Don’t Look Too Closely at My Visuals

We’re planning to stain and paint the back steps that lead from the conservatory to the back yard.

Now that the backstairs have sufficiently cured they are ready for painting and staining.
Now that the backstairs have sufficiently cured they are ready for painting and staining.

Maybe some day we’ll actually have a deck out there but that is decades deck-aides off.

The porch above the conservatory will have a railing around the perimeter -- hopefully Chinese Chippendale.
The porch above the conservatory will have a railing around the perimeter — hopefully Chinese Chippendale.

Anyway, we have stain for the floorboards of the stairs. We purchased a $5 gallon of  “Mountain Brush” Cabot solid oil stain for the porch deck.

A sloppy mock-up of the new porch colors.
A sloppy mock-up of the new porch colors.

The railings will be painted our overall trim color: white.

The Wee Little House -- our shed.
The Wee Little House — our shed.

And I just noticed this morning that our shed is more of a true grey color, Behr’s Drift Grey Semi-transparent stain, while the house, Sandy Hook Gray, is more putty grey.

I'll try my paint prayer on the railings.
I’ll try my paint sprayer on the railings.

As the painting and staining progresses we’ll see if it looks great or not.

Are you ready for something to hurry up and happen?

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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.

6 thoughts on “Don’t Look Too Closely at My Visuals”

  1. My grandmother said that she always regretted painting her deck railings white because they got peely right away. Consider using a solid white stain. Though I know you kept the wood unfinished until it dried out enough to take a finish. Maybe the problem she had doesn’t apply.

    1. Thanks, Chad. Good observation. I read Bob Vila’s recommendations which say latex (not oil) paint on the vertical members and stain on the deck. I will consider a solid white stain, however. Jo

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