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Make Your Own Birdhouse (from Lowes.com)
Upstairs Shower Inspiration
This one is really similar to our setup - minus the tub, which will instead be a toilet - and our shower will be quote a bit “longer” than this one. We’re working with a 34” x 48” space. I just noticed how that top piece of glass swivels. Way cool.
And this one is super gorgeous as well. These are both delicious-looking, if you ask me.
get a custom house portrait
these are wicked-cute and oh-so adorable and once we’re done with the house, would be kind of awesome to have!
tips for installing a backsplash
- put down rosin paper on your countertops (over top of cardboard if you want to be extra careful) - or just use the cheaper brown construction paper without moisture protection if you’re pretty confident the cardboard will stop any thinset drips from seeping through…
- use painter’s tape to secure cardboard and paper
- mixing mortar - here’s a handy little video with tips on that.
- the tile back splash needs to be installed on top of cement board, not sheetrock…
- “cement board (1/4″ thick Permabase Ultrabacker to be exact) was about $10 per 3ft x 5ft sheet after the 10% discount code that they offer everyone (YHL10)” from here
most of these tips came from, where else? Young House Love.
YHL installs a dishwasher
we’ll be doing this here little project within the next few months. it always helps to have step-by-step instructions like these. plus, they give links to a few video tutorials that we can probably use as resources as well.
- most common difficulties involve old, corroded plumbing. it’s best just to replace the old stuff, otherwise it involves very careful attention not to disrupt existing seals and connections
- water off (from under sink or at main connection to city)
- shut off electricity
- install drain hose up high
- when directly connecting power, use a strain reducer
- very important that the dishwasher be level, even front to back. dead straight (even with countertop or slightly tipped back) is best so water doesn’t surge up out of the front of the tank when in operation.
- leave lower panel off for a while to double-check that all connections are completely dry. you can use a colored napkin below, it will leave a noticeable stain on the napkin even if it’s dried by the time you see it.
implementing the mason jar chandelier…
this person used Kara Paslay’s directions to make this
Yep, those are Mason Jars. I knew I’d been collecting them for something other than ironic glassware, I just didn’t know what that was until I saw one of these Mason Jar Chandeliers on Etsy for a few hundred dollars. I made mine for about $35. It only took a 3 or 4 hours to make, and then about an hour to install it with Jeff’s help. That light switch already had a dimmer on it, and it looks SO awesome in a dark room on a super dim setting. I’ve been waiting and waiting to change the fan out in the dining room, but it had to be for just the right thing. So glad I could do it with my own two hands.