When we built a new side yard patio, the location of our air conditioner was less than ideal. So I smashed old plates, cut up old mirror and pieces of stained glass, to make a two sided mosaic screen that picks up the colors of the surrounding hostas.
The cream colored grout is sealed, old fence posts were used as the ends and the whole thing is movable in case we have to get at the air conditioner. It's much nicer to look at than the grey turbine.
I had been searching for a hose reel that was tough enough to hold up to what we dish out after replacing the plastic hose reel boxes every few years. I think I finally found one, the Eley Rapid Reel. My husband installed it while I watched from the comfort of the air conditioned house and not only is it built tough, it reels the hose in like a charm.
A free dresser with peeling veneer became a portable outdoor beverage center. A drawer was removed to make a shelf for glassware, and drawer #2 was customized to hold up to four 2 liter bottles. An ice trough was made for the top and behind the doors the tools needed for an outdoor bar are stored. Two coats of latex paint, one coat of Ebony stain and two coats of marine varnish later it was ready to party. See the whole transformation and all the photos at www.BlissRanch.blogspot.com
When we refreshed our front porch by staining and sealing our exposed aggregate concrete, my old door mat was anything but welcoming. Other than the faded color, it was in great shape, so I decided to refresh it rather than toss it.
When I find a product I really like I want to share it. The Sweepovac is an in-wall vacuum for your kitchen, although we installed ours where the most mess is..... our mudroom.
Last spring I spotted my first curb castoff. An ugly 'ol yellow lemon at the neighbors with a free sign on it. I turned it into a rocking redo for my drum banging son's room using some CeCe Caldwell paint and some courage to paint on graphics. Recognize the phone number? Long live rock, at least in his room. Lots of photos at BlissRanch.blogspot.com
I saw this idea on Pinterest where an upside down tomato cage is used as a tree form. I gathered silver toned stuff I wasn't using and attached all the vintage junk with wire to the tomato cage to make a shimmery, silvery, sparkly Christmas decoration. More photos at http://blissranch.blogspot.com/2012/12/jingle-bell-junk-swap-junk-tree.html
I love a challenge. The opportunity to hack this IKEA Rast dresser into anything I wanted came my way and I decided to turn it into something I could use as well as something that was great to look at.
The Rast dresser starts out a simple all wood pine box. I added some new pine to build it up and out that added some details and some heft.
Thanks to our son in law dropping off used wood spools, we now have a functional patio table. Minimal effort to make and the cost.... FREE!
Not liking the prices of durable patio tables, last summer we went without one. We've gone through a glass table that flipped over in a storm and shattered, a metal one that eventually rusted, and the last one was a cheap wood table that rotted in spots over the course of 8 years despite re-staining and varnishing each spring.
Out of necessity so as not to spend another summer without a place for an outdoor dining spot, the wood spools were eyed up as a quick and affordable table.