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Tabatha Wharton

Review of 1-800-GOT-JUNK

For two people who don't own a truck, 1-800-GOT-JUNK was a perfect solution to our very time-sensitive problem.…

The Five Emergency Adhesives Everyone Needs

We've compiled a list of the five most essential, flexible, and durable adhesives to have in your workshop so you can (hopefully) save your project from complete failure.…

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The Argument For Gentrification

At it's most surface level, when an area is gentrified, a once-blighted urban community is repaired, reoccupied, and revitalized. This doesn't go without hard work by dedicated people, and it isn't an overnight process. …

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When Gentrification Fails

Between existing neighborhood conditions, rehabilitation projects, attracting like-minded new residents and later profitable businesses, finding the proper balance in between both the controllable and uncontrollable forces is no simple task.…

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Yuppies In The Ghetto: What Exactly Is Gentrification?

The word conjures everything from visuals of empty-nesters and yuppies sipping lattes from their million-dollar renovated brownstones to angry hipsters and working class people protesting the construction of new buildings where old ones once stood, fighting for the perceived…

The Genie Digital Summit Tour de Force

What happens when the the most recognized brand in garage door openers decides to completely redesign their entire line to meet consumer concerns as well as update with the latest in technology? You end up in Baltic and Mt.…

Dremel Velocity VC60 Packs a Punch

The good people over at Dremel sent their newest tool, the Velocity VC60, for us to give a spin. As someone who just moved into a new-old house, I jumped at the chance to let this small-but-mighty combination tool…

See how Keen Utility Boots Are Built In America with Pride

When we first arrived at the KEEN factory in Portland, my fellow media tour participants and I were greeted with this sweet little video. After some presentations, our group split into several smaller groups as we headed for the…

Garage Safety Tips for National Safety Month

For homeowners, safety and accessibility are a main priority, particularly as it pertains to entry and exit points. Unfortunately, millions of homes are at risk, with 1 in 15 garages and 3 out of 4 gate systems lacking the…

Top 10 Allergies From Your Home (Infographic)

You may think with summer in full swing, seasonal allergies went out the door with the rains and flowers of spring. Oh no, dear friends, allergies are still alive and well and kicking the literal snot out of sinuses…

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Get Your Gourmet Grill On with Napoleon

Not long after Napoleon Grills released their list of Top Ten Grilling Cities in America (one of which being only an hour from where I live), they introduced three brand new, top-of-the-line grills: the Rogue 425, the Prestige PRO 665,…

Milwaukee Introduces New Camera Inspection Tool System

Milwaukee Tool continues to expand its M12™ line offerings with the introduction of the new M-SPECTOR FLEX™ system. Designed from the ground-up to give users the versatility they need, the new recordable inspection camera features an innovative PIVOTVIEW™ camera…

Valspar Launches New Paint Color Tool

We’ve all been there — seven odd paint chips in hand, the colors all ever so slightly different in shade, holding them up to a wall or a project and trying to discern the “perfect” color. You operate under…

Kobalt 24V MAX Power Tools Pricing Released

We recently shared with you the debut of Kobalt’s 24V MAX line of redesigned power tools available exclusively at Lowe’s. Now, just a week ahead of the public launch, we have the details on the products’ pricing just in time…

A Little Help Finishing Our Closet

Whether you’re an avid DIYer or just getting started with tackling your own home projects, it doesn’t take long to learn that there will always be that one project that never quite gets completed. …

Protect your Family with Safety Glass: It’s Not Just For Cars

When we moved into our century-old home and began our then-minor-now-major renovations, we realized something slightly terrifying about our original to the house solid wood door. Moreover, the picture window in the door. Somehow at inspection, we had failed…

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Five Reasons To Document Your Renovation

When beginning a home renovation, there are a multitude of things to consider -- cost, time, materials, permits, etc. But have you ever considered documenting your project to be an intregal part of not only the process, but a…

5 Pointers for Researching Your Next DIY Project

Just because a website says adding to existing plumbing is as easy as 1-2-3, doesn't mean really anything without the experience to back it up. Find the best resources for your next DIY project.…

8 Tips to Do-It-Yourself While Pregnant

Since this isn’t my first time being pregnant amid approximately a million home improvement projects, nor is it the first time that being pregnant necessitated some of those projects, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned…

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Coverings 2012: The Ultimate Tile Experience

In April I had the overwhelming pleasure of being included on the VIP Press Tour of the Coverings Tile show, an international trade show for all facets of the tile and stone industry, held in Orlando, Florida. For three…

Recycle Your Old Holiday Lights

It happens to the best of us — we go to hang our holiday lights only to find that they no longer work. Trying to find the burned-out bulb or shorted fuse is time consuming and frustrating, and often…

Designers Rejoice: Pantone Paints Are Here!

