I've read a lot of the discussion regarding shellac and perhaps someone has already discussed this but time is short. The woodwork in my house (1903 Queen Ann) is shellac (yes, I'm sure) and is in very rough shape. Some places worse than others. Alcohol dissolves it and then it looks wonderful. I don't want to strip all the wood in my house down to bare wood. Can I put another finish over shellac or is that asking for problems? If I have to use shellac again, I will, but I would prefer…Continue
Hello, we recently purchased a 1927 Tudor. The baseboards and door surrounds in the dining room are painted white. We started to strip them with a heat gun, and several layers of white paint and one layer of a yellow-ish paint came off pretty easily. But beneath the yellow paint is a tough khaki substance, and beneath that is a thin grey layer--neither of these layers will come off. We've had some past experience scraping wood and haven't encountered this before. Have we reached layers of…Continue
Started by Melanie Speer in Old Houses: 1900-1945 on Friday.
I would like some opinions on whether this old cupboard is worth fixing up and building a kitchen remodel around it, or should we just tear it out? Husband and I have differing views and it's making it difficult for us to move forward with a plan. Thanks in advance.Continue
Looking for ideas, matters to be concerned about, in turning this uninsulated "attic" space into a large shared closet for the two adjoining bedrooms. I am not finding much at all online with a similiar set up, in that the tongue and groove complete with scary peeling (oil over latex vs lead vs just cover it up!) paint. What I have learned is that insulating the area should be done with caution, so as to not cause ice dams etc. I don't need to make the closet warm,enough to stay in for long…Continue
I purchased my home 2 years ago, and it was listed as having been built in 1929. I am curious if it was the kind of kit-house people used to mail order & build. I am planning, at some point, in going to pull the county records to find out as much as possible about my house. What records would I be looking for specifically, & what sources besides county records would you suggest I search/ask for?…Continue
Started by Tammy Guerrero in Old House How-To Apr 15.
Readers; Hallo from the Norumbega! Its been awhile since my last contribution to this forum. "Stuff"/Life/&Death have taken up my time. Onward, I have spent the winter takeing OUT the plastic wallpaper to the dining room, repainting the wash room/hallway, and in general, trying to return the house to its origins. I have learned the 'art & mystery' of wall stenciling and wall murals' after the School of Rufus Porter et al. I exposed the support posts in the dining room- red pine!- they…Continue
Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Apr 15.
We have two quotes from roofers to put a new roof on our 1850's Victorian. As I'm sure is common, we're having difficulty separating fact from sales pitch. One insists that the whole roof needs to be sheathed in plywood (adding 11K to the cost - oof) and the other didn't mention plywood in the quote at all.Both were impressed with the 16" wide old-growth planking in our attics, but the plywood advocate is saying that, because of the swell/shrink rate of the wide planks, the nails will rip…Continue
We have just finished working on a room in our 1856 Greek Revival home and need help with how to liven up the original cedar floor. We don't want to darken the floor, just give it some life and protect it. I don't know if that means just sealing it or waxing it? In one photo you can see the "rug line".…Continue
Started by Cynthia George in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Apr 7.
Hello everyone. I'd like to ask everybody out there a question. We are remodeling our 1905 Arts & Crafts home. After removing the modern drywall (no plaster here) we came upon two very old layers of wallpaper (first one circa 1905 and the second layer circa 1930's). Beneath the first applied layer of paper (and attached to the horizontal boards) is a thin brownish-grayish layer of what feels like cotton. When the wallpaper is removed some of it sticks to the paper and some sticks to…Continue
I am wondering if anyone knows of a site or primer on repairing old style door knob assemblies. I have a 1929 house with mostly original glass or bronze door knobs and many of the assemblies no longer operate. Before we start taking them out, I wanted to review whats what with the insides and how one might fix them etc. If anyone could provide any info I would appreciate it, thanks!Continue
Boarded up and forlorn, the colonial house was adopted, then dismantled and moved to the Hudson Valley by a couple of dedicated preservationists.
By Patricia Poore
Surviving since colonial days, the …Continue
Posted by Emily O'Brien on March 25, 2018 at 8:17pm