Showing posts with label Painting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Painting. Show all posts

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A New Color

Okay, so here is the house painted.  The color, if you can believe it, is Benjamin Moore "Barley." It is a wheaty color that somehow comes off as bright yellow in the sun and some photos.  Note the rafter tails that were previously repaired.

I used Varsity Painters and they did a crazy good job of removing all of the old paint, including this bizarre cement/paint combo that was sprayed over the entire house back in the 1950's (you have heard about this in past posts and it will be featured in future stucco posts). Anyone that has read this blog for a while knows I am p-i-c-k-y- about paint removal. I have been know to use a dental pick out there removing paint.

I asked them to use Peel Bond as the primer and then Benjamin Moore for the two top coats. They did all of the fascia, the underside of all the eaves, and the two upstairs window frames.

I completed the front entryway a while ago and I have been working my way around the bottom windows (and replacing the aluminum storms). So, that work on the lower windows frames will continue....

Below is a photo of the just painted rafter tails and underside of the eaves that I included as a "before" in my last post.

Of course now that the wood is painted, it highlights to work to be done in the stucco....and the black cherry bush next to the boxwood that had to be seriously cut back when a main branch died.

I have some serious upstairs windows updates coming shortly.....

You can't see mush painting in this photo  (the painters did not do the window frames), but you can see the newly exposes rafter tails. I'm leaving the gutters down this winter and will decide what to do gutterwise in the Spring. I'm thinking half-round at this point. That may change.
You can see the stucco issues in this photo (along with the new paint). The line on the stucco marks where the old aluminum soffit used to hit the house. So, what you see there is a combo of dirty stucco and the bizarre cement/paint job.
Here's a photo taken earlier in the day that shows the paint very yellow.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I took last Friday off of work. I woke up early in the morning, fixed myself an iced coffee and went out to wait for the guy from Excel Energy.  He was coming to turn off the power to my house, so I could remove the gutters just below the power line.

The guy arrived promptly at 8am.  He was making small talk while he unhooked the wires and asked me what project was going to take place on the house. I told him I was going to take down the gutters.

He looked at me and I could see his mind working.  He was trying to politely let me know he had doubts I could do it. He asked if I was getting new gutters. I told him I was. Eventually. He said "doesn't the company you are buying the new gutters from usually take the old ones down?  These are usually really nailed in here well."  I smiled.  He told me I had to call the arrange a reconnect by 3pm or I'd have to last the night without juice. He left me a dubious "good luck."

So, the electric guy left. I hauled my ladder over to the house and reviewed the situation. I started by working the straps that went under the shingles free. That was pretty easy. I then started to use my trusty pry-bar to pull the actual gutter free from the board behind it. So, everything was moving along smoothly until I realized that the entire length of the gutter was one piece. I stood up on that ladder for a long time holding once loose end while I tried to figure out what to do. I started to think the electrical guy was right. There was no way I was going to be able to get this down.

The the old house gods gave me an idea. I have a sawzall. I have a sawsall in the basement.  I have a sawzall in the basement with a metal blade. Ha. I hauled out that little used sawzall and cut that gutter into three smaller sections. It came down like a dream.  I then pried the unpainted back board loose from the rafter tails.

Of course, I stepped on the obligatory nail. But have no fear, I am up-to-date on my tetanus.

I then piled the aluminum in a neat pile and called the electric company to send the guy back out to hook my house up again. All before noon.

I'm pretty sure there was a tiny bit of a smug look on my face when he arrived and I'm also pretty certain I saw a glimmer of respect on his face when he noted my gutterless house and neatly piled aluminum.

Why are my gutters coming down? Because I FINALLY hired painters to scrape and paint the wood trim on my house and I want the rafter tails to be exposed. And this has set in motion a series of related projects.

I'm guessing these photos are going to look very alarming to anyone with a new house. Trust me. Old houses usually need to get uglier before they get pretty. Really. Really.

This saga will continue.....

(If you want the full story on what brought us to this point, click on the "alumacide" label below)

The fear of the electrical wire leaves me that small forest every year.


Gutters down

I think this is the photo that may freak out new house owners and non-restorers.

Ah, rafter tails!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In The Nick of Time

There is nothing like a snow storm to motivate a girl to get her new upstairs wood storm windows puttied, primed and painted. They are now drying in my dining room. Oil based primer and two coats of Benjamin Moore exterior acrylic. I just need to clean up the paint edges on the glass. With any luck, I will be able to install them tomorrow.

For the record, I an not a taper when it comes to painting windows. I use an angled edge brush and don't worry about any over painting. If you don't own one of these cheap little straight edge razor holders, you need to drop everything and run out and buy one.  They make cleaning up paint on glass beyond easy. They also give the paint a nice sharp edge.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Get Ready

Okay, just so we are all prepared. This is what we (well, I...and you vicariously) will be dealing with this summer.

You will remember, I took the aluminum trim down almost two years ago. Wow, it doesn't seem that long ago. I had kind of hoped if I waited long enough that the paint would fall off by itself. No such luck.

Fun, huh?  If you listen carefully, you should be able to hear the sound of my neighbors cheering.

Monday, February 08, 2010


Well, here's the new pink bathroom. I didn't realize what a nightmare painting a bathroom is. Lots of little nooks and crannies. It also dawned on me just as I started that I would need to prime the blue so it didn't show through the pink. Loads of fun.

It took me most of the day and well into the night (with brief breaks to whine and watch Super Bowl commercials). At about 1:30am I hit a wall and briefly understood why people just paint over hardware and light bases instead of removing them.

There is still plenty to do in the bathroom, but at least it is now pink (see the paint chip that has been taped to my wall since the week I moved into the house). The color is hard to capture on camera, but the photo with the shower curtain is closest to reality.

