Easy DIY Indoor Outdoor Honeycomb Wall Art

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I have the opportunity to participate in monthly DIY challenges. One of the themes for April is outdoor wall art. I just happen to have a bare outdoor wall. This easy DIY indoor/outdoor honeycomb wall art project is super easy and perfect for decorating an outdoor wall in our covered party patio area. 

easy DIY hexagon wall art at diyshowoff.com

 Materials I used:

hexagon wall art tutorial at diyshowoff.com

What I did:

I spray painted the pieces of the drawer organizers (not assembled) using Valspar Outdoor Spray Paint. I sprayed one side Peacock Blue and let dry about 6 hours then flipped and sprayed the other side Koi Pond and let dry overnight. 

Once the paint was dry, I assembled my pieces. The honeycomb-shaped organizers simply snap together. No tools required!

easy honeycomb wall art tutorial

Since I have 3 sets, I assembled two sets with closed ends and one with open ends (both options shown on pamphlet with instructions included in the box).

easy DIY hexagon honeycomb wall art

You could even leave them white = the only DIY is snapping them together! I hung mine using Command outdoor light clips. 

Face on: 

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From the side:

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From above: 

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They’re very light weight so not ideal for displaying heavy items but a great way to add color, dimension and interest to an otherwise plain outdoor or even indoor wall. I tucked in a few succulents for now.

outdoor hexagon patio wall art at diyshowoff.com

My covered patio area still hasn’t been cleaned up for summer. I just grabbed some accessories for photo-staging. Pardon the leaves and dirt!

outdoor honeycomb patio wall art at diyshowoff.com

The outdoor hexagon/honeycomb wall art is going to look great on that back wall when the patio is cleaned up. See the patio when it IS ready for summer lounging and entertaining here.

barn patio makeover

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!  

More of my Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenges:

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Grape Arbor Gazebo Makeover

The grape arbor gazebo has been a work in progress for years. DIY takes patience sometimes, my friends. Especially when you’re working as time and money allow. I can’t tell you how GOOD it feels to have it complete! Grape Arbor Gazebo Makeover

Let’s start at the beginning. When we purchased our home, we loved the grape arbor’s size and maturity.

  grape arbor before

See those poles? Very, very rustic and home to some critters even…hello! chipmunk

As much as I love rustic and as cute as it looks in the picture below, it felt like a tetanus shot just waiting to happen not to mention, 6’2″ Mr. DIY had to duck to walk beneath it. 

So the rebuilding process took place. Most of the roots to the vines are on the one side. We sort of ‘peeled’ those back one section at a time while a gazebo was installed in the center and more study wooden frame was built on each side. 
 
Mr. DIY and family {thanks, Butch!} built up the new wood structure around the old rusty iron skeleton, lifting and shifting the grapes in the process before removing the old iron poles. 
 
Rebuilding can be stressful but the grapes survived! Maybe they were even a little grapeful (haha!) for the home makeover. 
 
 
Beautiful! But then all that gorgeous-ness didn’t go with the overgrown messy underneath. 
And that’s where this summer’s DIY project of installing a recycled brick patio and path came into play. 
 
See the recycled brick patio and walkway tutorial for more details about the transformation and steps Mr. DIY took to install it with his own two hands. Great job, honey! xoxo
 
Once he finished the brick patio and walkways, it was time for some landscaping. I didn’t know where to start. I was so overwhelmed with the size, the work that it would involve. Plants intimidate me. So, the decision was made to hire professionals for weed clean up, planting, edging and mulching. 
 
The view from our kitchen French doors: 
Worth every penny. 
Wow! It was a treat to watch what a team of 5-6 landscaping professionals with the right tools can accomplish in 3 hours. Yes. I said ‘three hours’. This would have taken me months of backbreaking labor. My back hurts just thinking about it. 
Now I feel like I can maintain this area, plant more, decorate. And just enjoy every square inch. 
Isn’t it pretty? So romantic. So quiet and peaceful. 
 
I’ve been window-shopping for furniture and ideas but will likely wait until spring. I’ve had the sheer drapes for years but this year, they look the best they ever have. 
 
And scary… {ghost tutorial}
haha!
 
The back yard before…
The back yard now…
Grape arbor now.  
I can’t wait for the plants to fill in. I’ll be adding a few here and there this week too. Maybe something that will come up in the spring.
 
Now when you visit, we have a place to talk and catch up. Weather permitting.  DIY brick patio
 
Do you have a special outdoor area at your home?
 

DIY Recycled Brick Patio & Walkway Tutorial

What DIY project has taken us all summer long to complete?

Tutorial slideshow story of how half buried brick became a beautiful walkway and patio.

Tutorial slideshow story of how half buried brick became a beautiful walkway and patio.
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Recycled brick patio & path tutorial.

