Painting Above the Porch

I showed you how we got ready to paint the west facing area above our covered porch here.

Look how well that works!
Look how well that works!

Because the set-up requires putting holes in our new roof we didn’t want to drag the job out and do it in stages like the rest of the house where we’re painting the shingles first then planning to come back later to paint the trim.

The eaves have been scraped and caulked. See the improvement below after primer and paint.
The eaves have been scraped and caulked.

Charlie started at the peak of the roof scraping, caulking, and priming.

The shingles and eaves have been caulked and painted to the left of the tall ladder.
The shingles and eaves have been caulked and painted to the left of the tall ladder.

Charlie worked his way from the peak of the roof downward and to the left.

In addition to scraping and painting the round window needs new glazing compound to secure the pie-shaped panes of glass.
In addition to scraping and painting the round window needs new glazing compound to secure the pie-shaped panes of glass.

He scraped the vintage round window which opens by rotating the bottom half.

With the downspout removed there are no obstructions on this wall to paint around.
With the downspout removed there are no obstructions on this wall to paint around.

He removed the downspout and painted the perpendicular wall which is the side wall of the master suite’s walk-in closet.

A small area under the eaves needs to be cut in with the house color.
A small area under the eaves needs to be cut in with the house color.
Now the eaves and area under them are completely painted.
Now the eaves and area under them are completely painted.

Charlie has been following a plan of caulking all seams then, while the caulk is drying, painting the large areas.

Cutting in around the round window is the only part remaining on the area above the porch.
Cutting in around the round window is the only part remaining on the area above the porch.

After the caulk has dried he paints the trim “Ultra Pure White” by Behr and cuts in the house color, “Sandy Hook Gray”.

It's amazing how the light plays differently on different surfaces -- the entire porch and above have been painted including the side wall.
It’s amazing how the light plays differently on different surfaces — the entire porch and above have been painted the same color including the side wall.

It has taken a few days but this area above the porch is painted.

Renewing the shutters is going to take time and patience.
Renewing the shutters is going to take time and patience.

The only thing that remains is replacing the shutters for which a ladder on the roof is not necessary.

The back of the house may be the next area to get its coat of
The back of the house may be the next area to get its coat of “Sandy Hook Gray”.

We’ll strip and paint the shutters in spring, 2016.

Do you work left to right, top to bottom? Or in a patchwork manner, like we do?

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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 “Painting Above the Porch”

  1. What a labor of love! It looks fantastic! Because I’m right-handed, I paint from top left to bottom right, and for multilevel things like windows, from the top deepest piece to the bottom closest piece. This helps avoid putting your hand in wet paint.

    1. The color is very greige — sometimes it looks almost tan and other times it looks warm grey. I wish I could get a photo of the true color. It photographs most realistically in sunlight. Jo

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