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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Our RR ties and doors and laundry sink

One of the reasons old rail road ties were used for our retaining wall was the texture. Cinder block is smooth and kind of cold feeling. Another reason was the color. A nice warm brown.
The front is finished. Ryan did this in about four hours. Fun fact: rail road ties weigh between 180 and 200 pounds each.
A close up of some of the fun details. The "s" piece is put in the ties to prevent splitting. No idea what the medallion-like pieces are for. We think they are cool.
Our interior doors. They will be refinished, probably with a dark brown milk paint. We are going to put old fashioned mortised lock set (think skeleton key) and find some handy-dandy hinges. I'm not sure of the finish for the knobs and lock sets. For knobs, I like the glass, and the round colored (no idea what material they are, could be glass), but I especially like engraved metal. These doors are 30 inches wide and 8 feet tall. A little on the narrow side compared to today's standards, but very much in style for the time frame we are going for. Their is a magazine called "The New Old House". That's us. We want our house to look period old, like 1860's-1880's, but yet function like a new house.
The laundry sink is cool! You could bathe small children in it. It came with an "H" bracket that needs to be sand blasted and painted. This thing is heavy! Can't wait to soak my clothes, and have a big ol' sink for washing dirty hands in.


  1. This is so cool. I would love to do something like this. In our first home in SLC we had these beautiful doors from the Original Hotel Utah. They were solid and heavy with beautiful brass knobs. When we decided to move we planned on taking the doors with us but ended up having to put the house up for sale before we could make the switch. I still regret that!!!

  2. Your decor for the house sounds amazing. I look forward to seeing more pictures.

  3. I love that sink-especially that the drain is not in the center. Perfect for bathing babies. I love watching the progress of your house building.