Our DIY recycled brick patio and walkway under the grape arbor/gazebo is finally done! A true labor of DIY lovin’. ::high fives all around!::

Because of the large volume of pictures from start to finish (it took me days to organize and edit the MONTHS worth of photos), I put together a slide show of the progress from uncovering the brick on our property to putting it to good use by creating a walkway and patio under our grape arbor and gazebo. Now not only can we enjoy our backyard patio for dining al fresco, the covered barn patio for entertaining, we now this quiet beautiful private little space too. That’s where you’ll find me on pretty days. Just wait until next year when I can add some fun DIY decorative accents! 

I love the herringbone pattern and that we were able to use bricks we already had on hand. It’s such a good feeling and the fact that it’s old and not new? Loooove that the most! It looks as if it’s been here at least half a century and fits with the age of our old home.  recycled brick patio and walkway tutorial

See the entire grape arbor gazebo before and after reveal here!

It may have taken all summer but Mr. DIY did an awesome job at repurposing all of that brick to create a gorgeous recycled brick patio and walkway, didn’t he? What do you think? Love it? Not your style? We’d love to know your thoughts. 

DIY Wire Cloche SucculentTerrarium

Succulents make for a great indoor/outdoor centerpiece. I’ve been using this wire cloche succulent garden as a centerpiece on our patio coffee table all summer. I love that it requires little maintenance. 

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

DIY wire cloche succulent terrarium tutorial:

diy wire cloche succulent garden

Materials I used:

  1. Miracle Gro Cactus & Citrus Potting Soil
  2. Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
  3. Chicken Wire 
  4. Allen & Roth Round Serving Tray
  5. Pebbles
  6. Sand
  7. Finial
  8. Tools: Needle Nose Pliers & Wire Cutters
  9. Assorted Succulents
  10. Plastic Planter Liner
  11. Decorative Rocks & Accessories (not shown)

What I did:

In the plastic planter liner, I layered pebbles, sand and topped with the potting soil. Then planted the succulents and added decorative rocks. And placed the plastic planter liner into the round serving tray.

DIY succulent garden

I measured the diameter of the plastic planter liner and decided on the height of my wire cloche and using wire cutters, cut out my shape to create a cylinder to go around the terrarium.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

I cut the wire so that I’d have little wire “tabs” to secure the shape up along the side.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

To make the top (roof) of my wire cloche, I used a large round clock as a circle template (the biggest circle size I could cut from my chicken wire width) and cut using wire cutters.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

I cut a straight line to the center of the circle and created a ‘cone’ shape top for my terrarium and again used the small cut chicken wire tabs to secure my shape. Then I spray painted my cylinder and top.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

Once dry, I used an extra piece of wire (a twist tie will work) to attach a finial to the top. Glue and screws weren’t working so this takes some playing with, but the wire cloche is light so lifting it from the garden will be easy to do, even if it’s simply twisted in the chicken wire. 

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

And using the same technique with ‘tab’ piece of wire from the cylinder, I attached the “cone” (sort of like a “roof”) to the cylinder.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

Then just slip the wire cloche over the terrarium.

DIY wire succulent garden

Here it is on the patio:

succulent patio garden

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete a DIY terrarium project, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. 

Covered Patio Transformation

When we bought our home, the lower area of our bank barn was junky and scary.

Before – previous owner’s things. It’s dark, scary, spidery and a little dangerous with broken glass. Old picture…sorry about the tiny size.

barn-before

I shared some photos in our summer home tour but I wanted to share some true before along side the after pictures. 

After – paneled wall, a LOT of paint and a concrete patio. 

barn patio  

The transformation in pictures:

Yikes!

New Back Wall

The harvest table looked liked this before and was actually nailed to the back wall…we gave it a makeover too.

New Concrete Patio
 
Russ tries out the paint sprayer

Now:

barn party patio

On the far wall, two old barrels topped with a door serves as a buffet table near the electrical outlet…great for serving and keeping crockpots and slow cookers warm. 

barn patio makeover

Doesn’t the harvest table look 100% better with a paint job? The bench was ‘rescued’ too. 

party patio

A framed chalkboard gets a new message with each party. Birthdays, graduations, etc. The tire planter is on the wall when we entertain but gets moved to the sun/rain otherwise. My giant painted puzzle playmat serves as wall art. 

outdoor entertaining

Wicker furniture is all from estate and yard sales – just a fresh coat of spray paint. 

outdoor living

I still need to get two outdoor pendants/lighting. I’d love to stain/paint the concrete. I also have plans for moving things around and building a ‘bar’ type area. But for now, it’s perfect for parties and sometimes I come down here for some quiet time too. 

red and turquoise patio

It’s a fun area for hosting cookouts since it opens up into our huge back yard with plenty of room for volley ball, badminton, corn hole and a fire pit. 

tire flower planter tutorial at DIYShowOff Wall art….

