Month: April 2015

How To: Make Distressed Wood Floors

By Scott Sidler • April 27, 2015

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 • April 20, 2015

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 • April 16, 2015


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 • April 13, 2015


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 • April 8, 2015

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 • April 6, 2015


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, […]