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Bartleby the Scrivener vegan27
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home repair and family visits
I'm currently enjoying the honeymoon phase of living in my "new" house. I even more firmly believe now that moving in was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made. When I first moved to Corktown in 2005 I would walk by this house and wonder what it's like to live here, and fate has more or less delivered the answer to me whether I wanted it or not.

Living here is great so far. Even cleaning is gratifying, especially if you're washing windows that you personally restored or sweeping flooring you personally installed. It's also fun to finally be in control of the house's layout. Joe and Matt have been busy moving miscellaneous items out of the house, and the first floor now looks normal and functional. Part of my "honeymoon" was a shopping trip to IKEA on Sunday, during which I bought a rug for the parlor and an island for the kitchen.



Not everything comes easy. I've been meaning to fix a lamp that used to belong to Joe's grandmother. I finally disassembled it and bought the supplies I needed to fix it, but one metal piece had a hole in it that wasn't big enough for another piece to fit through. I have a step drill bit perfectly suited to make the hole bigger, but it was too big for my drill's chuck. I found an object in my ratchet set that could hold the step drill bit, and I just stuck the philips head screw bit into the back of that thing. This wobbly, dangerously unstable arrangement it what I used to successfully make the hole big enough to finally fix that frigging lamp after all these years. It was either really stupid or really smart of me. Do I get to pick which one it was?



I took Monday and Tuesday off of work because my dad came into town with his girlfriend Bonnie. On Monday morning they came over to the house, which my dad hasn't seen since it was a gutted, filthy shell. We went out to eat downtown afterword, and during lunch my dad offered to buy me a new light fixture for my dining room, since I posted about one I liked on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. We didn't find one like that at the store we went to, but we ended up coming home with one that I think suits the room even better:



We bought the floor model at a discounted price. It's called the "King Edward". My house was built at the very end of the Victorian period, so Edwardian furnishings still compliment it very well. Although it is suspended by a chain, the rest of the chandelier is reminiscent of the kind of gas fixtures that would have been used in this house. (Gas pipes are still in the walls and ceiling, but I had Don disconnect them during the renovation.) I'm really happy with this piece, which I think reflects the dignity and beauty the house had when it was originally built.

Later that evening my dad, Bonnie and I went out to see Detropia at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak. The men who the movie focuses on (Tommy Stevens, owner of the Raven's Lounge on Chene Street; and George McGregor, president of United Auto Workers Local 22) were really engaging, but overall it wasn't the strong, definitive Detroit documentary I was hoping for. I did enjoy (maybe in a kind of sinister way) that the only mention of urban farms in the film was a humorous, outright dismissal by men talking about it on a porch.



On Tuesday the three of us visited my great-uncle Art (the last surviving sibling of my dad's father) and aunt Annie. Uncle Art has been interested in genealogical research and actually visited Poland and saw the church where his mother (my great-grandmother) was baptized. We had a really nice visit, drinking coffee, looking through old photo albums, and talking about the "old days," even if that sounds hokey. I was very glad that we made the drive up there.



Yup, we all got that baldness gene all right!

Loving that kitchen! You get all the cabinets from IKEA? My kitchen is a mess i still am not sure what I want

The cabinets, countertops, sink and faucet are all IKEA. Their cabinets are less expensive than other places, but it still adds up and is a big investment. If you have solid cabinets that are just ugly or a little dirty, I would recommend cleaning and painting them properly (taking the doors off the hinges, buying good quality paint, etc.) and buying new handles. But if you can afford to take on a little debt, IKEA cabinets are worth it.

I tore all of the IKEA cabinets out of my house on Wabash (including the sink and faucet) and put them in my mom's basement thinking that I would be renovating the house on St Paul, but that never happened. I'm considering selling them, but I haven't thought of a fair price yet. They have suffered a little wear and tear, especially the bottom piece that was under the sink, which was water damaged because I was lazy about repairing a leak. But the sink bowl is brand new because it was cracked and under warranty, so I traded it for a brand new one that's still in the box, and those retail for $312.98 on their own. These are the two setups I had on Wabash:

http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/vegan27/1133666/44489/44489_original.jpg

http://www.unibrows.com/paul/wabash/wabash-Images/65.jpg

P.S. The appliances are sold and the countertops were not saved.

Nice stuff! Might be interested. My cabinets are original with about 4 layers of paint. I am stripping and sanding them for now - but I need to think of a good master plan for the space. The location of the window and the little nook make for a large room but with the kitchen/dining combo leaves little logical wall space and cabinet space.

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