My husband built this Pergola for me last summer...complete with a misting system... He appears to be a professional builder, but in fact he's an Airforce parachute rigger :)
Published June 16th, 2012 2:58 PM
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EDIT For all those who are saying it will rot, read the post1. the framing is H4 (the stuff they make fence posts and telegraph poles from -- yes it will rot but not in my life time2. The panels are MARINE GRADE ply - they build boats from that!!3. The rest is decking - that is designed to be outside !! ;-)4. I built it in Oct 2015 and no rot so farI had a large pile of spoil and topsoil from the build of our pool and wanted to put in some seating and storage as well as a retaining wall. So I thought why not combine the lot!
I really like to burn rubber, so pretty much all the tread on two of my tires was gone - it was time for new tires for my little red SUV. We ended up replacing all four tires, and we tossed the two really bad ones, but for some reason decided to hang onto the two that weren't that bad. The hubs and I were cleaning out the garage the other day and saw the two tires stashed in the corner. My husband was ready to take these two beauts to the dump, when I had a vision - a vision that became a reality this past weekend. I used an old tire, an old rim and some left over plywood to make this one of a kind garden planter. Let me share with you how I did it! I started of by giving the outer edges of the rim a fresh coat of black paint. I used just regular flat black spray paint for this. I didn't worry about doing the inside or bottom because this part is not seen.
When you live in a suburban neighbourhood, where the houses are packed in like sardines, it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of privacy. If you build a trellis this spring, you could have a lush, green look - and more privacy - by summer!When we decided to landscape our front and back yards we searched high and low for perfectly sized privacy screens and trellises - to no avail. The solution? Build our own! Like I always advise when doing something you've never attempted, start small first! Get all your frustration - I mean trial and error of course - out on something that's manageable in terms of time, effort, money and scale. THEN, you can reach for the sky and go BIG! The original trellis that came with the house was skimpy and undersized. The new trellis is taller and wider; our clematis is much happier to have space to spread!
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.
We wanted to redo our living room for a while and we finally had some time to tackle our 1970s living room. We white washed the fireplace which really brightened up the space. From there, we decided to try and update the space by painting the paneling. We have always gone with a neutral greige color. This time we decided to go with Sweet Serenity which is a light sage color. We are very pleased with how this project turned out. Unfortunately, the room is still not completed. The trim and outlets need replaced as well as the carpet! This project was very affordable as we had left over white paint to do the fireplace. The only materials needed were primer and paint for the wall.
I always look forward to decorating for the holidays but when New Year's roll around, I am eager to put all the decorations away and tidy up around the house. But today, I decided to enjoy a few moments of solitude and catching up with my reading in one of our guest rooms. This room has a double purpose. A guest room for family and friends a place for me to enjoy a bit of privacy and relaxation. The room has plenty of charm and sweetness. A serene space that makes it easy for anyone to take a little breather. And that is my focus today, creating a private space for yourself in your own home. We all have such busy lives that we forget to take a few minutes for ourselves. I am so guilty of that myself but this year, I have promised myself that I will dedicate a few minutes to unwind.
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.
Aarrgh!!!! It won’t stop raining here! I know getting all of this precipitation is good to fight against the fire season and inevitable drought. The flowers I just planted are probably loving all of the moisture. But I am personally ready for some sunshine. I don’t know about you but I am one of those people whose mood is definitely affected by the weather. The good news is that there were enough breaks in the weather for me to get my latest project done and it has solar lights which most definitely is not sunshine but they are sparkly and cheerful and fun.Have you seen those lighted watering can displays all over Pinterest? I have really been wanting to make my own. I thought it was going to be a simple project but I did run into a few bumps along the way. There must be different types of solar lights that you can buy but I used a single 72-foot strand so I had to think about how to string the lights and where the solar panel was going to go. Anyway, after a little trial and error, I was able to figure out the project.When I started the area looked like this and I thought that I was going to spray paint the watering can and the planter, add some flowers, string the lights, and be done. In the end, the whole display got a lot bigger but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
In my quest to make my garden pretty this year, I have a bunch of fun projects I want to complete. I am taking you all with me on my garden decorating journey! I made the Garden Stepping Stones, and the Garden Flower Stake. They came out so cute! Today we are going to make a super cute clay pot garden gnome.Follow along and make one for your yard too!
I see big hurricane vases all the time at the thrift store for super cheap but I am not a huge fan of the shape. I recently saw one that I really liked at Pottery Barn but it was $70! I set out to see if I could recreate this candle holder for less.
