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by Texas_Ranger
Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: First old house after college! (pics)
Replies: 21
Views: 11446

Re: First old house after college! (pics)

CountryGirl wrote:The house now looks loved. :) Nice work, love the new(old) door and door bell.

Susan
That isn't a new door :D

I'm 99% sure that Nick just removed the storm door (I'd definitely want to have one though) and the plywood that covered the inside of the door!
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: what is this???
Replies: 9
Views: 5601

Re: what is this???

In Austria his&hers sets were extremely common, even with only one sink. The shelf was centred above the sink, below the mirror, with the soap dishes and cup holders on either side. More modern versions were made well into the 1980s and are probably still available.
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Whatever happened to the old house...
Replies: 18
Views: 7689

Re: Whatever happened to the old house...

I remember one seriously sad story about one of the bloggers here. They were a family with kids and wanted to buy a huge but half-collapsed mansion. I followed their blog for a while and everything seemed fine, until there was a weird post I didn't really understand and then nothing for more than a ...
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: what is this???
Replies: 9
Views: 5601

Re: what is this???

In Europe those were commonly used to hold toothbrushing cups or glasses for poeple who didn't want to bend down over the sink and use water straight from the tap for rinsing their mouth. I've got a complete 1930s set which consists of a bathtub soap dish holder, two sink soap dish/toothbrush cup ho...
by Texas_Ranger
Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????
Replies: 41
Views: 27199

Re: Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????

Eeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww. Too creepy. Wouldn't a horse head stink to high heaven, if there is a heaven. Diane Not if it's only the bones. Actually somewhere in the world, they turn a horse's lower jaw into a very weird percussion instrument. I know that because I happened to win such an instrument one ni...
by Texas_Ranger
Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Painted Exterior Brick on 1905 Foursquare
Replies: 13
Views: 11772

Re: Painted Exterior Brick on 1905 Foursquare

I'd prefer silicate over lime, as a whitewash doesn't last too long - I don't think most people would want to whitewash their house every 5 years or so. Silicate is considered THE appropriate exterior paint for any old house in Europe. Its history goes back to the ancient Romans who used it inside a...
by Texas_Ranger
Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Faux quartersawn oak?
Replies: 11
Views: 8725

Re: Faux quartersawn oak?

Yes, the process is called faux graining. Around here it was very common, particularly for front doors, but I've also seen grained interior doors and windows. Usually they did a flat-sawn imitation, but some real artists painted perfect quarter-sawn oak onto some lesser wood (in mountaneous Austria,...
by Texas_Ranger
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Whatever happened to the old house...
Replies: 18
Views: 7689

Re: Whatever happened to the old house...

That reminds me of something... there once was a thread about a guy restoring his family farm(?), a large stone house built by German immigrants. Does anyone know what happened to that project?
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Painted Exterior Brick on 1905 Foursquare
Replies: 13
Views: 11772

Re: Painted Exterior Brick on 1905 Foursquare

Unless the brick was painted because it is too porous to stand up to the weather I don't really see any technical reason not to keep the house in this distressed state.