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Display Name: thewombat
Member Since: 7/8/11

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When we bought our turn of the century house, the first thing we did was tear out all the carpet upstairs to get back to the original hardwood floors. Apparently a previous owner figured that since they were carpeting it, they didn't have to worry about splatter when they painted the room & trim. The floors were COVERED in paint - at the baseboards, especially. I got most of it pretty easily this way: boil a large pot of water, and dip rags in it. Lay the soaked rags on paint. Keep switching out the rags to keep them soaked in warm water. Do that for an hour or so, and then scrape. Most of the paint came up easily in big chunks.

What Do I Do with Paint-Covered Tiles? Good Questions
7/31/12 10:31 AM

Charlotte: "I really dislike the taste of the era in which this house was built with regard to that dark, stained woodwork." That's exactly why I disagree with you. I wouldn't buy an industrial loft and try to turn it into a Victorian. Many of us LOVE the original woodwork. We looked at a TON of old houses before we bought ours, and sooo many of them had been "restored" to look like some suburban new build. Sorry, but I really thing that shelving would have been STUNNING stained to match the woodwork.

Before & After: Katherine's Beautiful Built-in Shelving
10/6/11 09:25 AM

LOVE LOVE LOVE the shelving, but all the painted over woodwork makes my want to cry :(

Before & After: Katherine's Beautiful Built-in Shelving
10/5/11 05:34 PM

Pick a favorite thing about a favorite room and find a way to bring it into the others ... We have a stunning conferred ceiling in the living room, so we decided to put up a tin ceiling in the kitchen. We have a large, pretty chandelier in the dining room now, to which we'll be adding a medallion and then ornate molding around the rest of the ceiling. 3 different styles of ceilings throughout our downstairs, but it's a common thread and each hold their own in a 100+ year old house. Everything else has happened pretty organically as we've settled in. Definitely don't rush it!

9 Things I Wish I'd Known About Decorating a First Home
10/5/11 05:25 PM


Have had both the bird & the dog bookmarked for ages ... love them both!

Peter & Blair's "Bohemian Preppy" Seattle Abode
House Tour

9/9/11 04:10 PM


Peter & Blair's "Bohemian Preppy" Seattle Abode
House Tour

9/9/11 12:52 PM

Beautiful! Hands down one of my favorite tours. It's nice to see such a warm, earthy home with lots of plants and wood.

Michael & Shannon's Mix of Tradition and Travel
House Tour

8/12/11 01:40 PM

I really like 2nd one.

The first... not so much. While the paneling behind the shelves needed painted or whitewashed simply to brighten the room, that woodwork was lovely (especially the doors).

Before & After: Two Living Rooms Transformed with Color
The Color Cure

8/12/11 01:34 PM