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Archive for November, 2010

I’d been dreading this moment for months, but now that it’s here, I’m pretty proud of myself. The Schoolhouse has five old windows left (and by old, I mean original, wavy glass and all). Two of them have the original 6 inch trim; the other three were trimmed in bargain-basement 3 inch modern trim. They […]

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So, it’s chilly in northern California in late November and the Schoolhouse still doesn’t have heat, but we’re headed north anyway for another DIY vacation. We’ll bundle up during the day to work and at night we’ll be cozy in the Library, courtesy of an electric radiator. Our packing list includes a soldering iron and […]

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So, the front of the Schoolhouse is getting its original floor back – sanded, scraped, and stained into shabby chic-dom. The back of the Schoolhouse – hallway, bathroom, two bedrooms, and stairs – is new and needs a whole new floor. We spent weeks talking with different people and considering different options, but then we […]

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Even with Scott the floor genius’s hard work and a thin coat of white stain on the old part, there’s still a big contrast between the old floor and the new, fresh patches. Scott gives me the go ahead to play with it a bit, “But not too much,” he says. “I don’t want to […]

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The heart of our plan to renovate our 1890 Schoolhouse was to restore the main room to its original one-room-schoolhouse feel. The floor was a special challenge. Over the years the Schoolhouse had been carved up into multiple rooms. Once we removed the walls that had divided the main room (and removed the cheap Pergo […]

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