This Old Erie House
By Linda Martin Community Blogger
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Posted: January 12th, 2010

If I had even one shard of 1500 BC glass I’d decorate my whole house around it. In the short slideshow are some pieces that date back to that time and to the early A.D. I think a couple may have been reproductions but almost all were the real deal. I was more fascinated by the antique pieces that I didn’t take many photos of the ancient pieces which is a shame because there were many really wonderful pieces. The museum is located in Corning, NY about 191 miles from Erie, PA

Posted: August 28th, 2009

Wallpaper should come right off using the special products (like DIF) out there today.  I used them, I serrated the wallpaper with that round gizmo.  I sprayed it, soaked it and when that didn’t work, I made my own product from recipes I found on the internet , some including fabric softener.  There was no getting around it.  I had to chip it away, layer by layer.  What in the world did they use for wallpaper paste?  I think maybe it was real glue, like hide glue, or maybe even the glue you make using flour.  It wasn’t affected by the products meant to remove the wallpaper of today.  I ended up gouging a lot of my real plaster walls.  But I did get it off eventually. I saved the layers I could just for posterity’s sake. I didn’t  know about the wallpaper steamers, perhaps that would have helped to rent one of those. If you have every had to remove wallpaper you will know what it is like and then times it by 5 or 6 times with the different layers.

I scanned the remnants of the wallpaper on my flatbed scanner as you can see below.  The color isn’t really right.  I’m missing two of the layers but they are somewhere in this house hiding in a save-forever box… somewhere.  The Greek key pattern is more blue.  I didn’t like the look of the Greek key at all.  I wonder how anyone could live with such a busy pattern.  I don’t care for the last one either as the pattern was so BIG.  I have done a little bit of research on the different patterns of wallpaper and tried to date the ones I had on the wall.  See photos by clicking “read the rest of this entry.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 15th, 2009

Here is a photo of the damage the winter and the snow shovel did to my front stairs.



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Posted: July 9th, 2009

The porch was beautiful.  And then it rained. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 12th, 2009

I read some blogs about how they stained their decks and it sure sounds like a lot of work. Probably the reason we put it off so long. We are going to have to power wash it with special deck cleaner first. That will require some borrowing Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 10th, 2009

When we had our 6′ backyard fence installed and deck built a few years ago we planned on treating it to keep it looking pretty and new. Like so many other homeowners who got caught up in other projects, that was never accomplished. The result is a grayed-out fence and the deck floor is gray and slightly splintered and cracked. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 13th, 2009

This was a rule breaker for me.  We needed to put a door where a window once stood because there was only one way to get to our tiny little yard and that was out the back door and around the side of the garage. Read the rest of this entry »