We stripped the wood work in the bedroom this weekend. Since we hired someone to do the stripping part, the hardest part for us was emptying the room. It took quite a few hours over two days. Now that the entire room is empty, we are also having a chimney guy over to make a repair in the fireplace. Then we started thinking, hey, this would be a good time to make any plaster repairs. Heck, we may as well paint while we’re at it. And maybe put up those curtains we’ve had lying around forever… We’ll eventually paper this room, but probably not for a year or two. First we need to practice on the hallway, then plaster and paper the living room. But we do need to make a decision about how to finish all the stripped wood work before we proceed. Should we stain it and finish it exactly as it was originally? Stain it and wax it? Just wax it? The wood is poplar. It originally had a faux mahogany stain and a shiny finish — either shellac or varnish. Does anyone know what’s involved in these three different approaches? Shellac seems a bit daunting because it’s so smelly and toxic, so we’d probably have to hire someone to do that. Wax sounds so easy. Do you just rub it on and you’re done? Also, we’ve heard it’s difficult to get the stain color consistent — but we could use a premixed stain. Will it get all over the wall, do you think? Please post photos and stories here.
Prospect Park was not even half completed when it opened to the public in 1867. It was a huge success, made even larger over the next six years, as work continued. Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted created one of the greatest urban parks in the world, combining nature and architecture seamlessly into the center […]
The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership wants to make over Flatbush from the Fulton Mall to Barclays Center, DNAinfo reported. The group is asking local politicians for their support and help drumming up about $7,000,000 for the project. The improvements would extend Phase I of the Flatbush Avenue streetscape project, which is now complete (and cost $23,000,000) […]
The new museum building at the Weeksville Heritage Center is finished, and the official ribbon cutting took place yesterday morning, although the building won’t open to the public until spring 2014. The celebration included an African libation ceremony and speeches from local officials. WHC board chairman Timothy Simmons and outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz recalled when WHC […]
Three contiguous buildings with the same architect but two different owners are going up at the corner of Putnam and Bedford. The furthest along is 1192 Bedford Avenue, at the far left above, a mixed-use building of five stories with six apartments, according to DOB filings. Next door at 1190 Bedford is what seems to […]
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