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Posts Tagged ‘planning’

Bathroom Odds & Ends

Last night we cut and installed the top half of the sink/toilet wall. Sconces will go on either side of the medicine cabinet. We’re a little shy of 8 feet long, so we had to cut some of the long ends off. Lo and behold the leftover strips from these 2 sheets will fit perfectly side-by-side…

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It’s Goal-Setting Time for 2015!

Happy New Year! I’m really looking forward to accomplishing some goals in 2015 that have been on my wish list since Day One. Yep, that’s right: come hell or high water, THIS is the year for the bathroom and fireplace! (I just noticed it’s been on my annual Goal list every year since 2012. It’s…

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Planning the First Outdoor Projects

We received the April issue of This Old House recently. It was a little depressing to read about all the outdoor projects and ideas when we still had a foot of snow on the ground, even with a couple of warmish days of snow melt (which was promptly followed by a snowstorm that dropped another…

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Ready to Grow!

I was excited to receive these in the mail the other day, in the midst of one of our coldest, snowiest winters ever. This winter has reminded me of the winters we used to have here when I was a kid. Back then it was fun; now not so much! Until it warms up enough…

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2014 Goals and Wish List

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year! Ours was quiet and quite snowy: we’re up to at least 10″ or more which started on New Year’s Eve, with another 3-8″ on the way today. We started off the year yesterday by installing a TV mount for our flat screen. I want to…

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Bathroom Planning, Again

Whenever I set my project goals for the year I often seem to find a way to make them a reality. I’m hoping that might be the case this year for the first floor bathroom. Every time I mention the first floor bathroom I feel like I have to point out that the previous owner…

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Day One: Make a List of Projects

Today was the first day of Apartment Therapy’s January Cure to get your house in shape over the next 30 days. I call Organizing one of my favorite “hobbies” (only half-jokingly) but I also sometimes need a little push to get going, so this was a welcome challenge at the start of a new year.…

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Fireplace, You’re Always in the Back of My Mind

Last weekend I went to one of the big architectural salvage stores in Chicago, Salvage One, with my niece and sister-in-law just for fun. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular except a keyhole cover for one of our doors — no luck there. Then I saw these cabinets. There were a matching pair of…

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The Annual Recap

It’s that time again folks, when I recap the bungalow accomplishments (or lack thereof) for the past year and set goals for the new year. Are you as excited as I am? To start, it definitely wasn’t a banner year, both for blogging and for remodeling. That said, we did accomplish one of my major…

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Illinois Energy Star Appliance Rebate

UPDATE: As of around 12:30 p.m. half the rebate funds are gone. Do NOT wait until tonight to buy! Illinois residents: if you’ve been thinking about taking advantage of the 15% Energy Star appliance tax rebate that starts today and ends on the 25th (or until funds run out) RUN, don’t walk to a participating…

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