Fawn’s Library Design and Reveal


Do you remember Fawn?  She's was Sawdust Diary client with a front room that was too small to function as an actual room but too big to be left empty?  Well her project is finished and it is so gorgeous you're jaw is going to drop.  Are you ready for that?  You might want to get some dental gauze and Continue Reading

Built-in Playroom Reveal


You know I've been busy working with clients this year, helping other's build something amazing in their homes. Well I LOVE it when I get the chance to meet them, especially when I get the chance to meet them IN their homes so I get to see their work up close and in person!  A few weeks ago I drove Continue Reading

Small Bedroom Built-ins


I'm so excited to share that Kristy finished her Bedroom!  Remember Kristy, from Australia, broke her finger while working on our project...?  Yeah, that Kristy!  She is done and her bedroom looks gorgeous!   Be sure to check out Kristy's progress updates as this project unfolded.  What a Continue Reading

Introducing…THE Sawdust Diaries!!!

The Sawdust Diaries new home

In January I hatched an idea that I could design custom built-ins and coach people through the building process over the internet through the magic of Skype. I put the idea out there to see if anyone on the other end of this coaching idea would be interested. The response I got was Continue Reading

Dining room built-in buffet reveal

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Val finished her dining room buffet and it's beautiful!  She's been working very hard on this built-in project for months.   I am very proud of her for sticking with it and striving for excellence. Continue Reading

Kelly’s living room office – Part 3

Kelly and the Saw

Hi, this is Kelly! You can see my living room office plan here, and the beginnings of the cabinets here.  Today’s post will document how my happy “this is fun” attitude came to a screeching halt. This post could also be titled:  Frustration Sets In: My Arch-Nemesis, the Circular Saw On the left an Continue Reading

Fawn’s Library Built-ins -1

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We've had an incredibly fun vacation in Idaho this week.  We swam, tubed, rafted, biked, wake surfed...  I'm so sore I can barely lift my arms or walk.  But it was FUN.  So obviously I've done nothing on my own home this week but someone's been busy.  :-)  I have a new Sawdust Diary update to share w Continue Reading

Cara’s office-3

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Are you all suffocating from the heat?  I'm in Idaho this week and feel like I'm melting...anyway, I just got an update from Cara on her office built-in Sawdust Diary project.  Here's what she's been up to lately.   Today, after consulting with Sandra, I decided I should move forward w Continue Reading

Kristy 4- Bedroom Built-ins

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YaHooooo, time for another Sawdust Diary update! Kristy has had some major setbacks in her bedroom project.  No problems WITH the built-ins, just setbacks in general.    In addition to her broken finger she needed to do some major renovations in other areas of the house so the bedroom took a bac Continue Reading

Lara’s Library Built-ins-1

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Hey all, it's time for another Sawdust Diary project introduction:  This is Lara's Library in which she (and her husband Jay who has recently come on board the Sawdust train) is building some badass built-ins with arches and drawers and doors and killer molding...  Of course it will be awesome! I Continue Reading

Conquering fears and gaining confidence

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Kristy continues to make progress on her bedroom built-ins.  Kristy's stories make me laugh and smile every time I talk to her.  She is THE happiest, bubbliest, most resilient person I have ever met (virtually or otherwise).   When we started her bedroom built-ins  in January, she had Continue Reading

Living Room Office Progress – Kelly C. part 2

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Picking up where Kelly left off on her living room office story - part 1... This is how the work begins! From the amazing plan that she created for me,  Sandra broke it down into manageable pieces starting with four base units. I printed out my cut lists and headed to Home Depot to get Continue Reading