Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The frame was a real PIA. I started with a paint scraper for the loose stuff (outside part) Then tried stripper, and ended up with the paint gun and a final sanding. The inside, which had seen shellac, then white paint, then poorly stripped and coated with varnish. I went with stripper and steel wool for two application. Then went to the heat gun again to get the remaining material out of the grills which you could no longer make out the details because of all the layers of stuff.
Frame all cleaned up
After sanding, the outside was primed and inside where the glass sits. The inside I went with an "aged oak" gel stain. The trim and jamb in the house is oak, but the frame is pine. I quickly was reminded that pine doesn't cooperate with stains and it came out blotchy. So after some sanding and a coat of treatment for soft woods that helps even how the wood absorbs the stain, and then two coats of stain, it's about as good as it's gonna get. Two coats of clear satin poly and it's ready for the glass.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Originally it swung out, hinged on the top, but this was long ago caulked and sealed shut. Getting it out proved to be not a big deal, and just by luck I had a piece of scrap plywood that fit the opening without cutting... with that kind of fortune I'm just bound to break a pane of glass! Once inside I could do a good inspection. No real structural issues, just a few coats of glazing (a few too many!) and paint that was already half off. Inside was originally stained, later painted white, then stripped poorly, and then some finish put on. No care was used in not getting any stain, stripper, etc. on the panes so these will need some work to clean up. The inside of the panes are textured making this even more of a pain.
I tried using a toy I bought a few years back to remove glazing. It attaches to a drill, and has a handle with a built in guide. You're supposed to walk it along after setting the depth on the tool and it should just cut out the glazing without damaging the window. Well maybe it was all the glazing but it just road on top and had no real control. So I gave up on that and just used patience, a 5-1 painters tool, and a light touch with a hammer. In the end I managed to get all the glass out intact. Next step, stripping everything down....
Closeup of paint and glazing condition
Sunday, March 25, 2007
In between waiting for coats of spackle to dry and days that you refuse to even say the word, one can never have too many side projects going on. Here is just a sample.
I started working on creating a template for recreating the wrap around window seat in the dining room. This was all but destroyed by the PO's when converting to apartments. There were two pieces left (the ends) that were cut flush with the kickout that supports the seat. The middle section was gone. I was able to use these as a guide to get the right curve and I measured the imprint on the side walls for the depth before the plaster walls were gutted. I also took a few measurements and tried sitting on different depths to see what was most comfortable, but still practical for the space. The walls are 15 inches and the seat depth ended up being 13 1/2 which is what gives the flattening to the curve at the ends. This is my best guess to what was originally here. Next step will be planing and joining some 1x12 oak boards to transfer the template to - I'll need to make (2) 2 ft. x 4 ft. pieces for the ends and (1) 2 ft. x 6 ft. for the center section. Coming to a blog near you - later this summer.
Also the salvaged fireplace mantel in the foyer has some new gingerbread on it that was missing. The center had what was left of a wreath design applied and around this center section was a beaded trim that was half gone. These pieces were the best available for the spot and turned out nice. I found these at Van Dyke's Restorers.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Also notice that most of the staircase woodwork has been removed. This was quite tedious and nerve racking, but will make stripping and getting into all the nooks and crannies much easier. The spindles came out by using a scraper held flat against it to smack a hammer with out doing damage against the travel of the nail holding it place. This worked really well and all came out with no damage. The top spindles had to come out anyway near the top of the stairs so I could mud the wall behind them. Stripping all of this should be a fun project later in the year. (Note sarcasm)
Monday, March 19, 2007
In the end it came out pretty well
Saturday, March 17, 2007
After two hours of chopping, it softened up enough to finally break in my new snow blower. I've waited 5 years to get one, and every storm so far has been ice - which doesn't agree to well with a snow blower. Well Damnit today I was gonna use it even if it road on top of the stuff, but it did OK. The arms can't take this and drywall finishing - so much for making much progress this weekend.
You might be an old house owner....
... if you keep your snow blower in your dining room!
I was gonna take a pic of the house but figured this one that was just discovered looked much better than it does now.
Hall House about 1940
Friday, March 16, 2007
Well, here is what I came up with. Found this beauty on EBAY (of course), and got it for a good price. It is a gas, radiant insert in good condition - just need to get radiants for it. I may restore it to operating condition, but most likely will just get a cosmetic job.
And here it is with the salvaged mantel stripped and installed. Brick veneer will cover the old brick until someday - maybe - I can find some matching salvaged tile.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Side pieces are removed from jamb
Top piece stays in place and stripped revealing original red oak
Sides are flipped, sanded, and reinstalled.
Door stops are stripped and reinstalled covering most of the nail holes. Cut, strip, and install some original casing you found being used as shim scrap under 1970's panelling - and you're in business! Not sure if I'll install a door here or not as was original - how do I know - well 100 years ago the builder left a note under the jamb which side the door was hinged and which way it swung!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The only positive is that the columns the PO installed were not the right size which bugged me a bit. These are 8 inch dia. and the originals were 10 inch. It doesn't sound like much, but you can see the outline on the pedestal where the original was. And looking at them with the entire porch, the scale just ain't right. Looking at the old photos with the originals, they just tie everything together better. It's kinda like using 2 inch casing moulding and 4 inch baseboards in a room with 9-10 foot ceiling - it just don't look right. So now I have an excuse to make them right.
Monday, March 12, 2007
The color is a bit more muted than the pics show (more of an Arts & Crafts shade) As if this wasn't fun enough, the next stop on the mud crawl is an even bigger challenge - the staircase! No shortage of angles here either and the best part is doing it 12 feet in the air.... with no net. Should be fun.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
For all that came to visit today - Thanks Again!!