The big exterior changes have been made, so it’s finally time for a little decoration. Do you remember the ‘owl’ gingerbread in the porch’s roof peak? You can see that some of the outer layer had started to wear away, leaving the owl with a shiner on its left eye.
Well, there’s a little more to the roof-peak story than freshening up the owl. Let me back up a bit.
It all started on June 21st. I didn’t like the dark spot, so I asked Kurt if he could take it down and repaint it. While he was up there with the ladder, he saw that a small bit of the vinyl siding behind the owl was out of place. So Kurt, being Kurt, decided the vinyl should be fixed the right way. He began to lift the siding away from the wall. From my vantage point on the ground, I could see something underneath. It looked like a bit of scroll work. I immediately insisted that we had to find out what was under there!
He humored me by taking down the owl and carefully peeling the vinyl siding off. Wouldn’t you know it? The White House held yet another hidden treasure.
Here’s what the original design looked like, missing only two small scrolls and the central vase feature that had been lost before the vinyl had been installed.
After several weeks of debate, we decided to remove the design (for use on a future project) and replace the vinyl siding and the owl. So that brings us to this week when Kurt repainted and reinstalled the owl. (After some research, I discovered that the owl was made by a company called Fypon. The particular ‘gable pediment decorative millwork’ is called Holland style.) It looks much nicer with a fresh coat of paint.
After that was taken care of, it was time to add a little extra fanciness. Kurt painted and installed fourteen corner brackets along the porch columns.
They don’t show up very well in pictures (white-on-white when looking at the house) but overall, I think they make the front of the house look a little fancier. And I like how it compliments the gingerbread owl.