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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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Around The Farm: Space To Breathe

These days, the air around the farm is crisp and cool. It smells like ripe apples and woodsmoke. Before I started buying houses and tearing…

September 26, 2013 | 21 Comments | Read the Full Article

A Pirate’s Life For Me

Did you guys know that last Thursday was National Talk Like a Pirate Day? Yes, that’s an actual thing, and it has come and gone,…

September 23, 2013 | 18 Comments | Read the Full Article

Canned

So, remember that time I spent a month building raised beds and putting in gravel walkways and shoveling 3000 pounds of soil in the rain…

September 17, 2013 | 22 Comments | Read the Full Article

Impossible Things (In Progress)

Just to give you an idea of how my week is going: This morning I did something strange and actually decided to eat breakfast. I…

September 12, 2013 | 58 Comments | Read the Full Article

On The Fence

Here’s a question people often ask me: How do you decide when to DIY versus hire a pro? (In fact, someone asked me that question…

September 10, 2013 | 35 Comments | Read the Full Article

Makita Gold Bit Set Winner (and Consolation Animal Noses for Everyone Else)

Well, it was never really up for debate, but if you read any of the comments on last weeks giveaway post, it’s overwhelming proof that…

September 9, 2013 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

You Guys are Awesome So I Want to Give You Drill Bits. Seriously.

This post started out with the title “You Guys Are Awesome So I Want To Give You Drill Bits, Seriously” but that looked like far…

September 4, 2013 | 345 Comments | Read the Full Article

Long Weekend, Big Project

Labor day weekend lived up to its name. Three full days of hard-core, unadulterated, sunup to sundown, sawdust-slinging labor. I hauled lumber. I swore. I…

September 3, 2013 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

Things You Do With a Ridiculously Large Chalkboard, Take II

I think it’s safe to say that most people–if they want a forty-eight square foot chalkboard in their mudroom–would go out and buy a couple…

August 28, 2013 | 24 Comments | Read the Full Article

Building a Barn Door For an Actual Barn (Ironically)

So, here’s something fun on a Monday… this afternoon (Monday 8/26) I’ll be participating in Lifehacker’s Ask an Expert series from 3-4 PM EST. It’s…

August 26, 2013 | 28 Comments | Read the Full Article

Because Bats

Update: Five shots later (one in both arms, both ass cheeks, and an upper thigh…) Rest easy. I’m not dying of the rabies this week….

August 22, 2013 | 53 Comments | Read the Full Article

Lofty Ambitions

I usually dive in to the weekends like I’m base-jumping off a cliff: with a healthy dose of panic and a ridiculously long to-do list…

August 21, 2013 | 14 Comments | Read the Full Article

Countertop Adventures

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Wilsonart was trying to goad me into a kitchen renovation when clearly I’ve got haylofts to build and…

August 18, 2013 | 20 Comments | Read the Full Article

Barn Work

Here’s an example of my typical morning routine: My alarm is set for well after dawn, but just as the first ray of light pierces…

August 14, 2013 | 19 Comments | Read the Full Article

Bats, Chalk, & Splinters

This is not going to be coherent post. I’m just warning you ahead of time, and if you want to blame someone for my inability…

August 13, 2013 | 22 Comments | Read the Full Article