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How to Refinish and Paint Furniture

February 28th, 2012 Posted in DIY

The philosophy here at is that every house has something unique, something “neat” about it.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a 150 year old farm house, or a 15 minute old suburban condo.  Every home has something that makes it neat.

Apparently so does furniture.

We don’t usually talk about DIY projects on, but this was such a great article on how to refinish and paint furniture, that we felt compelled.  That’s right; this article was so awesome we lost all willpower to do otherwise!

Let’s face it, we don’t always have the money to buy the latest furniture from Pottery Barn (or sometimes even from Walmart.)  Plus, do we really need to send (functionally) good furniture to the dump?

Sometimes, with a little determination, and a willingness to get your hands dirty (or at least covered in paint), creating a DIY solution is the best option.  And after  seeing the results from this article, I think I’d rather get some beat up furniture and enjoy the satisfaction that comes with a good DIY project!



The Talk of the Office

February 23rd, 2012 Posted in Neat Features, Office Tags: , ,

Working in an office can get a little boring.  Even a home office.  So what can you do to spruce things up a bit?  How about adding some speech bubbles to the wall?  Now you can “say” (ha!) something and have a bit of extra storage for your things.

For those of you who might not be familiar with the idea, speech bubbles are what comic book characters and cartoon strip characters use to communicate.

Now you don’t have to be Charlie Brown or Dilbert to have something clever to say – you can just be you.

Re-imagining Your Stairs

February 9th, 2012 Posted in home design Tags: , ,

They lurk, in unassuming innocence.  They seem peaceful and tranquil until, when you least expect it, they attack!

What are these hidden menaces?

Stairs, of course.

But then you probably figured that out from the giant picture of stairs right next to this post.

It seems that everything gets a chance to be “re-imagined.”  If it’s not the A-team, or GI Joe, it’s Rapunzel or Planet of the Apes or Hawaii 5-O.  Well stairs are no different.

Now I’ll admit, I’m not really the target audience when it comes to “modern” architecture or design.  So I’m not the target market for stairs like these (made by HSH architects).

But they do bring up two immediate questions.

1.  What happens if you miss a step?

2. Do they give you vertigo when you’re looking at them?

Okay, they also make me want to ask a 3rd question: am I the only one who wants to play Q*bert after looking at these stairs?  Yeah.  I went there.

So what say you?  Are these the type of stairs you’d want in your home?  Do they intimidate you?

image from, stairs designed by HSH architects