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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mitered Corners & Other Things

Recently a certain adorable boy that I know decided to institute a “lifestyle change” in this house. I’m obviously in the middle of several of…

February 19, 2008 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

Looks like someplace you could work in…

Let’s go back in time to September of 2007, when the office looked like this: Mmmm, stained wood floors, walls and trim painted a dirty…

February 12, 2008 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

One of those days…

You know those days when you spend a good deal of time reviewing the last 26 years of your life to determine what major karmic…

February 10, 2008 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article

Crookedbroom Marathon

There’s a couple of things I can say about spending eight straight hours with my power tools: 1.) My right bicep is trying to figure…

February 2, 2008 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

Now THAT’S a color.

It’s hard to capture paint color at night (or ever) with a camera, so I’ll give you the with- and without-flash shots both to give…

January 31, 2008 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Because in this house, “beige” ain’t a color.

Gray primer can only mean one thing… A fantastic color will meet these walls very soon.

January 30, 2008 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

The pinacle of self-restraint.

So, Saturday I am at Hope Depot for my weekly sawdust therapy session. and because I love Hope Depot I try not to get unreasonably…

January 28, 2008 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

I’m thinking of adopting…

But I’m just not sure how the new¬†addition is going to fit in with the others around the house. The other tools, that is. It’s…

January 25, 2008 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

Apologies to Pink Floyd…

This is an example of why my ten-year-old brother is the funniest human being on the planet: Step-mom: Hey! I know this song! It was…

January 24, 2008 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

Keeping you in suspense…

It just occurred to me the final chapter of the The Great Pergola Saga was never posted here…. some things got lost in the transfer….

January 23, 2008 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Bottle Project, Part Deux

Back when I was an undergrad at Florida State, I started a fun little project affectionately named, “The Bottle Project,” which included sharpie markers, liquor…

January 20, 2008 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article

Wherein my sanity is tested by toothpicks and popsicle sticks…

I’ve decided that getting the office painted and set up upstairs is the next logical project to take on in the house. I’ve also learned…

January 19, 2008 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

That girl can drywall…

… but not without a lot of swearing. Just like gravity is a law of Physics, the fact that one project will always lead to…

January 16, 2008 | 10 Comments | Read the Full Article