"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
"Scaffolding is intuitively obvious to erect. I don't know about the price, though. Places do rent it, so if you want to go that route it's easy to set up and use. You can compare the rental price versus the price a contractor would…"
"One thing you might want to consider. Apparently it wasn't all that uncommon for Victorian porches to have their ceiling s painted a sky blue. When we had our house repainted last year we had that done, and it looks great."
"Re the wallpaper: you can do it, although it MIGHT be quite time consuming and labor intensive. Our first house had 3 or 4 layers of wallpaper with about 2 or 3 layers of paint over that, and it was a major pain in the tuchis. At that…"
"Thanks both Ty and Lair. You're right, there are eyelets on the back of the cast iron which call for a wired connection to the firebox. Unfortunately, the previous owner mortared/cemented over the hooks/connectors which would have…"
"1890 home with six fireplaces and each with the original metal surround used as part of the original ceramic gas heaters. Lair is correct. Each metal surround should have two or four eyelets on the inside or back. You just need a hook, eye bolt or…"
"It looks to me to be Faux marble. I have seen hundreds of mantels similar to yours that were all painted slate. I never had much luck stripping them so you could use the original finish. Using denature alcohol I…"