Mattress Ticking Arm Chairs
MFH Home Tour: Living Room
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/12/2015 | 7 Comments
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Three weeks ago, I decided to get serious about doing a home tour for you guys, and then it rained FOR. THREE. WEEKS. STRAIGHT. The sun finally decided to show itself this morning, so I quickly grabbed my camera and got to work. Interested in a tour of my living room? Follow me.

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Finished Side of Cabin
Weekend Homestead: One Year In
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/16/2015 | 10 Comments
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We started working on our weekend homestead just over a year ago, so I thought it would be fun to take a look at at what we’ve gotten done, as well as what we hope to accomplish next.

Remember this hideous before picture? Yeah, you might say the cabin was a bit of a fixer-upper. There wasn’t a back wall; some of the roofing tin had been stolen; and all of the windows had been busted out. But this cabin had one major selling point: it was free. Yep, it was in such bad shape, it was thrown in with the purchase of the land. That was enough to get us to take a closer look at the cabin, and, it turns out, it was actually really well built. So, we came up with a plan to fix it up, and we got to work.

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Mushroom Log Tower
How to Grow Mushrooms on Logs
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/14/2015 | 3 Comments
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Last week, I took advantage of the gorgeous fall weather, and set up some mushroom logs on our weekend homestead. We’ve been working on our cabin for over a year now, but this is our first farm-related project on the property.

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Cabinet Open
Curb Find Corner Cabinet: Before & After
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/12/2015 | 2 Comments
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The kids are out on a two-week fall break, so I’ve been knocking out lots of projects, including fixing up this corner cabinet that we picked up from a curb pile a couple weeks ago.

It was very much in need of a good scrub and a paint job, so that’s exactly what it got.

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Antique Farm Table
Curb Find Farm Table: Before and After
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/08/2015 | 5 Comments
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Remember this farm table that my husband and I rescued from a neighbor’s curb pile a couple years ago? It had definitely seen better days. The table top was covered in tar paper; the legs on one end of the table were shorter than the ones on the other end; and a wood block had been added to one corner, presumably so a meat grinder, vice grip or something similar could be attached to the table.

Well, we finally gave it a makeover this week. We’ve been using it in our cabin for the past year, wonky legs and all, so it was well past time.

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Arbor
Curb Find: Arbor
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/05/2015 | 5 Comments
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This summer we rescued a HUGE arbor from a curb pile. It was in great shape, but missing its posts. We hauled it up to our cabin, planning to use it at one of our trail heads, and it’s been sitting there ever since. This week, we finally picked up some new posts from Lowe’s, and put it together. It looks like it was custom built for that spot, don’t you think?

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Corner Cabinet
Curb Finds: Corner Cabinet and Picnic Table
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/23/2015 | 5 Comments
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Earlier today, my husband suggested we take a break from work to do a little curb shopping. I’m so glad he did because we found this corner cabinet in a pile. Crazy, right? It should work well in the living room of our cabin. It just needs a good scrub and a fresh coat of paint. Now to decide on a color.

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New Bath House Porch
Cabin Update: Siding, a Porch and a Surprise
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/31/2015 | 10 Comments
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My mother-in-law requested the girls for an overnight the last two Saturdays, so my husband and I snuck off to the cabin to work, and we got so much done.

I nailed up a bunch more cedar shakes. Look how close I am to the end now! I shouldn’t have any problem tying this project up in September.

Window Trim

And my husband got two out of the three back windows trimmed out. It’s crazy how much more finished things look with a bit of trim.

But the really exciting improvement is the work that we got done on the bath house.

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Hanging Cedar Shakes
Weekend Homestead: Summer Progress
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/17/2015 | 3 Comments
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The kids have been back in school for two and a half weeks now, so let’s talk about what we got done at our cabin this summer.

You may remember that my husband started installing cedar shakes on the backside of the cabin over spring break. Well, that project had been really slow going, mostly because he hated the drudgery of it. I happen to love repetitive tasks (gives me time for my mind to wander), so I took over that project about a month ago, and now it’s moving right along.

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Well Drilling Rig
Well-Drilling Day
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/18/2015 | 2 Comments
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When we got up yesterday morning, we had no idea we’d be getting a well. We’d hired a driller two weeks ago, and had been waiting anxiously for our turn. The call finally came while we were having breakfast (perfect timing, since we were already up at our weekend homestead).

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Mini Office Makeover
Tour the MFH Office
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/15/2015 | 3 Comments
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I’ve worked out of the same 100-square foot home office for the past 12 years, and while my location hasn’t changed, life sure has. Instead of running one website out of that office (thebalance.com), I now run two websites and an Etsy shop out of that space, and I share it with my husband. He quit his job two and half years ago to come work with me.

That’s a lot to cram into one tiny room, and it’s made organization a challenge.

But we make it work.

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Painted Front Door
Our Cabin Gets Color
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/20/2015 | 2 Comments
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I picked out our paint colors for the cabin months ago, and I’ve had the paint sitting in the basement ever since. We’ll, I’m excited to say I finally got to pull that paint out of storage and put it to use. Here’s a first peek at my picks:

The front door got two coats of Sherwin Willam’s Grays Harbor (SW 6236). I really like the way it contrasts with the weathered oak siding.

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Front Cabin Wall Tear Out
Big Progress at the Weekend Homestead
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/30/2015 | 2 Comments
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We’re officially done with all the cabin demo work! We tore out the final section of wall that needed to be replaced yesterday.

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Living Room Floor
Spring Break at the Homestead
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/22/2015 | 6 Comments
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The kids were out on spring break this week, so we dropped them off at their grandparents for their annual visit, and headed up to our weekend homestead to squeeze in six days of work. I think that’s the longest stretch that we’ve had to work on the cabin since we bought it, and we have lots to show for it. Here’s a look at the progress:

When we started working on the cabin back in October, our first order of business was to close in the living room, so we’d have a place to stay while we worked. That meant building a back wall (since there wasn’t one), replacing all of the broken windows, tearing out the subfloor and temporarily closing the room off to the rest of the cabin. We managed to tackle all of that in one weekend, but we ran out of time when it came to laying a new sub floor. So, we just laid some plywood down, and called it good.

On this trip, we finally got a chance to finish the floor. It’s just pressure-treated plywood, nothing fancy, but it should hold up well to heavy foot traffic. I plan to porch paint it, so it’ll be easy to clean.

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Installing Board and Batten Siding
Weekend Homestead: Countdown to Summer
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/09/2015 | 2 Comments
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We’re back from another weekend of working on our weekend homestead. As you may remember, we’ve been rehabbing an unfinished cabin that was abandoned 12 years ago. We started work in October, and we’ve been making slow, but steady progress ever since. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

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