"Generally, milk paint is like any other lime-based paint, and is very matte. One way to figure out what kind of paint it is is to try different thinners/removers on it. If you wet a sanding sponge with water, then alcohol, then mineral…"
"The site was down for a while and I couldn't respond earlier. But I'd always thought of portieres as being full length drape-like pieces of fabric which were used to prevent drafts. these look more like decorative draperies…"
"I'm presuming, from the amount of work you've already done, that you also checked with your local historical society? At least in our case I went through all the old photos in their files and found a dated picture of the town in…"
"Don't bother doing it this way with pictures. An afternoon spent at the local property records office should allow you to pin down the age of the house to within 5 years. If it's the age I think, it's quite possible it was…"
"For the drywall walls, before you do anything else, use Zinzzser (sp?) Gardz to stabilize the drywall. It's designed to lock any old wallpaper paste in place, and coats any damaged drywall paper so that it'll hold paint or any skim coating…"
"You might check out architectural style books from that era. We've got a bunch at our public library. Dover books also publishers some out of copyright styles books from various eras. Also, check out rejuvenation.com, who have some lighting…"
"Like Phil said, definitely you need to find out about lead paint. Also 2 or 3 other points.
First, 'updated' can mean a lot of different things. Anywhere from "well, we put in new kitchen appliances and cabinets" to "every…"
"Another suggestion might be to leave a "call me if you find these" order with architectural salvage joints. They have stuff going through their stores all the time. Here in Ohio there are 2, one in Columbus and one in Toledo. The one in…"
"I wanted to use only the kind of finish materials that would have been available 110 years ago, so granite was out, wood and soapstone for counter tops was in; the Alberene Soapstone quarry is 150 miles give-or-take from my house, and they have been…"
"Slate isn't really available out here unless you pay serious bucks. I'm pricing out granite and soapstone, although I'd much prefer soapstone. It's looking more as though the zinc notion isn't really do-able,…"