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"What a find!!  How much have you been able to get done?"
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stripping stairway paint

"Nice! What are you using as a finish?"
Susan Connolly replied to Katie Watenpool's discussion 100 Year Old Baseboard Trim - Refinishing
"I believe you told me you use Duraseal on your floors, do you use it on stairways and all its components? Duraseal has a lot of beautiful "colors" and I love the old darkish/red/mahogany varnish or shellac that was used back in the…"
Randall Marder replied to Kim's discussion Guidance on original tile wainscot in shower
"I forgot to mention within the 1” thick mortar walls, you will usually find a heavy steel diamond lathe reinforcement. Randall"
Randall Marder replied to Kim's discussion Guidance on original tile wainscot in shower
"as an expert in historical preservation I would not be concern about mold if you have good exhaust fan.  Here is how your walls are constructed under the tile.  You do not have plaster behind the tile you have a hand mixed mortar mix that…"
Randall Marder replied to Katie Watenpool's discussion 100 Year Old Baseboard Trim - Refinishing
"since i save our history, I do not have any laying around lol .  Man I been so busy sorry for my delay in getting back to you. A Colorado snow day   Yours  Randall "
Randall Marder replied to Katie Watenpool's discussion 100 Year Old Baseboard Trim - Refinishing
"why do you think your may have disturb the patina?  If you use a deep penetrating old world oil blended finish your patina if left will pop.   Randall"
Susan Connolly replied to Katie Watenpool's discussion 100 Year Old Baseboard Trim - Refinishing
"The wood in that picture is beautiful! When I stripped all the paint off my newel post the wood was very dry. I rubbed it down with BLO, which turned the wood a redish color. The wood does not look as nice as yours and I realize you did not disturb…"


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100 Year Old Baseboard Trim - Refinishing 17 Replies

My husband and I are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with our 100 year old house renovation. With that, we've been told a few different ways to handle the refinishing of our baseboard trim. We first started out with the whole stripping process - Coat the wood, wait, scrape, reapply, and finish with steel wool pads. Next when we made the final decision to have all the baseboards painted, instead of restaining, we were told that we just need to sand the baseboards, prime, and…Continue

Tags: stripping, stain, paint, trim, baseboard

Started by Katie Watenpool in Old House How-To. Last reply by Susan Connolly on Tuesday.

Guidance on original tile wainscot in shower 4 Replies

I recently bought a 1930s Spanish Revival house with original black and yellow tile wainscot. The walls are of original lath and plaster. I'm worried about water infiltration and potential mold, even though I've painted with high-gloss paint as recommended by painters. Considering the tile has been in place for nearly 90 years, maybe this is not a problem. I have considered re-tiling with a similar motif up to the ceiling, but it would look out of character with the rest of the bathroom. Has…Continue

Tags: shower, wainscot, bathroom, tile

Started by Kim in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Randall Marder on Tuesday.

What style is my 1880 home ? 1 Reply


Started by Davey in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Saturday.

Remodelling old house 2 Replies

My grandfather gifted me his old house as my wedding gift. It's an old house which is about 100 years old. I'm planning to shift into that house after my marriage. Since its an old house, It needs some renovation. The windows and doors need to be replaced and some remodeling is needed for roofing also. I've contacted this window installation company in Toronto. They assured…Continue

Started by LauraTom in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Theresa Mary Giancola Oct 10.

tin ceiling in a bathroom 9 Replies

We are creating a master bath in a our 1882 folk italianate where there wasn't one before (existing empty space). We're doing it period style, but very functional. We need to tear out the existing unlevel, water damaged ceiling (glued-up accostical tiles) and start over, and we decided that a tin ceiling would look great. We are going to use 24" square raw tin-plated steel panels with a 12" pattern repeat, and I want to give them an antique look by rubbing on/off with black oil based paint,…Continue

Started by Dianne in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by jackycypress Oct 8.

Ventless Gas Log Fireplaces 14 Replies

What are everyone's thoughts on ventless gas logs for a fireplace? I have no experiance with them and don't know if they're truly "ventless" or if you still get fumes. How hot does it get in that space and do I have to do anything to the old fireplaces (line them with something) prior to installation?My chimneys are long gone and to have everything rebuilt would just be ridiculous money at the moment. The main purpose is simply for show (at least in the parlor), but there is 1 bedroom that…Continue

Started by Will H in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Leon Korner Sep 30.

Painted wallpaper 4 Replies

Purchased a cute 1920 bungalow that has wallpaper over plaster in every room. For the most part it's in great shape with several coats of paint over the wallpaper. I'm not up for removing it so going to paint over it. The problem in my dining room is a few very stiff bubbles about 6 inches long. I need suggestions how to reattach it or possibly cut the bubbles out and skim coat over it. Any ideas would be great!Continue

Started by Dee Parks in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Cara Sep 27.

Can the contents of a moldy house be saved? 10 Replies

I would like input on what might be saved in a house where the owner died and the inheritors lived in it inconsistently.  The house is more than 77 years old, and was fairly well maintained up until 5 years ago.  The foundation is good, but the tin roof has leaked to a small degree in every room, was repaired improperly and we are unsure of the extent of the damage to interior walls. To be certain, we need a new complete or partial roof, possible replacement to parts of some interior walls, and…Continue

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Started by Marah Geo in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Dana Dickson Sep 23.

Removing polyurethane with hydrogen peroxide 2 Replies

I thought this might be useful to someone. When my dog chewed into and spilled a bottle of hydrogen peroxide on the floor with a 30 year old clear polyurethane finish, it completely removed it down to bare wood. I am not sure how long it sat on the floor but no more than 10 hours.  I wonder if this would be useful in refinishing a small area maybe using vaseline to protect adjacent boards. It would bleach the wood I imagine, but sanding removes the patina also.Mimi Continue

Started by Denise M Costley in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil Sep 22.

Chimney in the garage?!? 3 Replies

We have a 1904 home with a detached garage that dates to at least 1919 if not earlier.  The garage had a chimney on the inside of the back wall at one point (so inside the garage), as we have seen from old photos and previous owner testimony.   The garage is a two car, made of brick and quite deep - almost enough to accommodate four cars two behind two.  It also has four windows, two on each side, so there's a lot of light exposure.  The original owner had a car dealership and garage in the…Continue

Started by Jessika Aguilar in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Dana Dickson Sep 8.

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