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Scott Sidler

My name is Scott Sidler and I'm crazy about historic old houses. Join me as I blog about my experiences restoring these beauties, tips for caring for your own historic home, and creative DIY projects.

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How To: Paint with Oil-Based Paint

By Scott Sidler on Dec 10, 2012

As I write this post about oil-based paint, I realize that the information is quickly disappearing from both common knowledge and usefulness today. If you live in California, I don’t even think you’re allowed to... Continue reading

paint, diy

My Grandfather’s 7 Secrets to a Perfect Paint Job

By Scott Sidler on Dec 03, 2012

Every painter has his tips and tricks. So I know that this list will vary significantly from another painter’s. My grandfather had a long and very busy career as a painter, and before he passed... Continue reading


My Interview with Tiny House Talk's Alex Pino

By Scott Sidler on Nov 26, 2012

Photo Credit: Brabourne Farm Continuing our series of posts on Tiny Houses, I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Alex Pino of Alex is a fellow blogger and friend in... Continue reading


I Want a Tiny House!

By Scott Sidler on Nov 19, 2012

This is the 117 SF Weebee by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses that I’m looking to possibly build. Lately, I have been drooling over the idea of building myself a Tiny House. It may seem like a... Continue reading


My 5 Secrets to Prevent Wood Rot

By Scott Sidler on Nov 12, 2012

Learning how to repair wood rot is a part of life when it comes to life in an old house. But what if you could prevent it? Working in a wet climate, like Florida, I... Continue reading

woodworking, furniture, diy

Reclaimed Wood Farm Table Project

By Scott Sidler on Oct 29, 2012

I’ve got a fun reclaimed wood project for you today that we recently made for a local winery. They wanted a rustic, natural wood feel for their tasting room that was soon to open near... Continue reading

windows, repair

How To: Reglaze Your Old Windows

By Scott Sidler on Oct 22, 2012

Learning to reglaze your old windows is something that scares the pants off of many homeowners. But fear not! It does require practice and a bit of an artist’s touch to get it just right,... Continue reading

walls, construction

Why Drywall Is Dead (and What I’m Doing About It)

By Scott Sidler on Oct 15, 2012

Drywall is dead. Long live drywall. I can’t say that I’ll miss him (I’m assuming drywall is a him), but he seemed nice enough. Faster than a three-coat old-fashioned plaster job and less expensive to... Continue reading


6 Stunning Interiors Around the World

By Scott Sidler on Oct 10, 2012

A Guest Post By Christina Fusano - Christina is a blogger by profession and has a flare for writing about interior design and home décor. She has been recently working for Primera Interiors that offer their services in Arizona, Nevada and Colorado region.... Continue reading


Linoleum vs. Vinyl Flooring

By Scott Sidler on Oct 08, 2012

Linoleum and vinyl. Vinyl and linoleum. If you’re like most people, you might think they are the same thing. But in reality they could not be more different. They are two very different products from... Continue reading