There is a lot of inspiration in these pictures and yes, these probably cost a fortune, but in
each one there is an element that you can take from it and work now with what you have on hand, what you find on craigslist or get from family members/friends, and gradually transform an area from blah to beautiful in your own special way. All it takes is patience, vision, and good "treasure-hunting"!
We had this horrible, eyesore of a grill sitting in our backyard. It had been destroyed in a windstorm and there it sat, mocking me. While I was taking it apart to put out on the curb on
trash day, I had the brilliant idea of turning it into a planter. All it took was a little bit of soapy water and some spray paint...and now it's awesome. This is perfect for my backyard and I love my new outdoor space! More info here: http://makelyhome.com/diy-planter/
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Commented on May 14, 2013
I'm with Kelly - do something "ungrill-like" with the knob area and I think it will break it
away from the former grill look more thoroughly! The paint was a good try, but with the knobs, does not go far enough. Perhap replace knobs with hooks and hang something gardeny on them, or put a sign over the holes from the knobs that says something like Flowers or Garden or maybe just a row of tulips. I think other than the knobs it looks great!
An exterminator told my friend that when you begin to see ants, they are the scouts. Stop these and you won't have ants. My son discovered that if you spray them with Windex (or any other glass cleaner), they are exterminated. Keep after it for a while and you won't have ants. We have used this for years. 2 days ago our humming bird feeder leaked onto the concrete front porch...the liquid got down in the crack between brick and concrete so there was not way to flush it out. Ants
appeared quickly, I sprayed them with Windex. Watched through the day and kept spraying them. Now ant free! Safe for kids, pets and environment! It is worth a try before you spend hundreds.
Commented on May 13, 2013
I use Windex for quick kill, but if they are established, it will not eliminate the problem no
matter how many you spray. Follow them when you very first see them and see what it is that is attracting them, eliminate that (clean it, put it in a container, a zippy bag, etc.) Then continue this every time you see an ant and you should significantly have less of a problem.
I am in love with these DIY Garden Markers. They are so simple to make! Simply take a wine cork and paint it with black spray paint. Using paint and a thin brush paint the cork with the
name of the plant or herb! How simple is that! A great way to reuse those corks too! You can use a toothpick or thin wooden dowel and attach the cork to and place in your plant. They are a great addition to your container garden or traditional garden. I am making a set for mine this year! Check out this post on tips for container gardening.
Commented on May 06, 2013
Why do people label their plants? If growing from seed, I can see the purpose until the
plants are up. I labeled a lot of perennials when I first planted them so I would not plant something else on top of a dormant one, but this weekend, I pulled up all the faded tags and tossed them. Was going to rewrite them, but then I thought - why?
Storage in a small, century home is scarce. So, we are making the most of our space by adding storage drawers in the steps. The project didn't really cost us anything except the cost of
the carpet on top of the steps. We dismantled an old changing table/dresser and repurposed the drawers and drawer glides. We attached the drawer glides to the risers and then added the steps on top. You can check out the entire tutorial and more home improvements at:
For more information about this project (including more photos and detailed tutorials) please visit: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2012/08/kitchen-...#
Previously, this kitchen (originally installed in 1988) was too monochromatic. The color of the cabinets and the floors was too similar and the small island was lost in sea of golden oak. The awful drop ceiling fluorescent light was extremely dated and the lack of cabinet hardware only emphasized the arched paneled doors which didn't feel very modern..
I stained the center island dark brown, and painted the cabinets a warm cream color (Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore) I added hardware to the cabinets and removed the old fluorescent lights which I replaced with 2 pendants and some LED cans. I tiled the backsplash with pencil tile to accentuate the generic granite countertops. I also updated the kitchen faucet and removed a few cabinet doors to break up the monotony of the cabinet doors.
The entire transformation (including the new Bosch appliance suite) came in under $3500. I did all the work myself, including the electrical, plumbing and tiling. The transformation took a little less than 3 weeks.
I like the changes and you did a great job. Just not a fan of the backsplash - find it overly
busy especially with the granite counter already looking busy - something with a larger size and less random pattern would be calmer and could still distract from the arch on the cabinets. But everyone seems to love these tiles, so I think I am a loner in my opinion of them! :) Overall, I love what you did & will share with my daughter who has an 80's oak kitchen too.