I bought 1426 Ives Pl SE on 12/08/2010.

This is a photo chronology of the demo and remodeling.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

i got three of these

and they're about 15 lbs each.
Doug the Welder is awesome

Monday, February 27, 2012

laundry shelves

i decided yesterday afternoon that i wanted a mini-project.  i had a couple leftover risers that i could turn into shelves above the laundry.  about 2 man-hours later they were up, still slightly damp with poly.

pipe shelves, the last stand


Thursday, February 23, 2012

pipe shelves, part 1

LSD posted a photo that had amazingly simple, elegant, and industrial (all in one) shelves.

I thought, "I could do that."  Before the planning stages got started, Gloria sent me a link to a similar project.

Now I KNEW I could do that.  I got started on Monday.  Here's the progress.
the "before" photo

black steel pipe

degreased and painted

more so

the fittings

the shelves, cut

the shelves, stained
There is still a ways to go.  As I go, I think of different options, which sends me back to the hardware store. Thus far for this project I have been to Frager's 4 times, 3 trips to 2 different Lowe's, and 2 trips to 2 different Home Depots.  There will be probably at least 2 more trips to a TBD store before this is done.

barstools, final round

After ordering the school stools, I found this great company called Industry West.  The have some great modern interpretations of old industrial stools and chairs.  So, I canceled my original order and got the Samson in gunmetal.
samson stool

barstools, round 2

Carrie and Gloria independently ushered me towards shop/lab stools for the bar.  They are much more affordable (at least 1/3 the cost) than most other barstools.

They come in sets of three which gives me one extra to play around with, trying various patina strategies to get them to look a bit used.  I may even try out making round wooden seats for them, just to add a little more ruggedness.

mine are without the adjustable leg

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


LSD suggested these for the bar.  Ordering them today.
UPDATE: These only come in 26", which is too short for bar height.  Back to the drawing board.

clap clap, clapclapclap, clapclapclapclap, roof deck

SE view

North view.  Pennsylvania Ave SE

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

finished built-ins & housewarming gift

the trim is on and the whole thing is lacquered

trim detail

mitered corners

mom and dad send me this map of Green Lake, WI.  it's now hanging in the powder room.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


came in last night.  the upholstered parts are made in the USA.  i thought i was going to be able to adjust the headboard down to match the height of the first shelf, but the supports are metal.  maybe replacing them with wood and cutting it down would work...

Monday, February 6, 2012

coat closet built-ins

right support

left support

roughed in

they hold!  now to rout and install trim