With most of my house projects, things usually get worse before they can get better. As the exterior painting work here progresses, the pattern is the same, though this time I have other people in charge of the work.
It took the painters a few days to finish the scraping portion of the job, leaving the house looking really rough and scaly. To keep the painting cost down, we aren’t having the trim completely stripped to uniform bare wood, but are merely scraping off the loose and failing paint. The primer and paint products our painter is using should help smooth the finished appearance, but for now it’s ugly.
New regulations on the handling of lead paint debris required the painters to diligently tape and tarp their work areas. I have been particularly impressed with our painters in this area– they gathered and vacuumed up their paint chips every day and I haven’t found paint chips in the areas around the house.
As the scraping wrapped up, the priming began. With the primer tinted to match the paint that will cover it, the new house colors are starting to come through.
And since my last post only showed those new colors in photoshop form, here’s a look at some sample boards painted with the new house palette:
In the upper left is “black bean” which will go on the rafters, soffit, and the decorative portion of the beltline molding. I am leaning toward using this on the storm windows eventually, too. “Natural brown” in the upper right is the principal trim color and garage door color. Finally, “relic bronze” at the bottom will be used on the brackets and (I think) the window sashes.
Even Better Soon
The finish coat painting should go full-swing tomorrow and conclude by early next week, if not sooner. There are a couple small places where the wood has rotted and will need the carpenter’s attention but I don’t think this repair should delay the overall progress.