• Gift Card Giveaway #2

    * * This giveaway has ended * * It’s been another fun year of True Value DIY Blog Squadding, and to celebrate one last time, we’re wrapping things up today with a $100 True Value gift card giveaway… It’s good … Continue reading


    House Numbers

    I really enjoy looking at blogger’s adoption timelines to see how everything went for them, time-wise. And since I’ve had a few requests to share more information about each step of our adoption process, I just wanted to quickly mention … Continue reading


    How To Build A Picture Frame (The Easy Way!)

    Kevin found a heart-shaped locket wedged in the seat back on the passenger side of our car a couple of days before we left for Peru… Neither of us knows where it came from, but strangely enough, I had been … Continue reading


    Sunroom Updates – Paint, Plastic, and a Pretty Fixture

    Remember when we painted our sunroom, Cloud Nine? Well, as of today, the room is coated in Gray Lake. Yep. We changed our minds and headed back to True Value to pick out a different shade last week. We chose Gray … Continue reading


    Sunroom Makeover – Step Two: Wall Color

    We made a quick trip back to True Value to pick up wall paint for the sunroom last Thursday afternoon. After sampling a handful of other off-whites, we settled on a Benjamin Moore color called Cloud Nine because it was the … Continue reading


    Sunroom Makeover – Step One

    Time for a quick sunroom makeover update! What once was Manchester Tan, is now Simply White. (Note: The existing ceiling fan fixture will soon be replaced with some kind of chandelier.) They’re both Benjamin Moore colors, but we had ours … Continue reading


    Gift Card Giveaway

    One of the best parts of being on the True Value Blog Squad is being able to host home improvement-related giveaways. This week, we’re giving away one of these little guys… It’s got a hundred bucks on it, and it’s … Continue reading


    Ask The Blog Squad (Session #1)

    Just a quick heads up: Kev and I will be on “Ask The Blog Squad” duty over at True Value’s Facebook page tomorrow. (Tuesday, July 17) So if you’d like to throw any home improvement-related questions our way over there, … Continue reading

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    This Tool Rocks (Swift Driver by Master Mechanic)

    Remember those window treatments I blogged about the other day? Well, part of our 2012 DIY Blog Squad duties involved trying out a new tool from True Value, and since we used it to put those window blinds up, I thought … Continue reading


    Hemnes TV Stand Redo – True Value DIY Blog Squad

    True Value approached us about being on their DIY Blog Squad again this year, and we were thrilled to give it another go. Working on this old house is my passion, and I never imagined a company like True Value … Continue reading


    How To Remove A Doorknob (and then put one back in its place!)

    We decided to change out some of our door knobs with some ($13) oil-rubbed bronze ones from True Value yesterday… We shot a little video tutorial about the switcheroos, too: (Click the play button on the video below) (Click here … Continue reading


    Chalkboard Black

    We hosted a birthday party the other night. I had planned to bake — ok, fine- heat up a frozen – blackberry cobbler, but we kicked our nasty, old, malfunctioning stove to the curb when we had the new flooring installed … Continue reading


    Hardwood Staining

    The whole kitchen/laundry room floor redo ordeal started with Kev and his friend Jason busting up the old (unevenly laid) tile and (badly stained) grout that held it all in place… It was a super dirty job… …but they did … Continue reading


    True Value Paint

    We went with a color called November Rain on the walls in the dining room. We used it in one of our previous homes, and thought it would be a nice, fresh choice for the dining room here at TLC, … Continue reading


    Plank Ceiling

    The bottom half of the dining room currently looks like a bomb went off in it because of what’s going on it the kitchen, but we finally finished working on the top half of the room last week- so I … Continue reading