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Display Name: BrincyJ
Member Since: 3/12/14

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I had my cat's litter box in a closet and everything ended up being covered in a fine dust and smelled like... well... cat litter. I couldn't keep anything else in there, especially absorbent items!! I wonder how they got around this in their closet with their coats, etc.


Before & After: A Pretty, Organized Hallway Closet
7/11/14 03:26 PM

I've lived in downtown Minneapolis for 3 years in a row style condo with no AC. My building has a shared back deck connecting all the units and stairs that go up to the roof just to the left of my back door. I'll leave my windows open to get a good cross draft because they're basically inaccessible from outsiders that don't have 15 foot long legs and are protected enough from rain to leave open all summer (except when it's sweltering out and i crumble to the window AC gods). I've slept with the main back door open and the screen door locked only once... and i woke up every hour thinking i heard someone outside the door (I hadn't... it was just my overactive imagination). It's more an uneasiness of being watched while sleeping that stops me from leaving it open overnight. People are going to find a way in if they really really want to; locks aren't going to solve that.

When I grew up in rural MN, our doors were always open and unlocked. I never had a fear that someone would break in! Where my parents live now (still within 45 minutes of where i grew up and out in the country) their doors are always locked. There's been a few break-ins to their barn over the years, plus, the coyotes are getting braver, coming closer to the house every year.


Would You Sleep With The Doors Open?
6/27/14 12:14 PM

And Cockroaches... it shreds their exoskeleton. Found that gem out first hand when moving into my first apartment in college. Any cracks that can be filled (ie, meeting point of walls and baseboards, holes in the wall, etc), it helps keep them in the walls rather than in the apt... not that it's a solution, of course. But keeping them out of my bed and kitchen were my main priorities


5 Household Uses for Fine Grade Steel Wool
4/25/14 11:00 AM

While i'm sad to see this diary end (it has been a wonderful read the last 6 months!), I am stoked to finally see the finished product. My own kitchen renovation that started a year ago... in May... and sadly it is still far from complete! Reading your stories reminded me that even though i'm neck deep in construction, it eventually will end. And bonus, i'll get some good stories out of the deal (like hanging my microwave and accidentally screwing through a conduit line that happens to run the only heater in the front half of my flat. No so awesome in a Minnesota winter)

I particularly wanted to say Kudos for taking the after photos from the same angle. It totally helped to show the transformation! I wish more before/afters did the same thing.

I look forward to following your blog now too! Enjoy a job well done :D


Dan's Kitchen: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/2/14 12:18 PM

Check out General Finishes, Java Gel Stain (MUST be the gel stain!!). They've discontinued it but some are still available on Amazon. I'm in the middle of a kitchen remodel and bought old 1920's (guessing on the year) maple cabinets from a listing on craigslist. They ended up coming in several different finishes (shellac, varnish, unfinished or wax... i honestly couldn't tell. Nothing was the same...) and the gel stain has made all cabinets look like one! No sanding, 3 coats of stain, plus 2 coats of poly and they look absolutely amazing. I just checked their website and the gel stains seem to be non-toxic after drying, too! I couldn't gush about GF enough. I got inspiration from a post done by Monica Wants It and she has a handy tutorial with a ton of FAQs if you wanted to read up. Good luck with your project :D


Can the IKEA Gulliver Crib be Stained? Good Questions
3/12/14 04:16 PM