The country vernacular.
Old-growth wood trim and flooring may last practically forever, but finishes are ephemeral. They need refreshing when they begin to look worn and dirty.
They still make floorcloths.
The 1890 house had “all its integrity,” say its owners: stained-glass windows, a monumental staircase, fine woodwork, and even a dumbwaiter. But it needed their loving restoration.
Although there was some labor involved, this solution to a problem floor was inexpensive and remarkably effective.
Architect and homeowner collaborate on a scheme to turn a dusty yard and a pressure-treated deck into a beautiful new amenity.
A cabinetmaker’s serendipitous discovery has her using milk paint to create an aged, pickled finish that’s non-toxic.
“After living in my 1925 Colonial Revival for a few months, I noticed that water tends to pond on the rim of the bathtub underneath the faucet. Black mold keeps popping up along that side, especially in the corner.” —Anna Taylor
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