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A DIY Sofa Makeover

A DIY Sofa Makeover

  Can This Sofa Be Saved? Rita’s Turn: From the beginning this was really a marriage of convenience. I mean, it wasn’t exactly true love. Before I had this sofa, I had a camel-back sleeper-sofa that I found on craigslist when I was setting up a new household for my kids and me. I was(…)

Salvaged closet doors: An easy win

Salvaged closet doors: An easy win

Well, we finally did it. We actually put up closet doors. When we first moved in our closet had those mirror doors on it. We are just not fans of the mirror doors. I don’t mind mirrors and I don’t mind doors but mirror doors? What’s the deal with those? It’s just really too damn(…)

Confessions of a chair addict

Confessions of a chair addict

Hi. My name is Rita, and I’m a chair addict. Chair make-overs are my favorite kind of before/after DIY blog posts, and I’ve pretty much never met an old chair that I didn’t think I could save. When I bought that first one I had no idea what kind of path I was starting down. It(…)

Do you have what it takes to be a craigslist goddess?

Do you have what it takes to be a craigslist goddess?

Last week I had jury duty. What, you may be wondering, does that have to do with being a craigslist goddess? Well, not much, really. Because (as it will soon be apparent) I am not, in fact, a craigslist goddess. So maybe I should have given this post a different title: Craigslist Goddess Wannabe. However,(…)

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Rita has been politely asking me for a while now to write up the post on the benches I made in the kitchen. I’ve been putting it off for a while. I was writing it this summer when I woke up one morning with Bell’s Palsy. (I think Rita wrote about it somewhere on the(…)

Our best thrifting tip ever

Our best thrifting tip ever

We hesitate to share this thrifting tip. Because, you know, if we tell others this secret they might score the amazing stuff we’d like to score before we can get to it. And we don’t really want to stop stumbling into amazing finds like this: We found this guy on Friday night, for $3.25. For(…)

Living in the summer moment

Living in the summer moment

Unlike many others this year, we’ve been living through a summer that’s bright, dry, and clear. And yet, there have been cirrus clouds of melancholy hanging over much of this season for me. I have been missing the summers of my childhood–when each day felt like a gleaming bead strung on an infinite ribbon of(…)