Monday, September 16, 2013
New paint for an old house (three-hun-dred-six-ty-five-de-grees…)
Kirby has told the story of how we became custodians of this house. It is not an exaggeration to say that I was the one who wanted the house, and she was ready to bail on it after the first couple of conflicts with the former owners. I still say this house needed us. There is no arguing that it is a lot of work.
(Kirby: I am OLD! I have now updated THREE houses, top to bottom, with another one waiting for me down the street. I should be taking it easy!!! Is he trying to KILL me and take my new car????? Sheesh!)
Brandywine had been painted in 2004, two years before we bought it. You can see in this picture that part of it is shakes, and in the top picture you can see that it is plank. There’s also some brick out front and at the foundation. We have pressure washed the house every other summer, but it finally came to the point where it started looking grimy.)
(Kirby: We have mostly had brick houses, for the express reason that they don’t take a lot of painting. So, in our back-a$$wards way of doing things, we pick a retirement house that needs upkeep. DL is right when he said it started looking grimy. It was FILTHY!! Like the fire department would come and slap ‘unfit for human habitation’ sign on it. Or is that for the inside? Either way.)
I started painting the back in the spring (the shakes you see in the second picture are the ones I did in April), and then stopped in the summer. My friend Gary, who is someone who paints a lot of historic homes in the neighborhood, recommended that I burn and scrape the old paint off in order to get a clean coat of paint. That requires a propane torch, which is pretty hot, so it’s not a summer time job.
This picture shows the before and after. The house was already gray, but Kirb chose a slightly lighter gray, with white trim and yellow doors. The back should be done this fall, and the front will get done next year. This should take care of painting for about ten years.
Then, knowing Kirby, she will want another house.