When the weather's warm, parties tend to migrate to the outdoors. And what hotter way to enjoy your time outside than around an oh-so modern Fire Table. I absolutely love the look...but not the hefty price tag. It's easy to make your own - one that will be the envy of your friends, but at a fraction of the retail cost.
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...
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!...
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.
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.
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.
Can you BELIEVE that before photo was hiding underneath that beautiful wreath? Love the look of fresh evergreen wreaths but hate the huge price tag? Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own. It's super simple AND your hedges can get trimmed as a bonus! You can transform a fake Christmas wreath into something wild, sloppy and organic with evergreen trimmings from your yard. Get ready to dust off those old astroturf wreaths and turn them into something amazing!
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 ....
You walk into your house and BAM! You are hit with that horrid smell! What is it? You sniff around trying to figure out where that smell is coming from. You feel like you are playing one of those hot/cold games. Hot, hotter, boiling hot... you got it!
It's your garbage disposal!
Even if you run it often, it may still smell bad after a while. Just like other appliances, garbage disposals need to be cleaned every so often....
My washer and dryer are very well loved with our family of 4. Besides doing around 11 loads of regular laundry at a minimum every week (I know, right?!!!), it has to clean baseball gear, dance wear and costumes, pillows, blankets & bedding, and more. I figured it was about time to give it a little TLC and a deep cleaning to help them last. You can see more of my crazy cleaning and organizing hacks here
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.
Eco-friendly cleaning products are always a favorite in my household. Why? I have young children and pets. Someone is always touching something or putting their mouth on household objects and I can never be too safe with the products I use to keep my house neat and tidy. This solution is a safe option with excellent results!
If your clean dishes still have food stuck on them, it might be time to clean your dishwasher. Cleaning your dishwasher will help bring it back to performing at max efficiency. You can clean your dishwasher naturally with hot water, vinegar and a cleaning cloth.
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.)
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.
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:
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.
Succulents are fun to craft with & easy to grow. Here's how to create succulent planters from vintage books. This step by step DIY guides you through.
Hi there, Hometalk Friends! We have been having gorgeous spring weather here in Texas. Believe me, spring doesn't usually last long here before our early summer temperatures arrive. I'm savoring every minute and also sending warm thoughts to those of you who spring has yet to visit. Earth Day is coming up, so if you're itching to get outside and plant or start some plants indoors until your weather cooperates, today's 15 minute fix is the perfect repurposed project...
Summer is almost here and it's a wonderful time to spruce up your garden with gorgeous patina decor accents! Our new Metal Effects kits make it easy to bring the look of copper, bronze and even rust patinas to your outdoor decor. We frequently work with Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky on creative projects such as this one and we're excited to share her latest results. Let's take a closer look.
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 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.
I have been doing so much potting and planting and no place to work from- my back patio was a mess! Asked my wonderful son-in-law to help me build a potting bench from all of the odd pieces of wood I had in my garage. This is the fantastic result!
I painted it with paint left over from the house painting a couple of years ago, so it matches perfectly with my house! I attached a kitchen spice rack on the left side that has a couple of small shelves and a paper towel holder. I added a tension rod and old curtains I had to cover the stored items. It has a place for a plastic tub on top to catch the soil. I had a large pegboard slab that we attached to the back to hang my garden tools. And, it can double as a serving table when I have company outside. I just added another extension rod in the back to hang spray bottles to leave more room on the shelf!
I am in love with my new potting bench! It's so pretty I am going to hate getting it dirty :)
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....
I found this old, sad, tired-looking, bench and knew I could turn it into something wonderful. With elbow grease and sandpaper, this bench was ready for a new coat of black paint. I used over 10 different colors of paint to transform this bench into a colorful, whimsical garden bench! Since I used items I already had at home, this project cost me $0. This bench was fairly easy to complete. It just takes patience to wait for the paint to dry so you can move on to the next step. :)
I turned an unused corner of my backyard from an eyesore to a usable potting area using 100% reclaimed items I've found along the way. The base of the table was created from a 6' x 4' pallet which I cut in half lengthwise to make my L-shaped table. The rest of the table was made using discarded barn wood, old barn gates and fence pieces, leftover galvanized sheets from a roofing project, chicken wire and even boxes of discarded nails and screws I found. Now the space I've avoided like the plague is used daily and now serves a purpose. All from free, recycled materials.
Summer comes to a quick close in September. Here are some helpful tips I learned from dear farmer friends and personal experience to preserve or dehydrate herbs, onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Most dehydrators come with a manual or you can find their manual online.
