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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.

Instagram Christmas Ornament Party

Authors: John

It’s that time of the year again around here.  Lisa is digging through our Christmas decor bins and dressing up the house.  While holiday decor isn’t really my thing, I do enjoy laughing at some of our older ornaments as we pull them out of the bins.  It’s a fun tradition.

Since we could use a break from the whole...

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Our New Weekly Newsletter

Authors: John

Wanted to check in with everyone before Thursday!  I forgot to mention in our media cabinet wrap up post that our total cost was approximately $155.  Originally, I had hoped to build it from leftover material from the bigger built-in, but I ended up needing more wood than I thought.  We’re happy with $155 considering it’s...

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Custom Media Cabinet: Complete Wrap Up

Authors: John

The TV stand is finally done.  During the week I wrapped the bottom of the cabinet with some baseboard molding using the same procedure we used on our first built-in.  The only thing I may still do to the cabinet is re-coat the top and shelves with some cabinet grade enamel paint.  The latex paint doesn’t seem to be holding up q...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 11: Cabinet Installed

Authors: John

So I was going to make another video of the cabinet installation, since we were already at that point.  Then I realized, I’d be showing a 30 second long clip of me screwing the cabinet to the wall.  (I just secured the cabinet to the wall with a couple of 2″ drywall screws.  The screws went into the backstrap that runs al...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 10: Cabinet Assembly

Authors: John

This is part 10 in our series on building a custom TV stand. There won’t be a part 12, I promise. Maybe a wrap up post, but that’s it. We’re almost, almost done. The cabinet is pretty much all built. I just have to attach the doors and install it. In today’s video I show you the cabinet assembly including...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 9: DIY Cabinet Doors

Authors: John

So our Custom Media Cabinet is nearly complete.  I’m hoping to get it painted and then assembled this weekend.  Instead of putting it together and then painting it, I’m going to try painting most of it first and then gluing it up.  It was a major PIA to paint our built-in once it was finished.  Especially the interior of th...

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Reverse Osmosis System Review One Year Later

Authors: John

Happy Tuesday!  Instead of hitting you with the next installment in our TV stand build, I wanted to do a few posts here and there on some other unrelated home improvement projects.  Wasn’t originally my intention of doing 8 furniture posts in a row, but that’s just kind of how it worked out.  I haven’t worked on it l...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 8: How to Make Dado Cuts

Authors: John

Two videos in one week.  I’m starting to feel like Steven Spielberg, sans the ability and talent.  Although let’s be honest, my scripts are WAY better than the Star Wars prequels.  Am I right?

If you’ve been following this build along, so far you’ve seen us come up with the concept design and do the dimension...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 7: How to Cut Plywood

Authors: John

After a busy week and a half here at home, things are finally getting back to normal.  I had a midterm in my night class and things at work got nuts for a bit.  Rather than scramble to throw a post together, I thought it would be best just to wait until things cooled off.

In today’s post we pick up right where we left off with...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 6: Face Frame Construction

Authors: John

During my three day weekend, I managed to finally get some woodworking done.  I built the face frame for our custom media cabinet.  As promised, I whipped up a tutorial video.  Let me know if you have any questions.  You’ll see it’s not all that difficult to cut the pieces to their finished length and width and then ass...

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