Archive for the 'My Remodel' Category

Thinking again about a backup generator

The power is out where I live (and maybe soon where you live), and I have this to say: Hallelujah for daylighting (i.e. lots of windows), gas heat, gas stove, gas water heater, cell phones, land lines and a lot of charge on my laptop computer. And when this battery winds down, I’ll plug the [...]

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Poll: Should bathroom light point up or down?

A reader sent in this question and I’m glad because I’m having the same quandary. The question: I’ll be purchasing lighting for above a bathroom mirror. Which is better? Mounting the fixture so the lights point down or point up? Currently there is a bar fixture so I have no experience with this lighting issue. [...]

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Your New Year’s remodeling resolutions?

I don’t smoke, drink or step on people’s feet. So what’s left to improve upon? My remodeling skills. My 2008 resolutions are: • To research my remodeling purchases more carefully. I tend toward impulsive purchases (I did this with my bathroom faucet) and later am unsure whether I chose wisely. Why not wait a little [...]

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Keeping the house clean during remodeling: How do you do it?

A Good Housekeeping article titled A Cleaning Routine for Busy Women may be discriminatory. What about busy men? Do they not deserve a cleaning routine? But that’s beside the point of this post, which is: How do you keep your house clean during remodeling? And if your house is like my house, there are projects [...]

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Loving my new solar-powered fountain

I’m loving my new solar-powered fountain, which gives me the soothing sounds of water outside my office window without running up my electric bill. And I feel connected to nature, as the fountain begins running in the morning only after the sun comes up. Because it has a 6-volt battery that gets charged up during [...]

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My Remodel: Why do I love a crew? I’m just that type

When the crew arrived to paint my house, I steeled myself for a miserable few days. After all, I’m a writer, a contemplative, who needs solitude to do my work, and I feared the ruckus would throw me off my game. But I found myself quite happy, and my days were super-productive. Why? Bill reminded [...]

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Opinion: Green remodeling is despair defeated

Here’s my take on this greenhouse gas/global warming deal: It’s hard for some of us to know what to think. The vast majority of scientists say greenhouse gases from human activity are causing, and will continue to cause, catastrophic climate change, with the world’s poor suffering the most. On the other hand, radio hosts tell [...]

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Aging wood with coffee, dirt and wax

I’m awfully proud of myself and thought I’d take this opportunity to brag a little. The boasting has to do with some 3-inch long wooden corners I wanted to create for my refurbished workshop table. After I added the little pieces of laminate samples around the frame under the tabletop, it occurred to me that [...]

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Big challenges in a little bathroom

I’ve often suspected that the house I live in (built in the 1970s?) was made from "found materials." We have ceiling beams of different thicknesses, various kinds of siding and window sizes that make no sense other than that’s what someone found cheap or free. But what I’m happy the original builders found was a [...]

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What I learned: This amazing table

The table is done and I’m blown away. In the words of Bernie Van De Yacht, who said the same thing about his North Hollywood kitchen remodel, “I can’t stop looking at it.” You can see from the photo on the bottom right what I started out with: an old workbench that had been out [...]

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Table makeover

UPDATE: See the finished table I feel like quite the artist as I transform an old workbench destined for the dump pile into a dual-purpose buffet and work table for my patio. See here how it all started and how it progressed. Here’s the latest: 1. The table took on a nice patina when I [...]

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Workshop table transformation underway

I’ve got plans set for transforming the workshop table on my patio. Thanks in part to the suggestions you offered here and here, this table won’t end up in a dump pile, but will live on. It’s an old work table my husband Bill built at some point, and it’s the perfect size to use [...]

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House colors and the mother-in-law test

I’ve always known my 85-year-old mother-in-law was pretty cool, but still I wasn’t sure how she would react to my new house colors: barn red with green trim. After all, Jody once owned this house, bought with her now-deceased husband in 1986 as a place for them to retire. And it was she who painted [...]

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One, two . . . skip a few . . . 99, 100

I'm looking for a new attitude for this table project and all projects to come. Up until now, my favorite parts of a project have been the moment I decide to do it, and the moment it's done. I want to learn how to savor the process, that stuff in between. For this table (yes [...]

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Should this table be saved?

I'm a hypocrite when it comes to the "dump pile" out behind Bill's workshop. While I've been critical of that pile over the years, and begged Bill to get rid of it, I also have no trouble adding to it. And it came to pass that I wanted to toss this table in the pile. [...]

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What I learned

Thanks for all the advice on my exterior paint. I feel much better about the weird green trim. And by that I mean: I know I can change it and it's not the end of the world. I appreciate your kindness! Here's what I did right: • Contractor: I hired a painting contractor who was [...]

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Me and Phil Spector: Separated at birth?

A friend sent me a link this morning from TMZ showing (supposedly) the interior of Phil Spector’s home, sometimes referred to as “The Castle.” What’s eerie to note is that the predominant interior color in his house (maroon) seems to be the same color I painted the exterior of my house. My color is called [...]

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Too much weird green?

The red I’ve chosen for my house is absolutely awesome. Perfect. Fills me with joy. But the green trim? I’m not sure it’s the perfect color. But there’s something I like about it, love it actually, but in limited amounts. Here are the three scenarios we’re considering: 1. Lots of green, on the fascia, around [...]

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One cool tool

If you have a deserving DIY-er on your holiday gift list, one of these new small cordless screw guns is a cool way to go. Bosch came out with its little 10.8-volt Pocket Drive powerhouse less than two years ago. Designed to fit in a construction worker’s tool belt, it will drive 300 3-inch screws [...]

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Everybody’s got an opinion

In the days or weeks between the time you choose your house colors and the day the paint goes on, doubt can creep in. “Oh, man, that’s bright,” the painting contractor thought when he visited the house with the colors I wanted him to match. “It looks like clown colors,” his lead man told him. [...]

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