"I'll have to track down the later Moss/Winkler books. Maybe I just mis-read them.
But I have to say that in my small-ish NE Ohio town, we've maybe 15 to 25 extant houses built before 1900. Excluding the larger brick and/or…"
"We've an 1865 Carpenter Gothic. To quote This Old House "In the mid-1800s, when Italianate and Second Empire houses started dotting America, paint colors were muted and earthy owing to their natural pigments. By the 1880s, when the…"
Have you a citation for further reading on the actual colors used, ref'ed in your third para, as opposed to what was previously thought were the colors used?
This is mostly curiousity asking, since we had our house…"
"Couple of notes: the archive dates this to 1910. Also, I suspect most well-informed people here would agree with you that the current paint manufacturers' 'historic' colors are little more than guesses based more on marketing than on…"
"I use a multi-tool. There are several on the market and they come in real handy. I have seen them for several hundred dollars and some for 50 dollars. I have both and don't see much difference in the way they work. I do…"
So here's my problem: I have to rip up old plywood underlayment in order to do a new floor (can't leave it in place...cat pee..don't ask...ughh). Unfortunately, after the underlayment was put in, someone re-partitioned the space and also installed several built-in cabinets on top of the underlayment. So in order to get he underlayment out, I either have to rip out several cabinets and walls, including studs, or I have to figure out how to cut the underlayment where it intersects each wall…See More
"People often used floor cloths back then, which are remarkably easy to make using a canvas dropcloth from any hardware retailer. But if you don't want to go that route, I agree with Lair, since almost any refinishing is going to cause…"
"I did this in my 1909 four square. Watered down drywall compound(mud) and rolled on the walls with a 3/4 nap roller. It makes the wall look like it was plaster. Plus it is so easy to do and goes on even. Can't see any imperfections in the walls."
I've found it really goes far if you do a fairly thin skim coat. Two gallons 'should' do it if you go easy. That's the beauty of it I think; that you can apply paper thin coats...you don't have to…"
I can tell you when I did my walls, I bought based on the 50 sq.ft estimate, and ended up with WAY too much. Like 3 times too much. So unless you're planning on completely re-plastering your walls, I'd use the 200…"
I know that this was posted quite some time ago, but I am hoping you might be able to help me. I am about to take on a room in my home finishing it with the SW Textured Fresco products. I am trying to calculate how much Dimensional Basecoat…"
I got the idea to do the tapestry because I'm cheap. The previous owners had left a huge space in that wall where they hid a TV. They'd covered it with a mirror on hinges, but the mirror was so high on the wall that…"
"OMG Richard that is fantastic work! You obviously have many more skills than I have. The tapestry is awesome; how did you get the idea to do it that way? The wall treatment is beautiful too. What is the acrylic coating you…"
"I agree with Andy on this, but acknowledge that we might be in the minority. First, I distrust all 'rules' about house decor (vs. fixing house systems and making it safe and long-lasting). The only rule I think anyone should follow with…"
"I've finally finished this project, and am posting pictures, in no small part because you asked me to, Jill.
I ended up coating the faux plaster with an acrylic coating which is rubbed on and has almost no sheen whatsoever. I designed the…"