Shaaaaakeeeee

Following the plan I made for putting together a temporary scaffold, Charlie set up the ladders.

The extension ladder is supported at its base with a heavy wheelbarrow full of concrete rubble.
The extension ladder is supported at its base with a heavy wheelbarrow full of concrete rubble.

He had some trouble finding 2-by boards long enough to span the 2 ladders. The rig is sturdy but shaky.

Charlie looks fairly comfortable on the bouncy boards.
Charlie looks fairly comfortable on the bouncy boards.

Once it was set up he made sure to have everything necessary to not only finish the painting on the east side of the house,

While he had the opportunity Charlie caulked gaps in the fascia boards.
While he had the opportunity Charlie caulked gaps in the fascia boards.

but also to scrape and prime the soffit and fascia over this part of the house.

The eaves (underside)and fascia (area that's peeling) will both get a new of primer and satin finish exterior enamel in
The eaves (underside) and fascia (area that’s peeling) will both get a new of primer and satin finish exterior enamel in Ultra Pure White by Behr.

I had always intended to paint the trim when we painted the house 10 years ago but never got around to it. It’s in very needy shape now with much of the bare wood showing through.

White against grey -- crisp and clean.
White against grey — crisp and clean.

We were planning to paint the trim after all the shingles were painted but to save from having to set up this contraption again we decided to finish this area.

Before
Before
During
During
Painted!
Painted!

But at least this much is FINISHED!

Even with the best intensions what have you left undone?

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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 “Shaaaaakeeeee”

  1. So glad that’s over with! Way to go, Charlie. I still haven’t painted the underside of wooden steps (on wheels, no less) that I had built last year. The steps go from the patio to the upper yard. Oh yes, I haven’t put the post caps on yet, either.

  2. Had to laugh … I never painted the trim on the south side of my house, either. My poor neighbors have had to look at it sine 1994! Much of the wood is bare. No excuses next time! Glad Charlie survived the high-wire work!

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