Repurposed Frame to House Numbers

I’m sharing a quick weekend project that’s going to help guests and delivery drivers to locate the front door as well as add a little interest to curb appeal. 
 
 
 
What I used:
 
  • RustOleum Universal spray paint
  • house numbers
  • picture frame with wood backing
  • scrap wood plank 
  • clear lacquer 
 
What I did: 
 
1. Remove glass from picture frame. Dispose/recycle glass.
 
 
 
2. Apply light even coats of spray paint to frame and house numbers. Let dry. 
 
 
 
3. Apply light even coats of spray paint to wood backing. Let dry. 
 
4. Replace backing to picture frame.
 
5. Attach house numbers to center of frame with screws, use scrap wood plank behind backing to anchor house numbers to frame backing. 
 
6. Apply a clear coat of lacquer for sealing and let dry.
 
7. Hang and display. 
 
Indoors:
 
 
or out: 
 
 
Enjoy! 
 

Hi Tech Entry Door

A month or so ago, I shared the plans with Pella Windows and Doors that mom has for the exterior entrance way to the house they’re completely remodeling inside and out.

Things are moving along with the home renovation and the latest is a cool hi tech Pella Windows and Doors entry door with Pella Insynctive Technology (also featured in the Better Homes & Gardens Innovation Home)!

Pella door after @diyshowoff

So much work is being completed on the inside – new electrical, plumbing, new walls, new floors, new everything! I can’t wait to show you! Exterior/outdoor/landscaping DIY will resume next spring. I love the board and batten siding! Wouldn’t it be beautiful in a lighter color? Their plans are to create a stone facade. That’ll be gorgeous too. The ugly carport/paved parking area will be transformed into a pergola and patio. But in the meantime, a beautiful new ‘smart’ entry door just couldn’t wait. Because this entrance (before) was anything but welcoming…

door before

Pella arrived to do the measurements and to confirm the door and accessories that my mom wanted. A quick simple visit and an appointment made for installation. Then Pella’s installation crew showed up and got to work. They handled everything from removing the old door and door jamb to installation of the gorgeous new door and accessories to installing trim to clean up. Professional, fast, friendly and quality work…

Pella door installation

…and a gorgeous entry door…

Pella door after @diyshowoff

…with Insynctive technology. What is Insynctive technology? It’s a wireless system that monitors when the door is locked or unlocked, closed or opened. How handy is that? Smart! There’s a sensor in the door that connects wirelessly to a bridge home automation hub (which reads sensors on as many doors and windows as you wish to connect) adding extra security and peace of mind to the homeowner. They’re even considering the garage door sensors for several of their outbuildings. A status indicator is then displayed anywhere in the home. We’re thinking the bedroom is a good place…a quick glance before going to sleep to know if you’re all locked down without having to get back up to check the doors and windows. A Pella representative does the installation and provides education for how it all works.

Insynctive

My mom and her husband are thrilled with the gorgeous Pella door that allows natural light to flood into what will be their kitchen, a beautiful warm welcome from the outside as well as the Insynctive technology that will provide convenience and extra security. Huge difference!

door before and after

Looking forward to how that gorgeous door is going to inspire a beautiful outdoor entryway in the near future!

Pella door after @diyshowoff

See more about Pella on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.Learn more about Pella’s Insynctive technology here: http://insynctive.pella.com/

This is a sponsored project written by me on behalf of Pella Windows and Doors . The opinions and text are all mine.

Home Makeover: Exterior Part 2

House Makeover Part Two! It’s been a while and I meant to get an update to you sooner but life happens and anyway! As I shared in Part 1, my mom and her husband bought a fixer upper and it’s undergoing a HUGE transformation. #soexciting! See part 1 that includes all of the ‘as is’ before pictures of the exterior.  House Makeover Before - Exterior

There’s an entire house in there somewhere! 

