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We are Lisa and John and we run a home DIY blog. In addition to our projects, we also share our adventures in cooking, baking and whatever else comes along.

BLACK+DECKER Cordless Drill Giveaway

Authors: John

I’ve got to be honest with you guys… the office improvement project has been slow lately.  I’ve been doing a bit of travel for work and that’s been cramping my DIY style, but thankfully, that’s done and I’ll be able to get back into high gear.  Later this week, I’ll have a nice update post for...

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Our Blog Should be Like a Mullet

Authors: John

When I first started blogging back in 2011, Lisa and I would cover more topics in our blog posts than we do today. A lot has changed since then. For starters, Lisa doesn’t write anymore. I’m also much more focused on home improvement and DIY projects specifically. Gone are the recipe posts and the occasional humor post. Probably f...

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Your Home from Scratch #4: Andrea’s Custom Vanity

Authors: John

If you ask me what I enjoy the ABSOLUTE MOST about blogging, my answer is always helping others with their home projects.   Hands down the best part of this gig.  I love getting comments or emails from readers expressing their gratitude for something they found on our site.  Really makes my day.  Just last week, one of our newsletter s...

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My Expensive DIY Plumbing Lesson

Authors: John

In today’s post I want to share a story with you from back in the days when I wasn’t very skilled in the ways of home improvement. I believe that you learn much more from failures than you do from successes, so I’m not in the least bit embarrassed to discuss this episode.  I hope this story helps put your home...

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DIY Projects I Just Won’t Do

Authors: John

Happy Friday folks!

In today’s post, I want to go in a slightly different direction from our normal How-To posts and instead talk about How-To-Not.  That’s right, even though we’re trying to grow our readers’ DIY skills, there is a line that each of us won’t cross.  There are just some projects that we w...

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How to Install Old Work Lights

Authors: John

Our home office remodel is going really well.  We just finished the joint compound work, the ceiling has been primed and painted and just this evening I finished installing the ceiling lights.  I just realized I owe you a complete list of every task we’ve completed and have planned for this space, that way you have a better idea...

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Your Home from Scratch #3: Bobbi’s Sweet Router Table

Authors: John

In this week’s installment of Your Home from Scratch, we’re showing off Bobbi’s beautiful router table.  It’s perfect timing since we just released our own set of free router table plans, although my table isn’t even in the same ballpark as Bobbi’s.

Bobbi is one of our newsletter subscribers and I...

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New Video: How to Finish Drywall

Authors: John

Hey gang,  it’s been well over a week since our last post and even longer since we last checked in with an office update.  Well, I’m happy to tell you that we’ve completed the long drywall finishing process and we’ve started priming and painting.  Pretty soon, we’ll be installing crown molding and moving...

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Your Home from Scratch #2: Colette’s Amazing Deck

Authors: John

Today we’re exited to bring you another edition of Your Home from Scratch.  If this is your first time to our site, Your Home from Scratch is a new series where we interview our readers and other bloggers to bring you their challenging home improvement projects.  Last week in our first Your Home from Scratch post we interviewed K...

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Free Router Table Plans

Authors: John

Well it’s been a couple months, but I’ve finally finished my latest set of free woodworking plans.  This time it’s my simple router table.

I first built this simple router table when I was adding raised panel wainscoting to our dining room.  It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than those $100 tables...

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