pool patio makeover

Pool Patio Makeover- How We Doubled the Space

We tackled a project last summer that I was loathe to do, but after years of praying to the Yard Crasher gods to no avail, we plunged into the pool patio project. Our inground pool is surrounded by a paver patio that pre-project resembled an animal pen. By that, I mean the metal fence that runs the perimeter was very, very close, allowing just enough space for two people to pass but certainly not to comfortably seat anyone. I don’t know how it is that I cannot locate a photo of the before, to illustrate how tight it was. However, here is a photo taken afterward, where the measuring tape denotes the end of the former pool patio. Tight, right?

mailbox makeover with contact paper liner

Mailbox Makeover With Contact Paper Liner

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.

painting plain cushions to cozy cabin for two new sitting areas

Painting Plain Cushions to Cozy Cabin for Two New Sitting Areas!

Blame this one on my most recent little cabin in the woods getaway. Once I returned home, I yearned for the cozy cabin feel I left behind.So I promptly went shopping! Oh yes I did. I desired to recreate an outdoor living room space that I missed desperately.First stop was to find an outdoor table and chairs I loved. Check!But once my eyes scanned over the choice of a red cushion, I knew EXACTLY what I would be doing to create my own little cozy cabin getaway right in my own back yard.Here's what I did:

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Fall On The Screened Porch #BestOf2013

Simple Fall decorating on a screened porch with fireplace.

my sunroom makeover, pic of listing of house

My Sunroom Makeover.

Hey ya'll! I am here to share my sunroom makeover. I started with indoor/outdoor carpet, paneling and really just a plain jane room. Notice that heavy duty iron security bar on the window? Yeah, everyone of them on every window was taken down on closing day, along with all the lock changes. I guess it is here I should mention that I wanted a brick floor. And I meant I was gonna have me a brick floor in my sunroom!

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Paint a Swallowtail Stepping Stone

Everyone love my Monarch Stepping Stone! I can't blame them it is a bright spot in the garden. Now for a companion...a Swallowtail Butterfly Stepping Stone

easy update for concrete pavers

Easy Update For Concrete Pavers!

Need an easy update for your backyard? Painting concrete pavers will add some pizzaz to your outdoor space! A few supplies are all that’s needed to create this fun project. Hey friends, sometimes updating your outdoor space can be super simple. The painted concrete pavers idea came about when I was revamping our backyard for the One Room Challenge. We had a very big project and I looked for ways to creatively keep the costs down. We have a side entrance to the back yard that has always been an eyesore. Practical? Yes. Unwelcoming and generally ugly? Yes. The big problem? The side yard doesn’t have a sprinkler system so sod isn’t an option, but painting concrete pavers is!

small screened in porch makeover from drab to fab in a day

Small Screened-in Porch Makeover: From Drab to Fab in a Day

When we purchased our 1960’s Garrison colonial with a screened-in porch addition, I dreamed about creating an idyllic outdoor room. But after we spent a small fortune on a major interior renovation, there wasn't much left for our porch. Finally, through some trial and error, I finally have the cheerful screened-in porch I always wanted. The best part? We managed to create our little outdoor oasis on a budget in just one day! Read on for how we did it.

wooden floor front porch

Wooden Floor Front Porch

When we purchased our home the entrance front porch floor was painted in a burgundy gloss paint, it was peeling, it was ugly and I was done looking at it!

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Transform an Old Deck for $35 US or $82 CAN

What a difference a couple of hours and a little stain can make. All I used was a can of wood stain for this fantastic transformation. Here are my tired and old deck boards. They were looking very neglected. Time for an update!

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Refresh a Faded Outdoor Umbrella With Spray Paint!