Painted Foam Playmat

Games…

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

 

Kids’ Plastic Picnic Table Makeover

As you know, we entertain a lot in the summer, hosting quite a few family picnics. Guests include my 3-year-old nephew and 2 and 4-year-old nieces. It was decided that I needed a kid’s table and mom scored a Little Tykes picnic table at a yard sale for me for $15. Hurray for yard sale season (and moms)!

How to paint a child's plastic picnic table  

But when you don’t have a yard full of fun brightly colored kids’ toys; the red, blue and yellow looks out of place, not to mention it was faded and a little worse-for-wear. 

kids picnic table before

I decided a little makeover was in order. 

Materials:

  • Spray primer (2 cans)
  • Spray paint (2 cans for all over) I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.
  • Another can for decorative purposes (optional)
  • Spray clear coat
  • FrogTape
  • Vinyl decals (I made my own using supplies from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial:

First, I lightly sanded the picnic table with a fine grit sandpaper and gave it a good spraying with the pressure washer. (Thanks, Steve!)

washing picnic table

This also comes apart some how, but I couldn’t figure it out so I didn’t bother. Apply a coat of primer: 

DIY plastic picnic table transformation

Then spray paint:

painting plastic picnic table tutorial

I let it dry and ‘cure’ for a few days. 

Using my FrogTape, I created a rectangle (table runner) outline on the table part of the picnic table and taped off the rest of the table top. 

child's picnic table makeover

Using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Design Studio software, I created and cut out the letters for a dinner time prayer.

Silhouette Studio designer software

Happy Crafters

I applied the sticker type vinyl letters to the center of my rectangle and made sure FrogTape and vinyl letters were pressed down securely.

kids picnic table makeover

Then gave it a coat of spray paint in Rustoleum’s Lagoon. (I used a large piece of cardboard to shield the benches.)

painting plastic picnic table

I peeled away the FrogTape and decals while the paint was still wet. I still have blue fingernails to prove it. 

picnic table makeover

I let that dry for a few days (in my vehicle mostly since it’s been raining off and on so much)…which is why I had no choice but to be patient as well! Then I used my FrogTape again to create a border around my “place mat” and filled it in with DecoArt’s Patio Paint. Then peeled away my FrogTape and again…let it dry for a few days.

painting kids plastic picnic table

I had to touch up the paint here and there. Then sealed it with a spray clear coat (satin finish) and let that dry.

clear coat

Much better! And a sweet little reminder for the little ones to pray before digging in. 

childs picnic table makeover after

 

We tested it out over the fourth of July. Now it fits in with our patio…

plastic picnic table makeover

*This sponsored by FrogTape. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.

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 *Vinyl provided by Happy Crafters.

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Ombre Stenciled Flower Pots

This is definitely the summer of DIY flower planters at DIYShowOff, isn’t it? We’ve always been so busy with projects INside the house, that decorating outside hasn’t been a priority but this year, I’ve been especially happy to celebrate summer. I wanted to spruce up the yard a little with some colorful flowers and flower pots and that’s exactly what I’ve accomplished. I do promise (I think) that this is the last DIY flower pot project of 2013.  

Stacked Stenciled Ombre Flower Pots Tutorial

Materials:

  • Terra cotta flower pots (5 different sizes from smaller to bigger)
  • DecoArt Patio Paint (1 Blue Jay Blue, 1 Robin’s Egg Blue, 1 Blue Bahama, 2 Cloud White, 1 Woodland brown)
  • Vinyl stencils (I created mine with my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from my sponsor, Happy Crafters). 
  • Krylon Clear Coat
  • Rebar (mine is 42″)
  • Potting soil and flowers
  • Optional: Curtain rod finial (I found mine at a thrift store and spray painted it white)

Ombre flower pots Tutorial:

I purchased three colors blue and two bottles of white patio paint to create 5 colors in styrofoam bowls:

  • Blue Jay Blue
  • 50/50 Blue Jay Blue and Robin’s Egg Blue
  • Robin’s Egg Blue
  • 50/50 Robin’s Egg Blue and Blue Bahama
  • Blue Bahama

deco art patio paint

For each pot, I started with one of the base colors above. Using a foam brush, I started on the bottom, “feathering” the paint. I then elevated my pots to make painting/drying easier. 

painting terra cotta flower pots

Then added white to the paint and feathered another row on the same pot, working my way around the pot.

And added more white and repeated.

ombre flower pot tutorial

When the bottom was dry, I flipped the terra cotta pot. Then added more white to my paint and finished all the way to the top and a little down into the inside. 

I did the above steps for each paint color for each terra cotta pot.

