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Tearing Out The Hardwood

July 29, 2012 in Kitchen by Joe

Finally the day has come when the work starts on the kitchen!

The kitchen has been basically a closed off wasted space since we moved in. It became our junk storage room were all the miscellaneous boxes, tools, and whatever else found its way in there. We only have about 900 sqft of space so every room counts!

I really really wish we could have kept the wood floors in the kitchen, at least for now. Unfortunately they were too far gone from water damage and general lack of upkeep. They were also full of nails and staples from all the layers of flooring that was put on top of it. Getting all those nails out so that the floors could be redone would be a never-ending job. A crying shame! The almost 100-year-old hardwood could have been a beautiful floor.

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Watching Paint Dry

July 28, 2012 in Porch by Joe

If I had a choice between watching paint dry or watch the London Olympics opening ceremony, I would choose watching paint dry. What the heck was that!? It seemed to start off with a plot and a purpose but got boring and chaotic really quick. Sadly I think I’ve seen better productions put on by high school kids. My head hurt trying to figure out what the point of it all was.

Anywho, speaking of paint…

It’s time to get to work on the kitchen! Right now the kitchen is serving as our “I’ll put that in there for now” spot. However if we want to work in the kitchen we have to put all the stuff hiding in there somewhere else. The basement has no vacancy and the garage plum full. The only room that is empty is the back porch. The only problem was the porch is stinky, dirty, and dark. So today we tackled the back porch in preparation for getting down to business in the kitchen.

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Whats All White And Has 8 Legs?

July 26, 2012 in Kumo's Korner by Joe

Well Kumo and her new bff of course!

Barry’s son and fiancé, mainly the fiancé fell in love with Kumo and has been after Barry’s son to let her get a “Kumo” dog.


I found one at a shelter last week that was absolutely adorable. Of course what “I need a home” puppy isn’t cute?! Well there are some pretty ugly dogs out there but this one had one of these faces that when you see it your heart instantly melts.  Kumo is a Westie mix of some kind and the one I found at a local shelter was a Maltese but looked just like Kumo minus the standing ears.  If the future daughter-in-law didn’t end up adopting him I have a strong feeling I wouldn’t have been able to resist snatching him up. Thankfully they adopted him  because our house isn’t even close to being ready for another pet yet. Even though I’d really love to get Kumo a brother or sister, maybe next year. Barry’s son and fiance brought him home yesturday, they named him Jax.

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A Little This, A little That

July 23, 2012 in Basement, Landscaping by Joe

Haven’t started working on the kitchen as of yet but we managed to get a couple of things done.

The most important thing that was accomplished was getting my studio area setup and unpacked. No work means no pay for me, and I think I ran out of money a week ago. So I was very glad to get things going again and get back to work. I think my customers are happy as well ;)

The Before

Presto! Back in Biz!

My work area still needs a ton of organizing and some rearranging but it’s up and running. I’ll deal with those other pesky details when I find myself sitting there staring at my work table in a blank stare with no inspiration in sight.

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Don’t Neglect Your House

July 19, 2012 in The Neighborhood by Joe

I’ve been trying to get my studio back up and running so I can get back to work and get the money rolling back in. Sunday afternoon Barry and I ran to Home Depot for a couple of odds and ends that I needed before I could fire up the torch again.

On our way home, when we rounded the corner to our street we were met with police and fire trucks everywhere. All I could think was “Oh crap, now what!” The streets are narrow and jam-packed with vehicles, police cars, and 4 fire trucks so we couldn’t even get close to our house. We got out and started walking to see what was going on.

I never in my wildest imagination thought I’d see what I did when we got to the problem.  The house in the photos is directly across the street from us.

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How to Polish A Turd

July 17, 2012 in Bedrooms, Dining Room, Living Room by Joe

No matter what you may have heard or read, you really can polish a turd! Or at least come pretty close to disguising it.

I meant to make this post a couple of weeks ago but I ran out of time before things got a bit crazy with our move.

Due to our lack of time and the proper amount of funds to properly get the house in a better condition before moving in, we decided to carpet every room until we could do things properly. Actually we still aren’t 100% set on how we want to lay out things yet anyway.

Went to a place called Century Tile to look at carpet remnants. Saw a couple of things we liked but the place didn’t sell padding, tack strip, or anything for installing. So our money walked out the door. Which as we would find out was a good thing.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

July 13, 2012 in The Home by Joe

Barry and I moved to a section of Chicago that is 99% black. It’s got a pretty bad history and reputation. It’s called Maywood but everyone calls it murderwood. It’s really not as bad as people make it out to be but there are sections I wouldn’t go in during the night. The city is small so the per capita murder rate makes the area look really bad. Even with everything I read and heard about the area I believe when an area gets a bad rap, it overshadows the good parts about the people and how things really are on a day-to-day basis.

Keep reading and you’ll see that I was right ;)…

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Honey, I’m home!

July 11, 2012 in The Home by Joe

We finally have internet again so here is my first update since moving into our new house.

So far we’ve been in the new house for just a little over a week. Getting to this point required more sweat and lost sleep than I expected. On last Thursday which was kind of our first busy day I believe it was over 100 degrees. I think I had to stand in front of a fan after ever other box that I hauled out. By the end of the day I felt like I was going to die. This was just the beginning.

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