Snow Day Sights

by Josh on December 10, 2010 · 1 comment

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Snow has come to Minneapolis and more is on the way. The squirrels are making follow-the-leader tracks through the windowbox. The lawn chairs are much more cushiony. And the hearth offers a warm welcome back inside.

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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 […]


Every year when the weather turns cold I order a load of cord wood to burn in living room fireplace. But I have been slow to fill my firewood rack this year, so I decided to try some of the engineered logs widely available in hardware stores, grocery stores and home improvement centers.  I found […]


Another Fan of Peel Away

by Josh on March 15, 2009 · 2 comments

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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 […]


These Halls Are Decked

by Josh on December 15, 2007 · 5 comments

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Some friends of ours string garland around the trim in their bungalow and I decided to give it a try at our place this year. I think it turned out pretty well.


Fall Project Roundup

by Josh on September 29, 2007 · 3 comments

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Fall is a great time to work on house projects. The weather is more comfortable than in the peak of the summer and the imminent arrival of winter can help keep your motivation high. Whether you are planning to hibernate from home improvement this winter or you just want to cross a few things off […]


Paying It Forward

by Josh on March 14, 2006 · 0 comments

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I stopped in one of my favorite local hardware stores this afternoon to pick up a few goodies. While I was contemplating paint striping chemicals, I overheard a conversation in the neighboring aisle between a clerk and a customer regarding painted fireplaces. They were discussing options for how to make an off-white painted fireplace look […]


With just a couple finishing details left to complete, I lit the first fire in the paint-free fireplace last Friday, December 8. Since then, I’ve wrapped up all the finishing. The brick is real and it’s spectacular! Here’s how I handled the last stripping and finishing details: Last Thursday night I removed the last of […]


This Could Be The Day

by Josh on December 9, 2005 · 0 comments

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This could be the day I announce victory over the fireplace. Things are very close now. If I hadn’t run out of clean rags last night, I could herald the end of this project with certainty. Yesterday I returned from four days away on business to find the replacement fireplace screen waiting on the front […]


At this point, I’m getting down to the little details in the fireplace paint stripping project. For me, this is the time when the temptation to cut corners is greatest because the project’s conclusion is so tantalizingly close and deadlines loom so large. So far I am holding firm to my commitment to get all […]

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