Monday, September 22, 2008

Resource List


Rejuvenation. By the end of our remodel, we knew many people by name at Rejuvenation, and they us. That is because we purchased a great deal of items from them and also, relied on their expertise on plumbing, design and knowledge of historic house details. They're the best!

The following items were purchased at Rejuvenation:

*All lighting fixtures throughout the house. We went with antique brass on all fixtures.
*All door hardware (except front exterior doors). We went with glass knobs and burnished antique finish.
*Both of our claw foot bathtubs.
*Our kitchen faucet, our bathroom faucet (downstairs), and both of our claw foot tub plumbing fixtures and hardware.
*All of our bin pulls on our kitchen cabinets.
*Our pedestal sink in our downstairs bathroom.
*Many salvage and antique items such as the hardware on our linen closet.
*All window hardware on our replacement Marvin windows (surprisingly, Marvin doesn't provide hardware with their replacement packages).
*Oodles of vintage and antique items - and at great prices. Everything from bathroom glass containers, to soap dishes, to kitchen canisters, to glasses, clocks and picture frames.

Marvin Windows. We went with Marvin because of their great tilt-pack systems (we replaced eleven existing windows with these). Plus we ordered fourteen new windows. Also, for any readers who live in the Portland area, Classic Sash and Door will offer you the most knowledge and guidance in purchasing Marvin windows. They are located on the second floor of our favorite old house resource store Rejuvenation.

Simpson Doors. I also looked at several different door companies but again, Simpson had a display in Rejuvenation so we were able to look at them closely. As far as cost, Simpson doors seemed to offer good quality craftsmanship without the expensive cost of custom.

Architectural Grille. I came across this company in my search to find a more antique looking grille for our various heat and ventilation sources.The standard plastic or metal grilles just wouldn't do. So I ordered two ventilation grilles for both our bathrooms, a ceiling vent for heat transfer from downstairs to the upstairs, a grille for our toe-kick heater in our kitchen and a floor grille for a floor heater in our new dining room. You can pick from a variety of patterns and request it come primed to paint or choose from their custom finishes.

EMTEK. I looked at every specialty hardware store in the city. Most of what I found was either too modern or we didn't care for the finish choice. I found that burnished antique was the common choice for many, but it often had a strange red underlying hue we did not care for. Then I discovered EMTEK and we are so thrilled with their product. All of our new light fixtures are antique brass (from Rejuvenation) and I found that is a difficult finish to find in door hardware. But EMTEK has this fabulous finish called French Antique. Also, the designs they offer surpass any company I've looked at. And the price is right. We paid only $125. each for our front door hardware.

Benjamin Moore. We ended up using Benjamin Moore's Ecospec on all of our trim and walls. It's a no VOC paint and it comes in flat, eggshell and semi-gloss.

Our wall colors:
Simply White, semi-gloss: all trim, mantle, cabinets and windows.
Simply White, flat: upstairs bedroom, office, closet, downstairs living room.
Simply White, eggshell: upstairs master bath, kitchen.

Exterior house:
Pure White on all siding and trim.

Porch floor:
Platinum Grey (Benjamin Moore, Porch and Floor)

Our green front door paint is by Sherwin Williams. It's called 'Evergreens.'

Safecoat. We used their stain product for our kitchen counters. We chose the color 'cedar' and used their satin finish as a top coat.

McCoy. We were able to find all of our wainscot and stair accessories here. They have numerous displays of stair railings, porch railings, and tons of different kinds of trim. The best part is that it's all on display.

Horizon Shutters. I love the look of classic white shutters. I did a lot of research both locally and online and discovered a fabulous business that makes affordable, high quality shutters. They give you many paint chips to choose from so you can have them custom painted to match your trim. We love our shutters, they add such a wonderful look to our rooms.

Rowe Furniture. The furniture is by a company called Rowe Furniture. We knew we'd choose something from their line because they are committed to natural fiber fabrics, eco cushion cores and wood from replenished forests. They are also members of the Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC).The chairs are 'Carlyle' and the sofa is 'Fairfax.' Fabric for the chairs: Q10447-19 Sofa fabric:Y1348-91
Go here to read more about their green initiatives:


  1. I'm in LOVE with your lovely farmhouse! Kitchen is so unique...can you tell me more about the shelving??

  2. The shelving was made by our kitchen cabinet maker. He had never made shelf brackets before, but I showed him an inspiration picture I had torn out of a magazine.

    He tried to talk us out of the shelves as he thought it would be hard to keep it looking tidy with cereal boxes, etc. But they were never intended for food storage, just glassware.


  3. What brand of paint for the exterior (I saw the color, but who makes it)? Same color for trim and siding? What sheen did you use on trim and siding?

    Thank you!

  4. Exterior paint is Benjamin Moore. We used eggshell for finish on everything. Except door, doors were in semi-gloss.

  5. Hi Trina! I am curious, did you have any air vents on your ceilings that you used the Architectural Grilles on? If so, which color did you choose? And I am curious which color you picked for the one that you used on the floor in your dining room. Thank you. :) You have helped the renovation of our 1900 farm house get a kick start - - I do not have a 1/4 of the talent and eye that you have, so thank you for sharing your talent!

  6. We did use the same company for our ceiling grille in living room. We spray painted it black, just like the one in the floor dining room. Happy renovating to you!

  7. Hi Trina! One more question.....can you tell me which one of the clear finishes you used on your kitchen countertops by chance still? There is a Acrylacq and a Polyureseal...don't know if either of these are what you used....or of they still carry the product you used to seal your countertops.....thank you :)


Thank you for leaving your thoughts. Kind regards, Catherine

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