I grew up going to a cabin that had a firepit. It was the heart of the activities. Everyone came together around it and the best memories happened there. So, when my husband and I bought our own cabin (right next to the one I grew up going to), our top priority was building a firepit.
I participated in two vintage markets in 2016 and needed a place where I could hang things for buyers to see. I wanted something portable, inexpensive, and something that would let me hang something in multiple spots. A trip to Lowe's lumber department gave me an idea, I made a portable display using a privacy fence section.
I've had a lot of comments from Hometalkers on my previous post, the privacy project. It was mentioned by many, 'we need a simpler solution'. 'Maybe something light weight and manageable'. So I sat down and thought of an easier project. I came up with this flower bed/box and tall backing. This privacy solution is light weight, uses minimal lumber and can still help reduce a nosy neighbor's view. As always, you can modify the project to fit your needs. This may give you some ideas of your own too. Check out the video for inspiration...
The deer were eating our tomatoes! We originally put a border around our garden using 2 x 8's, but we needed something more. Using picket fence panels to make a garden fence not only helped to protect our bounty from deer and such, but also added a pretty (and nostalgic) factor. Purchasing pre-assembled picket fence panels seemed the most cost effective way for us to fence in our vegetable garden area. Here's how we did it:
A week ago I got sick of our temporary gate that we keep at the bottom of our stairs for our cocker spaniel (similar one here). We wanted a gate there to keep her from going into our daughters room and finding those tiny Barbie shoes and what-not and chewing them to pieces. We are nervous that one day she just might swallow one of those bad boys.
Every time that I go upstairs, I have to climb over it because I don't feel like removing it and latching it back. It has become an Olympic sport, climbing over that gate with a basket full of laundry and not falling over it and breaking my neck.
So, we took a trip to Lowe's and purchased some wood to get started. But when we came home, I decided to clean out the attic and realized that I had this bench that I wanted to get rid of. Well duh...I could use the wood from our bench and save a few bucks on materials!...
My Christmas mantel follows my Santa's Belt theme, coordinating with my tree. I've used garland filled with berries, holly leaves, eucalyptus, ornaments and ribbon to showcase my Ho Ho Ho sign.
Did you know there are just two ingredients needed to make your own sugar scrub? Sugar and oil! That's it! For a scented scrub, add a few shakes of essential oil such as peppermint or lavender. Mix it all together and put it in a pretty container and you've got a great DIY gift for someone (or keep it for yourself!)
It's really that easy.
Decorate your table with this beautiful submerged flower centerpiece. Complete with delicate baby's breath and romantic lighting, this arrangement is ideal for a wedding, dinner party or event.
My dishwasher is one of the hardest working things in my house (I basically run it everyday!), but it’s easy to forget that it needs a good cleaning too. When my dishwasher starts to smell, you know it's time to give it a good cleaning. With just two green ingredients you can have an Eco clean dishwasher (without using expensive dishwasher detergent).
Whether you love or hate the Keurig Coffee Maker, it’s still one of my favorite and most used appliances in my house. I am the lone coffee drinker in my house and I love the convenience and taste of Keurig coffee. One thing that’s frustrating with a Keurig coffee maker though is how to clean it! You’ve all heard the stories about the bacteria that builds up in the Keurig and how to descale a Keurig on a regular basis, but I have the easy way to clean a Keurig Coffee Maker without any chemicals!!
Dishwashers aren't JUST for cleaning your lasagna off your dinner plate. I taking you inside my dishwasher to show you 9 things you can wash and sanitize in your dishwasher.
I have a huge grease problem in my kitchen, plus I have black appliances so it shows EVERYTHING. It's just horrible and disgusting. We clean the appliances with the grease cutting dish soap which only does so much. So after years and years of the grease gunk piling on, I decided to try something new: baking soda.
One day we were eating dinner when I just happened to look up at the light fixture above our table....ick. It was covered with dust. Needless to say, as soon as we finished eating, I had to clean it. The thought of that dust falling on our food put me into a frenzy. I stood on top of our table with one simple tool, and it was over in minutes!
