Anthony and Lia  |   Central District  |  Craftsman Home
"That cabinet right there is going to go bye-bye."

Lia said that the first time she walked into the house, a 1903 Craftsman in the Central District's east flank.  And for the next 5 years that's what she thought every time she looked at it. Then, one night, after the pajamas were all on, she said, "Let's take it out right now."

Anthony says, "It was as if they installed it so that it would never come out."

Anthony and Lia  just get excited sometimes and will tackle anything. When a DIY project went off the rails in their dining room, in that Craftsman home, they knew they were in deep. If you know anything about 1900's Craftsmans, you're probably thinking, 'They messed up the lathe and plaster,' and you'd be right. The lathe and plaster, the floor, the baseboards, whatever they could.
In their defense, they had to tear into just as much of the interior as we would have, and both being meticulously clean people, we admit they did a stellar demo job. But that late night as they looked at the "horror," as Anthony calls it, "We had no idea how we were going to get it all to match.
The image above and to the left shows mirrors on top of the cabinet in question. Because of the graphic nature of the images showing the damage, we won't show them here (NSFW), but to the right you can see the result, and the painting that finally sent the cabinet packing. The plaster is repaired and the texture restored, the baseboard matches from corner to corner, and the floor is finished to match the room.
It came down to the subtle use of materials, really. Texture is something earned over a hundred years, and getting something to look and feel that old doesn't come out of vending machines.

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