Category Archives: Home Projects

a sad thanksgiving

my family had a sad thanksgiving this year, as my grandma passed away on saturday. it was fairly unexpected, but we are taking comfort in the fact that she was sick for only a brief time and passed away at … Continue reading

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cedar chest

last winter, a colleague gave me a beautiful cedar chest that needed a new home. it was in pretty rough shape with some water rings, nail polish, and other stains. but all the damage was surface-level so it just needed … Continue reading

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beware of flying erasers

one of my junior high teachers used to throw chalkboard erasers at students who were misbehaving. this sort of thing would probably result in a lawsuit in this day and age, but we just rolled with it – mainly because … Continue reading

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a little over a year later…

and i have finished refinishing the dining room table and chairs!!! last summer, my parents came out for a visit, and my mom taught me how to refinish furniture. we started with the dining room table, but couldn’t get to … Continue reading

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i walked into a burning ring of fire

a few days ago, a friend posted on facebook that she and her husband had about 80 edging bricks to give away to whomever wanted them. ever my mother’s daughter, i jumped at the opportunity. we bought a $50 fire … Continue reading

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one man’s trash

mike and i were looking for a table to put in our dining room in front of the window. we wanted something like a coffee table to put plants on, since that’s the best window for sunlight. we found this … Continue reading

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i love thrift stores

my folks were here last week, and we worked on all sorts of projects. my mom taught me how to refinish furniture! we did the dining room table (still have to do the chairs) and it looks beautiful. that is … Continue reading

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