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Need Some Painting Advice On Victorian House
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As soon as the white stuff that is outside goes away and the ground can be walked upon without sinking into the mud, we are going to have our beautiful house painted. The house has so many…Continue

Tags: Painting, House, Victorian

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter May 17, 2015.

Need Some Info About Removing Lead Paint Safely
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My husband & I invested in a infrared paint removal to strip all the paint on the woodwork around the windows/doors and baseboard and then we are going to stain them. The house was built in 1865…Continue

Tags: Lead paint removal

Started this discussion. Last reply by CatwomanofV Jan 27, 2014.

Houses With Names
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In May we purchased an 1865 house. (You can watch the videos). It is close to the center of town and was probably built and owned by one of the bigwigs in the town. Many of the old houses that are in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom owns a Barber #1 Apr 4, 2014.


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CatwomanofV replied to John's discussion Intro, new homeowner
"Looks great. Cat"
Nov 5, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to psychochix's discussion Adding heat to a bedroom
"Radiant heat. When we had our house redone, the master bath is right above the porch. Our contractor told us that even with insulation, it will still be cold and suggested radiant heat. We put it in and have been very happy with it. However, it was…"
Oct 23, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Remuddling
"Yeah, what were they thinking? I hate to say it, it looks similar to something my sister did to her new home-much to her neighbors' annoyance. Cat"
Sep 12, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to Ashley Minter's discussion We bought a new ((old)) house!
"Beautiful house. I am so glad that you are restoring it. Can't wait to see pics of the progression. Unfortunately, I can't help you with classification and such. I will leave that up to the experts on this board. BTW, welcome. Cat"
Sep 12, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to John's discussion Intro, new homeowner
"Beautiful house. Cat"
Aug 11, 2015
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Jul 28, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to Jim Quinn's discussion Introduction and Some Help
"WOW!!!! Looks great!!! I'm sure you have had so many complements on it from your neighbors. Cat"
Jul 21, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to James Olson's discussion Random Thoughts about Old Houses For Sale
"I can only speak for the housing market in my little town in Vermont. We were able to buy our beautiful Victorian for $46,000 which we thought was a steal. But, after putting in what needed to be done (and it still needs work), we must have spent…"
Jul 20, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to I love old houses!'s discussion The Counter Dilemma
"There is always quartz. I believe you can get quartz in white. I too wanted stone. I wanted quartz for my counter but it was more expensive than granite-who knew? I hate to say that I "settled" for granite but I am very happy with it. Cat"
Jul 2, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Painting Tin Ceiling Tiles this Week - Can You Help Me?
"When we got our tin ceiling, we ordered it the color we wanted which is gold. We could have gotten white ones and painted them ourselves which would have saved us a bit but we figured we wouldn't have to worry about what color, what kind of…"
May 27, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to John Barnes's discussion Looking For Lighting
"Ebay, Craig's List, Amazon, Etsy, salvage places, etc. Last year I felt like I was collecting chandeliers. I scoured the internet and don't think I missed any place in my search. I did buy a new one at Home Depot for the kitchen and I am…"
May 27, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"We were thinking of having a slate back splash but opted not to have any back splash. Cat"
May 21, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"When we did our kitchen last year, we were in the same dilemma. If I had my druthers (and mega-bucks), I would have gone with quartz. Doing research, we discovered that granite was less expensive than quartz-Who knew? My husband wanted butcher block…"
May 18, 2015
Lair Tienter replied to CatwomanofV's discussion Need Some Painting Advice On Victorian House
"Look great!  I'm looking forward to the video.  Lair"
May 17, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to CatwomanofV's discussion Need Some Painting Advice On Victorian House
"I'd thought that I would give you an update on the painting. Just for the WOW factor, here is a pic that I took 2 years ago: And here is one that I took almost 2 weeks ago: It is really hard to believe that it is the same house. The cupola…"
May 16, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion Finding original colors
"I have often wondered how our house looked when it was first built. What is now our kitchen used to be the back porch-we think. It could have been just the outside. When we had our kitchen redone last year, they took off the sheet rock and found…"
Apr 20, 2015

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I am married.
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We just bought an 1865 Victorian that we are going to restore.

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At 11:38am on February 19, 2014, Lair Tienter said…

I haven't said anything before but I just wanted to let you know I am enjoying your videos very much.  You are doing a great job. I remember you, I think it was you, saying you were going to have to paint your woodwork instead of stripping it.  Don't feel too bad about doing that.  I was going to strip my woodwork too in the house I'm in.  I have 3 rooms that are black walnut and still natural so I figured the rest would be the same.  When I started stripping I found the painted wood work was a hodge podge of everything you cam imagine.One doorway side was walnut, the top was pine, and the other side oak.I later found out the guy building the house owned a lumber yard and I am thinking he used his free samples to finish the woodwork.  Anyway, long story short, the woodwork was never natural and wasn't meant to be. Originally stained black so they would all blend.  That was a look I didn't want so I went with oak wood graining. It turned out looking very nice and I'm thinking better than the original.  So, I just wanted to let you know I'm enjoying your videos.  Lair 

At 12:34pm on February 19, 2014, CatwomanofV said…

Thank you for feedback on my videos. We have family all over the place and when we talk to them, the usual question is, "How is the house coming?" Doing the videos gives them a chance to see exactly how it is coming. It is also a record for us as to the before & after. I also really enjoy doing them. I like to tell people that I am an amateur photographer. (You can see some of my photos here and I have a few slideshows on YouTube. Had to get the shameless plug in. lol ) Doing these videos also gives me a chance to expand my creativity.

As for the woodwork, yeah, we were disappointed in not being able to strip & stain it, but we chose a dark brown that pretty much matched the railing of the staircase. Here is a preview of what it looks like. I haven't been over there in the past week to see how it is coming along but I will get over there soon to take more pics for the next video. 

We think it is going to look great when it is complete.

Again, thank you for your feedback. I always wonder if people are actually watching them. 


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