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      12-02-2015 10:40 AM #1
      I was finally able to close on a house this past week and I could'nt be happier. Wanted to share it and some of the projects I will have going on.

      The home was built in 1924, with many updates in the last 10 years.



      I wasn't a fan of the wall paper so first thing I started with was removing it from the one room that had it.

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      12-02-2015 02:45 PM #2
      Is that a skeleton key I spy? Congrats on the house and good luck!

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      12-02-2015 03:10 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Fortunate4now View Post
      Is that a skeleton key I spy? Congrats on the house and good luck!
      Thanks! Original key for the lock, pretty awesome! Can't wait to redo the door hardware.

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      12-02-2015 03:18 PM #4
      Beautifull!

    7. 12-03-2015 09:59 AM #5
      Place looks nice and the plaster seems to be in ok shape. I would also deff toss those valences!

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      12-07-2015 08:18 AM #6
      Thanks! Window cornices won't be making their way back.

      Made some more progress. All the wallpaper glue is gone. Man that sucked. Finished crack and hole repair, also the patch under the window. Then primed with Kilz Complete. Man that's some potent stuff. Be sure to open windows and get some air movement going.



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      12-08-2015 01:24 PM #7
      congrats! looks like a decent exterior restoration, whats the rest of the inside and mechanical's like?

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      12-08-2015 01:46 PM #8


      I see no evidence of heat in this room. What's up with that?

      Is it the original wiring? That's the big PITA in a 1920's house.

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      12-08-2015 02:56 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by GeoffD View Post

      Is it the original wiring? That's the big PITA in a 1920's house.
      I think it depends on the loads that are placed on it, what condition its in, has it been hacked apart, etc.

      My house was built around 1932, and has a weird combination of K&T, and armored cable. ALL of it is original, and unmodified. What I did do is completely replace all the circuits in the rooms I renovated, so the third floor, kitchen, and bath all are completely updated and not connected to the old wring anywhere. If you keep the loads on the wiring low, by using LED or CFL bulbs, and don't use lots of high load appliances it actually works better now that it would have 20 years ago. the power consumption of everything from phone chargers to computers and TV's is much lower than it was in the past, and thus the older wring can more easily cope. However, all of that goes out the window if you start using things like space heaters.

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      12-10-2015 09:41 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettavr666 View Post
      congrats! looks like a decent exterior restoration, whats the rest of the inside and mechanical's like?
      Thanks, and absolutely wonderful. The couple that did all the updates knew what they were doing.

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      I see no evidence of heat in this room. What's up with that?

      Is it the original wiring? That's the big PITA in a 1920's house.
      Wiring has been converted and is up to code. There is no forced air upstairs, however there are vents in the floor to allow air movement from downstairs to upstairs.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jettavr666 View Post
      I think it depends on the loads that are placed on it, what condition its in, has it been hacked apart, etc.

      My house was built around 1932, and has a weird combination of K&T, and armored cable. ALL of it is original, and unmodified. What I did do is completely replace all the circuits in the rooms I renovated, so the third floor, kitchen, and bath all are completely updated and not connected to the old wring anywhere. If you keep the loads on the wiring low, by using LED or CFL bulbs, and don't use lots of high load appliances it actually works better now that it would have 20 years ago. the power consumption of everything from phone chargers to computers and TV's is much lower than it was in the past, and thus the older wring can more easily cope. However, all of that goes out the window if you start using things like space heaters.

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      12-10-2015 11:04 AM #11
      Got the primer on the walls after some plaster repair.



      And trying to decide on some colors.



      That's under soft white lights. Repose, Dorian, and agreeable grays from Sherwin Williams.


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      12-11-2015 02:59 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by 03_uni-B View Post
      Got the primer on the walls after some plaster repair.



      And trying to decide on some colors.



      That's under soft white lights. Repose, Dorian, and agreeable grays from Sherwin Williams.


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      I went with a similar SW grey on the left recently. It looks lavender in some light, and grey in others. I'm not a fan of 'purple' rooms, so that was unexpected. Food for thought. If you are seriously concerned I can pull the paint code from the can.

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      12-11-2015 07:42 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Markos View Post
      I went with a similar SW grey on the left recently. It looks lavender in some light, and grey in others. I'm not a fan of 'purple' rooms, so that was unexpected. Food for thought. If you are seriously concerned I can pull the paint code from the can.
      If you don't mind that would be nice, because I sure don't like purple either...