Then I mixed all of my left over paint together and painted the insides of my flower pots…

painting flower pots

then flipped and painted the bottoms and let them dry overnight. 

painting terracotta flower pots

Next, using my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from Happy Crafters, I created vinyl stencils with this little quote:

Your mind is a garden.

Your thoughts are the seeds.

You can grow flowers.

Or you can grow weeds.

making sure that the sizing was correct for each pot. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl stencils.

Happy Crafters

Since I’m using the vinyl as a stencil, I peeled away the lettering.

creating a vinyl stencil

Applied the transfer paper and peeled away the wax paper like backing…

vinyl stencil

and applied the stencils to my terra cotta pots. Since the pots are curved, I found it easiest to apply each line of stencil text individually. Rub with a credit card then peel away transfer paper.

applying vinyl stencil to terra cotta

Next I filled in the lettering with brown patio paint.

stenciled terra cotta pots

I removed the vinyl stencils as soon as I was done painting and let everything dry for 72 hours according to the patio paint’s instructions.

painting and stenciling terra cotta pots

Then gave the insides and outsides a spray of protective clear coat. 

sealing painted terra cotta pots

Once that was dry, it was time to plant! I even tried to find flowers in purples ranging from dark to light for more ombre effect…  purple ombre flowers

And followed Beth’s instructions for stacking my flower pots at Home Stories A to Z utilizing rebar.

stacking terra cotta pots

 

Watered them too. 

stacked ombre flower pots

Then topped off the rebar with my finial…

finial

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

Colorful and happy! More DIY planter tutorials:

How to Make a Chandelier Flower Planter

pink-chandelier-planter

 

How to Make a Tire into a Planter

tire flower planter decor

 

How to Make House Number Flower Pots

house number flower pots

 

How to Make a Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

free standing pallet herb garden

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2 DIY Tire Flower Planter Projects

I recently needed new tires (don’t even look at the tread…it was bad)! This is a great idea for upcycling! The July Challenge for Lowe’s Creative Ideas is Outdoor Art so I headed to Lowe’s for some supplies. 

DIY Tire Flower Planter Tutorial

tire flower planter tutorial at DIYShowOff

My summer home tour revealed a sneak peek of a super easy DIY outdoor decorating/planter. DIY tire planter…

barn party patio

See it?

party patio

There on the wall? Isn’t it happy?

tire flower planter tutorial

Materials:

  • Old tire
  • Valspar spray paint (color is Exotic Sea)
  • potting soil
  • flowers.
  • I already had some leftover fabric weed barrier from the pallet herb garden and some packing peanuts on hand.
  • Optional: chain and s-hook.

I gave the tire a good scrubbing with soap and water and let it dry. 

upcycled tire planter

Then gave it a couple of coats of spray paint (paint + primer). Let dry. 

tire flower planter tutorial

Next we used a  (correction) 1/2 inch drill bit to drill 6 holes into the ‘bottom’ of the tire for drainage. This takes a sharp bit and a lot of pressure (as in I tried but had to have my husband take over). It also produces a little smoke. 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Then lined the bottom with a piece of fabric weed barrier and a few styrofoam packing peanuts.

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Time to plant! 

I used this arrangement for the wall mounted tire planter…

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff  

and these for the hanging tire swing flower planter:

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

The drainage holes work! Specifically one of the six really works…

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

When we’re entertaining, I move the wall mounted tire flower planter to the interior wall of our covered patio. It’s simply hanging on a big humungous sturdy nail. When the party ends, the tire planter is moved to an exterior wall for sunshine and rain/watering. It’s awkward but not too heavy or difficult for moving around to maintain.

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

I loved it so much, I needed one to hang in our magnolia tree:

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Doesn’t it look beautiful hanging with my DIY chandelier flower planter in the background? 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

To hang from a tree: Use chain (double hanging length, add about 10″ for in the tire and more for the size of your tree limb). Wrap chain around tree branch and secure end pieces inside of the tire with an “s” hook. 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Pretty!

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

*After I stood back and admired my completed project, I decided to see if it had been done before and of course! You can see this idea at Recaptured Charm too. Sharing at So You Think You’re Crafty.

More planter ideas:

chandelier-planter-feature

House Number Flower Pots

house number flower pots

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project. The tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. DIY results may vary.

DIY Outdoor Giant Dice Game (LCR)

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I have the option to participate in monthly challenges. One of the themes to choose from for June is DIY Outdoor Games. Our family spends a lot of time together in the summer months at mom’s pool and at our home for cook-outs and bon-fires. Having a few games on hand makes get-togethers fun. 

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

I decided to make a giant version of a new-to-me dice game called LCR. Lowe’s supplied a gift card to complete this project. I think this would be a great summer DIY hostess gift too! 

