The Tricky Painting

We have some tricky painting on the exterior of the house.

The area above the west side porch is probably the trickiest painting on the exterior of the house.
The area above the west side porch is probably the trickiest painting on the exterior of the house.

There is also some very tricky painting but we’re going to do that when we have time to focus on the set-up

A lot of figuring went into the bookshelf planning.
A lot of figuring went into the bookshelf planning.

While the men were figuring the cut list for the bookshelves and cutting the lumber I painted.

Note to self: "Don't stand on the drop cloth -- it's slippery."
Note to self: “Don’t stand on the drop cloth — it’s slippery.”

I started on the area above the conservatory bathroom roof.

From the roof I could reach all but 3 rows of shingles.
From the roof I could reach all but 3 rows of shingles.

I wanted to see how far I could reach without a ladder.

I'm pretty sure this make-shift scaffold will work.
I’m pretty sure this make-shift scaffold will work.

While I was crouched on the roof painting I realized I would only need about a 3-shingle boost to finish the top. My plan is to set a ladder on the master bedroom porch and another ladder at the front of the conservatory and run a board from one to the other. (See above.)

All but finished.
All but finished.

I also painted the front of the conservatory where the round bathroom window is.

The white air ducts will also be painted the house color to camouflage them.
The white air ducts will also be painted the house color to camouflage them.

I love how this round window stands out from the newly painted house.

What’s your favorite fall chore? Or least favorite?

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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 “The Tricky Painting”

  1. Oh boy, that scaffold idea makes me nervous for you. I guess it’s much easier when I’m the one doing the improvising in such situations rather than being the observer. Good luck! It’s looking pretty darn good.

  2. I can’t believe you guys are painting the house yourselves. Good for you. Douglas and I painted shutters and porch railing this weekend and decided that we need to hire out the rest of the exterior painting.

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