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Friday, November 10, 2006

Dotting “I”s

Well, I washed my last brush today. I painted the two window sashes on the back porch, and with that I have now officially finished painting the house for the season. I say “for the season” because there is still more to paint.

I still have to paint the little wall I wrote about last week. I’ll need to repair some siding after I go from the current two windows down to one. I will definitely be replacing the window this fall or winter, but I’m not sure if I will have the weather to paint.

I also need to paint all the skirting on the house. It doesn’t look too bad, but I want to get the dirt off at least, and put a fresh coat on. That will be next year. I also need to, or rather, want to paint the turned columns on the back porch. The porch itself needs some repairs, so I’ll probably strip and paint the columns at the same time I make the repairs. I can’t say I’ll get to that next year.

The whole thing seems a little anticlimactic. It was such a long project, filled with a lot of adventure. Well, at least it was adventurous from a house project standpoint. After all of the work on the tall ladder, and climbing on to the roof, and hanging out attic gable windows, it ended with me standing on a chair painting 2 window sashes with a 2-inch sash brush. I’m glad I’m done with it, but I’m actually feeling a little melancholy about it. I’m not sure where that’s coming from.

Anyway, next year I’ll finish up and Cross the “T” on the house painting project. For now I’ll Dot the “I” with one last after picture. Oddly enough, I couldn't find a decent before picture that showed the whole back porch.

10 comments:

Joyce said...

Hope someone hands out medals for completion of projects such as this. You have not only done a magnificent job but have written it all down almost every day for all of us to share your joys,your pains and your knowledge. Years from now, you will enjoy doing it all over again through your own printed words. Of course, it's also good record-keeping for reference and, perhaps one day, sale of this gorgeous home.

Now, after you catch your breath of course, what's your next project? Probably indoors, right?

The Old Man and the Street said...

Congratulations!

StuccoHouse said...

Looks spectacular.

Poppy said...

I hope you've given yourself on hearty pat on the back...you certainly deserve that and more. Splendid job, Greg. The house looks gorgeous and I love the color choices. Well done!

Anonymous said...

This is a huge achievement. It's only natural to feel a little letdown at getting the whole thing done. You'll come back when you're rested.

ben said...

at least it's not like the Golden Gate bridge where they're continually painting it :) Looks great!

Patricia W said...

It looks really great. I can't even imagine being to the point I'm ready to start painting my house. It's so so so far away from where I'm at. You've given me something to look forward to. It is such a remarkable improvement and you did it all youself! Congratulations! You deserve it.

purejuice said...

i am singing, in case you can't quite hear it, the first couple bars of Thus Spake Zarathustra.

you.
teh.
man.

Trissa said...

Bravo! It is weird how the end can be anticlimactic- I think it's because there is so much that goes into the project, it consumes so much time and energy, and then you're just "done". It looks great!

jm@houseinprogress said...

That looks so beautiful! And I'm kind of glad that you won't be up on super tall ladders in the winter months.