Category Archives: Antique Home Restoration

Designing the Kitchen Archway

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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

Antique Home Restoration: Matching Original Wood Stains

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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.

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