How to Stain a Plywood Floor that’s Seen Better Days

Ah, the saga of the porch floor! I’m glad to say it’s finally over! But let’s start at the beginning, shall we? When we moved in, the porch floor was covered with stinky, gross carpet, in keeping with some previous owner’s tradition of putting carpet in all the most inappropriate locations (like the master bathroom). It appears that when I … Continue reading

Some Small Abe’s Room Changes and Ugly Stain

This post is supposed to be about staining the porch floor. Because, in fact, we DID stain the porch floor this week. Even though our progress was delayed by a hurricane and all (we live four hours or so from the ocean. We are not used to hurricanes. Dave was out of school for 3 days because so many of … Continue reading

Thrift Score! Vintage Kitchen Table and a Domino Effect

Post contains affiliate links (if you buy¬†something after following my link, you pay the same but I get a small commission). Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about a thrift find! Probably largely because I haven’t had much time for thrifting at all lately, what with the trip and all (must … Continue reading

Porch and Deck Plans: the Fun Part is Here!

It’s blissfully cool here in Georgia right now; I am, in fact, wearing a jacket as I type this, and my air conditioner hasn’t cut on all day. It’s still August, and I’m sure there’ll be at least one more stretch of hot weather to endure before fall settles in for good, but it’s reminding me that it’s time to … Continue reading

DIY Deck Repair/Rebuild, Part 3: Some Details

This post is coming to you much later than intended, because I’ve kind of been dreading writing it. It’s one of those posts where I have to consult extensively with Dave, since I wasn’t really the primary decision maker or the primary getting stuff done-er on the project. And I hate talking to Dave. Just kidding. But it’s an extra … Continue reading

DIY Kids’ Backyard Construction Zone

Important lesson in parenting that I suspect most parents grasp a lot more quickly than I have: if you tell your preschooler that you’re going to build him a construction zone in the backyard “soon” you should make sure that you really mean¬†soon….otherwise he’s going to ask you in an eager little voice every few weeks, “when are we going … Continue reading

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site: Another Day, Another President’s House

After a string of presidents with super complex legacies, it was kind of nice to go see the very green house of Ulysses S. Grant, reluctant president and, as far as I can tell, pretty decent guy. No, really, it’s very green: The ranger told us that this color is called Paris Green after the compound used to kill rats … Continue reading

Deck Repair/Rebuild, Part 2: To DIY or Not to DIY

Way back when we built the kids’ swing set, I wrapped things up with some philosophical musings about reasons for DIYing a project. I’m going to return to that topic in this deck rebuild post, because, as I’ve mentioned before, this project really pushed us to the very edge of our DIY comfort zone. Sometimes to DIY or not to … Continue reading

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Boxy Colonial’s Cross Country Road Trip

We’re off on our big ol’ cross country road trip! You can follow along on the travel blog for weekly updates and in depth posts about the non-house/architecture stuff we see, but here I’m going to do some posts about historic houses and assorted other cool old buildings along the way. We had a quick overnight stop in Nashville with … Continue reading

DIY Deck Repair/Rebuild: Before and After Pics

I’m going to do a big post with lots of details about the deck building process, things we learned along the way, and whether we’d go the DIY route if we had it to do over again….but for today I’m just going to show you the pretty pictures. The back of our house has a screen porch (well, it used … Continue reading