"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,…"
"We ended up using slate on our kitchen redo last summer. It is a softer stone like soapstone that is nearly black when recently oiled (mineral oil) and dulls to a medium gray when the oil fades. It was not cheap, similar to granite in…"
"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…"
"I am sure most people don't think the way I do but I'll tell you and keep in mind it is just my view. I love the look of stone but the price is way out of my reach until I win the lottery. 10 years ago when I added my new…"
We're starting to look at our kitchen with an eye to re-doing it. A big undertaking, and one which could cost us a bunch of $, and that's even if we're frugal. If we aren't frugal, it could cost us several bunches of $. The truism about kitchens is that cabinetry is going to be the most expensive item. But a good countertop can add up the expense, too.So we're trying to balance expense versus taste. Countertops are easier to replace than cabinets, in trying to figure out ways to save, we're…See More