Category Archives: Antique Home Restoration
Way back during the framing stage, Dad and I changed the rough opening of the kitchen doorway to a Tudor style arch that matched two other original archways within the house. Part of the goal of this restoration is to bring the back of the house more in line with the front of the house in terms of architectural features, and I thought that an archway from the hallway into the kitchen might go a long way in doing this. Up until now I hadn’t Read More
The cabinets I’m building are traditional face frame cabinets that will be painted white. The panels will be flat with an applied moulding which is actually the same layout as all the panels in the original wainscoting in the house. For the cases I’m using 3/4″ one side pre-finished birch plywood, and for the face frames I’m using rough cut 4/4 Poplar. Poplar is cheap, nice to work, strong, and paints up great. Read More
Papa Pope is in town for two weeks and while I continue working on the kitchen cabinets he has been working on the wainscotting in the bathroom. For the wainscotting we used the original wall boards from the bathroom which I salvaged during demo. These are 11-foot long quarter-sawn Fir v-groove 3.5″ boards that went from Read More
Over the past 110 years the picture rails in our living room have been removed and reinstalled many times as new layers of wallpaper were added. The coped ends were pretty damaged, and while I did save all the original picture rails I decided that it’d be much easier to just replace them. Finding a similar moulding profile in quarter sawn Fir wasn’t difficult, but I was nervous about trying to match the original dark stain.