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

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Antiquing Fun is Relative

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…

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Original Bathroom Remnants

During the bathroom cleanup we vacuumed up lots of debris that had remained in the tub cavity from the PO’s 1990s remodel. Much of it was chunks of old plaster. I was thankful that at least the old plaster walls had been completely demolished in the bathroom instead of installing sheetrock over it like they did in…

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Workbench, now Sideboard

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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It’s a New (Old) Bathroom Floor

I finished the bathroom floor mid-afternoon on Sunday, a relatively short 3-day weekend project. Once we remove the sink and toilet so I can get the remaining blue-and-white tiles out from under them I’ll be going over the floor again it in more detail to be sure I removed every little speck of cement and thinset.…

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Surprise, Come Pick Up Your Workbench!

Back in July, my mom texts me and tells me her brother (my uncle) is putting his house on the market and he wanted to know if I still wanted my grandfather’s carpenter’s workbench. Whaaaa?! I have fond memories of that workbench. It practically filled the basement in my grandparent’s house in Toledo, OH and…

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Monarch Caterpillars!

A week or two ago I was very excited to discover not one, but TWO monarch caterpillars on our milkweed. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen these caterpillars in the wild — I’m sure it’s been since I was kid, and back then it seemed like they were everywhere. I saw the bigger…

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USB Receptacle

We didn’t get much done on New Year’s Day, but it’s just as well. It was a nice, relaxing day in front of the fire at the very least. Pete did, however, manage to install the USB receptacle we picked up at Home Depot. This outlet is located right at the back door, and besides…

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Spell it Out

Back in June when we were at Elkhorn Flea Market, I contemplated buying a couple of letters, “a” and “e”, from a vendor. Being a graphic designer, it was mainly about the letterform instead of the meaning of the letters, i.e. I didn’t necessarily have to have a “P” and “D” for “Pete and Denise”.…

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Wall Decor

Some of the walls in our house are really barren, like in the guest room and one wall in the TV room. Other spots are empty but have restrictions, like long and narrow, so I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for interesting wall decor. Earlier in the summer, we were at Elkhorn Flea…

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The Latest Bungalow Happenings

Making good on my goals for 2012, we’re in the middle of a couple of big projects (and they’ll likely be the last for a while as finances are tight tight tight). It didn’t help that we just returned from a nice little trip to Germany where I scored on this pristine vintage coffee tin…

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