House Makeover Before @diyshowoff

That car port pergola thing will be removed. The concrete will become a beautiful patio at some point. This is the main door to the home. Both exterior doors and storm doors are being replaced. The main door on the left is being replaced with a stunning Pella® exterior door. House Makeover Before @diyshowoff

Mom headed to the showroom then we met with Mike, a rep from Pella Windows and Doors,  to review options, to get measurements and a discussion on the process: 1. choosing the products, 2. a 2nd measurement appointment, 3. door installation, and 4. the Insynctive technology installation and instructions. 3 and 4 is usually done in the same step, however with a complete makeover, step 4 will be finished once the electrical and drywall are complete. I told you it’s a total transformation on this place. Sneak peek of what I mean in the photo below.

Pella door consultation (before) house makeover dream door - the plan

The best part is security, comfort and convenience of choosing a quality Pella door, especially with Insynctive technology!

What? Pella Insynctive technology is a family of smart home products that allow homeowners to check windows and doors at a glance including an entry deadbolt sensor, status indicator and bridge. Windows, doors and garage doors have the ability to be monitored in-home using the Insynctive Status Indicator or homeowners can monitor via a smart device when the bridge is connected to a compatible home automation or security system. Pella blinds and shades can be controlled using the Insynctive Remote Control or when connected to a compatible home automation system via the Bridge. So cool, right? Mom will now know when we’ve raided her home/helped ourselves to the pool and thrown a party when they’re on vacation. 

House Makeover Before @diyshowoff

This entire outdoor/external entry way area is going to be transformed! You won’t recognize it! Fingers crossed it’s in time for winter so I have a stunning after to show you! House Makeover Before @diyshowoff House Makeover Before @diyshowoff

Out with the old! In with the new!

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Here are some before and after shots of how removing the overgrowth makes a huge difference! It’s still a work in progress but what a change! 

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There it is! house makeover @diyshowoff

Exciting, right?! Don’t you love a good makeover story? Me too! You’re going to want to stay tuned as this home is transformed from hidden eyesore to beautiful country retreat with a gorgeous welcoming entry door. A labor of love, an amazing rehab. I can’t wait! 

See more about Pella on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Learn more about Pella’s Insynctive technology here: http://insynctive.pella.com/

This is a sponsored project written by me on behalf of Pella Windows and Doors . The opinions and text are all mine.

Industrial Milk Can turned Side Table

I’ve had old industrial milk can laying around, collecting dust (cobwebs too) just waiting for a fun DIY and repurposing it for a fun side table to add some charm to the patio seemed like just the right idea. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Materials I used:

  • found industrial milk can
  • black paint + primer in one
  • FrogTape® MultiSurface
  • round wicker-like tray (also found…thrift store, I think) 

What I did: 

I like the distressed/dinged up paint finish but it needed a little pizazz. I gave it a good cleaning, then using FrogTape, I added some bold stripes. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

A spider crawled out of that hole too! Yikes! Once that was taken care of, using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the FrogTape to ensure crisp clean stripes.

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I applied two coats of black paint. Paint. Dry. Paint. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Right after I applied the second coat, while the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape then let the paint dry. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Secure a tray using whatever method you find best (glue and clamps, screws, etc.), (a round wooden table top or an old clock would be cool too) and ta-da! A fun side table for our patio: 

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I added in some coordinating accent pillows and I have a fun new look to a usually neutral area. The old industrial milk can is a great conversation starter too.  DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

LOVE IT! Have you added any fun elements to your outdoor areas this summer? 

*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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Feeding Flowers

How does your garden grow? It’s nearly August and it feels like summer has finally arrived. Hot days! I normally wouldn’t want to answer questions about my flowers this time of year. But this year is very different! Remember the gorgeous flowers I planted in the pallet garden in the spring (here)? I’m proud to say that they’re still producing blooms and happiness on the patio! I began with using my Miracle-Gro Liquafeeder to fertilize my flower gardens.

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Did you know that feeding your flowers all summer long will provide more, bigger and longer lasting blooms as well as help plants thrive throughout the heat of the hot summer months? I didn’t. It’s not something I’ve ever done. Perhaps the reason for my past flower-fails. Now you know too!

