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A Jarring DIY

A Jarring DIY

By on 2 November, 2012 in DIY, Sarah Churchman with 0 Comments

With the holidays quickly approaching, there isn’t much time for DIY-type projects that aren’t specifically holiday-oriented. With that said, here’s a quick one! I decided to do this project after realizing a lot of the herbs in my spice cabinet were from my own garden and I was tired of seeing them in plastic sandwich […]

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Just a Coat of Paint

By on 18 April, 2012 in DIY with 3 Comments

We bought this circa-1938 Cloverdale-Idlewild cottage ten years ago despite the dated kitchen. We never fixed the kitchen. Everything worked well in there and I just got used to it. I’d stopped “seeing” the kitchen. Yes, for ten years. It is kind of a galley. One side is original, beautiful white tile counter top with […]

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Let the Wall Come Down

Let the Wall Come Down

By on 10 March, 2012 in DIY, Heather Coleman with 0 Comments

On Ikeafans, one of the first things that they suggest that you do when remodeling a kitchen is sit down and list your goals, and then keep that list close whenever you are making any major decisions about your remodel. My list looked something like this: repair existing problems maintain the integrity of the house […]

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Ah Shiitake!

Ah Shiitake!

By on 17 October, 2011 in Cooking, DIY, Food, Heather Coleman with 0 Comments

Winter is coming quickly, and the remnants of summer gardens are fading into memory. Most people are spending their weekends raking leaves, trimming trees and preparing their yards for winter. Instead of throwing those branches and clippings into the trash or the compost pile, why not use them to grow your own mushrooms? Mushrooms are […]

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Know Your Counter Tops – Going Green in the Kitchen

Know Your Counter Tops – Going Green in the Kitchen

By on 14 September, 2011 in DIY, Heather Coleman with 1 Comment

Over the last couple of months, we have selected and purchased cabinets and floors for our kitchen remodel. Because of our busy schedules, we finally decided this month to hire a contractor to help with some logistics, so we are currently in the process of interviewing contractors. The last hurdle before we start the remodel […]

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Cork Flooring Underfoot

Cork Flooring Underfoot

By on 10 August, 2011 in DIY, Heather Coleman with 0 Comments

Much of my month has been spent trying to renovate an underused den into a home office. I am working from home a lot more and need designated workspace that I am not sharing with kids and a husband. We decided to finish this space before starting on the kitchen project, so time is of […]

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The Great Kitchen Remodel – Part 1

The Great Kitchen Remodel – Part 1

By on 8 July, 2011 in DIY, Heather Coleman with 2 Comments

After the plumbing disaster last month, the last few weeks have been spent obsessively researching kitchen remodeling. I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that kitchens can be terribly expensive! Our house was built in the 1940s, but remodeled in 1964. When we moved in the kitchen looked mostly like it did in 1964, save […]

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Fun With Liquid Fire

Fun With Liquid Fire

By on 16 June, 2011 in DIY, Heather Coleman with 0 Comments

In the 11 years that we have been in our house, we have only used Roto Rooter once and a licensed plumber once. No, we aren’t lucky. We have had our share of plumbing issues, but hiring someone to fix them is never in the budget. Through the power of the internet, we taught ourselves […]

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Installing a New Ceiling Fan

Installing a New Ceiling Fan

By on 14 May, 2011 in DIY, Heather Coleman with 0 Comments

I don’t have to tell you that the last few weeks have been incredibly hot. My AC has been running constantly on full blast. I swore that my electric and gas bills would not reach the same heights that they did last year, so I have been trying to keep the thermostat at 78. The […]

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Sometimes All You Need Is A Coat of Paint

Sometimes All You Need Is A Coat of Paint

By on 22 April, 2011 in DIY, Heather Coleman with 1 Comment

Spring always awakens the DIY bug in me. For the past few weeks I have definitely had the itch. Unfortunately, all of our projects are on hold right now — we are trying to save our pennies because we may need a new roof. I decided it was time to grab a can of paint! […]

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