Before Basement Reno ( see after above )
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Ya’ll! I didn’t think some black spray paint could make a girl so happy, but man! I LOVE the way my windows look now!! All it took was some tape and a can of black spray paint! Taping is the worst part because I’m so impatient and just want to get going to the fun stuff - just me? All of the prep work is worth it in the end but I always want to rush through it so that I can move on to the real part of the project!
Creating a hanging basket filled with zonal geraniums accented with Diamond Frost is easier than you might think! Let me show you how!While I was back in Illinois earlier this month, I made a visit to my favorite Amish greenhouse. I couldn’t resist purchasing a few zonal geraniums & a couple of pots of Proven Winners Diamond Frost! I thought they would be perfect potted up as a hanging basket as a hostess gift for one of my childhood friends.
The weather is starting to get so pretty here in Alabama & that means I do absolutely everything possible outside.Last year I transformed our patio into an oasis, perfect for dinning & entertaining.The only thing missing was the soft glow of candlelight.And outdoor candles look extra glamorous in lanterns.
Our kitchen was one of the only rooms in our house that we didn't do a thing to since we moved in a year and a half ago. Ironically, it was the room that we wanted to change the most, but we kept shying away because we assumed we would have to spend a lot of money to do anything worthwhile. Well, we finally took the plunge and decided to do what we could on a $400 budget. Here's what happened!
Living in Florida with a screened (but no roof) pool, means we're sort of married to plastic pool furniture. We had three used-to-be blue chairs that had faded over time and we had inherited a couple of white plastic chairs when we moved into the house. All but one of them had been stacked by the shed gathering all manner of nastiness for the past year and a half. When I decided it was time to deal with the awful seating situation around the pool - I hated the idea of pitching 5 plastic chairs, only to spend about $100 to replace them with 5 more ugly plastic chairs. After doing some research, I figured it was worth giving some plastic paint a shot. Here's the results!
When I moved to LA from the East coast, I was determined to make the most out of my small balcony to enjoy the beautiful weather year round, even though I'm renting. It was a lot of work but it was well worth it: not only has it given me more usable square footage, it's also provided a much better view to look at from the inside of my apartment!
I love all things Spring, especially gazing balls! Florida really does have seasons, albeit not the four commonly known to the rest of the world. For us SW Floridians it's a brief but great time of year between our seasons: blistering heat, torrential rain, hurricane/mosquito and tourist season.For the past few years I've fought the urge to purchase a gazing ball, in part due to price in part because I don't want to clean up glass if it shatters into smithereens. I decided I would make one, but wasn't sure just how I wanted to concur that and then, it struck me!I've have several packages of air dry clay in my closet for months, purchased for a something I just had to do, but.... I didn't get around to it & now it doesn't seem important. Then a few weeks ago, WHAMO like a ton of bricks the idea for my gazing ball struck me!
I recently acquired an end table from my mother-in-law's home. It was from my husband's father's mother. The end table was in the garage collecting dust for years since she passed in the early 2000s. It was unique in style and had many decorative accents that I thought would be a great DIY chalk paint project I could try with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue chalk paint. Check out how I updated this old and not loved piece.
For me, summer is all about sitting on the floor. I basically exist within 3 feet off the ground for a few months. It's so much more natural and comfortable when it’s hot than sitting in chairs and outdoor sofas! You can sit up, you can recline, you can lounge, you’re FREE! With this DIY floor pillow idea, you will get your entire party something to sit on in no time (and barely any money!).Find the detailed step-by-step here!
I have posted recently here on Hometalk about pulling up carpet in our home, and painting the inside front door black. Lots of folks saw our picture shelves in those posts, and wanted to know exactly how we made them. We have these easy-to-make shelves all over our home and love that we don't need to hang the photos and art, and repair holes.Let’s make these!
After painting the interior of my She Shed/Craft Shack it was time for me to work on the outside. When the shed initially was delivered, I had it placed at the very back of the property. Every project I would have to trudge all the way back there at least 10 times to get tools and supplies. Needless to say, that got old... QUICK. Major changes were in order for this little shed’s location and exterior! Here is how I did it for less than $200!
I love to transform unwanted and damaged items of a vintage nature by breathing new life into them and when I saw this piece of slate on a string in local charity shop thought it would be a great item to be decorated and be durable for the garden .
