2017. Wow. WTF? There have been a few weeks of radio silence on the blog, but I’m back.  We had a lot of projects lined up for January/February (and the rest of the year), but then my dog Hank died, the country seemed to implode… and things came to a grinding halt. Hank didn’t contribute to any […]

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Burbank Fireplace Un-Updated – Rebuilding a 1938 Fireplace Mantel

Rebuilding a 1938 Fireplace Mantel

People do weird stuff to old houses. For almost 75 years our Burbank house had remained largely untouched… except for the fireplace. The fireplace mantel was the one and only feature to be completely removed and was replaced with a 1970s super-special-teak-mess. To add insult to injury, someone put the wrong type of wood treatment/sealer on the […]

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