So this post was supposed to be published during the "week of many posts", but I never got around to actually doing it! Anyway. We finally painted the gable, hooray! And I think it looks great! There´s a loooong back story to this, but I´ll try to cut it short: The gable (and gate, and door) of this house was originally painted a light brown. By the time we bought the house there wasn´t much paint left though. We intended to have the gable re-painted in our first year in the house but for a few reasons that never happened. Which was probably a good thing because it gave me time to decide on a color. I painted our big new gate a blue-gray last year and we did the gable in the same shade. Since the wood of the gable is so old it has a different texture so it doesn´t totally look the same, but I think it´s good enough. As for the "how", we actually rented a bucket truck (you can see a glimpse of it in this picture) and did it ourselves. We´re both not super comfortable with heights so I think this wins the award for the scariest DIY project we´ve done so far. Worth it though.
The blue door will stay. It has grown so much on me since I first painted it and since it is in the same "color family" as the gable/gate I think it still works. Also, can you believe that rambler rose?! It´s the same as in the walled garden (Filipes Kiftsgate). I sort of decided this winter to rip out the salmon-ish colored rose to the left of the entry and plant another Kiftsgate but since I know it would probably the death of "salmon rose" I just can´t do it.
Next on the list are those decorative triangle thingies over the windows (I studied history of arts but still have no idea what these are called - help? UPDATE: pediments, thank you!). They are not in good shape and need to be fixed. We are waiting for an estimate of a professional plasterer since this isn´t something we want do DIY. Funny thing is when he first came to take a look at the house he told us that those super ornamental "pillars" (UPDATE: corbels, thank you!) are definitely not original - something I had suspected all along. Now to decide whether to keep and restore them or just get rid of them altogether. Thoughts? I´m on the team "get rid of them".
UPDATE: Definitely not getting rid of the pediments, just (maybe) the corbels - and yes they´ve literally been stuck on at some point by someone who decided the house needed some more "fancy" ;-)