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Monday, August 20, 2012

Porch Gable Update.

With our little backyard oasis complete, we have moved on to the front of the house. Last year, the porch floor was replaced and this year we are attempting to finish things off.

A few weeks ago I painted the porch ceiling a pretty sky blue. Then things were put on hold while we got a new sidewalk out front. ie.. a whole lot of dust! Saturday, Stephane tackled the gable over the porch.

Here is a shot of what it looked like before. The best one I could find. 

See those ugly little black strips of  wood? They badly needed to be scraped and painted but frankly we weren't into them anyway so they were taken off.


We decided to go with cedar shingles since they suit the craftsman style of the home. A few hours of work on Saturday and again on Sunday and it was finished Lots of cutting when you are working with a triangle!


Let's look at the before and after again.


So now the big question..
we know we don't want to paint it (maintenance). Should we let it weather or stain it? I'd love your input!

17 comments:

  1. i think it would look great stained gray! love the new look!

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  2. I think grey would look awesome, but since they will weather to that colour (and I suspect quickly given the salt sea air!), leave 'em alone! lol

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  3. Let it weather! It will turn a lovely grey in a year or two and it will look even more stunning with your columns.

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  4. You seriously have the MOST beautiful house I've ever seen. Beautiful Jane!

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  5. I'd probably stain it a soft gray, or if you're more patient than I am, you could just wait a few years for it to weather to a soft gray! Either way, very pretty addition to the exterior!

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  6. I think staining in a neutral color would be good! It looks really lovely with the new gable

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  7. I'd love it weathered naturally - it all looks so classic and charming!

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  8. Love it! I'd let it weather naturally to a nice grey.

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  9. I think you should just let the shingles weather to grey. We have some beautiful shingles on our home that the previous owners stained and I wish they had left them alone! The grey will really suit your sweet house. Things are looking great around there!

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  10. The shingles look incredible! My first thought was to stain the shingles to match your house color.

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  11. Looks great, Jane! Love the shingles!

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  12. I would stain them; I find it keeps the shingles looking crisp. Have you ever thought about painting the brick on the pillars? Just a thought.

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  13. Looks beautiful! You have been spot on so far so I think you should think about it a bit and it will come to you naturally. Love it.

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  14. I'm with the majority- stain them grey or let them weather naturally. Love that look.

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  15. Wow! This looks amazing! I would love our whole house to be shingles, but that's going to be a while. You are doing such fantastic work!

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  16. Beautiful. Let it weather, and if you don't like it you can paint it later!

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Love hearing from you! Thanks so much :)