We're restoring a built in cabinet in our 1892 shingle style Victorian and are trying to determine the most durable finish we can use on the counter. Choices are spar varnish/Helmsman, floor poly, or a product we saw in HD this morning that's an epoxy bar top finish. Any suggestions? ThanksContinue
When we first moved into the house, we discovered a pair or radiator covers in the basement. They were getting rusty due to some moisture problems down there, that have since been corrected. They were both hauled out of the exile in the basement. Amy had refinished the dining room cover a couple of years ago. While #2 took up residence on the porch for a couple of seasons. Or at least until I could get around to refinishing it. This weekend, we had a neighbor help carry it to the…Continue
Hello, could anyone help me with the style of our new project? It was built in 1908 in Water Valley Ms. We recently added new shingles and I went back with original color of green. My mother lives in the house next door to the left. She grew up in the house located on the right. A lot of memories for our family on this block and we're so excited to have this home. Thanks in advance for any information.Continue
Greetings all,Our old house was changed in the late 1920s with the removal of the back stairway from the second floor to the attic. The front staircase was changed going from the second floor landing area to building a stairway to the attic in what was the open to the ceiling stairwell. This addition was tied into the header above the window and covers stained glass. It is now pulling away from the wall and needs to be removed, restoring the stairwell to the original configuration...as such I…Continue
Have any of you tried Big Wally's Plaster Magic? It's a system that glues old plaster onto the lathe when it has begun to detach. I am intrigued by what I see online, but wonder if it holds up over time. Does anyone have experience to share?Continue
I'm looking for split-style ceiling & floor flanges for 3/4" pipe feeding my American Standard hot water radiators.1. Solid cast iron2. Split & hinged with a loop & tab at the mating end.3. 10-24 set screw for fixed position on pipe.4. Smooth with a slight flare upward towards the pipe5. Originally nickel plated but I'm going to clean & paint if in rough condition.6. 3" diameter overall.See photo for exact match.…Continue
My wife & I recently purchased our 1925 home and undergone a fairly extensive rennovation of the entire house (except the kitchen which we'll do later). As you can see from the photos, it mostly appears to be a bungalow but they eyebrow roof is unique. A quick check with the City revealed they didn't have the original blueprints unfortunately but I remain optimistic I'll be able to learn more about it.It was virtually 100% original when we bought it and we've tried to keep all it's original…Continue
Started by Scott Allen in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Jan 27.
I need to paint three radiators that are original to my 1903 house. I am looking for a metallic dark bronze kind of color. I haven't done much investigating yet in case someone here can share an experience or offer a suggestion. It seems the high heat spray paints are very limited in the colors offered. Has anyone tried regular spray paint on a radiator? Can that even be done? Thank you! Continue
Sometime in about 1947 the residents of our house installed a full bath in what was the first floor pantry. Until we dug in and redid it the idea that it was a pantry was only suspect. It was pretty cool finding evidence of the original pantry and of how they added walls and doors, etc.to make it a little nicer (unlike so many pantry turned to baths, ors is not immediately off either the kitchen or dining room - they added a small alcove which mitigates the weirdness of a bath off the dining…Continue
Our new lakefront cottage has a vintage look and I am trying to decide if an Arts & Crafts look or a Coastal look is more appropriate. I think an Arts & Crafts look is tougher to pull off but I really respect and admire that style. A coastal look may be more suitable to something that is lakefront and is easier with all that wicker and white paint. Any thoughts? I have attached a picture of the front. …Continue
I have turn of the early 1900's "replacement" windows and good old aluminum storms. Drinking straws make wonderful, easily removed gaskets. They even fit in the storm window bottoms. When I close a window, its tight!