Last week, Curbly editor and ManMade blogger Chris Gardner flew up to the Twin Cities to join me for a week and help out with a kitchen remodel we've been telling you about this month. With help from Wilsonart, we're taking an old, grungy kitchen and making into a lighter, brighter space. Read on to see how we tried to cram the whole remodel into one week (eek!).
This spring, I had a chance to tour the manufacturing facility at Andersen Windows Corporation in Bayport, Minnesota. Bayport is a small town (about an hour from Minneapolis) on the banks of the scenic St. Croix river. It's a beautiful setting, and one Andersen has enjoyed for a hundred years. Preserving the river is really important to the company, and one reason they take great care to produce their windows and doors in an environmentally-conscious way. Read on to see what I learned about how windows get made, and watch my video tour!
Guess what? It still feels like winter here in Minnesota. Last year around this time we were happily painting a new nursery for our then-unborn baby boy, with the windows open and a warm breeze wafting through the house. This year, not so much:
FYI, here's what things looked like last year for National Painting Week (notice the short sleeves and generally increased level of happiness):
So what's all that stuff sitting in our...
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This week we're running a great giveaway with Cree (click here to find out how to win 10 Cree LED Bulbs and a $250 Home Depot gift card), so I got a chance to try out their new bulbs. If you haven't been following along with the development of energy efficient lighting technology, it's safe to say things have changed a lot in the last five years.
There’s no end to the home furnishings that can be constructed and crafted from sections of PVC piping. Found in the plumbing aisle at the hardware store, this material lends itself to drilling, cutting, and painting, and accepts fabric beautifully. There’s no guesswork here. A two foot section of 6”-diameter PVC pipe is the perfect base for a fabric covered umbrella stand, but why stop there? Let’s light it up!
With Valentine's Day coming up, I know some of you are looking for a creative gift for your special person/pet/self. Well, look no further! A gallery wall of picture frames from Change of Art fits the bill perfectly; just fill it up with some family snapshots and you're ready to go! We'll give you two! Read on to learn more about this week's prize, and how to win!
And you thought you were done getting gifts this winter! This week, we've teamed up with Blinds.com to give away two $500 gift cards; that means two lucky winners will get five big ones to spends at Blinds.com, where you can find an awesome selection of blinds, shades, shutters and drapes. Read on to find out how to enter!
We're wrapping up the year with our favorite DIY ideas from 2012. Here are the original how-to projects I liked best this year. Starting with dog treats and cabinet makeovers, all the way through to DIY household cleansers and organization ideas. Enjoy! (All links open in new tabs for your browsing pleasure)