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ctnz71
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I added board and batten wainscoting in our master bedroom this weekend. Turned out pretty nice.



What have you guys done???

3/2/2010 10:37:30 AM

BobbyDigital
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I converted my formal living room into a bar


pics of the finished product are here:
message_topic.aspx?topic=530187&page=2

3/2/2010 11:11:31 AM

Agent 0
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^ I still need to come drink at the Bollywood version of Cheers. Someday...

3/2/2010 11:42:41 AM

ctnz71
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That's pretty sweet. I have never really understood formal living rooms.

3/2/2010 12:01:22 PM

CalledToArms
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^ Yea, they are just an out-dated, old-fashioned house setup. BobbyDigital did a nice job on that room. We plan to turn ours into our library/reading room.

looks good ctnz71.

[Edited on March 2, 2010 at 12:31 PM. Reason : ]

3/2/2010 12:20:54 PM

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I got rid of my old shed and built a bigger one the other year.
I went from a shed that was 6x6 w/ no power to 10x14 with power. Oh and my wife said it had to match the house. We got it done in two weekends. I ran the power in the winter. That was the crappiest part of it all.















3/2/2010 12:29:24 PM

Lokken
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I know the thread is early on, but I believe you won it.

3/2/2010 12:46:29 PM

mdozer73
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I also did my storage building and a fence. As soon as I got it the way I wanted it, we decided to sell. The plus side, I made money on my improvements.





I plan on doing another storage building, fence, irrigation system, landscaping, etc. at my new house.

3/2/2010 1:08:04 PM

ctnz71
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both of those storage buildings are sweet.

I did also build my home but I wont count that as a do it yourself project because that is what I do for a living.

I built these built in bookcases a few months back. I did it in 3 sections and literally had to make one fit with the sledge hammer. Turned out pretty nice. Somewhere for my wife to put all her books and whatnot. I have one little cubby on it for my stuff



3/2/2010 2:47:02 PM

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wow...i thought it was a feat just to tear old some old copper plumbing from under my tub and replace it with new fixtures

3/2/2010 4:43:43 PM

djeternal
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My Spring/Summer project list is WAY too long to post. But I enjoy it

3/2/2010 6:09:32 PM

ShinAntonio
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I made a sammich.

3/2/2010 8:03:21 PM

Perlith
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- Cleared off 2.5 acres of land where house currently is (see pics in gallery).
- Built 8x12 shed with loft.

Going to work on building a wrap-around porch this year. Will sub out any work we don't want to do ourselves (I'm not laying the block myself, that's for sure).

3/2/2010 9:06:02 PM

bcvaugha
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kinda cheating since this is what i do.. but i did it myself with some help

[Edited on March 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM. Reason : :-)]

3/3/2010 1:41:10 PM

ctnz71
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is that stone or stamped concrete. that looks great

3/3/2010 4:33:39 PM

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3/3/2010 7:38:22 PM

aaronburro
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fail

3/3/2010 8:00:41 PM

EMCE
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Very cool thread. I like what I'm seeing here.

3/3/2010 8:19:42 PM

mdozer73
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for stone











3/3/2010 9:24:02 PM

stone
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thank you for fixing that.

3/4/2010 7:08:07 AM

YOMAMA
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where did you get those dining room chairs?

3/4/2010 9:47:08 AM

rflong
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I had some nice projects at my old house in Kansas, but have not done much in my new place in SC. Maybe this thread will motivate me to build something.




[Edited on March 4, 2010 at 10:53 AM. Reason : Some people in here have some good skills...]

3/4/2010 10:52:52 AM

bcvaugha
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ctnz71, they're pavers

3/6/2010 10:35:21 AM

bcvaugha
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better picture for ya

3/6/2010 3:00:06 PM

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Putting new paper covers on all of the fusuma in my apartment.

3/6/2010 8:10:56 PM

shmorri2
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Holy shit you people got some skill. Definitely inspirational... I'll be adding flood lights to my new house... Maybe one day I'll get around to building my own fence...

YOMAMA - Fantastic work on building that shed. I may want to hire you and we can build my future garage

3/6/2010 10:03:03 PM

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This spring/summer, I get to reshingle a roof, install a door, and install new gutters. I've never really done handyman work, but I'm looking forward to it!

3/7/2010 12:02:21 AM

ctnz71
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^well make sure you do plenty of research. the roof and gutters are something you don't want to do incorrectly.

I believe in you though.

3/7/2010 10:00:33 PM

YOMAMA
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Here is what I just finished this past weekend. I have posted pictures of the work we have done inside earlier but now I am finally getting to the outside. Now it needs a new roof, gutters and brick painted.

Before:


After:


My little guy helping me:

3/9/2010 3:26:21 PM

ctnz71
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^ PM me when you need a want to get those things done and I'll give you Jose's number. He does all my roof and gutter work. He also has painters.

3/9/2010 5:27:39 PM

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this was my do-it-yourself project from last summer (with some family help).

24x36 shop with 14' wrap around shelters, 18' garage door opening, story and a half, water and power.

cool project, alot easier than working on the house because the inside didn't have to be finished. this project lead to a couple of drinking afternoons because i didn't feel rushed, as i did when built the house 2 years earlier. good times.

this summers project is going to be asphalt on the driveway. of course, this doesn't involve me at all because i can't lay asphalt, but its going to eat all my money--thus no projects. no wait, i'm going to install a mantle on the fireplace in a few weeks, but thats about it.