Just add the Miracle-Gro Liquafeeder to an outdoor spigot. Attach the hose. Pop in the Liquafeed, push the bottle upright, turn the dial to “feed” and you’re ready to go!

I’ve been giving my lovely flowers a yummy treat of Bloom Booster via the Miracle-Gro Liquafeeder every 7-14 days.

The flowers in the pallet garden as well as several flower pots, window boxes and container gardens are ALL bursting with blooms! One I even thought…”oh, no flowers, that plant’s done, but at least the greenery is still all healthy” only to wake up a day or two later to another “bloom explosion”! No doubt the “Bloom Booster” works! If you can water your flowers, you can feed them too! Easy peasy!

And where you simply see green above? There are so many buds just waiting to bloom! Want a few more months of pretty blooms from your summer flowers? Now you know what to do too. Good luck!

If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. The opinions and text are all mine.

Flower Pallet Garden

This year I wanted to give my pallet garden a new look. It’s the third year we’ve been using it and it’s still in great shape. The Project Garden campaign was the perfect opportunity for a little assistance. Since we entertain outdoors often in the summer months, I really wanted to add color and pretty blooms to our patio area rather than herbs this time around.

Miracle-Gro’s® latest product innovation, Liquafeed® Universal Feeder, makes feeding as easy as watering.

We simply installed the Liquafeed® Universal to our outdoor spigot, then screwed on our hose. Then just pop in a bottle of MiracleGro feed.

Down position when not in use. Up when feeding.

There’s also a handy water/feed switch so the Liquafeed® Universal can remain in place.

We planted the flowers then soaked the soil with using the Liquafeed® Universal attached to the hose on the mist or shower setting, the same as when I’m watering.

I water my flowers every evening then flip the switch to feed every other week for bigger, more beautiful plants. Feed every 7-14 days with Miracle-Gro All Purpose Plant Food or Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster Flower Food to help plants grow bigger and more beautiful versus unfed plants.

Flowers can be quite the investment and a risky one if your track record isn’t so great with plants, like mine. I want to make sure these beauties thrive all season long!

Oh my goodness! Gorgeous!

Spilling out like flower gardens on a European balcony but it’s really just a vertical pallet garden in western PA. 😉

I am in love with these bright colored impatiens and happy begonias! Stunning, right?

Get tips for making your own vertical pallet garden tutorial HERE.

Do you have a green thumb? Any helpful tips for maintaining beautiful plants? My new favorite flowers are impatiens. How about you?

FAQ’s about the LiquaFeed Universal

More information about the LiquaFeed Universal Starter Kit

*If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

*Miracle-Gro® sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Summer Home Tour

Have you been following Marty’s Summer Home Tour series starting at A Stroll Thru Life? What an honor to be invited. 30 bloggers’ homes all decked out for summer, all week long! Welcome friends!

Summer Home Tours Blog Hop

We spend most pretty summer days on our patio and outdoor living areas which I’ve shared previously but let’s take another look, shall we?

Our grape arbor/gazebo is such a romantic, quiet and shaded spot, a secluded little outdoor getaway. 

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Unless it’s raining, our patio is where you can find us on nice days…dining, relaxing, talking about our day, reading or entertaining. 

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(That’s the grape arbor gazebo in the background and later this week I’ll share how our pallet garden shown below looks filled with blooms.) outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff  Update: here’s the flower pallet garden

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 and this is the third year for our chandelier planter

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We haven’t de-winterized the barn patio area this year just yet, but we’re always have it completed before our 4th of July party…

barn party patio

I don’t go all out with summer decorating indoors, although after visiting these gorgeous homes, I’m inspired to crank it up a notch. Wow, right? But I do manage a few summer touches inside too…

the kitchen: a pretty runner on the dresser/island and a wooden bowl of lemons for fresh squeezed lemonade…

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a peek of the dining room…

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and a beach themed mantel in the family room…

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a reading area for rainy days…

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Next up is City Farmhouse leading the way tomorrow morning. Miss yesterday? See the schedule below to catch up! Enjoy the beautiful summer home tours, don’t forget to grab your drool bib. 😉 

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Decorating Outdoor Living Spaces

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Summer is my favorite season of all – warm weather, long days and relaxing outdoors.  We enjoy our patio, gazebo/grape arbor and barn patio area more than being indoors this time of the year. And I love decorating our outdoor living spaces just as much as I love decorating indoors. 

