• December 9, 2003

Living Room Restoration

Admitting we need help and hiring a contractor

Restoration Diary,

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  1. Ursula

    Good Afternoon David and Heather;

    Both my husband and I are in the process of purchasing a 1912 American Four Square, we are lucky the home has a lot of the original wood work untouched, but we have the old knob and tube wiring, and if you can picture this, the Frankenstien movie where the mad scientist grabs the lever to give Frankenstein life, we have that lever also. Well, my question is (I know it has been some years since you addressed this issue) but what was the price range you all were quoted to upgrade the electrical? Also, what products would you recommend to strip paint off of built in wood kitchen cabinets and off of door hardware?
    One more question, what would be your best advice on refinishing hardwood floors. Oops, one more, how do you compromise with a partner that has never restored anything, but believes in their heart and sould that with the waive of a magic wand we can conquer all things?

    Thank you,


  2. Heidi

    Hi Heather and David;

    Love the photos of the living room project! You mentioned that the original wall color in the living room was cinnamon. During the renovation of my Tudor Revival, I have uncovered(under layers and layers of paint) the original paint colors of the walls (among them sky blue, pink carnation and patina green)and of the painted portions of the wood work (wheat). I am torn between using historically accurate colors (because its kind of cool) and just brushing on what I like. What are your thoughts on this?



    • Heather

      hi Heidi! We struggled with the issue of going with historically accurate colors verses our personal taste, too. Our wood work was originally quite dark (almost black) but we went with a much lighter stain color on our wood. I really, really didn’t like the dark color. Our kitchen was originally a salmon pink color (I will NOT go with that in our kitchen), one of our bedrooms was patina green, the other was originally a gray blue, and the painted trim was a wheat color in our house as well. We have decided to go with colors we prefer. We want our house to feel comfortable and “homey” to us. Paint is an easy fix if we ever change our minds. I say go with what you love! :)

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