Archive for May, 2012

Fireplace Mantel Picture Frame

fireplace mantel picture frame

“Variety is the spice of life”.  That’s what one of my good friends would always say.  My wife Desiree must subscribe to that philosophy as well, because she is always wanting to change things up in our house, rearrange the furniture, etc.

Over the years we’ve accumulated memories captured in photos that we wanted to display above our fireplace mantel in a picture frame, that would allow Desiree to switch them out whenever she wants. We found out what size photo enlargements were available from Costco, and then I made a frame to fit any of the pictures we decide to blow up.

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Backpacking is Paradise to Me


Desiree and I went to go listen to one of those vacation timeshare presentations where they give you free stuff to listen to their sales pitch.  During the presentation, one of the salesmen asked everyone what they currently do for vacation.  When camping was one of the answers mentioned, he quickly jumped on his soap box and went off about why camping is not a vacation.  According to him, only staying in high-end, all-inclusive resorts is truly a vacation.

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Decorative Window Wells

decorative window wells

What’s one of the most neglected, drab areas of a home?  Bingo- basement window wells.  But they don’t have to be.  I mean, nobody likes looking out their basement windows at ugly window wells.  So why not do something to liven them up?  I saw a home once that had a huge window well off a basement billiard room.  To the back of that window well was mounted a Harley Davidson motorcycle! Cool- I know, but for me a Harley wasn’t in the budget, so I opted instead for some potted plants.

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Wood Front Door

new alder front door

Repainting exterior painted surfaces of a home, such as exterior doors, as needed about every other year or so is normal maintenance.  Last fall, I noticed all our exterior doors needed to be repainted.  I had an unfinished reject alder door slab sitting in my basement for years, thinking I would someday use it to switch out our front door.  So instead of taking the time to repaint our steel front door last fall, I replaced it with the wood door slab.

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