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Well……on the little bit of spare time that I have had, we’ve been busy. Every project that we do, we learn certain tips and tricks on how to make it better the next time. Needless to say, I’ve learned a lot this summer. I’ve had a couple opportunities to use what I’ve learned to make an even better product for…

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We’ve been MIA

08-04-2011

Alright….the secrets out….we’ve been on vacation for a little while. Well, actually not vacation, we took a whole ton of high school students to Young Life camp for a week. It was an awesome week and we are still re-cooperating but at the same time we’ve been working on some things. I’ll update you shortly on a window bench that…

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Bathroom Updated

07-24-2011

Ellie and I have been fairly busy lately but I though I’d share some updated pictures of our recently renovated bathroom….found here, here and here. Not much has changed but you can see how the whole bathroom has come together.

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Subtle Hint

07-21-2011

So it wasn’t too long ago when Ellie dropped the subtle hint that she wanted a pallet turned into some sort of wall decor. I obliged and modified a pallet to her liking. Her post can be found, here. There really wasn’t much to it.       I took two similar size and similar looking pallets. I stripped one…

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It’s Hammer Time

07-20-2011

Well……more like pneumatic nailer time….but how could I miss an opportunity to make a reference to one of my 1980 idols. This project has been one of my favorites. It was super easy, really quick, and I think it turned out pretty awesome. It’s not quite finished…we still need to figure out how we are going to stain it (I’m…

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Anyone remember that old Diet Pepsi commercial? Bueller? While the paints drying on our apothecary console, aka Pottery Barn’s Andover Console, I decided to quickly whip together another one of my pallet projects. I found the building plan on Ana-White.com and used it as my source of inspiration. Some friends of ours recently got married and used some mason jars…

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From This….. To This… It’s still a work in progress……but it’s beginning to come together. Details are coming. I tried to take pictures of almost every step…..my battery died during some of it but hopefully I’ll be able to fill you in on the specifics. Do you want one?

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Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m working on right now. I’ll do a full write up when it’s finished but I’m pretty confident that at the end of this project I’ll sit back and say….”That’s ridiculous.” And I hope that you will say the same. Why? Because so far I’ve only spent $5 on a piece of scrap wood…

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Pallet: A portable platform used for storing or moving cargo or freight. Pallet (Tommy’s Definition): Free wood that can be used for various projects. I’ve been checking the “Free,” section lately of Craigslist looking for things that I could dismantle and use for the wood. There’s been lots of listings for free pallets but most of them are about 20-30…

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Holy Bats!

07-07-2011

Holy crap. We have bats in our attic. I wish we were kidding, but we just counted all 30 (yes 30) of them fly out of this attic vent (above) at dusk on Wednesday night. What we have been assuming was a chronic case of bird poop on our back deck turned out to be, you guessed it….bat poop, or…

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Pinterest

07-06-2011

I’m going to stop our regularly scheduled blogging to talk about Pinterest. It’s the best thing that has happened to my uninspired brain all summer. If you haven’t heard of it yet, here’s Pinterest’s definition of, well, itself: Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use…

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Surprise!

07-05-2011

After Ellie dropped several subtle hints about wanting to paint the guest bathroom, I decided to surprise her by painting it before she got home. I had just re-stained the vanity, found here, and Ellie wanted me to use some of the leftover paint from our living room, found here. Unfortunately, I had already used up that paint in an…

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Undecided

06-30-2011

A month or two ago, I bought this old vintage light from a consignment sale out in Louisa. I was real excited about my find and was eager to see what Ellie thought of it. It’s a patina green lantern designed to sit on a lamp post that I was thinking we could either set out some where as decoration…

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So for the longest time we’ve wanted to dress up our bathroom mirrors and/or get new ones. We replaced the one in the downstairs hallway bathroom seen here. At some point, I’d like to do a major bathroom renovation for our master bathroom so I haven’t worried about that one too much yet. But our other full bathroom upstairs is…

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The Finish Move

06-23-2011

Weathered wood can be seen all over Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Arhaus, and others. Is it really weathered wood or do they just make it look that way? I’m not sure, but I had fun with experimenting on how to create a similar look with your common premium whitewood from the big box store. It’s a straight…

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Finding inexpensive Parsons chairs was (surprisingly) easy, thanks to Young House Love. Finding slipcovers was a bit more difficult. Our criteria was: – Cheap ($20 or Less) for Each Slipcover – Natural or Neutral, to go with the Gray and Gold of Our Dining Room – Machine Washable I looked on Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, and World Market. I even…

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Remember this chair? You shouldn’t. It’s new(ish). I haven’t had a chance to blog about these chairs yet because life has been a little crazy. Fortunately, Tommy is awesome and has been doing all of our blogging and (project-ing) lately. So the story on these chairs may not be entirely unfamiliar. We saw them on one of our favorite DIY…

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Well…..I just completed another building project….and this one I tried to document as best as I could. My brother asked me to build him a new kitchen table so I once again browsed some building plans from ana-white.com. I came across this one; http://ana-white.com/2010/02/plans-narrow-farmhouse-table-beginner.html and really liked and it was approved by Ted. I made some changes to the building…

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When we moved into our house last year in May, the landscaping was really bare. The owners before us laid some new mulch but that was about it. Anything that was planted, was brown and small. We had no expectations for the landscaping. To be honest, Ellie and I are both clueless when it comes to gardening/landscaping. We’ve been focusing…

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Crazy Susan

06-16-2011

Crazy Susan….That’s not how we affectionately refer to one of our neighbors…it’s the title to describe a conundrum that has plagued corner base cabinets for years and years. How do you make the most efficient use out of all the empty space in the corner while still remaining completely functional? In the 1980’s (when our house was built), they thought…

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