Category Archives: Home Improvement

George Walker Comes to My House (kinda)

Just to be clear, George has never been to my actual house. However, when I noticed my front porch column was completely rotted, my first thought was to bust out my copy of  By Hand & Eye. My next stop was … Continue reading

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Finishing Up the Barn Board (For Now)

On a steamy summer Friday, I reluctantly traded happy hour for a date with my three season room. First, I examined the boards for any signs of bugs and lucky didn’t find any, but I did see a lot of white … Continue reading

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My B-52’s Impression

Like most things these days, it all started on Pinterest. If you aren’t using this resource as a tool to share with your spouse, better half, co-designer, or clients you’re truly missing out. Get to pinning. After looking around for … Continue reading

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Working With Reclaimed Barn Board

If you followed the blog last year, you might recall The Big Reno, which was an HGTV-style down-to-the-studs, open-up-the-walls, live-in-a-construction-zone experience. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the results are worth it. The plan was to have 75% … Continue reading

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Milking It – Part III: Fin

I finished up the milk painted bench and I’m happy to report it’s been in use for about two weeks. My experience with “Real” milk paint wasn’t as easy as I’d thought. The acrylic stuff from General Finishes that I … Continue reading

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Milking It – Part II

After reading all the good advice today (thanks everyone!) I was quite confident going into coat two. I mixed everything at the 2:1 ratio of water to paint like yesterday. I sanded with 320 grit sanding pad and removed the … Continue reading

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Milking It – Part I

I tried my hand at milk paint tonight (Real Milk Paint). I followed the instructions from company with the ratio provided by Chris’ in a recent post. I was a bit shocked by the “foaminess” or “thickness” of the consistency. My … Continue reading

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