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Charming brick paver walkway project

Charming brick paver walkway project

Forking over the cash for new concrete sidewalks is not my idea of a fun DIY project (because it’s not). But since I was doing it I splurged by adding an extra charming brick paver walkway to my house! I think the results of the brick walkway speak for themselves on this one!

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Dog-Friendly Landscaping Tips

Dog-Friendly Landscaping Tips

If you have a dog, you know the damage they can do to a landscape. Digging under shrubs, pounding out a dirty path by the fence, or even eating your delicate (and potentially poisonous) flowers. Lets face it… dogs are quick to turn your beautiful landscape into their...

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DIY Mixed Wood Island Top

DIY Mixed Wood Island Top

I love our kitchen island, but the top has seen better days. Instead of buying something new, we decided to resurface the top with a mixed wood pattern using poplar, pine, and oak. It came out so nice I just had to share it! Mixed Wood Top Supplies The supplies needed...

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How to Build a Reclaimed Wood Pallet Desk Top

How to Build a Reclaimed Wood Pallet Desk Top

Ever want to use reclaimed wood to build a pallet desk? We figured out a great way to build one by starting with an old closet door for the surface. Materials Reclaimed / Pallet Wood -- or any kind of wood you'd like An old door (we used an old closet door that was...

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Reversible Pallet Door Hanger

Reversible Pallet Door Hanger

This reversible pallet door hanger features a scarecrow on one side that flips to a snowman on the other side. It's a great way to transition from fall to winter without any hard work or storage. Just flip it over and you're done! Reversible Pallet Door Hanger Project...

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Rustic Pallet Frames

Rustic Pallet Frames

These rustic pallet frames hold two 4x6" photos and are made from reclaimed pallet wood, burlap, and other miscellaneous metal, & paper supplies. Rustic pallet frames are great homemade addition to your rustic home decor. They can also be made in any size and...

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How to Build an L-Shaped Counter

How to Build an L-Shaped Counter

In this tutorial I'll show you how to build an L-shaped counter for my shed using the leftover countertop from my kitchen renovation. With these simple step-by-step instructions you'll be able to knock this project off in a couple hours! Building Materials (with...

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Paint Mason Jars with Vitrea 160 Glass Paint

Paint Mason Jars with Vitrea 160 Glass Paint

After creating solar mason jars out of the solar path lights, I decided to paint mason jars with glass paint to really add some whimsy to them. Read on to see how I used this awesome project by Peveo called Vitrea 160 Glass Paint to make indestructible, fade-proof...

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Solar Mason Jar Lights

Solar Mason Jar Lights

Here's a quick tutorial for making beautiful solar mason jar lights out of the cheap dollar solar path lights you can find at Walmart. The solar mason jar light project is really simple: take the cheap 97 cent plastic solar path lights you find at Walmart...

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Solar Lighting Lights Up Your Landscape

Solar Lighting Lights Up Your Landscape

Solar lighting is a great way to add interest and dimension -- not to mention safety -- to your nighttime landscape. Learn how to complete this quick weekend project now! How Does Solar Lighting Work? Solar lighting is a great, cost-effective way to enhance the look...

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Refinishing hardwood floors

Refinishing hardwood floors

Refinishing hardwood floors is a job I left to the pros. After doing the prep work of removing carpet and staples, my floors were sanded and refinished to perfection.    Prep before refinishing hardwood If you haven't read my post about removing the carpeting over...

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Painting Interior Doors

Painting Interior Doors

Let's face it, interior doors can be downright ugly. If you have basic, builder-grade interior doors with absolutely no trim or detail, painting interior doors is great alternative to replacing them altogether. Painting Interior Doors With Chalk Paint A few weeks ago,...

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Removing Carpet to Reveal Hardwood

Removing Carpet to Reveal Hardwood

Removing carpet when you know you have hardwood flooring, is one of the most satisfying DIY jobs you can do. With a few simple tools and some sweat equity you will get that allergen filled carpet OUT of your house... and be able to breathe a sign of relief. cut the...

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Wall Lamps: A Quick Weekday Project

Wall Lamps: A Quick Weekday Project

This week I stopped by the big box store in search of mulch, and left with two beautiful wall lamps / sconces to mount on either side of my bed. These wall lamps are stylish, functional, and I didn't even need to mess with the electrical to install them! Wall lamps...

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Stone Edging as a Landscape Border

Stone Edging as a Landscape Border

Boosting curb appeal takes only a weekend or two with this great DIY stone edging solution for your landscape border. There are many types of stone edging, as well as other options like wood, concrete, rubber, and more! What's the point of stone edging, or any garden...

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My DIY artwork house tour.

My DIY artwork house tour.

