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Display Name: alixmn
Member Since: 7/17/13

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We put up 72' of cedar privacy fence for about $600 including posts, cement, post caps, and two gates in the Seattle Metro. We saved money by doing ALL of the work ourselves, from renting the two man auger and digging the 30" post holes, to fabricating the gates, to purchasing and hauling all the materials. It took a lot more time than putting up pre-constructed panels, but we were able to get it all done in 10 days, working on it after work and in addition to watching our toddler.


How Much Did it Cost to Build a Wooden Privacy Fence? Reader Intelligence Request
6/13/14 11:53 AM

Exactly! Thank you!


Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/6/14 12:18 PM

We have hardwood, linoleum, carpet and a wood deck that all got tackled this weekend. Its a good thing the first task was cleaning the floors without cheating, because I shoved the couch away from the wall for the first time in 4 months in order to mop every last corner of the living room and found a terrible surprise! There was black mold behind all the curtains and outline of the couch! That's Seattle for you though. I had to bust out the bleach and borax to handle it. We picked up some lillies to bloom and fight the negative bleach vibes at the homestead.


Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/5/14 06:55 PM

My family of three shares a similar oddly shaped closet. We went to the hardware store and grabbed cheapo L brackets for $1 a piece, with enough for 3 per 6' shelf, also from the hardware store. Trick 1: forget a chest of drawers, start those shelves like they were a dresser 14" off the floor. Place the first row of cubes or bins directly on the floor [we like the white bins from IKEA that come in a 3 pack], with hard to reach ones housing out of season shoes and clothing. Simply rotate them towards the center as seasons change = super easy! Cut down the shelving and mount depthwise for the remaining height of the closet with two rods of full access clothing directly in the center for you and your boyfriend. The shelves keep scarves, hats, and other assorted memorabilia safe but out of the way


How Do I Make the Most of this Big Closet? Good Questions
11/12/13 03:33 PM

I am based on Bainbridge Island, and I love elements of this collection, but I agree with other commenters who say that overall, it is too dreary for our long, grey winter. I see this palette as a great stepping stone to provide a backdrop to the lights and brights that make a happy home. Seattle homes are generally small dwellings, that sometimes, an overall wall treatment in a saturated bright can overwhelm. I have found the most success painting rooms pale sorbet colors in buttercream, aqua glass, and pale pink and accenting with mustard, turquoise, and lavender. Key though: accents!


Best Paint Colors for Gray Skies
9/17/13 03:50 PM