A neighborhood furniture and antique store is preparing to close its doors after over 30 years. I stopped in looking for deals as they wind down their operation. The first thing to catch my eye was this curvy and deeply finished oak wall clock. The dark oak was a great match with the trim in […]


Making a Tile Frame, Part 2

by Josh on December 3, 2010 · 1 comment

in Projects

When last we saw my tile frame, I had completed the construction and was ready for finishing.  When it comes to staining and finishing, I’m a complete amateur.  I just haven’t done it that often and my past results have been mixed, so I really wanted to take a step forward in my finish quality […]

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We’re driving to Cumberland, Wisconsin, today to visit Ms. Bungalow’s great aunt. While we are in the area, I thought it would be cool to drive up the road to Shell Lake to check out the Shell Lake Furniture showroom. Shell Lake Furniture produces some nice-looking, quality mission furniture, as well as a cabin collection […]


These Halls Are Decked

by Josh on December 15, 2007 · 5 comments

in Fireplace,Ideas

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.


Bathroom Decor: Frame Job

by Josh on July 25, 2007 · 1 comment

in Ideas

I have plans for restoring the main floor bath in our bungalow. Someday I’ll put back the subway tile that was taken out and put in a more appropriate pedestal sink. I’m even thinking of stenciling the walls and maybe a shower curtain, too. But all of these ideas are just dreams at the moment, […]

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Family China, Sorta

by Josh on July 20, 2007 · 4 comments

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We found this cute little footed dish at an antique shop in Rochester. It was part of the china collection for the Hotel Radisson in downtown Minneapolis. Ms. Bungalow’s grandma worked at the Radisson for many years, and in a family without a lot of heirlooms, this is about as close as we will get […]


The Good Book

by Josh on February 26, 2007 · 5 comments

in Ideas

Brothers and sisters, I have a testimony for you today! Testify! I have seen the maker’s book! Yes! I have touched it’s pages! Mmmmm! Mmmmm! I have glimpsed it’s hidden wisdom! Go on! And what I saw was good! Hallelujah!


Picking Wallpaper

by Josh on February 23, 2007 · 6 comments

in House History

Chewing your fingernails. Picking a scab. Why does anyone do these things? They don’t make you look any better, in fact you usually look worse than if you had just left everything alone. I’ve recently discovered the house equivalent of fingernail chewing: picking old, peeling, painted wallpaper off the walls. It absolutely looks terrible, but […]



by Josh on November 11, 2006 · 4 comments

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My new push-button light switches and forged cover plates arrived in the mail earlier this week. This was a little bit of house bling that I’ve wanted to add for some time and finally justified when my new compact fluorescent lightbulbs required me to eliminate a couple of dimmer switches.


All Show No Sale

by Josh on September 25, 2006 · 0 comments

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The Twin Cities Arts and Crafts Show and Sale was this past weekend … and what a show it was! Dozens of dealers of new and antique furniture, pottery, stencils, textiles, books, art, rugs and more filled two buildings at the state fair grounds with their eye-popping wares. Although there were any number of items […]