Faux finishing once was practiced by every house painter and many householders, who used inexpensive materials and simple techniques involving glazes, sponges, rags, and crumpled paper.
Turning onto Picardy Drive, East Oakland’s block-long enclave of 1920s Storybook houses, is like entering a fairytale.
Say “farmhouse kitchen” and an image instantly springs to mind—a welcoming room that has evolved over time.
“Our latest restoration has been the most rewarding.”
This project involved fitting salvaged, antique art glass into panel doors that would slide into wall pockets. Art glass can, of course, be fitted into any panel door.
The typical bungalow-era bathroom is a simple space given to sanitary white surfaces and little ornament. Still, utilitarian can be handsome.
Wood columns, balustrades, and even fretwork can last decades provided they’re cut from long-lived, dimensionally stable wood with a low moisture content.
To illuminate a walkway or driveway, all you need is a GFCI-protected outdoor electrical outlet and some basic electrical skills.
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