Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Parlor Window - Part I

Now that I've recharged my battery, I'm back to business. I decided to hold off on Astrid's bedroom windows for now and wait until she's off in Montreal visiting family. Meanwhile I have resumed work on the parlor window, a/k/a the studio. Located in the tower part of the house on the main level, it's double in width and has architectural detailing not found on the other windows. The arch at the top is like a trompe-l'oeil in that it does not translate to the inside of the room. It's double in width and has a decorative centre post - features, in my opinion, that should be emphasized. Because the tower and its windows are one of the main architectural feature of the house, they should be treated accordingly.

The house faces west and is on a hill; from 2:00 pm until sunset, it is bathed with sun. I think the Dusty Victorian looks its best during the golden hour, but on bad days the face of the house can be battered with hail and rain pushed by wicked winds. Needless to say, I had a lot of scrapping and sanding to do.

On the inside, there is no arch.

Small part of the work is done.
Colour blocking, detailing, and second coats need to be applied.

Imagine with the porch painted...

Three days of rain forecasted for our area is interrupting my window work, but that's okay, it will give me a chance to work on an art project I've been pondering.


Mark D. Ruffner said...

Speaking as one with a fear of heights, I certainly hope that somebody's holding your ladder while you're up there!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Mark,
Brian sets me up and makes sure the ladders are stable, but then I ask him to leave because I prefer working alone. I'm one of five girls in my family and my dad, who was a handy man, needed a helper for all kinds of house things. I'm quite familiar with all of this stuff, but the second level window is another matter. I know my limits. Always a pleasure.

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Anyès-

I like what you did to call attention to the center detail. The red goes well with your color scheme. I agree with Mark — I don't like heights either! I can climb the first story, but going up to the second floor creeps me out!


The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you Pam,
The upper window certainly creeps me out too. I was able to go up to the second level at the back of the house. But the ground level at the front slopes down away from the house so it feels so much higher. Yikes! I will leave that one for Brian and if he doesn't feel okay, we'll leave it for the professionals who will do the roof trim.

Mrs. D said...

Wow, you are a brave young lady! I get nervous looking down. Ok, just don't look down Anyes.

Take the high projects slowly. I agree, this one--you may have to hire a professional. I do love the color you selected. Nice contrast.

Mrs. D

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Linda,
Yes, the contrast is subtile but not drab, and the deep garnet accent gives it a pop. Thank you for your encouragement.

Laura said...

I'm afraid of heights and can't even look at the pictures! (just kidding).

God Anyes.. all this work! You're making me tired! :)
It looks great though. Can I move in while Astrid is in Montreal??? Remember I want her room...


The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Laura,
I'm not that brave either, especially when there something buzzing around my head.
You can certainly have Astrid's room when she's in Montreal, but just so you know, there won't be any windows for a couple of days.
Thanks for dropping in, always fun.