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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Really, Bird?

Late last week I walked into my house after a long day at the office. I’d just finished farm chores and was picturing how the…

Learning the Hard Way

Let me tell you something. If there is an easy way to learn things that are totally beyond your current realm of expertise, that shit…

Instagram Wall Art: Updated

Last year, when I nailed a couple of strings into my wall and clipped some Instagram prints on it, well, first, I wasn’t sure if…

March 25, 2014 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article

Downstairs Bathroom Makeover: Therapy Complete

I can think of a few dozen DIY projects that have ended with, “Huh. Why the hell did I wait so long to do this?”…

Good Things: The Nugget Edition

You guys might have gathered from my recent posts (or lack thereof) that the last couple of months have been particularly challenging. I finally had…

On Inspiration & Getting Started Building Houses

Here’s what I meant to do tonight: After lifting some seriously heavy weights at the gym, then doing farm chores, then snuggling with my new…

Two Years

Saturday marked the two year anniversary of the day I closed on the Liberty House. For tradition’s sake, and because I’m a little crazy, I…

Winner, Winner, Chicken… Intestine?

Yeah. The thing you felt reading the title of this post? That’s exactly what my Tuesday morning was. Complete with squinch-face and all. Because I’m…

Nuggets 2.0 & What it Takes to Tend a Flock

So, this happened… That’s not a flashback to last year, that’s a whole new set of Nugs that have come to live on the farm….

Beer, Electrical, and Free Things

Over the weekend I took some time to work on one of my favorite things: Other peoples projects. And, trust me, I know I’ve got…

February 27, 2014 | 256 Comments | Read the Full Article

Time Flies When You’re Hugging Donkeys

You know, in recent years, February has been a very unexpected month for me. I mean aside from everything else, February, by its very nature,…

February 25, 2014 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Soundtrack & Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

Do you want to know what I’m doing at the exact minute that I’m writing this post? Scrambled eggs. That’s what I’m doing. (And not…

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

Bathroom Makeover Therapy: Feeling Better Already

If we’re going to be honest here, the mini-makeover on the downstairs bathroom was a project born more out of desperation than inspiration. Sometimes that…

February 18, 2014 | 20 Comments | Read the Full Article

2014: Big Plan, Big Chalkboard

I’m sure this is difficult to imagine, but there is a lot of, like, random shit rattling around in my head. For example, I know…

February 16, 2014 | 14 Comments | Read the Full Article

In Honor of Valentine’s Day

A list of things I am in love with: 1.) My drill. Always first in my heart and toolbox. 2.) Farm life. Even though I…

February 14, 2014 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article