In this post, we share the steps for creating retaining walls, a 7-foot wide concrete path, and steps to our dock. This is a major project and beyond our skill level and capacity (we also don’t own a bobcat) so we hired an experienced contractor. However, Neal did all the electrical. He and I also built the steps, ramp, and railing, and all the finishing work.
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How to install old barn wood on your ceiling. We installed old barn wood on our front porch ceiling. This blog post shares step-by-step directions so you can install old barn wood on your porch ceiling or any ceiling.
We added old barn wood to our front porch ceiling. Click HERE to see how we previously installed barn wood on our lakeside porch ceiling.
Below is a BEFORE picture of our front porch (before we installed barn wood on our ceiling).
Below is our front porch decorated for fall AFTER we installed the barn wood on the ceiling.
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Our deck and deck railing needed to be replaced. Because we live on a lake, we wanted to use wire so as not to obstruct our view of the lake. We researched several options and decided to install hog wire deck railing. Actually, we learned through this process that we wanted to use sheep/goat wire. It consists of 4×4 squares. (Hog wire consists of rectangles and cattle wire consists of larger rectangles.) We purchased the sheep/goat wire panels from Tractor Supply Company. We purchased all the treated lumber from Ace Hardware and were pleased with the quality.
This DIY deck railing project has totally transformed our deck and YES, we have a great view of the lake. Continue reading “DIY Hog Wire Deck Railing” Share This:Follow Life with Neal and Suz:
In 2011, we purchased our lake house. In 2013, we renovated and added an addition. Our deck is original to the house and we have been contemplating what to do with our deck for several years. We considered replacing the wood with composite, but that is so expensive and not in our budget yet. Continue reading “Redoing Our Deck by Flipping the Boards” Share This:Follow Life with Neal and Suz:
Our son-in-law Keith started building a brick paver patio and asked for a little advice from Neal. We were delighted to help Keith and Emmy a few days with their patio. Keith worked really hard on this project and the results are worth it! Continue reading “How to Build a Brick Paver Patio” Share This:Follow Life with Neal and Suz:
Our storage shed needed some serious work! Part of the floor was rotten, some of the siding needed to be replaced, and it needed to be painted . . . So we decided to give it a much-needed makeover!
A Little Demo Work . . .
We had to remove the door, window, and some of the siding.
Our storage shed looks so sad in the picture below. 😢
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It took us a few months but we have finally finished our basement makeover project. We are thrilled with the result! Let us know what you think by commenting at the end of this post.
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I have a love-hate relationship with painting. I hate that the house is in disarray (moving everything out of the room into other rooms) and I don’t exactly love to paint . . . but I LOVE the result! I am never disappointed with how clean and crisp the room looks when we are finished.
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- crown moulding
- measuring tape
- miter saw (we have a DeWalt miter saw)
- miter saw crown stops
- stud finder
- trim nail gun
- finishing nails for nail gun
Neal and I have installed a lot of crowning moulding over the years. We have made many mistakes and wasted a lot of crown molding trying to get the “cuts” right. However, we have perfected (well maybe not perfect, but better 😉) our technique and want to pass on what we have learned to you.
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- Canned lights (and stencil)
- Electrical lights
- Measuring tape
- Certified electrician (safety is essential)
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