This is probably the closest I will ever come to a fully pink bathroom (I would kill for house with vintage pink sink, tub and toilet fixtures.)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Super Bowl Day Activities

Football is not my thing. I don't hate it. I guess I'm football neutral.

The plan today is to turn on the game (maybe) and paint my bathroom.

I have plans to add tile to my bathroom walls, replace the horrid medicine cabinet and install a vintage sink.  All items have been purchased and are currently stored in my basement (or hallway).  Painting should probably be done last.

That said, I am in the mood to paint.  So, the agenda today includes painting the current light blue walls pink. I can hear every man out there sighing heavily right now. Tough. I want a pink bathroom.

This photo is not in the best focus, but it shows the current color better than the others I took. I stripped and painted the window woodwork a year or so ago (I start to forget).

More photos once it is pink.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Better Late Than Never

I *finally* finished putting up the filler pieces of ceiling tile in my kitchen (they were a big pain in the butt to cut and fit into place) and then got the whole thing painted.  I know, it took me a really long time to finish this. I agree. It's just such thankless work.

The ceiling is now a light sage green. It's hard to tell in the photos, but it's a lighter color of the green in the light shade. It's actually a 25% tint of the color I used in my dining room. The color also matches the wallpaper that will eventually go on the walls. The Benjamin Moore Super Spec paint was a dream to work with. Not a drop on me or the floor.

Next up is getting the crown molding cut. It's already stained and shellacked. I also need to get an electrician out to rewire the wall lights (the new ones match the ceiling light) and lower an outlet over the stove area. And of course, there is more paint stripping to be done.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Painted Red

Not much, but the new shelves for my chimney cabinet are now painted red. This is the same red that one day you will see below the chair rail in my kitchen.

I have the bulk of the old paint off of the chimney cabinet itself. But, since my last post on the topic things have become cold here and open window ventilation is no longer possible.  I have a fear of working with chemical stripper inside with my gravity furnace.

That said, I'm sure in a few weeks boredom, stupidity & ambition will drive me to come up with some way to get the remaining paint off of the cabinet. Of course, removing the tiny remains of paint in the crevices usually take the most time.

Friday, October 09, 2009

In the Nick of Time

We have had two days of sun with temperatures on the 50's. So, I've had time to prime and paint my exterior kitchen wood trim. I stripped the trim down to bare wood, so the trim details are nice and crisp (not to mention lead free). I've included some close ups of the repaired rot.

You can see that I stripped the exterior paint off of the sashes (and sash channel) - I'll be removing this from the inside, reglazing them, repainting them, and putting in a new rope. But, that's a whole other project for another day.

It never ceases to surprise me at how yellow that paint it once it's on. It looks like a very light creamy yellow in the can (BM Barley).

I'm writing this post as I wait for the first coat to dry. Then it will get a second coat of paint. I also need to run down to the hardware store to buy some exterior plastic to put under the wood framed screens (not in these photos) I still don't have wood storms for these windows.

The final photo is what the trim originally looked like.  Ugh.

Snow is in the forcast for tomorrow.

Monday, October 05, 2009

The Clock is Ticking

It was not supposed to rain today. I had plans to put a coat or two of primer on the exterior trim of my kitchen windows. I started stripping & repairing this trim last fall and finished up a few weekends ago. Now I have my fingers crossed that it will stop raining long enough for the wood to dry before we get hit with snow. Stress.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Painting the Walls

This past weekend, I worked on painting my upstairs walls. I say worked on because I started this a while ago and didn't finish.

The old walls were sponge painted two shades of yellow. This was a clever way to cover an iffy drywall job. So, I've been busy patching nail pop holes, cracks and trying to paint mucked up corners. Yellow paint is also awful to paint over. I'm on my third coat of high quality "one coat" paint. I suspect the drywall was not primed, because the paint just sinks into it.

The new color is a light periwinkle color. I painted and stenciled the two end walls a couple of years ago (white). I'm painting the rest of the walls/ceiling in the new color. I like the look, it's much more mellow than the old paint job. I've done plenty of painting in my lifetime, and I can confidently say that painting a sloped ceiling is by far the most painful.

Sunday evening I ran out of paint. I was going to run over to the paint store for and other gallon, but discovered that in an over optimistic phase a few months ago, I toss the cover with the color formula on it in the trash. For the life of me I can't find the original paint chip either. I know it is here somewhere. I so want to avoid the expense of paying them to computer match the color...especially when it is one of theirs. I'll find the paint chip eventually.

Anyway, here's where we stand now.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Two Down

On Sunday, I crawled out onto the roof and painted two of the new rafter tails. The fascia is painted the light yellow, with the little triagle of shingles the darker yellow (same combo as my front entryway). Of course, while the new paint looks good in itself, it only serves to make the window trim and underside of the eaves look worse. Sigh.

Next Spring I'll peel off those hideous, aluminum, triple track storms and order new wood storms for those three dormer windows and then scrape and paint the trim. It's never ending.

This coming weekend (or earlier if I can skip out for an afternoon), I plan on repairing the ends on the primed fascia board (with unprimed ends) you see on the bottom of the photo. Then I'll be able to get that painted.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Primer, Primer and More Primer

I will admit to you that this morning while I was laying in bed and I thought I heard rain, I was secretly happy to have a guilt free excuse not to have to prime today. But sadly it was just my imagination running away with me, and there was no rain.

So, I spent the day priming rafter tails. It doesn't look like I will get to painting the sides of my house until next Spring and I want a coat of oil based primer on them just in case.

Then I primed the left, front side fascia trim (scraped & treated last weekend). I left both ends unpainted because they need some epoxy repair. I know this isn't the textbook way of approaching this but again, I want something on it before it snows.

Then I scraped more paint from the front of my house. I know. I sound like a broken record.

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