This is the aerial view of your property when we first moved in (2009) .The company takes pictures every 5 years! It reminds us how much work we have done to the house / land.
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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!
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.
This is a project I absolutely didn't need to make. Weird way to start a post I know, but stay with me here. I had just built a coffee table a month before starting this one, and it was a coffee table that I really liked. Never the less I had this concept in my head and I really wanted to bring it to life. Practicality be damned, I set out to make my second coffee table in as many months!Before we continue with the rest of the post can I do a quick ad for my social media? I can? Sweet, thanks!Do you like DIY and woodworking content like this? If you do, I'd love it if you checked out my Instagram page. You can find me @zacbuilds on Instagram (direct link: https://www.instagram.com/zacbuilds/) I post all of my projects on Instagram along with any tips and trick I've learned along the way.Now, back to your regularly scheduled DIY post. Want to see how I made this thing? Well, scroll on down and I'll show you!
Welcome to Part 6, the final "episode" of my series of follow-ups to the Rain or Shine bird-feeders "story," which I posted here on HT on June 28th 2013. In parts one and two of this particular series, I covered two hanging bird-feeders respectively, the Droll tube as well as the dome. In part three I covered The Fauna House, while in part four I covered a peanut-feeder with an attached tray, and in part five I covered the Hopper-House feeder. All of the aforementioned feeders are marketed as hanging feeders; however, I got more "feathered-customers" at the each of these feeders when I placed them atop a given surface in my garden. And, as I've stated in my past entries here on HT, it seems that the wild birds which visit my garden are not ones who like to perch while they are eating. In this post I will cover my visiting birds' reactions to a smaller feeders such as the thistle feeder. This feeder is also advertised as a hanging feeder and if you have been following this series then you know that when I procured the feeders I've been discussing, the only place I had to hang them was from a bracket which is adhered to a wall close to the door leading from my apartment to my garden, and that location is a bit too close for my visiting birds' comfort level. However, in the case of the small thistle feeders, I was able to have them secured to my urban hedge (my urban hedge is a topic I will discuss later here on HT but info on it is @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/search/label/Urban%20Hedge) and an aerial view of this can be seen in the first image posted with this entry. An interesting feature about this particular thistle feeder is that its "screen" can be changed to accommodate niger seeds which is indicated in the aforementioned image. As you probably know, the "screen" opening for a thistle feeder is larger than the minute openings on the "screen" for niger feeders. This "screen" difference can be seen more clearly in the second image posted with this entry, which features a male house finch "standing" on top of a thistle feeder to access seeds from the niger feeder! The house finch was not the only one who used this "method" for accessing food as evidenced in images three and four featuring a tufted titmouse and mourning dove (respectively) employing the same antics for easy noshing! Birds will perch on the "screen" itself to eat (as seen in picture five), and often a number of them seem to enjoy hanging out (perching) on the brackets which support the feeders (pictures six trough eight). Re weather and this feeder, the seed may have to be replaced (as you might surmise from images nine and ten) if snow or rain has occurred. And this brings me to the conclusion of part six of my follow up series, but before I sign off on it, I will say that some of the best bird-feeders of all come from mother nature such as the flowers from Cigar plant (Cuphea ignea), which are known to attract birds and butterflies. As I said on TLLG's FB Page today (re these flowers — seen in images twelve through fourteen — now blooming in my garden), "they are the taste treat" that some birds have been waiting for!
