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

Posts Tagged ‘bathroom’

Slated for Completion

The stone place I called last week about cutting the pool table slate finally called me back. I thought they were going to blow me off and not call back at all, but the guy who called was super nice. He didn’t recommend using slate, however, because he said it stains easily, it’s fairly soft as…

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The Projects for 2012

The big question is: Will 2012 be the year we finish the attic remodel, i.e. install trim and hang doors? I sure hope so! It would be a huge load off my shoulders as I really hate to leave things hanging. In the end, we probably won’t be doing it ourselves so it’s going to…

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Air Tub Anyone?

Last night I sprang the news on Pete that I thought we should redo the first-floor bathroom instead of tearing out the bedroom wall when we’re ready to move forward with the attic renovation. He took it rather well. Of course he pointed out that we’ll need a full working bathroom in order to do…

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Vintage Bathroom Sink

Right before Thanksgiving, we finally had a working toilet in the basement, but no sink (hand sanitizer was provided). It worked out fine, but we wanted to have a functional sink by Christmas. Around that same time Joanne over at The Box House blog offered up a vintage sink that she garbage-picked in her neighborhood…

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Attic, Mudroom and Just Plumb Wrong

We’ve slowly been getting some construction estimates for our attic and mudroom projects. We haven’t had a chance to sit down and really compare them at this point, but I already know that they’re not going to be apples-to-apples. The entire process is definitely a learning experience and it will be a hard decision to…

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Instructions Are Not a Load of Crap

After Pete and our friend Rod hauled the 300-pound steel plate (give or take a few pounds) out to the alley last Monday, we went to Advantage Kitchen & Bath in Niles to purchase our new TOTO Aquia Dual-Flush toilet. One of the unique things about the TOTO toilet is its concealed trapway. A concealed…

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The Ol’ Toilet Switcheroo

Last Monday we decided it would be really nice to have a bathroom, or at least a working toilet, in the basement for the 14 guests we were having on Thanksgiving Day. Pete’s father will be 89 next week, so we certainly don’t want him to have to climb stairs, but with five kids in…

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The PO, Tin Man, and Toto Too

Thanks for your comments on the previous post. I made my decision and called the PO last weekend (sorry Christopher and Joanne!). He likes to answer the phone by saying, “Joe’s Trucking” or something along those lines (he has caller ID). I said, “Say I had a couple of dining room cabinets that I was…

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Bathroom Break

Now that it’s getting way too hot outside for my tastes, I’m thinking about my next project — one that’s been on the agenda for a while: the bathroom tile. Because the PO had the entire bathroom tiled, including the ceiling, we’re not going to be tearing it out anytime soon. (Yes, the ceiling too!!)…

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Drink, Anyone?

I finally tackled the bar area in the basement, which had been piled with crap. Everything is put away, the bar is stocked, and the record albums are hung on the wall around the pool table. Just a few things left to do down there. We’ll probably have to patch the former cat pee areas…

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