First Round of Primer

I've gotten out of the habit of making frequent posts, because things happened so slowly with Woody. But a lot has happened in the last week.

For example, before Christmas, these were the parlour pocket doors:

Parlour doors before

And now:

Primed parlour doors

Yeah. They haven't even really gotten going on priming downstairs yet because the general contractor was fixing a few things there.

And most striking, the front stairs. Before:

Front stairs before

And now:

Front stairs primed

Want the exciting shot?

We have white handrails

That does beat the pink, doesn't it?

Another interesting contrast is the upstairs front hall:

Upstairs hall before

And now:

Everything is so white

Some of that is different times of day. Most of it is that having a layer of white paint over everything really brightens the place up.

The house has still got a hanging cloud of fine dust all over the place. We went through today to take some photos and see the work, and both ended up coughing from it.

The house is a little dusty

You can actually see it in this photo because the sun was low and it lit the cloud up.

Other than just seeing things get done, our big excitement last week was getting our friend Diane to help us move the loom out of the elevator. Did I ever mention the loom in the elevator? Well, there was one, a large floor loom I bought from a friend's mother, which we had crammed in the elevator pending Woody finishing the back bedroom where I planned to put it, so of course it's been sitting there for a good long time cooling its heels. If looms have heels.

Anyway, Diane came up and helped us lever the loom out of the elevator, turn it on end so it would actually fit in the elevator rather than hanging out just barely enough to make it impossible to operate, and then gently lower it onto the floor of the bay window bedroom.

Loom lurking behind some doors

We covered it with a canvas tarp, then the painters covered it in plastic, and you can just see it lurking behind the doors there. That's how they hold doors so they can be painted with a sprayer, by the way, which is much easier and faster and gives you a really smooth finish.

A few other notes:

Clear masking on the windows in lieu of tape and plastic

You may note above that the windows look like they have almost no protection. In fact the painters used a fancy clear masking that brushes on clear and then just peels off. I've never used the stuff, myself, and I've never known a painter who used it, but it's very impressive. And I bet it goes on faster and does a better just than tape and plastic.

The inside of the elevator is not yet painted

Nobody has painted the inside of the elevator, even though we moved the loom for them. OK, that sounds way whinier than I intended it to, but when I walk through with the painters next time, I will show them how to call the elevator to a floor so they can paint the doors.

The guard rail upstairs looks great

Also, this guard rail looks great, now. So the painters have pretty much finished the first layer of primer upstairs, are making touchups and filling scratches and weird holes, and I think they will blow through all of the upstairs before they move to the downstairs. There's a lot to go, but they're making real progress. Pretty pleased with this painter, all things said.

posted by ayse on 12/30/18

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I didn't realize you were painting the handrail. I think mostly because we have a wood hand rail with painted balusters and wood newel posts. And definitely part of that is my husband has a hard time stripping something then just painting back over it. And a newer house/different style.

I didn't realize that would have all been painted originally. It's looking so great! And must be extremely rewarding to finally see some quick progress again!

RIP the pink. I'm probably the only person who liked it. :-D

So glad to see you making progress!

Yeah, the handrail was originally painted, so the wood is all kinds of different colours. It's kind of crazy-making to try to stain them to match, plus not period-accurate. Amusingly, the period-accurate way of painting the handrail is a faux mahogany finish.

Is that the end of the pink?!? It must seem so crazy now that it's gone lol

No more pink is a little disconcerting. I almost don't know where I am.

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