Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Make a Difference: Pressure Washing

*This post is in partnership with Ryobi Outdoors.

pressure washing blue stone steps before after

I never even realized our exterior spaces were so dirty.  And I'm not referring to a little brown dirt, I'm talking about mold, slime, furry green moss things growing where they probably should not be growing.  I'm so embarrassed to even show these before and after comparison photos but they are proof that pressure washing makes a huge difference.

Just look at how green, slimy and moldy the left side of the step was in the photo above!!  I cannot even believe I let my home's exterior get so gross.  Today I'm sharing how I made a massive difference to our exterior spaces using a pressure washer.

pressure washing stucco using foam blaster
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Let's start on the lower level exterior wall which is stucco.  Using the foam blaster attachment (which also would be great for washing your car) I pressure washed the stucco.

Friday, August 11, 2017

DIY Plant Stand with Free Plans

diy plant stand

A little housewarming gift for my sister I whipped up this plant stand super fast and I'm sharing the tutorial so you can make one too!  

For reference this pot is 12" diameter at the upper most portion and 8" diameter at the base.  The pot itself is 9 1/2" tall so you can make adjustments as needed based on your pot size.

diy indoor plant stand

I finished this plant stand in gloss white which is a nice contrast against wood floors and grey planter.  You can finish however you like - stain, paint, maybe a fun color or dip the legs - the possibilities are endless.

Friday, August 4, 2017

DIY Mini Paint Can Ornaments

diy mini paint can ornaments

The last miniature tool tree ornament tutorial is the mini paint can.  Can of paint or bucket of paint, whatever you call it, it's miniature and perfect for all those paint loving friends in your life.

diy mini tool tree

I shared all the mini tool tree ornaments during this past Christmas in July.  Such a fun little project idea or gift.

mini paint can ornaments

Below are the step by step instructions to make miniature paint can ornaments.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DIY Round Outdoor Dining Table with Outdoor Accents

*This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie.

diy round outdoor dining table

Finally a patio table that will accomodate my whole family with ease.  I built this round outdoor dining table with Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents and I'm sharing the free plans over on their blog DIY Done Right.

simpson strong tie outdoor accents on table base

This is one solid based with 4x4 legs and supports then I used the Outdoor Accents brackets to connect the pieces.  Simple and strong, you should check out all the details here.

building a round dining table

The top portion is actually deck boards.  I used a jigsaw to cut out the circle shape but a router would work too.  

This round outdoor dining table easily seats 7 adults with plenty of elbow room.  

top view outdoor round dining table

free plans round outdoor dining table

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DIY Chalkboard Wall Calendar

*This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

diy chalkboard wall calendar

It's that time of year - back to school - and I secretly happen to love back to school for so many reasons: structure, schedule and hooray for learning!  With that I decided we needed a large chalkboard wall calendar so my kids can see exactly what's happening in the upcoming days.

large chalkboard wall calendar

I used DecoArt Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating over the paint colors to make this fun, colorful chalkboard wall calendar.

You can make any painted surface into a chalkboard using this coating it's that simple.  I will say that darker painted surfaces are going to work better because you will be able to see the chalk.  However chalk does come in a huge variety of colors so if you want to mix it up an go with a light paint color, add the chalkboard coating and then use dark chalks I say go for it!

decoart satin enamel paints

I will share the complete tutorial down below to make this chalkboard wall calendar. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

DIY Mini Paint Roller Ornaments

mini paint roller ornaments

Christmas in July is nearly over but I still have a few mini tool ornaments left to share.  Today it's these mini paint rollers, cute on their own but even better when paired with the mini tool tree collection: 

mini tool tree

Scroll down below for links to all the mini tool tutorials and step by step instructions on how to make the paint roller ornaments.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

DIY Mini Homer Bucket Ornament

mini homer bucket ornaments

What tool tree would be complete without the mini homer bucket?  Today I'll show you how to make these miniature bucket ornaments as part of the tool tree ornament collection.