Thank you for a year of inspiring, encouraging, sharing and creating together with us on Hometalk! We can't wait to reminisce about all the amazing things we've done together this year, but before we get carried away...Our New Year's Resolution:
Ok.. It may be possible that I may be the only one… BUT I don't think so. I hate seeing keys on a counter rolling around with no assigned location. I also don't really like having them “exposed” on a key hanger. (specially since I don't have a “Mudroom” or something like it. I wish I did.) In my case they would just hang there in my middle of one of my entry ways, looking into my OCD soul. Too much? Ok.. well, you may be right, but I really don't like them just hanging there. Doesn’t really fit in the decor.. Sometimes I feel it take aways from the great looking key hanger out there.I ramble just to justify.. My great James Bond idea. HA! “Why don’t just hide them behind a frame.” The key (no pun intended) is finding the right frame. It’s has to be at least 1½ inches in depth. This way the keys will hide behind behind the frame without damaging it or not allowing the frame to close properly. The deeper/thicker the frame the better. It was really pretty easy and I think I may customize a bit more by adding fancier hooks, and maybe replacing the elastic with a small wood plate but I just couldn't wait to share. I hope you guys like it and maybe you can customize it to fit your needs, hopefully I gave you a head start. Check it out ! I had most of the materials which allowed my cost to be minimal.
I'd like to share some bathroom face-lift projects we tackled a few months ago. EACH can be done in 6-12 hours, some less some more (if paint is involved) but nothing over a day. When I know I can finish a project in a day (or so) I am definitely quicker to start/try it. Our '06 builders grade bathroom was plain old ugly and odd! They put carpet in the vanity area & a one piece "acrylic" counter with single sunken sink (should be two) plus oak dbl cabinets.We would rather go on vacation than fund a full remodel, so a face-lift was all we could do on our modest income. Everything we did was under $120 total...and that was spent mainly on flooring & paint. ( I wasn't planning to post. I had painted the cabinets before I took my BEFORE Photo.)
You’ve seen them before. White splotchy heat stains that cover what used to be perfectly pristine wood furniture, and if you’re reading this, you probably have one or two of these marks in your home right now.
For the last few years I have been eyeing this old bike the previous owners left behind as garden art. It was a cute bike but she had glued massive fake flowers on both the seat and inside the adorable little wooden flower box.
I picked this two drawer metal filing cabinet up from road side throw out just round the corner to where I live. I only took the casing and not the drawers as I already knew what I could make with it. It was starting to rust a little so I used a rust converter on it after cleaning it and sanding it a little to provide a key for the paint. I only used the converter on the rusty bits. Then I went over it with a Killrust heavy duty primer. This stuff dries khaki green. I only primed the top and bottom as the sides had no rust and the Killrust top coat I used specified that it could be used straight to metal providing there was no rust. Anyhow, here are the steps involved. Something like this retails for more than two hundred dollars in plant nurseries here. I have not filled the planter with soil rather half filled it to be sufficient for the root system of the plants. Holes were drilled in the back of the cabinet (now the base) for drainage. I lined the bottom portion with bark and dead bracken and other garden debris to pad it out. I may buy some large white smooth rocks for the top for mulch to dress it up. Soil used was a mix of sand and our own home made compost. Money spent was just the cost of the plants. I already had the converter, primer and paint left over from when I painted our garden chairs. See photo. At least they match even though the colour looks a little off here in the photos The plants in the photo are Cordylines - Sundance.
Waking up to the sound of birds singing, feeling the warmth of the sun, the urge to buy the entire plant section at the greenhouse… Spring is in full bloom.I love to add a few playful colors and plants to freshen up our home. The scent of blooming flowers at the greenhouse had me filling up my cart. Succulents and cacti are classic low-maintenance plants that will survive my black thumb.
I purchased a headboard at Salvation Army and had my husband help me build a bench for my garden.To make the bench you will need a twin size headboard and 2- 2x4's and 2 1x6 boards. Assemble the bench from a tutorial found on my blog. Once it's assembled give it a coart of kilz and then paint.
About 15 years ago I wanted a potting bench, but they were pretty expensive, too expensive with three kids at home. I saw a work bench kit in a Menard's flyer for $39. I talked my husband into putting it together for me, and I stained it. It was pine and the boards were seconds but I thought it was perfect and rustic. It has become a focal point of my outdoor decorating.
