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.
2013 Project List FAIL
- Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014
Authors:I was amused to run across my list detailing my ambitious plans for 2013. Boy, did we ever fail. We'd spent too many years fixated on this one project and we really needed a break. We did get a couple projects finished:
- Plan/Install master bedroom closet interiors
- Plan and build side fence
- Published on Friday, 21 March 2014
Authors:We started off the day scrambling to get the boards for the pergola stained. The weather was clear and we got quite a lot of them done. It did seem a tragedy to stain those beautiful clear cedar boards with opaque white stain, but ultimately I decided the stain would look better in a few years than the natural cedar. I didn't believe...
- Published on Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Authors:At long last, we have finally started the pergola for real. We had hoped to start sooner, but our weather lately has NOT cooperated. Yesterday was the first sunny day in a while.
The guys got the posts set in cement yesterday and installed the edge board on the garage (for stability).
We had planned to stain everything today, but the...
- Published on Monday, 20 January 2014
Authors:I guess we got burned out on working on the house, so we've enjoyed an extended vacation from working on it. And we really haven't been doing anything interesting to blog about, so my blog was sadly neglected. But our friend Eric, who built the side fence with Jeff's help, needs some work this winter and so we're going to turn our...
My Winter Vacation
- Published on Thursday, 02 January 2014
On my winter vacation I went to go visit my family in California. I had a lot of fun because we stayed with Grandpa who lived only a block from a great big grassy field where my alphas could take me to play. I got to see my cousins and they are much bigger now. They were puppies the last time I visited, but this time they were...
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...