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

Kitchen

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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A Hole for Cats (or a Very Large Mouse)

In preparation for the impending bathroom remodel, we’re transitioning the cats to use the litter box in the basement. I never wanted to have one in the bathroom in the first place but the basement was such a mess that I was afraid their curiosity would get them into trouble. Over the past several months…

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Landing Strip Assignment

We’re about halfway through the January Cure and I’m doing a pretty good job in keeping up and staying motivated. Yesterday’s assignment was to Create a Landing Strip and Start Using It. Our current setup has most of the features Apartment Therapy describes as requirements, such as a door mat and hooks or hangers. But…

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USB Receptacle

We didn’t get much done on New Year’s Day, but it’s just as well. It was a nice, relaxing day in front of the fire at the very least. Pete did, however, manage to install the USB receptacle we picked up at Home Depot. This outlet is located right at the back door, and besides…

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Making Lemonade out of Lemons

In yesterday’s post about the kitchen, I wrote: The soffit over the range hood and surrounding the window are hiding bathroom plumbing from the attic remodel. The plumbing is only in a small fraction of the space, but we had the contractor build it this way to look like more of an intentional design element.…

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A (Momentarily) Clean Kitchen

About a week ago I thoroughly cleaned the kitchen so I thought I better take some pictures to remind myself how nice it can look (and give me incentive to keep it that way!). I thought they turned out pretty well so I thought I’d share them with you. First up is the overall view…

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Kitchen Details

I never wrote about the finishing details in our low-budget kitchen remodel so now that the cabinets are finally painted it’s time for a wrap-up. The plumbing in our master bathroom attic remodel necessitated a drop in the ceiling of the kitchen for clearance of the toilet trap. Instead of an odd-looking, random thing in…

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The Kitchen Cabinet Project

Now that 2011 is almost over I noticed that I never set any house project goals for the year. Based on the 2010 goals and accomplishments (or lack thereof), the unofficial goal for 2011 would have been to finish whatever was left for 2010 (and 2009 for that matter). Alas, the most daunting project —…

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The Painted Kitchen: A Timeline

Before we moved into the bungalow almost three years ago, the kitchen looked like this: Shortly after we moved in, one of the first projects was to get rid of the half-assed screaming yellow paint job (yes, the PO painted only parts of the walls before running out of steam). Since we weren’t going to…

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The Kitchen Cure: Special Project

As part of Apartment Therapy’s Spring Kitchen Cure, we were to choose a special project to work on, something that would improve the kitchen aesthetically. This prompted me to put the kitchen wall repair on the fast track, something I’d been wanting to start on anyway. To refresh your memory, this is how the wall…

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