Your eyes do not deceive you — in fact, they should be wide and sparkly right about now. Pantone, infamous for their color swatches and identification, has come out with their own line of paints matchable to any Pantone…

First-Time DIY Essentials: IKEA FIXA Tools

When we moved into our first house a month before the holidays, we were overjoyed to later receive gracious amounts of basic (and not-so-basic) tools and accessories from our famliy to help with our renovation plans. And while those…

The CDC Creates A Zombie Pandemic Graphic Novel

Anyone who’s caught the first season of The Walking Dead on AMC knows that the CDC played a vital role in handling the zombie pandemic of which the heroes of the story are trying to survive. The show is…

Bring The Workshop To The Table This Holiday Season

Believe it or not, the holidays ARE right around the corner, which means so are many a gathering of friends, family, food, and events that call for gifting. Whether you’re hosting a major fete in the upcoming months or…

Make a Wish at the Genie Blogger Summit

Today I’ll be heading out to Berlin, Ohio to The Genie Company headquarters for their Genie Blogger Summit, and there are hashtags and Twitter handles galore for you to follow along on this adventure into Amish country. If you’ve…

20 Ways to Upcycle an Old Yoga Mat

We here at Charles & Hudson are always looking for ways to be as green as possible in our everyday choices, as well as be as economical as possible too. So when it was time to replace our old…

The Business Of Being An Accidental Landlord

Due to the housing market of recent years, many people are finding themselves in a pickle when trying to move — either they can’t sell their house, owe more on it than it’s worth, have out-priced themselves with renovations,…

10 Things NOT To Do To Keep Your Home Safe

Now that it’s officially autumn and fall projects are finishing up as the cooler weather sits in, it’s time for a reality check. Before you know it, winter and the holiday season will be upon us once again, and…

Create Your Own Giant Ruler Height Chart (For Free!)

I’m sure we all have similar memories growing up of standing with our backs straight against a wall while our parents marked our height with our names and the date, creating a timeline of childhood growth. While these places…

Take A Peek Inside The Columbus Idea Foundry

Last month while enjoying the exploits of the Tool Race we also had a chance to tour through the Columbus Idea Foundry, the host of not only the race, but the birthplace of many of the modified tools that…

Say Hej To The New IKEA Family Loyalty Program

One of our favorite Swedish retailers, IKEA, has reccently launched a new program called IKEA Family, a free membership loyalty program with a good deal of benefits for cardholders. During our family’s end-of-summer sojourn to the great big blue…

Power Tools On Fire: Welcome to the Tool Race

This past weekend we had the absolute joy of attending the Third Annual Ohio Tool Racing Championships in Columbus, Ohio, and we could not have been more impressed. Run out of the Columbus Idea Foundry, the concept is that…

DIY With Disabilities

We’ve often talked here at Charles & Hudson about things like universal design, how to DIY with temporary medical conditions (read: pregnancy), and what to do if you’re mid-project and injure yourself. But something we haven’t touched much upon…

Our Inaugural Run With FrogTape

About a year ago the blogosphere was all abuzz about FrogTape, a new painters’ tape product with paint-blocking technology purported to stop paint from bleeding under the tape. With that in mind, the point of the tape was to…

Why You Should Go To A Really Really Free Market

This past weekend we had the chance to check out our city’s monthly summer Really Really Free Market — as in, yes, everything really, really is free — and we’re digging this latest urban trend. Really Really Free Markets…

Learn A Few Tricks From The New IKEA Catalog

Today felt like a holiday when we received our mail — the new IKEA 2012 catalog sat innocently in our mailbox, its near pristine pages just crying out to be thumbed through. While we are pretty avid IKEA shoppers,…

Upcycle Your (Recalled) Drop-Side Crib

My daughter will be turning one here at the end of August, and as a child always in the 95th percentile of growth with no sign of slowing down, I know her babyhood is quickly ending while her toddlerhood…

Secure Your Home With Creative Landscaping

Living in an urban environment sometimes means sacrificing some personal space. Houses are closer together, square footage is minimal, and neighbors don’t have to work very hard to be nosy with their windows practically lining up with yours. Privacy…

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…

Use Landscape Lighting To Enhance Safety

While some people prefer a very in-your-face style of home security presence, there are others who lean more towards a subtle, multi-purpose approach to ensuring their home’s safety. One way to accomplish a more low-key, yet attractive level of…

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,…

Protect Your Nest With A Camera … For Nests

A little known secret in the home security world is that the appearance of security is about 90% of the actual benefit of having a home security system. Meaning, if it looks like you have a system, potential intruders…

Hone Your DIY Skills At The Theatre

There are only so many episodes of home renovation shows you can watch before you get the itch to get your hands dirty. However for most of us, we didn’t grow up with tools in one hand, climbing scaffolding…

Save Space With The Stepcase

One of the biggest challenges many small space dwellers face is storage. Whether your abode has a bevy of closets and cabinets or is as bare as a bone, when every square inch counts, you need storage solutions that…

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,…

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.…

Change Out Your Screen Door With A Stylish Security Door

Security doors used to have a pretty bad rap. They’d decrease your property value, make your neighborhood seem sketchy, and worst of all, were ugly. Screen doors, however, were praised far and wide for creating welcoming entryways, adding style…

Make Your Mark With Moss Graffiti

If you’re looking for a unique way to liven up a boring cement slab, decorate a retaining wall, or just leave your mark without leaving a chemical footprint, then we have the solution for you — moss graffiti! Sounds…

Refinishing A Claw Foot Tub, Take Two

Now that the weather finally has begun to cooperate, we’re back at our February project of refinishing our cast-iron and porcelain clawfoot tub. Where we last left off, we were dealing with a handful of complications, including lack of…