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.

Matching Moulding and Tinkering with Tedious Tasks

Authors: Alex

This week we've been getting stuff done.

That's about as simply as I can put it. We haven't had enough time for major projects due to continued hectic schedules, so I've been making a concerted effort to accomplish at least one thing in three categories each and every day. My goal is to get more done than just three tasks, but my focus...

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DIY Shiplap Walls Because We All Love Joanna and Chip

Authors: Alex

If you're a fan of the renovating and decorating television show genre you're likely well aware of the Waco, Texas husband and wife duo, Chip and Joanna Gaines, from HGTV's Fixer Upper.

There have been a handful of shows over the years that really speak to us via our love of renovating old homes, and Fixer Upper is just that. They're...

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The Beginnings of a Custom Pre-Sorted Laundry Hamper

Authors: Alex

Though progress has been slow, we've got ourselves the makings of a pre-sorted hidden laundry hamper.

Until now, we've kept all of our to be washed laundry in a large metal and fabric hamper that we bought back in 2000 shortly after we moved to DC. Since then we've thrown all of our dirty clothes into it in a heap. And since we...

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Performing Exploratory Surgery on Our Ripped Up Bathroom

Authors: Wendy

Remember last fall when we started work on the downstairs bathroom? You know, the one with the floral wallpaper, floral border, floral curtains, and shiny brass fixtures? Allow me jog your memory. 

Here's a look into the bathroom from the office the day we bought the house:

And here was the stunning view looking forward from the...

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We've Got Some Major HVAC and Plumbing Pro-Gress to Report

Authors: Alex

So we're completely exhausted.

No really, both of us, just completely exhausted. I know a lot of people say it a lot, but we're running on fumes.

Lately work has been absolutely crazy for both Wendy and me. I'm talking 80-100 hour weeks crazy. Couple that with the extremely stressful endeavor of trying to oversee a major overhaul to...

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The Scrap Metal Cash Out - Turning Your Trash into Cash

Authors: Alex

Last week I experienced something for the first time in my history of DIY -- The scrap yard cash out.

Over the years we've adventured to garbage dumps, salvage yards, antique stores, yard sales, dumpster dives, and countless old houses, all in the name of projects. But until last week, I'd not yet ventured out to a full fledged scrap...

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Cheating My Way to an Integrated Cabinet Bead

Authors: Alex

Our bathroom cabinets are really becoming something!

While we're busy bouncing from project to project, the time and effort I've been putting in on the two large cabinets that will flank our bathroom vanity are slowly transforming them into something cool.

We left off on the base cabinet build with two basic cabinet boxes. Though...

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Creating a Summer Gift Basket: The Ultimate Hostess Gift

Authors: Wendy

Summertime is a wonderful season, filled with sunshine, warm weather, and my personal favorite, casual and relaxed outdoor entertaining. I'm not one to show up to a party empty handed, and while I love to bring a homemade treat or bottle of wine, there are times when I like to do something a little more fun. Which brings me to gift...

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Considering Waterlox to Refinish Our Heart Pine Flooring

Authors: Alex

In fun news, we're considering our many options on how we want to refinish our antique heart pine floors!

However, this is not an easy decision, and not one to be taken lightly. We're fortunate in our new home to have beautiful 110 year "random width" heart pine throughout all three floors. Best of all, it's all in relatively good...

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Geothermal Ground Loop Install = A Giant Dirty Mess

Authors: Alex

The past week we've violently oscillated between outright angst over work being done on our house and utter exhaustion from the work we're doing.

The work on our house's HVAC and plumbing repairs has been progressing, and we've been trying to stay ahead of the contractors with our responsibilities.

Since the price tag for new...

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