Projects

Wiring The Alcove

by Josh on May 10, 2011 · 2 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

Last time, I wrote about the change to the exterior by removing the kitchen backdoor.  On the interior, closing up the doorway allows me to finish the area as an alcove for the refrigerator.  And by moving  the refrigerator, I will be able to add some new cabinets and countertop in the fridge’s former space […]

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Removing the Kitchen Door

by Josh on April 28, 2011 · 8 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

Ever since the previous owners built the tower addition off the back, our house has had an odd pair of dueling back doors.  The old back door exits the kitchen and the newer back door exits the mudroom in the tower, but from the outside the two doors are just ten feet apart on our […]

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Man Made Curtains

by Josh on April 20, 2011 · 8 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

How does a man make curtains?  Apparently with little flowers on the fabric. For my first real sewing project since a duffel bag in 8th grade Home Ec, I wanted to make some cafe curtains to go with the new paint color in the kitchen.  Despite the substantial gap in my stitchery resume, I was […]

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When Ms. Bungalow and I bought this house six years ago, one of the first things I wanted to change was the kitchen pendant lights. But then I took on other projects and added new priorities and the kitchen lights just kept hanging around. Here’s what one of those pendants looked like: It is hard […]

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Painting the Kitchen

by Josh on April 11, 2011 · 9 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

In my previous post I showed the kitchen before the start of a mini-makeover.  The first step in that low-cost kitchen update got underway when I put up a new paint color. As I mentioned last time, the paint for this project is being provided by True Value Hardware from their new paint line: EasyCare Platinum […]

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Before the Kitchen Refresh

by Josh on March 31, 2011 · 6 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

As a stay-at-home dad and my household’s primary cook, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Lately, whenever my thoughts drift from flipping pancakes or stirring risotto, I have found myself thinking about how tired I am of red walls in my kitchen. What was “deep,” “rich,” and “warm” when Ms. Bungalow and […]

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A Brief Conversation

by Josh on February 15, 2011 · 9 comments

in Journal,Windows

“Good evening, sir.  I noticed that you have some older-style windows here.  Have you ever thought of replacing them?” “Heavens, no.” “Oh.  Well, thank you.”

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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

in Bedroom,Projects

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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I know I’ve been writing a lot about my vintage Chambers kitchen stove lately but I happen to have another vintage stove that hasn’t gotten any attention.  That all changes today.  Say hello to my old, rusty, but reliable propane campstove. Ms. Bungalow and I love to take the kids camping at our wonderful Minnesota […]

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