The Steel Drum Band Porch
Many years ago, in a life far, far away, I lived in a 100+ year old home. It was a great home. It had many of the problems you can have with an old house, but we (x-wife and I) had put in a lot of sweat equity in fixing it up. It was a block away from Main Street in a nice little town, and a block away from the train station which gave me a sweet commute to the city.
The first thing I did to this house was knock out a door and windows in the enclosed front porch, and restored it to the original open air porch that the builder in 1904 intended.
I loved that front porch and spent many hours on it. The house was on a slight hill and far enough from the sidewalk that I could observe what was going on in the neighborhood without feeling the need to wave and say hello to everyone who passed by.
One year, after a weekend visit to Cape May, I had a brilliant idea. Cape May is an old Jersey Shore town known for its beautiful old Victorian houses. These houses are all painted very colorfully. I thought “I live in an old house; I bet it would look beautiful if I painted it colorfully.” It did not occur to me that the multiple color thing really only works for old Victorian houses, not just old houses.
I painted the inside of the porch a lime green. The floor was already a British Racing green; I painted the ceiling a light red. The porch had four large openings with classic arches where I blew out the crappy windows and a large arched opening where I blew out the crappy front door when I restored the porch to its original glory. I painted the inside of all those arches a dark maroon.
It took me all day on a Saturday to complete this masterful paint job. When I was done I assumed it was very popular as I noticed many cars slow down and gaze at my porch.
My across-the-street neighbor “Big John” (an x-European League basketball player) crossed over to get a closer look.
“Hey Big John, what do you think? I’m going for a Victorian look.”
“Nice, nice…very unique. Every time I look at it from my house I hear a Caribbean steel drum band in my head!”
It took me all day and two coats of white paint on Sunday to cover what I painted on Saturday.