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A lot of the cons of non-city life described here amuse me. It's like the city "folk" literally have never left the city until they moved to the absolute back-woods sticks. Of course there are bugs — the world is like 90% bugs. And according to Google, there are only 38 IKEAs in the USA—that means most people don't live near one.

But yeah: the only thing that would get me to live in the deep country is lakefront property, and I don't have a million dollars to make that happen.

Life In The Country: The Stories The Pictures Don't Tell
7/19/14 12:57 PM

Curious whether you're going to bring the railing balusters up to code — the large gaps look like they must be wider than 4 inches. The spacing feels a little odd to me (maybe I'm just so used to seeing tighter spacing), so I personally don't feel like improving the safety would destroy the character. For example, the current ones are a bit beefy (2x2-ish), so you could add a third skinnier one for visual interest.

Mike & Sandie's Foyer: Building Back Up Renovation Diary
7/19/14 12:32 PM

[Off topic, but look at that opening art: nice siding under that crappy plastic junk. I HATE vinyl siding!!!]

How Much Did Your Renters Insurance Cost? Reader Intelligence Request
7/15/14 05:26 PM

Tiling under cabinets will not save you from having overflow water run down to the basement.

Should I Install Floor Tile or Cabinets First? Good Questions
7/15/14 12:48 PM

You just need to ding it immediately and accept things are going to happen. You don't live in a museum, and why do you want to spend your life stressing out about stuff like that? Relax and have a life.

Are You Protective Of Your Projects?
7/15/14 12:44 PM

Looks pretty swank. One tiny suggestion: adding just a hint of edging to the lower shelf, which looks like it doesn't have one. I worry that those little wheels are going to hit some tiny little object on the floor and stop dead, and all those glasses and sodas are going to hit the floor.

Before & After: A Plain Pine IKEA Table Turns into a Bold Bar Cart!
7/15/14 12:27 PM

I only lived in one rental before buying my own house, so I never had to decide, myself, but paint isn't expensive, nor is it difficult, so if you have to "unpaint" it with a bucket of white when you move out, why not?
[Run-on sentence much? : )]

Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/15/14 12:17 PM

The Green Cat is right: Myth Busted.

How To Keep Flies Away Naturally
7/2/14 01:41 PM

To those wondering: a floor painted with porch paint holds up really well, even on soft pine in a high-traffic area with two dogs.

Before & After: A Kitchen Goes From Garish To Gorgeous
7/1/14 11:55 AM

Nice job!

Before & After: An Amazing & Cheery Up-Cycled Recycling Center
6/30/14 11:26 AM

Guys, the after is definitely better. People living in the space are going to clutter it up and make it feel home.

I just want to say: bring back the Kit Cat clock! :D

(Also: thank god we're no longer hanging cabinets over peninsulas. Jesus.)

Before & After: A Compact, Updated Kitchen for a Family of 5 Professional Project
6/30/14 11:21 AM

I'm always so impressed with people who can see "through" such an awful chair and know they can fix it.

Before & After: A Facebook Find Goes Floral
6/30/14 11:14 AM

It's not a back-handed compliment to say I'm often envious of people with small yards. It's so easy (comparatively) to make a huge change and impact. Nice job!

Laura's Backyard Renovation: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
6/25/14 11:26 AM

Yeah, seriously. Can you imagine filling the toothpaste straws? And then you have to find a knife or scissors to open them.

I go to the dentist every six months and never use those little tubes of toothpaste they hand out, except for traveling. Consider me well-stocked.

And I'll admit: I am the kind of dork who likes to save interesting packaging, as if I was going to find some cool use for it. …But even I find these excessive. Whimsical excess.

The MacGyver Mindset: Outdoor Tips, Tricks & DIYs
6/23/14 10:41 PM

This stove is even more involved, but sounds pretty scientific, and I know AT readers will like the clean-burning aspect. I like tinkering, so I kind of want to build it just to do it, but it does sound awfully involved (and I have a Coleman stove, so why?).


The MacGyver Mindset: Outdoor Tips, Tricks & DIYs
6/23/14 12:09 PM

Does it drive her a little crazy that the waves on the glass above the door in that first picture on the far left window are upside down compared to the rest? It's one of those "oops"es that I would leave as-is, but would always be a small thorn in my side. : )

Candace's Bright and Beautiful California Home House Tour
6/22/14 12:07 PM

I wonder how cost all the prep work to do this correctly compares with the cost of building those elaborate composite decks you see in ads. The mentality and aesthetics seem to be the similar.

Perfect Patios: Hardscaping With Gravel
6/20/14 11:11 AM

Whenever I give someone a gift in a typically thank you note-required situation, I usually leave a friendly note to NOT send a thank you. I don't maintain acquaintanceship with people who wouldn't be thankful to receive a gift, so I can take it as understood. Consider it as part of my gift: that they don't have to take the trouble.

And no, I don't get any sort of special feels out of receiving hand-written objets I'll feel compelled to hold onto.

Wedding Etiquette:
5 Rules to Keep and 5 to Toss

6/17/14 01:44 PM

Gamla Stan is a beautiful place, and no: the residents seemed like normal, happy people, living in a beautiful place. I dream of going back.

There's a Wait List of 21 Years to Rent an Apartment in This Neighborhood
6/17/14 01:33 PM

Shoes and coats: yes. The rest? Bollocks.

6 Dumb Household Rules You Hated Growing Up, but Now Totally Understand
6/17/14 01:27 PM