Month: April 2015

How To: Make Distressed Wood Floors

By Scott Sidler

how to make distressed wood floors

Usually I focus on how to restore the older elements of your house, but today, I’ve got a little tutorial for making something new look old. My wife and I are just finishing our attic bedroom project (more on that […]

Finding Vintage Wallpaper

By Scott Sidler

finding vintage wallpaper

I don’t often use wallpaper in my projects, but occasionally, it can be a real conversation piece on a historic home. I grew up in the 80’s when wallpaper was plentiful and plenty ugly, so my general aversion to it […]

2015 Readers Survey

By Scott Sidler


It’s that time of the year again! Time for the 2015 Craftsman Blog Readers Survey. This is a super short survey (2 mins max!) and it would mean a ton to me if you would take the time to complete it. This survey […]

Electrical Pitfalls of an Old House

By Scott Sidler


If the picture of this breaker box doesn’t scare the pants off you, then you are one crazy, living on the edge kinda person. It doesn’t take a professional to know that this is not a well designed electrical system. […]

Pick The Design For My New Wood Finish

By Scott Sidler

Coming up soon, I will begin selling a custom old world wood finish. While the recipe has been something I’ve used for years, the packaging is something I’m having a hard time deciding on. So I’m calling on you my […]

3 Steps to a Stunning Front Door

By Scott Sidler


The front door is perhaps the most prominent feature on your house. If you think of your house as a painting, the landscaping is the background, the siding as the body, then the windows are the details that add interest, […]