Picturing Reality

Before the house was painted I tried to picture what it would look like after being painted.

Only the area under the porch roof is painted.
Only the area under the porch roof is painted.
The mock-up of the front façade.
The mock-up of the front façade.
The front is painted!
The front is painted!

I think it worked.

The west side of the house is most visible from the street.
The west side of the house is most visible from the street.
Mock-up of the west side of the house before it was actually painted.
Mock-up of the west side of the house before it was actually painted.
The west face is also finished.
The west face is finished. The paint is warmer than my mock-up above.

The shutters will be rejuvenated in spring and returned to the rectangular windows.  Without them the house looks very plain.

Before we started painting the house was whitish.
Before we started painting the house was whitish. (Photo taken in spring.)
Sandy Hook Gray
Sandy Hook Gray (Photo taken in fall.)

The real thing is really better.

Are you preparing for the bleakness of winter?

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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 “Picturing Reality”

  1. It looks so good, Jo. That color is so nice – warm and life-giving. When the shutters are back up, they will only enhance it. It must be such a joy coming home to a newly-painted house. I’m trying to embrace the concept of warm and cosy winter days and nights. One of the things I miss the most is sitting on the porch with my coffee to start my day.

    1. I’ve been having my coffee in the conservatory but these days it’s still dark in the morning. The sun is just peeking over the trees when I leave for the gym. Jo

  2. Just reading the words “the bleakness of winter” bums me out. I was surprised how much I enjoyed last summer, though terribly hot and dry. The winter darkness is dreary, but time is passing quickly. Almost to the winter solstice!

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