Style 1900 Magazine Shoot

Style 1900 Magazine Shoot

Jan 6th, 2013

Our dining room is featured on pg. 72 of the Winter 2012-13 issue of Style 1900 magazine. We’re honored to share our before and after story with readers

The Fireplace Works Again!

The Fireplace Works Again!

Dec 29th, 2012

After 5 1/2 years in the house, we finally repaired the fireplace. Finally, warm cozy fires, just in time for Christmas!

Before and After: Fence

Before and After: Fence

Nov 30th, 2011

This post is a long time coming. The new cedar fence turned into our major house-related improvement project of 2011. We started in August and didn’t finish until Halloween!

Schoolhouse Electric Swoon

Schoolhouse Electric Swoon

Nov 20th, 2011

Last week I got the new Schoolhouse Electric catalog in the mail. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they started carrying housewares!

$257,000: Purchase and Payback

$257,000: Purchase and Payback

Jun 29th, 2011

The Budget: Part 3 — Now its time to describe how we financed the project and how much we still owe

$257,000: Cost Breakdown

$257,000: Cost Breakdown

May 30th, 2011

The Budget: Part 2 — We are ready to share the full itemized list of how we ended up spending $256,920.00… complete with pie charts!

$257,000: Project Rundown

$257,000: Project Rundown

May 27th, 2011

The Budget: Part 1 — As an effort to be more transparent about our utter financial stupidity, we’ve decided to post about how our remodeling budget ballooned out of control

Virtual Tours: Living & Dining Room

Virtual Tours: Living & Dining Room

Feb 23rd, 2011

We’ve put together some virtual tours of our restored living room and dining room look today

Virtual Tours To Come

Virtual Tours To Come

Feb 14th, 2011

This week we’re starting to take some proper after photos. Hopefully stitching them together into virtual tours for everyone to enjoy. As always, stay tuned!

Before and After: Floor Refinishing

Before and After: Floor Refinishing

Jul 29th, 2010

We had our hardwood floors refinished a few weeks ago. We went back and forth trying to decide if we should try to refinish them ourselves or to hire it out

Wood Refinishing: Varnishing

Wood Refinishing: Varnishing

Jun 11th, 2010

We’ve come to the last step: touch-ups and varnishing with polyurethane. We’ll go into our technique and product of choice

Wood Refinishing: Staining

Wood Refinishing: Staining

May 28th, 2010

We’ve gotten to the “fun” part: staining! Why you should apply a wash coat, use gel stain, and get really sticky in the process!

Wood Refinishing: Sanding

Wood Refinishing: Sanding

May 26th, 2010

Sanding is a bit more intuitive than staining or bleaching, but without the right tools and a lot of patience, it can be tedious. Learn from our experience on what to do and not do

Wood Refinishing: Bleaching

Wood Refinishing: Bleaching

May 23rd, 2010

The second article in our wood refinishing series details the types of wood bleach available and the method that worked best for us

Wood Refinishing: Stripping

Wood Refinishing: Stripping

May 21st, 2010

In the first entry of this series, we’ll go over the process we used to strip our home’s wood trim and built-ins using both chemical strippers and heat removal

How to Strip Fireplace Brick

How to Strip Fireplace Brick

May 7th, 2010

We tried a number of stripping products and techniques and we think we’ve come up with a winning combo to increase efficiency and cut down on the elbow grease factor!

Porch Floor: Before and After

Porch Floor: Before and After

Apr 30th, 2010

Last fall we stripped down our porch flooring. This relatively inexpensive project turned out to be much easier than expected

Our Progress

Our Progress

Apr 21st, 2010

What have we been up to the past 9 months? Plenty! We have walls! We have paint! We have a stripped fireplace! Take a look!

Main Floor Demo: Before and After

Main Floor Demo: Before and After

Jul 21st, 2009

We’ve completed the demolition of the old lath and plaster. We badly needed to insulate and the plaster would’ve needed extensive professional restoration, and our budget was tight

Basement Bath: Before and After

Basement Bath: Before and After

May 27th, 2009

Finishing the basement was one of the best investments we have made. We love how the new bathroom turned out. It also moonlights as a laundry room. No more laundromat trips!

Kitchen Pantry Nook: Before and After

Kitchen Pantry Nook: Before and After

May 23rd, 2009

We’ve converted a enclosed porch into a usable kitchen space. Based on newspapers we found during demo, we believe it was enclosed in

Original Bathroom: Before and After

Original Bathroom: Before and After

May 21st, 2009

I cringe when I see the old photos of the bathroom before we moved in. But it looks great now! Come see our progress

Dormer and Staircase: Before and After

Dormer and Staircase: Before and After

Jan 15th, 2009

This part of the project was by far the most complex and hard to live through. I am so thankful for it to be over and to have a beautiful master suite to wake up in every morning

Master Bathroom: Before and After

Master Bathroom: Before and After

Dec 30th, 2008

We designed the master bathroom to have many historically accurate features. Since we couldn’t fit a clawfoot in the main bath, we added one here

Attic to Master Bedroom: Before and After

Attic to Master Bedroom: Before and After

Dec 30th, 2008

The attic in our home has always been used as living space, but never to code. At one point, embossed pressboard was used to wall it in! What a change we have now!

Kitchen: Before and After

Kitchen: Before and After

Dec 14th, 2008

Our kitchen has been transformed from a yellow and cyan abomination to a beautiful space for baking with abundant storage and period accents

Attic Demo: Before and After

Attic Demo: Before and After

Jan 15th, 2008

First we cleaned out the attic area and took “before” photos as shown here: We started the demo the next morning. A couple hours into

Basement Mods & Final Contract

Basement Mods & Final Contract

Dec 14th, 2007

Just sent the final contract to the bank since we modified the basement plan. Here’s a comparison of the changes we’ve made

Screen Door: A Happy Ending

Screen Door: A Happy Ending

Nov 13th, 2007

Our salvaged screen door from the Portland ReBuilding Center is complete! And it only took a week!

Front Door: Before and After

Front Door: Before and After

Oct 31st, 2007

The door is done! After probably 40 hours of labor, our 92 year old front door has had a face lift. See our process photos and the finished product. It’s a beauty!

Style 1900 Magazine Shoot

Style 1900 Magazine Shoot

Jan 6th, 20135 Comments

Our dining room is featured on pg. 72 of the Winter 2012-13 issue of Style 1900 magazine. We’re honored to share our before and after story with readers

The Fireplace Works Again!

The Fireplace Works Again!

Dec 29th, 20127 Comments

After 5 1/2 years in the house, we finally repaired the fireplace. Finally, warm cozy fires, just in time for Christmas!

In Memoriam: Elsie & Calo Lucas

In Memoriam: Elsie & Calo Lucas

Dec 27th, 2012No Comments

To continue with my last post, I’d like to pay tribute to Elsie Lucas. She was the wife of the first owners son, Calo, and she shared some memories with me during a 2008 visit

House History: Catching up with the Lucas family

House History: Catching up with the Lucas family

Dec 27th, 2012No Comments

The past few days have been a boon in the research department. I especially enjoy it when family members of our home’s past owners stumble across my blog. Thanks Google!

Before and After: Fence

Before and After: Fence

Nov 30th, 201114 Comments

This post is a long time coming. The new cedar fence turned into our major house-related improvement project of 2011. We started in August and didn’t finish until Halloween!

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