Making a 19th Century Door: Or, Why do Modern Replacement Doors Look so Strange on 19th Century Homes

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There are many differences between woodworking in today’s machine age and the 19th century. Contemporary carpenters and furniture makers rely on drawings, dimensions, and precise measurements to help them plan and build things. Before the Industrial Revolution, however, things were very different.  19th century house joiners certainly did rely on pattern books, but these books […]

Window Sash Repair: Part One

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Although most of my work with Historic Design Consulting consists of consulting with owners of historic buildings, I occasionally so some restoration/conservation work myself.  As people have become interested in retaining historic windows I find myself working on window sash fairly often.  This Spring I have been restoring some sash from an 1881 railroad depot from […]

Historic Paint Colors for the Victorian or Arts and Crafts Era Home: Part Two

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In a previous post I described my process for selecting historic paint colors for 19th and early 20th century homes and businesses.  Rather than relying on the historic color collections from modern paint manufacturers such as Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams, I use my own collection of period color swatches and advertising for Victorian and Arts and Crafts […]

Historic Paint Colors for Your Victorian or Arts and Crafts Era Home or Business: Part 1

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I am asked quite often if I use colors from the historic color collections of major paint manufacturers such as Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore during my paint consults.  My answer is always the same: “It depends.”  Unlike many colorists and consultants, I do not like relying on someone else to research historic paint colors and […]

Pressure Washers and Painting: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

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There are conflicting messages about using pressure washers when prepping building exteriors for painting. Some insist that pressure washers should never be used while others maintain that they are just fine and use them both for paint removal and cleaning.  Which is accurate?  As with most things, the truth is somewhere in between and depends on circumstance. […]

Why choose Historic Design Consulting to help you select historic paint colors for your Victorian era home or business?

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There is an abundance of colorists, consultants and other professionals who specialize in Victorian-era paint colors and ornament for historic homes.  This can make selecting a consultant who is right for you and your historic architecture difficult considering their varying levels of training, education and expertise.  Historic Design’s color consultants, however, have a unique background […]

Ca. 1879 Prepared Paint Colors

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In a previous post I described the importance of the paint can in the history of house painting.  Rather than having to mix white lead, oil, pigments and driers in a bucket at the job site, painters and homeowners alike were able to buy cans of prepared and tinted paint. This not only made painting […]