External and internal decorations

"A designer knows when he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away."

Antione de Sainte-Exupery

Remember that wood stool I showed you how to make in the last post? If you missed it, you can click here… How To Make An Easy DIY Wood Stool (Or A Base For An Upholstered Ottoman) Well, I upholstered that stool, and now it’s a cute little striped, skirted ottoman. So let me show […]

Today I’m going to show you an incredibly easy and fast project — how to make a wood stool. This stool that I made is actually going to be a base for a fully upholstered and skirted ottoman, so in my finished project, none of this wood base will show. But if you want to […]

Six-Drawer Console Table With Lower Shelf

As of this morning, the new sidewalk from the street to the front porch is finished! And I can’t believe how much a simple sidewalk can transform the front of a house. Remember what it looked like before? It was narrow, old, cracked, and had low spots where it flooded every time we got a […]

I finished the basic build of my DIY console table yesterday, and I actually had to do the last 20 minutes of work by the light of my iPhone. But I got it done! If you missed the first part of this project, you can click here to read the details: DIY Six-Drawer Console Table […]

Yesterday, I started building a six-drawer console table, and I’m hoping I can finish it up today. I’ll show you my step-by-step process if you’d like to build your own, but I think y’all know by now that if you’re looking for precise computer-generated diagrams and cut lists, you’re not going to find those here. […]

Wall Sconce Shades From Mailing Tubes

Works will start next month on a private residential project in Catford for E2 Architecture. These refurbishment works will include the remodelling of a terraced... Read more »

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The two front-facing windows on the stone side of the house finally have shutters. This was a much more difficult job than installing shutters on the Hardi siding on the studio, and the process was much more involved. I made these shutters out of PVC boards the same way I made the ones for the […]

Well, as most of you probably predicted, I’ve become a tiny bit obsessed with resin. My first experience was pretty basic — covering my pixel art with four coats of resin. (You can see that here.) I wanted to just get the feel of the product before branching of with more artistic resin endeavors. But […]

Yesterday, I headed to Home Depot and stocked up on several cans of neon orange and green spray paint so I could start marking off some driveway and sidewalk ideas, and start working towards some final decisions. The driveway is going to cost quite a bit, and I honestly don’t know when we’ll be able […]

We’re delighted to have won a first project with the Shepherds Bush Housing Association. External refurbishment works will begin late Summer and will include replacement... Read more »

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Today is a very exciting day! Our old sidewalk is being removed! I’m so excited to see this sidewalk gone and the way made for a new sidewalk. I tried so many different ideas with the spray paint, but in the end, I decided to just stick with a straight sidewalk at the street end. […]

It’s officially too hot to work on any projects that require much physical exertion (it was a record-breaking 112 degrees in Waco yesterday). But since I have a hard time sitting still, I’ve been occupying myself with some small, easy and fun projects these last few days. First up, I wanted to do something with […]

My brother, Rod, came over yesterday to help me out with some things around the house, as he does pretty much every Sunday afternoon. And at some point, we got to reminiscing about all of the projects we’ve tackled together on my house. The fact is that this house wouldn’t be as transformed as it […]

…what would you want to learn? This is a question that’s been tumbling around in my head for a couple of weeks now, but I finally decided that I should just ask all of you! Back in the summer of 2013, I wrote a post in which I mentioned that one of my dreams would […]

We are very happy to support the youthful endeavours of Knights Youth Centre on their Mongol Rally. Any enterprise enabling young people to be independent... Read more »

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Schools are almost out and we will start Schools Refurbishment works at several schools in the Southwark area. We’re back at Robert Browning Primary School... Read more »

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Sometimes at the beginning of the month, I post a progress report of how I did on the previous month’s house goals, and what I hope to accomplish in the new month. Well, I’m 11 days late on that this month, but since the beginning of July marks the halfway point of the year, I […]

The carport is finished! Well, not really. The contractor’s portion of the carport is finished. What’s left is up to me, and that includes all of the caulking and painting, among other things. But the contractor is coming over today just to be sure that everything is truly finished, and that there aren’t any little […]

I was beginning to think I’d never get this front porch ceiling done! I generally enjoy at least part of the process of the the projects I tackle, but there was absolutely nothing pleasurable about this one, except for the moment that I put that final brush stroke of paint on it and could call […]

The whole “it’s too pretty to be called a carport” structure project has been very exciting for me from the beginning, but yesterday was a momentous occasion. It was the day I’ve been awaiting for over a month. It was the day that they finally removed the old low ceiling from the back part of […]

I follow quite a few resin artists on Instagram, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to give resin a try myself. One person I follow (whose name I can’t remember for the life of me) uses a brand of resin that allows you to pour it as thick as you want in one pour. […]

Things are moving right along on the carport! The last update I showed you (ten days ago), the carport looked like this… And now it looks like this… When the siding and trim start going up, you know the project is nearing completion. Doesn’t that look awesome!? I’m so pleased with how this is turning […]

Well, I’ve determined that it’s because of all of you. 😀 Okay, I guess that excuse won’t fly. At least not totally. Although I do think that y’all are part of the equation (which I’ll demonstrate shortly), but you are just one part of a much longer equation. And in my defense (yes, I’m being […]

Well, I asked for input on Monday’s post, and y’all didn’t disappoint! 😀 So which of the four fabrics did I choose for the music room chairs? None of them. 😀 I remember one time I had a similar post with options that I was considering for a project (I can’t remember what project, exactly), […]

We have started the 2nd phase of works at Leo’s Den – a Day Nursery in SE1. Our initial internal refurbishment works, here, at the... Read more »

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“Rarely, if ever, in over 3000 CCS reports and visits have I seen such an outstanding positive performance from a SME company; the promotion of... Read more »

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We are ahead of schedule on a first project with the Blackheath Building Consultancy. The internal refurbishment works include the remodelling of a 3-bedroom semi... Read more »

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I finally decided it was time to get my front porch ceiling installed, and to seal up those areas where my attic is open to the great outdoors. When we bought the house, about half of the house was covered in vinyl siding, but the front porch ceiling had metal (aluminum?) siding over the original […]

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