Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #11: Dining in Style

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 06-29-2007 02:46 AM 5073 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Selling Point

Besides our clawfoot tub, the only nice thing in the our house when we bought it was the dining room.

A picture from our walkthrough. Fir wainscoting with a plate rail. We later found out that the wall paper is a custom reproduction of a Morris and Co. paper from the turn of the century. We have visited William Morris’ birth home and country farm in England last year.

The wall paper hid most of the damage. The ceiling was cracked, peeling, and had an unfinished look. Moulding had been pulled.


We begged Juan, our main man, to re-plaster without damaging the wallpaper and woodwork.

He had custom picture moulding made from clear fir.

The ceiling re-plastered with a sand finish and painted. Picture moulding installed.

Still to come: Side board restoration
We are looking for hardware for our built in sideboard. Also the doors used to be glass. So that means striping the interior and replacing the panel with glass. Door will also be replaced soon. Also curtains.

I will keep ‘em coming.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 06-29-2007 02:48 AM

Great photos John. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-29-2007 03:49 AM

It looks great with the new stuff. I like the side board like it is, but I imagine glass in the doors will add some pizzazz to it. Look forward to the next update.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 06-29-2007 04:30 AM

Love the wallpaper – oh, the wood’s cool too!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 06-29-2007 05:23 AM

Smart move keeping the paper. The glass will really look nice. A great job of restoration John.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 06-29-2007 11:23 AM

Great restoration, John.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 06-29-2007 11:36 AM

the sideboard area is fascinating!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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