Like a kind of housewarming present, the previous owners left us a few pieces of furniture when we moved in six years ago.  The most notable of these is a custom entertainment center bookshelf that the previous owner built himself.  It isn’t the prettiest thing in the house but it is very functional and I […]


Entry Bench Quick Refinishing

by Josh on September 30, 2010 · 6 comments

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More than just a place to change shoes and deposit packages, a bench at your home’s entry can make an inviting first impression to guests.  At least that’s what I had in mind when I brought home this remnant church pew a couple years ago. Functionally the bench has been just what I’d hoped for, […]


Garage Sale Finds

by Josh on August 27, 2010 · 4 comments

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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 […]


A Perfect Match

by Josh on December 3, 2009 · 6 comments

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Just in time for snow flurries, the adirondack chair in my front yard has finally been united with its match. I kept the design the same from the prototype, though I needed to trace some parts directly from the first chair in order to match them. The only other change that I made was to […]


Another Adirondack Underway

by Josh on November 20, 2009 · 0 comments

in furniture,Projects

The adirondack chair I built last spring spent a lonely summer in the front yard awaiting its mate. With competition for my attention from summertime activities and other house projects, however, the second chair has sat for weeks half-assembled in my garage. But now, with winter’s snow a daily possibility, completing the lawn furniture has moved […]


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 […]


We’re driving to Cumberland, Wisconsin, today to visit Ms. Bungalow’s great aunt. While we are in the area, I thought it would be cool to drive up the road to Shell Lake to check out the Shell Lake Furniture showroom. Shell Lake Furniture produces some nice-looking, quality mission furniture, as well as a cabin collection […]



by Josh on October 19, 2005 · 2 comments

in furniture,Ideas

This is the latest addition to my page of bungalow resources. There are lots of places to buy bungalow furnishings, but these are some that I like to visit for inspiration and feelings of financial inadequacy. Shell Lake Furniture produces some beautiful arts and crafts pieces, made in nearby Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Casual Living Furniture […]