Maintenance and Repair

Repairing Wood Shingles

Repairing Wood Shingles

I live in Maine where the coast is littered with beautiful wood shingled homes. I’m a New England gal so I can’t help but dream of the day that I’ll get to own one. Though they’re a lot of upkeep, I don’t think there’s any siding that compares. As wood […]

Furniture Facelifts: All the benefits, none of the pain

Furniture Facelifts: All the benefits, none of the pain

My recent post about refurbishing an old family sofa got me thinking about the value of old furniture. Personally, I think it is a wonderful thing. When I look around my house, I can count at least a dozen pieces where I’ve extended life with new upholstery or refinishing. One […]

Tune Up Your Outdoor Furniture

Tune Up Your Outdoor Furniture

Time to dust off your patio set and revel in spring weather. Here’s a few tips from the Washington Post to get iron, teak and plastic in shape. Wrought iron: If you see rust damage, scrub off as much as possible, ideally down to bare metal, with a wire brush. […]

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

I remember the first time I saw what is now our house in person. I walked into the living room, my eyes following the giant bay windows up, up, up to the ceiling and saw … gridlines. There was a drop ceiling. I remember saying to my then-fiance that the […]

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

My dad made this sofa when I was just a toddler. It sat in our living room for years, and at eight feet long, it was the centerpiece of everything from family photos to teenage sleepovers. I suspect my dad built it more out of necessity than desire. In the […]

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

What I love most about the blogosphere is how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. While perusing one of my favorite fashion reads, Fashion Is Spinach, the delightful Ms. Spinach shared an ingenious solution to her sagging sofa cushions. She had bought a mid-century wood frame […]

Fix A Screen Window Tear

Fix A Screen Window Tear

In all my excitement that a) our President was actually in my part of the country and b) that the weather is finally warm again, I accidentally tore a tiny hole in my screen window by rushing to open it this afternoon. Whoops. I found out exactly how to fix […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 4: When Brick Goes Wrong

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 4: When Brick Goes Wrong

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Repair Advice for Winter Damaged Stone Patios

Repair Advice for Winter Damaged Stone Patios

Spring is a time for new beginnings and fresh air. It’s also the time to get out on the patio and notice the toll that freezing temperatures have taken on your patio. Brick Patio Problems Maybe you left your heavy umbrella stand or BBQ out on your brick patio over […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 1: Changing the Exterior of Your Home

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 1: Changing the Exterior of Your Home

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

How to Repair Heaved Fence Posts

How to Repair Heaved Fence Posts

Winter can be rough on your fence. As the frost leaves the ground and you start to wander around the backyard, you may notice that some of your fence posts have moved around. Is your fence leaning? Are their sections snapped off or threatening to? Does your gate take heavy […]

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Ah, the housing market. For those of us who have property up for sale, we’re either forced to lower our asking price or take it off the market, crossing our fingers that it’s only a matter of time until it’s a seller’s market once again. Until that happens, it’s important […]

Late Winter Tasks Pave the Way for Spring Projects

Late Winter Tasks Pave the Way for Spring Projects

After a long, nasty winter, temperatures in Kansas City climbed near 60 degrees yesterday, causing a widespread outbreak of spring fever (which was soon remedied by the announcement of impending snow through the end of the week.) In the spirit of the coming warmth, there are a handful of late-winter […]

Personal Protective Equipment for Water and Mold Removal

Personal Protective Equipment for Water and Mold Removal

Water damage repair can be hazardous. The most common types of hazard? Contaminated water and mold. Both pose a huge threat to you and your family. Thankfully personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, is readily available this day in age. In this third part of our series on water […]

Wall Doctor to the Rescue

Wall Doctor to the Rescue

Living in an older home comes with many things you can see as “charm” or “obstacles” depending on the situation at hand. You have less-than-stellar plumbing and electrical, uneven floors, creepy crawl spaces, dank and dark basements, inefficient windows, doors that don’t hang straight, mismatched millwork, etc. One of those […]

Easy Wallpaper Removal Options

Easy Wallpaper Removal Options

My friend Marc (of the demolished kitchen fame) asked me one day if I knew of any “backwoods” methods of removing wallpaper from plaster walls as to prevent damage from being done. I didn’t – we just tore down the walls that had wallpaper on them (but regretfully so – […]

Protect Your Home’s Gutters with GutterMonster

Protect Your Home’s Gutters with GutterMonster

In Kansas City, each of the four seasons isn’t shy about making itself known to residents, whether that means 100-degree temperatures with 90 percent humidity or a below-zero plunge and an ice storm. To protect your home’s gutters year-round, consider the GutterMonster system, an unobtrusive gutter guard that boasts a […]

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

A lot of consideration needs to go into the flooring you choose for your home. Other than considering your personal design aesthetic and the use of the space, you have to think about what’s going to work best for you and your family – especially when it comes to refinishing, […]

Unclog A Drain…Fashionably.

Unclog A Drain…Fashionably.

When Joan Crawford demanded the absence of wire hangers, she clearly never had to unclog her tub. For the past few weeks, I’ve avoided the growing pool of water by my feet during each of my morning showers. Chemical materials like Draino just aren’t for me and a plumber isn’t […]

Water Damage Repair: What Can You Salvage

Water Damage Repair: What Can You Salvage

When water damage occurs, the first step is assessing the source of the water and thus its category. This is important because the category determines what can be saved and what can’t be saved. Let’s start with the easy diagnosis: Category III Water Remember, category III water has either sewage […]

10 Projects for a Snow Day

10 Projects for a Snow Day

Home from work and your kid’s school has called a Snow Day. There’s no better time to work on those house projects you’ve been putting off. We’ve got 10 projects that should keep you busy while your house thaws out. 1. Make a magnetic bulletin board – Turn your stainless […]