Our parlor floor ceiling is a bit of a show-off. It’s not super fancy like some of the stuff you see in Cobble Hill, or Park Slope, but it’s enough to class up the joint. There are harps and other delicate squiggles, some of which are showing signs of aging – cracks and patches and ample evidence […]Read More Look up!
Brownstones don’t have attics. It’s really the one Victorian thing we’re missing, at least in my opinion. Attics are fun, old-timey and filled with treasures – well, at least in the movies they are. Our flat roof structures are not conducive to such architectural fancy-ness, so instead, what exists between the ceiling and the roof is […]Read More The Cockloft – it’s a thing, apparently.
A comment from a neighbor pretty much sums it up: “I always see you here, working. Never partying. Just working.” I’m pretty sure the neighbors think I’m absolutely certifiable. Stripping a stone façade is really not a typical DIY project. People usually hire professionals to do that, and methodology aside, I do understand why. Passers-by […]Read More Weekend projects by crazy people
A normal person may look at what projects need to be done and prioritize accordingly. A normal person may look carefully at the options available and make sure not to overburden themselves by taking on more than they can handle. A normal person will finish a project before starting a new one. Well, normal people […]Read More Another day, another project (and a post with terrible photos).
What a difference a long weekend makes. Since we still have all our stuff out of our bedroom following the stripping of the woodwork, we decided to tackle the ceiling. Truth be told, I’ve been wanting to rip this down since we first saw the house, since this awful ceiling is guilty of robbing the […]Read More Laboring weekend
Our house has two skylights (in various states of disrepair). The main one, above the stairs to the top floor is made of simple stained glass (which is cracked and needs to be fixed at some point). The second one is in the middle room. When we bought the house, the skylight looked like this: […]Read More Gooped up skylight
The top floor of our house has a new-ish ceiling. Best we can tell, there was damage to the original plaster that was “fixed” with dry wall. Eventually we’d like to take down the ceiling and restore it back to its original condition. In the mean time, we can live with it as is. What […]Read More Popcorn is for eating, not for ceilings