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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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Jammin’ & Cannin': Raspberry Jam Edition

You guys, I accidentally made something delicious. It was an accident because I planned to pickle things over the weekend. Pickle. Not jam. But lo-and-behold…

August 20, 2014 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article

Working on the Workshop: Finding the Floor

The workshop is one of those areas on the property that has been driving me nuts for the better part of the year, because it…

August 18, 2014 | 25 Comments | Read the Full Article

In the Garden (and Kitchen): Green Bean Fry-off

There are a lot of things going on in my garden right now. Garlic, and cucumbers, and tomatoes, and peppers, and corn, and green beans….

August 15, 2014 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

Days Off

I like to think the Universe and I have an understanding about our relationship. It likes to fuck with me just for the fun of…

August 14, 2014 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

Around the Farm: Bird Lady Edition

I have a Tupperware full of crickets in my refrigerator right now. This is one of those moments where you picture your life a few…

August 10, 2014 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Things I Build When I’m Supposed to be Writing About Building Things

This week I started a fun little side-project writing a DIY site for Lifehacker. (More on that later, but if you want to check out…

With a Little Help From My… No.

Here’s a thing you might not know about farm animals… they love to help. Seriously. Well, technically they love treats, but when you’re a chicken…

Things I’ve Learned from a Bigass Chalkboard

The very first thing this chalkboard taught me was that when given the option between being crushed under two hundred pounds of slate and wood…

August 1, 2014 | 4 Comments | Read the Full Article

In The Garden: Pickles & Dilly Beans

I feel like the only appropriate way to start this post is with an admission: I have no idea what the eff I’m doing in…

Visible Progress

Ten years of DIY has taught me a lot of things, but the longest running lesson is how to keep myself going when I’m feeling…

Putting Up a Fight

When I bought this old house I was prepared for a lot of things. I was prepared for the plumbing and electrical to be shit….

So Much Wood

Yesterday, I thought my property contained a lot of wood. There’s the barn wood stored in the pole barn. The wood my dude just salvaged…

How To Vampire-proof Your Home (aka The Garlic Harvest)

For as much as I cook things that include copious amounts of garlic, oddly, it never occurred to me that I could plant and harvest…

Office Organization: Shelves within Shelves

So, I built a thing. Inside my actual house. This hasn’t happened recently because ever since the snow thawed (yeah, I’m still talking about The…

The Best Night

It’s Sunday night and I just sat down to write about all of the things I built this weekend (okay, fine, the two things I…