Will we cover it in time?

A quick update on last post.

Below you can see Mike finishing off the second application of undercoat, at which point we could see how the porch looks out of its old black and white livery. We rather liked this change, so went back to the drawing board and looked out old photos of the place, which showed that the black and white presentation is relatively new. We therefore contacted in a local friend, an architect, who suggested we try a different colour scheme and so…

…we slapped on some grey undercoat that we happened to have lying around, and then mixed up some gloss paints to get a lighter grey to be the top coat. Here we see me having a little experimental application to check out the colour.

The idea now is for us to paint the majority of the porch grey, and paint the decorative facia you see white below all white, so that the grey boards behind the decorative facade can be clearly seen.

Here you can see our test patch of the grey (around the bottom left windows)…

…and here you can begin to see the effect of the grey behind the white. But all of this is overshadowed by the brutal incompleteness of the centre front of the top of the porch.

This is where Niall came to the rescue! We are seriously running out of time, but still seriously busy (thank goodness!) with guests, so Niall created a block from which he has sawn the profile of an arch…

…which he is installing in pieces…

…which he then sanded and primed.

Now the issue of time is becoming critical. The weather forecast for this weekend was for heavy rain which fortunately did not arrive so we were able to paint to undercoat stage. However, if the rain due tomorrow arrives, it might be too wet to paint for several days. I’m not sure my nerves can take the strain. Who knows what might happen before next Saturday…

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