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5 Fun Labor Day Weekend Projects

5 Fun Labor Day Weekend Projects

Here are a few of our favorite projects that would be great to tackle this labor day weekend. Choose an indoor or outdoor project and go for it! 1. Paint Your Own Wall Mural 2. Build a Flower Window Box 3. Build a Container Garden 4. Create a Year Round […]

New Beginnings at the Dahl House: Nesting Series

New Beginnings at the Dahl House: Nesting Series

With the help of some great contributors we’ve covered some elements of nursery design and preparing for a baby as well as recycling a crib and tips for doing-it-yourself while pregnant. We’ve put a lot of these tips into action and starting this week we’re launching a Nesting Series where […]

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Wow, people. Where in the WORLD did the summer go? We can’t believe Labor Day weekend is almost here! And Starbucks will soon sell their pumpkin spice lattes, so, you know, that’s a true sign that the seasons are changing! Moving into a new season typically means that there are […]

Get Stuff Done During A DIYcation

Get Stuff Done During A DIYcation

It’s been awhile since we checked in with our good friend, the fabulous DIY Diva. And when we did, she gave us a brilliant idea: the DIYcation. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? If you have a lot of things to check off your DIY list or want to make time […]

Create Storage & Intrigue With A Secret Door

Create Storage & Intrigue With A Secret Door

We all have those whimsical childhood dreams of what our dream house would be like. Whether it be turrets, underground tunnels, tiny elevators, or hidden passageways, we all smile with delight at the thought of finding a real-life home with even one of these attributes. But what if it were […]

Paint Your Own Wall Mural

Paint Your Own Wall Mural

Our friend Nick has a passion for music and wanted to incorporate this into the design of his new home. You can take his same concept and create your own wall mural using a design of your choice and following the techniques he used to project the image on your […]

Stain Your Cabinets With Coffee Grounds

Stain Your Cabinets With Coffee Grounds

We love finding creative uses for common household items. Take coffee, for example. It’s delicious, and for many of us, it’s the fuel that keeps us going throughout a hectic day. And better yet? You can use it to stain wood like kitchen cabinets. Using coffee as a wood stain […]

Share Your Project with Built by Kids – Win Some Stuff

Share Your Project with Built by Kids – Win Some Stuff

This has been an amazing summer for us. We’ve been putting in the miles with media trips across the country and mixing in a jaunt to Paris…for a babymoon. Yes, Laura and I are expecting a boy in September! We’re super excited and thought, why not make this extra fun […]

The Power Of Pressure Washing: A Before & After

The Power Of Pressure Washing: A Before & After

We’ve talked before about pressure washers on C&H — they can help tackle a variety of jobs and can breathe new life into a variety of products. Take decks, for example. It’s likely that your deck takes quite a beating year after year, especially if you live in an area […]

Glam Up Your Cement Floors With Glitter

Glam Up Your Cement Floors With Glitter

For a long time at our house, we’ve been discussing how to handle our basement floor. Despite being freshly (albeit poorly and incorrectly) painted before we moved in, a combination of bad workmanship, poor color choice, and the wear and tear of a DIY home renovation (think paint splatter, dropped […]

5 Stay at Home Projects to Avoid Carmageddon

5 Stay at Home Projects to Avoid Carmageddon

It’s here! The weekend that Angelenos have been dreading for months. CARMAGEDDON!!! Simply put, the 405 freeway will be closed for two days at 10-mile stretch between I-10 and the 101 to repair a damaged bridge. The run up to this event has been a bit Y2Kish with everyone planning […]

Build Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

Build Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

There’s nothing we love more than a quick DIY project that serves a practical purpose. Summer is a prime time to gather fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden or area farmers markets, but the downside is that the produce can often attract fruit flies while being stored in your […]

Create Invisible Kitchen Storage

Create Invisible Kitchen Storage

No matter if you have a galley-style kitchen or an expansive professional one, something every chef or baker of every level is looking for is more storage in the kitchen. Typically, this would involve adding more cabinetry, shelves, containers, or other items that can easily take up precious square footage […]

What’s The Average Cost Of A Kitchen Remodel?

What’s The Average Cost Of A Kitchen Remodel?

The kitchen is often the center of a home. It’s where we prepare food, eat, gather and relax. It comes as no surprise, then, that kitchen remodels top the list of most popular home projects. And they’re typically where homeowners see the highest return on their investment, too. If you’re […]

Build Your Own Container Garden

Build Your Own Container Garden

One of the disadvantages to living in a loft, apartment or condo is the lack of outdoor space. As a Kansas City loft dweller, I find myself lamenting my lack of balcony or patio on a daily basis, especially now that gardening season is in full swing and I crave […]

Free Your Inner Artist With A Sharpie Floor

Free Your Inner Artist With A Sharpie Floor

Sharpies are such a versatile item. Sure, they’re an ideal office supply (and a must-have when it comes to preparing for a garage sale.) But Sharpies also have nearly unlimited DIY potential. Just ask my husband who, after becoming inspired by a C&H post I wrote a couple years ago, […]

Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever

Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever

For the last several years, I’ve been keeping a list of features I want in my dream house. They include a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves, a giant kitchen and maybe even a secret passageway. Another thing to add to that list? A hammock, which I’d install in my perfectly manicured […]

Tips And Tricks For Refinishing Your Deck

Tips And Tricks For Refinishing Your Deck

Harsh weather conditions, wear and tear — it’s likely that your deck will need to be refinished every few years to keep it in prime condition. This is generally a project you can tackle over the weekend, provided you’ve gathered up the right supplies. At the project’s outset, refinishing a […]

Cracks Be Gone: How To Patch A Sidewalk

Cracks Be Gone: How To Patch A Sidewalk

What’s not to love about a sidewalk? You can draw on them with chalk, and they’re a safe haven on which to walk, bike, jog, jump rope, play hopscotch–you get the idea. Yet over time, sidewalks can crack and become damaged. At this point, they not only become eyesores–they’re also […]

Five Simple Beginner’s Ikea Hacks

Five Simple Beginner’s Ikea Hacks

A little while back, we read an article detailing a list of things an expert thought should not be bought at Ikea — leaving pretty much decorative accessories as the only “purchasable” items recommended. As we’re sure you know, Ikea can be quite the DIYer’s paradise, if you’re willing to […]

Make A Findable Mini Time Capsule

Make A Findable Mini Time Capsule

While perusing our new favorite obsession, Pinterest, we’ve come across some pretty awesome ideas to get the most bang for your DIY buck. One of the most genius is a findable time capsule — inside of a lightswitch cover. The idea is to leave your story for the next occupants […]