Mad Men-scaping

by Josh on August 16, 2011 · 9 comments

in Bathroom,Journal

Multiple choice: What do I have in common with style icon of the moment, Don Draper, the fictional 60’s ad executive of AMC’s drama Mad Men? 3-martini lunches shameless womanizing a dark and mysterious past a great old-school shave Yeah, it’s the shave.  But for me, shaving like a Mad Man is as much a […]


Garage Sale Finds

by Josh on August 27, 2010 · 4 comments

in antiques,furniture,Journal

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 […]


Plate in Bloom

by Josh on April 7, 2010 · 3 comments

in Journal

Following an exceptionally mild March, my tuilps and daffodils outside are almost ready to bloom, but inside I have roses in full flower. Although they will never smell as rich and sweet as a real rose, the handpainted Mackintosh-style roses ringing this antique plate will also never wilt or wither. Ain’t it purdy? This was […]


Cool Tool: Hand Pruners

by Josh on April 24, 2008 · 11 comments

in garden,Journal

It’s raining today, so I won’t be working on the gardens as I have each of the past few days. Fortunately, I’ve already had a chance to break in the sweet new set of hand pruners that I picked up recently. I stopped by a swanky local mall yesterday morning to buy some antiquing solution […]


Early Christmas Present

by Josh on December 14, 2007 · 8 comments

in Journal

I know I’m supposed to wait to buy things for myself for a couple more weeks– especially when they’re things I told people I wanted as a Christmas gift. But I couldn’t resist. I need a new cordless drill. I have outgrown my old 9.6v firestorm drill, and passed the dependable life of it’s ni-cad […]


Got Plate, Need Car

by Josh on November 2, 2007 · 2 comments

in antiques,House History,Local

Our house was built in 1923 with an attached garage for a car. Now I’ve got a 1923 Minnesota license plate that could have been attached to that car.


Weed Hound

by Josh on May 11, 2007 · 2 comments

in Gardens

Our boulevard is thick with dandelions this spring and I have been looking for a good non-chemical tool to clear them out. I already have a hand-held weeding tool, but for an area this large, I really wanted something I could use standing up. On a walk through the neighborhood the other day, I saw […]


Peel Away Deal

by Josh on July 19, 2006 · 2 comments

in Ideas

I love finding good deals on renovation supplies. It helps soften the blow of those times when I measure once and cut twice. (Why are those mistaken cuts always too short?) I stopped in to Sherwin Williams today to pick up a bucket of Peel Away 1 paint remover to use on the radiator I […]


Playing it Safe

by Josh on January 16, 2006 · 2 comments

in Deals

I admit it. Sometimes I have a hard time making decisions. I like to know all my options and then I evaluate and and re-evaluate and look for more options. I put this very technique to work recently regarding the purchase of a Silent Paint Remover (SPR), which I wrote about a couple weeks ago […]


Craigslist Bungalow Mantel

by Josh on December 29, 2005 · 0 comments

in Deals

Attention bungalow restorers! Craigslist Minneapolis has a listing for an oak mantel and bookcase pair from a 1921 bungalow for $600. Other than some minor trim differences, this looks exactly like what I’ve got in my living room. The listing says the item has been removed from the house, so I assume the picture on […]