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How long have I been saying that I’ve got showers to tile? A month? Two? Actually, the answer is fifty-three days that I’ve been ready…

Flooring 101: Installing Hardwood Basics

Installing a hardwood floor in the kitchen of my first house (almost six years ago–don’t mind the buzz cut) was one of those Aha! moments…

February 22, 2011 | 21 Comments | Read the Full Article

Repainting, Already

After one marathon of a weekend,  there are now three rooms in the house that have been painted. One of which has been painted twice….

February 15, 2011 | 4 Comments | Read the Full Article

Padding Not Included

Arguably I deserve the blank white walls, particularly if they come with a matching straight jacket. This room has come a long way from being…

February 8, 2011 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

Nine Hundred and Twelve

That’s how many square feet of wall I’ve textured and primed since Sunday evening. So basically, my arm hurts. But I have to say, it’s…

February 4, 2011 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Contractors Exam: Rules I Didn’t Know About House Design

One of my favorite things about myself is my ability to be surprised– and I mean utterly astounded— at my own ignorance about things that…

February 1, 2011 | 11 Comments | Read the Full Article

Surprising Progress

After studying for the builders exam (T-minus 6 days and counting) until the wee hours in the morning and a fitful night of sleep– you…

January 31, 2011 | 4 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY Walk-In Shower: Step 3- Prep For Tile

As it turns out, the steps in building a shower go pretty quickly after all of that “framing and then waiting around for an inspector…

January 28, 2011 | 36 Comments | Read the Full Article

Pretty Mud: Things You Need To Know About Decorative Concrete

It’s possible that I almost had a minor breakdown when we had to choose the colors and patterns for the concrete that surrounds almost half…

January 25, 2011 | 22 Comments | Read the Full Article

Subtle Taupe?

First off, thank you to everyone who commented yesterday with sympathy (we’ve all been there), suggestions, links, and offers to literally go to a distributor…

January 19, 2011 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

A Wild Tile Chase: Geese Got Nothing On This

If you’ve been around here for the last week or so, you know that I have two showers ready for tile, and exactly zero tiles…

January 18, 2011 | 22 Comments | Read the Full Article

Elizabeth Taylor, My Walls Thank You

I spent the better part of my weekend with drywall crusties in my hair, under my fingernails, and– inexplicably– on my eyelashes. A look that…

January 16, 2011 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Finishing Drywall Joints: Tips From A Pro

Let’s just be clear here, I am not the pro. I am the tip-ee, as it were. When the guy who hung the drywall and…

January 13, 2011 | 58 Comments | Read the Full Article