The Great Grate Solution

As long-time readers well know, for the last five years my grate situation has not been great. I've had great expectations for solving this situation over the years, but I hadn't used up all the grate-related jokes I could think of nothing seemed to work, so I am forced to write another post. Fortunately, I think I have finally solved this problem. [ 857 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/great-grate-solution/

A Tree Grows in Boston

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Life continues on here, there are ups and downs but I'm making it through (and asking for help where I need it). After a few weeks full of unusual events (death, wedding, vacation, car breaking down, etc), it has been nice to be getting back into our normal routine -- I do well with stability and consistency especially when life is throwing curveballs. [ 880 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/tree-grows-boston/

Marble & Metal Coffee Table — But Faux and Tiny!

This is part of our Tiny House, Tiny Bloggers series, in which we turn over Plaster & Disaster to some VERY tiny bloggers to tell their own story of transforming an ugly, old (doll)house into a fresh and modern (doll)home. Follow it from the beginning here. Disclaimer: Inclusion on this blog is not an endorsement by Plaster & Disaster of the tiny blogger’s methods or design decisions. [ 542 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/faux-marble-metal-coffee-table-tiny/

Fixing Outdoor Timber Steps

I have yet another stairs related confession: my basement stairs weren't the only no-good steps on my property. Our outdoor stairs are pretty bad, as well. I actually think they're attractive enough, in a rustic sort of way. We're planning on doing a big, outdoor project soon that would involve re-siding the house and rebuilding the entry porch, and my plan would be to re-do these as part of that project (since that is where they lead). [ 893 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/fixing-outdoor-timber-steps/

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That was the hardest race I've ever run and I didn't PR. But you know what? I still ran a marathon. -S

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Here we go again, on the only freeway ramp I'm willing to take when heading to a marathon. -S

Disaster Confessional: Don’t Stare at our Stairs

Sorry about the title, everyone! We figure that if we're going to share some really embarrassing and ugly truths about our homes, at least we should get to make puns while doing so. So consider this your part of the bargain. Our disaster confessional series is distinguished by our use of horrible puns and bravery at sharing some really non-blog worthy areas of our home. [ 544 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/disaster-confessional-dont-stare-stairs/

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You know you're a nervous flier when you're worrying if the missing screw on the seat back in front of you is crucial to the structural integrity of the plane. -S

Let’s Talk About…Loss, Grief, and Mental Health

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Let's shine more light and cast less stigma on this terrible topic.

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/lets-talk-loss-grief-mental-health/

Scrap Wood Storage Rack… Out of Scrap Wood

I am still so thrilled with my newly set-up basement workshop! When I posted about it two weeks ago, I shared a small peek at my solution to storing scrap wood, and today I'm sharing that quick and easy DIY. I don't know why I didn't just do it before. My scrap wood "collection" was constantly growing, but with no organization at all. [ 580 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/scrap-wood-storage-rack-scrap-wood/

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NYC for #bpluskinbk, long runs, and lots of comfort eating. -S

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It's hard to understand how the world can be so beautiful when it's also so profoundly unfair and shitty sometimes. I don't have a moral or pithy lesson to draw. Just that life is contradictory and confusing. -S

All the Tech and Plugins Behind the Blog (& Our New Look)

If you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that Plaster & Disaster has an updated look! (And if you were REALLY paying attention, you may have noticed some very weird layout changes that afflicted the blog on Saturday while we figured this out.) The Almost-Three-Year Refresh When we first launched this blog back in January of 2015, we went with a clean, modern look. [ 1,707 more word ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/tech-plugins-behind-blog-new-look/

All the Hydrangeas

Hello, and happy Monday! I hope you had a weekend that was the perfect magical combination of restful and productive. Mine was more productive than restful, but I have a vacation coming up starting Friday so there's some r&r in sight! (We're going to a close friend's wedding in NYC -- wedding #5 this summer -- and then to Colorado for a week to hide in a cabin, hike, and not be on email/phone. [ 674 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/all-the-hydrangeas/

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When I get the inevitable toe holes in my shoes, that means it's just about marathon time. 22 miler done, I'm ready to taper. And eat ice cream. And all the other foods. And then more ice cream. -S

Setting Up a Basement Workshop

You may remember from when I made my circular saw guide, that I've been trying to find ways to make DIY quicker, easier, and more fun. Overall, there are a lot of things that are inefficient with the way I do projects, and that makes me procrastinate about getting started, which is the opposite of a virtuous cycle. One of the biggest issues was that I didn't have a good work space. [ 1,344 more word ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/setting-basement-workshop/

Tiny Oversized Plants

FINALLY the tiny bloggers get some house plants

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/tiny-oversized-plants/

The Dining Room, Complete!

