Sunday, September 26, 2010

Timber.....make that Half Timber

Here is what I accomplished this weekend. The main half-timber is now sanded down to new wood. If you are thinking it doesn't look like I did much, you will want to keep that thought to yourself. This old growth wood is hard as a rock. A really hard rock.

In the next day or so, I'll hit it with Boracare, primer and paint.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Simple Hook

It doesn't take a whole lot to get a house restorer excited. I spied these hooks in a case in an antique store I visited on Saturday. The older guy working in the shop could not believe I was so happy to find some old metal hooks. I bought them out of 8 hooks.

They used these hooks throughout my house when it was built. I like how simple they are. They screw into the wall or door and are there to stay. The perfect balance of form and function.

The two hooks you see in the photos with 58 layers of paint on them (only a slight exaggeration) are from my bathroom door. I'll eventually boil them to get the paint off, but having a nice supply of non-painted hooks will let me postpone that task for a while.

I haven't been posting much, but there is activity going on:

* Stripping the paint off the door in my bathroom.
* Continuing to strip paint and shellac in my kitchen (which I will be doing once this post is done).
* Trying to set up an appointment before the end of the month with an electrician to run new wires in my kitchen.
* Have a call in to the carpenter to replace backband on my front windows.
* A soul-sucking, mind-numbing battle with Qwest - who sold me $20 dsl and is now charging me $70 (and will probably result in me being being offline for a month or so).
* Finally was able to match the paint I had been using upstairs (and threw away the lid w/ the color formula) - thanks to the friendly folks at Hirshfields. Lesson learned on that one.
* Parts are being ordered for the Tappan *still* residing in my living room.
* And I bought a new Fall decoration for my front door.

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