Inside the Sykesville Train Depot Restoration

January 21, 2016
As you sit at home, contemplating what you are going to do while snowbound for the next few days, We are showing you some great eye-candy to stimulate your senses. This is the historic train depot in Sykesville, Md. The building now houses a restaurant, but that doesn’t diminish the stature of this grand Victorian architecture on the National Register of Historical Places. First up on this tour is the interior shots. You can see that there is a lot of moldings and trim. That always needs special attention, to keep the profiles sharp. Letting the paint coat the grooves diminishes the craftsmanship and beauty of the woodwork.   IMG_4045    IMG_4042  IMG_4039  The plaster-work and stencil designs around the main dining room took a lot of time and patience for the original painters to do, and that work was replicated when the restaurant did their renovations. IMG_3708 What really is stunning is the original Victorian stained glass designs in the transoms and upper sashes of the double hung windows. This glass is a bit more fragile than what you would find in modern reproduction work, and so it takes a steady hand and careful attention, to make sure that there are no accidental chips, cracks or breakages to the window jewels.   IMG_3707IMG_4044 Check back tomorrow for our next installment: Doors and Windows of the Sykesville Train Depot

Season’s Greetings!

December 9, 2015
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and the happiest Holiday Season. Thank you once again for your Business, we truly appreciate it.   WinklerSeasonscard

Choosing Paint Colors

December 7, 2015
Rich Winkler talks with us about the job of choosing paint colors in historic homes.  

Historic Houses

December 2, 2015
Historic homes require a lot of work and attention, especially when they are on a large scale, such as this. The following photos show you how we work on these wonderful properties. IMG_2845 IMG_2848 IMG_2850 IMG_2851 IMG_2852 IMG_2853 IMG_2854 IMG_2855 IMG_2857 IMG_2858 IMG_2859 IMG_2860 IMG_2862 IMG_2863 IMG_2864

Painters Need Sandpaper

November 30, 2015
One tool often absent from a painters kit is sandpaper. Rich Winkler tells us why sandpaper is an important tool that every painter should use.  

Photos From an Elegant Historic Home

November 25, 2015
We know that you liked the video of the painting work  we did at this stately and elegant historic home, so we decided to post a few images of her for you to enjoy. old town alexandria painter paint historic alexandria home house painter alexandria

Paint Removal: Sand or Scrape?

November 23, 2015
Rich Winkler is presented with the age old deilima: to Sand or to Scrape. His answer is not so clear-cut.  

Paint Prep Matters

November 17, 2015
Rich Winkler tells us why the preparation work in painting matters so much to the final and lasting quality of any painting job.  

Historic Building: The Bank of Alexandria

November 14, 2015
Rich Winkler tells us about the work his team is doing on the Historic Bank of Alexandria Building, in Old Town. This building was built about 1790. As one of many buildings in Alexandria that is on the National Register of Historic Places, Special care needs to be given to the maintenance and repair of the building, to ensure that the historical integrity remains intact.     Below is an image of the building from 1958, courtesy of the Library of Congress.
1958 photograph of the Bank of Alexandria. Image from the Library of Congress.
1958 photograph of the Bank of Alexandria. Image from the Library of Congress.