Have 4 Markel (M.E.P.) cast iron wall sconces in my early 1930’s bungalow. The fixtures had many coats of wall paint & I want to refinish them, mainly so more of the casting detail shows. They’ve been stripped & white primer applied. Any idea what kind of finish the manufacturer put on these? Or were they usually painted to match the walls? Thanks,…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
A good friend of mine has sold his early 1900's home to the city. It will be demolished, possibly in about 2 weeks. I took a tour of the house today (Oct. 10, 2015). There are beautiful, original sconces on the walls, gorgeous original woodwork, a fireplace and more. I told him to at least take the sconces down because someone would want those for sure. This is in DeKalb, Illinois. Is anybody interested in helping to rescue things from this house?Continue
Started by Elaine Cozort in Old Houses: 1900-1945 on Saturday.
I removed many layers of paint from the 3 decorative ceramic tiles on my fireplace. (Also removed the same from the original limestone arch on the front, but that's another project discussion). The tiles on the fireplace (and those on the hearth too) are dull and ashy looking. They look great when wet. I'm sure the gloss finish of the original glaze was damaged by paint and the products to remove it. I know there's nothing that can be done about the crazing which has occurred naturally but what…Continue
Thought I'd ask the experts here. Does anyone know what this tile is? I'm working on a house that has extensive amount of it on the first floor, original and built in 1929. At first glance it looks like cork but is cement based with wood fibers in it. Rectangular shapes, various sizes with the largest being maybe 12x16 from what i remember.Is there asbestos in this? There are no plans to remove it and its in good condition, but i am curious because I've not seen anything quite like it.thank…Continue
I bought this 1939 post war bungalow that I'm currently remodeling. I need some ideas on what to do with this front porch. I need to dress up this aluminum roof above it somehow and I was thinking to replace the "iron" support columnist the right with a nice decorative wood one. I was also thinking of adding some new decorative gutters running on the front of it to dress it up. I'll eventually tear off all the aluminum and build a pitched roof there, but I need something for the time being as…Continue
1950's Vintage Cast Iron with Porcelain overlay kitchen sink with cabinet base. 6 feet long. Located in Islip, NY. Asking $1000.00. You pick up and haul. Available immediately. Email, call or text with any questions or if interested in purchasing.Thank you,Eugene Gulottaegulotta2@gmail.com516-242-5320Continue
Started by Eugene Gulotta in Swaps and Sales Oct 6.
Now that I have my bathroom almost done, I finally cleaned up the used tub that I installed. It was a 50/50 chance that the surface would be useable as is, and once I got it clean, it is apparent that it really needs refinishing. I have a few calls in to places that do this work, but since I have no experience with it, I have no idea what questions to ask, what pitfalls to avoid, or what other things might need to be considered. Anyone with experience here?
FYI - Some sparrows carved out a nice little space last spring in the opposing corners of where my roof eaves meet. They were great at finding a spot high enough, and dangerous enough that I couldn't easily repair it without erecting a massive scaffold. So, I managed to get my 28' extension ladder up there (barely), secured it ropes and Bondo'ed & filled in the gap. Of course, the sparrow and family had cleared out as I wouldn't want to King Tut' them in. The stuff is great as it filled…Continue
I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order process that stemmed from Barber's pattern books and monthly periodical publications. Barber's designs were published between 1888 and 1908, with the first 12 or so years being largely designed in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Around 1900 Barber reluctantly began to incorporate designs in the…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!