Sunday, August 19, 2012

Victorian Wrap Around Veranda - Painting the Ceiling & Floor

The DV circa1940 with her two story wrap around porch. Click image to enlarge.
The Dusty Victorian no longer has her second storey porch and I don't exactly know when she lost it. 
This second storey would have been very convenient and safer when working on my upper windows. 
I can only deduce that it must have been quite rotten and prone to constant upkeep. A wooden second story porch without the protection of a roof must get relentless weather abuse. None the less, I think it's regrettable that The Dusty Victorian lost this amazing feature.

Note the door giving access to the second story porch above the main entrance. Now a window, but the stone at floor level is still apparent from the inside of the house.

In the shot below, near the ceiling you can see obvious discolourations on the brick which points to some major changes in the house's original design. 

Front porch ceiling
Summer has been very busy here, with guests, family and friends visiting us. August is not letting up. But we still manage to get some work done between visitors, such as painting the porch's ceiling and floor.

Side porch ceiling
My daughter Astrid's summer job is to help me with this task. You can see that it was pealing badly. I decided to use the same colour for the ceiling and floor, a shade found on the brick walls.

Work completed on the ceiling.

Now for the floor.

Going around the corner, you can see the unpainted portion on the side going towards the backyard. That area is my working station in the summer and I started to strip the kitchen door with a heat gun. The floor will be completed after I'm done with the door.

Little by little, section by section, things are getting done between guests. After Labour Day, I know that things will be slowing down considerably on the bed & breakfast front. I will be able to get back to my studio and catch up on what my blogging friends have been up to all summer.


GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Anyes! It looks like you have been a busy gal this summer! I love the old photos of your house, too bad that 2nd story porch is gone, but you have made it look very nice the way you have it now. The new paint job to the front porch looks wonderful. How nice it must be to have a Victorian! Have a great week! Gina

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Anyes, I spent the better part of a year (2011-2012) repairing and repainting the outside of my small house, so I appreciate all the work you and Astrid have been doing. There's a special satisfaction that comes with the completion of each stage, and that in itself is a reward. It's looking good!

Donna said...

Summer is too busy!!! Whatever happened to the "good old (lazy) summertime" when we all lay around sipping lemonade?

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Gina,
Painting the ceiling and floor of a porch is the type of work that is usually unnoticed. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Mark,
I envy where you live. The fact that you don't feel the pressure of a rainy autumn and cold winter coming must make for a more relax working environment. But I'm sure you have some weather challenges as well. I hope Astrid feels that 'special satisfaction', after all, this house will be hers one day.

Debbie said...

It looks great! I need to strip and repaint my wrap around porch as well, hopefully before it starts getting cold here in California. What kind of paint did you use on yours?

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Debbie,
Welcome to the DV. I see that you've been very busy as well. I use an oil base primer, then acrylic paints.
Thanks for dropping in,

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Donna,
Lazy winters sipping hot cocoa is more suits me better.

Kip Whitehead said...

It’s sad that the second floor porch is not there anymore, but then again, it might be a huge money sink if it was still there, what with the amount of maintenance and weather preventive measures you’ll have to take for its upkeep. And it could be a possible accident-prone area, so there’s that too. The ground floor wrap-around porch makes up for the loss, as it really is a great place to hang out and talk, especially if you’re having a get-together at the house.


The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Kip,
Welcome to the DV. I agree, the 'heritage enthusiast' in me would have liked to keep that feature, but I can't help but think that we were saved much money and work by it's removal in the past. I'm sur you have seen many rotten and dangerous second story porches.
Thank you for droping in and leaving expert advice.