Christmas in July

I'm celebrating Christmas in July by sharing all the tutorials for my mini tool tree.  Be sure to follow along for all the details.

mini tool tree

DIY Mini Spray Paint Ornaments

mini spray paint ornaments

I might be biased but I do think everything is cuter in miniature including these mini spray paint ornaments.  Part of the mini tool tree ornament collection these spray paint cans are fairly simple to make.

I first shared these ornaments last Fall on Instagram:

diy miniature spray paint cans

And they finally made it onto the mini tool tree along with all the other miniature tool ornaments.

mini tool tree ornaments

Below is the step by step tutorial to make mini spray paint ornaments.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

DIY Mini Toolbox Ornaments

diy mini toolbox ornaments

Everyone needs a toolbox, it's one of those necessities in life.  Even cuter would be a mini toolbox ornament!  As part of the tool tree ornaments series I'm sharing how to make these simple toolbox ornaments.

christmas in july graphic

Happy to have you joining me for Christmas in July, it's never too early to start thinking about holiday decorations and gifts.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Painted Coffee Table with Vintage Effect Wash

* This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

painted outdoor coffee table

Looking for a vintage, weathered finish that's easy to apply and available in many colors?  I just painted my outdoor coffee table using DecoArt's Vintage Effect Wash in white and I'm extremely happy with the results.

This color wash paint goes on super smooth and easy with great coverage.  I painted this outdoor table over 3 weeks ago before taking these photos and the finish hasn't faded one bit.  This table stays outside in hot sun, humidity and rain so I expect the finish will age a bit in the elements but so far it's like new.

decoart vintage effect wash

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tools for a Portable Workshop

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portable workshop tools

It's no secret that my workshop happens to be outside so I end up moving all my tools in and out every time I want to work.  Easy portability is key and today I'm sharing 4 tools that help make up the portable workshop.  Even if you have an amazing indoor workshop you might want to consider some of these portable tools for your space.

outdoor workshop space

That would be a clean photo of my workshop.  I've shared a messy version many times on Instagram but now I have this amazing rolling toolbox system from Husky so I can bring all the hardware and tools out in one swoop!

The only issue is my basement storage area is two steps down:

husky rolling toolbox in basement

(Side note: we live in a 1740 saltbox farmhouse that had a dirt floor basement until about 1994 when they dug 24" down to add footers, steel support posts, french drains and a proper floor.)

See how I take the Husky rolling toolbox filled with about 80 pounds of hardware and tools right up those steps and out to my workspace with ease:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DIY Mini Tape Measure Ornament

mini tape measure ornaments

mini tool tree ornaments

Christmas in July graphic

DIY Split Rail Fence with Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors

* This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie.

diy split rail fence

Never in a million years would I have thought I'd be installing a fence, by myself, with posts and rails.  It seemed like a rather big job but I'm here to tell you it's actually fairly simple and I did it all myself.

Simpson Strong-Tie fence brackets

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DIY Mini Extension Cord Ornament

Another miniature tool ornament tutorial and today it's the mini extension cord.

If you're just joining in we are celebrating Christmas in July with all the tutorials for the mini tool tree ornaments.

I hope to share the how-to for each of the mini tools below:

Below are the step by step instructions to make the mini extension cord ornaments.

Monday, July 17, 2017

DIY Mini Paint Brush Ornament

mini paint brush ornaments

Continuing on with the Christmas in July series today I'm sharing the mini paint brush ornaments.

Christmas in July graphic

If you're just tuning in welcome to Christmas in July and all the tutorials for my mini tool tree ornaments.  I hope to share the step-by-step instructions for all of the mini tools so you can make your own.

miniature tool tree ornaments

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The paint brush ornament is a miniature replica of a chip brush:

miniature paint brushes versus actual size

Below are the steps to making a mini paint brush ornament.  Be sure to read through entirely before beginning.