My wonderful mother passed away 14 years ago. She was passionate about her rose garden, her backyard pond and nature in general. Many of the ferns and hostas in our yard were lovingly brought here from her home just before she passed away.
Edited: Thank you so much for the kind compliments! Some of you brought up some good questions and concerns... 1- we have never had an issue with the cinder blocks moving. Not to say it wouldn't happen, but just know that we have had countless parties and kids over and never had any issues with blocks shifting but if you want to play it safe you can definitely use an adhesive. What I kind of liked though was that this wasn't a permanent project so I can change my mind one day if we want to re-arrange the yard. 2- love the ideas to add some extra color by painting or staining the concrete cinder blocks, super tempted to even do tiles! great ideas and excited to inspire some backyard projects to you all!! 3- sadly Franklin is still gone roaming the wild! (at least one could hope! ha)thanks!! Sam ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Billy and I love to have people over and host, so with that we are constantly looking for ways to improve our yard and "hosting" space. We were super excited about our recent backyard transformation, we took out grass and installed some fake grass, plantings, decomposed granite and even poured some concrete. Amongst all these improvements we still wanted to create a fire pit area, but let's face it things can get pricey when it all adds up!! To save some bucks we were able to come up with a great alternative for our new and improved fire pit seating area. Rather than building some large wall with seating we were able to make our own and what's kind of nice is that it's not permanent so we can still have some flexibility with changing the yard up as our lifestyle changes.Original Blog Post
Do you need extra outdoor storage?
We were tired of our patio seat cushions getting wet.
So I made this amazing storage bench. Trust me, I'm no carpentry guru. So if I can build this you can too....
My kitchen window in front of my sink needed a little brightening up. I've seen "brush stroke" type crafts on Pinterest, and I thought it'd be the perfect thing to add to some pots for some more color. They look adorable in my window!
I have three plants from the mint family growing in my garden: spearmint, peppermint. and lemon balm.
I grow them mainly for tea, but I also add spearmint to salads. My tea is very simple... Boiling water, a sprig of mint, and half a teaspoon of honey. No tea bag.
Mint is a very simple plant to grow. You can get a small plant at your local plant nursery, but today I wanted to show you how simple it is to grow a mint plant from cuttings. So if you know of someone that has mint in their garden, or if you come across a mint plant somewhere all you have to do is grab a couple of sprigs and you are on your way to haveing your own mint plant. I'll show you how.
Do you like the look of aged, real terra cotta flower pots? So do I but I don't have the patience to wait years for it to naturally age. Instead, pick up some plastic, faux terra cotta pots and age them yourself.
Did you get an amaryllis bulb kit around Christmastime? If so, you're probably sad that the beautiful flower is long gone. Many people give up on their amaryllis bulbs and throw out the plant once it's done flowering. However, you can get your amaryllis to bloom again. It might not be in time for the holidays (unless you time it very carefully). But holidays or not, it's fun to to see your plant bloom again, and who doesn't love a beautiful amaryllis flower? Here's how to get your amaryllis to bloom an encore this year!
Create a unique collection of your favorite herbs to showcase in style with this quick and easy vignette. Late summer is the ideal time to pot up herbs to bring indoors for winter use. Grab a few supplies and let's get started!
Mailboxes generally have the same look around where we live: a plain mailbox on a plain post which is so not my personality or style. After nearly 5 years of looking at our ratty mailbox and post, I decided to vamp it a little and I'm so pleased with how this fairly easy project came out!
My deck has been neglected since we moved in 4 years ago. And because our dining room window faces into the privacy fencing for the hot tub, I just couldn’t stand the thought of looking at it for another winter! So I decided to do a quick and inexpensive update before the winter hits. I bought a can of paint and ‘shopped’ in our garage for cast off items.
After two years of residing in our house our entry has finally received a makeover. I started with a design board where I gathered my ideas. Next I came across some great finds for unique pots and planters to use for decoration. Then new paint, a fancier header above the door, a new light fixture and I love it! Check out my whole makeover at the link below.
