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Creating Quick, Inexpensive, Yet Elegant Holiday Floral Centerpieces

The holidays are squarely upon us, and 'tis the season for gathering with friends and family. Whether you are hosting a family Christmas dinner, having a few neighbors over for a dinner party, or simply dressing up your table to be more festive, crea...
by Old Town Home on Dec 19, 2016

Santa Surprise: Peppermint Buttercream Chocolate Christmas Cake

What's black, and white & red all over? My newest holiday baking experiment, a moist chocolate cake with a sweet peppermint buttercream!It feels like it's been ages since I wrote a baking post! While I haven't been diligent about documenting my v...
by Old Town Home on Dec 15, 2016

My Personal DIY Anthem - "Jump Around"

Who would have thought the 1990s hip hop party anthem "Jump Around" would eventually serve double duty as the theme of how I attack renovation projects? Everlast, DJ Lethal, and Danny Boy May never have intended for a 30 something DIY enthusiast to h...
by Old Town Home on Dec 9, 2016

Our Built In Bench Beneath the Stairs: Blending Old and New

One of the most difficult aspects of renovating an old home is to ensure your alterations are not only functional and attractive, but are in keeping with the character of the house. The hallway on the day we moved inAnyone who has renovated a home...
by Old Town Home on Dec 2, 2016

Lulu's Live TV Debut, Old Home Enthusiasts, and Some Project Progress

Slow and steady progress across multiple major projects feels quite nice!But before we get to our "tortoise and hare" style of renovating, we have a few fun things to update you on this week, including a live TV morning show debut! First off, last Fr...
by Old Town Home on Sep 2, 2016

Toolbox Tuesday: Ivy League Trimming

As the old saying goes, "it's a jungle out there." And we'd have to agree.This summer has felt like a battle against the elements when it comes to our home's vegetation. Take our ivy, for example. When we purchased our home in 2003 it was one of the...
by Old Town Home on Aug 23, 2016

Scooby Doo Style Hidden Panels in Our Bead Board Bench

Today we're really excited to share a good amount of progress on our salvaged bead board storage bench!Yep, that's right, we're starting to actually get stuff done...who knew that was possible with our projects?Our last updated we gave you a glimpse...
by Old Town Home on Aug 9, 2016

Reviving Our New Plantings with Drip Irrigation

As we've been working on projects at our country house we've been trying to strike that delicate balance between major overhaul projects, minor upgrades and facelifts, general upkeep and maintenance, and just trying to have a good time with friends a...
by Old Town Home on Jul 29, 2016

Creating Bench Storage from Salvaged Beadboard

At the beginning of April we filled you in on our plans to disguise the new HVAC intake under our beautiful main staircase.If you were reading you may have missed this post since it was below our April Fool's post and you had already closed your brow...
by Old Town Home on Jul 22, 2016

Using Marine Waterlox to Refinish Our Outdoor Dining Table

"Just because something doesn't look quite the way you want doesn't mean you have to live with it."This should be a DIY mantra of some sort, perhaps tattooed across a self respecting handy person's calf or shoulder blade. I can see it now, there's no...
by Old Town Home on Jul 15, 2016

You Might Be a DIYer If...

The title of "DIYer" is a hobby for some, and a true way of life for others. Whether you see it as sweat equity, a logic challenge, the way to make something with your own two hands, or the ultimate way to control the outcome of what you're working o...
by Old Town Home on Jul 8, 2016

Searching High and Low for Antique Hotel Room Numbers

We need your help identifying where we can find some antique architectural details!That's right, I've searched high and low for these buggers and can't come up with a viable source thus far. "What am I looking for?" You might ask. Antique brass nail...
by Old Town Home on Jul 1, 2016

Plaster Restoration Part 3: Master of Plaster Finish Coat with No Sanding!

Traditional plasterers achieve perfectly flat and smooth walls with nothing more than a trowel...no sanding required. Yes, you heard me, no sanding at all!For years I've used what was readily available to achieve the "plaster" look. At this point I'v...
by Old Town Home on Jun 24, 2016

Completing our Completely Custom Small Budget Vanity

Do you remember our dingy, floral on floral on floral covered first floor bathroom? You know, the one that we started stripping wallpaper in the first weekend we owned the house in 2014, and then kept starting and restarting projects in until it end...
by Old Town Home on Jun 14, 2016

Where the Sidewalk Ends

There's just something I love about a white picket fence and brick garden walkway.When we were looking at houses two summers ago, there were many things that attracted us to the home we ultimately ended up buying. The location on the water was number...
by Old Town Home on Jun 6, 2016

Plaster Restoration Next Steps Part 2: Master of Plaster's Beautiful Lime Base Coat

Lime based plaster is sort of the holy grail of plaster restoration, so why is it so hard to find a suitable plaster product? Apparently you just need to know where to look. Last week we shared part 1 of our two part post on our plaster repair projec...
by Old Town Home on Jun 2, 2016

Plaster Restoration Next Steps Part 1: Base Coat with StructoLite

Back in January we shared the first steps we were taking to properly restore our original plaster walls. Today we have part one (of a two part) update on our progress. In true Alex form, this project has stretched on and on, taking far longer than an...
by Old Town Home on May 26, 2016

Decor Advice for an HGTV Magazine Sweepstakes Winner

It seems 2016 is flying by in the blink of an eye. And while I haven't been writing many decor posts, that doesn't mean I haven't been working on some exciting decor projects. While 2016 may have started out on a bit of a low, there have been a...
by Old Town Home on May 9, 2016

Celebrating Our 5th Year of Blogging with Five DIY Lessons

I couldn't believe it when I looked at the calendar last week. I noticed that our blog was about to turn five years old!A few days later Facebook's "On This Day" feature did what it does best and led me on a nice walk down memory lane by showing me t...
by Old Town Home on Apr 29, 2016

Outdoor Dining: Set Up for the Season

There are few things more satisfying than combining a design decision with a great deal!Back in late March I excitedly shared our plans for a large outdoor entertaining area on our home's side porch along with the dining table we purchased on a trip...
by Old Town Home on Apr 20, 2016


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