August 2010

Reader Mike recently emailed me; I found your great house blog the other day!  I’m also working on renovating a S. Minneapolis bungalow and I’ve been trying to find out the history of the house.  What resources did you use to find out your house’s history? Well, Mike, although I hardly consider my own house […]


Garage Sale Finds

by Josh on August 27, 2010 · 4 comments

in antiques,furniture,Journal

Garage sales can be a great source of vintage house parts and antiques.  Even though I only got out to a few garage sales this summer, I had some excellent luck. This nice mission-style oak plant stand was set out at a garage sale just 5 minutes before I scooped it up for a song […]


It’s Pretty Obvious

by Josh on August 18, 2010 · 4 comments

in Journal

I’m not going to completely blame the lawyers (Hi, sweetie!) for this, but everywhere you go there are labels for the obvious.  If you buy a coffee, the cup will warn: “Contents hot!”  If you pick up a bottle of sunscreen, the label will  state it is “for external use only.” So the requirement of […]


Tried and True Value

by Josh on August 12, 2010 · 0 comments

in Journal

Although I’m arriving fashionably late to the announcement party, I couldn’t be more thrilled to renew my partnership with True Value Hardware through the 2010 True Value DIY Blog Squad. This time around, the squad has swelled to a total of 10 sites with a great mix of DIY and home improvement interests.  You may […]


New Toilet Tips

by Josh on August 6, 2010 · 4 comments

in Bathroom,Projects

It’s the most popular seat in the house, but the toilet in my main floor bathroom was a mess.  The tank cover was chipped up, it used obscene amounts of water to flush, and–despite my repair attempts–it often needed the handle jiggled to stop the tank fill. So I decided it was time to upgrade […]