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.
1920s Stencil Designs
- Published on Sunday, 04 October 2015
Authors:I found another stencil catalog, but this one dates from 1924. A bit late for my decor purposes, but I know some of you might be interested in the designs available. Stencilling was still pretty popular in the 20s. Anyway, the stencil catalog is "Excelsior" Fresco Stencils particularly adapted for House Decoration, Churches,...
Period Book: Art and Economy in Home Decoration (1908)
- Published on Saturday, 03 October 2015
Authors:One of the things I like to cover in my blog are topics that are only rarely covered elsewhere (perhaps for good reason LOL). In my recent book downloading efforts, I found one with a chapter on portiéres (room door curtains), so I thought I would do a blog post to convey the information they provided. This is a word-for-word...
- Published on Friday, 02 October 2015
Authors:I'm obviously on a bit of a stencil groove at the moment. When I was looking around the commercially available stencils this morning, I recognized many from a stencil book, called Arts & Crafts Stencilling, originally published in 1910, by W.G. Sutherland. It has been reprinted by Dover. Frankly, I was surprised how many of the...
More Early 1900s Stencil Designs
- Published on Friday, 02 October 2015
Authors:I've been idly poking around and I found some more period stencil catalogs. I don't know why I find this so fun, but I do. :D
I found a Blue Label Stencil Catalog from 1900 and I feel like I hit the jackpot, since I recognize quite a few of these from designs that are currently available.
This one you can also buy from CraftHome for...
- Published on Sunday, 27 September 2015
Authors:I hired help to move the furniture back into my sewing room. When it was just Jeff and I, we spent all day, but with some buff kid to help Jeff, it took less than an hour to get the furniture back in there. It was well worth the expense.
As tempting as it is to go for the glamour shot, I've decided to wait to unpack my fabric until after...
Demo Waste Challenges
- Published on Saturday, 26 September 2015
Authors:We made the unhappy discovery that our landfill won't accept plaster and lath. And I've checked around and I didn't find alternate places to take it either. So, we are having the extra fun task of separating our demo waste. /sarcasm
Last Door Stripped!
- Published on Thursday, 10 September 2015
Authors:I'm feeling very happy to be almost done! This door just needs a tiny bit of touchup with dental tools and then I can sand it! This was, finally, the last painted door in the house.
There will be a bit more paint stripping of woodwork once Jeff and his friend start demo in the master bathroom, but otherwise, I am done! :D...
Door Nearly Stripped
- Published on Tuesday, 08 September 2015
Authors:Our weather was finally decent again, though a bit humid, so I spent another quiet day with my heat gun and iPod. I am nearly done with both sides of the door. I haven't done the edges yet. A couple more hours will finish off the paint stripping with the heat gun then I'll have to turn my attention back to the chemicals.
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- Published on Friday, 04 September 2015
Authors:I recently bought this set of historic canisters off eBay.
This is what they looked like when they arrived.
What a tragedy, but they really weren't packed very well.
It's very dangerous when I get in the mood for shopping. I had TWO friends post to my facebook profile that Le Creuset was discontinuing their Cassis (eggplant purple) line of...
Soapstone Slab Transported
- Published on Thursday, 03 September 2015
Authors:What a production I've turned this bathroom project into. I probably should have just abandoned the soapstone slab when I learned the new company owners didn't want to ship, but I want what I want.
Yesterday, Jeff drove down to Gold Beach, Oregon and picked it up. He borrowed an A-frame from Portland Marble Works and we ended up renting a...