What do you do with a DIY repurposing project that's no longer carrying its weight? We took ours out to the trash--to make a screen to hide the eyesore that our trash cans are!
We had a tired old sofa, but we didn't want to get rid of her. She had good bones, super-comfortable down-filled seat cushions, and solid construction. We wondered if we could save her.
My "close the door and don't ask" approach to her room just wasn't working. When she left town for a few days, it was the perfect opportunity to go in and start over.
We needed a new grill, but when we found an old Weber at a thrift store we fell in love with her classic good looks and figured she just needed a little love (in the form of paint, power-washing, and a new grill deck). For less than $150, we've got a great, high-quality grill. Full details on how we transformed her on the blog.
We built these lightweight, inexpensive Adirondack chairs from cedar fence boards. They don't require power tools or extensive skills! Step-by-step tutorial on our blog at http://www.thissortaoldlife.com/2012/07/07/adirondack-chairs-anyone-can-build/
One of our blog readers sent us pics of this cool project, and we had to share it. She took an old chandelier, stripped out the wiring and pared down the fancy on it, attached some solar lights, and created a great outdoor light for her gazebo. You can find full pictures and details here: http://www.thissortaoldlife.com/2012/07/15/make-your-own-diy-solar-chandelier/
There's nothing like the When we moved into our 70's split-entry, our family room fireplace had been painted a blah beige. We've decided to channel the spirit of the time in which our home was built and create a fun, colorful rec room. Starting with our orange fireplace...
Our 70's split-entry had carpeted stairs that just weren't working for us. We gave them a makeover with tongue-and-groove boards on the risers and simple pine treads. Full details and how-tos on our blog. Hope you'll check it out.
We're tackling the big project of painting the exterior of our house. We've shared some tips for how to do that without ruining your marriage (learned the hard way) on our blog: http://www.thissortaoldlife.com/2012/07/19/how-to-live-happily-ever-after/