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Traditional plasterers achieve perfectly flat and smooth walls with nothing more than a sanding required. Yes, you heard me, no sanding at all!For years I've used what was readily available to achieve the "plaster" look. At this point I've probably applied close to 300 gallons of joint compound to give our walls the authentically vintage look of plaster. I've also discussed this somewhat labor intensive and messy method at length, which included the many MANY references to sanding it all smooth until my arms could sand no more. Over the years I adopted techniques to ease the process, tools to reduce the mess, dust collection methods to keep the drywall dust from venturing into each and every nook and cranny in the house....
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At this point you’ve probably seen our finished and furnished bonus room above our garage, but let’s take a quick joyride back in the DeLorean to talk about how we installed the oak hardwood flooring in there. When we mentioned it oh-so-briefly in our first post about the space, we also promised to share more how-to details, since it was our first time doing a traditional nail-in installation (we previously did a floating hardwood installation). It wasn’t terribly difficult, but it did have its challenges. So for anyone else who might be taking on the task, here’s a rundown of what we did and how we did it. Choosing Our Floors First off, why hardwoods? Originally we had planned to do wall-to-wall carpet....
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A few months ago, I shared how much I didn't love my guest bathroom. It was in that weird decor limbo where it was good enough not to be totally offensive so I've lived with not liking it for 8 years but your comments gave me the impetus to just make a change. And oh boy do I love it!I went bold with black paint - what I had wanted to do all those years ago but chickened out with an untested grey that ended up looking like poop brown. See, that is what I get for not following my own advice about testing before painting!!  To quickly cover up that mistake I used some blue green paint I had hanging around and closed the door to this room. As you can see, this bathroom is small so it didn't take much to make a big impact....
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What: Babboe Big Cargo Bike. Babboe Co is a relatively young company, est 2006, in the Netherlands. That is also where the word bakfiet originated as it is actually a Dutch word meaning “box bike”. Also referred to as a cargo bike, box bike, Christiana bike, ladcykel, kid schlepper, minivan bike, trike, etc.  Where: Firth & Wilson Transport Bikes, Fishtown, Philadelphia.  We definitely recommend this great shop and staff! When: May 2016 How: Luckily they had one in stock and ready to ride home that day!  Shipping times can range up to a month for some models.  Apparently you can rent them there, too! Why: We tested another trike style cargo bike while there, a Danish brand, Nihola. The cargo area only had one bench, so our kids would have had to sit next to each other....
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  Bosch Self-Leveling Rotary Laser Complete Kit Review The folks at Bosch have come out with a new rotary laser, the Bosch GRL-500 HCK Rotary Laser Kit, which is self- leveling. I got the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Canyon Ridge® Limited Edition Series Carriage House Doors Years ago there were very few options when it came to garage doors. You either bought a steel door that looked rather commercial or you went with a wood door that required lots of maintenance. Sure there were many different styles to choose... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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When looking at improving your home and investing in renovations, it is always good to keep in mind what your ROI will be....
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Today’s homeowners are redefining the concept of “home life.” Where there used to be a clear definition of spaces that were dedicated to work (the office), play (the gym) and home (your house), our connected worlds have grown closer and closer to the point that any defining lines have blurred. Homes today are created with an intention to encompass work, play, and nurturing family connections. Contemporary home design principles have evolved over the past century to reflect this – rather than taking its cues from historic procedures or precedent, contemporary home design is rooted in the belief that a home should be a “machine for the living.” No opportunity for functionality is overlooked with a contemporary design, and that includes windows....
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Our lifestyles have gone through a considerable transformation from the traditional homes that were built by the ancestors to the mainstream ones of our... The post 11 Homes That Combine The Historic And Contemporary appeared first on ~ House Crazy ~...
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If you’re a regular reader, you know this detailed guide is the culmination of many days shadowing expert general contractor and carpenter Steve Wartman. I was on-site as he and his crew built this deck, taking pictures of the progress, documenting the work and discovering tips and tricks. I’m convinced that there’s no better way to learn how to tackle home improvement projects than following a licensed contractor through a build. If you enjoy this article, check out our other Project Guides. To stay current on all our Pro-Follows, subscribe via RSS or email. If you live in the greater Baltimore area and are considering adding a deck to your home (or any other sort of home improvements), I suggest you give Steve a call....
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