Project Pope

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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Hardwood Floor Patching

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Up until the 1960s our house was heated using just the fireplaces in the front room, living room, master bedroom, and the original wood-burning stove in the kitchen.  With no insulation in the house to speak of it would have been a huge job to keep the house warm.  In the 1960s it was decided that a forced-air oil furnace would be installed in the crawlspace in a horizontal position, and the only way they were able to get it down there was by cutting a 30″ x 30″ hole right in the middle of the floor of the front room and dropping it down Read More