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.
Not All Subway Tile is Created Equal
- Published on Friday, 29 August 2014
I think the search for finish materials is possibly one of the more difficult aspects of a bathroom renovation.
Yes, in spite of all of the other complex, planning, and pain in the butt items, I'm totally serious. When you look at even a "simple" overhaul, you're still changing just about every major surface in a bathroom, and all of...
The Decidedly Masculine Joys of New Clothing Storage
- Published on Friday, 22 August 2014
As a male living with a female in a two person, two pet household I'm facing a challenge, likely well known by many. This familiar challenge involves an apparent disparity in closet and clothing storage space between myself and my spouse.
Never mind the fact that our 1880s home was built with only a single original hallway closet, as a...
Throw it Over the Transom and See What Happens
- Published on Wednesday, 20 August 2014
One of my absolute favorite aspects of our old home (and many old homes in general) is our house's period and restored architectural hardware.
Since moving into our home we've gone to great lengths to discover and restore period vintage hardware for our home. Whether that means scouring eBay or digging through the extras pile at a...
A Toilet by Any Other Name Smells Just as Sweet
- Published on Thursday, 14 August 2014
We've got ourselves a functional turlet!
Yes, that's right, an official and flushable lavatory! This is big news. No, no, actually, this is really big news.
Up until last night we've been without a second seat in our home for several years. We've endured visits from friends and family with sadly a single sanitarios. We've entertained...
Custom Baseboards to Maintain the Soul of the Moulding
- Published on Friday, 08 August 2014
Trim and finish work of all kinds are typically major elements in every room we've undertaking in our home.
Whether we're talking about stripping original moulding...
...having reproduction moulding profiles created to match original elements...
...making major statements with custom and complex wainscoting elements...
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Turning the Tables on a Phone Scammer
- Published on Wednesday, 06 August 2014
There are few things I hate more in life than a scammer, liar, and a cheat.
Long ago, as a very young kid, I remember going to the video arcade at the mall with a $5 bill in hand. As I walked up to the exchange machine to get some tokens, an "old person" (he was probably in his 20s) approached me and said, "I have a whole bunch of...
The Evolution of Nursery Design: All Grown Up
- Published on Monday, 04 August 2014
It was 1982, and little did I know it but my world was about to be turned upside down. The days of being an only child (not the mention the only grandchild on my Dad's side) were numbered. I still distinctly remember the day when my parents sat down with me to let me know I was going to have a little brother or sister, and I was...
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Grouting
- Published on Friday, 01 August 2014
As with any major project, no matter how experienced you are, things don't necessarily go quite as planned.
Rather than just simply going with a big "Look at how awesome our floor looks, and it was so easy" blog post, I want to share our grouting process with you. And that include everything...The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Though our ...
The Three Bears Go Back In Time for the Right Color Grout
- Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Stop me if you've heard this story. The Three Bears jump into a time machine and waste a whole weekend in search of the grout color that was juuuuuuusssssstttt right...
No? Not familiar with this little DIY fairy tale? Well then, let me fill you in.
The selection of a grout color for a large bathroom is easy...said no one...ever. That's...
IKEA Butcher Block Counters 2 Years Later - What Do We Think?
- Published on Friday, 25 July 2014
We get quite a few questions here on Old Town Home, but one of our blog's most frequently asked questions is:
"So, now that you've had your IKEA butcher block counters for a while now, what do you think?"
Whether its being asked by someone considering IKEA butcher block (or a butcher block counter of any type) that would like our take...