Were All Mad Here

Renovations, Stories & Finds

Uncovering a Hidden Fireplace

They often say “size doesn’t matter” but in come cases something this size gets your heart racing: You see it, right? Down below? Well hello there, big fella. Of course we are talking hearth stones. With a stone that size you KNOW there had to be something big behind that wall. There was only one thing that stood between my hammer and that wall…that bloody radiator. “We have to cut off the broiler…(something about draining and something else)” my  ...

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Renovations, Stories & Finds

Uncovering Hidden Quarry Tiles

That is some mighty fine carpet you have there. It would be a shame if something happened to it. Oh wait, that’s not carpet. That’s dog hair. Everywhere. S: Maybe the original hardwood is still under there. D: (picking up carpet) Nope, just cement. S: Cement? That makes no sense. All the other floors are wood. What’s under that? D: … This conversation is how month long projects start. I know because I wondered into that time bomb three times already with this  ...

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Renovations, Stories & Finds

Uncovering Victorian Era Tiles

The tiles started to come down in the kitchen today. Along with the upper cabinets. Hubs is in shock. Watch him emote. Guess what we found? A GIANT HOLE! We knew that was there, how could you not…but look up there a bit, just peaking out under the awesome mid/late century beauties. See that red peaking out? That’s original lime wash. No one else was as excited as I was by that. The tiles took center stage. These are Victorian Aesthetic designs. We also found these: Pretties!  ...

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Before: Entrance Hall

Offset door, exposed pine wood with tons of vibrantly white (by comparison) wood filler, cracked corbels and a pretty little stairway. Behind the wall jutting out a bit is the doorway to the cellar. The wall jutting out actually make up an old doorway. Aunt Sheila said at one point there was a Green Baize Door here on a silent hinge.

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