I did a little painting this weekend and for once it wasn't a wall, ceiling, or floor! After my latest work of art, I decided it would be fun to let you have a tour of my DIY artwork throughout my house for inspiration! Did you know that a new piece of art can really...

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Ductless AC unit!

Ductless AC unit!

A few weeks ago I had a Mitsubishi Electric ductless air conditioning unit installed in my living room I was so incredibly excited to get this unit. If you read my previous post you know that my house is incredibly muggy, and I really don't have any windows on the...

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Stayin’ Cool

Stayin’ Cool

Last summer was T-H-E  W-O-R-S-T in my house. Incredibly warm, muggy, stuffy, sweaty, gross. All of those words. I muddled through the summer, saved my pennies (well, those I didn't glue to my floor, haha), and this year was able to get a ductless air conditioner...

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Kitchen Renovation Part 6: Backsplash Tile

Kitchen Renovation Part 6: Backsplash Tile

I spent my WHOLE 3-day MLK weekend tiling my kitchen backsplash! I've had the tile since October of last year, so I was so excited to actually take it out of the box and get it on the wall! Once the countertop was reinstalled, I immediately pulled the my tile out and...

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Choosing the right island for your kitchen.

Choosing the right island for your kitchen.

I finally found a kitchen island that suited my kitchen's style and wasted no time purchasing, assembling, and using it! I've always wanted an island! It's just one of those things! I've spent about a year in my kitchen and as the months past I've learned a little...

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New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

Well, I've been living in my house for about 10 months now. We've done a lot of work, and I've learned so very much. Funny how things change. Last year my biggest resolution was to read 12 books in 12 months. I successfully read 13 -- even though I didn't start until...

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Kitchen inspiration for the not-so-inspired

Kitchen inspiration for the not-so-inspired

So, today I'd like to talk about how to find inspiration when you really are just so overwhelmed with ideas that you can't focus anymore. This made me think of the topic I'm about to talk about: how to get through a [kitchen] renovation when you aren't particularly...

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Pretty-Up the Stairs

Pretty-Up the Stairs

The steps that lead to my basement were once a treacherous problem. Seriously.  Good thing hurricane Sandy gave me 2 extra days to focus on making them safer and much more beautiful!So, you ask... what was so "treacherous" about these steps? I mean, they are just...

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Quincy gets a cat door!

Quincy gets a cat door!

Hooray for totally random Sunday projects! Today I installed a cat door for the Quince. While strolling around Lowe's I stumbled upon a "pet" aisle. Who knew they had a pet aisle? Definitely not me! Anyway, I saw these little doggy and kitty doors, and I thought, hey,...

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Welcome guests with a simple “hello”.

Welcome guests with a simple “hello”.

A few weeks ago I purchased a new basic black mailbox. I've been procrastinating installing it, even though the old one is rusty and gross. This past weekend I thought about it, and realized that I haven't put the new one up because it's just too plain. Although it's...

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Chimney Paintin’ kinda day

Chimney Paintin’ kinda day

Giving the chimney a fresh coat of paint is something every home owner can do. But, while it sound easy enough, there are a couple snags you need to prepare for before you begin. Buy enough paint. There's nothing worse than almost finishing a job and running out of...

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DIY Hanging Address Plaque

DIY Hanging Address Plaque

After hours and hours of painstakingly scouring the internet for the "perfect" hanging address plaque, I decided to make my own. Don't get me wrong, there are MANY great options. Here are some I considered: While there are many great options available, I thought...

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Another busy weekend!

Another busy weekend!

Two productive weekends in a row! This weekend we finished the priority to-do list by installing my new front storm door and  replacing the leaky kitchen faucet.  Front Storm Door This Saturday dad and I tackled the installation of my front storm door. After...

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New storm door, tile & shed shelving

New storm door, tile & shed shelving

Whew! Long day!! Today dad and I accomplished a lot at the house. We installed a new storm door leading to the back porch, tiled the backsplash behind the sink in the bathroom, and put up shelving in the shed. After reflecting on my last post about accomplishing a...

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Tackling the To-Do List

Tackling the To-Do List

Every home owner has a to-do list, but most never get around to doing it.  I've put together  some tips to keep you on track. When I first purchased my home, it was 7 zillion miles long. Seriously, I think I had 4 pages front and back in 2 columns per page. My first...

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Chimney Cleanout

Chimney Cleanout

Today my dad and I cleaned out the chimney. The process was really simple (but dirty!), only took about 30 minutes, and cost no money whatsoever. Umm... why are you cleaning the chimney again? When I first purchased the house, there was a big pile of dirt behind the...

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Why I think window film is wonderful

Why I think window film is wonderful

There's an easy answer to this question: It's unique, there are different privacy levels to choose from, and it lets the light in while keeping peeping eyes out! After the installation of my new windows, I couldn't bare to put up the stinky, yellowed blinds that...

