our back yard
We love our yard. it is 5 acres and a lot of hard work. Well worth it, we stay out on our patio and take in the view from morning to dark on weekends.
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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.
Edited:Thank you so much for the kind compliments! Some of you brought up some good questions and concerns...1- we have never had an issue with the cinder blocks moving. Not to say it wouldn't happen, but just know that we have had countless parties and kids over and never had any issues with blocks shifting but if you want to play it safe you can definitely use an adhesive. What I kind of liked though was that this wasn't a permanent project so I can change my mind one day if we want to re-arrange the yard.2- love the ideas to add some extra color by painting or staining the concrete cinder blocks, super tempted to even do tiles! great ideas and excited to inspire some backyard projects to you all!!3- sadly Franklin is still gone roaming the wild! (at least one could hope! ha)thanks!!Sam-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Billy and I love to have people over and host, so with that we are constantly looking for ways to improve our yard and "hosting" space. We were super excited about our recent backyard transformation, we took out grass and installed some fake grass, plantings, decomposed granite and even poured some concrete. Amongst all these improvements we still wanted to create a fire pit area, but let's face it things can get pricey when it all adds up!! To save some bucks we were able to come up with a great alternative for our new and improved fire pit seating area. Rather than building some large wall with seating we were able to make our own and what's kind of nice is that it's not permanent so we can still have some flexibility with changing the yard up as our lifestyle changes. Original Blog Post
I've seen several DIY projects for privacy fences, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money or put a ton of effort into this project. Unfortunately, I have a champagne vision with a beer budget, but we were able to complete this project for less than $30 in under two hours. Paul (the hubs), was going to be doing most of the work, and I would be the job foreman. I'm happy to report that we're still married, even after our..."lively" debate about why its unrealistic for me to expect full growth ivy winding it's way through the lattice panels, while we sit in cushy new patio chairs sipping Mojitos listening to the gentle gurgle of a three-tier water feature that he could also build that weekend? Geesh, he's such a killjoy.
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
I bought a Tulip style table base at an auction years ago for $5. Like many of my project ideas, it sat in my garage until I could figure out how to make or get a table top. I absolutely wanted the table to be thin, or at least appear to be very thin, like the OG Saarinen tables.
Last summer, I updated the landscape in the front yard. The Hosta plants along the sidewalk that leads to our front door were growing over the grass making it hard to mow without taking out some of their leaves in the process. We also had an area on the East side of the lawn where the grass did grow well due to the tree roots from our neighbors Walnut tree. Then, I wanted to address the area around the tree in the yard that is at the top of a slope making it really hard to mow around. Lastly, I decided to enlarge the flower bed on the East side of the house. So....I broke up the project into 4 Zones. Here is Zone 1 - Hosta bed & front flower garden enlargement.....
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the beginning of revamping our front yard - Zone 1 - increasing the Hosta and flower beds. That project had me considering options for the large tree in the front yard that sits on a slope. We've been in the house for 19 years and I guess I had forgotten that the yard was not always this sloped until I was looking at old pictures.
Whenever we would sit on our finished patio, all we could see was the eye-sore of our under deck. We didn’t like the look of traditional lattice but decided we needed to do something. We came across the idea to use wood slats and fell in love! This was an easy project that made a big impact on our outdoor space.
I’m so excited as I write this, I have asked my hubby for years to help me make one of these. I’ve saved windows I’ve picked from the side of the road. Some of these I’ve had 10 years. I promise I’m not a hoarder, Okay I might be of old chippy items! But can you blame me? Don’t really answer that!
Today, I’m sharing how to recycle a broken urn. Because a piece has a broken piece off the edge, don’t throw it in the trash. Here I will share steps to fix the broken edge.By the way, if you have been following Cloches & Lavender for any time, you know I love to recycle. As an example, this cabinet needed some love. Because it still works with my French Country home, I used chalk paint making it petty again.Besides the cabinet project, I also have a collection of antique tea cups and saucers. Not a tea drinker like me? After some thinking I show how to make a plate wreath. Now, back to how to recycle a broken urn. I found this urn thrifting some time ago, and I have used in our home before. However, I was tired of hiding the broken side. So, it was time to fix the broken edge.Let’s Take A Look And See How To Recycle A Broken UrnBefore I begin, I wanted to mention, this urn is made of resin of some sort. So I feel this is the best and easiest solution.First, a piece of spackle tape is added to give a base to the urn. After the tape, using a chip brush I add joint compound. This is the beginning how to recycle a broken urn. Brushing also seemed to be the best way to apply joint compound to the tape.
