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I hate these frickin’ chairs

I hate these frickin’ chairs

I hate looking at them. I hate working on them. I hate writing about them. After our last post, it got personal with me and these chairs. A point of honor.  I was not going to be defeated in this DIY endeavor. Defeat was just. not. gonna. happen. When we discovered we didn’t have enough(…)

Have you ever done this kind of thing?

Have you ever done this kind of thing?

Remember that easy-breezy chair make-over project I was going to knock out and share with you absolutely fo sho no later than today? (You know, the one we wrote about here and here.) Well, maybe these pictures will explain how it’s gone down better than a thousand words ever could. And that’s where we are.(…)

Beating your DIY addiction

Beating your DIY addiction

In our last post, I came clean about my chair challenges and promised to share my principles for recovery from DIY addiction. Because, sadly, this empty little graphic is just as true of my chair project progress today as it was the day I made it in the summer of 2012. But before I dive(…)

The poor planner’s key to home renovation success

The poor planner’s key to home renovation success

Rita and I have one of those modern families. We both have children with ex-spouses, and managing time around holidays is always quite a balancing act. We have to deal with 3 households in 3 different cities and (at least) 3 different ideas about how holidays work. Last December we had a plan that Rita(…)

Our weekend kitchen make-over

Our weekend kitchen make-over

Erin (at the nifty travel blog A Week or a Weekend) thought it was mean to leave all of you hanging on Friday, wondering if we did or didn’t get the kitchen painted. So I’ll cut to the chase: We did!–despite the potential game-enders of a really nasty cold and gorgeous fall weather. Here’s a(…)