July 10, 2014

Exterior Painting Prep in Progress

Now that we've been through the arduous process of selecting colors, the long-awaited work has finally begun. We consider ourselves capable do-it-yourselfers, but there's no way we are prepared to research the process, acquire the equipment, and have time for such a big project. Maybe if we took a couple of weeks off this summer, but that's not going to happen. We are happily hiring professionals to paint the house.

Our guys are Custom Finishes. They came highly recommended by a family friend who has an 1800s Victorian in the neighborhood. We've been in the planning stages with Custom Finishes since March, so we were really excited to get on their project list for the summer.

They've power washed and have started scraping, sanding and filling. There are a few troubled spots on this old house - a few gaps and odd areas where the new windows were put in. It's been interesting to watch the process and layers of high-tech finishes to seal up those holes. From my perspective, it looks like this: power-washing, scraping, pulling out rusty nails, priming the bad spots, and putting a goopy black latex sealant for the scraped down areas. I'm really grateful to not be up on that ladder making it up as I go along!


  1. Is that Lane Larson's Custom Finishes? I didn't see him over there, or at least didn't recognize him...yet. He had a different white van, though. He just about lived a block over on D street, doing work for one or another of my customers there- or their neighbors- for some time. Haven't seen him in a while.

  2. Yep, it's Lane Larson & crew. I know he did that house down the street with the cupula (or is it called a Widow's nest?) and the concrete dog sculptures. That looked like quite a project

  3. Okay, Thought I saw him today on your back porch. Yeah, that was the Bellairs with the Widow's Walk. Not sure if that's the right word for a cupola. I think there are other names for those things, too.

    He did a bunch of stuff there, and their next door neighbors, and the Bellairs' house on Huntoon & D, and maybe even some work for the Fairs. I was seeing him on D street all the time for a while.

  4. Yep, he's up there painting the spot the last painter missed!

  5. A widow's walk or watch. I guess they can be open or enclosed:

    1. Those are cool! I'm surprised there aren't more around here