Rebuilding a staircase & framing out a wall

New to this series? Click here to start at the beginning! The biggest demo/remodel we have to tackle before we can refinish the hardwood floors in our house is the stairway makeover. We have a formal living room off the foyer that we want to enclose with french doors. Here's our formal living room and staircase situation: Right now the staircase is open on both sides and is partially in the formal living room. (This is about to get confusing so hopefully the pictures will help make it easier to understand.) We basically want to build a wall across where the stairs are and add … [Read more...]

GIVEAWAY: Dremel Trio {squeal!} + a Twitter Chat!

* This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winner is comment #31 Kimie W. * Yes, you read that right. I've got another freaking awesome giveaway from Dremel! But first, I want to invite you to join the Dremel brand for a #DremelDIY Twitter chat this Thursday, December 1 from 6:30-7:30pm CST (that's Texas time to you, yo!) (If you attend the twitter chat and send out at least one tweet during the chat, you'll get a bonus entry into this giveaway!) To join the chat, follow Dremel on Twitter, then search this exact hashtag: "#DremelDIY" (minus the quotation marks) in the search bar. … [Read more...]

Messing with the shower (b/c I obviously have loads of extra time to waste)

This is our shower situation goin' on... (not to be confused with THE Situation) (Shower mat tutorial here) Looks pretty nice. But there's something wrong. Can you figure it out? I'll give you a hint. We are using a random over-the-door basket organizer inside our shower instead of a shower caddy around the shower head. I mean, seriously, we have a perfectly good shower head right there just begging for a nice organized shower caddy. But do you see that little soap dish all up on the shower head's grill there? It's so close to the head that a shower caddy … [Read more...]

GIVEAWAY: Dremel Saw-Max; plus a new Chip Wade video!

** This giveaway is now closed. The winner is: comment #109 - Mary B** Dremel is at it again! This time they've created the brand-new Dremel Saw-Max!! My heart is pitter-pattering just looking at this new tool. Seriously. My brain is over-loaded with ideas of projects I can do with this saw. I've got a top-secret sneak preview of Chip Wade (swoon. sigh.) showing you how to easily use the new Dremel Saw-Max. The general public won't get to see this video until next week. ;) This months "Tackling America’s To-Do List" video is from the Dremel brand. As with last month’s vid … [Read more...]

Hottie Chip Wade of HGTV partnering with Dremel; plus a GIVEAWAY!!

The lucky winner of the Dremel Multi-Max is comment #179 - Missy Kim!! Congrats on your big win! Also,thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway. xoxo. Who here loves HGTV? {me me me me ME!!} My TiVo is full to the brim with shows from HGTV. It's seriously one of my favorite channels. Do YOU love HGTV? {say YES!} If you are an HGTV junkie like myself, this easy-on-the-eyes hottie needs no introduction... Meet expert craftsman Chip Wade, of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block” and “Designed to Sell”. Chip, (we're on a first name basis) of my favorite network, HGTV, has … [Read more...]

Kitchen rail turned hanging planter

Back in April I was fortunate enough to have this blog featured in the monthly Dremel Newsletter. I took my idea of hanging a towel rail on the side of my cabinet to store my pots... ...and recreated it on another cabinet to use in the Dremel Newsletter. (They wanted a video tutorial of me installing it. ->video can be found here.) When I hung the rail I really wasn't sure how I would use it, but the opportunity with Dremel was too great to pass up, so I forged ahead and installed a 2nd one in my kitchen. Now that all is said and done, the rail has settled in nicely. … [Read more...]

The video they didn’t want you to see… Check it!

** Warning: the outtake video you are about to witness may be too hilarious for you to handle. Do not watch if you have a weak bladder. ** Two weeks ago I was the Feature Article in the monthly Dremel Newsletter. Dremel sent me a Multimax tool and in return, I was to create a video for them to post in the newsletter. Unfortunately at the last minute the video was pulled because I "wasn't wearing safety goggles". I personally think they got the video I sent them and were like, "Serious? Oh crap, this is horrible. What can we say that will be a legitimate reason to pull her … [Read more...]