One Room Challenge Spring 2021 One Room Challenge – Week 3
Welcome back to Week 3 of the Spring 2021 One Room Challenge!
Follow along as I give my Game Day Porch a Makeover over the next few weeks!
One Room Challenge Spring 2021 One Room Challenge – Week 3
Welcome back to Week 3 of the Spring 2021 One Room Challenge!
Follow along as I give my Game Day Porch a Makeover over the next few weeks!
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This week was all about clean-up and preparation! I definitely classify these as my least favorite part of any decor project. I just like to bulldoze my way through a project. Lay the rug. Place the furniture. Hang the pictures and be done!
Unfortunately, especially for neglected outdoor spaces, giving it all a good cleaning is necessary! I definitely don’t want my friends aware of all the cobwebs and the possibility of falling debris onto their plates. Right? Besides, clean spaces just look better!
We don’t own a pressure washer, even though every year we say we’re going to get one. Now my son has convinced himself that he needs one so he can make money pressure washing for people. So maybe one is in the cards after all!
After a little Google research, I found that most stores carry a product that can be used to clean dirt, grime, mold, etc from concrete. The product we chose is called 30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner. Be warned! This stuff is very strong.
My son had on black socks that are now somewhat polka dotted from spraying the cleaner and water mixture onto the concrete. We probably didn’t wear the proper attire for this, either! LIve and learn!
The process for cleaning concrete with this 30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner is fairly simple.
1. Mix appropriate ratio of 30 Seconds Cleaner to Water in 1 Gallon Spray Multipurpose Pump Sprayer.
2. Saturate concrete with cleaner mixture. I recommend working in smaller sections, like 5’x5′ or so.
3. Let the 30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner mixture sit as directed on bottle instructions. For concrete, the suggested time is 15 minutes. (We weren’t that patient and it shows)
4. Once the 30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner mixture has penetrated for suggested length of time, take a stiff broom and scrub the concrete. You will see the dirt releasing from the concrete.
5. Rinse the 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner mixture and grime off of concrete with water hose.
This process can be repeated if necessary. As I said, we didn’t let ours sit long enough initially, but as we figured out it was really working, we were a little more patient.
Overall, it cleaned our porch concrete pretty well. There are a few places that still have some red dirt staining, but even those are much improved.
In addition to cleaning the concrete, we took time to clean the ceiling, windows, ceiling fan, and the lights we strung last summer. They were filthy! Our Game Day Porch has been obviously neglected from a good deep cleaning!
As a bonus to cleaning the porch, I went ahead and rolled out the rug that I purchased a while back specifically for the porch. I’m glad I did because it’s more grey than black which will influence the paint color I choose for the furniture. I apparently forgot what color the rug was when I ordered it!
Even Cocoa is a fan of the new rug. He’s spent a lot of time lounging in the sun on it!
The goal for next week is to start work on the furniture and possibly hang curtains. We’ll see what I’m able to accomplish while I have a little bit of a lull in my work schedule!
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I have posted recently here on Hometalk about pulling up carpet in our home, and painting the inside front door black. Lots of folks saw our picture shelves in those posts, and wanted to know exactly how we made them. We have these easy-to-make shelves all over our home and love that we don't need to hang the photos and art, and repair holes.Let’s make these!
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.
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.
I took part in a thrift store swap with my fellow DIY bloggers to create some inspiring pieces. You can read the whole story on the blog (if you wish), but I had to upcycle two items - an old drawer and an empty pickle jar. I decided to make it pretty and turn it into a beautiful spring centerpiece at a fraction of cost (using items I already had at home). If you are re-creating this, I promise it will not cost you too much!
I have been so excited to share my front room remodel! It took a while to piece together just the right mix for our family. This room is used for visitors, reading, private phone calls, family gatherings and quiet moments. It is the first room that you see when you come into our home so I wanted to make it peaceful, yet fun. Peaceful art can transform any room and this picture is just what I was looking for. The walls look cloudy because my light fixture in the room casts a pattern on the wall that makes the room feel even more airy.
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There is something timeless about a scroll. It doesn't matter if it's displaying words, a phrase, or a print, I just love them. Canvas scrolls can be expensive, depending what you're looking for. I found an easy and inexpensive way to create your own!Using a roll of brown wrapping paper, a print of your choice, and some crafting tools, you can create your own customized paper scroll for your home.
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Chippy old windows might just be one of the most beautiful pieces of décor you can add to your farmhouse-style home! There is something so lovely about the wavy glass in every wooden pane that reminds us of the past and a simpler time.
I found myself scrolling through market place on Facebook when I came across a fire surround for £10 I Messaged the seller and arranged to collect.I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at first but knew it would come in use.My day off work came around with nothing to do I went into the shed, I found an old wallpaper I had bought and never used aswel as a foam dado rail I found on ebay over a year ago, I brought everything into the dining room. I had wallpaper paste in the cupboard aswel as scissor and a Stanley knife. Within 4 hours I had completely changed the look of the dining room. I'd picked up the grey eggshell paint for another project a few weeks back so had everything I needed. My total spend for this project was £10 even if I had bought everything at once it still would have come in under £50
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
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!