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Switching your switches

Switching your switches

Today I switched out some old lightswitches. It's actually really simple to do, and can make a big difference in your home. Why did I switch them? Well, It's really been bothering me that they are so old and grimy. So, I ran to the hardware store and picked up some...

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The “Old House” is Sold!

The “Old House” is Sold!

Pretty irrelevant to this DIY blog, but very much a milestone in my life, is the sale of my previous home in Scranton. On May 25, 2012 I sold the house to my neighbors who live across the street. I couldn't be happier for them, and relieved and excited to move on to...

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Beautiful new windows

Beautiful new windows

Yesterday my vinyl replacement windows were installed. I ended up with 5 replacement windows - the bathroom, guest room, office, and the dining room (2). A few months back I wrote a post about the different options for replacement windows. I used this information as a...

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Shiny New Gutters

Shiny New Gutters

Oh, to be a home owner. The most insignificant things just thrill me. Who would have ever thought I'd be so excited about GUTTERS? Not I. But I am, because I didn't have them on the back of my house. Now they are shiny and new and beautiful. I'm pumped!

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The shed has a new floor

The shed has a new floor

On Saturday morning, a few hours before the Dirty Girl Mud Run, I helped my dad load some plywood off the truck and get organized.  I had a really busy day ahead of me with the 5K, and he didn't want to waste a beautiful day. Luckily, my mom came in for backup and...

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Decor Corner: The Office

Decor Corner: The Office

I think I have yet to post pictures of my office... which is my sanctuary and a room I love to be in. It took me quite awhile to get this room just right. I am a creative person, and I've never ever had an office before. My first "office" was actually an L-shaped desk...

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My furnace is officially zoned

My furnace is officially zoned

Not much to write here today, but my furnace officially is zoned into two loops: one for the main level, and one for the upstairs where my office and Laura's room are. I recently wrote a post about zoning your furnace, and other tips on reducing your heating cost....

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Rusty Wrought Iron Remedy

Rusty Wrought Iron Remedy

So, my next outdoor project is repainting my rusty wrought iron railing around my front porch. Here are my instructions on what to do: Scrub the wrought iron with a steel wire brush. This will remove any loose or flaking rust. I used a brush from Sherwin Williams with...

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My roof is here My roof is here!!!

My roof is here My roof is here!!!

Today my roof got installed. I've been waiting to do this since I bought my new house. It was a really costly investment, as my roof already has several layers of icky shingles on it that needed to go away. The job included: complete tear-off of the shingle layers...

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Replacement Windows

Replacement Windows

This week I decided to contact a local window company to get some quotes on vinyl replacement windows. The first step is to have the window company come to your home to measure the windows for you. They will then be able to give you an accurate quote on pricing. While...

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Decor Corner: Check out this sweet new chair

Decor Corner: Check out this sweet new chair

I just picked up a "Vinnie White Cradle Chair" on o.co.  It was out of stock for quite awhile, so when I got the notification that it's back, I jumped on it immediately. This is a really cool chair, a knock-off/replica of the original Eames® Molded Plastic Rocker for...

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First icecream trip

First icecream trip

Today Roxy and I took our first walk to Jitty Joes, a local icecream stand that's about a mile from my new house. Although the round trip is less than 2 miles, I was a little skeptical bringing my big pup... as most of the walking is on a busy street and I wasn't sure...

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Dreaming of a flagstone patio

Dreaming of a flagstone patio

This morning I saw an episode of Yard Crashers where they created a flagstone patio over an existing damaged concrete patio. It looked really amazing and got me thinking about how to dress up my backyard. This probably won't be a project until next summer, but it's...

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Before & After Fun!

Before & After Fun!

I thought it would be fun to see some side-by-side before and after comparisons so far. Although I do this pretty regularly in my posts, I do have a few I don't think I've showed yet. Plus it will be nice to see these down the road, as the house evolves. I will...

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My forsythia are yellow today

My forsythia are yellow today

I woke up to a beautiful site... the bushes that line the back of my property changed from basically twigs to bright yellow overnight. After doing a little bit of research on the old g-o-o-g-l-e, I found out that they are forsythia. About.com describes them:  "These...

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You put WHAT in my toilet?

You put WHAT in my toilet?

This post is a guide on what to do when you have an awesome party, then wake up the next morning to realize that the toilet's are clogged and there's toilet water all over your freshly painted basement. Yes, it's true, this happened after my housewarming. No matter...

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Let there be ICE!

Let there be ICE!

Post party Shawn stopped by to pick up his keyboard, and brought me an ice maker kit for my refrigerator. What a nice surprise. Not sure how to take him sometimes... he's either pretty observant about what I need at the house... or just maybe annoyed that I didn't...

