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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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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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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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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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Organization 101: DIY File Crates From Pallets

A recurring theme here over the last couple of weeks has been watching me desperately trying to dig myself... 
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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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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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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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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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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Chicken Coop Turned Coffee Table

First of all, I am admittedly not a chicken expert (yet) but I’m pretty sure this isn’t actually... 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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All The Little Things: One Small Room Remodel

The recent bathroom remodel has set me thinking about all kinds of different things. Like how much drywall dust one human can reasonably inhale before…

November 10, 2014 | 43 Comments | Read the Full Article

Trenches & Drywall

First off, I have to say thanks to everyone who read and commented on my post earlier this week, which was a little bit of…

November 7, 2014 | 18 Comments | Read the Full Article

On Living Your Dream

In the last couple of years there has been a marked shift in how I look at my own goals and–if we’re going to get…

November 2, 2014 | 96 Comments | Read the Full Article

It’s Not Over Yet

It’s tempting to spend all of my free time these days holed up in a half-demolished bathroom, trying to piece it back together. Usually when…

October 29, 2014 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Neverending Demo

I feel like I’ve been covered in drywall dust for the last… eternity. It’s been two weekends, right? Well, you have your nose and esophagus…

October 27, 2014 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

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 | 6 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 | 7 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 | 12 Comments | Read the Full Article

Bathroom Tile Demo & Other Fun Things

Work on the upstairs bathroom has begun! This deserves an exclamation point because Baths! Soon! Anyway. It’s also nice to be making a mess inside…

October 12, 2014 | 23 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 | 25 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