Featured Blog Posts – October 2011 Archive (8)

Cabinet door painting

So over the last few days I have removed all of the cabinet doors bagging and tagging all hardware along with a location tag on each door. 


steps taken so far in door prep

  1. removed hinges, and any other hardware, tagging each with location
  2. used a commercial strength degreaser to clean doors.  I was amazed at how dirty the doors were upon close inspection.
  3. set the doors aside so they cold dry and the degreaser would continue to…

Added by Nick Wylie on October 31, 2011 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

Bathroom Reno...

My bathroom renovation started when I put my arms through the floor

by the toilet whilst trying to replace a wax seal on my old toilet.

After removing about 4 layers of flooring which included vinyl flooring, plywood, newspapers and thinset mortar I finally reached the old floor boards, sad to say they were all wet and rotted out with p...., well you know what. I had to remove all the boards and start over with new boards and 1/2 inch plywood. I gutted all the walls, removed…


Added by Frances Reay on October 18, 2011 at 7:55pm — No Comments

My porch restore

Finally got around to working on the porch. I have restored the window trim, replacing rotted out casing and stripping and repainting. I left the window for the spring as the weather is getting real wintery around here.

I also trimmed out the front door, it didnt have any trim at all. I took my inspiration from original interior trim. I think it turned out pretty good.

Added by Frances Reay on October 18, 2011 at 7:29pm — No Comments

A new Old House

I am so excited about moving to Maine. I will miss my Texas House it is a very nice and comfortable house- but I am not a warm weather person. I need to get this house ready to sell first. So my yellow kitchen will go to a nice safe white. There is a lot of work to do in the new house but nothing that an experiences person can't get done in a few days! To bad I am not that handy- but I will do what I can- I can dry wall, I can paint, I can unscrew things and screw things in. But for a two…


Added by Nora Qudus on October 18, 2011 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

It now Begins

We closed on the house and received the keys on September 30th. The first week in October we had the the Plumber, Electrician, roofer, chimney repair, and painter revisit the house and plan their attack on this 110 year old renovation project.


We plan to replace the plumbing to the two baths and kitchen and replumb the heating. This will entail removing the asbestos covered pipes in the basement as well as the old boiler. We found a company who will remove the pipes with the…


Added by Bill Hendrickson on October 8, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

From Hell to Purgatory my 1889 Victorian Queen Anne Restoration

Well nearly finished painting outside for the season.  So nice to get 2 sides done after 5 years of scaffolding, missing siding, holes in the house, no windows and mind you living in this mess the WHOLE time.  Here are some photos of how it has progressed.  If you would like to read more check out my other blog at http://1889victorianrestoration.blogspot.com/


Here are a few before photos:



Added by Matt M on October 5, 2011 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Tiny Guest House Adds Livability to Historic Home

Historic homes have plenty of charm and character, but are often short on space. This is especially true when company comes to town. Ybor City resident Judy Greer has found an affordable solution to that problem: she is installing a guest cottage behind her home. Designed and built by Historic Shed, a Brooksville-based outbuilding specialty company, the cottage complements her historic home and adds to the neighborhood character. The cottage has a bedroom and full bath, and is roughly the…


Added by Jo-Anne Peck on October 4, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Getting it together

Well, it's been a while since I checked in. We are firmly established in the house! Ive spent most of the last month clearing the brush around the house in order to get to the two fig trees, the two pear trees and the two black walnut trees. I really wanted to harvest the fruits from these trees, so I haven't been working on the actual house that much. Now that the figs are gone, the pears are maturing in the fridge, and the 300 or so walnuts are drying, I'm ready to start the renovation on…


Added by Bobby on October 1, 2011 at 10:22pm — 1 Comment

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