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.

Keeping Mulch from Washing Away

Authors: John

Summer is in full swing around here, which means just about every weekend we have some sort of family activity.  Certainly not complaining.  Given the choice between spending time with family or working on my house, I’ll choose hanging out with my family 100 times out of 100.  Consequently, our DIY projects have been relegated to...

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Keeping Bugs off the Windows

Authors: John

Full disclosure:  All the windows on the first floor of our home have temporary shades.  In case you were keeping count, that’s three years we’ve been here.  I guess it’s not too bad, since they’re fabric.  We still intend to replace them with something of a slightly higher quality.  In our kitchen and family ro...

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Installing a Pegboard

Authors: John

Happy Father’s Day to all of our fathers on earth and in heaven!  We hope everyone had a great Sunday.  Lisa followed a couple of my gift suggestions from our last post (#2!), so I did pretty well.  :)

On Saturday, I managed to install a pegboard in our garage above my workbench.  While I already had a good amount of storage in...

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Authors: John

Well, it’s that time of the year again, time to buy gifts for all the dads in your life.  Since I really don’t have to lift a finger on this particular holiday and most of our readers are women, I thought I’d dispense some gift giving advice and offer some suggestions. If you’re looking for some last minute...

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DIY Garage Project Inspiration from Hometalk

Authors: John

If you’ve been following some of our more recent posts, you know that we’re trying to get our garage in tip-top shape. We’re still looking for some smart storage and organization solutions and I’ve been stalking the garage related posts on Hometalk. You can see what ideas I’ve clipped to my ‘DIY...

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Garage Organization Ideas

Authors: John

When work on a major home improvement project finishes up around here, we’re usually left with one space that looks pretty sharp.. and one space filled with scrap wood, empty boxes and tools that haven’t made their way back to their proper place.  Those sacrificial spaces are typically the basement and the garage.  Now s...

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Mailbox Flowerbed

Authors: John

So even though we haven’t officially hit the summer season yet, we’ve already managed to finish one of the projects on our Summer To-Do List.  Our mailbox flowerbed overhaul is all done.  Only thing left to do is water it everyday for the rest of my natural life.  Yay!

Last week we showed you how we spray painted the mailbox...

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Doll House Repair

Authors: John

A few months ago, Lisa picked up a shelf shaped like a doll house from Home Goods.  She thought it would look great in our daughter’s toddler bedroom.  It was slightly damaged so she managed to swing a decent discount on it.  Luckily, the damage wasn’t too severe.

The base is MDF and it looks like a couple corners had been...

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How to Paint a Mailbox

Authors: John

Hope everyone had a happy and safe Memorial Day!  Thanks always to those who gave their lives in defense of the freedoms we hold dear.

This past weekend we had a small family get together for our daughter’s Christening.  Good times.  We also managed to squeeze in some gardening and DIYing, of course.  As much as I am a fan of ou...

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5th Wedding Anniversary: Honeymoon Edition

Authors: John

Five years ago today, Lisa and I tied the knot in front of our family and friends.  Yup.  Been five years.  Crazy.  We’re both pretty shocked at how quickly the time has gone.  So far so good.    Last year we posted about the ceremony and the reception.  This time I thought I’d share some photos and stories from the...

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