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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wildlife Interlude & The Last Lessons of the Year

Listen, just ’cause I drank one bottle of wine and sang a Christmas carol about my power tools does not mean we’re done talking about…

December 30, 2013 | 37 Comments | Read the Full Article

Christmas Carols about my Power Tools 2013

So. There might have been a bottle of wine and video camera involved in the making of this post. (What? It’s the holidays.) I’m not…

December 24, 2013 | 36 Comments | Read the Full Article

Christmas Presents for Me

Between work and farm and house and holidays, this is never a kick-back-and-relax time of year for me. Sometimes it’s a hide-under-the-covers-until-the-animals-threaten-mutiny time of year,…

December 22, 2013 | 11 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Story of a Girl and Four Boots

There was once a girl who believed that an old, broken-soled pair of work boots and some bright purple Uggs could get her through almost…

December 18, 2013 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Demolicious

Yes. That’s a word. I totally made it up and it does, in fact, make it even harder to take myself seriously. But then again,…

December 13, 2013 | 20 Comments | Read the Full Article

Liberty House Master Bath: Inspiration

Demo on the master bath is, well, occurring at the very moment I’m writing this. Goodbye black mirrors. Goodbye oddly designed vanity. Goodbye upright coffin…

December 11, 2013 | 34 Comments | Read the Full Article

That’s The Spirit

Has December picked anyone else up by the scruff of their neck and drop-kicked them into the middle of Holiday craziness, or is that just…

December 8, 2013 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Cold Weather Projects

It’s hard to believe I’m closing in on my second year working on the Liberty House, and if I’m going to be honest, I kind…

December 4, 2013 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

Lots of Little Things I’m Grateful For

Last week I wrote a really touching and sentimental post about how grateful I am for the farm, and then I was like, “Seriously? If…

December 1, 2013 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

Things I’m Grateful For: No More Rubble

No matter which way you slice it– by man-hours (235), weight (74,000 pounds), number of dumpsters (4), or amount of alcohol consumed in order to…

November 24, 2013 | 25 Comments | Read the Full Article

End of the Garden 2013: Planning for Next Year

Over the weekend I finally got around to cleaning out all of those raised beds I built and grew an overwhelming amount of tomatoes in…

November 20, 2013 | 25 Comments | Read the Full Article

Dutch Door: In Progress

Do you guys know how many swear words I use every single time I have to install a door by myself? Pretty much all of…

November 18, 2013 | 15 Comments | Read the Full Article

First Snow

Well, this happened… Pretty sure that three weeks ago I was working outside in a tank-top. Yep. Definitely was. I’d be surprised, but this is…

November 13, 2013 | 14 Comments | Read the Full Article

Well, That Explains the Smell

For the last month or so I’ve been doing that thing you do when an odd smell suddenly appears in one of the rooms of…

November 12, 2013 | 23 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Last Hundred Feet

The pasture fence may actually qualify as the most overwhelming project of 2013, which was completely unexpected because the pasture fence that MysteryMan and I…

November 10, 2013 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article