Show us your vintage home!

Discussion in 'Your Vintage Home' started by LolitaHaze, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. Stray Cat

    Stray Cat My Mail is Forwarded Here

    ...and brown is not a color. :p

    I would not call that "screaming", I'd call it "accentuating special features" .
    You have a lovely home. :yo:

    As I've started above.. let me finish: Brown is something that comes "on the other end" when you're done digesting. :pound:
     
  2. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

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    My girlfriend and I recently purchased a coop apartment in a 1927 apartment house.

    The good news is that the original floor plan, quarter sawn red oak floors, doors, door hardware, much of the molding, fireplace mantle (the apartment has a still-working wood-burning fireplace as many apartments from that era had) and a few other details are still all original. Also, and this is awesome, one of the two bathrooms is 95% original (and is the last functioning original bathroom in the 60 unit apartment house).

    The less good news is that the kitchen, windows and few other details have been completely replaced with modern items. And some odd details have been added in (like columns next to the fireplace mantel or additional not-original moldings).

    Hence, our project is going to be to keep everything that is original, original (but carefully clean / restore it as some of it needs work to survive) and to renovate the areas, like the kitchen, back to something appropriate to the period and to take out some things - like the extra molding - that were put in in recent years.

    We are currently working with an architect / designer to help us do this (as per both NYC building code and coop rules we need these people to obtain approval to do practically anything), but know that this project will not happen quickly.

    All that said, I snapped a few pictures to show, but want to take some more before pictures prior to starting any work and will post those in the future.

    Hence, below are a few pictures of that incredible original bathroom, the red-oak floor and the fireplace mantle (the columns on either side of it were added later and will be removed) - also, any furniture, etc. was the prior owners.

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  3. Papperskatt

    Papperskatt Practically Family

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    Congratulations! I'm very jealous of your original bathroom. :)
     
  4. Yes, brown is for dirt not interior decorating. :p
     
  5. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Brown isn't a color. It's a state of mind.
     
  6. :rofl:
     
  7. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

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    I know it is just and expression, but please don't be jealous - that said, I greatly appreciate the sentiment. We feel incredibly grateful to have found it.
     
  8. dh66

    dh66

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    Fading Fast that place looks awesome! Congratulations! And yes, that bathroom has it going on. I love the tile work.
     
  9. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    It is new! If I would have just used my low tech coat hanger I would have had it done in a few minutes. With he coat hanger, if you get hung up, you just pull real hard and the hook unbends. Still, would rather have these problems, as apposed to foundation or structural!
     
  10. Panadora

    Panadora Practically Family

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    :cool: :eusa_clap

     
  11. Panadora

    Panadora Practically Family

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    OK so non of this works :rolleyes:

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  12. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

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    Thank you very much. How great / crazy is this - there are about 30 or 40 tiles that have been replaced in the bathroom over the last 80+ years that don't match that well - so, I was talking with the super the other day - telling him that we were looking to find reproduction tiles that matched the original ones - and he told us he has boxes of old tiles that he keeps as, over the years, people rip out the "old" bathrooms to put in modern ones. Hence, we will have more than enough original tiles to replace the ones that don't match.

    The super is a vintage guy who is incredibly excited that we want to keep the existing original bathroom and other original features in the apartment and restore the rest of it back to the period. He says everybody else who buys an apartment is always ripping out what they call "the old stuff" and it breaks his heart. He and I are quickly becoming friends.
     
  13. Panadora

    Panadora Practically Family

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    I have this dirty old moth bitten Mallory Aristocrat on it's way

    Maybe I should consider a Whippet style interior design :yo:

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  14. Panadora

    Panadora Practically Family

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    Well at least one of my wonderful Frits Henningsen chairs would fit perfectly!

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    Keep up the good work Fading Fast.
    What about the kitchen? (that's usually the big problem)
     
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  15. dh66

    dh66

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    Firstly...Thank you sir, for the compliment on my living room.
    Thank all of you.

    Secondly.....this...

    this was exactly the color of my living room when we bought the house last spring.
    It took two coats of primer and two coats of paint to cover that ****.

    The master bedroom is a shade of green that is almost that dark. I haven't mustered the energy (or spare $$) to tackle it yet.
     
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  16. dh66

    dh66

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    Very nice!

    And the floor is excellent as well.
     
  17. Papperskatt

    Papperskatt Practically Family

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    Point taken. :nod:

    I wish you good luck with the apartment. Will you be trying to restore the kitchen? And congratulations again, on the vintage-loving super.
     
  18. LadyBaltimore

    LadyBaltimore Familiar Face

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    Fading Fast, I love your bathroom! I live in a huge 1800s rowhouse that has been covered to apartments and I have a bathroom that was done much more recently and very cheaply, very blah, but recently my neighbor downstairs redid his bathroom and considering the claw foot tub and pedestal sink that was being thrown out, I'd say he had one of the original bathrooms in the house and frankly it really upsets me that he destroyed it and put something modern in. :( I'm also just really jealous because my bathroom has none of that historic charm.
     
  19. LadyBaltimore

    LadyBaltimore Familiar Face

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    This is my desk:

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    And a 1920s receipt holder I filled with vintage paper ephemera recently and hung in my dining room:

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    I'm waiting on a 1950s metal stool to be delivered today, that I'll use as a bedside table. It's a very narrow space and I realized standard side tables are all too wide, so I've been hunting for something else to use for about a year, and finally found this stool that was just the size and color I wanted and at a price I could afford. I hope it looks good or it's back to the drawing board.
     
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  20. dh66

    dh66

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    This looks great!! Very creative re-purposing. I really like it.

    The desk is very nice too.

    I can't believe your neighbor pitched a claw foot tub. Even if they are rusted , they can be restored, and they fetch big $$$.
     

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