DIY giant LCR dice game

Materials I used (can be altered using some leftover supplies too):  

  • Scrap 4″ x 4″ 
  • Sandpaper/sanding block
  • Stencils (3 “L”s, 3 “C”s, 3 “R”s and 9 circles). I created my own but Lowe’s also sells vinyl letters or you could draw/paint them free-hand. 
  • Rust-Oleum’s High Performance Enamel (gloss black)
  • Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane spray
  • 2 boxes of large canning jar lids (total 24 lids)
  • Rustoleum’s Self Etching Primer
  • Rustoleum’s Spray Gloss Protective Enamel (red)

TUTORIAL

Dice: 

1. Measure and cut cubes from the 4″ x 4″. Note: A 4 x 4 will more likely measure 3.5 inches, not 4 inches. My cubes are 3.5″ x 3.5″. I used scrap wood since 4″ x 4″ beams come in 10 foot pieces…although that’s great option for making these as hostess gifts this summer! 

cutting 4x4 DIY dice game

2. Sand edges and surfaces of each cube. 

sand wood cubes DIY giant dice game

Note: You can paint dice any way you choose: All one color with a different color lettering, color the lettering and leave the dice wood-toned, staining the wood and painting the lettering, etc. I will probably try something different with my next set so they’re each unique. 

3. Apply vinyl lettering/circles: one L, one R, one C to each die (the real game set shows them all beside each other on 3 face sides), then apply 3 circles to each die. Make sure to press them down securely. 

DIY LCR dice game tutorial

4. I elevated my dice and used a roller to apply my paint. Once dry, I flipped each die and painted the bottom side. 

giant LCR dice

5. Peel away vinyl stencils.

outdoor dice game tutorial

6. Once dry, I sanded each die for a distressed look then wiped them clean with a damp cloth. 

giant LCR dice game

7. Spray each die with a lacquer/clear coat sealant and let dry. 

sealing DIY dice

Chips:

Spray each side of each canning jar lid with self etching primer (allowing to fully dry on one side before flipping and spraying other side). Repeat with spray gloss protective enamel. Each coat takes a long time to dry, especially around the rubber seal of the canning jar lid. I found working outside helped speed up the drying process. 

DIY giant game chips tutorial

Time to Play!

DIY Outdoor LCR Dice Game Tutorial

Game Rules:

  1. Each player starts with 3 chips. 
  2. First player rolls the dice. 
  3. L = give a chip to the player to on your left. C = give a chip to the center pot. Roll an R = give a chip to the player to on your right.  Roll a dot = keep chip.
  4. Pass the dice to the player on the left for their turn. 
  5. You roll as many dice as chips you have (if 4 or more, roll all 3 dice).
  6. Losing all of your chips doesn’t mean you are out of the game…the game changes quickly! There is a chance another player will roll an L or an R and pass more chips to you. 
  7. Last person possessing one chip wins the center pot. 

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

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THAT DIY PARTY and DIY Project Highlights

Hello, DIY friends! A brand new week, a brand new DIY link party, DIY highlights and a DIY Show Off weekly recap. And Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads! 

that diy link party

DIY Show Off Weekly Recap:  Old chandeliers get a new purpose. Our family had a great time making these, even the kids helped! DIY chandelier planter tutorial.

how to make a chandelier planter

I’m co-hosting a Summer Inspiration: Recipes Link Party. If you have a favorite summer recipe to share or are looking for some delicious summer food ideas, check it out!

summer-Inspiration-Recipes

Get the recipe for this yummy EASY pineapple mandarin orange trifle summer dessert

pineapple-mandarin-orange-trifle

My husband, Mr. DIY, is sharing an entire awesome summer BBQ menu with recipes. Got a minute? I’d love for you to pop over and pin for later! 

  • Smoked ulled pork sandwiches
  • Dill red potato salad
  • Crunchy vinegar cole slaw 
  • Easy orange pineapple trifle

vinegar coleslaw recipe

Not a new ideas, but ‘new to me’ DIY decorative baseboard trim tutorial

DIY decorative baseboard trim

SHOWING OFF:  It’s my favorite time of the week, seeing YOUR creativityHere are some highlights from last week’s DIY party for some summer time DIY inspiration.

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~Awesome Rooms~

I love everything about this amazing living room at Charming Zebra (and her beautiful home shared in a mini updated home tour). 

