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Valverde Bazaar 1-Day Pop-Up Market at Eron Johnson Antiques

May 16, 2015 from 9am to 4pm
Voted Denver’s Best New Flea Market in 2014 by Westword, this curated market brings together emerging artisans and local, independent businesses selling vintage, antique and hip, handmade products. The market has expanded this year to over 85 booths…See More
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Phil replied to Jim Quinn's discussion Shingle Supplier Belt Course Help
"I got my (and continue as needed) white cedar shingles from my local, non-chain, lumber yard.  They are imported from Canada, or were 10 years ago, because I called them about painting.  All shingles are 16-18" tall.  Mine were…"
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Jim Quinn replied to Jim Quinn's discussion Shingle Supplier Belt Course Help
"Thank you for the replies. Any thoughts on where to get the random width shingles? I'm also trying to figure out how to deal with the internal and external seams and how you stop them from leaking. Thanks, Jim"


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Shingle Supplier Belt Course Help 4 Replies

Hello Everyone,Well Spring is trying to come here in upstate NY and I'm eager to continue on the north side of the house again. I updated some pictures of where I left off last fall.So my question is, does anyone have any suggestions for where to get shingles? The ones I have seem to measure 6" wide and all I see are ~5" wide. I have two belt courses to put back since they were removed for the evil aluminum install. It won't be a ton of shingles.Here is a picture of the area.…Continue

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

Making Interior Plaster/Help Asked 16 Replies

Readers;   I am searching about for Interior plastering information. 1st how do you make the plaster, from scratch?  I know you cannot use Plaster of Paris, it sets up far too fast.  I do not think Joint Compound would work on lath, or yes, who KNOWS.  I also noted, on some sites, that you use a 'bonding agent'(how vague is that!) on the first coat of lath and plaster.  What is a bonding agent in circa 2015?  And the flip side, what is a bonding agent in 1815?  I have the theoretical skill to…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Daniel on Wednesday.

House Style - not Bungalow, not Craftsman, kinda Cape Cod -- help! 12 Replies

Can you help me identify this house style? I'm considering buying it for my NotSoBig home and need some place to start.It looks like a Cape Cod - that is, full first floor, built out second floor.Practically untouched from it's creation in 1916.No additions. Stone foundation, two feet thick. 40'x10' porches on front and back.Both porches have cement floors. The back porch is 5'x5' cement tiles, the front porch cement looks like it was just a slab foundation for a wooden floor. Ceiling of back…Continue

Started by Colleen McCloskey in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Colleen McCloskey on Tuesday.

Our first old home 5 Replies

My husband & I have a purchase agreement on (what I think is) a victorian folk style home in MichiganHouse.jpg built in 1900 (picture below, correct me if I'm wrong).  It is a 2 story brick with a Michigan basement.  The interior was updated last year, and a metal roof was put on in 2013.  We have an inspection next Wednesday,…Continue

Started by Sandy D in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson on Tuesday.

Water infiltrating enclosed porch windows 3 Replies

Hello everyone, my husband and I purchased our beloved 1907 Victorian last July and we are so excited to finally have a full year of home improvement time to work on the home.On the roster this year:Repairing rotted box gutters on northwest corner, southeast corner, north sideRepair & repaint rotted window sashes on west side of homeLawn care, so much needs to be done in this areaIf we are lucky to find a contractor, a good one in the area, we are hoping to stabilize the enclosed porches.…Continue

Tags: rot, water, damage, stabilization, windows

Started by Miranda Bouck in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson on Tuesday.

Rebuilding old shutters 4 Replies

Prox 1860. I have 8 shutters which need to be rebuilt, stripped and repainted.My questions are: When priming, do I go all the way to the end (and the end) of the shutter boards? Do I prime mortises? Half of the shutters are movable. Do I put paint in the holes for the moveable slats. How about the rounded shafts on the end of the slats.Maybe the first question I should have asked was "Has OHJ ever run an article on old shutter repair?Dan Reppert, Ft. Madison IAContinue

Started by Arthur Daniel (Dan) Reppert in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Arthur Daniel (Dan) Reppert on Tuesday.

Need Some Painting Advice On Victorian House 7 Replies

As soon as the white stuff that is outside goes away and the ground can be walked upon without sinking into the mud, we are going to have our beautiful house painted. The house has so many architectural details that we want to highlight. We have decided on colors-we are going to keep with the gray as the main color. We also like the maroon that is on the doors right now so we are going to keep that color and use it more than just the doors. We will probably use white as an accent. So, those are…Continue

Tags: Painting, House, Victorian

Started by CatwomanofV in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt Mar 21.

Finish coat on 1850 plaster and lath wall 5 Replies

I've tried to read up on anything I can about plaster and lath and the finish coat and what to use but having no luck in understanding what I need to use or can use in 2015. Our church was built in 1850. The finish coat is peeling (and it's not a smooth coat either. It has small aggregate in it and the pattern is not uniform) in many areas on the walls and I'd like to know what I should use to replace it once it's scraped off. Of what I've scraped off already, the plaster underneath looks…Continue

Started by Tina in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Tina Mar 20.

Wanted - OHJ Logo Shirt 2 Replies

**Wanted**Old House Journal Logo T-shirt, men's Large (prefer blue but any colour will do).Continue

Started by James Olson in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by James Olson Mar 20.

1888 Queen Anne West Michigan 2 Replies

1888 Queen Anne located just a few minutes from lake Michigan , 9 stained glass windows , extremely ornately carved fireplaces  , depicting Greek mythology ,  6 bedrooms , 2 full baths , the bedrooms are all equipped with walk in closet with original built in dressers , the house also has beautiful inlayed wood floors , 3 bay windows  and original Russell and Erwin hardware through out the house . there is a receiving room , front parlor , second parlor , formal dining room , large kitchen and…Continue

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by Quintin - Walt Tiffany Mar 20.

Blog Posts

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 — 6 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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