Home Improvement Pet Peeves (HIPP)

There's been so many projects at CHW lately that I haven't had time to update you all. Over the past month I painted my dining room, living room and bedroom. This sounds innocent and easy but, in reality, takes more time than you can imagine. All three rooms required a major detox due to years... Continue Reading →

Summer in a Jar

Project: Peach Jam CHW Rating: Easy as Sunday Morning It's December 1 and snowy in Denver. It's as if someone flipped a switch and the season turned to winter just as the calendar page turned. Yesterday was almost summer at 60 degrees. Today we'll get 4-6" of snow. Days like this make me want to... Continue Reading →

Wine? Why not!

Project: Dining Room Hutch CHW Rating: Weekender It's been awhile but I'm back at the home improvement beat. I took some time off for the summer to enjoy grilling, sunshine and biking across Eastern Europe. One thing led to another, summer turned to fall and it's time to get back to work on this masterpiece.... Continue Reading →

Curb Appealing

Project: Cute-ing of Cherry Hills West CHW Rating Scale: Weekender/Call a Pro It's been nearly a year since I put an offer in on CHW. The first time I spotted this house I hated the junipers. Finally, after six, or eight, months, I ripped them out. But I didn't stop there. After tearing out the... Continue Reading →

Got a few minutes? Make this!

Project: Recycling Calendar CHW Rating: Easy Like Sunday Morning (really!) Tonight I got home from work a wee bit later than normal and had a hankerin' to craft. However, seeing as the sun was starting to go down I didn't want to take so long that I'd be waiting for Mod Podge to dry at... Continue Reading →


Project: Operation Juniper Extraction CHW Rating: Weekender/Call a Pro The first time I laid eyes on CHW I hated the junipers. Between the crab apple in the backyard and the overgrown junipers in the front, it was a tough sell for me. Luckily for CHW and my dear readers, I looked past the spider-infested evergreens... Continue Reading →

Taggin’ in the Hood

Sometimes the house gods drop presents into your lap. And sometimes you have to fish those presents out of trash cans after you finish a morning run. Details aren't important. What matters is that these ugly torches were left out for me find and prettify.           All it took was a... Continue Reading →

Enter the Golden Dragon

Mission: Entrance Makeover CHW Rating: 2" (Mani Eater)* Recently I got a bug up my keister to renovate my entryway. Not sure really why as I've got a 1045 other projects in line ahead of it. Alas, one evening I was looking at the dirty, sad little room and heard a voice. The voice was... Continue Reading →

Introducing the CHW Project Rating Scale

Almost daily, nay, minutely, I'm asked how do I do what I do with Chez CHW. Where did I learn my home improvement skillz? Did I go to some special ladies clinic at Home Depot on a Saturday? Did I have a handy husband/boyfriend/father/brother who taught me how to do this? Did I have some... Continue Reading →

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