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Guest Post: Laurie from Handy Man, Crafty Woman

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Hi, I’m Laurie from Handy Man, Crafty Woman. Thanks so much to Home Hinges for having us guest post on their blog!  There are some great renovation stories on this blog.  I just love that five sisters write blog posts.

My husband Rob and I started our blog in 2009.  We have one son, and we live in New England.

We’ve been married for 13 years, and the house we live in now is the third house we’ve renovated.

One of our favorite projects in our current home was renovating our stairway.  We tore out walls, ripped up carpet, and rebuilt the whole thing.  It was a lot of work, but we’re not afraid of hard work.

Our first house was built in the 1830s; our second house was built in the 1860s.  We pretty much gutted and renovated those two houses inside and out.  We tore down plaster, sanded floors, put up new trim, and painted, painted, and painted some more.  It’s a good thing I have a “Handy Man”.  Rob used to work in construction, and all of the work we’ve done on our houses has taught us so much.  If we don’t know how to do something, we look it up and read about it first, then we dive right in.

Our current house was built in the 1990s.  Yes, this time we have a “new” house!  However, it was quite a fixer-upper and a challenge.

The yard needed a lot of work, too.  Over the summer, we put in a stone pathway.

Rob also built a shed in the backyard, from the ground up.

We did an extensive renovation of our kitchen.  Beware: the “before” pictures are just plain scary!

I love to scrapbook.  Rob refinished a kitchen island as a scrapbook table for me.

There is always something to organize around the house, like our pantry.

We also like to share recipes on our blog, like these Wicked Good Brownies. I made these brownies, but Handy Man actually does a lot of the cooking around here.  He’s handy, and he cooks!

No, you can’t have him.

Thanks so much to all the sisters at Home Hinges for having us over today. I’m off to read more Home Hinges posts now.  Thanks, ladies!


Thanks to Laurie for a glimpse into some of the amazing projects she and her husband have done over the years.  It’s amazing what can be accomplished when you put your mind to it.  We are so inspired.