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

Dining Room

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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The Weekend Project(s)

While I’d much rather be demo-ing a bathroom, there’s still lots of snow on the ground and nowhere to put a Bagster (c’mon Spring!). In addition, this past weekend was frigid cold, and I don’t want to be hauling broken tile outside so might as well get some other little indoor projects done. One thing…

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Dining Room Light Fixture

Once we sold the dining room chandelier I started searching for bungalow-appropriate ceiling fixtures. It was much harder than I thought! For one, authentic vintage light fixtures were super expensive everywhere I looked, either locally or online, and reproductions really weren’t any cheaper. This was in late October and I was hoping to find something…

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Workbench, now Sideboard

Finally, and as promised, here is my grandfather’s wonderful workbench in its new role as our dining room sideboard. When we initially moved it inside, I wasn’t quite sure I liked it and my heart sank. I was hoping it just needed some balance with other things. I moved a large plant near it, added…

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Craigslist Love, Final Chapter for Now

Shortly after all our other listings and once we moved my grandfather’s workbench into the dining room, I decided it was time to say good-bye to the crystal chandelier that came with the house. I knew it wasn’t original to the house, for one. I’m pretty sure I was told it was there when the…

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Craigslist Love

Continuing with my year-end recap, over the summer I got the “urge to purge”. Yes, I had just hauled my grandfather’s antique carpenter’s workbench home, and trying to figure out where I can put it may have partially triggered that. I began to look around the house and garage and question if I really needed…

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Almost There

I just applied the second coat of stain to the staircase and I am loving it! I need to brush on the sanding sealer coat of varnish by tomorrow so that it’s dry before Saturday when the carpenter arrives again. He was here last Saturday as well and installed the baseboard trim upstairs — it’s…

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Staircase Installation!

It’s Saturday morning and our dining room has quickly transformed into a workshop. The wood for our staircase was delivered yesterday and the carpenter was able to squeeze us in today. He seems confident that he’ll get the staircase done, and might be able to start installing the baseboards as well. I was able to…

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Stairway Demo’d!

Last week I stopped at the millwork to pick out a profile from a number of different samples that had been created with custom knives for our staircase hand railings. Once the knife is created it can be used again and again, so if you can use an existing knife for your woodwork, you can…

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Dining Room Tour

Let’s see, according to the archives, it’s been exactly one year since we had our living room and dining room plaster walls patched and skim-coated. How time flies. I guess I should really show you the finished product —— this is a house blog, after all. We’ll start with the dining room. This is the…

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