By David Martin

Zen and the art of DIY


Less than a week into owning a home, I became one of those obnoxious DIYers.

I can tell I’ve become obnoxious about it; my own mother spoke with me with a glazed expression on her face when I Facetimed with her to show off the kitchen’s hardwood flooring. That floor was hidden beneath a layer of tacky green carpeting, some ancient linoleum and a nasty covering of tar paper.

The project I’m working on started with a simple idea: take the carpeting out of the kitchen and replace it with some tiling.

The house I bought had ugly, worn, green carpeting in the kitchen. I cannot understate h...

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