kitchen

Finishing the New Butcherblock Countertop

by Josh on December 21, 2011 · 1 comment

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My plans for the kitchen countertop, sink and backsplash will make a big difference in my low-cost kitchen upgrade project, so I couldn’t wait to get rolling. I started with the countertop because the unfinished length of cherry butcherblock that I bought needed to be cut and finished prior to installation. Cutting the countertop was […]

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“Just don’t blow yourself up.” That’s what I’d hear from friends, family and even store clerks when I talked about my recent work updating the natural gas supply in the kitchen and installing a vintage Chambers stove that I had improved with an oven safety shutoff.  Well, it has been a month since I finished […]

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Chambers Stove Installation

by Josh on December 29, 2010 · 12 comments

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With my vintage Chambers 61C kitchen stove sufficiently cleaned and updated with a new oven pilot light and gas shutoff safety system I was ready to connect the gas for final stove testing and adjustment.  Unfortunately, my kitchen wasn’t ready to cooperate until I updated the gas supply pipe.  Add that one to my list […]

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Chambers Stove Cleaning and Updating

by Josh on December 21, 2010 · 13 comments

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Counting the packing, unpacking and travel time, it took a couple hours to move my vintage Chambers stove the 15 miles to my house.  Moving the stove the final 15 yards from the living room to the kitchen took considerably more time and effort.  Before settling it in the kitchen, I wanted to take the […]

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About My Chambers Stove

by Josh on December 17, 2010 · 10 comments

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may recall that back in May I shared a teaser photo of the 1951 Chambers 61C range I bought for the kitchen.  Since then, I haven’t said a word about the stove because…. I wasn’t doing much with it besides think about how great it would […]

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From my history resarch, I know that there was a fire in my house a few years after it was built.  One fire is plenty for any house, so I have been making improvements recently to make sure fire safety here is up to snuff. Along with the new firelogs I have been trying, I […]

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Out With The Ugly Kitchen Light

by Josh on November 15, 2009 · 3 comments

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Another loose end to be tied up with my bedroom project is replacing a short section of wiring for the switch to the kitchen overhead light.  As a side benefit, I will have to take down the horrible kitchen pendant light I’ve wanted to replace since I moved in.  Here is the hated light: The […]

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Restored Kitchen Swinging Door

by Josh on February 5, 2009 · 13 comments

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I found the solution to my broken kitchen door a few months before the door actually broke.  At a sale of salvaged house parts collected by the city of Minneapolis before demolitions, I found a swinging door identical in style and finish to the original in my basement.  Although the city was selling the doors […]

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Broken Kitchen Swinging Door

by Josh on February 1, 2009 · 10 comments

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A swinging door between the dining room and kitchen is a feature common to many older houses across a range of eras and architectural styles.  That swinging door is also one of the most commonly removed details in a kitchen remodel.  Fortunately, though my kitchen has been remodeled at least a couple times, there still […]

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Mouse Mitigation

by Josh on December 10, 2008 · 0 comments

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You would think the embarassment of a mouse at my dinner party would have prompted an immediate response, but for someone with my considerable powers of procrastination, a reminder was required.  While sitting at the kitchen table with my older son tonight, I saw a mouse run between the dishwasher and the stove.  If the […]

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