What do you do when your outdoor umbrella still works, but looks terrible from fading and wear? A few years ago I experimented with spray painting it rather than just throw it out and the results blew me away - it looked great! And the cost? Six bucks. Wonder how long it would last? I did - and I'm amazed by that, too!
Blog: AnOregonCottage.com

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I SPiT All Over This Pallet Furniture! Unicorn SPiT ! #SPiTchallenge

Giving it a go! Building furniture from recycled pallet wood! It was amazing, but I though I could "bump it up a notch" and set our work apart from the others! Using UNICORN SPiT, I stained this OOAK set to give it a "beachy" feel!

installing pavers over your existing patio is a great way to change the look of your, concrete masonry, patio

Installing pavers over your existing patio is a great way to change the look of your outdoor space.

these were set directly on top of the existing concrete and the joints were filled with a poly/ sand product.

creating a faux wood garage door

Creating a Faux Wood Garage Door

I am so excited to share this garage door makeover that seriously anyone can do! You can take your boring, old, unattractive, builder grade door to a work of art just by following a few steps. A word of warning before we get started.....the process and the products are what will make this project a success for you. Don't skip steps and don't skimp on the products. You will thank me later!

material of the week rustoleum garage floor kits

Material of the Week: Rust-Oleum Garage Floor Kits

The warmer weather is finally here (fingers crossed?), and now’s a perfect time to redo your garage floor. Check out this DIY garage floor kit that you can use to seal and protect your garage floor from water and stains. You'll be amazed at just how incredible a garage floor can look! Take a look at the Material of the Week: Rust-Oleum Garage Coating Kit in a variety of colors and accents here. The kit comes with everything you'll need to transform your garage floor from just functional to fabulous!

diy curved floating deck

DIY Curved Floating Deck

We have had an area of ugly rocks and dirt directly in front of our house since we moved in over 7 years ago. It has driven me CRAZY (which according to hubby is a short drive... :-P) It took me a while to figure out exactly what it was I wanted to do with this area and I finally settled on a DIY floating deck!

boho rewoven patio chair

Boho Rewoven Patio Chair

I am BIG on giving things a second life. I guess there is a part of me that hates to think of things piling up high in our landfills, forlorn and slowly decomposing. I don’t want to harp of an eco-responsibility platform at all. I just like to think that with a little creativity and know-how, I can slow the pace down.Original Blog PostPhoto Cred: Anya McInroy

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Fall Front Porch Decorations

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/

backyard patio makeover

Backyard Patio Makeover

Our old patio wasn't working for us anymore. The walls were crumbling and tipping over. The size wasn't quite right - too big for just a patio table but too small for a patio plus additional furniture. The bricks were settling unevenly causing tripping hazards. It was time to deconstruct it and reuse the materials in a new way.

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Tropical Pallet Paradise: A RENTERS’ REMODEL Story

How often are we waiting to truly start living? yes we are RENTERS, and yes, we sneakily “REMODELED” a tropical island style retreat, with pallets!

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How To Stain Your Deck In Less Than An Hour

The fall season is a great time to stain or re stain your deck. Lower humidity, drier air and cooler nights not only make it more enjoyable for those of us actually doing the physical labor but the stain is going to dry faster which may actually allow you to stain in the morning and entertain on your newly re stained deck that same evening.

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Our Back Porch

We added some fun color on our back porch where we eat many of our meals during the spring and summer months. You can find more info and photos here: http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/color-on-porch-part-ii-blue-armoire.html

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Decor Beyond My Door

After many long winter months of getting the house ready to list ( maybe ) in the spring, suddenly spring sprung, and this was my curb appeal.

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Deck Makeover - Big Change for 250.00

Chuck and I bought our first house together in April 2014 and it has been one project after another...and yea we love it:) The deck looked OK at first, then the cheap red stain the seller had put on started coming off, a year later this is what it looked like - it was so ugly we had to do something. So Memorial Day weekend we power washed it for what seemed like hours and hours

small rental balcony makeover before and after, outdoor furniture, outdoor living, porches, urban living

Small Rental Balcony Makeover: Before and After

When I moved to LA from the East coast, I was determined to make the most out of my small balcony to enjoy the beautiful weather year round, even though I'm renting. It was a lot of work but it was well worth it: not only has it given me more usable square footage, it's also provided a much better view to look at from the inside of my apartment!