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      12-15-2015 02:58 PM #14
      Went with Dorian grey for the bedroom. Put repose grey in the closets, which I plan using elsewhere in the house.



      Also decided to pull the doors off and redo the hardware. Because this was bothering me.



      Soaked in a crockpot with just water for a few hours.



      Then also pulled the knobs and lock sets off last night.



      Will likely just strip them and shoot some clear similar to below. I like the patina.




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      12-22-2015 02:03 PM #15
      just a crock pot and hot water got the hinges that clean? I resorted to soaking mine in a coffee can filled with paint stripper, it's a pain.
      Insert catchy phrase here.

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      12-22-2015 02:13 PM #16
      Don't bother with the clear. Those are brass and the patina will continue to grow without any clear.

      As for the crockpot and water, it does work as the paint wasn't designed for metal. Years ago I worked in a place that had heated vats of toluene. Almost everyday there was an an employee's brass hardware sitting in a basket getting stripped.

    19. 12-23-2015 04:43 AM #17
      Congrats! Nice work on the painting and plastering. My entryway is Dorian gray too and it looks really good in low light. Not too dark, doesn't turn purple.

      Your floors look AMAZING too.

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      12-23-2015 11:17 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by FlyBy View Post
      just a crock pot and hot water got the hinges that clean? I resorted to soaking mine in a coffee can filled with paint stripper, it's a pain.
      sure did, was a little skeptical but figured I would give it a try. Seemed to work very well.

      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      Don't bother with the clear. Those are brass and the patina will continue to grow without any clear.

      As for the crockpot and water, it does work as the paint wasn't designed for metal. Years ago I worked in a place that had heated vats of toluene. Almost everyday there was an an employee's brass hardware sitting in a basket getting stripped.

      That is a good point, and that makes sense

      Quote Originally Posted by Katie-S View Post
      Congrats! Nice work on the painting and plastering. My entryway is Dorian gray too and it looks really good in low light. Not too dark, doesn't turn purple.

      Your floors look AMAZING too.
      I do really like the Dorian, I am very pleased with it.

      And thanks, They had been recently refinished and I agree I really like how they turned out.

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      12-23-2015 01:22 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      Don't bother with the clear. Those are brass and the patina will continue to grow without any clear.

      As for the crockpot and water, it does work as the paint wasn't designed for metal. Years ago I worked in a place that had heated vats of toluene. Almost everyday there was an an employee's brass hardware sitting in a basket getting stripped.
      that had to be fantastic for your health, lol

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      12-23-2015 02:32 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettavr666 View Post
      that had to be fantastic for your health, lol
      In a well controlled, ventilated and scrubbed area it is perfectly safe. The vats of toluene were used for calibrating temperature control equipment. Since toluene boils at 110C, it is better than water for calibrating as it's not agitated at 100C. There were vats and chambers filled with various chemicals for calibration from -100 F to 640 F.

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      12-27-2015 09:20 AM #21
      Finally got the room about finished up. Went ahead and put furniture in there. Will get a better picture soon. Working on finishing the hardware, and going to sand on the doors a little more before painting.




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      01-02-2016 12:19 AM #22
      Got out and did some work in the garage. And helped the roommate put coils on his golf.

      Cut a hole in the wall to connect the shed and garage. (My friend helping out is the one cheesing)



      Built some shelves



      Then filled them. Have wood to build more.








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      01-06-2016 01:04 PM #23
      Nice choice on wall color. The girlfriend and I are on a bit of gray kick lately, recently painting the living room SW Perfect Greige and the master bedroom SW Morning Fog.
      Keep Calm & Chive On

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      01-07-2016 01:56 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by cramerica View Post
      Nice choice on wall color. The girlfriend and I are on a bit of gray kick lately, recently painting the living room SW Perfect Greige and the master bedroom SW Morning Fog.
      Thanks! I agree I think its kind of the in style, but also I don't think its too modern or edge-y so that it will look bad in 5-7 years.

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      01-08-2016 07:09 AM #25
      I keep looking at the front of your house thinking how great it would look with a pop of color somewhere, like painting the front door something like SW Positive Red.
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