Sunday, August 31, 2014


Yesterday I was out-and-about in Minneapolis and noticed as I drove by that Junket was having a sale, so I swerved into a parking place and went to see what treasures they had.

The place has expanded since the last time I was there. It is now two full rooms upstairs and a basement.

I found two nice, solid pairs of scissors ($7 each which is expensive, but I liked them). I bought three red faucet handles to make into hanging hooks (I just noticed now that I have two of one design and the third is an oddball).  And then in the basement I spotted this small medicine cabinet for $22.  Quite a deal.

I have been planning to eventually put a powder room into my upstairs. It will be a tiny room and I think this will fit perfectly. Yet another stripping project.

Watch for a longer post soon. I have been *very* busy this past week on the house and have much to tell.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hardware Boil

Til the day I die, I will never understand why people paint over hardware. How hard is it to just remove the hardware, paint your window and then replace the hardware? Not hard at all.

That said, almost every piece of window hardware in my house was painted. I had been removing the paint as I restored each window.  But a few weeks ago I got all ambitious and had a great hardware boil. I boil the hardware in water and baking soda in an old pot. I fish out the hardware while it is still hot and finish peeling off the hot paint. The water breaks the seal between the paint and the hardware. I polish the metal with steel wool and then apply a coating of oil.

So, with the exception of one casement window hinge, all of the window hardware in my house is now paint free.  I replaced the hardware on the unrestored windows, and once I get to that window at least the hardware will be done.

When I finish stripping the windows and repainting it, the hardware looks very crisp against the new paint.

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