Author Archives: Stacey

A Literal Hot Mess

Don’t do what Donny Don’t does! – “The 10 Do’s and 500 Don’ts of Knife Safety” I almost burned down the house being messy. Well, I was trying to be organized! Or at least, take a step toward organization. We … Continue reading

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There’s a Hole in the Washer, Dear Liza

Tsk. Anyone who needs this kind of status symbol must have some terrible emotional problems. – Marge Simpson Once upon a time, we had a perfectly serviceable dishwasher. It was a real workhorse, and it survived two sets of tenants, … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of this day: the birth of Santa? – Bart We went on unintentional hiatus for the last few months — nothing dramatic happened, but I did change jobs. That took up far more of … Continue reading

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Cutlery Drawer Makeover (and Why Not)

Where’s that metal dealy you use to dig food? – Homer When we remodeled the kitchen (pre-blog, just after we moved out of the cave), the silverware drawer came with inserts something like this: That worked well, but the kitchen (and … Continue reading

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What Tutorials Don’t Say About Refinishing Wood Floors

I’m happy AND angry. – Ralph Wiggum The next step in the upstairs remodel was refinishing the floors. Kevin previously wove salvaged flooring into the existing boards, so now we have actual flooring throughout the upstairs. We decided to do … Continue reading

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First Principles Thinking In Action

Homer: Aw, twenty dollars? I wanted a peanut! Brain: Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts. Homer: Explain how! Brain: Money can be exchanged for goods and services. When my brother and I were kids, if we were trying to puzzle something … Continue reading

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Radical Radiator Plan

Who would have thought a whale could be so heavy? – Moe Once, there were two good-sized radiators upstairs. We removed one for floor-plan reasons (it ended up being inside a closet). After draining and disconnecting it, we put it … Continue reading

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Quartz Countertop Dechippification

Mmmmm, chips! – Homer Simpson Not too long ago, we found a small chip on the edge of the sink. It was virtually invisible, but we knew it was there, and it made us both a little sad. We can’t … Continue reading

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Good Fences Make Sore People

Look! Achy Breaky Stacy for a dollar ninety-nine! One of our New Year’s priorities for 2014(!!!) was repairing our leaning privacy fence. We didn’t get it done. This spring, I was concerned (and embarrassed) enough about the angle that I wanted … Continue reading

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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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