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How to Restore Curved Turret Windows
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Our 1885 Stick Victorian has a beautiful turret complete with huge curved wavy leaded glass windows.  The glass is in great shape, the windows themselves look good.  But there is little to no glazing…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eileen Dushek-Manthe May 18.

Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
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Please help me identify this big beautiful lady.  She is hand painted with quite a bit of crazing on the china.  Arms are brass, similar to what is on my gas lamp in my 1885 Victorian house.It is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS Mar 23.

Lifting perfectly good wood floor to find more decorative wood floor underneath
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So on our 1885 Victorian, some side rooms have very narrow wood floors, often laid in a decorative pattern. In the middle or main rooms of the house, the wood floor is typical tongue and groove.   A…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil Mar 10.

Fireplace in 1885 Stick Victorian
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What say you about this gas fireplace in the entry room?  Tilework is nice, wooden box around it seems flimsy and not old enough to be original...For context, there is a newspaper article from 1910…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil Feb 21.

 

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Eileen Dushek-Manthe replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion How to Restore Curved Turret Windows
"Here is a resource for you: Adams Architectural Millwork, Dubuque, Iowa. They deal with curved glass and make new wood windows. They have photos of some on their website in the gallery. Maybe they can at least tell you what is best to do. Good…"
May 18
KARODY ROBBINS replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion How to Restore Curved Turret Windows
"But thanks for the duct tape idea.  That helps!"
May 11
Randall Marder replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion How to Restore Curved Turret Windows
"I think you are talking about storm windows.  Need some pictures to see if you have the kind of storm hanging hardware that allows you to swing the storms outward safely.   Yours Randall "
May 10
KARODY ROBBINS replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion How to Restore Curved Turret Windows
"I think I can handle the interior double hung windows as they are in pretty good shape.  I am worried about the exterior windows falling out on the sidewalk.  I don't know if they are called storms or what, but they are in addition to…"
May 10
Randall Marder replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion How to Restore Curved Turret Windows
"the windows should come out like another double hung windows system.  If you are concern about the glass failing out, use some duct take to hold the glass in place.  Yours Randall R.M. Design & Construction Saving our future, one…"
May 10
Jayelle C replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion New Restorer Buys Two Huge Houses- can't even identify style of one!!!
"If you look on Amazon, you'll be able to find a few different reproduced catalogs full of houses and features from the late 1800s/early 1900s.  Almost all of them are Dover books.  One that comes to mind is "Victorian Domestic…"
Apr 26
Phil replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion How to Restore Curved Turret Windows
"I would think that once you have released them from the paint and unhooked any intact sash cords, that you should be able to pull them into the house without the glass falling out, especially if you have 4 hands on that task.  They are only…"
Apr 18
KARODY ROBBINS posted a discussion

How to Restore Curved Turret Windows

Our 1885 Stick Victorian has a beautiful turret complete with huge curved wavy leaded glass windows.  The glass is in great shape, the windows themselves look good.  But there is little to no glazing left on the windows, sash cords rotted out, and many many layers of paint.  I will have to strip enough paint to get the windows to move and replace sash cords.  I think I can handle all of that.  But I am not sure how to get the exterior windows out without losing the glass since there is very…See More
Apr 17
KARODY ROBBINS replied to Pamela Logan's discussion Do I use a sealer on 227 year old pine floors - Sanded.
"Poly is a sealer.  Are you asking about stain first?"
Apr 16
KARODY ROBBINS replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"Thanks for all the help!  Whether old or not, at least I only gave $20 for it :).  It seems older than 70s to me, but may have been a good reproduction then? Painting on it was definitely done by hand.  We are a couple weeks away from…"
Mar 23
Phil replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"The shades and shade fitters are definitely modern, but the arms look potentially original gas.  Fake gas keys usually are less realistic looking than these.  "
Mar 22
Lair Tienter replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"I remember installing several fixtures that look like that back in the 80's.  They came right out of the box with crackle paint and all.  Very nice looking but not the period you are going for, not saying you can't use it. …"
Mar 22
caseypratt replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"I agree, the similar ones I found on google images were ID'ed as Italian 1970's. Casey"
Mar 22
psychochix replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"I have to be honest, I don't think it's that old. Looks very 1970's to me. As far as belonging in a Victorian or a Colonial Revival, I'd have to say neither. If you like it, by all means keep it, but it doesn't look period…"
Mar 22
KARODY ROBBINS posted a discussion

Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.

Please help me identify this big beautiful lady.  She is hand painted with quite a bit of crazing on the china.  Arms are brass, similar to what is on my gas lamp in my 1885 Victorian house.It is very large, probably extends down 2 feet.  What time/ style does this evoke?  Would this go better in the 1885 Victorian or a 1910 Neo Colonial Revival?See More
Mar 17
Phil replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Lifting perfectly good wood floor to find more decorative wood floor underneath
"Our parquet floors were in pretty good shape when we bought our house in the mid 90s.  We had a floor guy do a buff and coat with poly on them (essentially sanded only with a screen) so that the ambering of the finish would be retained.…"
Mar 10

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My husband and I have rehabbed a couple of smaller houses, we just bought two huge historic homes to rehab and are going all in!

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