March 2006

Thinning The Flock

by Josh on March 30, 2006 · 7 comments

in Journal

The bungalow was assuredly God’s gift to pigeons. Wide sheltering eaves and decorative braces make the perfect places to build ugly pigeon nests or deposit nasty pigeon waste. These filthy birds are clogging my gutters and poluting my yard with their nests and mess. Well, guess what? I’ve had it with the pigeons. Countless evenings […]

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Paint Stripping: No Quick Fix

by Josh on March 28, 2006 · 7 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

I am still working on removing paint from my first door in the south upstairs bedroom, and it would be generous to say I am half done with it. I made reasonably good progress using the Silent Paint Remover, so long as I applied a boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits mixture to the belligerent […]

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Springtime Icicles

by Josh on March 26, 2006 · 0 comments

in Journal

With the official beginning of spring this week, I am looking forward to sprouting bulbs, budding trees, and greening grass. But before all that, the snow has got to melt. A couple weeks ago we got our biggest snowstorm of the season and by the end of this week the snow should all be gone. […]

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Bungalow Stencilling Class

by Josh on March 24, 2006 · 2 comments

in Ideas

Last night I got my first taste of arts & crafts stencilling by participating in a class with Amy Miller of Trimbelle River Studio & Design held at the community college downtown. Before yesterday, my last experience with painting stencils was in junior high. I made a lame stencil of the singing California Raisins, spilled […]

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Bug Fixes and Layout Tweaks

by Josh on March 21, 2006 · 2 comments

in Journal

If you dropped by the blog today, you may have noticed that the page layouts and colors have changed a bit. I just completed some updates to the blog code that improves the way the site looks and functions. This all got started when Shauna at Salvaged Beauty posted some blog work she was doing […]

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Seasonal Sauna Signoff

by Josh on March 20, 2006 · 0 comments

in Basement,Ideas

Last week we got 18 inches of new snow and by the end of this week it should all be gone. Finally another winter’s end is in sight, and with it the end to winter activities. If you choose to live in a place with as much winter as Minnesota, you’ve got to find ways […]

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Let The Sun Shine In

by Josh on March 18, 2006 · 7 comments

in Projects

The built-in bookcase that I’m removing from my office is all but gone. I pulled the top bookcase off the cabinet base (with only minor damage) and moved it to the garage for storage with the help of Ms. Bungalow. Now only the base remains in the office and its continued presence is just a […]

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Paying It Forward

by Josh on March 14, 2006 · 0 comments

in Fireplace,Journal

I stopped in one of my favorite local hardware stores this afternoon to pick up a few goodies. While I was contemplating paint striping chemicals, I overheard a conversation in the neighboring aisle between a clerk and a customer regarding painted fireplaces. They were discussing options for how to make an off-white painted fireplace look […]

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What Have I Undone?

by Josh on March 10, 2006 · 2 comments

in Projects

It took much less time and labor than I expected to remove the built-in bookcase from the wall in my home office. Behind the bookcase were the two windows I expected and some ugliness I should have. But before I completely give away the ending, here’s how the deal went down. First I pulled out […]

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Trading Bookshelves For Windows

by Josh on March 8, 2006 · 2 comments

in Journal

I have remarked previously about how I wish our house had a built-in buffet or china cabinet like so many other bungalows in town. Who knows? At some point it may have had one, and perhaps someday there will be a buffet in this house again. But what has really built up my angst about […]

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