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Cat by candlelight -S

The Most Disastrous Disasters of 2017

I know we're not the only ones wondering how it suddenly became mid-December, but here we are! This is the time of year when other blogs are taking you on beautiful holiday home tours and doing year-end look backs on all the amazing projects they did this year. But here at Plaster & Disaster, we aren't too great at decorating for the holidays… [ 543 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/disastrous-disasters-2017/

Super Simple DIY Recipe Book

Lately I've been paying more attention to a bad habit of mine, which is that whenever I enjoy doing something I do my very best to turn it into a responsibility. Like DIY? Let's start a blog with deadlines and accountability to do projects and posts! Like writing? Let's set a goal to write a novel this year and track weekly word count in a spreadsheet! [ 946 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/super-simple-diy-recipe-book/

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Nothing to see here, just drilling a hole in the basement ceiling with the most giant drill I’ve ever seen. -S

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No beautiful snowfall pics on this IG account, just plumbing projects. -S

Bedroom Updates

Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for the kind words last week about the jewelry vanity I built in our bedroom as part of some small updates I've been making in the space. I've made some other small tweaks that I figured I may as well share, though I'm not sure how interesting they are. I'm really selling this post, aren't I? [ 977 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/bedroom-updates/

(Even More) Craigslist Finds: Awesome or Terrible?

Welcome to another Craigslist: Awesome or Terrible post! This is when we invite you in one of our favorite games: deciding whether what we see for sale on craigslist is amazing or horrible. Long-time readers know the drill by now. In the same way that our favorite stories take familiar elements and make them exciting again with new twists or ideas, we look for things that are novel and interesting for our homes. [ 626 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/even-craigslist-finds-awesome-terrible-2/

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So many regrets -S

The (Tiny) Details that Make a House a Home

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. [ 731 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/tiny-details-make-house-home/

Floating Jewelry Storage

Having wrapped up our backyard improvements for the season, I've been sort of putzing around the house aimlessly working on a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Even though it hasn't been as satisfying as a whole room makeover, I've made some meaningful progress on a few things that have sitting on my to-do list forever but perpetually getting bumped for bigger projects. [ 1,911 more word ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/floating-jewelry-storage/

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Thanksgiving is just so tiring -S

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We're taking the week off of posting, and look forward to being back next Monday. In the meantime, here's our little plug to skip Black Friday and Cyber Monday and save up for Giving Tuesday (which is November 28th). We posted two years ago about why Giving Tuesday is great and worth celebrating -- at least in our minds, a lot better than feeding into the commercial machine that makes WalMart and Target employees go to work at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day. [ 52 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/happy-thanksgiving-2/

Top Gifts for Your DIYer Friend

It's basically the winter holidays, isn't it? Terrifying. We don't tend to do a lot of holiday type content on this blog (beyond once giving you a real look at what our houses look like around the holidays). But there is one spot where we think we an add some value: good gift ideas for your DIYer friend. The ideas we provide below cover a pretty wide range of price points depending on how much you're looking to spend. [ 1,389 more word ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/top-gifts-diyer-friend/

Mostly Building Shoe Shelves (Closet Update #1)

I shared the plans for my closet storage makeover just two weeks ago, and I'm thrilled to report that I've already made some progress on this project! As a reminder, here is what I'm going for: Essentially, I'll be adding in shoe shelves along the bottom and a drawer/cubby system on one side to give us more useful and differentiated storage, shrinking the coat rack to allow for this, reorganizing, and painting it so that it actually looks kind of nice. [ 699 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/mostly-building-shoe-shelves-closet-update-1/

Progress Flashback

2017 has been a productive year for both of us, one in which Naomi made serious progress in her terrifying basement and finished her dining room makeover, and Sage finally finished her kitchen renovation and made her yard significantly less ugly. Still, as we transition between projects it can be easy to focus on how much more is still ahead of us. [ 680 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/progress-flashback/

(Partially) Fixing a Plumbing Disaster

Lately things have been trending in a positive direction on the home front as we wrap up a productive season of hard work on the outside of our house, which is mostly a good thing but also sometimes leaves me feeling like we're not upholding the "disaster" portion of our name quite enough. Fortunately my house has remedied that concern, with our recent discovery that the basement was full of water. [ 1,344 more word ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/partially-fixing-plumbing-disaster/

Tiny Record Storage

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. [ 461 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/tiny-record-storage/

Closet Storage Makeover Plan

Sorry to everyone who wondered where our regular post was yesterday! This post was scheduled, but somehow errored and didn't send, and I didn't realize until the evening. I even took a picture to prove it. So weird! Anyway, here is your usual insightful, helpful, and relevant content! Since finishing the dining room and setting up the basement workshop, I've been without a project. [ 812 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/closet-storage-makeover-plan/

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Our 6th and final wedding of 2017. Congratulations Carrie & George! -S

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A view that makes the raking worth it. -S

Deck Appeal Part II: Stain!

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen that this past weekend I tackled my last big outdoor project of the year: staining our new deck! As you'll recall, we had a new deck built this past spring on top of our old brick patio (and we hired a pro to do it rather than doing it ourselves, as we wanted to spend the summer doing other outdoor projects not laboring over this one). [ 1,072 more word ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/deck-appeal-part-ii-stain/

Consignment Store Deal Hunting

We always like bringing you guys in on our favorite "DIY games," whether that is trying to figure out whether stuff we see on craigslist is great or terrible, predicting how much weird stuff should cost at a flea market like Brimfield, or just griping about everything that's wrong with our houses. However, we were out looking at stuff at a consignment store the other day and realized that we haven't yet involved you in one of our most common and most simple games: discussing whether the stuff we see at a consignment store is a good deal or not. [ 831 more words ]

http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/consignment-store-deal-hunting/

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Last big outdoor project of the year. My knees and back are feeling grateful that our deck is so small.... -S

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!

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