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.