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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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 | 19 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