I may not have a green thumb when it comes to keeping houseplants and flowers, but like all Turks, I love growing herbs around the house. From spring through summer, we Turks fill our balconies, terraces and tables with mint and globe basil. In Western Turkey, along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, you will find potted herbs growing almost everywhere you look: houses, offices, restaurants and bars. Not only do they look and smell nice, but the globe basil especially keeps mosquitoes at bay.
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.
Using a mixture of chalk paint and wax, I gave my flower pots an aged patina. I was inspired to age my terracotta pots with paint after seeing At The Picket Fence's pretty pots!
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.
Fall decorations for the front porch and front door, using pumpkin topiaries, traditional and non-traditional decor. I love to use pumpkins of different colors. Burlap pillows are the perfect accessory for a wicker settee on the front porch. Click over to the blog to get all the details>>>http://www.houseontheway.com/fall-front-porch-beauty/
So, I'm entering this project in the address plaque challenge, although it's not literally a plaque. I live in an apartment in a house that was split into three apartments . Our house number is on our mailbox. Everytime I get my mail, I cringe! 😮 The mailbox is old, shabby and looks as if it was neglected for 20 years! (It probably was, actually!😀) I asked my landlord if it was ok to do some improvements , and he gladly gave me permission to do whatever I wanted, including the yard which, by the way, is a WHOLE other project. But more about that in another post 😊On to the mailbox makeover...
One day all of you Vanlife Guys and Gals are going to have to settle down.Kids will come along, there will be rent or mortgages and you will hark back to your old, free life on the road.Bummer Dude!!!So here's a little project to remind you of your younger days, your former life, when you had few responsibilities and considerably more hair.When you still had Mo-Jo instead of Oh-No!!The Vanlife Postbox in all its glory
Set the street side tone for your home and add some simple DIY curb appeal with a decorative mailbox using ModPodge and fabric or special papers.
Mine features Mackenzie-Childs giftwrap and Richloom outdoor fabric on an oversized rural-sized mailbox.
I'm a big fan of restoring perfectly good items instead of throwing them out and buying new ones. One of those things is our mailbox. It works perfectly well, but is very old and has heavy rust stains. I decided to give it a makeover with a contact paper lining for an extra special touch. Enjoy!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.
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!
Is this stretching the imagination enough! Haha. Once I found some vintage glass rods that matched, I knew what I was going to do with one of my vintage water skis immediately! I paired the rods up with some old galvanized water chain boxes and a vintage chrome faucet handle. The boxes could hold a toothbrush, toothpaste, Q-Tips or whatever else strikes you. The faucet handle can hold your robe while you shower!
I'm sharing a DIY project that is super easy and uses items you probably have around your house already. These decorative candy jars can be used to hold more than just candy - they're perfect for jewelry, arts and craft supplies, coins, buttons - just about anything. They're a great hostess gift idea or something for a teacher, mail carrier or hairdresser. Fill them with your favorite candy and the recipient gets to enjoy a delicious treat and continue to enjoy the beautiful jar when finished!
I love wash boards! They have so many uses! Usually I just clean them up and send them back out the door but when the odd one comes in that is damaged beyond restorative means, I change it up a little! Here are a few that just so happened to be in that situation. Would LOVE if you uploaded a picture of your own washboard recreations in the comments!
Repurpose a bleach wipe container into a trash bag storage container. It's affordable, easy, cleans up all of those messy bags, and repurposes a container you might have recycled. You can see more of my crazy creations here
No need to go out and buy new stencils if you want to add some personalization! Michael Goins, owner of My Wonderful Walls shows you how to make your own letter stencils with a few simple supplies and add a personalized touch to any room!
Painted and stenciled floorcloths have a rich history - used in homes throughout England and the United States prior to the invention of linoleum, they were often made from recycled canvas ship sails. For a quick and easy alternative floor covering we created this amazing stenciled vinyl floorcloth using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on the BACK side of some pre-cut vinyl. Check out the full blog post for complete instructions and tips!
I've run a vinyl decal sign shop for the past 20 years. But being a lover of all things rustic, one day I decided to use the decal as a paint stencil instead. Well, that fired up a whole new level of OLD signs in my home! I was quickly putting them in all kinds of places that would be impossible to purchase as is. - - - - - While my own designs were created with custom decals, you can easily create a similar look with a good stencil. Here's how... 1. Gather up plenty of inspiring images to draw from. 2. Find applicable stencils to get your look. 3. Prepare your surface with either sanding or paint. 4. Place stencil on desired surface, using spray adhesive. 5. Paint it! I use acrylic craft paint. 6. Lightly distress once paint is cured. 7. Seal it with something if you are concerned about wear and tear. - - - - - Here's how I've incorporated old signs into my own home. Which one would you like to try? (click the blog link below for more, PLUS where to find similar stencils like my own designs) Visit my entire guide series on Hometalk by clicking
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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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!
