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

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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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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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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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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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!

No April Fool’s Joke Here!

By denise | April 1, 2015

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…

I’m on Fire (in a sense)!

By denise | March 27, 2015

Here’s one last look at the stone veneer fireplace that I’ve been wanting to demolish as long as the bathroom tile (almost eight loooooooong years). Since we have the Bagster ready to go for the bathroom, it made the most sense to me to fill it up as much as possible — and what better…

This Finally Happened Today

By denise | March 22, 2015

That’s right people; it’s a drop cloth in the bathtub, which could only mean it’s the day I’ve been waiting for — for almost the past 8 years! It was a pain to start, but while Pete worked on the one tub wall, I worked on the other. After a couple hours, we were down…

The Weekend Project(s)

By denise | February 24, 2015

While I’d much rather be demo-ing a bathroom, there’s still lots of snow on the ground and nowhere to put a Bagster (c’mon Spring!). In addition, this past weekend was frigid cold, and I don’t want to be hauling broken tile outside so might as well get some other little indoor projects done. One thing…

A Hole for Cats (or a Very Large Mouse)

By denise | February 20, 2015

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…

Shhhh, We’re Silently Removing Paint

By denise | January 29, 2015

We used the Silent Paint Remover for the linen closet shelf boards, which works really well on flat surfaces. There are also tools for it to scrape paint from uneven surfaces like the shelf brackets, but since you have to heat up the surface and put the SPR down to scrape every 30-60 seconds I…

Happy Pet Adoption Day!

By denise | January 24, 2015

Hard to believe that it’s already one year ago this weekend when we brought these adorable two girls, Romy and Lena, home from the shelter. They were both about six months old at the time (but are not litter mates). It didn’t take long for them to discover the heated bathroom floor, where we often…

White Linen (Closet)

By denise | January 21, 2015

I thought I better take advantage of this burst in project energy while it lasts so I decided to tackle the linen closet. Since it’s adjacent to the bathroom and part of the hallway, it’ll be part of both the bathroom reno and the hallway repair and paint project too. Of course I shouldn’t need…

Dining Room Light Fixture

By denise | January 17, 2015

Once we sold the dining room chandelier I started searching for bungalow-appropriate ceiling fixtures. It was much harder than I thought! For one, authentic vintage light fixtures were super expensive everywhere I looked, either locally or online, and reproductions really weren’t any cheaper. This was in late October and I was hoping to find something…

Closing the Door on Dirty Laundry

By denise | January 15, 2015

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…