3/25/2010 12:30:37 AM

djeternal
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Here is my progress on the fence around the garden so far. I have deliberately left 2 ends open so I can get the tractor in to turn/till it one last time. Then I will close in both ends and put a "gate" at 1 end. I want it to be simple enough that we can take it down / put it up each year, but still tall/strong enough to keep animals out. If it works this year, then next year I am replacing the wooden posts with metal ones.





3/25/2010 11:11:37 AM

NutGrass
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^what kind of animals are you trying to keep out?? deer, dogs, bears??

3/25/2010 11:29:07 AM

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Here's 1 project I did when we moved in. Had to remove some shelves that were permanently installed directly into the drywall. Had to patch, texture, and paint the wall. And then added some shelves and doors to the built in entertainment center

http://picasaweb.google.com/someemptyfriend/RepairingTheWall?feat=directlink


Next up: For some reason our place came with carpeted bathrooms, so I want to rip that out and put in some stone tile. Might as well replace the toilets at the same time.

3/25/2010 7:15:21 PM

Senez
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No pictures yet. But finishing up a little renovation of the foyer:

Scraped off popcorn and put on a hand-textured mud finish, painted it white.
New light fixture.
Removed ugly brown wood tile-mimicking laminate, replaced with 1/2" rockboard and slate.
Painted paneling and trim.
Painted the walls.

Need to finish painting the trim, then dry wipe and seal the slate. Then there will be pictures.

3/31/2010 8:36:39 AM

cyrion
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im not nearly this handy

i was proud of myself for diagnosing and fixing my dishwasher. nothing like ripping your first appliance apart and actually have it working later.

i also redid part of the yard to turn it into a garden. the rock retaining wall leaks water/mud like a bitch though so i lost some of it. still, a 10x20 pit of eroded mud into a mulched area with a few plants wasn't so bad.

3/31/2010 9:24:13 AM

DeltaBeta
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Screen printing shit. People seem to like this on a t-shirt:



3/31/2010 4:43:36 PM

djeternal
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Quote :
"what kind of animals are you trying to keep out?? deer, dogs, bears??"


Deer mostly. But I am going to go around the bottom of it with chicken wire to keep out the rabbits as well.

4/1/2010 5:44:07 PM

djeternal
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Not a huge deal, but i laid this out this past weekend.



4/6/2010 8:43:03 PM

Senez
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Why so bright with the stone?

(not a criticism, just asking)

4/6/2010 11:00:22 PM

djeternal
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It's not actually that bright. I took that picture with my cell phone, and the camera on it sucks. The stone is actually tan - light brown.

4/7/2010 9:35:24 AM

CalledToArms
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The house we bought has one of those recessed TV nooks over the fireplace. Its big enough to hold a 36" widescreen I think, but 1) the TV I have for this room is 42" and 2) I don't like having the TV set up that high and didn't want the TV on that wall anyway.

I had been trying to figure out what to do with that space. I had considered hanging a picture or something over it, but the picture would have to be a lot bigger than I would like to hang up. I had also considered trying to drywall over it before we paint that wall (the fireplace wall is going to be the accent wall in this room). None of that really got me excited.

After thinking about it some more, its actually a pretty nicely done little TV nook, not just a square cutout, so I think I am going to install some floating shelves inside equal to the width of the opening and it will give us a place to store some photos and statuettes we have that currently keep the mantle a little too crowded. I think I am going to have white shelves like the trim on the fireplace, but paint the inside of the nook a different shade of the same color we are using on the rest of the wall so that it stands out a little bit. Might even run some low-voltage accent lighting in there. We'll see.

4/8/2010 1:33:36 PM

Smath74
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aquarium?

4/8/2010 3:11:29 PM

CalledToArms
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^that would actually be pretty sweet with a saltwater setup right there, but the maintenance involved in keeping a nice saltwater tank is kind of a negative for me. :/

4/8/2010 3:14:37 PM

stone
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i need to take some pics, i finished my deck this past weekend and am building the outdoor kitchen now. ordered the granite today. 2 weeks or so and i can put up a finished picture.

4/9/2010 9:35:38 PM

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Quote :
"i need to take some pics, i finished my deck this past weekend and am building the outdoor kitchen now. ordered the granite today. 2 weeks or so and i can put up a finished picture."


An outdoor kitchen would be sooo awesome! I'm jealous!

Not sure if this counts, but in a few weeks, we are going to fix up our chicken house (there are some rotten boards on it), re-wire the outside of the coop, run an electric fence on the top of the wire, and get some laying hens! MMmmm...fresh eggs!

4/10/2010 6:40:17 AM

stone
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got the deck painted and grill installed today. still need to finish painting the island trim. then wait on the granite.

4/11/2010 3:25:16 PM

DROD900
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this thread makes me really really really wanna buy our first house, so I can mess around and build/fix-up stuff

4/11/2010 9:05:15 PM

ctnz71
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we are on the downtown raleigh alliance home tour in May so I have been getting the yard right. It's looking good so far. Easy to make it look right when you own .088 of an acre and the majority of that is a house and garage

4/11/2010 9:28:34 PM

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Just to give a better idea, this is the tv nook I was talking about earlier. Still considering installing some shelves in there and installing some accent lighting on the backside of that front arch. That wall is going to be painted sort of a flat wine-red color and I think I will paint the inside of that nook a differ shade of that or a different color and paint the shelves a semi-gloss white like the fireplace.

4/11/2010 10:07:58 PM

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