A Powerful Start to a Big Job

We started painting the exterior of the house here and here.

The shady side of the house eventually gets a dark mildew/moss which must be cleaned off before painting.
The shady side of the house eventually gets a dark mildew/moss which must be cleaned off before painting.

Before we could paint the old sections with old or mixed shingles the house needed to be cleaned well.

The peaked roof in the middle is the master bedroom upstairs and the dining room downstairs.
The peaked roof in the middle is the master bedroom upstairs and the dining room downstairs.

The area that needed it most was the wall between the conservatory (left) and the kitchen bump-out (right). And the oil tank (which someday I’d like to hide).

The dark area on the white shingles needs to be cleaned before painting.
The dark area on the white shingles needs to be cleaned before painting.

The other bad area is on the east side of the house.

Looks like Charlie had to get up on our tall ladder to get the high dirt off. Good job, Charlie.
Looks like Charlie had to get up on our tall ladder to get the high dirt off. Good job, Charlie.

These two places get minimal sun and grow a mossy layer which I would not want to paint over.

Ready for paint.
Ready for paint.

Charlie started by pressure washing the back area with the double window that looks into the dining room. (I was not home so I can only report before and after.)

The stairs are ready to be painted and stained.
The stairs are ready to be painted and stained.

He also gave special attention to the back stairs since those, too, will be stained and painted.

Before the pressure washing.
Before the pressure washing.
After
After

Like any house cleaning chore, this took longer than Charlie expected but now that it’s started we can paint the rest of the shingles.

Don't get too excited -- this is just a mock-up of what the house might look like painted.
Don’t get too excited — this is just a mock-up of what the house might look like painted. Only the area under the porch roof is actually painted.

Can’t wait until the entire house is Sandy Hook Gray.

What cleaning chore is at the bottom of your list?

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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.

4 thoughts on “A Powerful Start to a Big Job”

    1. Paint (which came with my computer). I used the “color picker” tool to get the color then the “marker” setting for both the outline and fill which gives a translucent effect. Jo

      1. The color picker tool takes a color from the actual photo (I clicked the porch area which was already painted) and allows you to use it to fill in. Jo

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