After about 8 months and a whole lot more fuss and bother than I had planned, the dining room is finally done! I am crazy in love with this space. I feel like when someone in the future asks me what my "style" is, I'll just show them a picture of this room. This is exactly it. But before I gush too much about this (trust me, I will later in this post), let's back up to what the room looked like when we first bought the house. [ 1,125 more word ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/dining-room-complete/

(Yet More) Craigslist Finds: Awesome or Terrible

By now our regular readers are very familiar with this type of post, in which we bring you all in on one of our favorite games: looking at stuff on craigslist and trying to figure out if it is awesome or terrible. We all know that the line between the two is really thin, and sometimes we all need a little help figuring out where something falls! [ 551 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/yet-craigslist-finds-awesome-terrible/

Stained Glass at Last!

Stained Glass at Last! (sorry neighbors, no more peeping)

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/stained-glass-last/

Just for Fun Scrappy Robot Magnets

We haven't done craft posts on this blog in a while. (Unless you count the Tiny Bloggers' posts... which we don't, because they are real tiny bloggers and not actually us doing crafts.) I think we've both just been really busy and have been prioritizing larger, more impactful projects. When you are starved for time, making a practically useless thing just for fun doesn't seem like a priority for some reason! [ 466 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/just-fun-scrappy-robot-magnets/

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Felicidades, Raffi y Laura! Que tengan una vida muy bonita, llena del baile y la risa como anoche. -S

Large Planter Tutorial

How I made that large planter that broke my car

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/large-planter-tutorial/

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Bogota, de la cumbre de Monserrate -S

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La ciudad, de Monserrate

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Buen dia de Bogota!

Summer Vacation!

Wow, this summer is flying by! As is our tradition, we're taking a summer vacation from the blog this week to relax and spend more time with friends, catch up at work, and work on some projects. We'll be back in a week with our regular schedule!

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/summer-vacation-2/

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Second hedge he's dug holes for at this house. Best husband ever. -S

Stretch Assignments – And Disasters Averted

Few things are more satisfying in DIY than standing back and acknowledging that you did something hard really well. Unfortunately for us, that is a rare and fleeting feeling, and going for it often leads to disaster... hence the title of the blog! But as much as we focus on being honest about disasters and quick wins, there are a few projects that we're really proud of. [ 893 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/stretch-assignments-disasters-averted/

Big Reveal of the Tiny Sofa

When you find yourself spending your Saturday making dollhouse furniture...you know you're winning at life.

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/big-reveal-tiny-sofa/

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@dave_beahm you better bring a coordinating suit. -S

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Glamping -S

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Nothing makes you feel smarter or more skilled than when the edges line up perfectly!

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First we run. Then we run again. Then we run a third time. Then we sleep. But after that, THEN we donut. -S #ragnartrailma

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The 3am crew. -S

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Happy #ragnartrailma

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Three sets of running clothes; must be packing for #ragnartrail! Bring on the hills. -S

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Summer evening sunroom cat. -S

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We bought a new (to us) car! To break it into its new life, I drove it straight from the dealership to Lowes where I filled it up with lumber. Welcome to the Ruth household. -S

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I love Vermont -S

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Green is back. -S

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Sam left for a week in China at 11pm last night; Owen did not want to say goodbye. Probably because he knows we're all going to starve in the meantime. -S

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Building cabinets with my daddio. Like father like daughter. -S

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Celebrating the ease of photographing on my new dining room table top :)

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Just a little frisbee golf with the Ruth sibs-S

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It looks like this summer we'll have a deck to lounge on! -S

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Coming along! New table is expected Wednesday!

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Just a birthday boy and his cat. -S

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