Warm temperatures are arriving in South Texas so it was time to tweak the front porch for the beginning of Spring!
Published February 28th, 2014 11:40 AM
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Hi friends!! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!Today I am so excited to be doing the monthly thrift store challenge. We took a few months off, but are back today with our latest thrifted treasures!As usual, I waited until the very last moment to head to the thrift store to try to find a treasure to show y’all. When I got there, the shelves were bare! I searched the outdoor section and found a big selection of brand new terracotta pots! I went to grab a cart to fill with these beauties, but when I returned, there were only a few left. I was a little disappointed, but happily grabbed the few that were left on the shelf.
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.
I always have hanging baskets, all over the place! On stands, on my trees anywhere I can find a place that needs some color, and every year have to replace the coconut liners, this year they had gone up to $4 a piece 🙄 You can buy a new basket and liner for $5.00! It was going to cost me a fortune this year, I use to get them at the Dollar Tree for $1.00, but that still adds up when you have a lot of hanging baskets! And then there is the dreaded don't to forget to water them everyday in this Arkansas heat they dry out fast and there is nothing worse than killing a plant right off the top of the season, so I created a heat tolerant , permanent liner and well maybe once in a while I might put a new coconut liner in but that is a big maybe, lol, but not every year anymore! Save $$$ to buy more plants!* * * * * * UPDATE: since posting this I have started using oilcloth ( vinyl table cloth material for those who aren’t ancient like me lol). And have found that it lasts so much better! I am on the 3rd year with it and still holding up great! It is so inexpensive and so many colorful patterns to choose from. Keep your eye open for end of season clearance sales and you can get a premade tablecloth for really cheap or just buy it by the yard at most Walmart’s for like $3.00 a yardglad everyone is enjoying this tutorial and thanks!Shelter down , stay safe and God Bless
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.
In this post I will show you how to get a vintage finish on painted furniture. There are several applications that you could use to achieve an antique look, however there is one that i find to be the easiest.
After turning part of my youngest’s old crib into a Chore Chart , I saved the other pieces to up-cycle as well. Inspiration struck after I saw this Krylon Foil Metallic Copper Spray Paint in Hobby Lobby the other day. Two coats of paint and it’s now an adorable display. I have it on our porch but it would be an adorable office memo board or Christmas card display too!
I spruced up the front porch for spring and painted a flower pot to give it a new life.
I was inspired by a Forsythia Wreath I saw in Blogland, and decided to make my own. That then inspired me to use a red, yellow and white color scheme for my Spring Porch design. I used a combination of red primroses, yellow marigolds and pansies and white candy tuft. Come on over and see how I incorporated it all into my "the little porch that could." :)
Find the easy tutorial on Dagmar's Home.Every time it rains, I had to move the wood furniture on our porch to the center of the porch and cover them with plastic tarps so they wouldn't get ruined.That not only doesn’t look nice, it’s also just annoying!We were not able to enjoy the porch like we would like to because I was constantly moving things.So I came up with the perfect, inexpensive solution: add curtains on the sides of the porch that I can pull out when it’s raining!I made them with $10 shower curtain liners that look like fabric.They have been working like a charm for 2 years now! They have not ripped, and when they get dirty, I can throw them into the washing machine.
My magical fairy forest doesn't get enough sunshine to grow flowers so......we made some! These would be so cute in an existing garden perhaps towering over a bed of hostas....or in a playroom.... or craft room.... or wherever you want to add some color
I found a stack of old pie tins for next to nothing at the thrift store. I mean who doesn’t like a good deal right?! I used most of them for paint trays, but then was excited to do this DIY and share it with you.What supplies you need for your rustic clocheold pie tinwire cut to how tall you want your cloche and how many you wanthole punchSpanish moss- https://amzn.to/2NmgTaKold rusty bed springbirds nest- I got mine from Hobby LobbyribbonI used a printable on card stock for the taghot glueSteps to create your ownPunch holes in rim of pie tin. My tin was thin enough that I was able to use a regular paper hole punch.Place wire in each hole and wrap around rim to secure in placeAfter each wire is secured to pie plate, gather them at the top and secure. I used the wire to wrap around and hold. You could use a piece of jute or ribbon if preferred.I used a pencil to make a curl at the top wire that was hanging over.Hot glue spring in bottom of pie platePlace Spanish moss around bottom of springHot glue birds nest to top of springAdd ribbon and tag at top to your likingYou can click HERE to view the quick video tutorial.
Hello everyone!When we built our home I was on our back porch staining the wood ceiling planks and clumsy me spilled a new can of wood stain on our BRAND new concrete!!! 🤦🏻♀️So 3 years later I am finally fixing my mess up. We have tried using all sorts of concrete cleaning products, but have had no luck!Inside of our home we did acid stained concrete downstairs, so we decided to do the same process on the porch. I honestly wasn’t sure how this would turn out on aged concrete, but I love it 😻!It may seem a little overwhelming since there are several steps to this process, but it’s actually very easy!You can click here to see a short video of each step!WARNING⚠️ Acid staining process will vary depending on your concrete finish, age of the concrete, and build up! If you are planning on staining your concrete using this tutorial, I would recommend testing the stain on a small hidden area first. You will also get different variations depending on the brand of stain you use. I have used different stains and have found that majority of them have the same results. Please take the time to research acid stain and watch other tutorials prior to performing.⚠️
Come see my old wooden TV cabinet makeover. This project turned out SO good and it is the perfect DIY toy storage cabinet for decluttering!
Beautiful Buffet Redesign with Woodubend, Paint Couture, and Posh Chalk Pigments
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.
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.
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.
Couldn’t resist making one more fun piece for my garden before getting on to things I should probably really be doing. 🙂I’d like to attract more birds, and thought a small feeder in the garden would help.An old metal chicken feeder has been hanging in my garage for several years now, so why not put it to use.
My friend wanted to spice up her home office as it was now regularly "featured"On her zoom calls. Her taste is a bit different than mine but I heard her loud and clear when she said she wanted to paint her French provincial desk to something bold.
I realized the other day when organizing my holiday decor, that I only had a sad little box of patriotic decorations. I decided that I needed to add some more red, white & blue decor. Here I will show you how I turned a pair of American Flag Swim Trunks into an easy DIY USA sign.
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.
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.
With the price of lumber so high I went through my scrap pile of wood so I could build our new cat his own getaway. I gathered a lot of ideas of what I wanted, measured the walls, and started building. At the end of this post is a video I made showing the whole process.
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 wanted a showstopper for a headboard so decided to do something different!After picking up some vinyl from the fabric store and some wood from the hardware store, we got started!First we laid out the wood and cut the pieces to size. This way we would know how many straps we would need.
Since I have Lyme Disease and multiple tick-borne illnesses I want to protect myself and my family from coming into contact with ticks as much as I possibly can. Since we spend so much time in our backyard it is one of the most important places to try to eliminate the tick threat. I have a super easy (and cheap) DIY to help protect your yard against ticks.