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

Living Room

Fireplace Before & After!

I went through ALL of my house photos, and this is the absolute “best” photo of the BEFORE fireplace, i.e. working within the constraints of the PO’s “vision” for the fireplace he installed (which is SO not original to the house), and how I tried to make it work for us, at least temporarily. And…

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Finishing the Bookcases

I fully intended to keep up with the blog this year but obviously that hasn’t happened. I even missed our 9th “House-iversary” in June— sigh. Now that summer is almost over, I’ll really try and catch up. I’d also like to change the site design from this generic one, since that’s (part of) what I…

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Bookcase Progress

It seems like our progress on the fireplace remodel has been super slow, but considering I had to stain about 50 feet of birch plywood, I guess we’re not doing too badly. We’ve had to hold off on the tiling the mantel section until we install at least the bottom bookcase sections. We added the…

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Happy 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! Even though I usually prefer to stay at home for New Year’s Eve, we went to a party for a change of pace and had a nice time. Over the past several years I have also been hosting a New Year’s Eve Day brunch with a few friends, which I did…

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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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Buh-Bye Bagster!

I scheduled the Bagster pick-up for Tuesday when I knew it’d be filled to the brim with fireplace and bathroom carnage. One thing they don’t tell you is if you want/need it to be picked up on the day you specify you have to pay extra ($65 in our case). Our street is not well…

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No April Fool’s Joke Here!

Yep, all that’s left is the white “crime scene” outline of the stone monster. Pretty apropos, I’d say. I’m happy to say that I demo’d probably 95% of this thing myself. I did as much as I could on Saturday while Pete was at work, and then on Sunday I continued with it while Pete…

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I’m on Fire (in a sense)!

Here’s one last look at the stone veneer fireplace that I’ve been wanting to demolish as long as the bathroom tile (almost eight loooooooong years). Since we have the Bagster ready to go for the bathroom, it made the most sense to me to fill it up as much as possible — and what better…

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Fireplace, You’re Always in the Back of My Mind

Last weekend I went to one of the big architectural salvage stores in Chicago, Salvage One, with my niece and sister-in-law just for fun. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular except a keyhole cover for one of our doors — no luck there. Then I saw these cabinets. There were a matching pair of…

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Living Room Refresh

I rearranged a few things in the living room, and I really like how this corner of the room looks, finally. The bookcase belonged to my parents. I think they bought it when they were first married. It’s a little beat up — it still has the mark from the iron my mother set on…

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