Category: Painting

I had the pleasure of creating a custom built kichenette in a basement apartment. The clients were interested in something different. The space was limited so we decided on a counter with cabinets and drawers.

The first idea was just a painted plywood counter top. But I suggested using recycled lumber for a counter top. I actually love using recycled lumber in my projects. There is something very interesting in using 100 year old lumber.

All the cabinets were made of MDO plywood. The full extension drawers were made from poplar and all the drawers were made with dovetail joinery.

I finished the top with Tung oil.

The client wanted to use the pipe fittings for shelf brackets and dimensional lumber. The shelves are 2 x 10’s ripped to size.

It all came out very well and the clients were very happy.


Old Window Restoration

On April 2, 2015 I was asked by the Andover MA Historical Commision to give a demonstration on restoring old windows.

The audience was made up of the general public and applicants applying, to the commision, to do some window repair on their homes in the historical district.

I made a replica of a typical old double hung setup. I retrieved an upper and lower  double hung sashes from New England Demo in New Bedford, MA.

I then constructed a typical installation with frame, sills, comple wit traditional window weights.I included an exterior storm window.

I did this so I could demonstrate the techniques I use to restore an old window.

This included how I strip the old sash using an Ifra Red Paint Stripper called The Silent Paint Remover. The stripped sash is sanded then repaired using epoxy. The sash is then primed with a very durable paint called The Fine Paints of Europe. This primer and paint is a very superior paint that is not only beautiful in its application,  but far superior in its long lasting capability.

The glass is added using a Linceed Oil based glazing compound.

The sashes are installed with a Z Bronze weather stripping on the sides and a Tube Seal added to the top of the top sash and the bottom off the bottom sash. An additional Leaf Seal is add to the mid rail.

I replace the sash cord with a brass coated chain that is attached to the sash weights.

With the added exterior storm, or instead an addition of a interior storm, the old decreped window is transformed into a newly restored window that will last for many years.

I believe the domonstration was a success and that it showed people that they can keep their old windows insteading of throwing them away.

Radiator Cover

I just designed and completed a radiator cover.

I added extra opening at the top to allow more heat to escape.

With adding a sheet of metal behind the radiator it really kicks out the heat!!! IMG_3109IMG_3106

I am currently restoring some windows at the Commanders Mansion in Watertown, MA.

The Commanders Mansion was built before the Civil War as  Commanding Officer’s Quarters. It is a stunning example of Victorian architecture. It is one of the highlights of the Watertown Arsenal site, and remains virtually unaltered after over 100 years’ residence by Watertown commanding officers. The three -story brick Bracketed style mansion, approached by way of the tree-lined Talcott Avenue  overlooks the Charles River. Its hipped roof is crested with a wooden balustrade, and chimneys of paneled brickwork add to the irregular silhouette characteristic of the period. A Victorian veranda surrounds part of the house and supporting the porch roof are delicate single and paired Corinthian cast-iron columns from which spring arches of lace-like ironwork. Paneled brick pilasters place emphasis at the corners and a series of brackets supports the heavy cornice.

 It is used today as a venue for Weddings.  Check out the website

There are 7 window in the attic that were in bad shape. On some window animals had gotten in to the attic and chewed the bottom rails and vertical muntins.

I use dutchman repairs and epoxy to repair the sashes.


Completed project

Completed project

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Putting in new posts

Putting in new posts

Taking out the old fence and plant

Taking out the old fence and plant

the plant was taking over and the fence falling down

the plant was taking over and the fence falling down

I just completed a new Arbor and gate

This was a new blacksplash I just finished

This was a new blacksplash I just finished

IMG_1255I am currently working on a kitchen an bathroom tiling job. I just started and will be working on the kitchen backsplash next week.

Shower stall

Shower stall

Wrapping up kitchen

Adding new trim to kitchen.

Here is a great discussion on the value of replacing instead of restoring old wooden windows.

There has been a lot of discussion if it is worth it to restore old windows or replace.  My expertise is restoring your old double hung or casement windows.

In many cases the old construction of your windows is far superior to windows today. You are also keeping the original character of your home.

By restoring the old to new condition with an addition of a storm ,either an interior or exterior,  you can greatly increase the weather efficiency for your home.

Contact me and I can tell you all about it.