Exterior Scraping and Priming

by Josh on May 25, 2010 · 4 comments

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With most of my house projects, things usually get worse before they can get better. As the exterior painting work here progresses, the pattern is the same, though this time I have other people in charge of the work. Getting Worse It took the painters a few days to finish the scraping portion of the […]


A Look Into The Future

by Josh on May 18, 2010 · 5 comments

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At last it’s time, here at Bungalow ’23, to look into the future! The future, Josh? That’s right, Dear Reader, let’s look to the future– all the way to the year 2010! In the year 2010, in fact this very week, my house is finally getting the exterior paint job it has needed for a […]


Refinishing A Radiator

by Josh on March 4, 2010 · 10 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

In the two months since I finished stripping the paint from the radiator for my bedroom project, I have had some time to work and reflect. First the reflection: chemical stripping a radiator was tedious, laborious, odious, noxious;  in short, a massive pain.  I chose chemical stripping after determining off-site paint removal wasn’t feasible in […]


Old windows get a bad rap. To listen to the way replacement window marketers tell it, old windows are creaky, stubborn, lead-coated draft monsters possessing a single-minded intent to kill your monthly heating & cooling bills. The current U.S. federal tax rebates for energy efficiency are also helping push window replacement to homeowners who want […]


Taking Precautions

by Josh on December 18, 2009 · 4 comments

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The latest issue of The Small House Gazette, the newsletter of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club, featured an alarming story about a club member who exposed himself and his family to lead in the course of his home renovation. A couple years ago I tested for lead paint in several places around the house and […]


Original Casement Hardware Cover-up

by Josh on September 17, 2008 · 3 comments

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Of the eight intact casement windows in the house only one has its original hardware intact.  That window is in the kitchen, in what used to be the breakfast nook.  My last post described my successful search for vintage replacement hardware for four of the other casement windows.  But before I hit the salvage shops […]


Raising The Garden, Part II

by Josh on May 23, 2008 · 12 comments

in garden,Projects

Work on the raised garden bed continues, but isn’t finished yet. Since my last post, I have finished framing the fence rails and applied two coats of forest green solid color stain to all the new lumber. I have also begun to work on the soil improvement, though I haven’t done anything more than dump […]


Neighborhood Paint Ideas

by Josh on May 2, 2008 · 6 comments

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It was such a beautiful day yesterday that I persuaded my oldest son to walk the mile from our house to his preschool while I pushed the toddler in the stroller. Along the way, I snapped some pictures of other bungalows in the neighborhood.


Paint Recycling

by Josh on April 22, 2008 · 5 comments

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I’m an admirer of the “one in, one out” policy of clutter control. This is the idea that for every new thing you bring into your house you must get rid of one old thing– preferably through donation, sale, or recycling, not trash. This can work wonderfully for things like clothing or books, but what […]


Cleaning Window Hardware

by Josh on March 8, 2008 · 2 comments

in Projects,Windows

If you’ve missed the terrific recent posts on window restoration over at Stuccohouse, do yourself a favor and check them out. The photos and instructions she provides are are excellent supplements to resources like Terry Meany’s Working Windows. Inspired by the latest entry in Stuccohouse’s window series in which she strips the paint from window […]