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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Around the Farm: Drawn But Not Quartered

Before we begin this riveting tale, let me paint a picture of the current state of my hands: The best that can be said is…

Half a Fence, Three Times the Pasture

Back when I had a crazy moment and decided to adopt my boys it was essentially the middle of winter and I had a.) a…

April 22, 2013 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article

This Land Has Stories

There is something a little mysterious about settling into a home that people lived in a century before you were born. You catch glimpses of…

Taming The Jungle 2013: Offensive Manuevers

Last year I found out that Liberty house is a specific combination of a lot of effing property and a lot of effing buildings that…

My Other Obsession

It’s no secret around here that I collect power tools the way old ladies cats. In fact, I may or may not have added a…

Sneak Peek: Chicken Tractor Progress

Raised garden beds weren’t the only harbringers of sawdust in the shop this weekend. I finally did what I’ve been threatening to do for the…

April 11, 2013 | 4 Comments | Read the Full Article

Raised Garden Beds: The Holy-Shit-I-Built-These-for-$25 Edition

To understand why I was doing an awkward elaine-esq version of a happy dance around a couple of these babies that magically appeared in my…

Wherein I Splint a Chicken Toe

I think I need to take a minute here to ponder the twists and turns in my life that brought me to the point in…

Weekend Plans: Beds & Nugget Boxes

As it turns out, even if I spend seventy-two hours laid up in bed, mostly incoherent, my brain still doesn’t stop thinking about building things….

Awesome Things

No joke, the last few weeks have been a little gray around the farm– both literally and figuratively– but relief from the Plague that took…

Bribery & Building Trust

So here’s a lesson I learned in the last week: I am never going out in public again without a five-gallon bucket of hand-sanitizer and…

Knocked Down

The last time I posted (yesterday? the day before? what the hell day is it?) I was making light of the fact that for the…

March 28, 2013 | comments closed | Read the Full Article

Sixteen Canvases (For The Stairway)

Try not to fall over in shock, but this is an actual post that has something to do with the Dueling DIY Stair Challenge. I’ve…

March 26, 2013 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

Sunday Night Chicken Dance

Da na na na na na nah Da na na na na na nah Da na na na na na nah We. Won’t. Stand. Still….

March 24, 2013 | 4 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY Wall Art: Three Simple Trees

The last three days of my life have been an amalgamation of germs, exhaustion, and bloody noses. Go ahead and picture me doing farm chores…

March 22, 2013 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article