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by wrylass
Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What is on my floors, and how do I clean them?
Replies: 15
Views: 5614

Re: What is on my floors, and how do I clean them?

^ For me, it seemed to leave a powdery residue ... but one that works for painting over. Perhaps a bit of a primer effect. It also seemed to strip away the surface of the paint so there was absolutely no shine left. It didn't seem like something I'd want to do if I weren't going to paint ... it also...
by wrylass
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: The Picture Forum
Topic: Exterior of your home pics
Replies: 211
Views: 276084

Re: Exterior of your home pics

Sarah, I think you're right that it's fairly common. I looked at houses in the area built in the 30s, so there were some as you say, just not in my neighborhood. I remember one from 1932 because it was in great shape--didn't need anything. An arboretum nearby used to be private property--its house (...
by wrylass
Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Living room color scheme: New pictures added
Replies: 22
Views: 10868

Re: Living room color scheme: New pictures added

I don't have a lot of experience choosing dark colors ... I tend to like lighter ones. Maybe because of my mother's habit of painting every room of every house Antique White when I was growing up. My master bedroom was painted oxblood red (walls and ceiling) when I bought my house, and that was the ...
by wrylass
Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: The Picture Forum
Topic: Exterior of your home pics
Replies: 211
Views: 276084

Re: Exterior of your home pics

^ That would be a mouthful though ;) db1787 , those are great porches! Looks like the right side (looking at the house) is from 1787, and then a major addition in 1844, is that right? Have you been able to figure out the original footprint/layout and how it was changed? It's kind of fun to look for ...
by wrylass
Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Old house noises
Replies: 20
Views: 7632

Re: Old house noises

I barely notice those sounds anymore ... just part of the background. You'll get used to the new place before long ...

I do remind any dogs who might be freaking out during a thunderstorm or tornado that the house has been there for more than 80 years & will be weathering this storm too :)
by wrylass
Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What is on my floors, and how do I clean them?
Replies: 15
Views: 5614

Re: What is on my floors, and how do I clean them?

I use Murphy's oil soap ... the newish diluted squeeze bottle is nice for everyday cleaning (i.e., not the whole floor or whole house)--and you can refill it, of course. My grandmother was a big believer that floors could not be properly cleaned without getting down on your hands and knees ... I us...
by wrylass
Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Anyone interested in greening their home?
Replies: 47
Views: 12536

Re: Anyone interested in greening their home?

I have several big trees around my house, so I'm always expecting to find some bird has used the clothesline for a toilet, but so far it hasn't happened. There are a couple months in the spring where I don't hang anything outside to dry since everything is covered in pollen. I do use the drying rac...
by wrylass
Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Wallpaper id source?
Replies: 10
Views: 6278

Re: Wallpaper id source?

That wallpaper sure is something! How old do you think it is? If you think it's vintage, I'd try Secondhand Rose ... http://www.secondhandrose.com/
by wrylass
Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Old house noises
Replies: 20
Views: 7632

Re: Old house noises

^^ That's extremely cool! No one comes back to visit my house, unfortunately (well, except apparently one of my own dogs). I like Ragnhild ... she looks like nobody's fool. lisascenic , I quite like your illustration. It is indeed a bad idea to read a Gothic novel late at night! rehabbingisgreen , m...
by wrylass
Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:50 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Window Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 2266

Re: Window Help!

Have you tried at all to locate salvaged windows? The old wood as you know is always going to be better than the new wood. I know people who've put salvaged windows in every window of multiple houses, so it's possible. If you're going to 'experiment,' I would suggest doing it with a window or two in...