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John Barnes commented on John Rodgers's blog post damask wallpaper substitute?
"Do the stencil, its worth the extra time and YOU get to choose the colors.  I am planning this in my dining room ... probably a very deep and rich red, tone on tone in a flat base coat with semi gloss or satin for the stencil itself ... could…"
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John Barnes commented on Paul Regiec's blog post Historic Porch lattice work
"Are you handy with woodworking tools? You could mill and build your own to your exact specifications, maybe even out of treated lumber so it will last a long time.  I'm going to attempt something similar for a privacy fence I would like to…"
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John Barnes commented on John Barnes's blog post Advice On Plaster
"That's the thing Lair, there are multiple coats of semi-gloss paint over the texture that was applied to the plaster and my fear is that nothing is going to penetrate it ... I don't want to remove the plaster because it is in good…"
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Haldis Fearn replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Painting Tin Ceiling Tiles this Week - Can You Help Me?
"From a technical point you need to make sure there is no oil on the tiles.  A good strong soapy water and rags should do the trick.  This is important because metal and paint are not the best of friends.  The surface will be somewhat…"
Haldis Fearn replied to Charles J's discussion Spring cleaning antique furniture in the group Old House Interior Decorating
"Charles - I talked to a furniture restorer years ago about this.  He gave me this formula and I have been using it for more than 30 years.  I use it on furniture and wood work.  Use equal parts of Gum Turpentine, Distilled White…"
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Painting Tin Ceiling Tiles this Week - Can You Help Me? 4 Replies

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

Started by I love old houses! in Old House How-To. Last reply by Haldis Fearn yesterday.

Looking For Lighting 2 Replies

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

Started by John Barnes in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by CatwomanofV yesterday.

Turning a new page-- our 1904 colonial... 5 Replies

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

Started by Rosie Campos in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson on Sunday.

new counters in a kitchen 9 Replies

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

Started by Richard Pryor in Old House How-To. Last reply by Richard Pryor on Saturday.

old plumbing fixtures 11 Replies

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

Started by lauri lombardi in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by lauri lombardi on Saturday.

Copper flashing ideas for covering aluminum 15 Replies

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

Started by Jill Perkins in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jill Perkins on Saturday.

Need a Good IPAD AP to manage our House Restoration Project 5 Replies

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......

Started by Lisa sheedy in Old-House Products. Last reply by James Olson May 21.

Finding original colors 6 Replies

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

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson May 21.

Help dating timbers in old house. 10 Replies

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

Started by Chris in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by M. O'Neil May 20.

More Help With Side Shingles 4 Replies

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

Started by Jim Quinn in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Phil May 18.

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Arts & Crafts or Coastal Style?

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. …


Posted by Terry Spencer on October 15, 2012 at 11:13am — 8 Comments

Cheap Winter Window Fix

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! 

Posted by lyn joy on October 1, 2012 at 8:45am — 3 Comments

Imminent Teardown of an Historic Home


Yet another of New England’s early saltbox homes has recently been condemned to teardown in the name of commercialism and historically insensitive…


Posted by John Poole on September 26, 2012 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

House style

Picture%202.pngWhat do you think is the style of my Victorian house?

Most say it is in the Gothic Victorian style due to the arched windows and front double door and the quoins in the corners.

Posted by gary minnick on September 19, 2012 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

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