Barn Door Installation

Barn Door

This barn door has been months in the making.  It is made up of 10 planks glued together which I glued up in sections.  While glue was setting on each section I worked on other projects and we got a new puppy so the glue-up took a really long time. Then I finished one side and let the finish cure Continue Reading

New – New Pantry

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Remember my new pantry that I tore out so I could build a bigger one?  I'm done.  Many of you asked if I planned on leaving it open or if I had plans for doors.  It will have doors eventually.  It is a functional pantry and as you can see, the items that we are storing do not make for an attractive d Continue Reading

Porch clean-up and organization #SeriouslyStrong

installation collage

Since we got the porch installed, the side entrance has been great for bringing in groceries and taking out the trash.  Yep, it's been great!  Except for... all the mulch, leaves and dirt we've been tracking in the recycling has basically just been piling up and spilling over and the garden h Continue Reading

Pantry demo — say what?


Remember my pantry?  Yeah, the new one in the kitchen. never got finished because I knew right away that I'd have to change something.  I purposefully left a 48" wide walkway next to the window in the kitchen because I wanted to add a window seat.  But I don't want a window seat just si Continue Reading

Weekend progress update


I worked all weekend and made lots of progress -- even though the inside of my house still looks like a tornado blew through it.  That's just the way it is.  Things look like crap during 80% of the project and then all of the sudden it all comes together and looks amazing.  I think I'm at about 50% o Continue Reading

the Pot Filler

pot_filler_gas_cooktop copy

You might have noticed a blue pipe sticking out of the wall in all my past kitchen updates.    (There it is!) I've always thought a pot filler would be handy but this is the very first time in the history of my "remodeling houses for us as we move around the country" career that I have torn ou Continue Reading

Dovetail kitchen drawers

I shipped my drawers

I orignially planned on building the drawers for my kitchen remodel. But then I ran into a couple hurdles that changed my mind.  I ended up ordering custom drawers that are 100 times nicer than what I would have built myself and I am 200% happy with my decision to spend the money! Continue Reading

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 wal Continue Reading



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 options and had you all cast your Continue Reading

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 s Continue Reading

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 ab Continue Reading

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 m Continue Reading