Giveaway: Kitchen Palette Interchangeable Backsplash System ($350 value!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Kitchen Palette custom interchangeable backsplash system

If you've ever thought of building or remodeling a kitchen (and let's face, who hasn't?), you know it's tough to settle on design choices. When it comes to tile, those choices are permanent ... usually. Now, Kitchen Palette has created a product that lets you change the look of your kitchen with an interchangeable backsplash. Read on to learn more about the product, and enter to win a Kitchen Palette system valued at $350!

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Boost Your Roost: Watch and Win ($1000!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Enter to wint $1000 at HouseLogic.com

Remember the Boost Your Roost contest we ran along with HouseLogic.com earlier this summer? Well, our finalist didn't end up winning (frown), but the eventual winners are totally deserving, and their project is kicking off today! You can follow their progress by watching their weekly video updates at HouseLogic.com: www.houselogic.com/boostyourroost2012

How can you win? Each week a new portion of the remodel will be revealed and readers will...

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DIY Lessons Learned: Testing for Lead

by Bruno Bornsztein

Lessons Learned: Lead Testing

The Project: 
Finishing up some leftover painting jobs in the Curbly House. After two months living in the house, we decided it was finally time to get the fireplace and stairs painted.

The Story: While the Curbly house was under construction, we had free reign to make a mess, paint whatever and whenever we wanted, and generally run wild. That's because no one was living in the house, and we knew we'd be doing a thorough (i.e. obsessive...

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DIY Lessons Learned: Hearing Protection

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 10/03/2012
The Project: Anything LOUD! In my case, that includes using a table saw, using a miter saw, mowing the lawn, changing a dirty diaper, etc. etc. 

The Story: Hearing protection is just one of those things people like to ignore. Most folks will throw on some eye goggles or a face mask in the appropriate circumstances, but for some reason prolonged exposure to really loud noises doesn't seem to bother us. Why is that?

Think about it: those...

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My Art History: 5 Pieces That Changed My Life

by Bruno Bornsztein

Today I'm sharing the artists and artworks that influenced my life, as part of a series of posts sponsored by Art.com. It's amazing to take a moment and think back on how subtly and unexpectedly great and small works of art have nudged the course of my life. I suggest you find some time to do the same! Read on to see which five artworks I have to thank for being who I am today.

Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2
1. Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2, David Hockney   

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Week 13 Journal: Pack 'em Up, Move 'em In

by Bruno Bornsztein

Moving in day at the Curbly House
Nine months ago, Alicia and I walked into a house with lights that wouldn't light, windows that wouldn't close, and a stale pall of neglect that was evident in every corner. And for some reason, we both decided we liked it. Not as it was then, of course, but as we pictured it could become.

After many months of hard work, bits of good and bad luck, and sleepless nights (thanks, Baby Z), we're finally living in the place, and we couldn't be happier. Read on to watch our video journal, and find out how we made the final push to get into the Curbly House.

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DIY Lessons Learned: Protecting Your Volunteers

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 09/11/2012

The Project: 
Enlisting the help of friends and family to clean up the Curbly House after months of messy construction. 

The Story: At some point in the course of any big DIY project, you're bound to need some help from family and friends. That moment came for us when it was time to get the house ready for move-in. Think: months of demolition debris, drywall dust, paint spills, and general construction garbage. It was pretty nasty.

A ton...

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