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Things You Do With a Six Foot Chalkboard: #1 Frame it with Barn Wood

Here’s the litmus test for whether or not you’ve completed a successful “old barn wood”... 
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Weekend DIY Picnic Table Project

See this picnic table? I love eating at this thing almost as much as I loved building it. Detached benches,... 
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And Then I Bought a House

No. Not property to build my Hillside Cottage on, but an actual house. A 150 year old brick farmhouse,... 
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By Tools, For Tools: Quick (and Fun) Wood Toolboxes

During the Great Migration of One-Thousand Tools that has occurred over the last several weeks, it became... 
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Keeping It Together: Chalkboard Chip Calendar

It’s Wednesday confession time! That’s right, it’s the point in the week where I shuffle... 
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DIY Weekend Project: How To Build a Kickass Clothesline

Since it was ninety-seven degrees in my house last weekend, it seemed like building a clothesline so... 
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Tile 101: The Basics of DIY Tiling (Any Kind, Anywhere)

Once you learn the basic principles behind installing tile you can apply them to any number of projects–... 
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DIY Wall Art: Fly Away Home

The options I was faced with this weekend consited of, on one hand, more wallpaper removal. Or, on the... 
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Words on a Bathroom Wall

Here’s something that is not going to be a shock to anyone who has been reading this website for,... 
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Joinery 101: Using a Kreg Jig

Interior work brings with it the joy of figuring out how to attach two pieces of wood in a slightly more... 
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Old Barn Wood, New Basement Door

This one tiny little hallway– literally the smallest space in my house– has officially become... 
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How To Build a Kickass Chicken Coop

So, a few weeks ago I set out with the intention of building temporary housing for the Nuggets–... 
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DIY House Addition: Building a House From the Ground Up

Building a house takes many things– tools, patience, several cases of beer, and most importantly,... 
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Weekend DIY Project: Rustic Wood Patio Table

One of the many things I didn’t anticipate about buying a huge old farmhouse was how many outdoor... 
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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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How To Make a Glass Jug Lamp

When I decided to rent an old farm house with a bunch of falling down buildings on the property there... 
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Rustic Wood Wall Art: Part 3

Creating this rustic wood wall art was a simple project when it came to building the panels and thinking... 
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DIY Spice Jar Labels

It might seem a little strange that even though I don’t have a working kitchen (or even really... 
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Liberty House: One Year of Progress (and Swearing)

This week marks a big milestone at the Liberty House. It’s been one year since I first laid eyes... 
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How To Build a Pottery Barn Inspired Vanity

I think the most important thing on the list of stuff you need to build a vanity is the pervasive belief... 
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Chickens & Colors

Fall is by far my favorite season, but it also means a lot of my favorite things are ending for the year–no more fresh veggies…

October 21, 2014 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

In Progress Problems: Bathroom Edition

How many times have you guys heard me say this? When it comes to DIY things always, always get worse before they get better. The…

October 19, 2014 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Tending The Land

While the bathroom floor demo was big news, if we put it in terms of square footage, it was only a tiny, tiny part of…

October 16, 2014 | 11 Comments | Read the Full Article

Bathroom Tile Demo & Other Fun Things

Work on the upstairs bathroom has begun! The first step of this project was to start deconstructing everything, and get the tile floor out so…

October 12, 2014 | 17 Comments | Read the Full Article

Exciting News on the Soaking Front

A few weeks ago when I was thinking about upcoming projects on the house, I had an idea. (If you know me at all, you…

October 9, 2014 | 20 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY Arch-Nemisis: Barn Window Edition

There’s nothing like a short “vacation” from my day-job to remind me just how many bruises, scrapes, scratches, splinters, and puncture wounds that a person…

October 7, 2014 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

Thanks To My Bank

You could say I have a somewhat tumultuous history with banks in general, particularly when it comes to houses. (Like the time I had to…

October 3, 2014 | 11 Comments | Read the Full Article

For the First Time in Years

This weekend marked a special occasion on the farm. It’s the first time in years (yes, years) that all of my tools have been properly…

September 28, 2014 | 23 Comments | Read the Full Article

Chainsaw Practice & Other Progress

Last week I shared my big list of shit to get done before it starts snowing, and while it may seem like I’ve just been…

September 24, 2014 | 17 Comments | Read the Full Article

Lessons in Letting Go

When it comes to the farm, there are certain things I would like to have control over. For example… ah… everything. You’d probably never know…

September 23, 2014 | 19 Comments | Read the Full Article

In The Garden: The Most Delicious Egg Recipe Ever

When things start to get a little fall-like, I start baking. Well, first, obviously, I start panicking. Then I start baking. I actually like baking,…

September 19, 2014 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

Checking Things Off the List: Winter 2014

My internal clock is set for some time back in June, but according to the calendar it’s already effing September. That’s how we’re going to…

September 17, 2014 | 29 Comments | Read the Full Article

Shit I Should Have Done Sooner: DIY Console Table

There are a lot of little projects on my list that I put into the “you know, sometime I should… ” category.  This area of…

September 16, 2014 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

Now With 50% More Nuggets!

People say that having chickens is a slippery slope. Like you get “just a couple chickens” and then one day you’re going to lose your…

September 14, 2014 | 21 Comments | Read the Full Article

Knocked Down

It’s been a while since I’ve been laid up with a sickness, but one definitely knocked me flat on my ass for the last 24…

September 8, 2014 | 12 Comments | Read the Full Article