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Painting exterior woodwork

posted by: chscl on 07.18.2014 at 12:15 pm in Paint Forum

We are considering getting the woodwork on the exterior of our home painted and have gotten quotes from several painting contractors.
Since we aren't knowledgable about painting and have experienced shoddy work with previous contractors we would like to know what would be the "right" way to do the paint job? One guy said he would just sand, prime and paint two coats of paint and another guy said for more money he would do it the "more thorough" way which would entail stripping the wood then sand, then prime , then do the two layers of paint. Our home is about 80 years old- so for the most part the wood is buried under layers and layers of paint over the years. I've attached some pics to show everyone what I mean.
Thanks for any opinions and input!


clipped on: 07.18.2014 at 11:54 pm    last updated on: 07.18.2014 at 11:54 pm

Rehabbing Door Hardware

posted by: cfrizzle on 06.23.2014 at 09:32 pm in Old House Forum

Hello, old house folks!

We are currently working on rehabbing the interior doors of our 1916 house. The paint is stripped off the doors and partially stripped off the hardware. Before we start to put everything back together I have a few questions about the hardware.

1. The latching hardware (shown in picture on the right). Most of ours are in very bad condition or broken. Is there a way to buy new latching hardware that will fit old door knobs? Or should I try to salvage old ones and/or restore old ones?

2. Once the paint was stripped from the hardware, each piece seemed to have a different patina. Should I roll with it? Is there a good way to clean up the brass even further so that all the pieces look a little more uniform, or even just cleaner? Originally I was thinking I'd spray paint it all with oil-rubbed bronze, now I think I want to leave it bare, but clean it up a bit.

3. All of the hinges have a pink patina and a heart stamped on the back with the initials S.W. in the middle (will try to post a second picture). What does the stamp indicate? Our house is in Central Indiana.

4. Aren't those glass doorknobs so pretty? I'm so excited to have our doors restored with original hardware.


This post was edited by cfrizzle on Mon, Jun 23, 14 at 21:34


clipped on: 07.08.2014 at 03:13 am    last updated on: 07.08.2014 at 03:13 am

Furniture layout help

posted by: GreenHighlighter on 12.29.2013 at 07:03 pm in Furniture Forum

Hi all -- another question.

I cannot figure out how to layout furniture for our living room. Is there a good place to go to get help with this? A store? An interior designer? If the latter, how does one go about finding a good one?

Thanks again!


clipped on: 01.12.2014 at 06:25 pm    last updated on: 01.12.2014 at 06:25 pm