So as some of you may know, I have a fireplace in my diningroom made of slate. As in most old houses, it had been painted over the years to "modernize" the look of the home. I want it to go back to being slate, but we can't get the final coat of paint off.It was suggested to me that I should consider sandblasting. I'm skeptical because slate is soft, but I was told that it shouldn't harm the slate. The fireplace also has etchings in the slate so I don't want to lose those either. Anyone have…Continue
We recently purchased an OLD home and were doing some digging in the side yard when we ran into a pipe. We had no idea what the pipe was for so we followed in and found this: Can anyone tell me what it is?We've been told it might be an old, dry well...but we're concerned about the pipes which run under the house.Continue
I'm looking for Victorian era books or magazines, that show or describe the times design , basically an interior design book or magazine , but ones from the 1880s as I can find books showing modern takes on original looks but id be much happier to see exactly what they were basing their interiors on. Does any one have a suggestion or source ? Thanks
Hi all... looking for some advice for best practices in cleaning and possibly restoring original NYC Brownstone shutters. I got an amazing deal on a huge lot that came out of the Dakota building (John Lennon's old haunt). Looking to add a few to my own townhouse Victorian windows, where the originals were removed. They of course will need slight tweaking, but I'm more concerned with cleaning them up a bit. The original finish in places that were obviously exposed to UV has almost turned black…Continue
Looking for advice on adding storm/screens to my basement windows. Currently the windows have plexiglass screwed over them and they are caulked shut. I want to them to function so I can get some fresh air into my basement. The windows are above grade, no window wells or such. I don't want to use aluminium or vinyl storm/screens, I'd like to make some wooden ones. My question is how to secure them to the window frames. Do you use hangers just like the main house windows? I don't want to use turn…Continue
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the vent goes down the wall and hot air is present. why would there be a radiator and a wall vent? the house was built in 1907. what is the purpose of the wall vent? It is not connected to the outside that I can see.Continue
Our new house was built around 1903. I like keeping things as original as I can. The kitchen floor had a couple layers of tile and finally terracotta tile with chicken wire nailed to unfinished yellow pine. Over the years, it looks like the terracotta bled through to the wood and it is splintering badly from the large nails all over. Yesterday a floor guy told me that between the stains and the splintering, I should just forget about saving it because it wouldn't hold up to the sanding and…Continue
I am slowly renovating a 1916 four square. I have had the oak trim downstairs and the fir trim upstairs stripped and refinished. It all looked beautiful. But after time, the fir upstairs began to get sticky. I thought the stripper had not thoroughly dried the wood before refinishing. When I brought the problem to him, he was perplexed. He did some research then explained to me that some woods, including fir, redwood, cedar have a tendency to bleed. He suggests that shellac would seal in the…Continue
I am restoring an old home and am getting closer every day to paint time. I know someone who is also restoring an old home who uses only oil-based paint on all the interior trim. Comments? Opinions? Pros vs Cons? Thank you! Continue
Hi,A few months ago I bought a 1906 house. I think the house had a somewhat big remodel in the 20s or 30s, since it has a later porch and I think the aging original owners (who lived in the house until the mid 50s) were the ones to first make it a two-unit. Most of the other houses in the neighborhood with original porches have neoclassical columns. The house was remodeled again sometime in the 50s, when the downstairs kitchen was expanded and an upstairs porch was added to the back of 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!