"Pardon our dust." That's what we've been telling house guests and visitors since we began the DIY renovation of our 1880s Victorian back in 2003. Our 15' wide row house, albeit small, has kept us busy for the last decade and there's still more to tackle. There's no shortage of projects as we work to renovate and restore our little piece of history in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. 

To view our projects room by room, click on the "see more" tab in the header of the project you're interested in learning more about. We hope you'll come along for the ride and don't mind a little dust. It brushes off easily, we promise.

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Dee
4/24/2014 at 5:16 PM

I was just wondering because I didn't find it in your blog, did you use a vapor/moisture barrier for under your butcher block for the dishwasher? Also did you seal the underside and the sink hole of your countertops?

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Dee

Alex
4/25/2014

Hi, Dee. No, we did not seal or place a significant vapor/moisture barrier on the entire underside of the butcher block. However, we did apply a piece of foil tape to act as a vapor barrier right at the door of the dishwasher (which is where most of the moisture that comes from the dishwasher goes). Now that we're about a year and a half into owning the butcher block, and we've not had any issues with the moisture from the dishwasher causing any separation or drying of the butcher block.

6/18/2014 at 2:48 PM

You definitely put a lot of effort into your home. I like the updates but also how you kept that unique curb appeal. The hardwood in the kitchen looks beautifully especially with the white countertops.

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