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

Posts Tagged ‘reuse’

One Step Closer

The bathroom remodel was on hold for a few weeks until we could get the bathtub refinished. That finally happened Monday! In addition to the chips in the tub revealing the original teal color, once we had installed the subway tile, I was surprised at how yellow the tub looked (the previous blue-and-yellow color scheme…

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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 Weekend Project(s)

While I’d much rather be demo-ing a bathroom, there’s still lots of snow on the ground and nowhere to put a Bagster (c’mon Spring!). In addition, this past weekend was frigid cold, and I don’t want to be hauling broken tile outside so might as well get some other little indoor projects done. One thing…

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Closing the Door on Dirty Laundry

We can finally cross the laundry room door off our To-Do List/2015 Goals, and it’s only January 15th! This is another one of my Re-use/Re-purpose projects. The door was the original exterior door to the basement. When we did the attic remodel in 2009, our contractor used a metal door that he had from another…

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Dismantling the Pool Table

One of the things the PO left behind was the pool table in the basement (I think every homeowner tries to leave behind their pool table rather than moving it!). We used it from time-to-time in the early years, but it became a rarity after a couple years. Practically the only time it has been…

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Old Door Hardware Resources

As I’ve mentioned, we had four extra original doors that the PO saved and stored in the attic, which happened to be the same amount, and size, we needed for the attic remodel. Three were more narrow, so those will be used for our two closets and the bathroom door. The fourth, wider door is…

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Repurposeful

I sometimes hold onto things for a REALLY long time, not necessarily knowing why. Other times I’ll purge “stuff” with abandon, but it seems like we rarely need to throw something in the trash. If it’s clothing or small household items, we’ll donate them to Amvets, Salvation Army, or Goodwill. If it contains metal, we’ll…

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Subterranean Relief and Reuse

It’s hot and humid, and while we thankfully have central air conditioning, we certainly don’t want to work on any projects outside. So recently we’ve been turning our efforts to the basement, which had become rather disorganized ever since our attic remodel last summer (it’s been a year since the contractor finished up with us—that…

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Basement Fixed!

I am officially crossing the basement off my list! Come on downstairs. Yes, the stairs themselves leave a lot to be desired, especially since the last two steps have been patched in (see my post on cat pee to read why). When we re-do the stairs to the second floor (located directly above these), we’re…

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Kitchen Plans, Part 2

I received some fantastic suggestions for our kitchen layout — a very big “thank you” to my readers! Here is the proposed basic layout again. Some of the suggestions were along the lines of what I was thinking as well, such as Cheryl’s suggestion to “wait and see” about the island. I would still love…

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