Shutter Down

We’ve started painting the exterior of the house — a BIG job.

The porch walls have been painted with "Sandy Hook Gray".
The porch walls have been painted with “Sandy Hook Gray”.

Charlie and I painted the porch walls with a brush.

The front of the house is two stories tall.
The front of the house needs to be pressure washed and painted.

The plan for most of the rest of the walls is to use a spray painter.

Charlie removed the second floor shutters.
Charlie removed the second floor shutters.

Before that can happen the shutters needed to be taken down.

We've been storing the shutters in the shed.
We’ve been storing the shutters in the shed.

We had already removed the bulk of the shutters before the renovation began  so as not to interfere with the new additions.

Our shutters are old-style hinged shutters which don't close over the windows anymore due to the storm windows
Our shutters are old-style hinged shutters which don’t close over the windows anymore due to the storm windows.

While I was painting Charlie hoisted the big ladder up against the house and took down the remaining shutters.

The house looks so plain without shutters.
The house looks so plain without shutters.

We marked the shutters to remember from which window they came.

We're going to have a lot of covering and masking to do when the painting starts.
We’re going to have a lot of covering and masking to do when the painting starts.

Some of the hinge pins popped more easily than others.  Some were near impossible.

I'm anticipating the house being totally painted this fall.
I’m anticipating the house being totally painted this fall.

All the shutters that are returned to their respective windows will need to be cleaned, scraped, and painted first. #paintgottime

Are you comfortable on a ladder?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

9 thoughts on “Shutter Down”

  1. Not so much. I was admiring Charlie’s ease with heights and ladders, so I laughed when I saw your question at the end. I do ladders when I need to, but shorter ones than his. I find myself less and less eager to do ladders each year. Fortunately many things that might require ladders can be easily postponed, at least to my way of thinking.

  2. I’m OK on a ladder indoors, and up to a point outdoors, if it feels secure. But walking on a roof? No way! Since the bifocals, my balance isn’t what it used to be. How exciting that you’re starting the big painting project! Our house needs painting SO badly.

    1. Ladders are really hard to move. I remember working atop a high A-frame ladder in a huge theatre. The ladder was on wheels and it was the task of two-men to push it around all day while I did I-don’t-remember-what. I never had to come down until the end of the day. Jo

  3. I’m definitely not comfortable with climbing a ladder any higher than a couple feet off the ground. If we have to do something to do at a great height, my husband says if I’m nervous at all, that I don’t need to help because my fear may hinder my ability to stay focused and balanced. Very true, but it stinks when I really want to help.

    1. My husband thinks it’s funny that I like heights because of the vertigo feeling. I wouldn’t want to be dizzy all the time but a little woozy is exciting. Maybe not funny, maybe crazy would be a better description but I enjoy heights. Jo

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