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

Posts Tagged ‘completed projects’

Fireplace Before & After!

I went through ALL of my house photos, and this is the absolute “best” photo of the BEFORE fireplace, i.e. working within the constraints of the PO’s “vision” for the fireplace he installed (which is SO not original to the house), and how I tried to make it work for us, at least temporarily. And…

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Finishing the Bookcases

I fully intended to keep up with the blog this year but obviously that hasn’t happened. I even missed our 9th “House-iversary” in June— sigh. Now that summer is almost over, I’ll really try and catch up. I’d also like to change the site design from this generic one, since that’s (part of) what I…

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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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A Hole for Cats (or a Very Large Mouse)

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…

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A Quick 2014 Project: Garage Door

I really hoped we’d be able to re-roof the garage this year to cover that hideous “pinkish-red” and match our house roof, but after pricing shingles it was way out of our budget this year. I really wish I had our contractor do it when they did the upstairs remodel. Grrr! The garage door, however,…

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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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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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The “Cloffice”?

The TV Room Closet, before The TV Room Closet, after It’s the end of the January Cure, and the end of my project. Like my special project for the Kitchen Cure almost three years ago, I set my sights a little high. For the Kitchen Cure we demo’d and rebuilt a wall, added a cabinet…

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