It's the 4th month of our Home Depot Gift Challenge, where several other bloggers and I all take the same item from Home Depot and make a gift for someone specific out of it! This month our item was a 2x4. Let me tell you, there are WAY to many things you can do with a 2x4! But since our gift was supposed to be for a new homeowner, we thought making something to organize a hose would be perfect. Besides, our hose is totally thrown all around our yard and desperately needed somewhere to hang it!
I know Halloween was just the other day, but I'm so excited for Christmas that I'm already getting a jump start on decorations. These jars are adorable (and they're a great place for all of my leftover Halloween candy). They sit perfectly on a mantel or console table. Plus, they are the perfect project for all of my leftover glass jars! They don’t need to just for candy; you can put any small items in them like office supplies or decorative marbles. They really add to any festive décor, and I could imagine doing them in other colors for other holidays. Check out how I make them below. Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
A Saturday afternoon project... we created a convenient place to store the split logs for our wood burner and fire pit. The logs are kept off the ground and will be ready for the action. We used simple tools and pressure treated wood to create this much needed organizer for our yard.
The other day my hubby said we need to get a hose reel or something to store the hoses. Normally they are piled on e the floor of our unfinished basement. After looking at prices it was quite discouraging. Later that day I walked by one of the many 5 gallon buckets and it hit me. Hose and sprinkler storage!!
If you're looking for a quick project to brighten up your yard this summer, here's something to consider, especially if your water hose is just coiled up on the ground. I've seen similar ideas so I thought I'd try my hand at it and I love how this upcycle turned out!
Hubster had a couple 54″ 4×8 boards left over from one of his projects and asked if I wanted them. This obviously was a silly question, of course I did! I knew I would eventually find a purpose for these puppies! Well, they have been sitting in the shop for over a year, but I finally came up with a project for one of the boards: a DIY hose holder and lantern hanger. Any projects that help to organize or clean up in or around the house is a winner in my book!
Exacting every ounce of creativity from a woeful old chair. Give her new clothes and updated makeup.
Thanks to The Graphics Fairy for featuring this fun little poppy chair:
A super pretty stencil how-to that is perfect for creating a unique, textured look to any stencil that you want to add a soft, lacy effect to. We combine this sponge stencil technique here with a simple drop shadow or shadow-shift technique that adds more depth and dimension. Head over to our blog for complete instructions:
The super talented Kara Paslay created this innovative and unique space with Modern Masters Metallic Paints. This bath was updated for an upcoming TV show and we're so excited to give you a sneak peek!
Learn How to Stencil Curtains Using the Sari Paisley Pattern
Welcome back, my DIY makeover mavens! Today we want to chat about window treatments. Yup you see those frilly disasters handing around your windows? Well they're screaming for a pick-me-up! Cutting Edge Stencils feels that window treatments truly complete the look of a room. If you've had your eye on designer curtains but can't bring yourself to spend the $$$ or the size doesn't fit your peculiarly- shaped window, then you're going to like this tutorial. Stenciling curtains is an easy and affordable way to embellish your windows. Let's take a look.
My mom dropped off (um, dumped??) an old 1980s mauve ottoman at my house because "you like to decorate things," she said. It sat in the basement for a few years. Because, how do you salvage this thing? I finally got inspiration to paint it with Royal Design Studio stencils, and ScotchBlue Painters Tape because I entered the project in a ScotchBlue contest. So I warn: the project does require tape as you will see! I hope this inspires others to paint things that have been dumped on them when the other person doesn't want the thing in their house any more. You may find you can make it into something you love! I used Benjamin Moore and Behr sample pots of latex paint for this project.
We recently updated the back of our home by adding a vintage screen door. We painted it Sherwin Williams 6213 Halcyon Green and spray painted a custom stencil from Maison de Stencil. A totally updated custom look in less than a day. You can read more about it on our blog here: http://bella-tucker.com/2013/06/an-unexpected-place-for-a-stencil/
Winter is in full swing, and while our spirits are high, temps are low! If you’ve already made your chunky yarn blanket, and you’re still feeling the chill, it might be time to consider insulating your windows. This project does not have to be an expensive one; it’s an easy DIY that will reduce your energy costs and save you money. Order our Material of the Week, Window Insulation Kits here, and follow this tutorial to draft-free windows in no time!
