Our Home from Scratch

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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.

Setting Up Shop: Table Saw Upgrade #1

Authors: John

If you’ve been following along lately, you know that we’re knee deep in our home office renovation.  In our last post, we discussed the work we’ve done to date and what work was coming soon.  We’re starting the second half our office project today by upgrading my main workshop power tool, the table saw.  For w...

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Get on Board with Our Cabinet Build

Authors: John

Happy Monday, folks.  We hope all of our American readers enjoyed their 4th of July weekend!  Lisa and I took the kids over to the USS New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.  It’s the closest Battleship to our home in South Jersey.  I’m a HUGE fan of the Iowa Class Battleships.

Gotta tell you… I was not disappointed....

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5 Tips for Better Crown Molding Results

Authors: John

I’m relieved to finally tell you that all of the crown molding has been installed in our home office.  It was a bear.  Granted, I still have to putty all the nail holes, caulk the joints and paint them.  I’ll save that work for the weekend.  That’s not the end of the molding in the office either.  Once the built-ins a...

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Home Office Update

Authors: John

Believe it or not, it’s been about seven months since we started our home office remodel and we still have a good amount of work left to do.  While we never intended for it to take this long, life has a way of stretching some things out.  Since we starting our office project back in December, we’ve since gained a good a...

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Sliding Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Plans

Authors: John

Happy Monday folks.

Today I have just uploaded our latest set of free woodworking plans.  The plans are for the sliding kitchen cabinet drawers.

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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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