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Millie’s Remodel: Framing, Electrical, & Plumbing – Oh My!

Millie's Remodel: Framing, Electrical, & Plumbing - Oh My! Come take a peek into the Millie's Remodel project house and see the progression as I start to build back after demolition. Did I say demolition is finished? I thought it was, but…
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How to Protect Your House From Termites

How to Protect Your House From Termites or Why I'm Canceling My Termite Treatment You may have seen my update at the Millie's Remodel and how I found termite damage under the laundry room floor. I was just completing demolition and discovered…
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Millie’s Remodel: HAZMAT Demolition Progress and Precautions

Millie's Remodel: HAZMAT Demolition Progress and Precautions It took me two weeks, but the HAZMAT demolition process is finally finished. Truth be told, I never wanted demolition to be completed more than on this house. It seemed like every…
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Millie’s Remodel: Mini Demolition Update

Millie's Remodel: Mini Demolition Update I know it's been a few weeks since you had an update on the Millie's Remodel project. If you're wondering who is Millie and what am I doing to her, you can read more here. Otherwise, let me give you the…
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Screen Porch Makeover with Invisible Mosquito Screens

I'm incredibly excited about our screen porch makeover with invisible mosquito screens. But, I also can't wait to share with you the almost invisible insect window screen material I found to replace our old screen porch screens. It's honestly…
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Habitat for Humanity Bathroom Renovations in a Weekend

We recently completed Habitat for Humanity Bathroom Renovations in a Weekend. I don’t usually work for others, but when the executives at my local Habitat for Humanity office asked me to come in and take a look at their dated bathrooms,…
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Millie’s Remodel: A 1950’s Ranch Renovation

Millie's Remodel: A 1950's Ranch Renovation This is my latest home renovation project and another opportunity to use my general contracting skills to turn a dated and neglected house into a beautiful new home. Follow along with Millie's Remodel:…
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How to Stretch Tight Shoes

How to Stretch Tight Shoes Have you ever bought a pair of shoes because they were super cute, but they were a tad too tight. If you're like me, you probably bought them and thought, "They'll stretch out if I wear them enough." Then a year or…
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3 Ways to Shorten Light Fixtures for Low Ceilings

Hey all, do you have eight foot ceilings or lower? Have you lamented the fact that the light fixtures you love will be too tall for your height-challenged ceilings? Well put that light fixture back in your cart because I'm here today to show…
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How to Install Privacy Film on Windows

How to Install Privacy Film on Windows Do you have a window in your house that puts you on full display? Or maybe your neighbor’s house is very close to your’s and you feel like they can see in your window (especially a bathroom or bedroom…
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Fixing Sagging Furniture Seat Cushions

A few years ago I gave my stepmom’s screen porch a much needed makeover. At the time we noticed the seat cushions were starting to sag, but decided they still functioned. This year, my stepmom told me they had to be fixed. Boy was she right!…
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How to Build a Reclaimed Wood Sliding Barn Door

Earlier this week when I showed you the master bedroom in the Saving Etta house, you probably noticed the sliding barn door. I am in love with that door and especially excited that I was able to salvage the old beadboard and repurpose it as…
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How to Remove Scratches from a Cast Iron Sink or Tub

To keep our cast iron fixtures looking new, I have a never-fail formula to clean and remove all those scuffs and scratches! Here's how I clean our cast iron sinks and bathtubs. How to Clean Cast Iron Sinks and Bathtubs While I was helping…
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Can This Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Really Replace a Gas-Powered Mower?

Can This Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Really Replace a Gas-Powered Mower? I have underestimated the abilities of battery-powered mowers for years. But, recently I received the STIHL RMA 460 Battery Powered Mower to test out. Did it live up to…
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DIY Built-In Fire Pit Benches

DIY Built-In Fire Pit Benches These simple DIY built-in fire pit benches are a simple and attractive design. The lumber costs are low and the skills required are minimal — a winning combination in my book! Just think, you could have these…
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How to Drill New Door Knob Holes

How to Drill New Holes for Door Knobs Every once in a while, you might find yourself with a new (or old) door that needs a hole drilled into it for a door knob (or a deadbolt). Today I have the perfect tutorial to ease your mind and help you…
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Saving Etta: Laundry Room Update and a No Hands Light Switch

Saving Etta: Laundry Room Update and a No Hands Light Switch About that Saving Etta laundry room, did you get a peek last week? If you missed it, I showed you how I installed the cement tile floor. We can all agree, the star of the laundry…
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DIY Leather Word Bracelets

DIY Leather Word Bracelets With Valentine's looming just around the corner, I'm sure you are looking for a fun DIY project to make for a friend. Or perhaps you participate in the challenge to choose one word for the year. Either way, this is…
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How to Install Cement Tiles and Achieve Professional Results

How to Install Cement Tiles and Achieve Professional Results If you've been browsing Pinterest lately or flipping through the pages of your favorite home design magazine, you've probably seen (and likely fallen in love with) real cement tiles.…
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Pull Out Drawers with Chalkboard Fronts

Did you enjoy that sneak peek of the pantry renovation project? I'm sure you are dying to see what lies behind that closet door. Well, you're in luck because today you get to see the reveal and learn how I made these Pull Out Drawers with…
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How to Finish Raw Plywood Edges

Recently I've been working on building drawers for our pantry. The material I chose to use is finish grade plywood. Plywood is strong, but unfortunately it has a raw edge that isn't the most attractive side of the wood. No problem, it can…
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Paint an Abstract Water Lily Painting

I have an unsightly electrical panel in my kitchen. But, luckily I found a way to cover it using an Abstract Water Lily Painting. Best of all, I recycled an old canvas and used paints I had to create an abstract painting that goes with the…
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DIY Gold Leaf Bottle Vases

