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Farrow and Ball Exterior Wood Primer Undercoat

It’s been a bit forever since I had a chance to make my way over to The Laurels for any work of substantial value. Mostly I was peeling wallpaper. It is everywhere. Woodchip on the mother freaking ceiling, ya’ll. Oi. I might have also been hiding from winter. But the bulbs are starting to sprout, so there was hope. And more importantly the humidity dropped below 80%, so I was actually able to get some painting in. Coat 1 of 2 undercoats completed, Coat 2 scheduled for…who  ...

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Renovations, Stories & Finds

Re-pointing a fireplace

Remember when… …this room wasn’t a furious ball of dust? Sigh. Those were the good old days. Never mind the damp taking out the paint in the far corner near the baseboard or the spots of moisture coming through the wall next to the radiator from what we didn’t know at the time was an improperly sealed inglebook-ish fireplace. With blown out white levels…any room looks habitable. You can’t even smell the dog hair carpet from this safe distance of  ...

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Renovations

Rebuilding a Kitchen Floor

Remember this beauty? Sexy beast. Well, what was under that wasn’t any better. This room use to be divided into two: a ground floor bathroom use to be in the area that you see suspended over the basement, and the original scullery use to be in the area made up by solid ground. This use to be covered by quarry tiles matching the adjoining room. The scullery sink use to be in the area with the tiles still on the walls (see photos further down) and the window was actually two: one in  ...

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Renovations, Stories & Finds

Victorian Kitchen Cleaning

Hazmat territory ya’ll. Seriously. I started cleaning the basement the other day because I had a half empty trash bin waiting to go out to the curb that needed some more stuff. See how things spiral out of control? I met this guy under a pile of old flour sacks on top of a table I was hoping to replace the legs on and keep. These sacks in the background of the shoes: That table is being burned now. I was thinking of putting him under glass and setting him on the fireplace mantle.  ...

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