Come on over and learn how to make these DIY Shabby Chic Frames. Use dollar store frames to make these beautiful floral frames!Hi there! Today I have a fun project to share that was inspired by some Anthropology floral frame. I decided to paint mine white with gold accents instead of solid gold, but you could easily spray paint them with whatever color you like best!This dollar store frame DIY is so simple to make, and it is so inexpensive too! Here is what you need to get started!a few dollar store frameschalk paint or spray paintpaper flowersPlaster of Paris (optional)hot glue/glue gunpaint brushprinted quote or photo
Stenciling a Floor sounds like a great idea, right? It's easy, super affordable compared to new flooring and relatively durable (if you do it right). What could possibly go wrong?Our house was built in 1997 and as such the tile flooring screams 90's! After scrolling Pinterest (where else are great ideas born?) I decided to take the plunge and paint the bathroom floors. But I wanted to do it the right way, so I purchased the rustoleum kit and supplies. After a week of procrastinating I got my painting clothes on, played Netflix on my phone and went to work.
Here we go again, I am making over another thrift store find! This candle holder is one of those items I bought because it was only $1.00 and I knew someday I would do something with it! Well, someday was like YEARS later HAHA! I had kind of forgotten about it and I also wasn’t set on what I wanted to do with it, so it got pushed to the side. The other day I was organizing some of my craft stash and had it all piled and one thing sitting next to another and it all fell into place….I am not sure if that happens to you, but it does to me! All. The. Time! This came out better than anything I had envisioned for this candle holder! Come join me while for this thrifted candle holder makeover!
I always HATED my kitchen cabinets. First, they were 42" high, and I am short. My bottom cabinets were full. But I could reach and use only 2 shelves in the upper cabinets. The other 2 shelves in each wall cabinet were empty. Second, the wall cabinets were narrow, 11 inches deep. My dinner plates would not fit. My plate racks would not fit either. My storage containers and jars would not fit. Why did I need the wall cabinets?
The other day my mom gave me some Pothos stems that she had recently propagated. If you don’t know what propagating is, it’s when you grow new plants from an already established plant. This is done by cutting of one of the stems and placing it in a jar of water until it grows roots. Once the roots have sprouted you can then plant it and grow a whole new plant.This is such a cost effective way to fill your home with beautiful live plants, and is also a lovely way to share new plants with family and friends. Below I explain the steps that I used to plant and propagate my new Pothos stems.
Can I tell y’all how much I love to create cutesy crafts? These super sweet and kinda sassy Patriotic Clay Pot Love Bugs went together in just about 30 minutes with simple supplies from Dollar Tree (and my craft stash)! Get the kiddos involved and then have some family fun time, being creative.
Is spring cleaning and organization still happening? I was super happy to get this cabinet organized. I started realizing that with cabinets, items get tossed to the back and are never seen..which means never used and it's hard to know what you really have. The solution was to create pull-out drawers so every item in the cabinet was accounted for.To see how these hold up, or for other DIY ideas, make sure to check out my Instagram.
If you are like me and you like to eat outdoor rather than indoor. It doesn’t matter if you are just having your breakfast alone with the songbirds or a big family gathering. It’s always better outside. But, i found my round 4 chairs faux wicker table quite annoying. It’s small and not my style. For that, we thought about something built from scratch. That way we decided on the style, the size, the color and the BUDGET. The one we want is an 8 to 10 chairs capacity depending of the size of chairs. it’s exactly eight feet long, 42 inches wide and 28 inches high.If you have a small knowledge in working with wood this project is for you. Also if you are used to use the following tools the work gonna be much easier for you. You will use the miter saw, the kreg jig and the drill. We really didn’t use any extraordinary technique or tools to build it.I was inspired by the pottery and barns farmhouse table design. It has a beautiful X brass legs and along board as a table top we added a thin frame all around to bring everything together. For the table top boards we bought a specific wood boards that facilitate the assembly. They can go into each other without leaving any gap. I know how frustrating to get those beautiful X legs done and all the required tools and techniques. Here we did a little trick to have it done. Clever husband hhhh.the general cost of this table is 210 dollars. Did I Said 210$? Yes, that Includes wood boards, screws, stain and protection formula. A judge table like this will cost not less then 800$ from any store. So you are saving a lot here.
Full disclosure: This build was sponsored by Concrete Countertop Solutions. All opinions contained in this post and the associated video are my own.Have you seen the price of wood lately?! That’s a stupid question. Of course, you have. Due to the soaring cost of lumber, I decided to build this outdoor with the goal of using no wood at all.
