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Could anyone help me find out where to advertise my old house items?

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…See More
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Michael Cozad replied to Kaitlyn E.'s discussion Old kitchen sink advice?
"That is a really cool sink! But if I understand it correctly, those are cracks in the porcelain. I think they are under the glaze and are normal-I think. I can't help with the stains but I will try that Magic Eraser if I can find it on my…"
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Pamela Logan replied to Deb Beatty Mel's discussion Experiences with "Plaster Magic"
"Works great.  Used it on horsehair plaster on walls, ceiling.  It's great."
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KARODY ROBBINS replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"Thanks for all the help!  Whether old or not, at least I only gave $20 for it :).  It seems older than 70s to me, but may have been a good reproduction then? Painting on it was definitely done by hand.  We are a couple weeks away from…"
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Phil replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"The shades and shade fitters are definitely modern, but the arms look potentially original gas.  Fake gas keys usually are less realistic looking than these.  "
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Lair Tienter replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"I remember installing several fixtures that look like that back in the 80's.  They came right out of the box with crackle paint and all.  Very nice looking but not the period you are going for, not saying you can't use it. …"
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caseypratt replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"I agree, the similar ones I found on google images were ID'ed as Italian 1970's. Casey"
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psychochix replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"I have to be honest, I don't think it's that old. Looks very 1970's to me. As far as belonging in a Victorian or a Colonial Revival, I'd have to say neither. If you like it, by all means keep it, but it doesn't look period…"
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Could anyone help me find out where to advertise my old house items?

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

Tags: baseboards, windows, staircase, flooring, Plank

Started by Cathy J Decker in Old Houses: 1900-1945 21 hours ago.

Old kitchen sink advice? 6 Replies

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

Tags: sink, Kitchen

Started by Kaitlyn E. in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Michael Cozad yesterday.

Experiences with "Plaster Magic" 2 Replies

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

Tags: magic, repair, plaster

Started by Deb Beatty Mel in Old-House Products. Last reply by Pamela Logan on Friday.

Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier. 5 Replies

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

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS on Thursday.

What do I do with this kitchen? 9 Replies

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

Tags: backsplash, sink, countertop, cabinets, kitchen

Started by LaDonna Dutton in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Mark W. Hoffa on Tuesday.

Slate Roof Repair 2 Replies

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

Started by Susan Scofield in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Susan Scofield Mar 14.

matching late 1920's moulding 7 Replies

I'm trying to match some moulding but I have no idea where to find it. Any ideas?Thanks!Continue

Started by John in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by John Mar 13.

Painting Iron Grates with Painted Floors 4 Replies

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

Tags: Floors, Painted

Started by Pamela Logan in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Pamela Logan Mar 10.

Lifting perfectly good wood floor to find more decorative wood floor underneath 11 Replies

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

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil Mar 10.

Floor restoration options - Please help 6 Replies

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

Tags: woodwork, molding, pine, pumpkin, floors

Started by Stephanie in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by johninelgin Mar 7.

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