Friday, February 13, 2015

The iron and I both got a little older

 First, the iron - I added patina to the wrought iron on the French country railings and trim. I found a great close up photo on the internet, dug out bottles of sterling silver and burnt sienna paints, and a couple of stiff bristled paint brushes and slowly added minute amounts of paint dry brushed on. In this situation a little paint goes a long way. Fortunately, it was easy to stipple on some black to blend any areas that I got paint happy with. :-)
 I didn't have to add much paint to give the railings a much more realistic look that adds so much to the look of the whole house.
 I also added beams at each end of the bedroom ceiling. There was a significant gap at the back right roof joint. I'm pretty confident that Joe and Joy don't want holes in the ceiling. The new beams cured the gap problem and made the ceiling look more polished at the same time. Win, win.
I spent a couple more hours on the roof tonight, too. The finished roof is going to be perfect...but it won't be finished any time soon. Roofing is one of my least favorite parts of a build anyway and there are a few more steps involved with this roof. It's going to be worth it, though, based on the progress photos.

Oh, and I got a little older on Monday. I had a wonderful day with my family. Daughter #1 made dinner, Son made a surprise trip home, Daughter #2 and family sent a fun card and called - complete with a Happy Birthday serenade from my granddaughters. DH was home for the day after a few days in the hospital for a bronchial infection that just didn't want to clear up. He's on the mend and back at work. Two of my classes at the elementary school where I work sang to me, too. Year 52 is off to a great start.

Hubby and I get a weekend alone which doesn't happen all that often even with all the kids living on their own. We'll enjoy a dinner date tomorrow to celebrate Valentine's Day - our 37th one together. We started dating when I was fourteen and he was sixteen. I was blessed then and I still am.

Wishing all of you a Happy Valentine's Day and a wonderful weekend!


Teresa Schubert said...

Happy belated B-day and happy Valentines day! The house is coming along beautifully and I definitely think the roof will have been worth the effort, great job!!
sugar, spice and whatever's nice

PILAR6373 said...

me encanta como te está quedando la casa,cada detalle que añades,le da más realismo,como ese hierro forjado envejecido,que bien te ha quedado!!!

De said...

Thank you, ladies!

Steinworks said...

Happy Belated Birthday and Happy V
day :) I love your roof, I agree it's not fun but it's a job that has to be done :)


Marianne Colijn said...

The house is lovely. I am very impressed by the way you did the roof.

De said...

Thank you, everyone!