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Migrating DIY My Home

Posted: September 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’m migrating our site to a new domain name:

Please visit us now at

Thanks and happy DIY’n to all!



New blocks for Rory OR great idea from watching DIY Network last night? Find out at our new site here 🙂

Not your ordinary vacation

Posted: August 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

We took a mini-vacation from Friday-Monday on the beaches in Michigan. It was great and now we are extending that break to include a ‘vacation at home week.’ This is no ordinary vacation…the projects have already started. There is concrete setting up in a mold as I type to complete our fireplace mantel, and Dave is building a form for our concrete bathroom sink experiment. So stay tuned for some neat pics coming in the next day or two!!

The master bathroom is not really complete (missing trim and haven’t painted the doors/window yet). Since I shared the DIY mirror the other day, I thought you might like to see the terrible before pictures as well. This was a complete gut job. Check it out:


Any suggestions on what to put on those naked walls and nooks? Maybe a built-in bench/storage piece for the nook and floating shelves above the toilet? Help! Please share…

We only had a master bathroom and a half bath BEFORE…so it was a must for us to add a shower on to the tiny 4ft x5f half bathroom. Otherwise  it would be a little weird to make guests or grown kids go into our bedroom to shower.  Obviously with a bathroom that small it took some thinking and space planning in order to squeeze in a shower. So I got out the graph paper and came up with a plan. We moved a few walls around (okay, our contractor took care of this one!) and switched the door to the side of the bathroom and…Voila! HELLO Shower!

Here is a picture looking into the tiny bathroom BEFORE the remodel (obviously). Terrible everything in my opinion (well, i do like the circular window). The only item we salvaged was the pedestal sink and that is just temporary until we build a vanity and pour a concrete sink/top. And I would LOVE to DIY a stained glass window at some point.


 And now the CURRENT (everything is always evolving so I’m not sure I will ever be able to use the word ‘after’):


Current view (standing in shower/old doorway)

New shower

Shower Niche/tile detail

Floor tile detail (in bathroom and front entry)

Front Entry way Before and ‘After’

Entryway BEFORE (ignore the inspector and his crazy hat!)

NEW entryway flooring & closet doors

So there it is! What do you think? Still needs some kind of picture or floating shelves above the toilet. Any suggestions?? 

Welcome to our DIY blog

Posted: July 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

We are taking a few risks and having fun with our first house! With NO previous experience with construction, woodworking etc… we are taking on concrete countertops, a concrete cobblestone paver patio, and building all kinds of furniture. Follow along and learn from our mistakes 🙂