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How I Transformed a Desk into a Kitchen Island

I acquired this desk through a friend and I just knew it was asking to be special (and for those raised eyebrows, no-I don't hear voices- but the furniture does have a way of communicating with you if you are willing to listen). The desk is very heavy and extremely well-constructed.  What better transformation than to… Continue reading How I Transformed a Desk into a Kitchen Island

scrap wood projects, lanterns, upcycle
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What do you do when life hands you scraps?

You build lanterns!! When you do as many projects as I do, you end up with scrap wood.  A LOT of scrap wood.  If I'm not careful, I can become overrun with these little treasures. When I get to the point where I need to reduce my stash, I create projects where I can use… Continue reading What do you do when life hands you scraps?

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How to relieve stress, team build and have fun in one simple step!

A lot of companies are renewing their focus on employee health and wellness.  In addition to offering health coaching and insurance incentives, many companies are recognizing the value and benefit in recreational team building. What better way to encourage a little fun and stress relief than CORNHOLE!!! Cornhole boards are simple to construct and can… Continue reading How to relieve stress, team build and have fun in one simple step!

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Custom TV Console

I recently had one of my regular clients ask if I could build her a TV console for their family room.  She sent me a photo of what she wanted, and lucky for me, there were building plans attached!  I followed the design plans from Remodelaholic found here. The building plans warned that this piece… Continue reading Custom TV Console

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Cutting Board Hack

I want to share a simple cutting board storage idea with you.  If you are like us, you use cutting boards several times a day (my favorites happen to be wood).  The challenge is how to keep them accessible and let them dry completely between uses.  Cue my incredibly simple cutting board rack (or hack!)… Continue reading Cutting Board Hack

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Thinking Outside the Block

When we overhauled our kitchen last year, we replaced our laminate kitchen counters with butcherblock.  We purchased the unfinished butcher block and stained, sealed and installed them ourselves.  Now, if your kitchen is anything like ours, you know how valuable counter space is and how easy it is for it to get away from you.… Continue reading Thinking Outside the Block

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The Mantle of my Dreams

When we purchased our home 3 years ago, we fell in love with it.  It was the layout, size, and space we were looking for.  It was colonial in style, but the problem was, my husband and I are not colonial in taste.  Therefore we set out to adapt some of the features of the… Continue reading The Mantle of my Dreams

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Custom Built Frames

We've all done it.  We get sucked in by those canvas print Groupon deals.  We order our favorite picture (or pictures for gifts).  Sometimes they look amazing.  Sometimes the look a little. Well...unfinished. Custom built frames are the easy solution.  They can be built to any size, depth, color, and finish.  That means you can… Continue reading Custom Built Frames