Laurelhurst 1912 Craftsman
Being a blog where we document our efforts to renovate and decorate our 1912 Craftsman fixer in Portland, and share our ever-changing plans.
Emptying Sewing Room
- Published on Monday, 25 November 2013
Authors:I have goofed off for long enough—time to get moving again. This week I started emptying out my sewing room with the intention of finally finishing stripping the paint in this last bedroom. But since the sewing room has been a bit of a dumping ground for the past many months, I'm having to spend many hours cleaning and sifting it before I...
Period Book: Home Handicraft (1908)
- Published on Monday, 14 October 2013
Authors:As we start settling in for the winter, I figured now was a good time to take a look at a book that shows some good indoor activities. This week's book (okay, this month's book): The Good housekeeping manual of home handicraft, published in 1908 by the Good Housekeeping magazine.
This book extensively covers stenciling: how to make...
- Published on Sunday, 18 August 2013
Authors:OK, I've now heard from three folks asking what we're up to, so I guess I'll throw in an update. I did finish shellacking the closets and we moved in the next day. We also went out to storage and brought back what clothing boxes we could find so we could unpack and sift stuff. Our closets are not photogenic enough yet for photos.
And We Have Closets
- Published on Friday, 02 August 2013
Authors:We've been crazy busy since my post on Wednesday trying to get the wood ready for our closet install today. Yesterday was spent applying two coats of stain and then we got up early this morning to put on a coat of shellac. Luckily shellac dries fast or we would never have made it.
I still have to do some minor touch up on ends which I...
- Published on Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Authors:Despite my lack of posts since last Friday, we are still working on the house. I don't tend to wear my little camera anymore and I've been too busy/lazy to take pictures of our current projects.
Eric came again on Monday and helped Jeff cut the rest of the wood for the closet built-ins. The plan is to finish both sides of Jeff's closet and...
- Published on Friday, 26 July 2013
Authors:Today found us out in the garage again, pawing through the huge pile of salvaged douglas fir trying to sort out the closet wood. Jeff managed to cut down the edge-joined pieces so they fit on the support boards we installed last winter. (Has it really been 8 months? That's embarrassing.)
The original plan was to cut the boards down...
Side Fence Built
- Published on Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Authors:I am so excited because it is built!! And am I ever happy with how it turned out.
Eric and Jeff built both gates today and they made the process look fairly easy.
The side of the house is still looking a little ghetto because there are piles of gravel and other scrap, but it should look better when we get to the chicken coop next month...
Side Fence Progress
- Published on Thursday, 18 July 2013
Authors:At long last, we got started on the side fence. For perspective, this is our goal for the project.
We hired a friend, Eric, to come out and help us for a day as it would give us the push we needed to get this project rolling along. Even though it was fairly hot outside, working under the shady walnut tree was quite pleasant.
This is the...
Yesterday's Photo Shoot
- Published on Thursday, 18 July 2013
Authors:The photo shoot yesterday went well, I think. Alex Vertikoff is the photographer who came out since he gave me permission to name him. I don't know why I didn't think to take more pictures yesterday, but I only have one lousy picture of him where you really can't recognize him.
His process was very different from the photo shoot our...
More Wood Planing
- Published on Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Authors:Jeff and I scheduled another appointment with Eric out at Willow Classic Woodworking to plane the rest of that giant pile of salvaged douglas fir. When the pile was delivered, it looked like this. We didn't know what we were going to do with it, but it turns out we paid just over a $1/foot for old growth 1x12 douglas fir. I'm glad we did...