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.
This fall we decided that we finally needed to create a way to get from one side of our yard over a somewhat muddy gully to the other. The best way? Build a bridge. Not just any bridge, an Adirondack bridge...
My husband and I decided to turn an unused corner of our backyard into a family-friendly area where fun memories (and food) are made by building our own backyard fire pit! We poured the cement, built up the sides, mortared the inside - waited for it all to dry and then striked up a match and roasted some hot dogs! After the cement pad was dry, it took us a couple hours to build up the sides of the pit and a few days later we were enjoying a nice fire on a cool summer evening. Gathering around the pit is one of our favorite summer activities.
Add some whimsy to your home with this simple picket fence fireplace cover. ***The instructions are fairly detailed. Lots more pics on our site plus you can grab a FREE printable instruction sheet on our link at the bottom.
My son is getting married this summer, and my girlfriends gave a sweet bridal shower. I created a pretty door decoration for the party. Purchase all your supplies on sale to save money!
Are you crazy like me and already ready to start decorating for the holiday season? Do you change the look of your holiday mantel completely year-to-year? Please say yes to both and make me feel better! Wonder what I'll come up with this time ....
One thing I do not need any more of is Christmas decorations, but I still love to buy them! I decided to decorate some of my everyday decor by adding some Christmas flair to it. I added ribbon, Christmas pins, and a bracelet to my candles.
In an effort to rid my home of as many chemicals as possible, I have been making as many of my own cleaning supplies as possible. I decided to try my hand at making my own dishwasher tabs and absolutely love them!
(This is a summary only. Visit my blog for the complete tutorial for this plus so many more home related tips and ideas. Click the link at the bottom of the post.) Nobody wants to spend time or energy cleaning the microwave. Here's a quick, all-natural way to steam clean it. No scrubbing involved!
My TV always seems to have dust and hair on it, and to be honest, it completely grosses me out. I figured out the easiest way to keep it clean using old dryer sheets! Simply save your old dryer sheets for quick dusting and forget buying the expensive dusting supplies at the store!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Here is the blue planter completed and planted up and in situ with the red one I previously posted here. This blue one has Aloe Vera plants that were previously overcrowded in a terracotta pot (still have another dozen 'pups' or so to do something with) and the red has Cordyline - Sundance in it. Got this finished last night and nearly froze my tail off in the garden planting it up in the fading light. Had to enlist my husbands help with the final barrow load of compost/sand mix as my back was giving out with all the shovelling and shifting of soil/sand. It took more than I thought it would despite layering the first half of the file cabinet/planter with bark, branches and other garden debris to pad it out. I may lift the plants and add more soil yet. I top dressed with large river washed stones in black that I got from a local nursery. Both planters have these stones now. The blue file cabinet had no bottom so we cut a piece of scrap corrugated iron sheet to fit and I think it looks quite good! Keeps the soil in at that end. BTW if you did not see the red planter post then you may not realise this cabinet was painted as was the red one. Both cabinets were either ugly grey or beige and a little bit of rust here and there to start with. Products used to paint were Killrust Heavy Duty Primer and then Killrust Epoxy Gloss Enamel paint for the topcoat. Each had two coats of topcoat for good coverage. The red is Delicious Red and the blue is Ultra Blue. Both were painted by hand rather than spray as it was cheaper and the finish still came out good.
Many months ago, we found this magazine holder at the thrift store with a kinda, sorta plan but it ended up sitting in the basement collecting dust. I decided it would make a great flower planter this Spring.
I wanted a wind chime for my outdoor space. I also wanted to use items on hand . Most of the time you can create a piece with many items around the home. Before you know it you have the makings of a 1 of a kind craft.
Need Seating for your outdoor space? I sure did. Ok so I am the queen of repurposing and salvaging things. And often I have problems throwing things out.DIY Corner Bench
So one day I’m sitting outside on my deck and I go to place my drink on my side table. It literally fell over at my very touch. Well needless to say, I didn’t expect that. Yes, that table was 10 years old and had been repainted every year for the past 5 summers, but I was sure it had at least another 2 or 3 summers left in it. So this prompted me to inspect my seating. To my surprise almost every seat that I had purchased from the thrift store and refinished (4..ok 5 years ago) had some level of dry rot. Darn, I needed to replace everything. But instead of getting down about it I took it as a sign that I needed to redecorate. So I put my thinking cap on. Problem: I needed seating. My budget:microscopic. But what I did have was a whole bunch of 2x3s that someone so graciously gave me recently because they were downsizing. So one Saturday morning while looking at the empty space where my table once stood I came up with a plan. I’ll build a simple corner bench.
