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

Posts Tagged ‘purchases’

Dining Room Light Fixture

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…

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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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More Water, Please

I love carbonated water. I’ll drink much more water if it’s the carbonated variety and we all know we’re supposed to drink lots of water. But even though we recycle, I hated all the liter bottles of Poland Spring Sparkling Water we went through. So I was ecstatic when I received the Sodastream Penguin Starter…

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Bath Time

Continuing with our “clean theme” for the new year, we were able to start using the master bathroom back in mid-October even though it wasn’t quite finished. As you can see here: no fixtures for hanging towels, toilet paper; no mirror or light above the sink; sink temporarily installed on a plywood countertop; no shower…

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Yes, We’re Still in the Bathroom

You may be wondering when it will ever end — when will they just finish their frickin’ bathroom and move on with their lives? By this time next week, we hope to do just that. But for now, we’re still in the grout stage. This photo was taken earlier this week with just the back…

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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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Impulse Buying at the Hardware Store

We received a couple of great suggestions as to what to do with our True Value sweepstakes booty, such as a compound miter saw (which we don’t have) and a RotoZip tool. Earlier this week we went to True Value Hardware in Wilmette to browse and see what they had to offer. The shelves were…

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Water Feature

A couple weeks ago we went to the local garden center to spend our “Lurvey Loot”. For every $10 spent at Lurvey’s Garden Center between April and June, you receive $1 in “Lurvey Loot”, which can be used for up to 50% off your purchase between July and September. We had $116 in Lurvey Loot…

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Yes, another Outdoor Project

I know I’ve been non-stop with the garden/patio/outdoor posts, so I apologize if I’ve turned you off or bored you to tears, but lately that’s all we’ve been doing. If you live in a climate that is anything like Chicago’s then you can probably relate to the very small window of really good weather days…

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