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How I created a reclaimed wood fence wall in our home


Finished living room wall with new sofa from Costco.



One of the things we both decided would look great in the fixer upper we purchased was a reclaimed wood wall.
Since we had a bunch of wood from a newly completed fence project (article coming soon), we felt the wall could be done on the cheap.

We did some research on Pinterest, found the look we wanted and got to work. Here is the project by the numbers.

1. Cut the wood into approximate 3 foot sections using a RYOBI chop saw from Home Depot.

2. Cleaned the wood with a RYOBI Power washer from Home Depot.

3. Lightly Sanded the boards with a Porter Cable orbital sander from Home Depot

4. Sprayed each board with a solution of apple cider vinegar and steel wool

5. Added an new outlet and wiring for the television.

6. Marked stud locations on the wall

7. Started at top and began adding boards and cutting to size at ends. Boards were nailed using a Porter Cable nail gun from Home Depot.

8. Mounded Television using mount from Walmart.

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The family bought a new 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD 5.7L V8 CrewMax


Montana and Eddie Standing in front of the new Tundra outside Toyota Scion of Santa Maria
The kids with keys to the new truck.

It was finally time to buy a new truck. After exhaustive research I decided on a 2016 Toyota Tundra 5.7L CrewMax 4x4.

The last time I owned a truck was around 1992 when I was in the Air Force.  

After visiting dealers for a few days, looking at everything we decided we needed certain things in a truck. 

1. I needed more legroom than a double cab would offer. Montana is already tall, and Eddie will be as well. Since I don’t buy cars that often I have to plan for the future.

2. I need a 4x4 since we drive on the beach often and plan on visiting the mountains soon.

3. It needed decent tow capabilities. Although were not in the market for a trailer now, I didn’t want to be limited on what it could pull.  Fifth wheels were not in consideration, so there was no need for a larger truck.

4. I also wanted a navigation system.

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