Living Room at Charming Zebra  

An (unbelievable transformation) cutest cottage kitchen makeover at Shabby Love with the sweetest attention to detail. Wow!

cottage kitchen makeover at vintagemellie.com/Shabby Love

Let’s join Manuela on her beautiful screened porch at A Cultivated Nest. You bring the cookies, I’ll bring the lemonade. 

screened-porch-decorating at A Cultivated Nest  

Dawnelle invites us over to her beautiful and inviting home at Just Dawnelle

home tour at Just Dawnelle

Awe…check out the sweet modern nursery reveal at Tiny SideKick. So many fun DIY details. Love the ceiling!

modern boy nursery at Tiny SideKick

~Fab Furniture~

This changing table transformed into a beverage station at Twelve O’Eight is awesome! A must do for our barn patio, don’t you think? Yard sale time!

beverage and drink stand from changing table at Twelve o Eight

 

~Amazing Accents~

Sometimes the cost of drapes means saving or going without but Lisa shares at great tutorial on turning sheers to black-out drapes at Before Meets After

sheers to blackout curtains Before Meets After

Maryann’s hanging mason jar succulents are so cute! See more details at Domestically Speaking

mason-jar-succulents at Domestically Speaking

 

Awesome DIY Roman shades with grommet detail tutorial at Just the Bees Knees. They’re fabulous!

DIYRomanBlindswithGrommetDetail Just the Bees Knees

And another great curtain DIY… curtains from sheets with black out lining tutorial at Better with Age.

curtains from sheets with black out lining at So Much Better With Age

~Outdoor Projects~

How cute is this outdoor foot washing station at Bles-Id? What a great idea. I know after a day of being outside in flip-flops, this would come in handy! 

foot washing station at Bles-Id

Outdoor hanging candle holders at Living and Learning with Luisa are an easy and cute outdoor decorative accent…great idea!

easy outdoor candle holders - living with luisa

 

This is the dreamiest front porch ever. See the beautiful pergola at French Country Cottage

pergola at French Country Cottage

~Tips & Tricks~

Great tips for growing and storing onions from the Seasoned Homemaker. Must give this one a try!

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Chandelier Planter Tutorial

About a month ago, we hosted a Mother’s Day BBQ for our family – filled with good food, a fun gardening project and great times…stuff special family memories are made of.

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

I started the prep work in advance, so that the fun part of planting flowers was the only concern on the part of my guests.

How to Make a Chandelier Planter

how-to-make-a chandelier-flower-planter

Materials:

  • Chandelier (try Craigs List, Ebay, thrift stores, yard sales)
  • Terra cotta pots and saucers (The same number as the “arms” of your chandelier. Ours all had 5.) Plastic pots would also work. Get creative! Try your own spin!
  • Outdoor-rated spray paint
  • Waterproof glue: Elmer’s Probond is perfect for gluing porous (pots) to metal (chandelier)
  • Plumber’s epoxy putty – I used this to help create an elevation for draining (optional)
  • Flowers, plants
  • Moisture Control Potting Mix
  • “S” hook for hanging (and the chain that comes with the chandelier if needed)

Tools:

  • Wire cutters
  • Garden trowel

1. Slide off the plastic ‘candle’ holders and remove all electrical/wiring from the chandelier using the wire cutters.

removing-wiring

2. Attach terra cotta saucers using epoxy putty and glue. The epoxy putty helped to keep the things in place since clamping isn’t possible as well as raise the pot a bit for draining.

chandelier-planter-tutorial

Repeat for attaching the pots. I let the glue dry 1-2 hours before spray painting and allowed it to cure several days before planting.

how-to-make-a-chandelier-planter

3. Spray paint the entire thing (even your chain if you’ll be using it). I found that hanging the chandelier from a low tree branch to be the easiest spray painting process (especially if the chandelier’s shape doesn’t sit level) but you could also do a 2-step process (position upside down on drop cloth/cardboard, spray paint, dry, flip and the spray from top and let dry). Some parts of the chandelier’s design may also be removable (simply unscrew) and can be taken apart for spray painting if needed. Wear a mask if you’re working under poorly ventilated conditions or breezy weather and eye protection.

spray-painting-chandelier

4. Dry. Since I worked in advance, the chandeliers had several days to dry/cure. The glue did expand and become visible. And a little scratching of the paint happened in places as well. But as we say around here, “imperfection adds character” and those things are not something you pick out and focus on when the project is complete (any imperfections stand out in the  completed project below?… nope!) You could lightly sand and spray a base primer on your chandelier as well.

drying-chandeliers

5. Plant! We had several color coordinated flower options on hand as well as some ivy and used Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil – perfect for container gardens. I set up the ‘planting station’ on our barn patio to escape the windy conditions.

planting-chandelier-planter

Even the little ones had fun planting flowers for mom in little watering cans from the dollar store…

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addy-planting

planting-flowers

6. Water according to plant instructions. NOTE: The Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix protects against over & under watering. Virtually fool-proof if you do not possess a green thumb.

