March 2009

Best How To And More

by Josh on March 28, 2009 · 1 comment

in Asides,Ideas

In her March 3 round-up “Best of the Blogs” at My Old House Journal, Clare Martin picked Bungalow ’23  as the “Best How To” houseblog: Photos of beautifully restored homes are great to look at—but they won’t do you much good if you don’t know how the homeowners got there. Enter Josh of Bungalow 23: […]

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Building an Adirondack Chair

by Josh on March 24, 2009 · 5 comments

in furniture,Projects

Since I moved in to this house, I thought it needed a pair of adirondack chairs for the yard.  Recently I decided to activate that project and work on it in the garage in the evenings after the kids are in bed. There are countless sources for adirondack chair plans, but I chose to buy […]


Another Fan of Peel Away

by Josh on March 15, 2009 · 2 comments

in Fireplace,Journal

Jenni at Thirteen Eleven just named Peel Away paint stripper as her new BFF.  I know where she’s coming from.  I also had a fantastic experience using Peel Away to remove paint from my brick fireplace. There are several formulations of Peel Away for different applications.  If you decide to give it a try–which I […]


Daddy and Me

by Josh on March 13, 2009 · 2 comments

in Journal

Although I don’t write about it much here, my responsibilities as a stay-at-home dad to two preschoolers are partly to blame for the slow progress I am making on my house projects.  But once in a while my worlds collide and I find ways to be both a DIYer and a dad.   On a […]


Inside The Plumbing Chase

by Josh on March 4, 2009 · 10 comments

in Bathroom,Journal

In my last post I described the repair I made to the shower valve in the main bath.  As part of that process I accessed the bathroom plumbing chase for the first time.  What I found there added some interesting information about the house’s past.   The first thing I noticed was the bucket and […]