July 2009 Blog Posts (9)

hard wood floor yikes!

We just had our 1892 oak strip flooring sanded and refinished with two coats of satin polyurethane. instead of looking great, they look gouged, spoiled by variable dark stains that the floor finishers say are from water, pets, and leaking radiators. they say there is no bleaching nor staining process to blend, camouflage,or diminish these ghastly areas in anyway so they simply refinished them.

is it true?

can stain be added to a new topcoat of polyurethane? or… Continue

Added by kathy giancarlo on July 30, 2009 at 8:02pm — 3 Comments

You know you own an Old House when...

While I passed by some tossed out screens on my evening run I came up with the following, nearly all of them completely true and most through personal experience! Feel free to add your own experiences...

You know you own an Old House when...

1. you memorized your window frame dimensions in case you come across an old wood screen at the curb on garbage day.

2. you leave your door unlocked so contractors can come and go as they please.

3. you open your… Continue

Added by Carrie Z on July 28, 2009 at 11:00pm — 95 Comments

How to Camouflage Inappropriate Replacement Windows on Your Historic Home

A recent forum post on an old house restoration and renovation website asked what they could do to hide the bright white vinyl replacement windows that the previous owners had installed. They didn't have the money to replace the windows, and the windows were still working fine, but were glaringly inappropriate for their historic home. For situations like this, an affordable solution is to install traditional wood window screens over the windows.…


Added by Jo-Anne Peck on July 27, 2009 at 2:33pm — 4 Comments

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Lair Tienter, Contestant #18, who swept MyOHJ's Perfect Porch Contest with a commanding victory!

Lair's porch will be featured in the September/October issue of Old-House Journal, so be sure to pick up a copy in early September to see his porch in print. If you voted for Lair and would like to share what you love about his porch for inclusion in our… Continue

Added by Clare Alexander on July 27, 2009 at 9:16am — No Comments

Looking for its mate . . . 1899 Mass. farmhouse living room chandelier

Our 1899 house in Sheffield in western Massachusetts still has the original living room chandelier light fixture. Its mate in the dining room was unfortunately replaced with a cheap brass one when the room was "updated" more recently (before we bought the house). We are looking for any information about the original fixture AND looking to purchase a close match for our dining room.

Added by Genevieve on July 25, 2009 at 8:43am — 6 Comments


My kitchen and living room are connected in a long wing of the house, and they are the only two ceilings in the house that had the original plaster replaced by the much higher quality drywall. Pbbbtthhhh...not to mention the tape job was not done correctly so it is peeling and chipping off throughout the two rooms.

Woke up this morning to a call from a good friend in town who is managing the renovations of a large commercial building downtown, and they decided that they do not want… Continue

Added by John Rodgers on July 17, 2009 at 2:22pm — 3 Comments

I screen, you screen...

Yes, I know I have way too many projects going on. Still painting the front porch. The downstairs bathtub drain became slow and turned into a huge plumbing project. Had to redo the brick patio where the plumbing pipe got dug out. About to put hardwood floor in bedroom upstairs and considering tearing out the underlayment under the linoleum and seeing what's down there. AND...screens! :) Mercifully 6 old frames for screens had been left in the basement from ages past, and I've taken it upon… Continue

Added by Carrie Z on July 14, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Should it stay or should it go?

We are having the icky carpet torn out of the kids' bedroom and having hardwood flooring put in. But, as usual in an old house, there is a story underneath that carpet...about 60 years ago the house was divided into two units, and the upstairs room which is now the kids' room was the kitchen! The contractors said they can either just tear out the carpet and lay the flooring over the old linoleum (or whatever that stuff is in the picture), or they can tear it all out before laying down the… Continue

Added by Carrie Z on July 13, 2009 at 11:23am — 12 Comments

Architectural accents a link with a simpler past

We have built our architectural antique business over the past 12 years. When we started, we had the pleasure of doing antique shows and flea markets throughout the United States. We were always asked (particularly) at the "high end shows" why our "rusty and rustic" was selling briskly?

After years of reflection, a "macro view of the world today" and countless hours of pleasurable discussion with contacts and customers we came up with the following… Continue

Added by Jeff Mack on July 13, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

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