If you're like me and come from a small town with old houses, you can remember insulating your windows for the winter. My dad would take plastic sheeting and double sided tape and seal up all the windows we didn't absolutely need to open. Well, now we live in a house with much better windows, but that doesn't mean there isn't an advantage to adding insulation. We’re still losing heat through our windows, just a smaller amount. Extra insulation not only helps you save the environment (by using less electricity) but can save you anywhere from $100 to $500 dollars over the course of the winter (depending on how large your house is and how many money saving tips you implement).
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
I don't know about you, but this time of year the fruit flies are out in full force at our house. To me they are one of the most annoying bugs, and they seem to multiply like bunnies! Apparently female fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time and their life spans are 40-50 days, during which time they can lay several 500-egg batches. No wonder they are so hard to get rid of!
I'm at my sister's house again to remove her pony wall that separates her kitchen and dining room. When she moved in, it had spindles that ran from the ceiling to the wall but we removed those soon after she moved in. Now she would like the entire wall removed.
Ok, I have to admit, this is pretty thrifty. This space heater is a clean and cheap energy alternative and also a pretty fun looking little piece. If you live in a place where one room tends to get colder than others, or you want to save a little cash money, or are like me and live in a space where you can't control your heat, this is great! This space heater is made from some simple terra cotta pots and hardware and can really heat up a space on the cheap.
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We choose to put peel and stick tile in our master bathroom update for a few reasons. 1. It fit the budget 2. We had never done any type of floor venture and we figured it would be easy to get our feet wet with it 3. We plan on doing a complete overhaul in the bathroom in 5 years or so.
I'll tell you a bit about how we did things.Step one : Rip up carpet, all tack strips and staples.Step two: Vacuum plywood and then dry brush it (there are some recommendations for chemical cleaning agents, but we didn't use any)Step 3: Figure out placement (brick pattern or other, etc.)Step 4: Peel backing off and start laying the tile. Press firmly on each tile. We used a rolling pin on some and then used our feet on others.Step 5: Use a razor knife to score any tiles that need to be "cut".Step 5: Grout (Making sure to sponge off excess to eliminate the "fog")Step 6: Let dry.Enjoy.* So, we have had this in our house for over a year and it looks great. See more details on our blog.
We recently had a some plumbing work done on our patio and the builders left this hot mess behind. Don't you just hate it when a builder does sloppy work? The contractor knew how to do all the plumbing bits, but when it came to finishing things off, he didn't have a clue.
This past month we took on the project of remodeling/redoing our master bathroom. Our house was built in 2010 so the the finishes are very brown. Since it's only 6 years old all we had to do was change out the finishes and use the existing layout of the bathroom. Here is a quick over view of how we tiled the floor, but if you want a VERY detailed tutorial on how we did it, what we used (including the exact tile we used) make sure to check out my blog post. I took lots of photos along the way :)
I've seen painted floors online and thought they were so creative. Why not paint- if you already hate the floor, and want to replace it someday anyway? So that's the story with this floor.
Sometimes you really just need some extra storage. This easy DIY not only turns a ladder into super storage, it creates a lovely focal point in your home! Double Win!All you need is a ladder – old or new, a few extra timber battens, wooden planks for the shelves and paint for a fun twist.
This is the second round of license plate clipboards I've put together so far. I got a hold of two matching pairs of 1975 license plates that were never used. They still had the parchment paper included that listed and displayed the current (1975) signs and traffic law changes to make the driver aware.
Around this time of year, it's become a tradition to come up with an alternative Christmas tree idea. This year is no exception!The inspiration for this year's tree is from a visit to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Steph took the boat ride in the Land Pavilion and saw their version of a ladder tree, which became the model for ours. Take a look at how it came together!
I hated the big blank space over my stairway. I have the most perfect spot to relax and sip my coffee each morning upstairs on my landing. Out the window my view is a gorgeous windmill, a stone root cellar, and old barns. I can see down the stairs into our beautiful foyer. But that empty wall over the stairs... It was a big wall staring blankly at me each morning! I needed some wall candy!