I haven't posted for a while because things are going very well with our restoration. Our 1903 Cottage/Craftsman (with some Tudor elements) is getting a tin ceiling for the kitchen, butler's pantry, and breakfast nook. I am putting up the nail up kind and I have chosen a pattern that is appropriate for the era. I would love some ideas on how to paint them. My wish is for them to have a coppery color with a sort of umber rubbed-on effect but I am completely open to suggestions. I have…Continue
Does anyone have any sources or know of a person who might have an early example of a "wedding cake" or "waterfall" chandelier with full crystal dressing? Condition is irrelevant as long as all crystals are present ... can re-wire and polish as necessary.Continue
Hi everyone!I'm new to old houses, so pardon in advance for the millions of questions I'm sure to ask in the future.I have recently decided to "put my big girl britches on" and buy a house, as opposed to throwing money away on rent like I have been for the last few years. I've always loved the aesthetics of old houses, so it was natural for me to lean in that direction on my house search.We recently went under contract for a 3-bedroom 1904 colonial, and should be closing around mid-June. I'm…Continue
We're starting to look at our kitchen with an eye to re-doing it. A big undertaking, and one which could cost us a bunch of $, and that's even if we're frugal. If we aren't frugal, it could cost us several bunches of $. The truism about kitchens is that cabinetry is going to be the most expensive item. But a good countertop can add up the expense, too.So we're trying to balance expense versus taste. Countertops are easier to replace than cabinets, in trying to figure out ways to save, we're…Continue
does anyone have experience with using old bathtub handles with modern valves? I have 3 American Standard cross handles, (hot, cold,and tub/shower diverter) with the tall escutcheons. I think they're from the 40s. The splines are different than what would fit on the modern valves. Are there such things as adapters? Could i have something machined? Could epoxy be used?Continue
Been awhile since I sought advice from the forums. Getting ready to camouflage this ugly aluminum flashing with some patinaed copper. I have a roll of 6" wide copper. Obviously I will have to cut it and shape it to fit around the arch. I intend to use industrial adhesive to glue it to the aluminum. Any ideas on what shapes might look best and most storybook? Rounded curves, tudor arch, squared edges? No room for error once I cut the copper! Thanks all!Continue
We have a 1749 farm house in Chester County Pa. We are GC the project our selves (Yeah I know were crazy but trying to save money) Does anybody know of a user friendly ap that I could use to help manage our projects? We are open to any suggestions......
I was wondering if any one knows of a way to determine the original colors of a house , i have heard stories where an old photos is used and they some how determine what colors it was based on the shades of sepia that appear in the photo, but im not sure if these claims are true . so has any one had any luck searching out the original colors of their house?Continue
We have enjoyed learning about our old home, so much so that we created a site to capture our research. The reason I write is that it our C.1729 has a number of exposed re-used beams. Although this was commonplace, we may have reason to believe that the home started out as a single bay property. One of the reasons for this is that the house has a transverse summer beam on one side of the house and a longitudinal beam on the other. We would love to hear if there are any clues in the images that…Continue
Hello all,I'm starting to get to the point on the house where I will start stripping the shingles. The below picture shows some of what I am up against. Some of the shingles are split due to the aluminum siding nails. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to repair these? Or do I need to replace anyone that is split. Thanks in advance,Jim…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!