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Pops of color: Because I love to change things up every year, I find that keeping larger furniture pieces neutral works best since we tend to use them for 10 years or more at a time and to decorate with colorful accents. 

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Planting flowers breathes life and color into outdoor living areas. This year it’s shades of yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. 

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Colorful accent pillows are an invitation to get comfy and kick back with a frosty glass of lemonade. I like lots of pillows to soften things up.

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Decorative accents: 

Fun planters add a whimsical touch. (pallet, chandelier, tire)…

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I recently spray painted a colander to add balance to the planters displayed in our magnolia tree …

DIYShowOff Colander Planter

Repurposed items add interest. (bird feeder, bundt pan, birdie garland)…

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Furniture placement:

I love creating different cozy conversational areas like under the grape arbor for catching up with friends on this little bistro set

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

swinging with the baby…

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or positioning our canopied porch swing into a daybed position for curling up with a good book or a sweet pup…

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al fresco dining near the kitchen door and grill…

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areas to encourage conversation…

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 The flowers in my pallet garden have sprouted but aren’t visible yet. 

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For entertaining, we set up a buffet on the harvest table at our barn area with outdoor games in the yard near by. We add rental tables and chairs in the shade for large gatherings, a smaller comfortable area for more intimate parties. I haven’t tackled de-winterizing yet, but here’s now it usually looks all cleaned up…

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And a link party too! Share your summer related blog posts, browse the links for more inspiration!  
OH! And you’re going to need this for your outdoor living areas too! Chemical-free DIY outdoor spray. I just whipped up a batch for my mosquito-magnet hubby and love that I can use it on the dog too! 

essential oils DIY outdoor spray recipe

 

DIY Outdoor / Camping Spray

It’s getting to be that time of year. There are TONS of DIY outdoor summer spray recipes using essential oils. I don’t think you can go wrong with choosing to make a homemade batch with natural ingredients over a store bought chemical version. Here is the DIY outdoor spray recipe I make up for my family. Mosquitoes LOVE my husband (I call him the mosquito magnet) so this is what he uses nearly every day from May through October. 

DIY outdoor spray recipe

Ingredients I use (I recommend Young Living essential oils): 

  • 10 drops of Purification essential oil blend
  • 10 drops of Thieves essential oil blend
  • 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
  • distilled water (or equal parts distilled water/witch hazel)
  • pinch of epsom salt
  • It’s best to use a glass spray bottle, however we use a medium sized spray bottle from the dollar store since we go through it pretty quickly. We just keep it handy near the back door or on the patio table.

What I do: add the above ingredients to the spray bottle and shake before each use. It’s pretty hard or near impossible to mess it up. No explosions if measurements are off. 

Optional: Sometimes I’ll add 5 drops of Citronella essential oil. Sometimes I’ll add Palo Santo/Lavender essential oil for tick prevention. If I’m out of distilled water, I do use regular water in a pinch until we get to the store. Prefer a cream? Mix your essential oils with coconut oil instead. 

Note: Low on essential oils? Try Purification + distilled water only. Or depending on my own supply, sometimes I’ll alter the recipe above and still have amazing results. Need something stronger? Add more drops. YOU control the strength. Take a look at the properties/benefits of your essential oils, play around and test/create your own special blend. Just remember that citrus oils are photo-sensitive and will break down plastics so it’s best to avoid those for this recipe. 

