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PAINTING A CONCRETE PATIO FLOOR

How to Paint a Concrete Patio Floor / 7thhouseontheleft.com

This past weekend, we took the next step in our big carport renovation: painting the carport floor. For us, getting the floor “done” was second on the list of carport/patio priorities, right after the ceiling. We couldn’t very well have this nice, planked ceiling with an oil- and who-knows-what-else-stained floor below it. So, we decided that paint was the best, most cost-effective way to go. I guess I’m getting a little ahead of myself, though, because it took a lot…

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INSTALLING OUTDOOR HAPPY LIGHTS

How to Install String Patio Lights / 7th House on the Left

I’ve always had a thing for patio lights. I love them. The soft, warm light they cast off makes everything look better and they’re just… happy. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t love a few strands of patio lights? Let’s just call them “happy lights”. Okay, that’s really annoying. I promise this will be the only post in which I call them that. Last Fall, we bought 4 boxes of these globe string lights for the carport. We ended up hanging…

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

Outdoor Light installation / 7th House on Left

Greg here for round three of project carport ceiling makeover. For round one and two, click here and here. This time, we’re talking about wiring, the new light fixture and all that jazz. Let’s jump right in… Before the contractors came to work on the ceiling, I turned off the breaker, took down each of the old 1970’s light fixtures and capped each wire. Even though the breaker was turned off, I wanted to make sure that everything was safe…

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THE ADVENTURES OF DIY LANDSCAPING: PART 2

DIY Landscaping 101 / 7th House on the Left

Last week, Ash showed you around the project at hand and introduced you to Sasquatch, the giant bush. If you missed it, check out this post. As she explained, we decided to take “baby steps” and begin with the back corner of our house. It’s a decently-sized area, but it’s still a small enough area to take on as our first landscaping experience. Needless to say, there was a lot of work that needed to be done. This past weekend, despite the muggy heat,…

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THE ADVENTURES OF DIY LANDSCAPING: PART 1

DIY Landscaping / 7thhouseontheleft.com

We’ve lived in this house for almost three years and have yet to touch the landscaping — Unless “landscaping” includes ripping up a dead bush in the front yard and taking down a small dying tree. We’ve had so much to do on the inside of the house that the landscaping has been put on the back burner. Eventually, we really want to have the front yard done by a pro (or at the very least get a consultation from…

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