Family Sign

When I was a kid, my grandpa had a handmade sign at the gate of his property that said “The RAT’s nest.” It might seem like a strange thing to put on your house, but my grandfather was Robert Avon Tjomsland–R A T. I always liked it, it was something personal to his house that…

Let there be light! DIY exterior lamp refinishing

So my wife and I got our house painted, and we wanted to update the external fixtures. From the day we moved into the house, we’ve been leaning towards black or oil-rubbed bronze–the squarish brushed nickel front door hardware was immediately thrown out in favor of an an awesome new fixture from Kwikset. When the…

DIY String Art!

So as Amanda and I are getting ready for our new addition in October, and we’ve started to work on the nursery. We wanted to do a special piece for the nursery that we made ourselves–we’ll be using prints of James Hance’s “Wookiee the Chew” books for the room, so it’s a semi-Star Wars themed…