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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

Finally made the move!

Well, we finally did it! My roomate and I decided we had enough and moved to the old house. We both are looking forward to the task at hand of restoration. I know it will be a lot of hard work, and take a while, but she and I feel we are up to the task. I am wondering if anyone has suggestions regarding upgrading the house while maintaining the character of the house. We want to have the modern conveniences (appliances), but want the house to keep the 1830's character. I want the exterior to…


Added by Bobby on August 15, 2011 at 8:25am — 3 Comments

I can't believe it's almost done!

It has been a long. long road, but I feel (for the first time) that the list of "to dos" is finally coming to an end. Although upkeep is a given, not having enormous renovation projects hanging over my head for the summer feels very nice. I've spent more time rocking on the porch with my Dad (who still spends summers here). All in all, it's been a good thing to put my energy, heart and soul toward. Buying and fixing up an old house is not for the faint of heart -- it tests you in ways you…


Added by Kathy O'Brien on August 11, 2011 at 2:28pm — No Comments

SO Close to Done...

For the last year almost, I've been expecting to move in soon. A few months. A couple months from now. Next month. Next month. Next month. Only to be grossly disappointed by how much work is left, and how slowly it seems to go when I am working full time and only able to get anything significant done on the weekends. But now, it's really true.

You do realize that committing in writing (a blog IS writing, isn't it?) means I HAVE to be done when I say. It's like telling everyone you are…


Added by Karan Andrea on August 10, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Bathroom is coming along

Well the whirlpool bathtub is framed in, and the cement board is up, tiling this week.... woohoo...I am excited. New washer and dryer is set up, however we will have to pull them out and drywall behind them shortly. DH is working on finishing leveling the bathroom ( from the 1st floor...undergoing full house reno) then we will put in the drywall, and then tiles. Found a wonderful deal on the tiles on Kijiji brand new 12x12 tiles at 70 cents each. I then went to the tile store and bought some…


Added by D. Brandson on July 24, 2011 at 11:52pm — No Comments

Heartbreak: Parting w/ your Old House

How many people on this forum have actually *sold* an old/historic/antique home?  I think most people reading this would agree that the bond of old house owners to their old houses is stronger than the sentiments most other people develop for their newer, less unique family homes.  I think old house owners often have a sentimentality for history, an appreciation of unique details, and an investment of time, money, and blood/sweat/tears--- all of which creates an almost spiritual connection…


Added by Michael Emmons on July 21, 2011 at 9:48pm — 4 Comments

Moving laundry from main to up...

Well this week we are moving the main floor laundry upstairs. Bought a couple of front load machines... ( did my homework first and read the reviews) they will go into the new second floor bathroom... a repurposed attic above the one story kitchen. Prior it was just a storage space but DH has dropped the floor and given us an extra couple of feet in the attic... now a spa tub, toilet sink and a couple of good looking laundry pieces. PICs when it is done...

Added by D. Brandson on July 9, 2011 at 9:34pm — 1 Comment

Mainstream old houses?

One of the dozens of emails that regularly clogs my inbox comes from Zillow, an online real estate database that sends me housing updates, pricing information, and statistical background with metronome-like reliability.  But I’ve never seen pictures of any fine old houses in their emails. Imagine my surprise, then, when I opened a message from Zillow yesterday that, in honor of our national birthday, celebrated evolving American house styles.

While they didn’t include very many (nine,…


Added by Demetra on July 6, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments


So this week we finally got our 60 amp panel swapped over to a 200 amp panel... that in itself isn't news to write home about, however getting the central air working due to the new panel is....woohoo!  We do notice that the upstairs
(that still needs new insulation in two of the three bedrooms) is still about 5-10 degrees hotter than the main floor....but we can rectify that overnight by adjusting the air cooler and then having a good night's sleep. Nice.... very satisfying...

Added by D. Brandson on July 1, 2011 at 4:23pm — 2 Comments

Birds-eye map (1875)

This is a clip from an 1875 "birds eye" map showing my house.  

According to a local historian, the town summoned artists to prepare such a map by lifting them in a hot-air balloon, from which they would prepare drawings of the neighborhood one block at a time.  The original of this particular map,…


Added by A Polzin on June 4, 2011 at 12:11pm — 4 Comments

Econo-Kitchen, Sweat Equity Style...

I mentioned in a previous blog that I had ordered new, unfinished kitchen cabinets for my house. It was the only way I could afford to replace the existing cabinets, which were old and filthy. I would have had to do some major work to get them clean enough to even use, and they were built in place at some point after the house was built, I believe. The back…


Added by Karan Andrea on May 30, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Getting rid of "circa"

So the real estate record indicated my house was built in 1880, as I mentioned in my previous entry...  and I found evidence that the house already existed in 1875, since a local map surveyed that year clearly shows my house at that time.  After speaking to some historians and experts in this particular architectural style, we concluded that the best guess was that the house was probably built in 1874.  Hence, I have always used the notation "c.1874" thus far in describing the…


Added by A Polzin on May 27, 2011 at 1:50pm — 10 Comments

Refinishing Hardwood Floors

I have a circa 1895 wing and gable home with yellow pine floors. The floors in all the rooms are bare where the original owners had a rug then the rest of the hardwood floors were painted brown around the rug. I would like to have all the paint removed so that the whole wood floor can be seen and then have the whole floor finished. There are remnants of a reddish stain under the brown paint so I know that part of the floors where stained. I have heard not to sand yellow pine floors. Stripping… Continue

Added by Jaime Maravia on May 9, 2011 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

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