Project Roundup: Mudroom Solutions

Having a well organized mudroom or entryway or dropzone - whatever you want to call it! - is essential to having a clean uncluttered home.  Living in Alaska, where we have twice the gear and the gear is twice the size (it's true, everything is twice as big in Alaska LOL), here's a few tips -

Goal number one - nothing is stored on the floor Have more storage than you need.  Open shelves are opportunities for things to be set somewhere other than the floor. Opt

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2018 Top 10 Projects

Happy New Year! 

We are so excited about this coming year's projects and can't wait to start building again!  But we wanted to take a quick second and appreciate what we worked on in 2018.

The baby sure kept us busy in 2018, but we still managed to tackle quite a few projects!  If you liked any of the projects and might be inspired to build, here's the links to all the projects shown -

Master Bath (All Projects)Modern Farmhouse BedModern Farmhouse Nightsta

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Guest Room Reveal

Our guest room is finally done, and we are so excited to share with you the completed space and all the projects!

We spent about $600 furnishing this room, including a farmhouse bed, large wood nightstands, a convertible twin sleeper chair, a mini kitchenette, a hidden closet, and more! 

If we'd bought all this - we'd be in the thousands - the bed alone would double our budget!

The snack cabinet holds a mini fridge and a microwave, perfect for a sna

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Financing Your Project or Renovation

This post is sponsored by American Express Personal Loans.

Are you looking to tackle a big project or renovation?  Considering a new kitchen, addition, or maybe even a tiny house? 

DIY will save you a ton of money, and I always encourage people to do as much as they can themselves.  Whether it’s tackling your own kitchen cabinet build or taking care of the demo, the more you can do yourself, the more you can stretch your budget.

We just finished up a re

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BEHR® Think Outside the House Challenge 2018

This post is sponsored by BEHR®Paint.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Are you thinking outside this summer? Behr asked me to take on the Think Outside the House Challenge, which was to to use BEHR® Exterior products to complete a weekend DIY project within a budget of $1,000. We’ve been needing an outdoor dining solution for our small deck.  

When space is limited, I always first think up.  This trick applies to

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Easy Way to "Grey" Furniture Without Refinishing It

This post is brought to you by Varathane.  All opinions expressed are my own.



Do you have a piece of finished wood furniture that you love, but wish it was just a little "grey?" 

Weathered grey tones are a neutrel way of adding texture and dimension to a room, without cluttering a space with different wood hues.  It's no wonder the grey trend is so in right now.

Last year, I built the Two Tool $50 Farmhouse Table, and finished it with

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Welcome Everly Rose

We are so excited to introduce to our friends and blog family our newest addition.

Everly Rose White was born on May 10 at 11:11 AM - coincentally her look-a-like sister was also born at 11:11, eleven years earlier.

One day shy of two weeks late, we are thankful we were able to bring her into the world naturally and in good health with the assitance of the Alaska Family Health & Birth Center, where our two older children were born as well.

It's been a whirlwind three wee

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Introducing Spruc'd

Hi folks!  We've got some exciting news today!  For the past year - yes, I've been keeping this under wraps for a year! -  I've been working hard with my good friend and fellow maker, Jen Woodhouse on an exciting new project. We are thrilled to finally get to share it all with you today!

We are launching a brand new website Spruc*d -

Spruc'd is the first of it's kind - a marketplace just for premium furntiure plans. Spruc'd

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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen ... Almost Done

In this week's video, we added wall cabinets - finally! - to our DIY kitchen!

The open shelves (plans coming soon) were such a fun and perfect addition to our kitchen.

I thought I'd also share a few photos of the kitchen for those of you who haven't seen the video.

Before  .....

A dozen sheets of plywood later .....

We've got alot going on in the ceiling woodwork, so I knew I wanted simple white cabinets to not compete.&nbs

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Our Laundry Room "Machine" Tour + Sources

Even a small laundry room can be a dream laundry room.

