Monday, November 22, 2010

Great weather this weekend! We were able to make a little bit of progress on the storefront, but paining in the detail is just so time-intensive. I finished the basket weave on the pillars, which really looks sharp! Reid scraped and primed the wood trim around the doorway/transom.
There's still so much more to do...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The floor in the storefront is really coming along. This past week, Jim Martin replaced all of the rotten floor joists and will be laying the subfloor next week. It's always so nice to see progress!

And we're still painting...
The cast iron details on this storefront are certainly what drew us to this building, but they are grueling to paint in detail. I managed to get the insets painted on one of the basketweaves of the pillars but there's still the other side to be done.
I know it will be beautiful when it's all done, but it really is a lot of work.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The painting has started....there's still A LOT more to go!

I'm hoping for some nice weather after Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Storefront facade restoration has begun

After spending several weekends scraping paint from the storefront's metal facade, we have finally reached a point where we're ready to prime and then paint.

With a spray can of Rustoleum rusty metal primer in hand, we finished what we could of the left pillar. I'll be back tomorrow to finish the rest...
Before priming, I found myself stressing a little bit about what paint colors to use to highlight the different details of the storefront. After priming, I see how much better the storefront looks with just an ugly coat of rusty metal brown primer! It obviously doesn't matter that much what paint color goes where. A fresh coat of paint, no matter what color, will look great!

That said, we decided today that the residential entrance and stained glass transom frame will be painted red to match the windows. The rest of the storefront will be either gray, blue or red...

Thanks Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Future Blooms Program!

Over the past week, out vacant, overgrown, garbage-ridden lot was transformed into an adorable park complete with straw to encourage grass growth and a tree!

In only 2 days time, a Keep Cincinnati Beautiful crew was able to scoop out demolition debris and stubborn weeds, add a foot of topsoil, and plant grass seed and a tree...

The lot looks so much better now! Thanks so much KCB Future Blooms Vacant Lot Stabilization Program!!!