Old Town Home

Old Town Home is a blog dedicated to chronicling the successes and failures of an Historic Old Town Alexandria couple as they live in the charming historic district while attempting to completely renovate and appropriately restore an 1880s Victorian row house...almost entirely on their own.

Wendy's Christmas Clawfoot Miracle

Authors: Alex

Over the past few years Wendy has asked Santa for just one simple thing, yet each year it seems to be the one thing he's failed to bring.

Her wish, though not a pony, Frozen soundtrack, or power tool that's new, would ultimately require a lot of effort and proved to be much harder to do.

While many people may wish for extravagant...

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Going ROG with Cleaning on Our Clawfoot Restoration

Authors: Alex

There's little "good information" out there regarding the rehabilitation of a salvaged clawfoot or other cast iron porcelain enamel tub.

Whether it's a tip that is immediately contradicted by another, or simply a complete lack of real photos or high detail before and afters, finding information on how to proceed with this step of our...

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My Dryer, My Nemesis

Authors: Alex

The history of the world is shaped by the rivalries of great nemeses.

The Hatfields had the McCoys, Aaron Burr had Alexander Hamilton, Ali had Frazier, Nikolai Volkoff had Hulk Hogan, England had George Washington, President Taft had a bathtub, Grumpy Cat has fun, and even Narcissus had Nemesis herself.

A great nemesis can frustrate,...

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Reader Reward: The Cordless Rockwell Oscillating Tool that Rocks

Authors: Alex

As many of you may know, I'm a bit of a tool junkie. Whether I'm researching, using, or wishing I had a particular tool, I've become tool obsessed over the last few years.

I'm not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point my Christmas list experienced a metamorphosis of magnificent proportions.

While I once wished and hoped...

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Decking the Halls, the Walls, and So Much More

Authors: Wendy

Today marks the start of the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend here in Old Town Alexandria. It's my favorite weekend of the year, and is the perfect festive kick off to our holiday season. The town is abuzz, homes are adorned with their holiday finest, and the chill in the air hints of fun, family, and much cheer throughout the...

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Reader Reward: Tickets for the 2014 Scottish Christmas Walk Holiday Home Tour

Authors: Wendy

They don't say "it's the most wonderful time of the year" for nothing.

In our home and in Old Town Alexandria in general, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. A nip is in the air, the lights are all hung in the trees along King Street, and the storefronts are all decked out in their holiday finest.

But most of all, the town...

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How Does One Attach Claw Feet to a Clawfoot Tub?

Authors: Alex

Our tub may be in the bathroom, and the overbuilt drama of how that would happen may be behind us, but there's still a lot to do before we're done.

Among the many aspects of getting this tub into its final resting place, we have to get the feet into shape and onto the tub. The problem, we don't know exactly how to attach these feet.

Yo...

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Up Up and Away - Moving a 350lb Clawfoot Tub Upstairs

Authors: Alex

We left off in our tale of bathtub salvage with a cleaned up and freshly painted cast iron behemoth in the basement, just waiting for the big moving day.

Wendy had contacted the movers and scheduled a date for a group of pros to help us accomplish this lofty goal of lifting the tub from its basement resting place to its rightful...

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Preparing the Clawfoot Tub for Its Journey Into the Sky

Authors: Alex

There are few incomplete projects in our home renovation history that have been talked about more than our salvaged clawfoot bathtub.

It's really no surprise given that we purchased the bathtub over 10 years ago for a cool $150 from an ebay seller. Not to mention it came out of a Del Ray Alexandria bungalow. But this tub, that we...

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The New House: Moving Weekend and Where to Start

Authors: Wendy

As we revealed on Friday, last month Alex and I took the plunge into second home ownership. Our "new" home, an early 1900s American foursquare, has great bones, an amazing water view, and enough projects to keep us both busy for the next decade or so. While the house is completely livable as is, we see a laundry list of items both...

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