7. Hang! Ta-da…

aqua-chandelier-planter

pink-chandelier-planter

navy-chandelier

mint-chandelier-planter

orange-chandelier-planter

Note: My chandelier planter is hanging from a plant hook on our patio. Sunlight and watering are not an issue. The design of some of the chandeliers posted above also allow for table top display. I only ‘display’ my chandelier planter like a ‘chandelier’ on our covered patio as party decorating (a few hours then back to the hook). Also, drainage is limited due to the glue however, I water daily and the Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil contributes to a healthy balance.

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You may have spied my chandelier planter used indoors at our Summer Home Tour too…

chandelier planter

and hanging in the tree as a photo prop for the easy shaded DIY DOG BED

diy-dog-bed-tutorial

For more planting tips and inspiration:

  • Visit Miracle-Gro online to access their expansive library of articles and videos full of expert gardening tips for beginners and professionals alike as well as online tools to help growers solve common garden problems and find the right products to to maintain a healthy and beautiful garden.
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Summer Home Tour

Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes Day 2! If you’re following along and just popped over from visiting Emily’s gorgeous home at Decor Chick, welcome guests!

Summer Tour of Homes

I’m so excited to participate in Day 2 of the Summer Tour of Homes hosted by Gina at the Shabby Creek CottageIt’s my favorite time of year! Longer days for productivity and lots of DIY.

DIYShowOff Summer Home Tour

Are you ready for LOTS of pictures? I hope so! summer chalkboard

Most of our summer is spent outdoors. We do a lot of summer entertaining, hosting BBQs and family cook-outs. So making our outdoor areas pretty is where our tour begins…

barn patio

We have a bank barn which we use for storage (much like a huge garage), but the bottom part opens up into our BIG party gathering space in the summer where we can set up volley ball in the yard and sit around a bon fire.

teeny tiny scary before picture…

barn before

The barn patio area provides a covered space for setting up a picnic buffet for entertaining or a quiet place for relaxing. Improvements are still on the DIY ‘to-do’ list but you can see it’s a big improvement already. This area has been a great location for grad parties, a co-ed baby shower BBQ, a fashion photo shoot, family reunions, picnics and cook outs.

barn patio makeover

outdoor entertaining

outdoor living

party patio

barn party patio

red and turquoise patio

Sources: DIY painted foam playmat art tutorial, tire planter tutorial coming soon, DIY tissue paper poufs and banner, old weathered door/barrel buffet, spray-painted accessories (Rustoleum Lagoon), turquoise crocheted accent pillow (Target), red petunias, outdoor area rug (Better Homes & Gardens, WalMart), red accent pillows (Target), blue mason jar vase, red outdoor fabric table cloth (Kmart), DIY framed chalkboard. 

The patio off the back of our home also got a mini-makeover last month with some cleaning, refreshening accents with some spray paint, some re-arranging, flowers and a few new decorative touches…

(see the before the patio and installation)

before

patio-before

patio makeover

patio-makeover

patio makeover

The patio swing was looking a little tired and inspired an outdoor swing/daybed makeover  patio daybed

My hubby’s favorite hobby is cooking and having fresh herbs near the French doors to the kitchen is convenient. Decorative and functional with our free standing pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

patio accents

One of the things I loved about the property when we purchased our home was the mature huge grape arbor. It was very rickety but the grapes were plentiful…

before

grape arbor before

We rebuilt the framing and added a gazebo to the center…

grape arbor gazebo

This year we’re recycling a pile of old bricks for a paved walkway and seating area underneath the gazebo (more on that coming up this summer). Again, a work currently in progress, but check out those vines! LOVE!

grape arbor gazebo

It’s been a while since I’ve done a home tour. Things are mostly the same with some rearranging but here are some most recent pictures. Our house before was down right disgusting and scary but we saw past that to the potential…location, charm, character, size. But definitely a true fixer upper. 

kitchen (links to kitchen before/after, more pictures, DIY door clock tutorial, spice loft, sliding ladder, marble subway tiled backsplash how-to, painting cabinets, cook book library, etc.)

farmhouse kitchen makeover

kitchen tour

before

kitchen before

 after…

farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen tour

eclectic farmhouse kitchen

eclectic kitchen tour

The French doors lead right to our patio. It’s so convenient for entertaining and hosting BBQs. The sun sets on the other side of the house so evenings are shaded and comfortable. Perfect for alfresco summer dining. 

before…

farmhouse kitchen before

farmhouse kitchen before

now… DIYShowOff kitchen tour

powder room before and after

powder room

dining room

before

dining room before

now…

diningroom tour

diningroom makeover

DIYShowOff diningroom

farmhouse dining room

eclectic dining room

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I’m always re-arranging the sitting room. It’s gets a makeover about once a month. It’s an ever changing multi-functional space. Sometimes it’s a sitting room, sometimes a dining area or mudroom.

before

sitting room before

This month, it’s a small office/work space…

office space eclectic hallway DIYShowOff Home Tour sitting room

DIY: no sew script drop cloth curtains, wall mounted pallet shelf, French doors, slate floors, pet gate, globe light fixture cover.

half-globe-light-cover

Our stairway landing hasn’t changed at all. I just love it the way it is. For now.

stair landing

And the family room is still a work in progress so these are a bit of a reveal since I haven’t shared little things in this room before, but fun DIY art and lots of color adds a touch of summer…

family room

Still a lot of DIY planned for this room!

