comes to worst you can always look at the column from the other side

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