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How to Patch and Paint a Brick Fireplace

For all you Fixer Upper fans out there...this is a classic Joanna Gaines move, and it's one I was excited to try for myself. This fireplace was in dire need of an update, so I thought I would try my hand at freshening it up a bit. Primer: water-based, stain blocking...

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Home Renovation: The Grand [BEFORE] Tour

Welcome to our new home renovation project! This is our first home purchase EVER so needless to say we are very excited, but also a little nervous because we have no idea what we are getting ourselves into. Our plan is to renovate the house, pretty much from top to...

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How to Store Skis in a Small Space

How to Store Skis in a Small Space by Allie Merrill This tutorial includes the same instructions for our previous two posts, so we won't go into great detail explaining how to do it, but go ahead and check out the posts on how to hang a bike on the wall and how to use...

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How to Use Drywall Anchors

How to Use Drywall Anchors by Alex Merrill There are innumerable household tasks that call for -- or should call for -- drywall anchors. A drywall anchor is usually a plastic sleeve that is inserted into drywall, which then receives a screw. The purpose of the anchor...

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How to Mount a Bike on the Wall

How to Mount a Bike on the Wall by Alex Merrill Living in small spaces necessitates innovative ways to store things. Since Allie and I have found ourselves confined to a 600 square foot apartment with no additional storage, we have faced many dilemmas about how we can...

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How to Build a Roof Rack

How to Build a Roof Rack by Alex Merrill If your car is like mine, it has the front to back ‘rails’ from the factory, but it’s missing the cross rails, which hold up whatever it is you’re trying to carry on the roof.  I’ll say at the outset that I receive more...

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How to Make a Rope Swing Shelf

How to Make a Rope Swing Shelf by Allie Merrill If you want a quick and easy project that pays off in good looks, this is the one for you. I built this in about thirty minutes! Supplies 5/4 x 6" board You can use whichever size board you prefer, but since I was...

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How to Make Wooden Wall Art

How to Make Wooden Wall Art by Allie Merrill This was a fun one for me. I have never used a router before, but after this project, I'm hooked! As a new resident to the state, I chose Washington as my design, but you could do any design you want. It took me about ten...

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How to Frame a Wall

How to Frame a Wall by Alex Merrill So, you want to build a wall? Well, hopefully you want to build a little more than that, but every journey begins with a single step. Here are some basics to get you thinking about the right things in the right ways when it comes to...

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How to Apply Wood Stain

How to Apply Wood Stain by Alex Merrill Staining wood. At its root, the act of staining wood is actually a branch of art, which therefore leaves the learner much room to grow in technique and nuance. What a pun-tastic intro. On a more mature note, the process of...

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How to Build a Rustic Console Table

How to Build a Rustic Console Table by Alex Merrill Project Preface This project has quite a few steps to it, so we've added a video tutorial to give you lots of visuals. It is not a hard project, but it does take lots of patience and precision in measuring your cuts....

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Craftsmanship

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit by Alex Merrill There seems to be this shift. People, from villages to suburbs to cities across the country, are realizing how much local contact they have lost. Subtle it has been, but the repercussions are unmistakable. There was a...

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