The Cross House

The NE Corner. A Brief Timeline.


A while back: No new paint on the NE corner.


A few weeks ago: Paint on the cornice!


Last week: A bit of wall color!


This week: A bit more wall color!!!!!!!!


16 Responses to The NE Corner. A Brief Timeline.

    • I always buy Creeping Paint.

      It costs a bit more but you put a little on…and it creeps slowly down.

      I love the stuff! In a few weeks it will have crept all the way down! All the while I get to sit on the front porch having martinis!

  1. Hi Ross. The ne corner looks great! Are you scraping or sanding or both? What primer and paint are you using? My painting project is a little different situation than yours, I have lots of old weathered bare wood siding and your siding looks to be in pretty good shape. Any info would be helpful.

    • I believe he does both sanding and scraping. I would think if you’re painting bare exterior wood, ensure it’s in good condition, and of course both prime and paint. As for paint, I’m no expert but I would say an enamel or something of a higher quality..

      • Thanks Jonathan, I’ve met with three paint contractors in the last two days and they all have different methods. From one coat of primer and one coat of paint(low bid) to two coats of oil based primer and two coats of sw superpaint(high bid). I think we may settle on two coats of primer and one coat of superpaint with an option for the second coat if needed. They all want to power wash then scrape, so I’m still researching that and will probably go with it. Thanks again!

        • I personally would say the two coats of primer and one-two coats of paint(two depending on your climate/region).

          Not sure how I would feel about power washing, especially if it’s an old house(it might not have a house-wrap or sealed layer to protect the wood and whatever else, and it can damage the wood) most importantly, if you have old masonry or bricks, power washing is not good for that. I think if you go back on Ross’s blog he uses a grinder on the metal and worst bits, but I’m not 100%. Look around the blog, Ross occasionally will include tips, walkthroughs or even products on his works.

          I used my power washer on an old house that was smothered in Vinyl siding and I know for a fact it got behind, underneath, and inside(It also go in the wood windows that are painted shut), though I only realised afterwards(to my horror)what happened, I only hope the house remains sound.

          • I will question them on the power washing for sure! Thanks again for all the information, you’ve helped my blood pressure go down a bit. I had to choose between painting the house myself or restoring the original wood windows. I chose the windows and that’s going great. Fingers crossed on the paint!

        • I love the idea of restoring windows! I attempted to restore(possibly 1950’s)wood windows on my friend’s 1890 “Cottage Style” I got two sashes done. The flashing is what stresses me out the most. Do you reuse it? Replace it? Just get rid of it alltogether? I had to reinstall the flashing and it got bent up, but somehow the window still ran smoother, but still gets stuck halfway, part of that likely due to half the wire pulley system being broken. There’s also lead paint so I’m unsure what to do when I return to them to strip them down more. Thinking of using a heatgun on low …Citristrip wasn’t the best product.

          I also painted them black, inspired by Ross’s windows, only to realise after I left I should’ve probably done more research and if found the Historical society might not like it…When stripping them I think I found the ‘original’ colour to be a strange lime green or sunflower yellow. I plan on returning and doing more work, gonna try some techniques to get the original.

          I wish you the best!

  2. Martinis indeed! Next we will be seeing photos of an improved “cocktail shelf”, with built-in ice bucket and a hook for the tongs. Those tongs had better be silver or words will be had!

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