What I love: Overspray (well, I don’t love that part at all) but I do love that it’s chemical-free, DEET-free and if the dog or cat are nearby, they’re safe. Even my bamboo floor is safe. If I walk through overspray, I’m not gagging at the scent or trailing chemicals across the floor. I also love that since we do go through a lot of outdoor spray during the summer months and it’s something my husband is applying everyday, he’s not absorbing chemicals through his skin, but essential oils with amazing benefits. Hey, it’s one way to get those essential oils into his system! I also love that it’s safe to give the dog a spray and rub down for dissuading pesky critters this time of year too. I’ve even soaked her collar in the mixture and let it dry. 

Relief: Lavender or Purification. 

Another Note: I personally never really have an issue. Guess I’m just not that tasty. Wonder why that is or what makes the difference? However, this kind of weather seems to make the flies bite and this outdoor spray seems to be working for that for me. 

Going to try: This year, I’m going to try diffusing citronella essential oil on the patio too. I will keep you posted on the results! 

One last note:  Having my Young Living essential oils on hand means we have something on hand every day for things that come up. I only use and recommend Young Living essential oils. I love the Seed to Seal Guarantee of this world leading essential oil company with a 20 year history. Love them! YOU NEED THESE! How do you get your hands on them? Get more details and an amazing deal HERE!

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Reach out with questions any time! Creating a beautiful home begins with making a safe environment. 

Patio Umbrella Table Planter/Centerpiece

Love accessorizing the patio with flowers? me too! This repurposed bundt/coffee cake pan works perfectly for the center of our patio table. 

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Materials:

  • bundt cake pan (be sure the center hole can accommodate your umbrella). I used this coffee cake pan (affiliate link).
  • RustOleum spray paint
  • FrogTape
  • flowers, plants or succulents and potting soil

patio umbrella table centerpiece planter tutorial @diyshowoff

The tutorial is pretty self explanatory:  I simply gave the outside a coat of spray paint, taped off and painted some stripes for a fun look. I also poked holes into the bottom of the pan to allow for drainage. Then simply added some flowers. 

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff Line the planter up with the hole in the table, insert umbrella through the center of the bundt pan.  patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Since our patio is right off the kitchen, we spend a lot of time dining, entertaining or just relaxing outside when the weather cooperates. How about you? 

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Outdoor Bistro Set Before and After

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to spruce up outdoor seating areas. The oil rubbed bronze of this bistro set matched everything nicely but it’s just so brown and tired. 

Before:

DIYShowOff Bistro Set Makeover before

Originally it was a $15 yard sale score, ivory and rusty. 

Wayyyyy before…

bistro set before @diyshowoff

Here it is better staged in our grape arbor/gazebo recycled brick patio/pathway reveal, but it gets lost…

recycled brick patio @diyshowoff

 

Here’s what I did:

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

Remove the glass top. A little sanding of the rusty spots, a good wipe down (Yes! That’s Young Living Thieves household cleaner)…

Thieves cleaner

and one can of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X in navy (don’t forget your mask)!, a day of dry time….

RustOleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x

…then re-insert glass, top with a couple of homemade cushions and I’m loving the new pop of color.

After:

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Much happier, isn’t it? Do you have some tired old boring outdoor furniture ready for a re-freshening? 

Tea Cup Candle Sconce Bird Feeder Tutorial

Like to attract bird’s to the backyard? Me too. Well…away from the patio where I enjoy sipping tea and starting my day with devotions. 

The next time you’re at the thrift store, pick up an old candle sconce, tea cup and saucer to create a cute little bird feeder. 

DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used: 

  • candle sconce
  • tea cup & saucer
  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover x2 (satin aqua)
  • sanding block
  • damp rag
  • E600 glue
  • clamp tape 
What I did:
 
Lightly sand and clean candle sconce. Apply light even coats of spray paint and let dry. 
Using glue, attach saucer and tea cup to candle sconce (saucer first then tea cup after the saucer has dried).
This is the first time I’ve used clamp tape. LOVE it! Worked really well to keep the pieces together while glue dried. 
Let dry according to glue package instructions. 
 