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
I found myself constantly going out to our potting area in a dreary area of our barn, getting what I needed to start seeds or cuttings and coming back up to our porch outdoor kitchen counter to do them. A while back I bought a kids roll top desk, and although the bottom portion was a little rickety, the top was in good shape. After all the trips back and forth out there, I thought it would make a great counter top potting shed.
I love to change my mind on seating areas and arrangements outdoors. Here's a collection of the changes that have made our yard down right homey and inviting at nearly every little turn.
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!
Ready for a dose of Spring and itching to get back to gardening? Get your clay pots ready to go for Spring flowers, seedlings, and herbs with these decorative tips... http://sophiasdecor.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-spring-clay-pots-michaels-pinterest.html
Knowing how to dry herbs is very simple.
First, you need to grow some herbs. I usually grow parsley, basil, oregano, and sage. Of course, fresh herbs are the best. Add some fresh basil to a salad or pizza and you will never forget the flavor. Like all things in the garden, there is a season ~ and then the season ends.
Where herbs are concerned, they bolt. That means they shoot out stalks, flower, and then make seeds. The best time to pick herbs is before they bolt. For me, that is right now.
We've recently moved into a new home with no backyard. While we are still putting in the landscape, I didn't have a place to plant garlic.
Instead, I chose to plant it in a container and not miss out on fresh garlic next summer.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love repurposing crap into beautiful, usable things. One day I arrived home to find that my mum had left an old metal rack on my front veranda with the note “Can you use this?”. Hells, yes! Then it sat on the veranda for a few weeks while I formulated a plan for it. (Note: our front veranda is less of a “pretty welcome area” and more of a “holding bay for junk”. We’re very classy.)
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!
This was a quick little project I created to add interest & style to a small townhouse garden on a tiny budget to present it for sale. I repurposed lattice from an old potting shed & hung as a frame for planters on the boundary fence. This feature vertical garden can be seen from an outdoor seating area & when walking down the path. It also ties in with another garden art feature on the opposite wall of the building. I'll post the other projects for this property separately. If you've only got a small space like this narrow courtyard garden, simple design principles such as repetition and clever use of colour can really make an impact without spending a fortune!
My favorite outdoor seating area. It started with repainting the porch, then I rebuilt the antique wicker rockers. Then I arranged some other fab vintage pieces. It's colorful and fun. Great for relaxing with a book...or a glass of wine....or a piece of cake!
This is the story of an old, sad mailbox remade into a pretty copper and white beauty. Our mailbox was in a sad state for several years after we moved in. The post was green and tired and the plastic box had seen better days. It was time for an easy refresh!
I crafted my flower pot tower earlier this summer. I loved the look but hated the curled hose at the base. It just looked ugly, and it ruined the look! The cheapest hose pot I could find that was attractive and not plain was $50! I didn't want to spend that much, because I have a hose at the front and at the back. No, I'm not spending $100 just to hide hoses. So I put my crafter hat on and bought two large pots at the local home improvement store for $10 each! Check out the results below. MUCH better!
Red, white and blue mason jars painted as an American flag can be a perfect addition to patriotic celebrations! You can use them to hold utensils or as a decorative centerpiece filled with flowers.
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.
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!
This makeover is very close to my heart. I did it in 4 days and I worked everything out in less than 1 $1000. To begin, I sketched the concept and design on a piece of paper. I had so many ideas in my mind but going to Lowes armed with the my concept sheet I shopped at l my initial supplies based on my rough sketch. I spent a couple of hours and picked colors that would coordinate the existing wall color.
wanted the room to have a calm and soothing effect with a bit of eclecticism and still have a boutique hotel feel. I had the dresser that I had picked on craiglist and for a long time I couldn't figure what to do with it. After the colors for the room was finalized, I decided to paint it a dark deep blue grey and distress it. I kept the dresser drawers as is to create that contrast I needed....
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:
Sure, why not? My front porch needed an injection of color. Stat! So I used what I had on hand - burlap from Home Depot garden dept., spray paint., and a dollar store felt leaf.
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:
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/
Learn how one blogger created this amazingly intricate table top design with our Indian Inlay Stencil Kit! For way more details, pictures, and a helpful how-to video, check out our blog post!
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Now that I understand the potential for harsh chemicals to do harm to myself and my family, I continue to seek out natural alternatives when it comes to pest control.This DIY ant trap works every time!
Mix 1 Tlbs. sugar with 1 Tbls hot water and add 1/2 tsp of borax. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture and place in ant infested area. I use a mason jar lid.
