SMARTWALL Installation

You may have been wondering what the big panels stacked up in our dining room were. Well those my friends have turned into a [more…]

Concrete Countertops – The Reveal

Thanks guys for sticking with us through five yes FIVE posts on concrete countertops. The thing is, this project was BIG. Even with five [more…]

Farmhouse Table Reveal + Plans

Aaaaand were done! Daniel and Adelle moved into their new place and took their newly finished modern farmhouse table and benches with them. Mind [more…]

Printmakers Media Cabinet – The Reveal

Its been six weekends of hard work, but we finally reached the final stretch of the printmakers media cabinet project. This is where we [more…]

DIY Pipe & Wood Table Pt 2

****UPDATE**** Check out our revised version of the Pipe & Wood Table If you missed it, we built a Wood & Pipe Dining Table, [more…]

Guest Room Board & Batten How To

It was time to add some charm to our guest bedroom in the form of board & batten on the walls & some new [more…]

DIY Bedside Tables

I have been scoping around Craigslist and local antique stores for the last couple weeks trying to find some tables to turn into bedside [more…]

DIY Iron & Rope Mirror

I love love love Restoration Hardware’s Iron & Rope mirror, but I could in no way afford it’s $650 price tag (sad face). Apartment [more…]

From Billy to Built-Ins

Our house is a three bedroom, two large bedrooms and one smaller. The smaller is of course the best choice for either an office [more…]

DIY Pallet Crates

If you have been being a good boy or girl, you will have read my Project Office post and you will know I have [more…]

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    When selecting a title for a blog post I like to score it on the Morgan Freeman scale. What’s that you ask? It’s how good the title sounds when read aloud in my mock Morgan Freeman voice. You know, the movie voice of God? Some post titles just can’t possibly score well. “DIY Concrete Table”

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    Bagster Dumpster in a Bag

    This post is brought to you by Waste Management’s Bagster Dumpster in a Bag.   As carless urban DIY’ers, with strict limited city garbage pick-ups, getting rid of our renovation junk can we pretty darn problematic. In fact, we just kinda stockpiled all of it until we couldĀ figure out how to get rid of it.

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    DIY Concrete Side Table

    As we continue to push ahead with the backyard reno, I am starting to think about the smaller details. Accessories, lighting, flowers, furniture etc. We are currently happy with our outdoor chairs, but the rest of our outdoor furniture leaves a lot to be desired. We were using a old chipped green table with a

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    Grass (& Clover) Watch 2014

    Watching grass grow isn’t the most interesting topic in blog land, but hey, at least it’s not another mason jar project. I debated posting about our clover and grass lawn progress, but when I was trying to find info online, it was sparse and sketchy (just like my lawn!) So you get a thoroughly riveting

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    Stretching A Photo Canvas

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    The Time Mike Holmes Fixed our House

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    Sore Muscles & Dirt

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