Category Archives: Windows & Doors

No Need to Hack: Ikea Mail-Ready Basket

Now there’s no choice but to go…store-bought! – Marge Simpson Once upon a time, I cut up an Ikea magazine basket to make a hanging mail basket. This hack has held up surprisingly well. But if it starts to fall apart, it seems Ikea has me … Continue reading

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In the Market for a Squeegee

With the shower tile (and niche) done, nothing was stopping us from taking showers except the gaping open side. Some very long time ago, I ordered a frameless shower door (on sale!), and it was finally time to install it. … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Rooms

The loft remodel continues to delight me on a daily basis. I love coming home from work and seeing What Happened Upstairs Today. Kev and I head up together, and we let the cats come along. They are not so … Continue reading

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Faking Leaded Glass in Cabinets

Marge: My address?! It’s…umm…1-2-3…Fake Street! Chief Wiggum: 123 Fake Street. Got it! When we finished the built-ins, I intended to gussy up the glass cabinet fronts. One idea was making the glass look old, but I really wanted to emulate the … Continue reading

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Window Films for the Look of Old Glass

Ice to see you. – McBain When we added the built-in cabinetry to the living room, we used glass doors for two reasons: It breaks up the expanse of wood. It allows remote access to the electronics. The vintage cabinet unit we used … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonder We Didn’t Fix This Sooner

Whenever I watch It’s a Wonderful Life (under protest*), I cringe over the recurring problem with the loose newel post finial. You know, the little annoyance that drives Jimmy Stewart’s character completely bonkers until he sees the light and realizes it–and everything … Continue reading

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Roman Shade Roulette

All these questions! Is a little blind faith too much to ask? – Sunday School Teacher Time to revisit the DIY roman shade I made earlier this year (I’m also updating that post in detail to make sure the whole … Continue reading

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Love Letter to a Doorknob

You are unique, you are special, and someday those things are going to come together and work for you. – Marge Simpson When nephew Drew was about nine, he told us we needed to make our house more “modern” and “futuristic”. … Continue reading

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Modified DIY Retractable Roman Shades

It’s been done. – George Harrison Update: I still recommend this project–and my hacks to the original tutorial–but I’ve discovered that it doesn’t work well with a heavy fabric like black-out lining. I’ve noted in [bold and brackets] below where this is … Continue reading

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Things That Go D’oh in the Night

Captain McAllister: ‘Twas a moonless night, dark as pitch, when out of the mist came a beast more stomach than man. Homer: Hey! – The Simpsons The other night, Kev was out and I came in late, but an insane … Continue reading

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