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

2014 Recap: The Rest of the Garden

By denise | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The rest of our garden, extending from the flagstone patio toward the front of the house, did very well last summer. Every spring I think that I should have planted bulbs the previous fall to fill in bare spots as the perennials wake up, but I never do it. I guess there’s always next year.…

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Workbench, now Sideboard

By denise | January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

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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3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

By denise | May 14, 2011 | 15 Comments

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour! Be sure to visit all 10 or so bungalows on the tour (links from-and-to the next blog are provided at the bottom of each bungalow’s post). As always, comments and questions welcomed and encouraged! Built in 1929, our bungalow is a classic Chicago-style brick bungalow, one of…

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Tuna Box

By denise | October 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

When do you ever see a box, made out of solid wood, which was used to ship goods overseas, such as 48 7-oz. cans of tuna? We found this a little while back in our basement. Angola, sometimes known as Portuguese West Africa, was under Portuguese rule until 1975. They gained independence after a 15-year…

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Happy 8th House-iversary

By denise | June 23, 2015 | 7 Comments

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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Greetings! My husband and I have been working on renovating, remodeling and restoring our 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow, inside and out, since Day One in 2007 (even before we owned the house!).

You’ll find the most recent posts below, or check out some hand-selected feature posts from the past above. I may change them with the season, feature a certain topic or choose random posts that were updated. Enjoy!

Can You Smell That Smell?

By denise | December 29, 2015

In addition to accomplishing most of the goals I set out to do this year, there are some things that come up over the course of the year that you may or may not have control over. For instance, we also demo’d the pool table, which wasn’t on the Goal List, as well as stripped,…

2015 Accomplishments

By denise | December 29, 2015

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…

‘Twas the Day Before Christmas Eve

By denise | December 23, 2015

And I’m about to tile the fireplace! Apparently my busy summer went into a busy fall and now what is supposed to be “winter” (it’ll be a balmy 60° in Chicago today!). I was going through photos this morning to see what, if anything, we’ve done in the house since I last posted in August. Except for…

Busy, Busy!

By denise | August 19, 2015

We’ve had a busy, busy summer, hence the lack of posts. After family visited and I had my little trip downstate, we went to Traverse City, MI for a few days at the end of July with some friends and had a great time. I bought a print at an art fair and we also bought a couple of…

Antiquing Fun is Relative

By denise | July 25, 2015

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…

Happy 8th House-iversary

By denise | June 23, 2015

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,…

One Step Closer

By denise | June 17, 2015

The bathroom remodel was on hold for a few weeks until we could get the bathtub refinished. That finally happened Monday! In addition to the chips in the tub revealing the original teal color, once we had installed the subway tile, I was surprised at how yellow the tub looked (the previous blue-and-yellow color scheme…

Much Better Now!

By denise | June 16, 2015

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…

Impromptu Weekend Project

By denise | May 24, 2015

Our plans to go to the cottage today were thwarted by rain predicted all day in Wisconsin. Instead I decided to start on a simple little project: stripping the exterior side of the back door. The Silent Paint Remover (SPR) was enlisted again for this project and it took about 4 hours to get most…

Garden Scenes

By denise | May 23, 2015

It was so nice today! Didn’t do much except for a little weeding. Last weekend I planted all the veggies in the raised beds but they’re not much to look at right now. I didn’t have it together to do seedlings so I bought a bunch of things including: 4 tomato plants, kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, Vidalia onion,…