Month: December 2012

Building Furniture

Ahh! This weekend is graduation weekend! I can’t believe it is finally here, after 5 and a half years of hard work.  While preparing for graduation I paid my student bill (they are squeezing every last dime out of me) and picked up my cap and gown.  No matter where you go, people ask the same question.  “What are you doing next? Are you unemployed?”  Even though I hear it at least once a day, answering that question doesn’t really get any easier (mostly because I don’t have any clue what my plan is).

Ryan knows that I have been stressing about not having a plan, so for graduation he got me a new fun tool to play with.  I am the proud owner of a Kreg Jig! It is a pocket hole jig that makes extremely strong joints when building furniture.

Here is a good video that explains what a Kreg Jig is and why it is used:

I recently became very interested in Ana White.  If you are at all interested in making furniture you have got to check out her blog:  She posts furniture plans online that can be made with basic materials and simple tools.  The only thing I had to get was a Kreg Jig and now I can get started! You can make most of the plans without the pocket hole jig, but it is much easier with this tool.

So, where do I start? We need a day bed for the office, bed side tables for the guest room, a farm house bed for the master, and some book shelves for the living room.

Maybe not having a plan isn’t so bad after all…

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Dining Room Drywall


I just wanted to drop in for a quick dining room update! As a reminder this is what we were working with:

We decided to rip out the wall with the window in order to insulate and have nicer drywall put in place.  As you can see, the drywall around the window was in rough shape.  When we tore out the beadboard in the living room, it damaged some of the dining room.  The beadboard ran all the way through the living room wall and continued in the dining room.

Here is a picture of the new drywall:

The other walls in the dining room are texturized.  We are going to attempt to smooth them out and then apply our own texture to all of the dining room walls.  Then we will be painting this room a simple white and begin our flooring that will match the kitchen.

Thanks for reading! We hope everyone is having a happy holiday season.



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