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Painting the Basement Floor

Painting the Basement Floor

My basement looks unbelievable! I can't believe the transformation after the floor has been painted. Everything is really coming together. Adding some lighting, cleaning, opening the windows, and painting has really changed this space into somewhere scary, so...

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Decor Corner: Modern Office Storage Options

Decor Corner: Modern Office Storage Options

In my old apartment, I didn't have room for my L-shaped desk, so I used an IKEA modular unit in the kitchen as my desk. Now that I'm able to bring back my larger, modern desk, I'm realizing that I've acquired a lot of things, and now have nowhere to put them. The...

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“The Day the Eagle Died” – Fixing the Shed

“The Day the Eagle Died” – Fixing the Shed

Today's project was making the creepy eagle shed a bit less scary. It's only a "Phase 1" fix... to make it presentable, but it looks sooooo much better already. It took the entire day! Here's what we did: Scraped the peeling paint off as best as we could. My dad...

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My house is wearing eyeliner!!

My house is wearing eyeliner!!

What a long day it was! My FAVORITE update, though, has to be the black paint we used for the window and door frames. I struggled with this, as the peeling paint I was covering was white. But the house was just screaming for something different. I thought that the...

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The Fence is Up!!!

The Fence is Up!!!

Roxy is a happy lady! The fence gate was installed today. It looks awesome!!! It's a chain link fence about 4 ft high, with all the heavy-duty essentials for keeping a super tall 90lb dog contained. She just loves it... and I love making her happy and keeping her...

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New front steps and railing!

New front steps and railing!

The 5ft wide pre-fab concrete steps have been in place for about a week. The REALLY cool thing, though, is that they took my old railing (which was rotted and falling down), and pulled the little squiggly design off of it, then welded it onto a brand new railing....

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My first night

My first night

Well, I made it through my first night at the new house. Yesterday is a huge blur. Lots of people came to help, and I got to watch AJ while Tony and Bobbi went to dinner. He gave me two little pictures he made (ummm... or... Bobbi made) for my new house. Such a sweet...

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This is it… moving day!

This is it… moving day!

Well, it's officially moving day! Friends and family are set to arrive at 10am. I have much to do before they get here, but I wanted to write this first. I can't believe that I've slept my last sleep in this apartment, this home, that my mom grew up in. The move is...

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TV Wall Mount

TV Wall Mount

Today Shawn and I installed the TV wall mount in my living room. Well, Shawn installed it, and I held things and handed them to him. Basically, the trick to doing the wall mount is running the wires behind the wall so you don't see them coming from your components...

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Installing Insulation

Installing Insulation

Today my dad taught my how to install insulation into the attic of the house. Since I have a Cape Cod style house, there is "attic" space to the front and back of the second story, accessible through openings in the knee walls. Currently, the attic and knee walls are...

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And the survey says…

And the survey says…

Before I put a fence up for Roxy, I need to get the property surveyed. When I spoke to the surveyor he told me there are 3 steps in the process. The first step to do research on the property. This involves: a search of title of the subject lands a search of title of...

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New ceiling fans!

New ceiling fans!

I'm pretty excited to have new ceiling fans. The ones in this house were crazy cyclops looking fans. One I turned on and the blades came flying off and almost hit me in the face. The other hung so low I whacked my head on it half a dozen times at least, and the one in...

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Let there be light! In the basement…

Let there be light! In the basement…

My dad installed some fluorescent lights in the basement. It was so dark and dingy down there, but now you can actually see where you are going (not that you really want to see my basement since it's gross). But this is "Phase 2" of the project (Roxy's room being...

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A Lesson in Wall Striping.

A Lesson in Wall Striping.

I really am no expert in wall striping, however, I stumbled across a blog post on be.love.create and I really liked the way their stairwell came out. I decided to give it my best try. You'd be better off following their instructions and photos as they do a GREAT job...

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2-prong to 3-prong outlets

2-prong to 3-prong outlets

Since my house was built in 1957, some of the electric isn't exactly up-to-date. One of the biggest problems was that all of the outlets in the home only had 2 prongs. A few decades ago, this was no big deal, but now with the technology that we have, most heavy-duty...

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Bye, Bye Scary Service Wire

Bye, Bye Scary Service Wire

My super handy electrician / solar friend Shawn offered to help me with some updates to the house. I actually consulted with him before I bought the house.  A good tip is to take photos of everything. Of course the listing photos are going to be nice, but when you get...

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I am officially a homeowner!

I am officially a homeowner!

Today was the big day!!! The closing of my house. January 21, 2012. 1-21-12. I don't think I'll ever forget this date I wrote it down so many times. The house is officially mine. I have the keys!!! My dad took me out for lunch after the closing, and tonight we are...

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