Backsplash design options – chime in

tile options

I’m going with a classic, white, subway tile for my kitchen backsplash but I’m going to install it in a cool pattern, instead of  simple staggered horizontal lines.  It’s a large area, about 7′ x 5 1/2′ and I’m tiling the whole thing.  I love the openness here so I’m not putting upper cabinets in […]

rolling with the remodeling hiccups

cooktop gap

Getting the whole cooktop/countertop section level, even and flush turned out to be QUITE a challenge.  The only installation instructions that came with my cooktop showed the cooktop being dropped into a hole in the countertop.  As if THAT cooktop could be dropped into a countertop — it’s  28″ deep!  Unless you install it in […]

The Sawdust Diaries – revisited

The Sawdust Diaries are back! I stopped taking new clients around November as I wanted a little break through the holidays and I wanted to get my kitchen remodel underway…and I really needed to revisit the whole program and figure out how to make it work better.     Who/how can I help? Some people […]

Noon news is good news

channel 10 crew

I had a blast doing my Super Easy Organizer Board on Channel 10 “News at Noon” yesterday.  It went SO FAST!  I was trying to get through the tutorial but there just wasn’t time.  The hosts were fun.  Moira (no idea how to spell that) was on screen with me and you can hear Mike guffaw […]

DIY Organizer Board

DIY Memo Board

I’m doing a little DIY project on the local news (hola’ – Channel 10 News at Noon).  It’s only a 4 minute segment so my project needs to be simple and quick.  I’m doing a version of our $5 gift idea Memo Board. This one I wrapped a scrap of plywood with decorative contact paper […]

from window to door – Kitchen entrance

door for garbage removal

We FINALLY got out new Kitchen entry door installed!   It took FOREVER to get the door.  Seriously — 9 weeks!  But the wait is finally over and the door is installed and we are all super excited! It was a window and lots of people ask why I wanted to put a door here […]

Just me and my lungs

just me and my lungs

Over the last few months, when I began remodeling the kitchen, I started investing in some new tools.  Really good dust containing tools.  I’ve been building and remodeling for like 14 years now and I’ve been using the same basic tools I bought when I started out.  It’s hard to bite the bullet and spend $$$ […]

Entry light for a steal!

PB hundi $229

I just installed this light that I ordered from Amazon.  There were 1000 pieces  that I put together, installed and turned on…only to discover that one of the sockets doesn’t work.  I tested all the bulbs and it’s definitely the socket.  Gah!  So I scheduled a return of this light and set to work looking […]

So you might strike out – but you gotta keep on hitting

happy because I haven't realized I'm screwing up my project yet

Someone on Facebook told me I’m too honest — because I freely talk about my failures and mistakes but I think it’s important to share those experiences for two reasons: We can learn from others’ mistakes just as we learn from their successes. Everyone screws up occasionally.  EVERYONE.  I like to keep it real. Yesterday […]

Birthdays and Burgers


We had a couple exciting events this week. 1-Madison turned 15!  We couldn’t be more proud of the young woman she is.  Smart, confident, compassionate, strong, beautiful, lovely, witty, funny and easy going (for the most part — she IS 15). 2-Brody turned 2 –and we like him a lot too!  :-D 3-My parents come […]

Built-in Locker Bench


Remember Malisa’s mudroom lockers?  How would you like to build your own?  You’re in luck because I’m sharing the plans.  Today I’m sharing the bench plan. You can use my basic cabinet building tutorials for more help with the basics. If you are building lockers between two walls like Malisa did you won’t need to […]

DIY Drying Rack

DIY Drying Rack3

I know it may not seem very romantic, but this is what I gave my love for Valentines day. Before you get all sad for him, thinking he has the least romantic wife in the world, let me just say that my husband is the Mac Daddy of laundry—I kid you not! When he does […]