Showing posts from June, 2013

Kitchen Bench to Patio Bench

I've always wanted a kitchen table with a bench. Posted on Craigslist Free, yes FREE, was a corner breakfast nook with a bench. Unbelievably, free! Its probably an IKEA brand given its simple, lightweight construction and the way it pieces together. One of the seats was busted underneath...probably from a kid jumping on it. That was a simple fix by removing the seat and replacing the board and padding under it...I had all those materials so a free fix for a free find. 
After much water and soap we had our breakfast nook and bench. Given the activity level in my home, the bench was constantly tipping over, getting shoved under the table and forgotten, or "in the way" when placed against the wall in an effort to get it "out of the way." The bench couldn't win. It landed in the corner of the basement where things go to die.  

Along came spring and the building of our Redneck Deck and new garden. And along came a desire for some fun patio seating. Wouldn't…

Free Products at the local Hazmat

This is an actual picture from our local hazmat (Hazardous Materials) disposal site. You come, load up, sign a liability release form, and go home. Its that simple.

Here is what I scored today:

And these are mostly full! Some I snatched for a specific purpose and a couple I grabbed because its always good to have on hand. Anyone else go through brown spray paint like mad? And who couldn't use a couple cans of clear spray paint finish?

Check out your local hazmat facility for fun finds!

Baseboard to Boast-board

My kids, especially my daughter, LOVE to color and do crafts. We have PILES of the kids art work in nearly every room except the bathrooms. lol

I've seen several ideas via blogland and pinterest on how-to-create-an-art-display-board. Using what was already on hand, I created two display boards, one for each kid.

Baseboard (free from a curb side pickup awhile back)
Paint (I used leftover paint from when we painted their rooms)
Clothes Pins (garage sale find: $1.00 for the whole box!)
Glue of your choice

Process: Wipe Boards clean Paint, let dry Attach clothes pins, these are measured at 10inches apart, seems to work for the different sizes of pictures my daughter colors 
Lessons Learned: 
1. I tried sealing the baseboards with this spray that's been used frequently. Unfortunately, the tip was a bit clogged, and instead of cleaning it...I just kept spraying, resulting in an uneven spray pattern. Its a bit tricky to see in the pic below, but the light board needed touch u…

Recycled Kettle to Planter

Turns out that stainless steel kettles are NOT dishwasher safe. Whenever I wanted to "deep clean" the kettle I'd just throw it onto the top rack of the dishwasher with nary a thought. After about 3 or 4 washes the handle came loose, then fell off. Not helpful with a kettle full of boiling water.

What to do with a handle-less kettle?

Inspired by this Pinterest photo, the kettle was placed into my craft room to-do pile instead of the recycle bin. Couldn't find the original site for this photo, but its all over Pinterest.

Now I'm looking around my craft room to see what else would make a fun planter!


Redneck Pallet Deck

See how this held up after 3 summers. Updated Post Here:

Functionally Finished
Our Redneck Pallet Deck is usable but in need of some finishing touches. After a big project like this we're taking a small break and just enjoying sitting on the deck. Ok, ok, I lied: grass is going in this weekend. THEN we'll take a break and just sit.

Transformation Process:

Original pavers were given up on Freecycle. They were old, broken, and not friendly on bare-feet.
1. Ours is closer to an island deck since I wanted it flush with the walkout basement door. Holes were dug for the cinderblocks/base and then altered as we added the pallets. Some were too low/too high. Depended on each individual pallet. This was tedious work but worth the effort to create an even foundation.

2-3.The cinderblocks and other pavers used for the base came with the house. The pallets were picked up for free via Craigslist. The boards a…

"Toppling" Tower of Painted Pots

Click Here to see the five-year follow-up on how these pots held up.

This was a combination of ideas from three different blog sites (doncha just love the inspiration that comes from others? I do!)

Part 1: the pots
I fell in love with these painted pots from the DIY club.

I also loved the more distressed look at under How to Distress Terra-cotta planters.

Mine ended up as a combination of the two looks. I'm counting on the sun, watering, and plants to help "age" the pots further. Click Here to see my Painted Terra Cotta Pots with acrylic paints.

Part 2: the design
I wanted to do something similar but wasn't sure what to actually use them for. Our space is small and "fills up" fast when we collect too many things. It had to have a purpose.

Then, I saw this Tipsy Stackable Planter at My-CreativiT.

Like chocolate meeting the strawberry! In fact, there are strawberries planted in it. One of my garden goals this year was too add more color to it. In…

Map Matted Picture

This idea was found on Pinterest via Martha Stewart: Destination Wedding Ideas. Ours isn't a wedding photo, its a recent outdoor family pic. We selected a map of the local area where we live and is depicted in the background of the photo. We won't live in this state long-term, so its a fun memento of our time here. 
Instead of cutting the map to create an actually matte, I simply taped the photo onto the map. Saves me the headache of measuring, remeasuring, stressing about the cutting, you get the idea. I intentionally placed the photo off-center because I liked the destinations on the top corners and sides. Its our "neck of the woods" so to speak. And it breaks up the monotony of the centered pictures already all over our walls.
I rather like how this project came out and think it would be a fun idea to repeat with different locations as we live our lives out. 

And it sounds soooooooooooooooooooo cheap to say, ...but its cheaper than a souvenir! lol The frame was a …