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Look What We Found !!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cate Dec 7, 2011.

Replace Original Mouldings or Not?
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Hello again Old House Communtiy,     I have another question to put out there. My husband and I are not crazy about the beadboard paneling that is in EVERY room in the house {except the full…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carrie Z Jul 24, 2010.

What are these things !?
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Good Morning,      My husband found these in the garage yesterday. My father in law suggested alabaster parts from a lamp or light. We washed them off and are saving them , but  we have no idea what…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by greta grasso Jul 12, 2010.


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Cate replied to greta grasso's discussion Look What We Found !!
"Wonderful ceiling! Don't use latex over oil without an appropriate primer in between or it will peel. In fact, I have been told not to ever use latex on a tin ceiling, as the water content will make it rust, even if it's already painted --…"
Dec 7, 2011
Charles J replied to greta grasso's discussion Look What We Found !!
"Your ceiling is gorgeous! I am truly envious as we had to install reproduction tin ceilings in our home. Would love to discover something good for a change instead of floor joists cut to almost nothing, rotted beams, and gaps in the foundation.…"
Nov 26, 2011
Martin replied to greta grasso's discussion Look What We Found !!
"You can always paint over it or use Soy Gel or something similar to remove the paint...then repaint. I love the tin ceiling!!!"
Jul 25, 2010
greta grasso replied to greta grasso's discussion Look What We Found !!
"I'm glad to hear its not a toxic time bomb in the kitchen ! lol We're starting to paint today ! I hope to I can get over and take some during pictures today..."
Jul 25, 2010
Phil replied to greta grasso's discussion Look What We Found !!
"What a find. We too have a tin ceiling buried somewhere above our kitchen ceiling, but I don't know what shape it is in, since the current ceiling is (I think) masonite over the tin, possibly glued on (a little corner peaks out in a cupboard,…"
Jul 24, 2010
PStewart replied to greta grasso's discussion Look What We Found !!
"Greta - I am a research scientist in my career and studied lead for decades. I published several articles on its toxic effects in animals. As long as the lead is not constantly flaking and falling, followed by your children scooping it into their…"
Jul 24, 2010
Carrie Z replied to greta grasso's discussion Look What We Found !!
"Beautiful! Since the paint is way up on the ceiling where the kids can't scratch it, and as long as it's not peeling, chipping, or of course being sanded, is it better to just "let sleeping dogs lie"? In other words, is it any…"
Jul 24, 2010
greta grasso replied to greta grasso's discussion Look What We Found !!
"thank you . we're pretty excited about it, i am afraid it is covered in lead paint. so i think we'll have to keep it cover up untill we are ready to tackle the lead properly. we have 3 little kids, so we really have to be careful ! i…"
Jul 24, 2010
Carrie Z replied to greta grasso's discussion Replace Original Mouldings or Not?
"The floor plan sounds similar to my house. The stairs are in a small hallway to the front door. The living room is on the left of the hallway, and straight through the hallway is a door to the dining room. I also have a coat closet under the stairs…"
Jul 24, 2010
PStewart replied to greta grasso's discussion Look What We Found !!
"Greta - That is truly beautiful. Its also quite an intriguing parallel because I also "discovered" a tin ceiling hiding above a drop ceiling in my small 19th centruy house back in 2005. Until I saw that I had little interest in…"
Jul 24, 2010
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Look What We Found !!  this is a link to Snapfish Album with a couple of pictures of the AMAZING Tin Ceiling we found above the ugly, generic dropped ceiling! We bought tin tiles on Craigslist for the kithchen and when Dave took down the…See More
Jul 24, 2010
greta grasso replied to greta grasso's discussion Replace Original Mouldings or Not?
"The diningroom is next to the kitchen. When you walk in you are in the livingroom/parlor looking up the front stairs, the stained glass is on the left on your way up stairs. Then there are the pocket doors to the diningroom. The built in is on the…"
Jul 19, 2010
Phil replied to greta grasso's discussion Replace Original Mouldings or Not?
"Probably a reconfiguation of either rooms or the built-in's function. Is the "dining room" next to the kitchen? The original entrance would have been where your staircase and stained glass window are."
Jul 18, 2010
greta grasso replied to greta grasso's discussion Replace Original Mouldings or Not?
"Thank you. The built in may be my favorite detail. It s hard to beat. I was going to go with" raisin torte" by Benjamin Moore on the diningroom walls.It looks great on the Benjamin Moore website where you upload a photo of your actual room…"
Jul 18, 2010
PStewart replied to greta grasso's discussion Replace Original Mouldings or Not?
"That black walnute built int is gorgeous. Now imagine that woof against a painted wall of some kind of green or clay-ish red, or even a mustard yellow."
Jul 18, 2010
greta grasso replied to Phil's discussion Here is a depressing article
"That really was depressing. Why did they buy that house? I don't have half of the beautiful features they do and I won't make a move without consulting you guys! They don't deserve that home."
Jul 17, 2010

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My husband and I are about to buy our first house together, we are told it was built in 1915. It seems to be a late Victorian and we're very excited to restore whatever we can in it!
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I grew up in a two family dutch colonial built in the late 1800s in Jersey City, NJ. I would like to know everything I can about what our home looked like when first built and verify it 's age, style etc. It has some great original details in tact. Pocket doors, a black walnut built in mirror, a colored glass window, a lovely detailed bannister finial, all original wood floors, wood trim, doors, hinges and doorknobs. We're stripping layers of paint as a type!

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If true excellence in the art of townhouse plans consists in producing the most commodious, substantial, and beautiful structure at the least expense, then the townhouse plans presented here are of a very superior quality; because, while the accommodations are very extensive, the conveniences are most complete and carefully considered, the building very firm, substantial and durable, and the exterior striking and original in its beauty.

These townhouse plans are the wonder and admiration of the neighborhood, standing out in beautiful relief from the stereotyped flat roofs and facades of the townhouses in the vicinity. The first and second floor townhouse plans show the internal arrangement. On the first floor are parlor, dining room, and kitchen. The parlor and dining room each contain a fine semi-octagonal bay window. The parlor window features a view through the street in either direction. The dining room bay window has an exposure to the front street as well as in other directions. Under the main stairs is the dining room china closet. The pantry dividing the dining room from the kitchen contains the stairs to the cellar.

A spacious kitchen storeroom is provided in these townhouse plans, and wash trays are fitted up in the kitchen, the dimensions of the latter affording ample room for laundry as well as for culinary purposes. The kitchen is fitted up with a range, boiler and sink. The several fireplaces of the first floor are placed in the best positions for utility and effect. The sliding doors dividing the parlor and dining room are finished with elliptical head, and trussed arches of the same form span the bay windows.

The second floor of the townhouse plans contains four bedrooms and a bathroom. Each bedroom is provided with a closet and wash basin. The bathroom is fitted up with a bathtub and water closet, cased and trimmed up in hard wood. A close flight of stairs leads to the attic, which is very spacious and well floored. The attic of these townhouse plans could afford several additional fine bedrooms.

The slopes of the roofs of the townhouse plans are covered with Chapman roofing slates, with ornamental courses of colored slates in cut butts, as shown. The deck roof, valleys, and gutters are tinned. The townhouse is finished in a manner far superior to brick filling, the materials and work­manship the very best, and many novel details have been introduced which it is not practicable here to show.

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At 7:35pm on July 13, 2010, valerie crossman said…
I don't actually know exactly-I was on the certainteed website for roofing and they have a virtual tool to see what your house would look like with different roofs and one of the choices for house stlyes is called a folk victorian and it is almost exactly my house-I know our house was built in 1865-you could go on that site and compare?

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