I took this photo on a clear night in early February. Several Ghost hunters and others interested in the paranormal have been very excited over it - I was, actually, on a "Ghost tour" that is part of our annual WInterfest. I enjoy it for the stories, humor and history Martin Sweeney, our historian and tour guide, brings to the walk. I had climbed up the steps in front of the town hall to take a photo of the group and when I looked at the screen after snapping the picture, this is what I saw. I…Continue
Hello allI am new to this forum and I am glad I have found such a great resource. I bought my 1895 Masonic Queen Anne Victorian home about 3 years ago. My home is about 98% original. It was built by a 33 degree Mason and has a pyramid topped tower with the all seeing eye cut out on the weathervane. (Neat Stuff). All these features made me want to own it more. Quite a mystery about the original owner.As I have lived here I have been doing cosmetic restoration (Paint, wood staining etc). While…Continue
Hi all;I now own a storybook cottage (yeah, a 3500 sq. ft. "cottage") in Detroit. It is clay tile and brick with a a rough stucco exterior (no wood frame!). Fortunately, the stucco was never painted, and is in overall good condition. However, the areas not exposed to the weather - under eaves, porches, etc., have stained almost black, versus the tan-grey finish of areas exposed to weather.My first attempt at cleaning with detergents and a power washer were disappointing. All I got was a mild…Continue
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Looking for suggestions for my porch reno. House built 1901 Queen Anne. Want to keep everything as period as possible. WOuld like suggestions for railing options and decorative options for uppoer part of porch. If I have issues with code due to porch not being appropriate due to the height (I know the rail should not be higher than the window sill) I will not be doing the porch. Images are attached. Thanks.
My house is currently bright blue with antique white trim (POs did this, not me.) I don't like it - to me, the formula doesn't work at all or highlight the house's architectural features. However, the house doesn't really need to be repainted yet, so I have decided to wait to redo the scheme and instead just add a third color to some of the trim instead to liven it up. Not too much - just the dentil around the lower windows, the upper storm windows, and maybe one or two small porch elements…Continue
so what hidden treasure have you found ? i have found a few things 1. being an 1889 newspaper the 2nd an envelope from the mid 20s with former owners name on it. 3. an owner from the 40s wrote her name on a wall , 4. a chopstick . 5 a mason jar with an 1888 Budweiser bottle. i'm kinda of hoping some where some one left a letter or diary or even better a photograph , so what have you foundContinue
So I have 102 linear feet of picket fencing to paint (three coats) and am looking for advice. Has anyone painted one of these before? Do I do it by hand, buy or rent a sprayer or possibly talk to the local prison authorites about a work release program? Timed it a few weeks back and it took me three hours by hand to prime one section front and back. Thanks,Amanda (WV)Continue
We are restoring an 1841 Greek Revival farmhouse in SW Pennsylvania. I am only beginning to strip some of the woodwork mostly in areas that need the most attention. It appears that all of the wood in the house is American Chestnut and I am looking for advice on stain and finishing techniques. Uncovered, the wood itself is very light and when sanded the dust is a really bright, golden yellow that I have never seen before. We are anxious to preserve the look of the chestnut, but I prefer warm…Continue
Hello:I stripped and refinished my 1910 Victorian interior woodwork with several coats of Ben Moore oil based sanding sealer. That is all I used and it looked great! Now 15 years later the stain in the wood seems to be fading. I guess I should have applied a coat of varnish to protect it. I really want to use an oil based finish but I live in NJ and the only oil based product that is non-poly is Man-O-War Spar varnish. I was all set to use this but now having second thoughts thinking about…Continue
Well it's almost time to finish the kitchen. We screened the original wood floors from our 1850 farmhouse. They look nice and have a great patina. In order to expedite cabinet installation, I did the perimeter of the room that would be covered with the oil. I'm planning on finishing the rest of the floor once the install is done, less chance of ground in dirt that way.The oil makes the wood look wonderful but I'm guessing I didn't buff it enough or something. I used pure tung oil cut 50/50 with…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!