Archive for La Jolla Historic Painting

La Jolla Athenaeum Door Restoration

My childhood library in La Jolla is now the La Jolla Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. Driving by as I often do, I noticed the natural wood doors were not looking up to snuff. Now that my kids are grown and enjoying my as The La Jolla house painter , I offered my services gratis, to refinish these two French doors facing onto Girard Avenue.

Door refinishing is a specialty of ours at Peek Brothers and I enjoy the opportunity to work with the tools of my trade to keep my hometown looking sharp


• The wood door was in very poor condition so I stripped off the existing varnish.
• Using a Festool German vacuum sander, I removed all the old finish down to bare wood.
• Sikkens Cetol 1 stain was applied to darken the wood and bring out the Douglas Fir graining
• Three coats of Cetol 23 Plus was applied with sanding in between to insure a super smooth finish.
• The Cetol 123 Plus product builds to a nice satin sheen that is a touch softer and stays more resilient to heavy sun exposure than say, a spar varnish, which over time becomes harder and more brittle and thus prone to failure, especially on softer woods that expand and contract with heat and humidity changes like pine or Douglas fir.
• Entry doors or patio furniture made of Teak or Mahogany are very stable woods that look just stunning with Cetol Marine, a satin finish that is slightly tinted to enrich these natural hardwoods
If you have a front (or side) door that has been beaten up by the sun and needs some attention, we really enjoy wood refinishing and making the entry to your home really shine
You might wonder why I mention the sander I used by name? Festool makes quite possibly the finest sanding and dust collector system in the business. I particularly like that the sander has a very tight oscillation so it never leaves swirls in the wood that can ruin a finish. Also the vacuum attachment keeps dust out of the work area as it is collected right through the sander. When you are applying a fine finish, you cannot have any dust present. Clients love that it keeps our work areas nice and clean 
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Darlington House Gets a Facelift

The Darlington House is a beautiful large home owned by the Social Service league of La Jolla whose mission it is to provide meals and housing support for seniors who have lived and worked in the area. Revenue from special events at Darlington House are used to support the League House next door. My mother Ellen was a active member for many years. In 1968 the League purchased the estate sized home from Mrs. Sybil Darlington and turned the mansion on 7448 Olivetas Street into super special location for weddings and receptions venue. As a natter a fact, our sister Elizabeth (Wig) was married here!  

We have had the pleasure of painting both the interior and exterior of this fine historic structure over the past  30 years. Folks call us when they are looking for a house painter from La Jolla that they can trust; whether it is interior painting or exterior painting. Owner, John Peek, grew up in La Jolla attending local schools and has close ties in the community. John presently serves on the board of directors of the La Jolla Historical Society.

La Jolla Athenaeum Makeover

Many of our younger or newer residents do not know that the portion of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library building on the corner of Wall and Girard was once our community book library. This beautiful structure was designed by William Templeton Johnson and built in 1921 to take the place of La Jolla’s original Reading Room that was built in 1898 on Girard and Wall.  Way back in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, when attended Muirlands Junior High and La Jolla High School, I would ride my bike over after school and use the library as a quiet place to study and read. There is nothing like the smell of books in an old building to make one feel studious!

 By 1989 library use had increased to the point that  the new La Jolla Public Library was built over on Draper Avenue with major donors being Francis Riford and Joan and Irwin Jacobs. The Athenaeum

Athenaeum is “adopted” by Peek Brothers

Back in 2010, I was driving “my” old library and noticed that the paint was peeling in several areas. I could not let this continue and so I contacted the director, Erika Torri, and asked if  Peek Brothers could “adopt” the building exterior and re-paint it . With our donated labor and material, we were glad to get it back to its former glory! It was quite a chore though….as we started to wash the stucco, all the paint from years of maintenance came off down to raw stucco in many areas. What started as a touch up ended up as a full restoration of the plaster and stucco surfaces. After extensive patching; we fully primed and then applied two coats of elastomeric coating to smooth out the look. It gives me great pleasure to drive by “my library” and enjoy its beauty and remember all the great books I have read there over the years. I hope you will enjoy it to!

 

St. James Hall Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

Did you know that this beautiful structure was once the local USO? Back in the 1940’s the military realized they needed a place for the young men serving up at Camp Callan and the local community to meet socially. I wonder how many young couples got their start here at 776 Eads?

The building was purchased by St. James by the Sea and was used for many years for church activities such as youth group, receptions and the famous “White Elephant” sale that La Jollans still look forward to each year!

  • A visit to the jobsite by Stacy Peek and newly born Brendan Spring 1986
I have particularly fond memories of this structure. I helped my mom, Ellen, back when she chaired the White Elephant sale….she would often ask: “Honey, would you mind going over to so and so’s house and picking up a sofa for me sweetheart”. I built up a lot of muscle due to that annual sale! We also used to have a huge youth group meeting in the main room every Wednesday night with lots of spaghetti and then discussions…it was the best!  We even celebrated my parents (Tom and Ellen Peek) 50th wedding anniversary with 200 people here.

We painted it in 1986, back when it still had the original siding and windows from when built. Sometime in the 1990’s the structure was extensively updated inside and out. We got the fun project of re-painting the remodeled structure in 2007,  both inside and out, to give it a fresh new look it has today.

Recently around 2010, the facility was leased by the church to an event coordinator who named it “The Cuvier Club” to service weddings and other receptions.