DIY woodworking projects: Make a vase / candle holder from reclaimed lumber

woodworking projects

I call woodworking projects I make with regular carpentry tools ‘workbench woodworking’. I call working with 100-plus year old 3×10 lumber AWESOME! So what else would I make with honkin’ huge lumber? A flower vase, naturally. It’s diesel and the first cut is with a circular saw. This build is … see more

Theresa is asking: Are we going back to black in our dream kitchens?

Hossmagazine HossDesign MyFixitUpLife Theresa kitchen color trend GE

While there has been a surge back to black in European markets, the trend to black and other options has been slower elsewhere. But it is picking up as a trend. Black and darker colors have made their way back into the kitchen (just take a peek at Pinterest), and now there are really good alternatives to stainless steel in appliance finishes. see more

New! Write on your countertop, walls, and more with Formica’s new Writable Surfaces collection

One of my favorite new home products is the Formica Writable Surfaces collection. Yes, whiteboards and chalkboards have been popular for a long time in home design. But I have never seen a surface for counters and walls that is designed for writing on it. Until now. The writable surfaces … see more

The Winter Garden: Raised bed for cold weather color and Spring flowers

Winter Garden

This winter garden makes me happy. The landscape design is a little out of the ordinary—which makes it a perfect winter yard project. Don’t let the cold and short days keep you—or your tools—inside. Get out there and get it done. Even though the leaves are down, I think this … see more

Holiday decoration ideas: Light the night with MyFixitUpLife’s yard pyramid

holiday decoration ideas

We all need holiday decoration ideas. And as much as I love stringing garland (I don’t) I’m more at home making stuff with tools.  If you are too, I hope you’ll like and share our holiday yard pyramid. Stuff For me, holiday decoration ideas are more fun when they’re made … see more

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