Our Fireplace Renovation Part 4: The Mantel of All Mantels

Our Fireplace Renovation Part 4: The Mantel of All Mantels

Rob's parents live on a ranch outside Sacramento. One of their black walnut trees died and they had to cut it down. When we heard about it we thought, that wood must be pretty. We had …
Our Fireplace Renovation Part 3: Framing and Shiplap

Our Fireplace Renovation Part 3: Framing and Shiplap

The up-side to installing a Fireplace Insert was that it came with framing instructions. This was going to be Rob's first time ever framing but we figured if he can build furniture, he …
Our Fireplace Renovation Part 2: Evaluating our Fireplace Options

Our Fireplace Renovation Part 2: Evaluating our Fireplace Options

To make the fireplace whole again, we needed to determine our options. Since we literally had no experience with fireplaces, we went lined up some professionals to talk to. We talked to a m…
DIY Outdoor Kitchen Part 3: The Finishing Touches and Copper

DIY Outdoor Kitchen Part 3: The Finishing Touches and Copper

Our outdoor kitchen bases were built, and the concrete countertops were installed! All that was left were those final finishing touches of our project. We decided to sand the redwood since …
DIY Outdoor Kitchen Part 2: Concrete Countertops

DIY Outdoor Kitchen Part 2: Concrete Countertops

I've seen concrete countertops done on the DIY and HGTV networks all the time, how hard could it be?! It turns out, not that hard. It certainly takes some time, but it was well worth i…
DIY Outdoor Kitchen Part 1: It's All About That Base

DIY Outdoor Kitchen Part 1: It's All About That Base

I dreamed about an outdoor kitchen for years. I saw those ones from Costco for a couple thousand dollars that were small, but very nice. I never thought about making one of our own. But th…
Our Fireplace Renovation Part 1: Demo Day

Our Fireplace Renovation Part 1: Demo Day

If you've seen our "Projects" page you've seen the 1970's rock on the outside of our house. Lucky for us, this same rock graced our fireplace surround too. Ughhh. We …

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