Wiring my basement #hammerhome

One of the first things I noticed about my house was that there were no lights in the basement. The fact that my house is over 100 years old and the basement is unfinished does not help the situation.  I knew I wanted to get lights down there but it wasn’t a priority. For months,…

Using Mama E’s super powers

My mom is the most intense cleaner I know. Growing up, the smell of bleach was a familiar scent. My family home was all white. All white curtains, bed sheets, tiles, walls- everything. White. White. White. White. White. I wasn’t allowed to leave my room for school before doing my bed and vacuuming my room. I…

Electrical 101 #DIYHome

At my latest general home building course with Threshold I learned the basics of electrical work. I was sick last week so I missed the in-class session but I was allowed to jump right into the hands-on work. Our tasks for the night were to hook up a light to a switch and also add…

#DIY Headboard for under $40

Making my own headboard was on my to-do list for a few weeks. Follow along with my step-by-step instructions and pictures. I picked out the fabric, I collected the materials, and one October afternoon, I decided to get the headboard done! Here are the materials I used: Cardboard (I used the cardboard from some Ikea…

Adulting task: Learning from my mistakes #hammerhome

Without a doubt, I have made a bunch of mistakes on the house. To-date, my biggest issues have been with painting. I am writing my mistakes out, so you don’t make them! I painted things out of order. Apparently, you’re supposed to paint the ceiling, then the trims and then walls. I did everything out…

Adulting task: Patching #hammerhome

One of my spare bedrooms was particularly creepy! No word of a lie, bad stuff happened in there. I can’t prove it but I watch enough Criminal Minds (enough said). There were scratches all over the walls and the door frame was falling off. The strangest part was the locks on the OUTSIDE of the door….

A toolbox for a tool

Last night at my home maintenance course, we built tool boxes. There is a good mix of people in the class, some coming all the way from Mississauga. There is also a Thursday class, and my instructor wanted me to give a shout out to the six chemists who come as a group to learn…

Adulting Task: ReUpholstering Chairs

A few weeks ago, my brother and I made it a mission to finally replace the bright pink fabric on a dining room gift set. I picked out some fabric a few months ago and it lived in my closet for a few weeks- untouched. At last, the day had come for me to put that…