Monthly Archives: May 2013

High and Mitered

The brain is so stupid. – Homer Simpson I’ve been installing the crown molding in the bedroom. We put the same kind of molding in the other ground floor bedroom last year. Incidentally, it’s called coving in the UK. So, … Continue reading

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The Bedroom Project Marches On

Donde esta mi tequila? – Pedro the Bumblebee Man We’re still sleeping in Ben’s room. Meanwhile, next door… 1.  Closet Framing, Floor and Doors The closet opening is all framed in and trimmed. The nail holes have been filled, but … Continue reading

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It’s Curtains for Us!

John Waters: I’ve got the exact same curtains, only in my bathroom. Didn’t you just die when you found them? Marge: Not really. They just had corn on them. – The Simpsons I have trouble taking any sort of textile-related … Continue reading

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Postcards to the Future

Lisa: Lincoln didn’t hide any gold in the White House. Homer: Then what is his ghost protecting? – The Simpsons When I was a kid, a friend’s parents added an extension to their house. Inside an open wall, her dad … Continue reading

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Chez Cattywampus

Even your dreams are square! – Bart Simpson That should be only our dreams are square, or at least only the dreams about this house. I’m convinced that from the moment of completion, houses just want to return to the … Continue reading

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Holy Nesting Site, Batman!

Lisa: When the momma bird returns to feed her babies, we’ll have a prize-winning picture. Bart:  Lisa, people these days don’t want to see a baby bird; they want to see celebrities at their worst. – The Simpsons Last year, a … Continue reading

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Bedroom Paint: We Have A Winner!

Mmmm … Soylent Green … – Homer Simpson After considering the FIVE paint samples on the wall for a couple of days, we picked Benjamin Moore’s Hollingsworth Green (HC-141). I painted a thin coat all around the door to confirm … Continue reading

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It Isn’t Easy: Choosing Green Paint

Oh, figs. – Lisa Simpson I finished sanding and priming the walls in the bedroom, and was looking forward to slapping a few paint samples on the wall. I’d followed my usual paint selection techniques, and I had three test … Continue reading

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Trying a Three-Way

Moe’s Tavern: Now with electricity! – The Simpsons Because the regulations about such things are much more restrictive in the UK, the first major electrical wiring project I did was when we remodeled our kitchen. I had a great time … Continue reading

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Don’t Lick This Spatula: Touching Up Plaster Walls

Marge: Homer! You didn’t do a very good job frosting Maggie’s birthday cake. Homer: What? It’s not Magaggie’s birthday? – The Simpsons One of the great perversities of home improvement is that when paint is applied to woodwork, it tends to obscure details, … Continue reading

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