Don't you just love all of the things you can make and do with Mason jars? I have been wanting Mason jar solar lights since I saw them in a catalog three years ago, but for $40 a jar
there was no way I would allow myself to buy them. I knew I needed to figure out a way to make them myself. I bought some solar lights at the dollar store and was able to come up with my own Mason jar solar lights. Please visit my blog to see all of the details.
I was having a Graduation party for my daughter in our backyard. My neighbor had just repaired a portion of his redwood fence, but he used regular plywood, which maybe he didn't care what
it looked like on his side as it was for him out of site, but on our side of the fence it was in perfect view of anyone sitting on the deck. Very unsightly for myself and my guests. What to do? I couldn't paint my side of the fence, as there was a short chain link fence on my side. So I did this...very inexpensive
1. went rock hunting (it's what I call it) at a local construction site (free rocks)
2. Free mulch (at the local community tree branch drop off area)
3 Lattice Boards ($8-$10 at local home improvement center)
5 Weed control plastic ($5-$6) or use newspaper (free)
1. Attach lattice board to back side of fence area with wire, or what ever works best, depending on the fence your covering.
2. Rock off area you want to cover using small to medium rocks ( I go rock hunting on Sat-Sun between 6-10am when the crews are not there, as some contractors collect the rocks to sell)
3.Loosen soil beforehand, so you can plants before or after you place the mulch.
4. Place weed control covering
5. Spread mulch over area
Note: you may add plants and shrubs before or after you spread mulch. I added after as I wasn't sure what I wanted. I also added an Arch the following year.
To make stripping painted furniture dramatically easier, use a garbage bag! Yes that's it. I use Citrustrip to strip the paint and then stick a garbage bag directly onto the furniture
(when the Citrustrip is still wet). Leave on for up to 24 hours (it works best if left overnight). Remove garbage bag and watch as the paint basically falls right off. Now take your scraping tools and remove paint. Once the majority of the paint is removed I use mineral spirits to remove any leftover oil based paint and stripper.