Pathways Design Ideas for Home and Garden
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The Mission: Replacing an ugly concrete pathway with a unique and intricate stone mosaic pathway. (Yes I have the Mission Impossible theme in my head)A lot of hard work but well worth the effort!⚠️Please research if this will work in your area before attempting this project. I’m in the Pacific Northwest and have mild winters.
Here's a video and simple how-to instructions showing you how to make grass grow fast and fix bald spots in your lawn. It's been working great in my yard for years. The key is to let the seeds germinate in the saw dust or peat moss and to keep watering once spread on the bald spots until the grass takes hold. I use the fine saw dust from the table saw as the base, but peat moss works just as well.
This is the garden bed that is against the front of our home and it looks much different than when we moved in a few years ago. To define the line between the GRASS and the GARDEN, we installed (even though there was no 'real' install) inexpensive stone. These stones are a trapezoid shape - about 7 long on one side, about 5 long on the other side. Because of the stones shape, they can be layed in a straight line (by changing the direction with each one) OR on a curve (tight curve or gradual curve) to border a garden. One row high is just enough (that's what I did) or these inexpensive stones can be stacked (staggering the joint) to create a taller garden border or retaining wall. They can also be used to create a firepit. Come see more on my blog NOW: http://www.jennaburger.com/2015/05/the-perfect-border-for-your-beds/
In my humble opinion, no fairy creation would be complete without the addition of a few teeny, tiny, magical mushrooms.
In the summer of 2011, I decided to build garden paths or stone dust walkway in the garden. Used logs like edging borders. Goal being: To give a natural look to the garden pathway and allow better circulation on the yard. Steps: 1: Pathway foundations and gravel 2: Install the geotextile fabric 3: Path edging with Logs - Add stone dust 4: Use Plate tamper - Finishing and outcome For detailed building instructions: ----> Garden Path Idea Comments? er
My brother is a pro gardener, and many moons ago, he shared how he professionally edged flower beds. I decided to implement his method into my own garden, and boy... I can't believe the instant difference it made! So I decided to write a blog post on his method, showing all the steps, not thinking too much about it after the thought.Well, that one hot sunny day of picture shooting turned out to be a win. This post turned out to be one of my most frequently visited and copied tutorials! And that's because this method truly works. This method of flowerbed edging transforms your flowerbeds from standard to showroom quality instantly! With standard garden tools and a little bit of elbow grease, it's easy to get this look, and not all that hard to keep up.Are you ready to ditch deteriorating flower bed edges and go all natural and even more beautiful?Here's how...
July 2016: We bought our townhouse 7 years ago and every year from spring through fall every time it rained we had to dodge a muddy mess to get from our deck to our driveway. We got several bids from professional landscapers ranging from $3500 up to $7500 for a deluxe flagstone design that was gorgeous but way out of our ballpark!Update June 30, 2020:I just started an instagram channel, see the link at the bottom of the page, so you can see how it is coming along over the years. The gardens have grown in nicely and the landscaping is holding up well. We had to have some foundation work done on our house so part of it was torn up and I still need to finish fixing that up. We also replaced our deck so that is different as well. We do have plans this fall to change the round stepping stones to a paver path and I will post an update when we get that done too. :-)
We had already purchased molds from Lowe`s that made this pattern. We are using this pattern that will come off the back porch and out to our sitting area with burn pit and adding two hammock chairs. We did not want everything to be matched, so we had to figure what kind of pattern we wanted. My hubby is building A bigger shop, that is why everything is in the yard. In the process of cleaning out the old shed we had A lot of empty ice cream buckets and knew someday we would use them for something.
Make natural looking DIY concrete stepping stones or pavers. Color the concrete and mold it into the shape of real fieldstones or flagstones. Finally, the DIY Concrete Stepping Stones are finished. It’s a project I wanted to do last year because when we moved into this rental home, we quickly decided that we wouldn’t use the front door to go in and out of the house. Why?Because the existing path from the driveway to the door was 6” deep with pebbles. To walk on it, I kid you not, was like walking in quicksand or even like walking in deep water. Someone didn’t have their thinking cap on when they made that path. ;0)
Can you believe that when our ranch house was built in 1977, they installed hardwoods and then carpet right on top? My contractor hubby Steve says that was common back then. We found out about the hardwood ages ago after I chose and paid for new carpet. When the installers arrived and started pulling up the old carpeting – voila! There it was. Darn it. Flash forward and it’s time for a new flooring option. So we decided to pull it all up and I am sharing how to remove carpet on top of hardwood floors in four steps.Making the decision to dive into this project was SO easy. One minute we were enjoying coffee on a lazy Sunday morning and the next minute we were yanking up carpet, padding, nailing strips, and staples. That night we were so sore and crabby, thinking we were just nuts. The bloom was off the excitement of our decision.At this point, two weeks after starting, we have the very long hallways and the den completed. The sobering part of this project at our home is that the floors are very orange-ish and have only a rough sanding sealer on top. Meaning that the newly-discovered floors require sanding and a sealer. Plus, to me, a color option that will tone down the red oak color. UGH!Steve spent hours sanding the floors with a heavy-duty sander and they look amazing. However, the whole house would take him forever! Now, he and I have determined that we will continue to remove the carpet in each room as we have time, then decide how to finish the floors later. Just moving the furniture to get to every inch of our rooms is daunting and our knees need a break after each room.We know we are going to love the final result and you will too if you have discovered hardwoods under your carpet. P.S. have you peeked yet? Just use pliers to pull up a corner of carpet inside a closet to see what you have. Fingers crossed it’s hardwoods.
