How to Reduce Drywall Dust when Sanding


I'm working on my dining room (among other things).  This room had a LOT of drywall repair and damage to be dealt with and I'm on the final stages of creating perfectly smooth walls.  Right now my work involves joint compound, mudding, sanding and a bit of swearing.   What better time to share a help Continue Reading

LED Shop Lights


Let there be ... LED shop lights.  Bam!   One thing I absolutely had to change about my workshop was the lighting.  This single florescent fixture was the only light in the entire shop.  There are two large windows so on bright, sunny days it was not an issue -- but as I've previously Continue Reading

Workshop Cleanup — again

Sawdust Girl Workshop Series

I've been working on cleaning up, organizing and creating better storage and a more functional workshop for over a month now.  It's difficult for my family to see the importance of this task when there is so much to be done in the part of the house that we are living in.  You saw the three year  Continue Reading

Three year house tour.

TN house tour - Video

It's August 2014!!!  Which means we have been in this house for three years.  I can barely believe it and I know I said the same thing last year after I did a two year update but seams like after three years I should have a LOT more projects completed by now.  But, as I said in the video, I ca Continue Reading

Remodel in Progress

the kitchen copy

I know it's been a while since I gave an update on what's happening in my house but it's not because things aren't happening.  It's because things are happening EVERYWHERE.  It's very discombobulating -- living in this house right now.  Almost the whole main floor is under "construction" in some way, Continue Reading

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

new pantry 6

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