Hang, fill with bird seed and enjoy!
Pretty outdoor decor too. DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff
 
I haven’t noticed if the birds are enjoying it yet. The food disappeared but it may just happen to be feeding the squirrels. lol  DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

House Makeover Part One: Exterior Before

House Makeover Part One: Ever wonder where I get my love of DIY and decorating? It’s from my mom! Like the saying goes, ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ and I am SO SUPER excited that my mom and her husband (who is extra super handy with tools, the type of guy who can do just about everything home improvement related, by the way) are rescuing this old home. The property is BEAUTIFUL. The home? Uh…not so much in it’s current condition. I am just itching to get in there and get started! 

House Makeover Before - Exterior

There’s an entire house in there somewhere! 

I’ll journal some before and after and some tutorials along the way. Love DIY? Follow along and watch the transformation, the huge project they’re about to undertake. I look around and I see POTENTIAL! I LOVE LOVE LOVE old fixer uppers! It’s going to be better than it ever was!

In an effort to get the ‘before’ pictures organized and all in one place, let’s take a tour. Today I’m sharing Part 1, the home’s exterior. Overgrown, hidden. There’s a treasure in there somewhere!

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Exciting, right?! Don’t you love a good makeover story? Me too! You’re going to want to stay tuned as this home is transformed from hidden eyesore to beautiful country retreat. A labor of love, an amazing rehab. I can’t wait!

Mailbox DIY Vinyl Decals

This poor mailbox had seen better days…don’t you think? 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Time for a new one…

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

One of the perks of owning a vinyl cutter (I have a Silhouette Cameo) is the convenience of making my own vinyl labels/stickers/decals. 

Mailbox Upgrade

Open up the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. Click the text button on the left, choose font and type house numbers and a monogram design. Size to fit flat mailbox surface.

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Click the “cut” button on the navigation bar. Choose “vinyl” and adjust blade settings. Insert vinyl color side up into the machine and click “cut”. 

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Remove vinyl from machine and weed away excess vinyl. 

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Apply a piece of transfer paper and cut apart individual designs. I have three. Numbers for the front of the mailbox, a monogram design and numbers for the side. 

Rub with a credit/gift card to ‘transfer’ the vinyl decals from wax paper to transfer paper. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Peel away transfer paper (vinyl decals should be stuck to tacky transfer paper). 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Place onto clean, dry, flat surface of mailbox. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Rub with credit/gift card to transfer design. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Peel away transfer paper. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Ta-da! Pretty new address decals for the new mailbox.

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Rustic Glam Woodland Centerpiece and a Mint Mocha Smoothie

My favorite time of the year is summer and I love spending my days outdoors when I don’t have to bundle up, the sun shining warm on my face, taking a few moments from the chaos on the patio swing to close my eyes while I ponder the day’s plans.

My woodland centerpiece is inspired by summer, talking walks in the woods. A good hike, re-connecting. Mood boosting!

Materials: moss runner, large wood slice, fresh flowers, feathers, white candles, twine, wooden spoons and gold spray painted toy animals.

a blend of natural elements with a little glam

Create a woodland themed vignette. Nature inspired. Peaceful and serene.

It’s a sweet centerpiece for the bistro table under our grape arbor gazebo, all set for some quiet time, counting blessings, healthy meditation and brainstorming up my next big DIY project. Remember to take a few quiet minutes for the sake of your health, to breathe, to think (or not think) and to just rest before tackling the rest of the day.

A shaded haven for catching up with my daughter. We sat there the other day, sipping mocha mint smoothies, talking and dreaming big.

Do you take the time to sit and soak up the good things? What inspires you to live a healthier lifestyle?

Mocha Mint Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients for 1 large serving or 2 small:

mocha mint smoothie

Check out the Silk products for yourself on the Silk Facebook page. Cool, refreshing and so good! I hope you get a few happy moments away from summer’s crazy schedule today. xo

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.