Okay... I am back with one of my favorite DIY/crafting items of all time - Sugru! If you check my other Hometalk posts, you'll see how I created a really fun gardening caddy (using an old shovel and cake pan!) with Sugru, and how I also used it to make super fun junk pumpkins for Halloween! I've also used it to fix several household items, including my ironing board and crock pot. My dad even used it to fill in holes on his metal workbench. It is so versatile!Today, I am going to show you how to fix a garden statue. After a long, cold winter, I found that my sweet bunny had lost part of its ear to a fallen branch.
I recently acquired an end table from my mother-in-law's home. It was from my husband's father's mother. The end table was in the garage collecting dust for years since she passed in the early 2000s. It was unique in style and had many decorative accents that I thought would be a great DIY chalk paint project I could try with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue chalk paint. Check out how I updated this old and not loved piece.
I always HATED my kitchen cabinets. First, they were 42" high, and I am short. My bottom cabinets were full. But I could reach and use only 2 shelves in the upper cabinets. The other 2 shelves in each wall cabinet were empty. Second, the wall cabinets were narrow, 11 inches deep. My dinner plates would not fit. My plate racks would not fit either. My storage containers and jars would not fit. Why did I need the wall cabinets?
Mounted ferns add beautiful decor to your inside or outside walls. You can use a wood slice, cutting board, or an old fence board to mount your fern onto. This living wall art is unique and beautiful. Be sure to subscribe to my blog at 804sycamore.com for more DIY and decorating projects and inspiration~
I love old road maps and have a stash of them at home that I keep for crafting. They are cheap craft paper, that can really add interest to a project. One of the most popular map crafts on my post is my pretty map roses.This time I decided to make some fun map buckets that I used as plant pot covers. They only took 10 mins to make and are waterproof as well as looking funky.
Have you struggled with how to clean your patio cushions? I have got you covered.Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner.That means lots and lots of time on the outdoor patio.Who wants to sit on a dirty, mildewed patio cushion?Not me!And, I don’t want to buy new cushions either.We have had our outdoor patio furniture for 4 years. I love our patio set. However, it is constantly covered in dirt and grime because we live in a constant construction zone.One day, in the near future, there will be an end to this construction. But, I will not be buying new patio furniture.And, right now, on the weekends when the construction equipment is parked, we still love to sit on the patio - in spite of the filth.But, I still don’t want to sit in the filth.Here is the method I have found to clean my cushions that I have found to work fabulously! Even on white cushions. My method will also get rid of any pollen and mildew. And, it will help delay mildew build up if your cushions sit directly out in the elements. The best part - I am betting you already have most of the supplies needed on hand.Supplies5 gallon bucket1/2 cup granular Tide1/2 cup BoraxWater1/2 cup vinegarLint free rag or clothwater hose with jet spray nozzleDirectionsPlace the Tide, Borax, and vinegar in the 5 gallon bucket.Add the vinegar.Using your water hose, gently fill the bucket with water. (You do not have to be exact).The mixture will foam up so don’t turn the water on full blast.Using a lint free rag, sponge the mixture onto your cushions and pillows liberally.Use a scrub brush to work on any stains.After generously soaking the entire cushion, place them in the sun for 15 minutes.After the first 15 minutes, flip them and repeat the process for another 15 minutes.Next, turn your hose sprayer to jet and spray the cushions with water until no suds run out.Flip the cushions on their side, zipper side down and allow the cushions to dry completely. It should not take more than an hour or two for them to dry on a sunny day.You are now ready to enjoy your just like new patio cushions the entire season.
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!
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 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 .
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.
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!
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.
One of the things I disliked about our home is the red brick and red roof. Red is just not my thing. Especially since the brick is only on the front and doesn’t match the rest of the house. But I didn't know what to do...It hit me that I could paint it dark, creating a beautiful contrast.
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.
This post just a follow up on our office place. The built in finished completely (finally handles came in) Beautiful so it did worth the wait (black walnut and gold). As I mentioned in my earlier post we had a nook which probably meant for a built in but it was too small to execute it. So after much consideration I just wanted a built in bench with additional storage and pillows. Easy enough and not to blow the budget( purchased wood before the lumber price increase) Kept the same paint color as the built in same top as the desk (white oak) and after getting prices on a custom made bench cushion decided to make it by myself.Anyway,here are some pictures.P.S I wanted shiplap to the beck of the wall but it wasn't in the budget and might do it down the road or not:)
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?
I love all things Spring, especially gazing balls! Florida really does have seasons, albeit not the four commonly known to the rest of the world. For us SW Floridians it's a brief but great time of year between our seasons: blistering heat, torrential rain, hurricane/mosquito and tourist season.For the past few years I've fought the urge to purchase a gazing ball, in part due to price in part because I don't want to clean up glass if it shatters into smithereens. I decided I would make one, but wasn't sure just how I wanted to concur that and then, it struck me!I've have several packages of air dry clay in my closet for months, purchased for a something I just had to do, but.... I didn't get around to it & now it doesn't seem important. Then a few weeks ago, WHAMO like a ton of bricks the idea for my gazing ball struck me!