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

Interior: Attic Renovation

Closing the Door on Dirty Laundry

We can finally cross the laundry room door off our To-Do List/2015 Goals, and it’s only January 15th! This is another one of my Re-use/Re-purpose projects. The door was the original exterior door to the basement. When we did the attic remodel in 2009, our contractor used a metal door that he had from another…

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Bi-Fold Doors, Stained, Varnished, Finished!

Now that we’re finally back to working on indoor projects, my highest priority was to finally finish the second floor trim, which required a second coat of varnish, and to finish staining and varnishing the utility closet bi-fold doors at the top of the stairs. Every time I walked upstairs it was right in my…

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Completion, at Least According to Someone

Well, I hadn’t intended to take a 3-month hiatus, but there you go. Frankly, the past few months have been rather sucky for me, in addition to a good part of last year, but I won’t get into that. What I will say, on the positive front, is that after 3+ years we officially and…

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Back on Track

Not only did I clean the bedroom this weekend (the Apartment Therapy January Cure weekend assignment), but we also cleaned the floors in the entire house which was the assignment for the first weekend that I had opted to postpone. Look at how nice that hardwood looks! I also decided to move the clothes hamper…

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Dreary Afternoon

To me, there’s nothing better to do on a dreary, rainy Sunday afternoon when I have the house to myself than to curl up in our master bedroom window seat with a latte, a cat or two and the latest This Old House magazine. Pete is at the cottage, of course, and I jumped at…

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Looks Good on the Surface

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! Of course I was super-busy with work leading up to Thanksgiving when I would have much rather had more time to prepare and just chill out. Along with some family issues it’s been a stressful month but things should start easing up in a few weeks. Needless to…

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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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End of Year To-Do List

Now that I’ve gotten the first coat of varnish on the rest of the baseboard woodwork, I can start to see the end in sight. There’s still a lot left for me to do though, even with the carpenter installing the trim, and I’m determined to finish it all by the end of the year.…

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Self-Pep Talk

It’s a dreary Saturday. I don’t have anything in particular planned for the day. The millwork said they’ll be getting our order together early next week, so depending on the carpenter’s schedule, he could potentially be ready to install the baseboard trim and staircase within a week. I must finish varnishing the trim. That not…

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