Remember when you were a child and you would pick wildflowers and present them proudly to your mom in a soda bottle? The simplicity of a fresh picked bouquet and the opulence of real gold leaf makes these DIY Gold Leaf Vases the perfect gift…
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Easy Peppermint Star Ornaments

Last year I made these Easy Peppermint Star Ornaments. They were a lot of fun to watch as they melted and fuzed into a snowflake ornament. My son asked if we could make them again this year. Because the kids are officially out of school now,…
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How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign

How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign: You guys, I'm super excited about this Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign I made using scraps from my workshop. This sign turned out 200 times better than I imagined in my head. I knew I had to share…
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5 Tips for Better Looking Videos on Periscope

Are you using Periscope yet? I know my initial thoughts were, "No way! I am not going to sign up for yet another social media platform. This Handy Girl ain't got time for that nonsense." This weekend I was bit by the 'scope bug. Granted, this…
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How to Refinish Wood Floors without Sanding

How to Refinish Wood Floors without Sanding I love our antique heart pine floors! They are beautifully distressed. The round pegs and square nails securing them in place add loads of character. However, the square nails sit flush with the surface…
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How to Paint an Ombré Wall Technique

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Technique Ombré painting is EVERYWHERE. Clothing, home décor and even wall paint techniques. An ombré wall is the paint technique I chose to create a misty and ethereal look in our master bedroom. It started…
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How to Strip…Paint Off a Door

Have you ever had to strip... paint off a door? (You must leave a dramatic pause after strip for the full effect! LOL. If you haven't had to strip...paint off a door, consider yourself lucky. If you need to strip... paint, I have some tips…
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Video Tutorial: How to Reupholster Dining Chairs and Protect the Fabric

In the very beginning of this blog I showed you how to reupholser a yard sale chair. Almost four years has passed and I learned a lot since then. I hope this tutorial will be more helpful to anyone who wants to reupholster a simple dining…
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Decorating Like Royalty Stenciled Scarves Tutorial

  Sooo, whatcha doing on Tuesday? Say around 2pm EST? Do you wanna come over and play with some paint and stencils? I'd love to have you. As would Melanie from Royal Design Studio & Jesse from Scout & Nimble! Miriam from HomeTalk…
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Abstract Art Ocean Painting Tutorial {Video Tutorial}

As promised, I created a tutorial to show you how you too can paint a giant abstract ocean painting. The easiest way for me to show you how was to share the video of the process. If you are viewing this post in your email, you will need to…
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A Gift to Make You Laugh – Pretty Handy Girl Blooper Videos

  How are y'all holding up in this holiday rush? The boys and I ventured to the mall to see Santa on Friday. The 2.5 hour wait quickly helped us decide to skip the big guy's lap route and attempt a last minute letter to his greatness.…
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Flow Wall Assembly in the Art and Craft Room

The art and craft studio is nearly complete. One of the major successes in this room is the Flow Wall storage under the eaves of the sloped ceiling. I couldn't be happier with the ease of installation and the storage possibilities. If you…
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Tool Review – Black and Decker GYRO

I finally finished installing the Flow Wall in the arts & crafts studio. And I had some help from this little guy: This is the Black & Decker GYRO, it's a cordless screwdriver, but it has one amazing feature. It is smart enough to…
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Day 5 Reveal of the Moore Habitat for Humanity House – End of the GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

And now the moment y'all have been waiting for! The end of our journey and the culmination of all our efforts were revealed to Alexcia, Jaydon & Jurnei Moore on Sunday, August 5th 2012. Alexcia thought she was just getting the keys to…
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Dye Sprayed Shirts Using ScotchBlue Tape {Video Tutorial}

How many of you are moms (raise your hands)? And how many of you moms out there have rambunctious kids home for the summer? So, y'all with your hands raised will likely recognize this: That was my cute adorable bird salt shaker that was…
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SNAP! Recap and My Empowerment Talk

Phew, I just made it through the whirlwind two weeks of speaking engagements! First I gave three back-to-back talks at the Southern Ideal Home Show in Raleigh. Then a few days later I hopped a plane to Salt Lake City to give my presentation…
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Tool Tutorial Friday – How to Use a Caulk Gun

You know the old saying, "No question is a dumb question." Well, I have to say that about this tutorial, "No tutorial is a dumb tutorial." I realize that a caulk gun isn't a big scary power tool, and yet I still think learning how to use…
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Video Tutorial for using Simply Screen – Free Printable

The holidays are at full throttle speed and my boys couldn't be more excited. Myself? I still haven't decorated the house — in fact — truth be told I let Pretty Handsome Guy and the boys bring in the tree and decorate it. But, I did want…
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Tool Tutorial Friday – Table Saw Tutorial

Welcome back to another Tool Tutorial Friday. I have a secret to tell you, this is one of the two power tools I own that I fear the most (the other is my router.) However, everytime I use my table saw I get a little more comfortable. Regardless,…
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How to Make a Shoe Storage Bench out of a Habitat ReStore Wall Cabinet

We had a great turnout at the Habitat ReStore demonstration on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who showed up. It was nice meeting some new friends. There will be another talk at 1 pm on Saturday, December 10th at the Cary, NC Habitat ReStore!…
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Tool Tutorial Friday – How to Use a Cordless Drill

A cordless drill is an essential tool for any DIYer. If you don't have one, stop reading this and go buy one! Seriously, a cordless drill is one of the most important tools for your toolbox. How to Use a Cordless Drill If you've been reading…
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Caulking and Painting the Board and Batten

If you are just joining me and missed the tutorial for building board and batten moulding, you can view that tutorial HERE. Today I want to show you how to hide the holes, seams and how to paint the board and batten moulding. Plus, how I paint…