Two of our Renovation Diary projects are drawing to a close, with another in full swing. Meg and Josh finished up all the big stuff, including building shelves and installing crown molding, and Christine and Pierre returned, after a brief hiatus, to put the finishing touches on their kitchen. Meanwhile, in Boston, Dan began the process of refinishing his 100-year-old floors, with promising results.
Q: We recently purchased this 2-family home with two apartments inside. We are renovating the interior and would like to increase the curb appeal outside to attract future renters. We will plant some (ideally low-maintenance) shrubs and work to get the grass in better condition in the springtime, but are also considering painting the siding and/or shutters.
Q: I recently bought a 1925 bungalow that I'm in the process of remodeling. I am only the third owner of the house, and the last time the house was renovated was sometime in the 1950-60s. I am debating whether to remove the wood paneling that was added by a previous owner. The house is currently filled with boxes, so the only pictures I have are from when it was staged to be sold. I would love any opinions on whether the paneling should stay or go.
Q: Hi! I purchased this chair from an antique store for $15. At the time it had a split seat, which I was able to fix. It still needs some love, and I'd like to get it as close to original condition as possible. There are what seem to be burn marks and dark drips of grease or something on the seat. Should I sand? Oil? Stain? I love the chair and it's super comfortable and sturdy, so if it's not possible to completely remove imperfections I'm okay with that. The bottom reads: "Finish Oiled Teak." Does it look like teak, or is that the name of the finish?: