When I last wrote about my kitchen project I showed the exterior side of converting the old back door to a new alcove for the refrigerator.  This time the work shifts indoors with a before-and-after comparison of this part of the kitchen. I had already removed the door, framed the opening and faced on the […]


Bedroom Drywall Progress

by Josh on March 24, 2010 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

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 […]


Drywall Delivery Day

by Josh on March 12, 2010 · 4 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

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 […]


Is it worth saving something in your house simply because it is old? If, like me, you favor home restoration over renovation this can be a challenging question. After all, most people today want original woodwork, but not original kitchens; original plaster walls but not the original wiring inside them.


Inside-Out Ceiling

by Josh on May 14, 2006 · 0 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

What a day! Plant shopping in the morning, the Twin Cities Bungalow Club House Tour in the afternoon, and some work on the third upstairs bedroom in the evening. I am so tired, I’m practically sleep-blogging.


Drywall Don’ts

by Josh on January 31, 2006 · 2 comments

in Basement,Projects

I knew the workshop would be a good place to practice my skills with drywall, tape and joint compound. It turns out I need a lot more practice. I managed an acceptable job for a basement utility room wall that will be hidden by shelving, but there is no way I would want this wall […]


Workshop Wall: Rock and Mud

by Josh on January 28, 2006 · 1 comment

in Basement,Projects

It is Saturday afternoon and the sheetrock for the wall of the basement workshop is hung, taped and wearing the first coat of mud. I thought I might be a little farther along by this point in the weekend, although I am still on schedule to have the wall finished by the end of the […]

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Official Distraction

by Josh on January 23, 2006 · 2 comments

in Basement,Projects

It’s official. Fixing up the basement workshop reached project status this weekend when I picked up drywall and mud for the wall I’m refinishing there. I was supposed to start working on the upstairs bedroom, particularly now that my cool new Speedheater infrared paint remover has arrived. All I wanted to do in the workshop […]