Deuce Cities Henhouse

Bedroom Update : Week 3

Hey Guys! Hope you all had a sweet labor day weekend. It's always so nice to have a long weekend, but it's super sad and depressing when that long weekend just means the summer is ending. I guess we'll all be ready to to hunker down and cozy up in no time, right? I've been spending the last week or so working crazy-mad-hard at skim coating, sanding, caulking, priming and painting the walls in our master bedroom. I have literally been living my life covered in dust. The flip side, I totally won! I ruled this wall. Let's start at the beginning. Just one short month ago I found myself staring at a huge tank that I just happened to find while snooping around in the bedroom. By snooping, I really mean going at the corner wall in my bedroom with a crow bar and sledge hammer, but whatev, same dif. Anyway, there was obviously a few hurtles I was going to have to fly over if I was going to remove the panelling, get rid of the pressure tank, and fix the damaged corner that had been covered up years (and years) ago. After discovering the tank I found myself facing a lot of questions and big unknowns - How was I going to get the tank out? Could it come out? Was it an integral part of the heating system? How was this all going to happen? How would I patch the baseboard? Would I have to texture the ceiling? And how the hell does one skim coat a wall? After thinking hard and consulting with some heating dudes, we discovered that we could actually remove the tank. The best way to do it without causing the most Get the Scoop [...]
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Bedroom Update : Week 2

Hey Guys! Long time no see. I miss you tons. I've been VERY busy using every scrap of spare time I have working on my bedroom walls. After we had the pressure tank removed last week I wanted to jump right in and begin repairing the walls and replacing the baseboard and "crown molding" (it is not very regal). I needed to get the bedroom back into suitable order ASAP. One of the biggest unknowns when I began planning out this whole bedroom project was how I was going to replace the missing baseboard and ceiling moldings in the corner of the room. I assumed I'd be able to find something at a salvage yard but I didn't know for sure. Last week I went out with the kids to visit a few local architectural salvage places. I first stopped at Architectural Antiques, which was mind blowingly beautiful and crammed full of architectural wonderfulness, but they didn't have a lot of scrap trim to dig through. They suggested I head over the river and take a look at the baseboard collection at Bauer Bros. Oh my god, I thought the hardware store was my favorite store, but this might be my new heaven. We wandered through an entire warehouse brimming with radiators, claw foot tubs, light fixtures, hardware and much much more before hitting the trim and molding section. This was a hunt and gather sort of an operation so with the kids help we began digging through hundreds of pieces of trim searching for something that matched our own. After about an hour we had a 12' piece of baseboard that was nearly identical to the one we had Get the Scoop [...]
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Bedroom Update : Week 1

--> Hey Guys! Woah, I went on an impromptu blog break and it was awesome! I don't know what got into me but after getting back from our buddies wedding I was all like "eff it". For one, I didn't have too many awesome things to tell you about, for two it's the summer and I felt like just hanging, and for three I needed to spend that time working on this crazy bedroom mess I started. I'm sure a few of you don't understand why I've put so much effort into removing the corner wall of the bedroom and the paneling. It is a huge project to undertake for not that much change, but the thing is, even though it will take a butt load of effort, this room will be way more awesome in the end because of it. That corner wall that was covering up the old ancient pressure tank was cutting into my bed side table scene. The room already feels bigger just having that space opened up. Plus no dated wood paneling, bonus! There is a pile of work for me to take on to get these walls looking like they once did. The next big project will be to search the local architectural salvage yards for baseboard and ceiling molding to match the existing. Both the baseboard and the ceiling moldings are very simple, so I am hopeful I will find something for the corner of the room. Bedroom Wall To-Do List ▽ Sand and Poly Floor in the Corner ▽ Texture the ceiling in the Corner ▽ Use Plaster Buttons on Loose areas of the walls ▽ Find and Install Baseboard Molding ▽ Add Quarter Round to Baseboard, Fill Holes, Caulk Paint ▽ Get the Scoop [...]
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Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

Guys! It's like DIY project week around here. Two tutorials in one week, that's like super crazy. If you've had any trouble viewing the blog this week, I apologize. My host's server was down and it was causing my site to load very slowly - because of this I've been not been able to reply to comments. It should be better now, so please check out the Trellis tutorial and giveaway from earlier this week if you haven't already. I'm really excited to share with you an updated version of the Macrame Chair Tutorial that I originally posted two summers ago. I was def lacking on details last time I shared this project, I guess I didn't realize so many of you would be in to learning the ways of my macramé secrets. I thought I'd fill you in, giving you all the details! While I was planning the tutorial it just so happened that Mollie Makes Magazine asked me to feature the same project. The chair was published in issue #40 last month! It was such a thrill to be in a real deal magazine - cool times. You can find the pattern I used for the project right here. Supply List (Supplies for Woven Macrame Lawn Chair) Aluminum chair frame 200 yards of 6mm Macrame Cord (I used 100 yards grey, 50 yards green, 25 yards pink, 25 yards yellow) 2 Crochet Hooks Size Q   Tip: Keep your skein of cord under the chair. It will make weaving much easier.   1 Tie Cord in a Square Knot Face the chair from the front left side. Tie a square knot around the left side of the front bar. 2 Create Get the Scoop [...]
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Hey Guys! It’s Monday. I know, sometimes Monday’s are the worst, but I’m hoping that this post will bring a cool vibe to the beginning of yer weeks. Today I’ve got a really awesome DIY to share with you and a super sweet BLACK+DECKER AutoSense cordless drill giveaway! I spent the afternoon yesterday building a trellis-planter-box combo for our backyard. Some of you know that I’ve been trying to pretty up the concrete pad that we recently enclosed when we installed our new fence. The kids play back there all the time – which is fantastic – but the space needs a little softening up. I thought a planter box with trellis would be a good solution as it would help add height and greenery without taking up valuable play space. It’s also on casters so it can be moved easily if needed. Word up to thinking ahead! Supply List (Supplies for Trellis & Planter Box) 5 - 2" x 8" x 32" Douglas Fir Boards 4 - 2" x 8" x 10.25" Douglas Fir Boards 14 - 1" x 2" x 32' Strips 2 - 1" x 2" x 64" Strips 4 -2" x 2" x 12" Strip 1 Box 1-1/4" Screws 1 Box 2-1/4" Screws A set of 4 Rubber Casters BLACK+DECKER AutoSense Lithium Drill Drill Bits Stain 1 Attach four 2 x 2 x 12" posts to one 2 x 8 x 32" board Attach the four 12″ post to each of the corners. Drill pilot holes through the bottom of the long board and into the posts, then attach with a 2-1/4″ screw. 2 Attach boards to create a box Begin to attach the boards, start by drilling pilot holes through the board into Get the Scoop [...]
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