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.
One of my very first yard projects was to create a planter bed and then my husband and I made pathway adjacent to it. Our plan for the backyard was to create a deck at one end of the path. However, our plan changed and now we are breaking down the path! Of course I can't just toss the Irish Moss I had planted between pavers. I will transplant them to the front yard and show you how!
Are You Looking for More Outdoor Entertaining Space? Oh Good! Me Too!Maybe You have a Small Section of Dirt Just Sitting Doing Nothing.Our Eyesore Dirt Patch is Just Off the Patio.This is Prime Real Estate that Needs Some Major Oomph.It Needs BRICKS!
Learn how to take a chippy old wooden door and turn it into a beautiful desk for your cottage farmhouse home office.
It's spring and I'm eager to work in my flower beds!! One of the projects on my to do list is to make a trellis for my Rose bush to climb on. Every year my Rose bush produces long runs and they always end up going behind the deck or up the foundation headed for the siding.I normally end up cutting the runs off and its a never ending cycle all summer long. So this year I will be able to use my new trellis and hopefully enjoy more blooms!This trellis also would be amazing for a veggie garden as well!
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.
Spring has officially sprung in Southern California, and I decided our backyard needed a little facelift! Head to my blog for more fun projects like this!I decided to wing it and build a custom DIY Planter Box for our backyard, and it turned out SO well! My dad, who is a contractor, was here to help, and I am forever grateful because that made the whole “winging it” aspect less stressful.The great part about this is you can make it custom to fit YOUR space. Ours is a MASSIVE 7 feet long, 27″ tall, and about 18″ deep. It fits perfectly under our window that looks out from our indoor dining room, to our outdoor dining space. This DIY planter box project really helped to clean up the outdoor area, and it makes the space look more classic and beautiful. It is a more complex project, but I tried to break it down for ya! Keep in mind, your planer box should be made to go in a LEVEL space. If your space is not level, or even if there are slight variations in the planter box itself once built, you can always adjust with a shim or two as needed!(Note: YES, lumber is expensive right now. This still cost less than what I would have paid for a planter this size/shipping).
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 .
This project was so much fun to make! I love anything Patriotic/Americana, and what is more Patriotic than Uncle Sam?! I had some wood laying around from other projects, so I thought I would put together a Uncle Sam Porch Sitter. He turned out AMAZING!
My mom got this hammock at Kroger few years ago! It was only used for a short while when she intially got it, then it sat in her yard, in the weather for years, and as things do, it deteriorated over time. I always thought it was such a cool hammock because the stand folds up for easy storage, and the hammock is supported by two chains so it’s much easier to sit in than the traditional hammocks that have a single chain to support each end! Follow along on how I gave this old gal a new life!
I’m so in love with my new seating area on my patio. In fact, I’m sitting out here now, enjoying the shade from my giant maple tree and listening to the birds singing all around me. My neighbors on the other side of my fence have a cedar privacy hedge and the birds just love to sit in the cedars and sing their little hearts out.I wanted to share a simple little craft that I just made for out here on my patio and what better place to write about it than on the patio, looking at the crafts I made!
On another one of my thrifting trips to Second Chance Thrift Store, which seems to be daily lately. I found this super cute little tray, it was plain and boring but I had an idea! Right before I stopped at the thrift store I was at Ocean State Job Lots (a discount store here on the East Coast) and I found these Patriotic paper placemats, it had 4 different Patriotic designs. I had never even heard of such a thing, how did I not know about paper placemats?! They are so fun and can be used for so many things! Did you know about them? I knew that I wanted to add one of these placemats to my thrifted tray! Let’s get started on this DIY thrifted flag tray!
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.
I grabbed some extra wood that I had and everything I could think of that was red, white and blue. Let's see if we can make some cute things from all of this mess.
I make lots of DIY signs for my home. But when you are squeezed for wall space, it's really nice if those signs can actually DO something other than just look pretty, am I right?In some cases, I'll create signs on top of bulletin boards because that's useful! Or add hooks to hang things.But this round, I wanted to create a way to hide some woodworking tools in the kitchen behind some art...Here's the pretty fix, that's MUCH more productive!
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.
I finally got around to doing something about my curtains. I found these at the thrift store years ago and gave them a makeover, but was ready for a change. We moved the furniture around in my room and we now have a fireplace under the window. The fireplace will be getting a makeover soon also, so any ideas are welcome! I wanted curtains that would close over the fireplace and that’s when these DIY Romantic Ruffle Curtains were created!