Tuesday, December 14, 2010

sittin', waitin', wishin'...

Sorry, for the delayed post, but the weekend before last, Chris sacrificed a weekend in the woods, to put up our railings.  I am very grateful!

He worked long and hard.  Our friend, Lindsey also came over and helped Chris get up the railing post...which was the hardest part of the job.   I was the assistant throughout the day, and I even cut some of the wood myself with a big scary miter saw.

The railings were a lot easier to put up than the new columns, even though they were time consuming.

I got the porch swing painted, rigged and hung...

And even got a little festive with some Christmas lights...

But STILL NO PAINT JOB!  Arghhh!  
You can't paint your house when it's under 50 degrees outside, and we have had a COLD December!  There's still some caulking left to do, priming on the brick, and then paint all over!  
I'm praying for just a few warmer days so Charles the Painter can knock it out!  

For now, I'd still rather look at this...

...than this...

...I'll just keep dreaming of this...
...til it's done!  
(I'm just hoping that day comes before March!!!)


  1. LOVE it!! The railings and columns make all the difference! Can't wait to see the finished product!

  2. The railings look great! And I love the house white!!!

  3. Hi Sara! I hope you and Chris are doing great! Question... I recently acquired 2 old doors (about 120 years old) that I want to reuse as a headboard for our master bedroom. Unfortunately, they have a few layers of lead paint that need to be removed, and then I want to finish them in a way that still saves the character of old wood - do you have any experience with stripping furniture? Or suggestions on finish/stain that will still make them look 'antique-ish'? They still have the old metal skeleton key boxes and everything...
    any thoughts would be great! Thanks, Sara!

  4. Hey Maranda,
    Sounds like a cool idea. If you want to remove the paint, I would start by just trying to scrape some of the paint off. You may get a cool look by scraping it, but leaving whatever you can't get off on the doors.
    (like our porch ceilings...http://atthewalkerhouse.blogspot.com/2010/10/what-lies-beneath.html)

    If you like the way they look now...I would lean towards just leaving them as is, since they are authentically old...leave their original character and don't alter them too much. From what I've been told, the lead paint is fine...just don't eat it!

    If all else fails, you can alternate very light coats of paint and stain, brushing and wiping with the grain. (check out my post http://atthewalkerhouse.blogspot.com/2010/08/not-too-shabby-shutters-and-door.html)

    Let me know how it turns out!



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