Monthly Archives: March 2013

A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last.

The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion. – Sai Baba

So, we had some work done on the basement.  Let me remind you of what it looked like when we started this adventure.

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Experimenting With Floor Finishes

Since my beautiful house has beautiful hardwood floors throughout, I’ve been thinking about how to finish them.  I wanted a weathered grey appearance that wouldn’t be too dark and would keep with the old character of the home.  Minwax’s Classic Grey stain was an option I considered, but then I stumbled upon a more natural finish that should also be much cheaper and more forgiving than stain.  I found this blog post on oxidizing wood:

The Friendly Home {finishing} How to oxidize wood

and thought it sounded like it might give the result I wanted.  Continue reading


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And The Demo Continues

Hmmmm, what could be under this cardboard??

Hmmmm, what could be under this cardboard??

Oh!  It's the original front door!

Oh! It’s the original front door!

The first of many discoveries in this house, the original front door was found under a layer of cardboard in the NE living room.  I’d love to salvage it and use it somewhere in the house, but we’ll have to see, because it’s had holes drilled into it from when the exterior walls were insulated. Continue reading

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Let The Demolition Begin!

Here are some photos of the demolition process.  You’ve got to tear it all down to rebuild it. Continue reading


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Where It All Began

Here are some before photos: Continue reading


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