Projects

My Pet Clock

by Josh on April 27, 2012 · 7 comments

in Journal,Living Room

Before I go on and on about the antique clock I bought recently, I’m going point out the elephant in my living room: an antique mechanical wall clock is truly, hopelessly obsolete. It requires regular winding and care. It keeps woefully inaccurate time compared to even the cheapest modern quartz watch. It is only usable [...]

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Of Scallops and a Schoolhouse

by Josh on April 25, 2012 · 13 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

When pulling a home design together, often it is the little details that make the difference between harmony and dissonance. In my bungalow kitchen remodel, I’ve been distressed by the dissonant details over the sink. Specifically, these are a scalloped header board and an off-center electrical fixture box. In the before photo above, the problem with [...]

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Accenting the Kitchen Cabinets

by Josh on February 27, 2012 · 19 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

Keeping my existing cabinets is a decision I’ve second-guessed a few times as I work on this kitchen remodeling project. There are several details of layout and design I would like to be different if I was starting from scratch in the kitchen. I briefly considered total cabinet replacement, but realized that wouldn’t work within [...]

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Subway Tile Backsplash Installed

by Josh on February 22, 2012 · 21 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

When I last wrote about the progress of my low cost kitchen remodel, the new apron sink and cherry butcherblock countertops had been installed. Now I can share the backsplash tile installation and result that finishes off the sink-area countertop. (Spoiler: I really dig it!) About The Tile First, a word about my choice of [...]

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New Year, New Refrigerator

by Josh on December 31, 2011 · 2 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

2012 is just around the corner, so what better time to say out with the old and in with the new? In my case, I am continuing my kitchen progress by saying goodbye to my old top-freezer refrigerator and replacing it with a new and larger french door model. This upgrade probably won’t surprise regular [...]

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With my butcherblock countertop cut and finished, I was ready to install it along with my new kitchen sink and faucet. As a reminder, here is the sink area of my kitchen before the installation: I began the replacement process by removing the current countertop and sink. For the countertop I scored the caulk along [...]

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Making a Giant Christmas Wreath

by Josh on December 24, 2011 · 5 comments

in Outdoors,Projects

A couple weeks ago, I got a letter from the city notifying me that my juniper bushes were encroaching on the sidewalk and needed to be trimmed. (Sorry, neighbors!) Within a few days I got out my anvil lopper and cut back the offending bushes, but because the city has stopped collecting yard waste until [...]

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Finishing the New Butcherblock Countertop

by Josh on December 21, 2011 · 1 comment

in Projects

My plans for the kitchen countertop, sink and backsplash will make a big difference in my low-cost kitchen upgrade project, so I couldn’t wait to get rolling. I started with the countertop because the unfinished length of cherry butcherblock that I bought needed to be cut and finished prior to installation. Cutting the countertop was [...]

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Something is cooking in the kitchen, and it isn’t just Christmas cookies. My kitchen remodel continues with a big, high-impact change–replacing the countertop, sink and backsplash. As with my other kitchen improvements, I want to make this update low-cost and vintage-inspired. For my purpose, “low cost” doesn’t mean the absolutely least expensive option, but rather [...]

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Backyard Reboot

by Josh on November 8, 2011 · 2 comments

in Outdoors,Projects

I love it when a plan comes together. A couple posts ago I shared my plan to revise the back yard to remove the vegetable garden, consolidate the patio space, and expand the lawn. Now I can show my steps to enact that plan and how the results turned out. Unbuilding the Garden Taking out [...]

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