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February 6, 2017

Chris Loves Julia DIY: Storage Room

When we bought our home, one of the things we were most excited about was the storage room. It was lined on either side with shelves and we had never had a room dedicated to storage before. What a great thing to have!

Fast forward to moving day and the issue became very obvious. Though the room had lots of shelves, they were only about 10 inches deep and 12 inches high. This puts a pretty tight limit on the things you can store on the shelves, and everything else ends up stacked on the floor in the middle of the room.

“Stacked” is a bit generous. More like tossed. But with some planning and basic construction know-how, we’ve turned the above, [...]

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November 8, 2016

Chris Loves Julia DIY: Planked Wall Tutorial

We have this wall in our living room that has stumped us for 3 years now. It has odd angles surrounding it, and is too close to the seating area to have something substantial like a credenza on it – we tried. But! It’s the perfect candidate for an accent wall complete with a wall treatment. We explored everything from attaching laminate flooring, to wallpapering, but found the biggest bang for our buck to be adding faux shiplap. The project can be done in a weekend for under $75 – including paint! Here’s what you’ll need:

5mm 4×8 sheets of poplar plywood: This is what you’ll use for your planks. It comes pre-primed and is available at [...]
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August 24, 2016

Chris Loves Julia DIY: Outdoor Fireplace

Our backyard underwent a major transformation this summer. We added a sprawling deck to our backyard and furnishings and finally, built an outdoor fireplace as the finishing touch.

We went between the idea of fire pit vs fireplace, but in the end a fireplace had the architectural elements that a fire pit didn’t offer; the height and the fact that the even when it isn’t being used, it still looks great and intentional especially sold us on the idea. I loved the look of a few board-formed concrete fireplaces I had seen, so with inspiration in hand, we built our own in a week for around $1200. Here’s how we did it:

First, Building code may [...]

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