Monday, February 23, 2015

For New Visitors

Welcome to my somewhat neglected blog. In it, I document our research and restoration of our 1912 Arts & Crafts house in Laurelhurst, Portland, Oregon. I am deeply honored that American Bungalow has chosen to include our house in their well-respected magazine and I welcome all you folks who got this blog address from that article.

If you are visiting to check out my original source research that I've posted, the best way to see is it to click on the "Inspiration" label on the right side of this page.

If you are interested in individual topics about our restoration, I tried to add tags about the relevant topics. Again, it is best to simply click on the relevant labels.

I do have a few projects I hope to tackle later this year, including making and applying period stencils in our living and dining rooms. I've just got a couple hurdles to get over first (i.e. broken computer with the files we need to recover first).

I'd also like to finish stripping the paint in that final bedroom so we will be DONE. In fact, just thinking about being done almost makes me go pick up those paint stripping tools. Too bad my sewing room won't pack itself up so I can get to the woodwork. LOL

Feel free to leave comments to help motivate us and to follow the blog (so I feel obliged to post new content). :D

Thanks all for dropping by. I hope I can help you find inspiration for your home restoration project.


  1. Congratulations! Your home is beautiful and I have learned a lot from your postings. I think American Bungalow readers will do the same. The kitchen is glorious.

    I have a question also. I am about to build the first range hood for our 1905 house. Have you been happy with your range hood insert choice and range decision?? I had a very positive experience with BASCO several years go buying scratch and dent appliances for my first kitchen. They are still working a couple of decades later.


    1. We've been really happy with our range hood and range. As much as I wanted an antique stove, I think this was a great compromise that worked out for us.

  2. Amazing renovations! What color stain did you use throughout the house. The woodwork is amazing, would love to know more about how that perfect finish was achieved.

    1. The wood was finished with two coats of stain. The first coat of stain was Mohawk Wiping Wood Stain in Red Mahogany. The second coat was Wood Kote Jel'd Stain in Cherry color. Then the woodwork downstairs was finished with Zinsser Shellac.

  3. Just saw the American Bungalow article. The professional photos highlight the work you've done well! Great to see.