I Built My First Coffee Table!!! (and I still have all my fingers!)

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I've got big news people! No, not I've-cured-cancer or I've-figured-out-a-way-to-attain-world-peace news, but in Shanna Land ... this is big news! Topher and I have our defined roles as far as working on projects. I do the pretty stuff, and he does the stuff that could possibly maim you for life. Over the past year, I have been creeping little bits at a time over to Topher's side. Learning how to use a drill, a nail gun, etc. The one place I hadn't ventured over to was using saws. Now … [Read more...]

Spring Coffee Table Decor

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Hello my friends! As I explained to you last week, I've been having some issues with my right kidney. The doctor inserted a stent because my kidney had a blockage. Well ... sticking that sucker in there caused a whole lot of other problems, and the doc decided it needed to come out. When they put it in, it was during a surgery where I was under anesthesia. What they didn't tell me was that when they take it out you are not. So when the doctor said this is really going to hurt, he freaking … [Read more...]

Welcome Home Tour

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Welcome everyone to the Welcome Home Christmas Tour! My blogging buddies and I decided it would be fun to get together and take you on a Christmas tour of our homes. If you're anything like I am, you love taking a peek into other people's homes. Scratch that -- it sounds a little stalkerish ... but you get my drift. Christmas is my very favorite holiday, so I like to start early. Usually it's the day after Thanksgiving, but last year we bumped it up to the weekend before Thanksgiving. This … [Read more...]

The Harlequin Table and How My Dog Nearly Killed Me

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Topher, the unnamed child, and I were all out to dinner the other night discussing the pups. A story came up, that I think I tried to block-out, about how Gracie bolted out the front door and played a "fun game" of chase with a crazy woman (me), a minister, two construction workers, and a school bus full of gawking children (and one mortified one). Back when I worked outside the home, mornings were fairly chaotic for us. One morning, as I was halfway ready (as in I had on my nice blouse, … [Read more...]

From the Barn to My Living Room (Vintage Door Coffee Table)

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So many of my projects begin with a conversation like this "Topher, I need you to build me something." I then vaguely explain what it is that I am wanting to do, and then he says "And just how would you like me to go about doing this?" and I say "I don't know but I'm pretty positive you can figure it out". Then he sighs and goes out to the garage where I hear power tools and lots of colorful words. Amazingly enough, at the end of the day he comes in with the project I described.  Notice I … [Read more...]

Haunted Halloween Home Tour

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It's finally here!! I'm doing my first ever Halloween Home Tour!  Or any type of home tour actually. One thing that you won't be seeing on my tour are the things I fear most in life:  clowns. I took my daughter to the Halloween shop, and you would be shocked at how many scary clown masks for sale. I quickly scurried down those aisles. I am, however, a big fan of scary movies and always have been, but the one that scarred me for life was "It".  Anyone remember that one?  The Steven … [Read more...]

The British Are Coming!!! (My Union Jack Table)

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Happy Monday everyone!!! I hope you all had a good weekend. Friday night, we went out to dinner at Bonefish Grill (one of my favorite places), and then the unnamed child and I watched Life as a House which wasn't bad, and Sleepy Hollow which was horrible. It was beautiful here on Saturday, sunny and warm (but not hot). We had four teenage girls come over for a little pool time, a cook-out, and to stay the night -- and as you can image, Topher and I got very little sleep as they screamed … [Read more...]

Restoration Redoux’s Top Ten Projects of the Year!!!!!

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Since we are about to start off a new year, I thought I would reflect on this year's favorite posts. When I first started reading other DIY blogs, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated. Every project they did looked so perfect. When there was a tutorial, a lot of them used terms or techniques I wasn't familiar with, and so I would never try them. I was searching for a blog that brought it down to a beginner's level. I wanted one that would say "Hey, I'm no expert, but this is what did or … [Read more...]