How-to: Tips to stain and seal a raised garden bed

raised garden bed

I love this raised garden bed. It’s awesome all by itself. Adding a stain and sealer makes it extra awesome. But, stain is still liquid with its inherent challenges. I found that using a brush, roller and tray—together—made the work easier and fun. Yes, I said fun. Note: We partnered … see more

Man V. Home Improvement: Bringing our backyard playset back to life

backyard playset

If you have a backyard playset that needs some TLC, read this blog. I think I encountered every deck-stripping, finish-applying, pressure-washing challenge bringing this baby back up to snuff. Pick up a tip, or check out how to build your own. There’s something for everyone. Note: We partnered with Thompson’s … see more

Tool Review: Briggs & Stratton Pressure Washer with POWERflow

briggs & stratton pressure washer

Tool review in two-sentences: I found the Briggs & Stratton pressure washer, Model 20569, effective and really well-designed for a tool that is notoriously hard to design well. It is easy to use with some stand-out features.  Now here’s some nitty and some gritty if you want it(ty). Let’s start … see more

A big pop of yellow makes my repurposed old desk into a cheerful snack bar

After-school snack time is even better with a custom snack bar upgraded with fresh paint. I’m a lucky mom because I usually get an answer to the question we all ask: “How was your day?” And I know that when I can sit down for a snack after school, I’ll … see more

I’ve got a few tips to make shopping for a chandelier easier.

art deco chandelier dining room

Shopping for a chandelier can be overwhelming until you can unlock some of the mystery. Whether your style is coastal casual or art deco or industrial funk, there is a chandelier for you. With finishes ranging from wood and wrought iron to upcycled bottles and fishing lures to crystal and … see more

Outsmart your Spring cleaning blues with these simple tips and tools

Black & Decker vacuum

Got the I-don’t-want-to-do-this Spring cleaning blues? Check out these tips and tools to make life easier when you just can’t live with the built-up gunk any more. Half the effort of Spring cleaning for me is just hopping the psychological hurdles of doing something I’d rather not do. Another big … see more

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