Welcome charming friends! It’s been over a month since the exterior re-staining of the house has been done. It was a very long and hard project to do. One, I hope never to do again! But I am so glad we did because I absolutely love it!
The Charmer before…
We loved her yellow, but after 15 years its was time for a change. I have to be honest deciding on a new color was really stressful! So many readers told me HOW much they liked her yellow and it put tremendous pressure on me. What if I choose the wrong color, what if I don’t like it? Many sleepless nights over it!
As with any larger project, it’s opening a can of worms and we found a few. Many exterior repairs were needed before we could start staining.
There were several sections of wood rot on the clapboards that needed replacing.
Mr. C working hard again replacing the rotten clapboards.
One of the worse areas was around the fireplace which has always been a problem with water damage…
A whole section was completely rotten away and even the rafters needed replacing. The roofers built a wooden “trough” around the fireplace. The Charmer has six peaks on her and when it rains most of the rain falls behind the fireplace. The wooden trough was built behind the top of the fireplace to keep the water from collecting and keeping the water moving so it’s not stalling behind the back side of the fireplace..
The area was so bad that when the old tar/flashing was removed chunks of mortar was missing in between the bricks. The tar/flashing was the only thing holding the bricks in place! We had the fireplace tuck pointed since it hadn’t been done in 16 years and really needed it.
The stone chimney cap, by the arrow, had cracked all the way around, from one side to the other. It would be very expensive to replace it, and a special stone glue was used to fill in the crack and secure it from separating.
Have you ever started a project and found it growing in to other projects…once we got into it we decided to strip the front door to bare wood and stain it the same color as inside…
The door is 3″ solid wood and weighs over 300 pounds. This is what it looked like once the door was stripped of the black paint.
After sanding it down to the bare wood it was really cool to see the outline of the original hardware. It must of been beautiful.
We could also see the outline of the exterior door brackets. I wonder what happened to them. My intention is to find hardware, as close as possible, to replace what’s on the door now. How could someone have taken them off?
I can’t tell you the disappointment we felt when we realized the exterior side of the door was never stained, but had been primed with a white primer and then painted. With the door being old, the white primer sunk in to the door. The area shows several coats of stain on it and you would always see the white primer bleeding through. As much as I didn’t want to paint the door it just wouldn’t look good with the white bleeding through.
Speaking of doors…the back porch door was warped from rain and was in really bad shade…
If you’ve been following me for while you might know that windows and doors follow me home. Late last summer a neighbor down the block threw out a vintage french door! My neighbor, Amy, a few houses dowm spotted it and called me to let me know it was sitting on the curb.
I was tripping over my feet to get over there and grab it right up! It was so heavy but Amy and I got it back and we were glad it was only 5 doors down the block. It’s been sitting in my garage, (the one filled with vintage furniture) since last summer waiting for me to find the perfect spot.
It fit almost perfectly and only needed 1/4″ to be shaved off to fit. The inside of the door (glass part) is removable, and is used as the storm part of the door. We had this section replicated and fitted with screening for the summer.
The porch also needed some repairs before we could start staining…
A few stairs needed replacing. A funny story when we removed the old bottom stair a Possum was living in it. The step had all kinds of stuffing (plastic bags, grass, leaves) to help keep it warm and cozy! Nearly scared the crap out of us when it popped its head up. We don’t know if it went back to calling it home since the new plank was added? I’ll never step on that stair without thinking if we have a neighbor inside it.
Another problem with the bottom stair railings rotting out from the water that collected inside. There’s an 1″ open groove that runs from spindle to spindle where water would collect and couldn’t drain out.
So we had pieces cut to fit inside the groove that will be painted and caulked keeping the water from collecting.
All the dirty work and repairs have been completed and in the next few days a new Charming reveal will be shared!