Travel two days back in time with me. I was cleaning in the kitchen and I noticed that a small section of baseboard trim at the edge of the cabinets was loose– just held in place with friction against the underside of the cabinet toe kick. I removed the baseboard and discovered a piece of […]
If you have followed this blog for a while–or if you’re a new reader who has waded through the archives–you might recall this moment of improvization with the faucet of my kitchen sink. I ended up replacing the broken lever (and the temporary vice grips) with a replacement handle a little over a year ago. […]
Most of the projects I’m tackling around here are maddeningly wide and slow. So it was a refreshing change to get to help my dad put a laminate floor in the kitchen of my parents’ house over the weekend. Mom came over to my house to watch my son while I went to her place […]
Previously I highlighted the beautiful lithograph that my sister-in-law gave us for Christmas. I also mentioned that my brother is a talented artist. His specialty is the airbrush and we hope someday to have him paint our son’s playroom. But that hasn’t fit into our budget yet. In the meantime, we proudly display a print […]
Here’s a tip for any local housebloggers looking for an old stove for their vintage kitchen restoration. There’s an antique blue porcelain wood-burning kitchen stove for sale on Craigslist-Minneapolis for $750 or best offer. Seems like a decent price and it looks in good shape.
Measure twice; cut once. That’s the kind of wisdom that you come up with after measuring once and getting it wrong. So here’s my latest maxim from the Hard Way School of Home Improvement: “Check it all before you call.” This is my sad, stupid story. My dishwasher was failing to drain the water at […]
My wife is away at a work retreat and my son is upstairs sleeping– it must be time to fix something! A couple days ago, I had to remove the dishwasher from the kitchen cabinets for an appliance fixit job that is still ongoing. When the dishwasher came out, I found that the space under […]
I had to tinker with the dishwasher today– a project that required removing the toe kick and soaking up water in an overflow pan with a sponge. While I was lying down on kitchen floor I noticed a smell like a musty bathroom coming from beneath the dishwasher and kitchen cabinets. I pulled out the […]