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

Now What?

Take a peek at our new house! Here is the “bay” in the living room. There are 7 of these windows: 2 on the sides, 2 forming the angles and 3 in the middle. In the close-up shot you can see what inspired my blog banner graphic. living roomstained glass close-upI really like how the windows have that martini glass design in it. I love a good martini, especially with stuffed blue cheese olives, but I don’t have them very often these days.

The window sashes have never been painted —— and they are like that in every room —— but they will still need to be refinished. Now why wouldn’t you just leave the surrounding woodwork unpainted too? I don’t get it.

All the window ropes have been replaced with chains and they all seem to open, but there are still going to be needed repairs.

dining roomHere is the view from the dining room into the living room. My father-in-law absolutely loves the “Strauss” chandelier, and I think it’s pretty cool too. I’m sure it will look much better once it’s clean. I don’t know if I want to keep it in the dining room though —— I think it would be fun to use it in another room, like the master bedroom.

You can kind of see the woodburning fireplace that the PO installed in the living room——it’s to the left just beyond the corner cabinet. I have mixed feelings about it. It has a stone veneer, which is kind of natural looking, but there is an obvious gap where the seams join together. The hearth really juts out into the room which makes it a little overpowering. To my knowledge, Chicago bungalows would never have a fireplace like this. It would be much more understated, done in simple brick or tile, and would usually have bookcases on either side. I do like the idea of having a fireplace, though. If we decide to change this look, it’ll be far down on the To-Do list.

Back to the dining room, I think the corner cabinets are original. Between those, the baseboard radiators, and all the baseboards and window trim, I think we’re going to invest in a Silent Paint Remover. For those of you who use SPR, do you have any suggestions on scraping tools?

I’m not going to buy their entire kit, but I’m sure there are a few essential tools that come in handy for the types of surfaces we need to strip. paint peeling
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! According to their web site, it “may be possible to remove paint from plaster” too. We have a lot of peeling paint, as you can see here on the ceiling of the 3rd bedroom, and I’m still in the research stage on the best way to approach that problem.

kitchen: beforeExcept for working on the cat litter smell in the basement, which I’ll report on later, I’m having a hard time figuring out where to start. As I’m writing this I’m leaning towards doing something that will make the biggest impact in the least amount of time. That would probably be something like “finishing” the paint job in the kitchen that was started more than 10 years ago by the PO. I can tell you right now that it’s not going to be bright yellow. I like yellow, but it needs to be toned down a bit for an area this size. Since they remodeled this kitchen in the early ’90s, I know that, for better or worse, at least a couple of the walls are sheetrock and overall the walls are in decent shape. That’s more than I can say for all the other rooms.


  1. Dulcie on June 27, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, that yellow is bright!
    Congrats on finally having your house. It seems like a very long ordeal, but well worth it from what I can see. Love all those bungalow details.

  2. southsideandy on June 27, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Those stained glass windows are great…we don’t have stained glass…but we do have to repair all 11 original windows in our LR/DR and 2 BRs on the first floor. Keep an eye on my blog for details on the repairman’s job, if you’re interested and can wait…we’re about 2 weeks out from having him do the work, minimum time.

  3. Billie on June 30, 2007 at 10:58 pm


  4. Nathan on July 27, 2007 at 3:11 am

    I am so jealous of your windows! I work at a really trendy place downtown where we’re known for our extensive martini list, and it would be awesome to have windows like that. One question though, is there supposed to be a window box underneath that bay window? To me it just looks like those three stone pieces are asking to hold a window box full of flowers. Just a thought!

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