February 2009

A little while back, I was experiencing signs of a worn out valve in my main floor tub/shower.  The knob was getting  difficult to turn and soon I started noticing evidence of a small leak that was damaging the ceiling of the basement below the valve. I opened up as much of the plumbing as […]


Where My Wall Went Wrong

by Josh on February 16, 2009 · 2 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

Over the past week, I have gotten back to my long-delayed nursery/bedroom project in the upper level.  Unfortunately, I had to spend my time removing some framing work I had done earlier that will not pass inspection. Here is where my wall went wrong:  I framed a wall directly next to the interior of the […]


In Praise of Patina

by Josh on February 8, 2009 · 1 comment

in Journal

I just love the patina on the salvaged antique brass push plates on my new old kitchen swinging door.  It is easy to see why all those antiques roadshow people tell you not to clean your old furniture.  The photo won’t do it justice, but here’s a look:

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Restored Kitchen Swinging Door

by Josh on February 5, 2009 · 13 comments

in Projects

I found the solution to my broken kitchen door a few months before the door actually broke.  At a sale of salvaged house parts collected by the city of Minneapolis before demolitions, I found a swinging door identical in style and finish to the original in my basement.  Although the city was selling the doors […]


Broken Kitchen Swinging Door

by Josh on February 1, 2009 · 10 comments

in Projects

A swinging door between the dining room and kitchen is a feature common to many older houses across a range of eras and architectural styles.  That swinging door is also one of the most commonly removed details in a kitchen remodel.  Fortunately, though my kitchen has been remodeled at least a couple times, there still […]