Yeah, you read that right.
That’s how it has been around our house for months now.
We’ve built a fireplace surround, a bookcase and have plans for at least one more bookcase.
We’ve refaced our kitchen cabinets.
We’ve had the back of our house – 30 feet of window and wall removed to have french doors installed.
And the new wiring is in.
Now we are about to begin the prep so we can hang the siding, drywall and trim.
Doing big projects has become something of a habit around here.
And it’s become a habit I like, or actually, love, just like my need for coffee.
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The last post in my Fireplace series described the basic process involved in framing a fireplace surround. In this post it is time to cover up all that work and hang some slate.
We have a lot of fun here at LIfe&Ink, don’t we. And you know, I am being only slightly sarcastic when I say that because it really is fun to see the surround come together and getting the slate installed, the slate I purchased a decade ago, yes, 10 years ago, is well, it’s the stuff awesome is made of.
So, here goes it. My first ever vertical tiling job. My only tiling before this project was installing the slate in front of the fireplace. Continue reading
There is one common denominator in every DIY project I have ever done and that is the project has always been inspired by an idea, that comes to me in the form of an image that I can see in my imagination. This idea comes as a flash, sometimes when I am looking at the specific space and sometimes not. But what is consistent about these flashes is the image is clear and is consistent with my design sense and I am fed with the desire to make that image real. Unfortunately these flashes of inspirational images have yet to come to me with step by step directions. How to bring what I see in my head to life, well that has been the challenge, and the delight, of my DIY experience. Continue reading
My kitchen window faces west and let me tell you, during the summer when the temperature in the 90′s it’s almost unbearable to be in there. Finally, after 13 years in our house, I bought fabric and solar liner and made curtains to block out the afternoon sun.
When they are closed, it feels 20 degrees cooler in there.
Yeah. 13 years to do a sewing project that took two hours. But rather than ask myself why I didn’t do this a decade ago, I decided to have some fun with some of the left over fabric.
So I went looking around the house for some ideas. And, well, being someone who doesn’t make just one change, the curtains, I had to make two changes. See, after I hung the curtains I decided to take another door off a cabinet and make an open shelf for my cookbooks. Doing so left a shelf just waiting for something. And that’s when I saw two unused mason jars and I thought “that’s it!” Continue reading