I am quite new to this, so bear with me. I am salvaging wood and some other items from an old house that is going to be demolished. Where can I advertise them so people who are remodeling or building can find my ads? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!Continue
Started by Cathy J Decker in Old Houses: 1900-1945 21 hours ago.
Hi everyone, My husband and I are working on our 1905 Victorian, and the kitchen is next! We found an awesome old sink on CraigsList that we bought for only $225...but it needs a little love.No nicks or cracks, just some slight pitting, some stains, and a bit of darker "crackly" looking areas. I have tried dish soap, baking soda and vinegar, and bar keepers friend, and while it definitely is cleaner now those marks are still there and I can't seem to make the stains budge. Does anyone have any…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
Please help me identify this big beautiful lady. She is hand painted with quite a bit of crazing on the china. Arms are brass, similar to what is on my gas lamp in my 1885 Victorian house.It is very large, probably extends down 2 feet. What time/ style does this evoke? Would this go better in the 1885 Victorian or a 1910 Neo Colonial Revival?Continue
I have added a picture of the kitchen of a home we are purchasing. I love the brick flooring (original). I want to keep the original kitchen cabinets from the early 1900s, but something needs to happen with them. They are extremely grainy, so I am not sure if they can even be sanded down. Also, the countertops look like some…Continue
It's been 15 years this month since I had my slate roof installed, had the box gutters rebuilt and lined in copper and had copper downspouts installed. My installer is the Durable Slate Company in Columbus Ohio. My house suffered really bad wind damage last Wednesday. I called Durable on Thursday. Durable's Cleveland office arrived on Friday to inspect the damage. The repair crew arrived this morning, Monday, March 13th. Durable reattached my copper roof ridge, replaced several slates that…Continue
Hi - 1790 Tiny House here. Painting my entry way in a black and white diamond pattern and I have an iron grate, smack in the middle of the floor. (Forced hot air was put in in the 1970's, I think) Do I paint the grate as if it is part of the floor, or do I paint it all black, all white or something else?Continue
So on our 1885 Victorian, some side rooms have very narrow wood floors, often laid in a decorative pattern. In the middle or main rooms of the house, the wood floor is typical tongue and groove. A photo I posted of an arched doorway the other day let caseypratt to say that the arch and the floor together made him think 40s. This got us thinking. The two types of wood floor are not level. What if the newer one (laid in the 40s) is actually covering skinny stick work floors? Also, we can't…Continue
Hi all,Hoping this community can help me! We recently purchased a home built in 1865 and while there are still many beautiful and original details, there have also been a lot of "dumb" renovations over the years that we are slowly going to attempt to reverse. Our first project is the kitchen! Currently the entire downstairs has an ugly, fake laminent floor. We know the original pumpkin pine floors are underneath because we can see them in the closets, under the radiators, and in the kitchen…Continue
Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.
By Mary Ellen Polson…Continue
Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:02pm