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!
Compliments are always so nice, right? They can totally change everything. I mean you’re going along having the worst day ever and someone tells you that they think you are having a good hair day and suddenly the world is right again. “Who, me? My hair? *flips it around shoulders* Why…thank you! It is great hair, isn’t it?”
So, let me ask you something. Has anyone ever complimented your hot water heater?...
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).
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Here’s a really useful eco-friendly trick to get of fruit flies. I hate fruit flies. Actually, I hate any bug that comes into my home, but fruit flies are the worst. Obviously, the first step to getting rid of them is to find the rotting fruit or vegetable and dispose of it, but sometimes those fruit flies just keep sticking around (and they multiply!). So when they wouldn't go away, I used apple cider vinegar and dish soap. I also used this great trick to get rid of the fruit flies from my veggie patch, so this trap works outdoors too.
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Our project house was a mess when we first moved in. An exciting mess. Exciting because there was only one way any update could turn out…better! My creative small bathroom remodel added a few family friendly features and a little more storage. My design kept my small space uncluttered and open and that gave it the look of a larger space.
We live at the beach and I wanted something unique and natural. I choose slate tiles and glass subway tiles. It was a perfect combination!
I can’t believe we’ve been in our current house for over two years. In a way, it feels like we just moved in here. It was our first single family home. We love having a spacious, private backyard for the kids. We love having an in-house washer & dryer to make laundry day a breeze. We also love our family-friendly neighborhood. However, there has always been one thing that bothered me about this place…The tile floor in the kitchen has seen better days. To be clear, the tiles themselves are in good condition, as in there are no cracks, chips, etc (although I probably would have chosen another color for the tiles). However, the overall floor in the kitchen has been a bit (a lot!) of an eyesore, mainly due to the condition of the grout.
When we were looking to buy our house one of the major things that we were looking for was an awesome master suite. And in that suite our master bathroom HAD to have a nice big tub. When we found our house I immediately fell in love with the corner tub and it was my favorite thing in the room. Well we decided to redo it and change out the tile and now I love the bathtub 10x more! I seriously cannot stop looking at it, it's so pretty and I love the outcome!
I have been living in my apartment for years now, and there is a huge chunk of missing grout between my kitchen tiles. I've noticed it for years, but I never did anything about it. It's gotten so bad (spreading to several tiles) that I finally had enough and decided to actually fix it! Grout is known for being daunting and hard to deal with, so I was nervous doing this project, but it turned out to be really easy! Once I got the tools together, it only took me a couple of minutes! And now those cracks aren't filling up with crumbs anymore. This project was definitely worthwhile. We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
I am currently working on a bathroom remodel for a friend. We are nearing the finish line, our punch list is made and the finishing touches are nearly complete. From tearing out a wall, moving plumbing, tiling the shower and adding a glass surround, painting existing cabinetry and tiling a gorgeous accent wall to removing the nasty carpeting in the bathroom and putting in new tile, we've been busy. I still cannot believe carpet was ever the "thing to do", really hope that doesn't come back around any time soon.
We've shown a number of our bathroom renos on Hometalk but the one we're showing you today is my personal favorite to date! As I showed you in a previous bathroom transformation, renovating a bathroom gives you the ideal opportunity to maximize the space you already have. My Mom's bathroom had never been updated in the 30 years she's owned the house so it was high time for a reno. For us, it was just as important to make the sure the space was as functional for Mom as it was beautiful.
I’m sure you have seen many of these ladder gardens on Pinterest among other great ideas for DIY planters and small garden beds. After seeing so much inspiration, I decided to take this old ladder and turn it into a beautiful herb garden to place right by my backdoor.
This ladder belonged to my Grandfather and he gave it to me years ago for another DIY project I had in mind, but instead it sat against the wall in our shed for a few years. We used it a few times but it really wasn’t sturdy and safe to stand on.
If you're familiar with Liz Marie, you are well aware of her beautiful ladder chandelier! I wanted to create something like that but that fit in our kitchen over our island. Because we live in an old farmhouse, I wanted a primitive look, and chose to go with mason jar pendant lights. I found a light that had three pendants combined as one light with adjustable length cord and went with it!
These tea lights are a beautiful gift idea and look just beachy in glass candle bowls filled with sand and shells. From the eBook: Garden Therapy Handmade Gifts: How to Make Simple and Beautiful Skincare, Candles, Living Gifts, and More!
I have taken an old metal mailbox and made into a planter. To see this an more interesting items re-purposed or up-cycled, go to http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/2012/01/love-and-valentine-greetings-mailbox.html.