Saturday, August 29, 2009

From The Pages of A Magazine

When I first bought my house, I spent hours looking through magazines trying to get ideas of how I wanted to decorate my house. When I bought my house, I didn't even know it was a bungalow. I only discovered this when I saw a house that looked a lot like mine on the cover of American Bungalow.

When I found pictures I liked, I tore out the pages and put them into a folder.

After a while I started to get a pretty good idea of how I wanted the house to look and what was appropriate for a bungalow, so I stopped saving magazine pages. I haven't looked in the folder since the day I stopped tearing out pages.

Last week I was cleaning out some papers and I ran across the folder I had kept. I pulled out all of the magazine pages & looked through them. Some of them I looked at and thought..."what on earth was I thinking?" But there was one that made me stop and pause.

It was a picture of a vintage stove that I tore out of a magazine whose name I can't find on the page (possibly Storage 2004)....

I had to laugh. Recognize that stove?

It's the exact Tappan Deluxe I have been restoring in my living room. Note the salt & pepper shakers on top.

Somehow, I found this vintage stove picture to give me an idea of how it would look in my kitchen. Then years later the stars aligned (long after I had forgotten about it) to have that exact stove be the one I found on Craigslist for the right price at the right time.

All I need is the speckled bowl & yellow stock pot.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Scored Plaster

I'm in the middle of the thankless job of stripping all of the paint off of the scored plaster in my kitchen below the chair rail. Whose bright idea was it to do this? Oh, that's right. Mine.

I have one wall completely done. I will admit that the scoring in the plaster looks much crisper now that 5 layers of paint have been removed. The scored plaster is very cool. One of those small details you only find in an old house.

I think I'm going to paint this one wall the vintage red to see how it looks before I move on to stripping the paint off of the rest. Just to give me some hope & motivation.

The plan: New chair rail to replace the mysteriously missing one. Wallpaper above the chair rail. Paint below.

Oh, and I managed to fit three complete sets of dishes (Dansk, Sargadelos & Fire King) into my new cabinet.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Is That The Truck Coming?

Super quick post. This has been an ongoing problem at StuccoHouse resulting in long periods of a garage filled with many, many bags of newspaper and plastic bottles. As well, as mad dashes out to the alley in the dark hours of the evening and the wee hours of the morning.

Until now!

Look up your Minneapolis recycling schedule online.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

CSA - Take Two

We joined a CSA again this year. We were gun shy after our "series of unfortunate CSA events" last year. But, we found a new CSA that provided quite a few more boxes at half the price of our previous farm. So, we put aside our reservations & joined.

We are now on box 10. I waited this long to post to make absolutely sure we liked our new arrangement.

We really do.

Eener's Farm.

Our boxes have been solid, fresh and usable. We like the personable feeling of the newsletters and their entertaining farm blog. We are definitely getting our money's worth this year. Best of all, no one has been reprimanded yet ;-)

This week's box: Pie apples (enough for an actual tart), yellow onion, squash, summer savory, swiss chard, green peppers and carrots.

We have a half-share (22 boxes).

Monday, August 03, 2009

Chair Rail

I feel a little silly posting this as "progress," but I've learned that if I don't break things down into smaller steps......I'm left with writing one monster post trying to remember exactly what I've done.

So, this past weekend I stained the new chair rails for the kitchen. For whatever reason, one of the previous owners removed sections of the orignal birch chair rail. The carpenter who built my kitchen cabinet, also cut some replacement boards for me.

One issue with these boards is that they will meet the old chair rain in the corner over my sink. This means that the colors will have to match very well. I've done the base stain and will not do a multiple coat wipe on amber shellac finish. Fingers crossed.

The plan then is to paint below the chair rails & put up wallpaper above.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Bits and Pieces

I haven't written about the Tappan Deluxe restoration lately. It has been continuing behind the scenes. Over the past few months I have been able to track down two missing parts.

The first was a replacement for a stove burner flash valve. It the little valve that carries the gas from the manifold to the burner & creates the pilot light for the burners. The original had a stripped screw hole. The photo shows the old (dull) and the replacement (shiny).

The next part was a small brown knob that was totally missing from my stove when I bought it. I knew what was supposed to be there after saving countless photos from folks selling stoves on Ebay.

I was lucky enough to locate a guy who was dismantling (RIP) a Tappan Deluxe & selling the parts. I sent of an email with photo asking him if he had the needed part. He did. On my stove, this bottom knob is used to turn the oven light on & off.

As an aside for others restoring stoves, this same brown knob can be found under the stove top to control the Visiguide. I believe they are interchangeable.

I *still* have to order new insulation, burner valve cream, and one burner knob. Then it's pretty much a matter of putting it all back together again.

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