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.

Finished Shellacking

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We pretty much took our time, partly because of the heat, but we've finished shellacking the bedroom.
Jeff is off playing this weekend with friends, but next week, we'll go ahead and repaint the room.
I didn't finish shellacking the door because I'm super unhappy with how dark it is. I stained that at the same time as the closet. I'm...

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Shellacking Started

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I didn't finish shellacking the sewing room today. I was moving pretty slow and I took frequent long breaks. LOL
I finished two coats of shellac in the closet. I really don't like how dark it turned out, but I messed up when I stained it. I was using the dregs of an old can of stain and I added some "fresh" stain and it clearly dredged up...

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Staining Finished

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The second coat of stain is on. (This stain, because someone always asks, is Jel'd Wood Kote in cherry.) This brand of stain we like much better; it's easy to use and not terribly messy (as stains go). It also covers imperfections well.
This is the point where I freak out—just a little bit—because the wood is so dark. But then we put on...

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Staining Has Begun!

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The other day when I said I was gonna fill the holes in the woodwork...well, I didn't do it. I couldn't find the wood filler and I was too lazy to go buy more. But then yesterday, Jeff gave me a hard time about it, so off I went to the store. Jeff filled holes while I removed and stained the windows.
Then this morning I stained the second...

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1910 style lightbulbs

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I found these when I was cruising around the net and I've got to get me some.

They claim to be based on a 1910 style; our house is 1912. These would be perfect for all our open lights in the living areas that currently have compact fluorescents (ugly and definitely not period looking).
At $8 a piece it's gonna cost a mint but if they last...

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After Before Pictures

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I've cleaned up the room a bit and here are the pictures of the woodwork after paint stripping and sanding, but before staining. We're mostly doing prep work today (i.e. removing hardware, windows, vacuuming dust, etc.). We might not start staining until tomorrow, but I hope to do at least a little this afternoon.
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No Rest for the Wicked

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We have finished sanding!! We were determined not to do this for another day so Jeff and I forced ourselves to get this project finished tonight.
I looked up the weather forecast and was really bummed to find a 10-day heating trend. By next weekend, it's supposed to be in the high-90s. No f-ing way am I working on staining and shellacking...

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1910 style LED lightbulbs

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I found these when I was cruising around the net and I've got to get me some.

They claim to be based on a 1910 style; our house is 1912. These would be perfect for all our open lights in the living areas that currently have compact fluorescents (ugly and definitely not period looking).
At $8 a piece it's gonna cost a mint but if they last...

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Oh, the Dust!!!

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Ugh, sanding the woodwork sort of sucks. If we were doing more than one room, we would definitely have to figure out dust collection. I can only sand for about 40 minutes before I have to take a break and let the dust settle.
If I really applied myself, I could have finished today, but ugh, the dust. I couldn't stand that many hours in...

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Fiddly Details

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Paint stripping seems to be one of those activities where you are never really done. You can spend a staggering amount of time trying to clean up paint out of all the crevices, but eventually you have to just declare it "good enough" and move on. I spent a few more hours the last couple of days cleaning paint out of crevices on the crown...

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