Cherry Street Plum

Careful Painting completed exterior preparation, stain and paint restoration of this Sewell Mathre designed home in June of 2022. This home on Cherry Park was built as the parsonage for St. John’s Luthern church, who later sold it to the architect. The current owner purchased it from Mathre.

First the house was gently rinsed with a pressure-washer and minor mildew was cleaned off of the soffits with a bleach solution. The masonite panels under the windows were peeling, so I sanded them, primed the bare areas, and smoothed out the surface using 3M exterior spackle. The spackle was the  primed with Benjamin  Moore Sure Seal multi-purpose primer. The trellis was peeling badly likely from repeated hail damage. The loose paint was removed and the trouble areas were primed with Peel-Bond. Tim Peterson replaced bad boards on the trellis and sealed holes in the soffit. 

We mixed the original stain color–“New Stone” in Arborcoat 610 Ultra Flat Waterborne Solid Stain. As the windows had recently been replaced by Renewal By Anderson we were able to match the trim to the Anderson color “Coca Bean” in Aura premium exterior satin finish acrylic paint. I put matte finish Aura exterior paint–“Swiss Coffee” on the soffits–a slightly creamy off-white to complement the brown trim and grayish taupe siding color.

 I found that the house had generally been protected by the wide soffits over the years, and was really pleased with the condition of the finishes that Careful Painting  originally applied in 1998!


Plaster Repair


Recently finished an extensive plaster repair and repaint job on      Central Park. Large areas were replaced by my friends at Gramse Plaster and stucco. I completed minor crack repairs using fiberglass mesh tape and joint compound. Wet-sanding smoothed the surface without creating clouds of dust. I also used USG Dust Control Joint Compound. Then the smooth areas needed to be textured to blend in with the 100 year old sand finish plaster. Priming and painting with Aura matte finish put the icing on the cake!

WEndWood Cabot Weathering Stain 3244 “Silver Gray”

Working with silver pigment weathering stain and silver semi-solid stain, MARK LANGE of Careful Painting puts the final touches on an all cedar house in the WENDWOOD subdivision of Northfield…The area was hit hard by the tornado of September, 2018 causing this property to be void of all the shade trees near the house…The owners elected to design and build a 6’x18’ pergola in 2019 with canopies and blinds on their 12’x21’ deck for shade…Next, the owners called for Mark in the spring of 2019 to give them a proposal for refurbishing the entire house…He explained that it would either be late fall or early spring of 2020…They patiently waited for his workmanship as they had heard very positive vibes about Mark…Work was completed on June 1, 2020…Their comments in the end…”Everything about the entire project was as expected”!!!…😊

~~~Don & Bebe Diehl
5540 Endwood Trail, Northfield, MN 55057
Applying Silver Gray Weathering Stain to railings…West Side
Cabot 3244 Silver Gray
This oil stain imparts a natural weathered-gray appearance
Diehl Pergola
New pergola designed by Don Diehl around canvas awnings to replace shade trees downed by 2018 tornados

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