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

Posts Tagged ‘woodwork’

Shhhh, We’re Silently Removing Paint

We used the Silent Paint Remover for the linen closet shelf boards, which works really well on flat surfaces. There are also tools for it to scrape paint from uneven surfaces like the shelf brackets, but since you have to heat up the surface and put the SPR down to scrape every 30-60 seconds I…

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Shoe Moulding

We’ve done it! We completed one of our 2014 goals (leftover from 2013): Finish installing the replacement shoe moulding on the first floor. We also installed missing baseboard in the closets of our master bedroom. No more gaps between the hardwood floor and the wall, and no more exposed, unpainted drywall near the floor of…

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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 Weekend Projects

I’ve been working on the weekend assignment(s) for Apartment Therapy’s January Cure: Flowers, Kitchen Cleaning & Make Yourself a Meal. I skipped over Thursday’s assignment, to Get Your Get-Together Together. At most I’ll just make a nice dinner for Pete at the end of all this. I still have one more section to clean in…

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End of Year To-Do List

Now that I’ve gotten the first coat of varnish on the rest of the baseboard woodwork, I can start to see the end in sight. There’s still a lot left for me to do though, even with the carpenter installing the trim, and I’m determined to finish it all by the end of the year.…

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Self-Pep Talk

It’s a dreary Saturday. I don’t have anything in particular planned for the day. The millwork said they’ll be getting our order together early next week, so depending on the carpenter’s schedule, he could potentially be ready to install the baseboard trim and staircase within a week. I must finish varnishing the trim. That not…

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What a Difference a Door Makes!

All the doors in our attic remodel are installed and trimmed out. It makes such a difference in the look and feel of the attic reno. It finally feels like it’s really a part of the rest of the house. The carpenter still needs to install the doorknobs. I’m sure we could do it ourselves,…

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Nice and Trim

We finally have all the window and door trim stained, varnished with one coat of sanding sealer, and lightly sanded. We are ready for the carpenter! He is supposed to come sometime next week. There is still a pile of baseboard trim in the basement, which I just coated with sanding sealer. Pete’s job will…

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Getting Stained

I SO want this wood staining to be over with! We’ve kind of put it off for a while — the wood, which is destined for our attic remodel, has been sitting in the basement since June, but hey, we’ve had things to do and places to be. What’s one more month? The pieces on…

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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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