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How should I finish the wide-plank, unfinished wood floor in my attic?

Should I use polyurethane? If so, should I stain first (I'd like a dark, reddish - yellow finish similar to the other floors in the house)?…

Started by Kathy KeenLatest Reply

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What has your spouse screwed up?

Time to come clean! We're collecting stories for a new column in Old-House Journal, and we want to know if there's anything your better hal…

Started by Clare Alexander

6 May 1
Reply by James Olson

What style does one call a new old house?

Whenever a Long Islander thinks "Victorian", there's a good chance a design similar to any one of the first three "Victorian" houses a…

Started by James Olson

0 Apr 23

What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?

We're looking for homeowner horror stories for the June issue of Old House Journal—specifically about contractors gone awry. Share your tal…

Started by Clare Alexander

11 Apr 19
Reply by James Olson

Identifying Chairs

We're trying to get an idea of what type of seat and  upholstery this side chair may have had.  If the original is something we like we'll…

Started by James Olson

0 Apr 11

OHJ Reader Feedback

A short while ago I responded to an OHJ reader survey but indicated I'd think about what additional comments I had about OHJ's content and…

Started by James Olson

15 Apr 5
Reply by Demetra

Hello, my name is Bryan, and here is my heresy.

What is the goal in "restoring" an old house? I'm sure the orthodox dogma is "Bring it back to its original or as close as possible". So s…

Started by Bryan Maloney

16 Mar 20
Reply by Tanya

Why did you buy your house?

Was it the grand foyer, the stained glass, all of the originals hiding under years of paint and veneer, or maybe the vision of what you kne…

Started by Liz

55 Mar 12
Reply by Kari Dunn

What have you learned from your old house?

The newest issue of Old-House Journal has one of my favorite stories we've done—frequent contributor Charity Vogel outlines 25 lessons she…

Started by Clare Alexander

28 Nov 21, 2013
Reply by Tanya

What's the worst "repair" you've seen?

Unless your old house was in pristine condition when you bought it (in which case you probably wouldn't be seeking advice on this site!), y…

Started by Clare Alexander

38 Oct 29, 2013
Reply by Bryan Maloney

hidden treasure

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 for…

Started by Quintin - Walt Cassetori Tiffany

12 Sep 19, 2013
Reply by Michael Costello


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