The First Floor Has Been Breached!

Last month.


Third floor done!


Second-floor mostly done!


Today. Second-Floor done! Now working on first-floor!!!!!!!!


I had to build scaffolding “outriggers” to do the curved corners.






  1. Stewart McLean on August 3, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Man the harpoons!

  2. Sandra Lee on August 3, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Remarkable!!!! Whoeeee!!!
    The completed work is beautiful!

  3. Seth Hoffman on August 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Looking great!

    I especially like how the curved windows are inset. I don’t think I’ve seen it done quite that way before, but it helps emphasize their delicateness, especially with the heavy, squared brackets above. Very cool detailing.

  4. Glenn on August 3, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I’m glad you’re spending so much attention to detail.
    Even from the ground, you can see the crispness of the third floor…I’d say this cup is half full!
    I’d love to take two weeks vacation and put in some sweat equity!

  5. Stephanie on August 4, 2017 at 12:09 am

    The difference is remarkable! Beautiful, crisp, clean. You’re doing a great job, Ross.

  6. Pamela on August 4, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Bravo Ross!! My favorite parts are those brackets over the corner windows. You are inspiring.

  7. Eric U. on August 4, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Positively scrumptious – looks good enough to eat!

  8. Jackie on August 4, 2017 at 9:57 am


    We’re in nyc right now and spent a few minutes in prospect park south yesterday.
    A lot of those houses have details reminiscent of the cross house (they were all built a few years later however).
    You might enjoy seeing the towers, finials, porches etc from google street view.

    Hopefully the weather holds and the painting continues to go well!

  9. Mike on August 4, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I see that you are painting the corner brackets the darker color, which color are you painting the stamped metal panel behind them? I would assume it would be the dark color, since it is dark everywhere else, but what would you think of painting the brackets the light color so they stand out? I don’t like too much contrast, but the brackets are a nice feature, and I wonder if they will disappear if they are the same color as the metal panel background…

  10. Shelley on August 4, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Simply gorgeous! You are doing such an amazing job & it looks very crispy! <3

  11. Devyn on August 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Looks great!
    Any luck with your resident bat in the bracket? That would definitely give me pause.

    • Ross on August 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      No solution yet. I even had a nightmare about the situation! I might just put on the Tyvek suit, face mask, leather gloves, and a hat, and start working in the area. I am hoping the bat flies away, or just endures my presence.

      • Seth Hoffman on August 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm

        Maybe you can ask him to politely switch to the other side until the paint dries?

        • Ross on August 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

          A most excellent suggestion!

        • Celeste on August 4, 2017 at 9:21 pm

          Or give the bat a paint brush. 🙂

          • Ross on August 4, 2017 at 9:24 pm

            You are BRILLIANT!

        • Mike on August 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm

          Or maybe just paint the critter to match the house…but that leads to the question, light olive or dark? I guess it would depend on whether you want him to stand out, or blend in…

  12. Mary From Georgia on August 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Hello Ross.

    I hope you have a pool somewhere to take a dip in. I know what it is like to be out in the midday sun doing something like this.

    By the way can you do a post on the painting equipment, tools, brand of paint and how you apply it or do a vlog on it to show us novices how an expert like yourself does it for all of us DIYers like yourself.

    It is looking all fantastic.

    Mary from Georgia

  13. Lisa on September 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Paint is in the prep and you are the best painter ever!!

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