My husband and I just finished up our laundry room project, and we couldn't be happier.  Gone are the piles of laundry on the floor, laundry baskets stacked in the bedroom, or even smaller sins - like everything, including whites, being thrown into the same wash.  We've planned, built, and implemented a "laundry machine" that has taken a family's dirtiest task and made it a thing of beauty.

A few weeks back, we start

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Rustic Modern Farmhouse Bath Tour + Sources

Special thanks to American Standard for providing product for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.



Our master bath is finally done!  We finished up a few of the odds and ends in this week's video, but I wanted to do a blog post with a source list, so you can get the look too!

First, a few photos!

Sometime about 15 years ago I saw a magazine photo of a bathtub perfectly centered on the doorway, and that's been stuck in my head eve

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Our Simple, Safe & Smart Holiday Front Door

We are thankful to have product provided by Schlage in exchange for sharing our honest experience.  All opinions expressed are my own.


It's the Holiday season up here in Alaska, and we are celebrating our first Christmas in our new home.

I've always dreamed of a beautiful front door at Christmas time - a cheery entry, greeting our family each day, and reminding us that it is the season to be merry and bright.  But the holidays to me are all about s

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Kreg Jig K5 Master System Giveaway

This Thanksgiving, and everyday really, we feel especially grateful for being able to do something that we love, that is meaningful and helpful to others, through this website.  No day goes by without me being tremedously thankful and appreciative, and it has truly affected all parts of my life.  

We haven't done a giveaway in a little while, so we thought we'd do one that is just to say thank you.

The prize package is a Kreg Jig K5 Master System.  This is the

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2017 Home DIYer Gift Guide

Out shopping for a special someone that loves working in the shop or on projects?  This Christmas, give them something they will love and use, on any budget, for any level of experience.  Here's my 2017 Gift Guide for the Home DIYer.


The Basics

These are the basics that every homeowner should own. It's also a good getting started list if your special someone is looking to get into building projects.

Drill - The drill is really the first power tool

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Our Pumpkin Patch is Expanding!

For our dear blog friends, we wanted to be the first to tell you, we are expecting a new little pumpkin next April.

We've been going back and forth on expanding our family for a while, and finally, this little on just made the decision for us.  It is a little bit of surprise, happening at the busiest possible time in our lives, and despite a rough first trimester, we are elated and thankful.  I'll never win the lottery or hit a grand slam, I'm just too clumsy and unlucky, but

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Handbuilt Holiday 2017 + Giveaway!

Friday's are going to be a littler merrier now for the rest of the year!

For the fifth year, Jaime Costiglio and I are sharing our Handbuilt Holiday series with you.  It's pretty simple - we design and build giftable plans and share the free plans with you in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

To celebrate, Jaime has put together an amazing giveaway!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

We look forward to another amazing series!

Have a great w

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#BEHRBox Challenge + Giveaway!



Paint truly is the most magical of all DIY tools, able to transform a pile of 2x4s into something functional and beautiful, able to give new life to something old, able to change the entire mood of a space, room, or entire home.  I am always amazed at how simply applying a color with a paint brush can truly transform just about anything.

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Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator

I have worked with and used Rustoleum products for many years.  This is a sponsored post and all opinions expressed are my own.


A couple months back in a video episode, we turned a leftover pile of 1x6 tongue and groove into a backdrop for our staircase -


I was really hoping for lots of gray aged boards, but we only ended up with a few.  Varathane recently debuted a product called Weathered Wood Accelerator, that ages wood in minutes

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How to Get Featured on Ana White

We love showing off your work to the world!  Here's how you can submit your work for a chance to be featured by Ana White -


Projects Built from PlansIf you used a plan found oun, and would like to "brag" your project, here's are the best ways to share with us -1. Brag Post - You can create a brag post on that is linked to the original plan.  It's easy to do, you can even use your phone!  Just fill out the form here, and

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