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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

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

There’s a First Time for Everything

Here’s a phrase I don’t believe I’ve uttered even once in the last decade of DIYing.. That was easier than I expected. Right? Because we…

February 12, 2014 | 19 Comments | Read the Full Article

Bathroom Makeover Therapy

I’m at that weird place where so much shit has gone wrong in the last week that I don’t know if I want to recount…

February 9, 2014 | 32 Comments | Read the Full Article

90% & New Things

So, here’s some good news: It’s been 48 hours and my entire website hasn’t disappeared even once. I know right? Amazing. Things are not all…

February 6, 2014 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article

Well, Shit: The Website Edition (Again)

Last night, as I was troubleshooting some minor issues with the website, I wrote a post called “Well, Shit: The Website Edition”. This is not…

February 4, 2014 | 15 Comments | Read the Full Article

Those Aren’t My Nuggets (And Other Things About the New Look)

So… notice anything different around here? (If not you’re clearly viewing this site through a feed reader or email subscription, which is totally cool but…

January 31, 2014 | 10 Comments | Read the Full Article

While I Was Gone

The first forty-eight hours of my week were spent in climates further South. I very rarely need to travel for my day job anymore, which…

January 29, 2014 | 12 Comments | Read the Full Article

What It Takes to Leave

As far as I can tell, the list of things it takes in order to leave the farm includes (but is not limited to): 1…

January 26, 2014 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

Master of Illusion

This post is like a coin trick. It’s the blogging equivalent of gesturing wildly with my left hand to draw your eye away from the…

January 22, 2014 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

1000 posts, 7 cranes

I learned about the story of 1000 cranes a few months ago, and it seems like an appropriate way to start the 1000th post on…

January 19, 2014 | 17 Comments | Read the Full Article

Roadblocks

A lot of times what you read here is simply a written manifestation of shit I have done. Like, I have built a thing ->…

January 15, 2014 | 62 Comments | Read the Full Article

Glad That’s Over

Today is the first day in about a week that I woke up and actually felt like a human being instead of some whining, disoriented…

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

I Saw That Going Different In My Head: Fieldmouse Edition

Yesterday, while feeding the donkeys in the afternoon, this happened… When I turned the camera on for the second time, I thought the mouse might…

January 9, 2014 | 27 Comments | Read the Full Article

Mind Over Fever

If the first week of 2014 is any indication, this is going to be the year of How Much Shit Can You Handle At Once?…

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

Baby, it’s (Really Effing) Cold Outside

For the first four days of 2014, I didn’t leave my property even once. Not because I’m lazy, but because Mother Nature unceremoniously dumped about…

January 6, 2014 | 15 Comments | Read the Full Article