Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to my Wrap Around Porch

After painting the floor and ceiling of the porch, I thought I would go back to stripping my kitchen door, but of course I couldn't leave it alone. Those peeling gingerbread spindles were bugging me.

So I proceeded to paint the front portion of the railing along with its pillars. The stair railings and entrance had been done the season before.

The side portion of the porch will be done next season. Now I can go back to my kitchen door - and that will be my last DIY project of this season... I think.


Shasha Kidd said...

What pretty spindles! I do love victorians...

GinaBVictorian said...

Oh, how beautiful! I love your front porch! It looks great! Gina

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Anyes,

Your gingerbread railing is spectacular, but I'm just as much entranced by the negative spaces that it creates!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Sasha and welcome to the DV. Your house is very charming as well. When I have more time in winter, I will go through your blog.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Gina, thank you so much. Those gingerbread details are very charming, but one needs the patience of a monk to work on them.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
Words of a designer. Very true, the negative spaces are very elegant. in the old pictures of the house, the gingerbread pieces were closer together. It must have been harder to paint the sides and do a clean job of it. One of the rare cases when I think the later change is more appealing and practical than the original.

Scott S. said...

Those are some of the nicest jigsaw cut balusters I've seen! So creative. I also really like your Folk Victorian. They're one of my personal favs. Actually just did a post on the style that talks about a lot of features that your house has. Give it a read if you'd like.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Scott,
Welcome to the DV. When we first saw our house, it was described as an Italianate Victorian. Upon researching this style, I could not totally agree with this, it had too little of the features. I personally would call it a country Victorian, but now I believe that Folk Victorian is a correct name for it. Thank you Scott!

Anonymous said...

You must be proud of your home. You own nothing less than a collectable.

I am porch and deck builder in Massachusetts and take as much care into building new or restoring Colonial and Victorian porches.

As you would know through experience it takes a lot of time to restore an old home that was built in that era. The craftsmanship was far superior than the standard of our current time.

Your beautiful photographs help create a revival, not a porch revival, but a quality revival helping American business and promotes the rise in real estate values.