We always knew we wanted raised garden beds built with rocks. I am sharing how we built them and what we learned along the way.These days, it seems that everyone is talking about and having raised garden beds. There are so many advantages to them so that we finally decided to put some in our garden.But we didn’t want to build them from wood or metal. I wanted them to blend into the garden of our 1910 Victorian shingle-style home. So we needed something else. Finding that solution is what kept us from putting them in for a while.Now, I am so happy to report we did!
I love creating my own home decor, especially since I need a variety of different styles when it comes to staging my refinished furniture pieces. And let's face it, stylish and trendy home decor is not cheap!This project is easy to make, inexpensive and can be made in so many different ways and styles. I'll list some different examples at the end of the tutorial 😁*Time listed includes the dry time, actual work time is about an hour*Cost is based off of the amount of product used, not the initial cost of the product itself* At the end of this tutorial, I've included a link to the tutorial for the cement looking beads that I used to decorate this vase with
With no way to replace flooring, I decided to paint my tile floor to look like faux brick.We’re coming into week 4 of the $100 Room challenge and this week I’m taking on faux brick! (FYI There isn’t a week 3 for me because I took that week off.)I introduced my laundry room and the dilemma of the cracked tile floor. I already have practice since I stenciled my office flooring. This time, I wanted to try my hand at a faux brick pattern stencil.
Many of us wish we could have outdoor lights glowing year-round; sadly, knotted electric cords and high energy bills hold us back. Thankfully, technology has advanced. Today, I’d like to share how I made a DIY fairy light tree with Starbright’s solar-powered string lights that could stay on year-round. Having solar-powered lights eliminates the need for long electric cords. This project was sponsored by Starbright.This 5-foot fairy light tree is the perfect size to stand on your covered patio/porch surrounded by greenery or flowers. Making your own fairy tree is only one example of how you could use solar-powered lights. There are many other creative ways to use them from Brightology.If you want to transform your outdoor living space, get Brightology Today! ! CODE: Vik20 will get you 20% off.For more info and pictures visit my website at DIY Fairy Light Tree. You could also see my other project here.
I am happy that spring has finally arrived here in New Jersey! I am loving all the daffodils that are blooming in my front yard. I adore the warmer temperatures. I was feeling crafty recently, so I did a quick and easy craft for my backyard – wind chimes!
How to build a simple DIY Carport for additional outdoor storage, with basic lumber and scrap materials.
I'm currently in the process of renovating our kid's small playroom. Last week I finished this EPIC IKEA hack using two TROFAST storage units. And this week we'll be tackling the book situation. Basically, we'll be building a DIY book display.
Air vent covers aren’t built for looks. At least the builder-basic ones aren’t.We had a standard white cover on our air exchange vent in the basement.When the wall was white and it was mostly used for storage, I didn’t notice or care very much:
You don’t find pieces like this anymore. When I saw it at our local thrift store I fell in love, but it was a little pricey so I went home I thought about it. It could’ve been snapped up because it’s absolutely gorgeous. I went back the next day and it was still there so I bought it!
Some cement colorants can be pricey, but here’s a great way to color cement for cheap- using fabric dye! If you’ve been wondering about how to make a dyed cement planter, then you’re in luck, because there’s a good choice for a concrete dye out there and it’s cheap.
This DIY Spring Moss Wreath is so easy to make.Seriously…..In 20 to 30 minutes flat you have a show stopper to hang above your mantel.On your door.On a mirror.And, you can even use it as a centerpiece for your table.Terrain sells a version of this wreath for $150 without the grapevine wreath attached to the back.I made my version for free as I had everything I needed on hand.However, if you start from scratch, you can still create this wreath for less than $100.If you choose not to add the grapevine wreath, your wreath supplies will cost less than $60.
I’m willing to bet that anyone that has worked on more than 3 pieces of furniture knows what it’s like to have a tough project sit… and sit, and sit, just waiting for a lighting bolt of inspiration (or motivation) to hit.
Check out a beautiful backsplash that will be the crown jewel of your kitchen! Here are some dreamy before and after pics with serious inspo! Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jeffrey Court.
Spreading kindness can be done in so many wonderful ways, one of which is painting rocks and scattering them around for others to find. This is the best guide to painting rocks that also gives you some tips and tricks of how easy it can be done to create magnificent results.
After a long winter, I wanted to do a little something to liven up the library. Green, fresh, spring-like, but also with staying power. After noodling on it a bit I knew just what to do…In this post, I’m going to show you how to make a succulent planter (with drainage) out of a found piece of wood and some moss. This easy DIY will cost around $20 — including the mini succulents! We’ll also cover some basic indoor succulent tips and tricks. Thank you to Costa Farms for providing the succulents!