BEHIND THE SCENES

We've mentioned this before, but one of the most difficult things about this home renovation process has been remembering how much we've accomplished. It's easy to get busy, especially during the summer, and next thing you know, two weeks (or more) have passed and you haven't done anything house-related. The primary reason that it's easy… Continue reading BEHIND THE SCENES

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Living in a city can feel like a concrete jungle. Sometimes we would prefer an actual jungle - or at the very least, a bit of green. We are fortunate to have a tiny yard and have occasionally made use of it (see: pumpkin bonanza). But this summer, the front yard and back patio have… Continue reading WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

WEEKEND UPDATE: ONE

We thought it might be a good idea to start posting consistent weekly updates of what we've accomplished. Our weekends have been extremely productive lately, but sometimes the results aren't always pretty. Our efforts don't necessarily result in something that is "post-worthy" on its own, but they do result in something real. Many of our projects lately have… Continue reading WEEKEND UPDATE: ONE

DIY: PAINTED WOOD FLOORS

We have a love-hate relationship with our floors. There is so much character in them. Character is a major reason why we love old homes and their old parts. Character can be attractive, romantic, and nostalgic. Character can also mean that things are inconvenient, inefficient, or downright gross. Our floors have a multitude of those… Continue reading DIY: PAINTED WOOD FLOORS

PUTTING SOME PEP IN OUR STEPS

Over the next few weekends, we are both finally home, not traveling, and with no major plans – perfect for knocking one of our smaller home improvement projects off of our list! As you may know, we own a multi-family walk-up in Chicago. The first floor is a rental unit, currently occupied by tenants, and… Continue reading PUTTING SOME PEP IN OUR STEPS

BEFORE + AFTER: PAINT EDITION

There are many home renovation tasks that we are ill-equipped to tackle ourselves (e.g.: plumbing, electric, etcetera). Provided that the house and/or our lives aren’t under any imminent threat from our inexperience, we like to do (or attempt) as much as we can. One of the “simpler” items on our ever-growing to-do list is painting.… Continue reading BEFORE + AFTER: PAINT EDITION

REBIRTH OF A BATHROOM

Just looking at this bathroom makes you want to take a shower...except if you took a shower in this bathroom, you would probably feel dirtier than when you started while picking up a case of athlete's foot in the process. Don't break open any skin in here or you may wind up with all of… Continue reading REBIRTH OF A BATHROOM

WHERE DO WE BEGIN?

A renovation project is really a ton of different projects under one roof. As we have said before, every home is a fixer-upper. And some need a lot more TLC than others. Our Bucktown beauty had seen better days, and while we wanted to make it better, there were some days when we didn't really… Continue reading WHERE DO WE BEGIN?

EVERY HOUSE IS A FIXER UPPER

When I was first looking at houses, I thought I had it all figured out. I came up with a checklist of what I wanted in a place. That checklist looked something like this: In one of the Chicago neighborhoods of Bucktown, West Town, or Wicker Park An older (pre-World War II) home with character Good… Continue reading EVERY HOUSE IS A FIXER UPPER