We converted a first-floor walk-through half bath into a master bathroom for our new master bedroom. We started by closing up the doorway that led from the living room to the bathroom, and proceeded to tear everything out down to the studs, including removing two poorly placed closets. We moved plumbing, added electrical, and rebuilt the space ourselves from the drywall and subfloor to the tile and trim. Most of the components were found through big box retailers, except for the antique claw foot tub (affectionately referred to as Clementine, who was an eBay purchase for $150 and that we refinished ourselves as well) and the pedestal sink (which was a salvage yard find). We had to special order the free-standing faucet for the tub, but with the genius of a local plumber, we were able to maintain the look I was hoping for without sacrificing function, as our tub didn't have holes to accommodate a traditional standing waste component. This project was nearly five years in the making, from the purchase of the tub when we closed on our house (lofty goals, I have them) to the completion this past summer. We ran into a few issues with the plumbing placement -- where we wanted the tub has duct work that runs directly underneath it, so as I mentioned before we worked with a local plumber to make everything work out okay. Also, because our house is 115 years old, the floors aren't even, so we had to bolster one side of the tub with a marble threshold to make it flush enough to drain. We found ourselves often cursing the previous homeowners, because every time we went to remove or change something, we found that they were prone to taking the easy way out of the "improvements" they made, which only added more work for us to fix. Other than that, it was mostly just getting the labor done and making sure that everything was not only pretty, but practical. The hope for the bathroom was to help create an oasis for my husband and I to enjoy without having to step over our kids' bath toys, or go all the way upstairs to the other side of the house just to use the restroom. Our bedroom has a very dramatic look to it, and since we created a slightly more open floor plan in the room, we wanted the bathroom to echo that same drama while maintaining its own character. What it may lack in square footage, I think it makes up for in beauty, and that's perfectly fine with me. I honestly love the space and am so happy it turned out as awesome as it did!
In all my years of thrifting and vintage hunting, it has become very clear that I am attracted to vintage stools! Not a bad thing for sure, but there are only so many bottoms to sit on those stools! 😉 I’m here to tell you, stools aren’t just for sitting any more! Today I’m chatting about how I DIY plant stands from vintage stools. Thrifty Style Team
Each spring I do a big landscaping update to the mulched bed sections of our front yard. I always have to wait until Mother’s Day for the maple helicopters to stop falling (we get a ton) before I can get started raking them up.This year I started the big project on Mother’s Day and ended up spending seven hours on the first day. Sometimes I like doing manual labor, ha!This is the before we were working with. One year old washed out mulch, overgrown lily patches, all the helicopters, and some random weeds.
My hallway was a dark and dingy cave, I needed to show it some love, and boy did I! Once the hallway itself was done, it was time to turn my attention to the slab doors that were original to my 1952 ranch home. Not sure that they were hollow as they weighted way too much for that. The time had come to put the frosting on the cake and finish this hallway makeover with a bang!
Since buying my home, I have always wanted a workshop/craft space. Nothing extravagant, just somewhere that I can piddle and work on projects in my spare time. Ideally I would have loved to construct a garage, but the cost to construct a garage on our property just wasn’t worth it in the long-run. That being the case, I knew that I was going to have to get creative if I wanted to construct/have a workshop/crafting space. One early Saturday morning while everyone else was still asleep, as I stared out the window watching the birds and sipping on my coffee (sounds relaxing, right?! My favorite kind of mornings!) I suddenly had the idea to turn my 8x8 shed into a me-space”…no a “she-space”….oooh…no no… A “SHED SHED/CRAFT SHACK”!!! I purchased this shed a few months prior to this day from my local community college. I got an absolute deal on this shed and was ecstatic that I would be able to get even more use than I anticipated out of it! My absolute first step was to get rid of some of the shelves and items that I had stored in the shed. This is just the first step in my She Shed conversion, but here is how I did it!
Today I’m sharing How to Build a Wooden Garden Trellis or Free Standing Obelisk Pyramid, using a reclaimed porch railing that was discarded after a recent porch update. These easy, step by step instructions, will keep your new plants vertical and off the ground. I began looking for a some inexpensive ways to build a trellis or free standing obelisk and finding some reclaimed wood was the perfect solution.
Raised garden beds seem to be the in thing in gardening these days and there are lots of options out there to purchase but they are pricey . A 4x4 bed averages around $50, and let's face it that's not alot of space for a garden. My mom wanted to expand her raised bed this year and after searching for decent size ones and not finding any reasonably priced I decided to make my own. I remembered seeing roofing panels a lifetime ago when you could actually go into a store... Still not open here in Ontario Canada. Anyhow at the time I thought that would make an awesome raised bed. So I did some online shopping/ curbside pickup and got me a some roofing panels.
So, I had a pair of nightstands that were destined for the dump. I kept them around for several years with the intention of throwing them out but for some reason I just couldn't part with them. I finally made the decision to give them a second chance!
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!
