Category Archives: Home Improvement

For Sale

Well, I mentioned in the springtime posts that we had started looking at houses in the country.  While we were in Door County with the in-laws one of the houses that we saw during our tour of country homes became a bit more interesting. We thought long and hard and when we got home we took another […]

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Habitat for Sanity: The final chapter

When I first introduced the Habitat for Sanity project I wrote about how I really missed our old house and how there were a lot of things that I didn’t like about our current house. We worked our butts off and by the end of the project the house was looking pretty good. Which is […]

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Hitting Pause

We have to return to our regularly scheduled lives this week and so all progress on the kitchen will be put on hold as jrh goes to Chicago for a week of meetings and I scramble to catch up with clients and school and family  obligations. We have lots of little details to attend to: […]

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Days 10 & 11: Big Push, Mostly Finish

[This is part of an ongoing series chronicling our one and half week attempt to finish a handful of moderately involved home improvement projects.  See the whole series here.] Sorry we’ve left you hanging … the few minutes a day I’d been taking to blog simply weren’t available in our last-minute push to get things as finished […]

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Day 9: 40 Square Feet of Floor!

[This is part of an ongoing series chronicling our one and half week attempt to finish a handful of moderately involved home improvement projects.  See the whole series here.] I’ll be brief today, as there’s lota lot to do on our second-to-last day before returning to our day jobs. Our goal yesterday was to finish the floor, […]

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Day 8: We Have Countertops

[This is part of an ongoing series chronicling our one and half week attempt to finish a handful of moderately involved home improvement projects.  See the whole series here.] We’re making progress. Yesterday we got the countertops in, and a lot more painting done. Today, the floor.

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Day 7: Basically still on track

[This is part of an ongoing series chronicling our one and half week attempt to finish a handful of moderately involved home improvement projects.  See the whole series here.] In the Day 6 post, I wrote: Today (Day 7) we’ll do the remainder of kitchen destruction (removing sink and countertops) and hopefully finish kitchen painting.  Countertop and/or […]

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Day 6: I want to kick Frederick Walton in the teeth

OK, to be fair, it’s probably not Frederick Walton himself for whom I harbor resentment, but rather some later party who “improved” adhesives. Today’s post will be short, for two reasons: My cramping hand muscles make typing difficult (and need to be conserved for a long day of paintbrush holding) Most of the exciting pictures […]

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Day 5: Stain Down, Subfloor Up

[This is part of an ongoing series chronicling our one and half week attempt to finish a handful of moderately involved home improvement projects.  See the whole series here.] As was clear from the Day 4 post, Day 5 was primarily about staining stairs and making big progress on kitchen floor destruction. Amy got right to the […]

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Day 4: These Stairs Had Better Look Nice

[This is part of an ongoing series chronicling our one and half week attempt to finish a handful of moderately involved home improvement projects.  See the whole series here.] While drinking our coffee yesterday morning (I’m writing this early on Day 5, for reasons that will become apparent), we decided to give some more focused […]

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