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DIY Holiday Decor Ideas

Step up your decorating game with these holiday decor ideas. We put together a few of our favorite holiday decorating ideas from Lowe’s. “Curated” I think is the fancy term that bloggers are supposed to use. Some of the decorations are straight up available for purchase, some of them are DIY ideas, all of them are good. … Continue Reading

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Lowe’s Headquarters

Lowe’s was brave gracious enough to invite the Lowe’s Creative Ideas crew down to NC to visit the HQ, get some sneak peeks at some of the new Spring 2015 trends, and see some top secret stuff. It was awesome. We wanted to write a recap of the trip but aren’t really at liberty to … Continue Reading

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How to Install Simple DIY Shelving

Practically everyone has a weird closet that’s just wasted space. There’s mine. It’s in the kitchen, around a corner. It has a 24-inch deep shelf up near the top that you can’t reach the rear of. It has a bar for hanging something… apparently a bag full of other bags. And we keep an extension … Continue Reading

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Custom Facebook Cover Photos

Every once in a while someone invents something that truly changes the world. The wheel. Printing press. Sliced bread. The flux-capacitor: Well the last one wasn’t real. But here’s a shiny new object: custom facebook cover photos with just a few clicks. I mentioned this in my last post—where we gave away a copy of … Continue Reading

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How to Build an allen+roth Outdoor Fire Pit Kit

A cool evening, some wine, your best girl or guy by your side, and a crackling fire to warm your tootsies. Romance, that’s the one thing I think of when I think of a fire pit. Oh, and burning stuff. Romance and burning stuff, the two things I think of when I think of fire pits. Like most things in … Continue Reading

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How to Refinish/Waterproof your Deck

Come on, today’s the day. Get your sorry butt outside and waterproof that deck. Refinishing a deck is one of the most gratifying ways to spend a Saturday. Using the right cleaners and waterproofers you can take that deck from Sahara to Sa-weet in a single day. This is what I’m dealing with. It’s been a year or two since my deck … Continue Reading

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Outdoor Furniture Upkeep

As cheapskates, er, I mean, frugal people, we’re all about normal maintenance and upkeep on anything you can maintain. Lawnmowers, cars, HVAC, and… FURNITURE? That’s right, furniture. More specifically, outdoor furniture. Of course the reason we love maintaining outdoor furniture is BECAUSE we’re “frugal” and all you really ever SHOULD do with most wooden outdoor … Continue Reading

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Installing a Legrand Plugmold Tough Power Strip

Anyone out there who has a workshop knows that whenever you’re working on a project with more than a couple tools you’re going to run out of places to plug in faster than the Die Hard franchise ran out of plot lines. I run out of places to plug in tools all the time, and … Continue Reading

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Kitchen Update – Tongue and Groove Ceiling

About 15 years ago, I completely rebuilt my kitchen from floor to ceiling. Well, here I am again—the only difference is that I can’t do it all at once. Taking this one in stages, with a schedule mostly determined by how much padding my wallet has. And, I seem to be doing this all backwards. … Continue Reading

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Outfitting the Patio with Lowe’s

Outdoor entertaining was an oversight when my home was built, and I guess it never occurred to anyone who lived here before me that no patio = no summer picnic. (Well, there’s a screened in cement slab porch/sunroom type of thing, but I consider a patio something that’s outside, in the open.) And since there’s … Continue Reading

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