Welcome 2021, Happy New Year! Oh boy, 2020 has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I know that most of us have dealt with personal challenges, I mean that is life in and of itself, right? Life is a crazy ride on a good day, but this past year it’s been extra “special”. As I look back on 2020 I personally don’t want to focus on just the negative(s), I really want to try to focus on the silver linings that presented themselves. One of those good things has been the first Saturday of every month, the Cozy Living series has really been a light for me and has kept me wanting to be creative. As I share this Scandinavian inspired candleholder, my first project for 2021, I want you all to know that I am truly thankful to have you here sharing in my little corner of the world, it means so very much! Thank YOU! Cozy Living Team
...okay remember my post on my linen closet organization? Well I promised a post on how I made my shelf covers and here it is.We only have one linen closet in my small house and it was CRAMMED. Not at all functional.So I got to work organizing it- for a reminder you can see that post here. And also as a reminder- here is the before of my terrible linen closet.
This time of year is the greatest … back out in the garden, in the sun, doing yard work, and mowing. I can get some of my best thinking done while I'm on a mower.I love to repurpose and upcycle, so it's also the perfect time to start pulling out my stuff and making new things for my yard and garden.
How to Faux Stain Furniture with Latex Paint If you want to stain a previously stained or painted furniture piece, check out this tutorial and video where I show you how to easily apply paint that looks like a stain with six color options. So everyone deals with stress in different ways and this year has absolutely been an “opportunity” to start some new hobbies for stress-relief. Most people have learned a new love for bike riding, working in the yard, or DIY projects. But once again, I’m not like most people… One Sunday afternoon in March, I decided to experiment with different stain options with my faux stain technique. My original Barnwood stain was a big hit but I wanted to give readers more color options. I sat down and started mixing paints and creating samples like the DIY version of a mad scientist. Before I knew it I had created over 3 dozen different stain samples and there were even more little bottles of paint scattered all over my kitchen table. Who knew this would be my best option to de-stress during the craziness of this year. And become I didn’t want to overwhelm you with TOO many options, I have condensed the options into the top 5 shades – 6 if you include my driftwood stain. This technique has never let me down on several of my own furniture pieces and I hope it will be of some use to you too! LET ME SHOW YOU: My tried-and-true stain technique for covering stained or painted furniture without strippingAn alternative to traditional stain that is reliable no matter the wood typeA “stain” that will easily cover wood imperfections like knotholes which means you don’t have to buy high-grade lumber for woodworking projectsHow I saved a ton of money by refinishing my damaged breakfast table top instead of buying a new tableA great technique to make metal garage doors look like real wood WANT TO SAVE THIS FOR LATER? CLICK HERE TO SAVE THIS PIN TO YOUR FAVORITE PINTEREST BOARD
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 purchased this piece from my local Facebook marketplace. While it was painted all purple, had no legs and had huge crystal knobs, I recognized exactly what piece of furniture it is as I have flipped many pieces in the last couple of years. I actually worked on the same dresser before. That was painted all black and when I sanded it down it had amazing mahagony veneer underneath, so I was hoping for similar results.
Have you ever had an idea to repurpose something and just keep putting it off? This decor project is one of those ideas. I was able to score a bundle of yardsticks at auction and I knew I had to get busy then! This is so simple, but turned out to be one of my favorite DIYs to date.You won’t believe how dang simple this was and if you are a vintage lover like I am, you will love this even more.
This Dollar Tree Patriotic Straw Vase is one of the easiest DIY’s EVER. Last year I made this patriotic wreath (which was also super easy) using Dollar Tree paper straws and this year I decided to try decorating a Dollar Tree vase using the same straws.
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.
This wall hanging is a fun project that can to add color and cheer around your home. The basic form is created with sticks or dowels and can be enhanced with wrapped yarn or twine. As long as you have access to sticks, this mandala can be a great addition to your house for little to no cost!
This is an off the wall type project; but it's fun and unique! I have had this wood ladder for a while now. Originally, I painted it and added wood planks as shelves, to create a ladder shelf of sorts. Over the years, the ladder has just been sitting in a corner; but an idea came to me! Why not create a fun piece of decor that's different and not your typical "shelf."That's when I decided a hanging basket plant and some old suitcases could really help turn this old ladder into something fun!