Bungalow ’23 is the restoration and home improvement journal of a 1923 craftsman bungalow in Minneapolis, MN.
My Pet Clock
- Published on Friday, 27 April 2012
Before I go on and on about the antique clock I bought recently, I’m going point out the elephant in my living room: an antique mechanical wall clock is truly, hopelessly obsolete.
- It requires regular winding and care.
- It keeps woefully inaccurate time compared to even the cheapest modern quartz watch.
- It is only usable in one ...
Of Scallops and a Schoolhouse
- Published on Wednesday, 25 April 2012
When pulling a home design together, often it is the little details that make the difference between harmony and dissonance. In my bungalow kitchen remodel, I’ve been distressed by the dissonant details over the sink. Specifically, these are a scalloped header board and an off-center electrical fixture box.
In the before photo...
Pardon The Interruption
- Published on Monday, 23 April 2012
Well, friends, I hope we can pick up where we left off, even though it has been weeks since my last update. In that time, I’ve continued to work on my projects in the kitchen and elsewhere, with a brief break to step off the beaten path…
make some new friends…
smell the flowers…
stare out the windows…
Accenting the Kitchen Cabinets
- Published on Monday, 27 February 2012
Keeping my existing cabinets is a decision I’ve second-guessed a few times as I work on this kitchen remodeling project. There are several details of layout and design I would like to be different if I was starting from scratch in the kitchen. I briefly considered total cabinet replacement, but realized that wouldn’t work...
Subway Tile Backsplash Installed
- Published on Wednesday, 22 February 2012
When I last wrote about the progress of my low cost kitchen remodel, the new apron sink and cherry butcherblock countertops had been installed. Now I can share the backsplash tile installation and result that finishes off the sink-area countertop. (Spoiler: I really dig it!)
About The Tile
First, a word about my choice of tile. Yes,...
Angry Birds Birthday Party Creations
- Published on Thursday, 26 January 2012
Forgive me for not keeping you in the loop, Dear Reader, but 2012 is off to a whirlwind start. My family had a fantastic vacation in San Diego the first week of the year, which included touring a magnificent Arts and Crafts home, the Marston House. (Look for a collection of photos and recollections from the tour in a future post.)...
New Year, New Refrigerator
- Published on Saturday, 31 December 2011
2012 is just around the corner, so what better time to say out with the old and in with the new? In my case, I am continuing my kitchen progress by saying goodbye to my old top-freezer refrigerator and replacing it with a new and larger french door model.
This upgrade probably won’t surprise regular readers who may have seen this...
Kitchen Countertop and Sink Installation
- Published on Wednesday, 28 December 2011
With my butcherblock countertop cut and finished, I was ready to install it along with my new kitchen sink and faucet.
As a reminder, here is the sink area of my kitchen before the installation:
I began the replacement process by removing the current countertop and sink. For the countertop I scored the caulk along the edges and removed...
Christmas Ornament Tour
- Published on Sunday, 25 December 2011
As a way to share a bit of the season with you, I thought it might be fun to give you a little holiday tour featuring some of my favorite ornaments from our Christmas tree.
The Glitter Ball
This humble ornament is one of a few that Ms. Bungalow and I decorated together for the tiny Christmas Tree in her apartment before...
Making a Giant Christmas Wreath
- Published on Saturday, 24 December 2011
A couple weeks ago, I got a letter from the city notifying me that my juniper bushes were encroaching on the sidewalk and needed to be trimmed. (Sorry, neighbors!) Within a few days I got out my anvil lopper and cut back the offending bushes, but because the city has stopped collecting yard waste until spring I have had a pile of...