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Consider Plywood

We sheath houses and structures with plywood and we construct subfloors and the backs of cabinets and furniture from plywood. Plywood is always the basic and hidden material.

BUT…plywood can also share the stage.

plywood types

This has got to be the belle of the plywood ball.

Mandy's DIY Plywood floor on her vintage trailer appeared on her blog, Vintage Revivals.

Mandy’s DIY Plywood floor on her vintage trailer appeared on her blog, Vintage Revivals.


Based on the informative image above, these shelves look to be multi-ply and then likely coated with polyurethane,

plywood shelving


plywood floors2 plywood office cabinets


This plywood barn door below might send you running to the nearest home improvement store to buy some cabinet-grade plywood. I mean how hard could it be right? Ha!

plywood barn door


plywood DIY shelves


I like the cutout handles that always seem to come with plywood cabinets,

plywood cabinets


All images via Pinterest


Grout Cottage: Meet & Greet

I’d like to introduce you to my newest project—the Grout Cottage.

She’s hurtin’ and the people in the neighborhood are delighted that we plan to rescue the house and so am I.

For a proper introduction– here are some basic stats,

  • Built in 1895 (the oldest property we’ve renovated to date)
  • Two story, Queen Anne
  • Duplex; two apartments both two bedroom, one bath
  • Has some original stained glass windows
  • German wood lap siding
  • metal roof
  • has small dilapidated carriage house in rear w/ dirt floor

Queen Anne architecture will incorporate bay windows to avoid smooth surfaces, one of the unique features in this house is the single cutaway bay window on the right corner with bracket detailing.

Moving around to the rear, this is lovely isn’t it. I’m looking forward to improving that upstairs porch. If you’re thinking it looks structurally unsound…you’d be correct.

the old carriage house,

up close,

We’ll begin in the first floor apartment because the upstairs is currently occupied,

Current living room,



Kitchen– the previous owner started some renovation when the apartment was vacant,

they terminated the chimney in the kitchen and framed in what looks to be a pantry,


Hall, nice little stained glass window to let some light in


The bathroom had already been gutted and re-framed. There’s no window in here and they actually left a cavity on the right side which creates an opportunity to expand and widen the room.

Bedroom 1,


Bedroom 2,


Are you excited for demolition to begin on Monday?


Dear TEOT: Renovation Referrals

Completed Indiana Project

We’ve received some questions about the people that worked on the Indiana Project. I do all of the design work and make all of the decisions but when it comes down to making it happen these are the people who work the magic.

If you live in the area (North Carolina) and think you might need some help with your renovation project or need to make a repair give any of these folks a call, they all subscribe to the “no job is too small philosophy” and they may be willing to travel, just ask.

General Carpentry
Locklear Brothers Home Improvement
Joseph Locklear 910-536-4552

Allred Electric
Chuck Allred 910-281-3026

Doug Smith Plumbing
Doug 910-992-6025

4 Seasons Heating & Air
General # 910-235-0606

TR&L Coatings– paint
Tim Hunt 910-474-6863

Harbinger Wood Floors– floor refinishing, installation and repair
Tom Denza 910-603-1602

Quality Cabinet Company
Bradie Locklear Jr. 910-827-1264

C&K Tile
Chris Chisholm 910-992-6099