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Let’s just say……I picked the worse time ever to rip up a majority of our flooring and begin to install unfinished hardwood throughout the first story of our home. The timing may be off, but I’m slowly making some progress on a project that will really transform our most common living areas. Here’s a pic or two of the progress….waiting…

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Remember this double work station we built? Well, we decided to downgrade it to a single work station. We had a twin bed in what is now Tucker’s room that we needed to find a place for. We were considering storing it in the attic until a later time but thought it might be nice to make it available for…

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Well, it wasn’t too long ago that I painted an old dresser with a Chevron pattern on it. If you want the details on how I came up with the pattern and taped it off, check here. The dresser that I used in the tutorial was a little too short for our liking so we sold it to some friends of…

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I just finished sewing the bumper for Tucker’s nursery and we are so pleased with the way it turned out. I am not a proficient seamstress like my mom, but these bumpers were a lot easier to sew than  anticipated. I used a tutorial that I found online by Vanessa Goertzen. Here’s her tutorial with some of my own additions…

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We’re knocking out some projects around the home in order to prepare for the arrival of Joseph “Tucker”. One of the things I’ve been excited about for a while now is to paint his dresser a really fun/bright color. We we’re going back and forth from yellow to orange but when Ellie picked up the fabric below for the crib…

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I gave you a sneak peek at a massive table that I built for some friends of ours and now I’d like to show-off the finished product set-up in the room. This is definitely a “Thanksgiving meal” type of table because there is a ton of room in the middle of the table to lay out an entire spread of…

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If you’re looking to build your own Farmhouse Table……here’s a .pdf of the cut list and shopping list for the following; Farmhouse Table (96″x45″) Matching Bench (75″x14″) Accompanying Extensions Farmhouse Table (72″x41″) Matching Bench (52″x14″) Accompanying Extensions Click on this link and be sure to look at the footnotes; Tommy’s Farmhouse Table Cut List for a 96″x45″ table, matching bench, and…

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I just finished a massive table; 72″ WIDE by 72″ long. This was a difficult table to build because of it’s overall size but is a really amazing table. Here’s a few shots.

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So….this is potentially a lame post but I thought I’d put it out there in case it helps other’s in a similar situation. I’m a big fan of making things as functional as possible and one of the things that wasn’t quite working for me is the closet in our soon-to-be nursery. It previously just had one small wired shelf…

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I gave you a sneak peek at a table with 4 matching benches that I was working on with a friend of mine….and today I’m showing off the finished product. We stained it with two coats of “Early American” and then finished off the benches with two coats of Arm-R-Seal and used about 5-6 coats on the tabletop. I’m really…

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T is for Tucker

06-16-2012

Joseph “Tucker” is on his way and we’re starting to piece together his nursery….slowly but surely. One of the things that Ellie wanted was a 3 dimensional metal letter to hang on the wall. We saw some really cool ones at Anthropologie but I thought that they looked simple enough to make myself….especially a letter “T.” So, I went to…

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As a camp fundraiser, I’ve mentioned to some high school guys that if they find someone to buy a table and then build it with me…..we’ll use all the money to send them to camp. One of my good friends immediately took me up on the offer and found someone who wanted a 4′x4′ table with 4 benches to go…

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I already gave a sneak peek at my latest project, now it’s time to fill in on the details. Our adventure started with a trip to Target where we picked up a nice/comfy armchair. We brought it home and began to assemble it. I skipped over the step which involved attaching the 4 legs. I measured the standard legs and…

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What can you make with an old tabletop and antique bedposts? A pretty sweet farmhouse table. I’ve been wanting to incorporate these bedposts into a table design for quite a while now. I decided to whip together a table base using the posts. I simply followed the same method as I have on all the other farmhouse tables (plans here)….

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We’re still a long way off…..154 days to be precise, but we’re starting to get prepared little by little. We recently came across a sweet deal on Craigslist for a baby crib, moved two old dressers into the nursery, and the only other piece of furniture needed was a rocker or glider. We came across a rocker that we really…

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Typically when I build a Farmhouse Table with Extensions….I ensure that it’s a nice snug fit. My goal is to make it stable and secure to keep me peace of mind. Just sliding it in usually satisfies my expectations but I realize that others might like added assurance. So I began to think through a possible way of locking the…

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Going on a little handmade kick here….but other than my Waskerd Wallet my other all-time favorite handmade product are some amazing coffee mugs that I received from Acorn Pottery. Over 1,000 handmade coffee mugs were given out to me and some colleagues as gift for attending a conference weekend. They quickly became  Ellie and I’s favorite mugs. I would secretly even get…

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So this isn’t a paid advertisement but I’m just a really big fan of all things locally made by hand. Chances are you share a similar interest if you are reading this blog and checking out the various projects that we’ve done around our house. It seems to me that handcrafted items are a dying art and it seems like…

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…undecided. We have yet to be a 100% excited about our living room. Most recently, I mounted the tv above the fireplace, ran the wires down through the wall and into the crawl space, then up into our media closet, patched the holes in the wall to accomplish this, patched the previous holes from the tv being mounted on the…

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After we updated our kitchen with a new backsplash the electrical outlets were sticking out like a sore thumb. Especially after I installed the USB powered outlet, seen here. I’ve only seen the USB powered outlet sold in white so it was somewhat of a forced decision. With that new addition, I decided to go ahead and swap out all…

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