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Dec 02, 2015

Craftsman Inspiration: Cracked Log Lamps

Cracked Log LampThere's something amazing about integrating natural materials into our modern world. These cracked log lamps add some interesting life to the room. Take a look.  

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Jul 05, 2012

Wood Pile Art: When Chopping Logs Isn't Challenging Enough

created at: 07/02/2012

Anyone who has ever meticulously stacked a wood pile knows that there's an art to stacking logs, but can a wood pile itself be a work of art? You betcha. Hungarian artist Gyula Várnai created this wonderful installation that depicts a man crouching down made entirely out of logs.  

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Nov 04, 2011

Family Room Makeover: A New Face for a Funny Fireplace

For our latest True Value blog squad project, we decided to tackle our fireplace. In our 1960s-ish family room addition, the fireplace takes up a lot of visual attention, and its size and placement make it clear the previous owners built it as a focal point. Here's what we were dealing with:

Our old fireplace, yuck!

(Note: this picture is about four years old)

Last year we decided to paint the fireplace white, but it still lacked some appeal.So, it's not surprising we often chose to 'hide' the fireplace by stacking our daughters various toys in front of it:

What? There's no fireplace here...

The list of things we didn't like about this thing would go on and on. Here are a few photos that are

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Aug 30, 2010

How To: Make a Rustic Wooden Mallet

created at: 08/30/2010

There are rubber mallets, seafood mallets, percussion mallets, and then there are the paint-can-sealing, furniture-making, wooden-stake-into-vampire-heart-driving handmade wooden mallets, as you see above.

We bet you can guess which we prefer.  

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