Bedroom

The style and placement of light fixtures can make a huge impact on the overall feel of a room.  For my younger son’s bedroom, I wanted fixtures with clean lines and vintage flair that would look bungalow-appropriate without being too stuffy or overdone for a child’s room.  I settled on a pair of reproduction wall [...]

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Boy’s Bedroom Paint

by Josh on January 26, 2011 · 3 comments

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Wow, where did January go? I guess I’ve been more focused on celebrating a pair of birthdays and trying to get up early to workout than working on the house.  So this is the perfect time to catch up on my backlog of finished, but un-blogged-about work. Nothing fits my slow current pace of work [...]

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Welcome to Bungalow ’23, stop five on the Bungalow Blog Tour! When my wife, Ms. Bungalow, and I bought our house in October of 2004, we weren’t necessarily looking for a bungalow or an Arts &  Crafts home.  We just wanted a place near the south Minneapolis neighborhood where Ms. Bungalow grew up that would [...]

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A Short Update

by Josh on April 2, 2010 · 2 comments

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The drywall crew finished their work in the bedroom days ago and the new walls are ready for primer.  But with a child on spring break and a new puppy to train, I just haven’t had the time to work on it. Today, I finally got to the hardware store to buy the primer, so [...]

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Bedroom Drywall Progress

by Josh on March 24, 2010 · 5 comments

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There’s nothing terribly complicated about hanging and finishing drywall.  It can be a popular do-it-yourself project for that very reason, and I’ve even done a bit of it myself. Getting quality drywall results, however, takes smart layout decisions and a skilled hand– and I have accepted that it will take a lot more practice before that is [...]

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Drywall Delivery Day

by Josh on March 12, 2010 · 4 comments

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Apparently the delivery of the drywall for my bedroom project was a big enough spectacle to draw my neighbor to her front yard with camera in hand.  Here’s the view she saw: The boom truck lifted 24 sheets of 4′ x 12′ sheetrock up to the bedroom window opening on the second floor where workers [...]

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Refinishing A Radiator

by Josh on March 4, 2010 · 9 comments

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In the two months since I finished stripping the paint from the radiator for my bedroom project, I have had some time to work and reflect. First the reflection: chemical stripping a radiator was tedious, laborious, odious, noxious;  in short, a massive pain.  I chose chemical stripping after determining off-site paint removal wasn’t feasible in [...]

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Continuing the restoration of window frames and hardware I talked about in my last post, this entry completes the restoration of the frame portion of the project bedroom windows with new cord on the sash weights and weatherstripping that will keep these 86-year-old windows comfortably draft-free and energy-efficient. Sash Cord and Weights There is just something [...]

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Old windows get a bad rap. To listen to the way replacement window marketers tell it, old windows are creaky, stubborn, lead-coated draft monsters possessing a single-minded intent to kill your monthly heating & cooling bills. The current U.S. federal tax rebates for energy efficiency are also helping push window replacement to homeowners who want [...]

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A Fully Stripped Radiator

by Josh on December 30, 2009 · 6 comments

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A few posts back, I talked about my disappointment with my progress onstripping the paint from the radiator for my bedroom project. With the radiator already partially stripped from a prior session of less-than-satisfying paint removal, I found the chemical strippers I tried either a) didn’t work well,  or b) softened paint but produced strong [...]

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