Hi there! One task that I used to dread is changing the duvet covers. It was not a pretty sight! I would end up brawling with my comforter and duvet cover and usually, they would win and I am knocked down for the count!Well, no more fretting, I found the ultimate trick and the easiest way to put on a duvet cover, seriously!I am sure I am late to the this party…Many of you may already know this awesome trick, some call it burrito method, California roll, sushi roll, etc.For those of you like me who haven’t been enlightened, here we go…How to put on duvet cover effortlesslyGather your insert and duvet cover
Loss is hard. Finding ways to honor your lost loved ones is something that is important to a lot of people.For myself, it was the loss of a child. As I am approaching her 8th heavenly birthday, I wanted to make something special to plant some flowers for her. This project was simple yet meaningful for me.I also think this would make a good gift idea for someone.Here I will show you how I transformed an old planter pot into a remembrance planter using the tissue transfer technique.
Have you struggled to find the best method to clean your glass mirrors and windows without streaking?I have a simple solution for you.IT IS TRULY THE BEST SOLUTION!Our patios get filthy from the construction constantly happening on the property.In order to keep the patios clean, I often need to hose the dirt off the flagstone.This leaves me with water droplets and dirt covered doors and glass.The cleaning solution I use quickly brings all the glass and mirrors back to perfection.Supplies2 cups water1/4 cup white vinegar1/4 cup rubbing alcohol1 T corn starchSpray bottleSeveral lint free microfiber clothsDirectionsPlace all of the ingredients in a spray bottle.Shake well.Remove any heavy dirt or grime off the windows using water (especially if outside) so that you don’t have to change out your dirty cloths as much.Next, spray the windows liberally with the mixture in the spray bottle.Using a lint free cloth, wipe the windows down.If the cloth becomes dirty, switch to a clean cloth.Allow your glass surfaces/windows/doors to dry.Your glass and windows will be the cleanest they have ever been.You probably have all of these supplies already on hand. After you use my method to clean your mirrors and windows one time, I highly doubt you will ever buy another bottle of Windex again.
They must have been MASSIVELY mass produced. These lovely cut glass luncheon plates with matching cups were, at one time, the standard for serving “a light lunch” at baby showers, wedding showers, church meetings, bridge clubs and other hosted “Ladies who Lunch” events.
DIY Projects DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered LetterThis DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered Letter is a great personalized gift for any music lover in your life! Read on to see how easily I created this W!This Post Contains Affiliate Links. Any time you purchase a product through my links, I receive a small commission. Several years ago, I bought a large W at Canton Trade Days. I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do with it, but had been looking for an oversized W for a while.We, my husband and I, both come from musical families.As a matter of fact, both of us are musical or were musical. Jake played the Tuba and was drum major for his high school band and for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in his younger days.I took over as the pianist at my church in TX when I was 15. I traveled with Life Action Ministries for a couple of years while I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I still don’t know, honestly. Since then, I’ve played keys and sang in a variety of praise teams and choirs. I think I’m officially in retirement from all that, though.Back to the large W I bought in Canton…To incorporate it into my decor, I took an old hymnal that belonged to my grandmother, who was a self-taught, very talented pianist, and decoupaged a variety of hymns all over it. It ended up being a beautiful decor piece in our kitchen 3 houses ago!My husband’s dad spent about 42 years as a music minister. He had a beautiful baritone voice and had a heart for people like no one else I’ve ever met. He could make a friend everywhere he went! He was also a talker!After he passed away in 2014, after a long battle with kidney cancer, my mother-in-law gave me the hymnal he used every Sunday morning to lead the choir. The intent was for me to use the pages of that hymnal to create her a hymn covered W. A few years ago, I even bought a large W to tackle this project but ended up using the W I bought on my own mantle. Oops!So here I am, almost 7 years later and I still haven’t made her W. Well, after today, that’s no longer the case!We’ll be meeting her at the beach in June to celebrate her birthday. She’s also moving into a new house toward the end of the summer. I’ll hand-deliver this gift to her, that’s no longer a surprise!This decoupage hymn covered W will be the perfect birthday/housewarming gift for her.(Debbie, act surprised when I give this to you in person!) 🙂My intention was to complete this project for a DIY gift round-up last month, but in true Jen Wade fashion, I forgot to order my W and it didn’t arrive until after the challenge was over.You ready to make your own hymn covered letter?!DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered Letter Supplies:
I love a good refresh and I love it even more when I can pull off a quick inexpensive project. I gave my front porch a whole new look using paint! Paint is one of the cheapest, easiest, most impactful ways to change your home.