Monthly Archives: February 2014

One Bottle of Beer in the Wall

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While opening up the wall between the kitchen and dining room fireplace I discovered this old amber beer bottle.  It’s corked, but unfortunately there’s nothing inside.  I did a search online and found some information on a website called Glass Bottle Marks.  It seems that it was manufactured by Reed & Company based in Massillon, Ohio.  Apparently they were only manufacturing these bottles from 1881-1904, so this one is at least 110 years old.  It probably made its way into the cavity I found it when the home was built way back in 1904.  It’s not a rare bottle, but it is a cool discovery!

Going, going, gone

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The original Fir floors in our hallway are now seeing the light of day for perhaps the first time since before World War II.  The sandwich of flooring that sat on top of them was at least four layers deep.  The most recent layer was a cheap laminate flooring (on the left); below that was some linoleum tiles (in the middle); and the oldest was some sort of linoleum (I think?) Read More

Front Door Reglaze: Part 1

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Aside from the baseboard heater and chandelier, one thing that doesn’t quite fit in our living room is the window in the front door.  It’s a simple frosted pane that has probably only been in there for the past 10 years or so.  The original window was probably stained glass like many of the other original windows in the house.  Because it’s such a key part of the house, we thought it would be great to reglaze the window with something more in keeping with the house.

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Lath Mountain

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This is the mountain of the lath that I pulled off the walls and ceilings in the dining room, master bedroom, kitchen, and hallways.  It took up about half the space in our current bin.  Removal was hard work, and surprisingly loud: as the nails popped out of the old studs it was like a gunshot at times.  I actually had to pull out my Peltor ear muffs.

HUGE thanks to the studly Matt Haddow for helping me load all the lath into the bin!