Laurelhurst 1912 Craftsman

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Being a blog where we document our efforts to renovate and decorate our 1912 Craftsman fixer in Portland, and share our ever-changing plans.

Amazing Tile Deal

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I got the most fantastic tile score tonight!! I'm so excited.
Sadly, Designs in Tile is going out of business. They made some beautiful hand painted tiles. I was bummed when I heard they were quitting, but I was very fortunate in my timing in looking for subway tile. I guess their tile has been on sale for a while, but the last of it...

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Preserving Peaches

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I was about to title this post canning peaches, but it has never made sense to me why it is called canning when we are using jars! Maybe we should call it jarring peaches?
Jeff and I went off on an unscheduled adventure with friends yesterday to Sauvie Island. Sauvie Island is where Portlanders go when they want to buy locally-grown...

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Wunderful List

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I found a new To Do list application, called Wunderlist, that I've only been using for a couple days but I'm already a big fan. While I don't really like that it's online (and therefore unusable without internet), the ability to share the To Do list with Jeff makes up for it.
While we were able to build task lists on our Macs, I was never...

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Basement Bath Painted

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After it dries (and I get some sleep) I'm probably going to put on another coat. This feels great to get another project done. :)
I'm going to paint the window with the rust color, but I need to clean it up first. It's pretty filthy.
I've got so many projects in flight, it's hard to keep track of all of them. :D
I also did the first coat of...

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Backtracking

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I stained the door to my sewing room too dark. :( I stained it at the same time as the closet and it also ended up being too dark.
I left it hanging in the doorway since I finished that room to see if I could live with it. Nope, I can't. It will bother me every time I see it during the next 15 years we plan to live here. So, I figured this...

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Basement Bath Shellacked

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Stained, Shellacked and Ready to Paint! I'll probably let the shellac dry overnight before I apply masking tape again. I probably should have left up the masking, but I really wanted to see if I had any bleedthrough. Luckily, I had almost none and I didn't find any grout that was stained. Yeah!


Oh, and the painted crown looks just fine....

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Struggling with SketchUp

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Planning a garage and fence in SketchUp was much easier. LOL
I have spent hours and hours trying to plan out our master bathroom remodel in SketchUp. It took me a couple hours to "build" the cabinet and now I've spent hours and hours (all night, really) laying out the tile. Probably it would be faster if I did a bunch of tutorials to learn...

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Painting Cheat

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For economy, the basement bathroom was originally planned to be painted. But when I saw the contractor installed pretty decent douglas fir, I instead decided to stain the woodwork. I went in there all psyched to stain it, then I discovered the ONE piece of MDF in the crown molding. I was trying to decide if I was going to replace the...

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More Woodwork Staining

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Much to my surprise, I have started staining the woodwork in the basement bathroom! :D

The last time I started and got derailed was in Feb 2012. I'm not sure why it took me more than 3 years to get back to this project. It didn't actually take that many hours to clear out the bathroom and vacuum everything and wipe down the woodwork....

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Note to Self: Stain the Wood BEFORE Building the Fence

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I finished the first coat of opaque stain on the fence. Holy shit, staining around the diamonds is a pain in the ass. I had hoped I could be done after this first coat, but the tannin staining is pretty bad in some areas.
My current plan is to quickly apply a second coat and call it good enough. :) ...

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