• Musings and Misadventures,  Projects

    Our House

    Our House… That phrase always makes me think of the Cosby, Stills and Nash song: Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard… Except our house isn’t a fine house. In truth, it’s sort of a dump. Or it was. Now it’s more like the canvas our lives are painted upon; ideas attempted and embraced or rejected and painted over with a new idea taking its place with Fate’s ever-present hand sending us in directions we never intended. Maybe it’s not a masterpiece, but it is so woven into our family fabric, I’m not sure where we stop and the house begins. We…

  • Projects

    The Great Popcorn Debacle Part II: The Laundry Room

      I couldn’t live with the demon anymore, something had to give. Our laundry room was sort of an awkward hallway with machines on one side, coat racks on the other and random junk stacked everywhere. It was a good place to try out a ceiling idea because of its small size and I could redo the whole, dysfunctional and hideous room at the same time. Pinterest is full of great shiplap and faux shiplap ideas. Plywood strips hung as faux shiplap is an easy and inexpensive solution. I won’t bore you by re-creating the wheel with step-by-step DIY instructions, just show you the outcome. We have a table saw, so…

  • Projects

    The Great Popcorn Debacle

    Part 1: The Demon and the Dastardly Delima Once upon a time, a particularly evil and mischievous demon slipped from the bowels of the earth and possessed a home builder. The demon impregnated the builder’s mind with an idea that would cut cost and dampen noise in the houses he built. This idea took hold as post-war industrial America began to move to the suburbs. I wish a pox on this demon that brought forth the concept of popcorn ceilings. A pox I tell ya! The thing with popcorn is….well there is just a lot of things. Under the best of conditions, the texture creates shadows and those shadows make…