Saturday, June 27, 2015

'Fretworking' - Part VI - Side Veranda Completed

Continuing where I left off last September. Here I am, 'au rendez-vous'. 
Click here to view last year's work.

 Here's a shot of what I'm working with.

 I'm using a heat gun to strip away the old paint. In some areas, it's 3 to 5 mm thick.
Surprisingly, the paint lifts quite easily since the crackling goes all the way to the wood, allowing the heat to penetrate well. I filled in a few holes and little gaps, then primed. Wood is amazing. If well built and well protected, it will withstand the test of time - this decorative structure is 126 years old and is as tight as can be.

 Moi - a rare shot of me at work. I have started to sag a bit, but then again, I'm not made of wood.
I'm starting on the last section.

Voila! Aside from the last post and corbel linking the corner to the front, I'm done with the side.


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh Anyes, your front porch is just breathtaking! You are so lucky to have such a porch to even work on! I always enjoy your updates to your beautiful house, thanks for sharing with us. Have a great rest of your weekend,

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thanks so much Gina. We have wet weather forecast for the next several days so I'll be taking a break from outdoor work, but the scaffold will be moved to the front once the sun comes back - still two more sections to do.Always nice reading your sweet words.

Mark Ruffner said...

Hello, Anyes,

Your work is so thorough that when you are finally finished with all the porches, future upkeeping should be relatively simple. I've always admired your color scheme (small wonder, since it's actually pretty close to my own house colors!).

I hope you have a great summer — don't overdo!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
It's so nice to be back out again after a dreadful winter and to be exchanging a few words with you. Yes, our houses have a similar colour palette, but I had to exercise restraint in the amount of colours used. This year, instead of feeling frustrated about rainy days, I will simply use them as 'down time' so I don't over do things.
Wishing you a great summer as well.