Taking the long way

opening_doorway copy

Last week I trimmed out the three doors in our main hallway and started installing 1×6 planks on the wall.  (I’m taking a break from the kitchen while I wait for some things I have on order.)  So the door in the middle is the door to the basement.  The door on the right is […]

How to Install Floating Shelves

How to istall floating shelves

If you just read my tutorial on Building Floating Shelves, you are ready to install.  If not, you might want to read that one.  ;-)  There are quite a few ways to secure floating shelves, I’m using one of the easiest ways which is to simply build a hollow box that slides onto a cleat […]

How to Build Floating Shelves

How to Build and Install Floating Shelves in a Kitchen Backsplash

I’ve been sharing my kitchen progress on facebook and lots of you wanted to know how I was going to attach my shelves to the wall.  This method is nothing like what I showed you in my recent U shaped floating shelves that I put in my hall closet.  When floating shelves are only supported on one […]

Spring Decorating with Moss

Spring Decorating with Moss

Moss is such a great item to use in DIY projects for Spring decorating because it’s abundant, colorful — and cheap.  I can’t wait for my house to be finished to the point that I can start decorating.  Honestly, I don’t know why I torture myself by even checking in on Facebook (where I follow […]



      I  literally spent 12 hours tiling yesterday and I’m done with the backsplash!  I’m sore all over but am so glad to be finished.  I took the hood down twice last week thinking I was ready to tile — I was overly excited to get it done.  I sketched out several layout […]

15 Awesome DIY Storage Ideas


Finishing projects and getting organized is priority #1 around here so we’re looking for lots of ideas for diy projects that will help with organization and storage.  We’ve found some really fun, cute, functional, inexpensive and really cool ideas that could be used in various rooms around the house.  There’s a LOT more scrap wood […]

How to build floating shelves

How to build Floating Shelves

How to build floating shelves I wanted to build chunky shelves in the closet because I wanted my closet to be pretty.  That’s just how I roll.  Building small decorative floating shelves is generally an easy task.  You build the shelf, install a cleat and hang the shelf.  Done.  Not these floating shelves.  Of course […]

Hall Closet with Floating Shelves

Hall Closet with Floating Shelves

I’m so happy with my new hall closet.  The chunky floating shelves look pretty empty but they are going to hold SO MUCH crap!  (And we sorely need someplace to store some crap.)  It’s very rewarding to finish a project.  Completely finish.  Not mostly, almost or just enough to be functional.  It’s absolutely, positively 100% […]

Hall Closet … yet another distraction

Hall closet

This house is all kinds of half finished projects.  I get one project to a point of somewhat functionality and then move on to another area because we’ve reached our tolerance threshold for the mess there.  It feels like I’m fighting a wild fire –where embers keep starting little fires all around me.  I have […]

How to remove nails – the easy way

Sawdust Girl Tip: nail pulling pliers

How to remove nails – the easy way I’ve pulled my share of nails in my life.  I’ve pulled nails out of trim moulding that I’ve removed and wanted to reuse.  I’ve pulled them out of subfloors after ripping out the flooring.  Popped nails, broken nails, miss nails, fail nails… No matter the reason for […]

8 Creative DIY Dog Beds

8 Creative DIY Dog Beds

Guess what? It’s Madison!  We’re super excited in our house because we decided to adopt another puppy!  She’s only 3 weeks old right now so we have a while to get ready for her.  I’ve been looking at lots of CUTE doggy ideas and mom said I should write a post and share…so here I am! […]

Kitchen entrance

New side entrance

The kitchen entrance is complete!  Door and porch are in and as expected — this new entrance makes taking out the trash AND bringing in the groceries SOooooooo much easier.  It just makes sense. In my opinion, it looks like it’s been here all along.  Like some very smart person who thought about how a […]