A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts by denise

Can You Smell That Smell?

In addition to accomplishing most of the goals I set out to do this year, there are some things that come up over the course of the year that you may or may not have control over. For instance, we also demo’d the pool table, which wasn’t on the Goal List, as well as stripped,…

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2015 Accomplishments

Even though we didn’t seem all that productive I’m feeling really good about our accomplishments in 2015! The number one and two projects on my list—and major thorns in my side—were finally removed! (A big thanks to my wonderful husband, Pete, who was instrumental in removing said thorns.) I have yet to post the final…

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‘Twas the Day Before Christmas Eve

And I’m about to tile the fireplace! Apparently my busy summer went into a busy fall and now what is supposed to be “winter” (it’ll be a balmy 60° in Chicago today!). I was going through photos this morning to see what, if anything, we’ve done in the house since I last posted in August. Except for…

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Busy, Busy!

We’ve had a busy, busy summer, hence the lack of posts. After family visited and I had my little trip downstate, we went to Traverse City, MI for a few days at the end of July with some friends and had a great time. I bought a print at an art fair and we also bought a couple of…

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Antiquing Fun is Relative

Last weekend my mom and I drove downstate to my late father’s hometown to see my aunt (his sister) and meet up with my cousin and other aunt (my dad’s brother’s wife) who were driving in from Ohio. My cousin Beth and I are only 4 months apart, and after going our separate ways for a…

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Happy 8th House-iversary

EIGHT YEARS! How time flies—I really can’t believe we’ve lived here for 8 years already (technically I’m two days early, but still)! Unfortunately I missed our anniversary last year, but we’ll just chalk that up to the 7-year itch with houseblogging, as I strayed a bit from that last year. 🙂 On our House-iversary two years ago,…

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One Step Closer

The bathroom remodel was on hold for a few weeks until we could get the bathtub refinished. That finally happened Monday! In addition to the chips in the tub revealing the original teal color, once we had installed the subway tile, I was surprised at how yellow the tub looked (the previous blue-and-yellow color scheme…

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Much Better Now!

Well of course my “impromptu” back door project took longer than I wanted/expected it to, but it looks sooooo much better than before! I can’t believe it, but I don’t have a decent shot of the interior side of the door. It was splattered with white paint from one of the PO’s paint jobs and…

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Impromptu Weekend Project

Our plans to go to the cottage today were thwarted by rain predicted all day in Wisconsin. Instead I decided to start on a simple little project: stripping the exterior side of the back door. The Silent Paint Remover (SPR) was enlisted again for this project and it took about 4 hours to get most…

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Garden Scenes

It was so nice today! Didn’t do much except for a little weeding. Last weekend I planted all the veggies in the raised beds but they’re not much to look at right now. I didn’t have it together to do seedlings so I bought a bunch of things including: 4 tomato plants, kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, Vidalia onion,…

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