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!
I have no idea what made me decide to make a wreath with a tail, or shaped this way, but I just didn’t want to do the same old thing. I kind of think this wreath was a cross between a wreath and a swag.I would love to have you stop by my blog , Celebrate & Decorate for more details as well as sign up for my latest creations, posts, recipes, exclusives, and more...
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.
Moving right along on all the repairs needed on the Texas Blue Bungalow. The guest bathroom needed floor repairs when we bought the house. They are finally completed 10 months later!I painted this bathroom right away because, well it was, um yeah! Click HERE to see what color is used to be!NOTE: I'm not a pro, I'm just winging it!
Do you want to plant a gorgeous container garden to brighten up an outdoor living space but aren’t sure where to start? Learn how to design this outdoor planter that attracts hummingbirds.I love to design container gardens.In spring, my favorite thing to do is plant outdoor planters for my deck and patio areas to enjoy all season long. They add a lot of color and personality to outdoor living spaces.Container gardens help soften the hard lines and lend to a relaxing atmosphere.I’ve got a great container garden recipe for sun today that you can try.And a little tip to keep those planters light so you can move them around easier.The Elements of Container Garden DesignWhen designing an outdoor planter or any container, keep in mind the thriller, filler, and spiller method of design.What does that mean?It means you want a plant that will add height and drama (the thriller).Plants that will fill in the container (the filler).And plants that will trail over the outside of the container to soften the lines (the spiller).There are lots of ways to achieve the look.Here is one of the outdoor planter recipes that I designed for the season.
My sister asked if I would be able to make her a pallet daybed for her entertainment area. She wanted the daybed to be big enough for 2 people to sit comfortably on and wanted it to be sturdy. Her entertainment area is sheltered but when we get heavy rain it does get wet. That is why she chose to have the daybed made from pallets.
I had this armoire in my one bedroom at the cabin and the brown was not working. It had been years and I was putting it off. Call it lazy, or just not inspired, but either way I didn't want to tackle it till now.I'm so glad I did!First step that everyone knows, wash it down and prepare for sanding.
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.
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.
Hi friends! Thanks for popping in today, I hope you like how I’ve refinished my Dad’s vintage chair? I’ll explain how I got this blond look but first a bit of why this chair is so precious to me.
We recently gave our 70s kitchen a complete makeover. It needed work on everything: cabinets, floors, walls, molding. I also built an island and made a passthrough/breakfast bar. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it! We are very happy with the outcome.Today I'm showing step-by-step how I painted the kitchen cabinets. (I'll also be posting on the DIY island and breakfast bar that we added.)I am including the video if you'd rather watch that.
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.
UPGRADE YOUR OLD AND THRIFTED VASES TO AN EARTHY BOHO LOOK Got old, dated, or ugly vases? I have a solution for you! These faux terracotta vases look so great in your space and allow you to reuse something you’re not using anymore! If you’re interested in DIY Fall decor, be sure to check out this Fall DIY Wheat Wreath and these DIY Scrap Wood Lanterns.
When I walk around Dollar Tree and see random items that I can create with, it makes me super excited to get home and get crafty! For $3.00, I picked up a wreath form and two garlands then used some supplies from my stash to create a Patriotic Garland Wreath DIY project. Perfect for the Fourth of July and the rest of the year. I like to show my spirit for all things red, white, and blue by keeping up some decorations year-round. It also helps me remember the brave men and women who have made us the Home of the Free because of the Brave.
A girlfriend and I hit up an outdoor flea market near me this weekend in Dover, New Hampshire. Followed up with a lobster roll at Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship store in York, Maine. Aren’t those just the best kind of days? Thrifting with the Gals I’d love to invite you to join me, along with some of the best thrifting gals I know over on Instagram every Wednesday, where we share all our thrifting adventures, and tips and tricks. We also share how we decorated with all of our finds every Thursday of the month here on the blog. So be sure to sign up for my newsletter to follow along.
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.
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!
Guys, since forever I’ve wanted a potting bench! Some girls want diamonds… fancy clothing but not I (truthfully I won’t turn my nose up at that stuff – HA)! But, seriously I love to putter and create so much, give me some vintage misfits and a few tools and I’m very happy creating all the things! Like this potting bench, I simply LOVE the way it’s turned out – some (I won’t name names) thought I had lost my mind – and maybe I have a bit… haha! But – now it’s his favourite thing on the porch! Ain’t that the way?