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

Goals & Accomplishments

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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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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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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It’s Goal-Setting Time for 2015!

Happy New Year! I’m really looking forward to accomplishing some goals in 2015 that have been on my wish list since Day One. Yep, that’s right: come hell or high water, THIS is the year for the bathroom and fireplace! (I just noticed it’s been on my annual Goal list every year since 2012. It’s…

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Been Silent, but still Working on it

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, etc. etc. to anyone who might still be reading this blog and everyone else who isn’t! I started this blog almost 8 years ago, just before we moved into our bungalow. Seems like houseblogging goes by the wayside as the years drag on, unless you’re one…

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2014 Goals and Wish List

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year! Ours was quiet and quite snowy: we’re up to at least 10″ or more which started on New Year’s Eve, with another 3-8″ on the way today. We started off the year yesterday by installing a TV mount for our flat screen. I want to…

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End-of-Year Recap

It’s that time of year again — where I get to celebrate our accomplishments and “wash over” our shortcomings. Yes, despite the best of intentions and some motivation, LIFE still gets in the way and there are always plenty of projects on my list that won’t be finished when I want or expect them to.…

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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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2013 Goals

Before I post about today’s assignment for Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, which started today (join me if you want to get your house in shape this month!), I wanted to talk about our goals for this year, which are essentially to finish what we started in 2012. I had hoped to apply the second coat…

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year! We had friends over for brunch yesterday and then stayed home for the evening and made our own sushi for the very first time. It definitely wasn’t nearly as good as my favorite sushi place, but it was still pretty tasty. Super H-Mart in Niles…

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