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DIY True Stories Contest

by Josh on July 27, 2011 · 0 comments

in Journal

Every home owner has experienced them– house projects that go wrong. Here just a few forms those DIY problems can take: The Snowball: a DIY project that just keep growing larger or more expensive The Puzzler: a DIY project that leaves you stumped about what to do next The Whopper: a DIY project so large […]

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Deck Cleaning in 4 Easy Steps

by Josh on July 25, 2011 · 6 comments

in Deck,Projects

Maintain what you’ve got. It’s thrifty, green, preservationist, and pretty much the first rule of smart home ownership. So why in over six years here have I never done a minute’s worth of maintenance work to my small backyard deck? After this much neglect, the deck is long overdue for a thorough cleaning and sealing. Some […]

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They like me! That must be why True Value Hardware has included me in their DIY Blog Squad for a third straight year.  As before, True Value is providing me with $1,000 to spend on the materials and tools I need to take on projects here at Bungalow ’23.  Then I’ll share my progress in […]

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Painting the Kitchen

by Josh on April 11, 2011 · 9 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

In my previous post I showed the kitchen before the start of a mini-makeover.  The first step in that low-cost kitchen update got underway when I put up a new paint color. As I mentioned last time, the paint for this project is being provided by True Value Hardware from their new paint line: EasyCare Platinum […]

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Before the Kitchen Refresh

by Josh on March 31, 2011 · 6 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

As a stay-at-home dad and my household’s primary cook, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Lately, whenever my thoughts drift from flipping pancakes or stirring risotto, I have found myself thinking about how tired I am of red walls in my kitchen. What was “deep,” “rich,” and “warm” when Ms. Bungalow and […]

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I know I’ve been writing a lot about my vintage Chambers kitchen stove lately but I happen to have another vintage stove that hasn’t gotten any attention.  That all changes today.  Say hello to my old, rusty, but reliable propane campstove. Ms. Bungalow and I love to take the kids camping at our wonderful Minnesota […]

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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

in Projects

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

in Projects

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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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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