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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, 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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Renovations, Stories & Finds, The Laurels History

A Victorian Basement Kitchen

Ever wondered what was in the basement of a Victorian home? Wonder no further and allow me to tell you: the Gate to Hell. My Aunt Sheila looked at me like I was mad when I informed her of my exact hypothesis and said “someone watched a few scary movies growing up.” Thinking back to my 6 year old self eating cake rolls and drinking Diet Pepsi at my grandma’s while watching the gate of hell open up under some fallen tree on the television I simply nodded and told her she was  ...

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Family Life, Stories & Finds

Digging for Gold

Aunt Sheila brought over some fun things for us to explore the backyard with: her metal detector and a pair of divining rods…and now my mind is blown. I never would have believed they worked until sure enough they started to swing towards me when I walked over the water pipe running to the old green house. You can see the green house foundation here on the left in the photo above.   They dug the grass up for a bit while I started to believe it was a worm with metal insides  ...

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