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/
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've always loved the old fashioned screen doors. And the home improvement stores have a nice variety in a good price range. Something for everyone! The one problem with screen doors though is that they don't keep cold wind out in the fall and winter because they do not come with storm windows nor do they sell them. WE HAVE THE SOLUTION!
We finished our attic space as my home office, and the window above my desk faces due west. Since I live in Alabama, the summertime heat from this window was becoming unbearable. It was HOT in this room even though we took extra precautions and added foam insulation. We installed anIndow window insert and immediately the temps started dropping. The shade-grade window insert filters out 90% of the UV-light and made SUCH a huge difference in my heat gain up in this attic space. It's like a pair of sunglasses for my window. The standard inserts block out heat and cold drafts. They also make privacy inserts and acoustical window inserts to block noise. I am blown away by how much this shade-grade window insert helps with the temperature at my desk. The average cost of the window insert is $24 per square foot for the standard grade. Check out the before and after of my office space with this window insert...
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.
Do you live in an old draughty house like mine. Then keep the cold air at bay with this fun colourful draught excluder. Think cross stitch is a faff ? This pattern uses supersized half stitches which makes it easy and speedy.
These nasty little creatures drive me nuts! Hubby read in his "Handy Dandy Cure for Everything Book" how to get rid of them. Get a small glass (mine are small candle holders), mix Apple Cider Vinegar (I had only red wine Vinegar and it worked), 2 drops dish washing liquid, mix well. Set away from where people gather and it draws them-notice flies sitting on rim. The light colored jar is what I poured out of my jar where I soak white raisins in gin (cheap gin) and take a couple tablespoons of raisins a day for aching joints. (Does this old home remedy work on your joints? Don't know, but I think the gin helps...HA! And the flies love it!)
FYI...I seem to get these only in the summer. The "Book" says they are brought in with plants and fruit. That seems logical.
I fell in love with hexagon tile when we were building our house over four years ago. I loved the classic, small design and the visual interest it gave a small space and thought it would be perfect for our master bathroom. It wasn’t until I was in the design center months later that I realized that if we asked for the hexagon tile in the bathroom it was a huge upgrade and would add a sum to our budget that wasn’t worth the cost at the time. When you’re building a house you have to make decisions like that as those small details can add up so quickly. If you’ve been following along our journey on Instagram you may have noticed that we have been finishing our basement for some time now. We are getting SOOOO close and I cannot wait to share the end result with you. It has been a lot of fun to be able to pick the finishes I REALLY want and not have to worry about paying for those upgrades in a 30 year mortgage!
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.
After seeing numerous photos of Hexagon Tiles organically transitioning into hardwood flooring, I had to attempt this technique. I hadn’t seen any conclusive tutorials on doing this transition so I was left to my own devices. The final product turned out really sharp and has held up perfectly since it was installed two years ago.I will be installing a Zebrawood engineered hardwood flooring. This means it has a thin veneer of Zebrawood mounted on an MDF substrate and a little layer of cork on the bottom. It is important to have the tiles sitting approximately 1/16″ – 1/8″ higher than the hardwood floors. This is to minimize damage to the frail Zebrawood veneer.
We weren’t initially planning on putting down a new floor, since the existing one was in really great shape, however after we updated the rest of the bathroom, the floor really stuck out like a sore thumb!
We teamed up with Jeffrey Court Tile to bring our boring master bathroom to life. By mixing the different kind of tile added interest and the final finish definitely feels more spa like and gave our ugly bathroom a modern coastal feel. Transforming this bathroom was definitely a labor of love and was one of the most physically demanding projects to date. At least now we have a soothing place to relax.
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.
I was inspired by my mother-in-law on this next project. Using a block of wood and some cheap test tubes, I was able to create this fun bud vase centerpiece for my dining room. You can see the full tutorial at http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/07/test-tube-bud-vase-centerpiece-diy.html
Convert your square fit pit into an outdoor table with a removable top. See the details here. http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2012/07/outdoor-coffee-table.html. I used my Kreg Jig to build the top and then stained it and put a spar varnish over the top to protect it. This is perfect in the heat when we don't use our fire pit. I love when furniture has dual purposes!
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.