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by KristenS
Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Where to hang pictures in a room with a plate rail?
Replies: 13
Views: 3016

Where to hang pictures in a room with a plate rail?

Because we are weird, my fiance and I have decided to use our dining room as a living room. This suits us just fine. Except...there's a plate rail. Why is this a problem, you ask? Because I can't figure out how to hang our pictures! Here's a pic, to give you a general idea of what it looks like: htt...
by KristenS
Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: The Picture Forum
Topic: WHY???
Replies: 19
Views: 18096

Re: WHY???

I tend to give houses like that the finger as I'm driving by. Sometimes I even yell out "you're ruining the neighborhood" or "this house is an abomination!" Only when I'm really in a good mood, though. More fun fuel for the anger-fire... It's our Mayor who is introducing this wacky toothless Histori...
by KristenS
Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Should I add a mantel to the fire place?
Replies: 44
Views: 14676

Re: Should I add a mantel to the fire place?

I adore your fireplace the way it is. I can't imagine changing it. Not just because you *actually* have what the original house builder *actually* built (I'm crazy jealous there). But also because it is just such a striking and unique looking fireplace. It flows so beautifully upwards. It adds such ...
by KristenS
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: hdtv must die!
Replies: 64
Views: 15524

Re: hdtv must die!

Don't worry Neighmond, it's just some moran.

("Moran"! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: )
by KristenS
Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Mortgage on an Old House
Replies: 18
Views: 1585

Re: Mortgage on an Old House

So...um...what's this "local bank" thing staffed by actual people that you nice folks keep talking about? Are you sure you don't mean the grocery store? Cause round these parts the bank is a big shiny cash dispenser that charges me extra if I need to talk to someone.
by KristenS
Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: To Strip Paint Or Not (On a Fireplace)
Replies: 17
Views: 9566

Re: To Strip Paint Or Not (On a Fireplace)

I started stripping the brick veneer in our kitchen... and I'm not gonna continue. I'm not positive what these bricks are made of. But when I broke off a chunk, it looked and crumbled just like clay bricks do. I was using SmartStrip, which is Peel Away's safe-to-touch stripper. It made the brick sur...
by KristenS
Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Everything you want to know about gaslight...
Replies: 22
Views: 3292

Re: Everything you want to know about gaslight...

AWESOME! Thank you, Paul. So much. The more I can learn about this house, the happier I am. As for open flame burning in the tiny hallway...HOLY SCHNEIKES. Every other time I walk through that hallway I either graze my hip on the newel post or my elbow on the stuccoed wall. I'd hate to have to add "...
by KristenS
Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Refinishing Wood Trim - I Give Up.
Replies: 29
Views: 10502

Re: Refinishing Wood Trim - I Give Up.

The old timers used shellac and so should you. ... You do know that all you have to do is clean the old woodwork with some alcohol and a scotch brite and then hit it with a fresh coat of shellac, don't you? No need to strip all of that goodness off. Jeepnstein, I like the cut of your jib! And I wis...
by KristenS
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Refinishing Wood Trim - I Give Up.
Replies: 29
Views: 10502

Re: Refinishing Wood Trim - I Give Up.

Shellac, shellac, shellac! You can take down the shine on shellac with steel wool! And it is very historically appropriate. Those little lac bugs have been excreting that stuff for ages. I found, in my new-to-shellac experience, that it also mellows over time by itself. As a test for myself, before ...
by KristenS
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What Style Is My 1911 House???
Replies: 36
Views: 12029

Re: What Style Is My 1911 House???

If your town is anything like mine, you should be able to research all of the deeds for the house at a town or county records office. Take a look at this thread for info on that and many more good home history researching ideas. (Kudos to melissakd for that thread!)