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RE: Has anyone here bought antique heart pine flooring or old bri (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: trailrunner on 07.12.2012 at 08:13 pm in Old House Forum

Hey Jane ! ! bought 3200 antique salvaged bricks from Reeves Salvage in Phenix City AL> not too far from you . They tons of salvage bricks lined up and sorted and priced. I would have to look up what I paid and can do so if you need me to. You could learn LOTS if you would drive on down there and see what/how/who/ and how much . They are lovely people to deal with .

I also have purchased antique heart pine. I got it in Montgomery at a demo site. It was in horrific condition. Here is what it looked like after cleaning. :)



and this part of the patched floor the left of the doors..


So yes...there is nothing like old heart pine in the right hands. If you need a place to stay when you come down here..if you come down to let me know...I have more room than I know what to do with . c


Note from Caroline.
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RE: Calling Allison! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: allison0704 on 06.23.2012 at 03:06 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Thanks, Chispa.

Newdawn, I've never heard of them but looked at their website. Wish they had been around when we built!

What about contacting architects in the AL/GA area - I saw Dungan Nequette are already using them. Other good ones would be Williams Partnership (Homewood), McAlpine Tankersley (Montgomery), Chris Reebles @ Christopher Architects (Birmingham), Krumdieck (Bham), Carey Hollingsworth, James Carter and Henry Sprot Long... also in Bham area.

Landscape Architects - Tommy Holcombe @ Holcombe Partners, and Nimrod Long.

Congrats on your new job! Our house was built using old brick, and we added a retaining wall later (found the same old brick). My BIL house is old brick. You shouldn't have a problem finding people to purchase.


Good advice and names from Allison concerning my brick business.
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Calling Allison!

posted by: newdawn1895 on 06.23.2012 at 12:10 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum


Have you ever used products from Evolutia when building your home?

If you haven't used them, I know you've heard about them, no? They sell high end restoration products such as antique beams, reclaimed brick and gorgeous wood flooring. I feel a little ridiculous since I've seen your home and know that you write for a decorating blog which features many wonderful companies.

I have been hired by a small private company that are tearing down historical buildings in Georgia and probably Alabama. Primarily they are cotton mills that are HUGE with plenty of red brick. The heart pine has been sold but I'm not sure about the maple. I have been hired to sell the brick, not all of course,since there is 12 million alone in one building.

All of a sudden I've got a bad case of the nerves and I haven't even started. If only I could stay out of the bathroom this morning, whew.

The man I am dating financed the whole project and asked that they hire me because of my love of historical things, which they did. Did I spell historical right, dear God I am nervous NOW.

I am good at dinner parties and picking out beautiful antiques, and knowing how to dress the part. But selling is a different animal. However, I have a passion for the product I would be selling, a big one.

I am going to call on Evolutia in Homewood as soon as I learn a little more about reclaimed brick.

I asked about this over in This Old House on gardenweb and they put me through the ringer and brought up some valid but discouraging points. Now, I'm thinking they might be right.

I know this is not your expertise but do you have any pointers for me? I think I just need the advice of a fellow Alabamian.

My answer to the people over in This Old House below.

When Quincy Jones asked Steven Spelberg to direct the movie The Color Purple, he said "I know nothing about black people". Quincy Jones quickly answered and said, you knew nothing about Martians either did you?

I'm taking the job, wish me luck.

Another question Allison, do you know of any other companies that I could call on in Alabama?

Signed...Scared Straight AKA Jane


My new venture.
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RE: What is the BM paint color that is similar to F&B French Grey (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ttodd on 02.22.2011 at 01:44 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Per Color Charts it was Cheyenne Green 1502. I forget if that was the closest match to FG overall or if it was just the closest BM closest match. I'm pretty sure it was the closest match overall.


The color above is equalant to French Grey by F&B
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New Facebook setting to check

posted by: graywings on 11.17.2010 at 07:45 am in Home Decorating Forum

I just saw this message on Facebook and thought I would pass along:

FACEBOOK ALERT* As of today, NEW PRIVACY setting called "Instant Personalization" that shares data with non-Facebook websites and it is automatically set to "Enable."
Go to Account >Privacy Settings > Applications and Websites >Instant Personalization > Edit or ...customize Settings, and un-check "Enable". BTW, if your friends don't do this, they may be sharing information about you.

I followed the instructions and disabled mine. Can anyone tell me how invasive this really is? And is the last sentence true?

From the way Facebook describes it, if you go to an outside website, that website will have access to the information and content you've already made available to everyone on Facebook and you can turn it off individually at each site.


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RE: Finally tried to make some slipcovers.... (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: bestyears on 07.25.2010 at 05:32 pm in Home Decorating Forum

The chairs underneath are just a simple dark wood, with two vertical pieces running up the back, extending from the seat up to the top of the chair back. I used a wonderful fabric, from a home dec store, which was called, 'canvas' on the tag. It is softer than I think of canvas, but nevertheless, that's what they called it. Best of all it was on sale for $5.99/yard (took about a yard and a quarter per chair). It was just a dream to work with, and I loved the feel of running my hand over it.

I didn't use a pattern, I just measured well, and wrote everything down. Also, I prewashed the fabric so I could really make it the right size. Essentially, one long piece of fabric extends from the front of the chair, across the chair seat to the back, up the inside of the back, and down the outside of the back. I then joined a 4" apron to it, just easing around the corners. My chair seats are trapezoid. I found it very easy to just use a pencil to rub the border around three edges of the seat, and that was my stitching line. Then I took another four inch wide strip, hemmed it, and then pressed in the pleats. I stitched the pleats in place before I joined it to the apron. The pleated strip sewed easily onto the apron, and voila, I was done! Easier than I thought it would be...


These are just gorgeous slipcovers done by bestyears
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RE: What is your favorite dessert that YOU make? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: mrsmarv on 08.30.2010 at 09:45 am in Home Decorating Forum

goldie - I've found the best and most consistent pie crust recipes use shortening. Here's one I use from Ina Garten that's tried and true....and easy as pie ;o)

Here is a link that might be useful: Ina Garten pie crust recipe


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RE: Just for fun, what would you do? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: paintergirl94 on 08.01.2010 at 06:29 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Newdawn, you may be surprised at how easy this is, and idiot proof.
These instructions are for duplicating the finish you already have. If you have a specific piece in mind, I can get ya better directions.
So, prime (latex is fine);
Paint white (again, latex is perfect. I use a flat paint because brushstrokes will be minimal and it's easier to sand (you can use a roller, as well). And, does not have to be perfect;
Sand back spots to bare wood. You can hand sand or use a palm sander with medium grade paper;
Once that is dry and clean, apply color (you may or may not need 2 coats);
Repeat the sanding, wearing away to bare wood;
Finish with a coat of varnish. You can use a wipe-on poly (my personal favorite), you can use a latex poly or you can wax it.
Lots of words, but very simply technique. If you want to get fancy, you can glaze with a soft brown, which accentuates the wood tones. But, not necessary. You can embellish with florals or pinstriping or...
Soooo many ideas, so little time (and energy). Anyway, hope this helps.


This is how to do the techique my of my chest of drawers in dining room
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