It’s the beginning of summer…time to start inviting some friends over to hang out on the deck! The only problem? The deck is covered in dirt and algae.
Welcome to the south where from May to September we are graced by full sun and heat from about 6:00 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. Since our deck faces east it has taken a BEATING! We had no idea how expensive decks were to build and that maintenance and repair of our deck was so important.
I confess I am a textile addict. Last year I found myself toting a crappy old sheet to the beach or to the park and this year I decided to do something about it! I had seen a couple of pictures floating around online of ice dyed pieces and thought it would give a nice finish to some linen fabric to make a light and easy carry-along blanket or throw. The ice and the dye really do all the crazy work for this easy and addictive dye technique.
We have had an area of ugly rocks and dirt directly in front of our house since we moved in over 7 years ago. It has driven me CRAZY (which according to hubby is a short drive... :-P) It took me a while to figure out exactly what it was I wanted to do with this area and I finally settled on a DIY floating deck!
Our deck was starting to fall apart. The fir railing posts had some rot against the decking and the cedar deck boards were splintering. The foundation and supports were still intact but the finishings were badly in need of a remodel. Time for a DIY project! We decided to remove the old decking and replace it with new boards. Since the fir railings just rotted anyways, we edged the deck with cedar stairs and bench-height planter boxes instead of railings. I love how much larger and more usable our deck feels now (even though it's on the same footprint!). The added raised bed garden space is a bonus. Saving this project for later? Pin it!
Turn an old ugly brown gourd into a thing of beauty with a fall planter. I purchased an old gourd years ago from a farmer that called it an apple gourd. He told me he grows special gourds and paints them to sell. When I bought it, it was brown and even a little moldy on the outside, but the paint has remained as shiny and beautiful as when it was new. It looks like a giant apple.
This is not your typical pumpkin! Why do pumpkins need to be orange? Well in my house they don't, I wanted something that matched my farmhouse style so I designed these easy pumpkins that are rustic but elegant. So lets not waste time its October already, but these are fast and you can use them until Thanksgiving.