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headboard door pediment tutorial

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DIY chevron garden sign, painted thrift store candlesticks, Today will be the Best Day sign, DIY curtains (fabric is Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower), window/chandelier coffee table, and a DIY chandelier planter tutorial coming soon.

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free standing fireplace surround with pallet shelving  faux fireplace with pallet shelving

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Last but not least, even CocoRosie, our Italian Greyhound, enjoys the summer weather with her shaded dog bed

DIY shaded dog bed

Whew! Lots to see, right? Thanks for sticking around if you made it through it all! You can see more room by room before/after and DIY at the DIY Show Off Home Tour

Are you all set for summer? Don’t forget to link up your summer home tour on Friday, June 7th at the Shabby Creek Cottage summer-tour-of-homes-schedule

DAY 1 (June 3rd)

2 – The Nester @ Nesting Place
3 – Mandi @ Vintage Revivals
5 – Ashley @ The Handmade Home
6 – Kristin @ The Hunted Interior
 

DAY 2 (June 4th)

1 – Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
3 – Chris @ Just a Girl
4 – Brooke @ All Things Thrifty
5 – Karen @ The Graphics Fairy
6 – Emily @ Decor Chick
7 – Roeshel @ DIY Show Off
 

DAY 3 (June 5th)

1 – Melissa @ The Inspired Room
2 – Wendy @ The Shabby Nest
3 – Donna @ Funky Junk Interior
4 – Marianne @ Songbird
7 – Brittany@ PrettyHandyGirl
 

DAY 4 (June 6th)

1- Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
2- Traci @ Beneath My Heart
3-Stacy @ Not Just a Housewife
4-Jen @ Jennifer Rizzo
5-Lindsay @ Makely Home
6-Sandra @ Sawdust Girl

THAT DIY PARTY time!

Hello, DIY friends! Happy June! It’s my favorite season: Summer! Sunshine and warmth, beautiful weather, picnics, cook-outs, swimming and family time. But it’s also a great time for DIY. Spray painting outdoors, working in the yard, long days for productivity! Bring it on!

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DIY Show Off Recap:

Thrifty gallery wall and room accents

thrift store gallery wall

Painting  and stenciling faux-paneled walls

lilac and white damask

SHOWING OFF:  Here are some highlights from last week’s DIY party for some summer time DIY inspiration.

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~Awesome Rooms~

Wow! Ashley’s dining room reveal packed full of amazing DIY projects at Bigger than the Three of Us is a must see!

dining room makeover - bigger than the three of us blog

Linda has a dining room reveal at It All Started with Paint. I love her navy walls, beautiful white board and batten and that fabulous rug.

dining room reveal at It All Started With Paint blog

It’s so fun when a room reflects personality and interests. How about this awesome music and fashion inspired office/craft room at If It’s Not Baroque Design…great reveal with lots of before/after shots.

music fashion inspired office at If It's Not Baroque

beautiful bathroom makeover (and board and batten) at DIY with Jen and B.

bathroom makeover at DIY with Jen and B

A bright and happy vintage inspired bathroom reveal by Tricia at Simplicity in the South.

bathroom reveal at Simplicity in the South

Rita Joy, I’d be happy to be home every time I walked into this beautiful entryway! See the evolving entryway at Harbour Breeze Home.

entryway-makeover at Harbour Breeze Home

Karri joins the room reveals with sharing her gorgeous bathroom makeover at House of Tubers.

bathroom makever - House of Tubers

~Fab Furniture~

Thanks to Deb, I’ll be keeping my eyes open for one of these while yard sale shopping. Bar cart makeover at Lake Girl Paints.

Bar Cart with Gray and White Stripes - Lake Girl Paints

Korrie has been trying her hand at furniture building lately and is quite awesome at it. Her latest DIY adventure includes building a dresser at Red Hen Home. Wow!

Red Hen Home Handbuilt Bedroom Dresser

Kitchen island envy! Courtney’s DIY (Ikea hack) kitchen island at Golden Boys and Me is ahhhh-mazing!

diy kitchen island at Golden Boys and Me

Meredith uses beautiful overlays to take a boring old dresser to beautiful office storage piece at Meredith and the New Yorkie. So pretty!

Dresser-With-Overlays at Meredith and the New Yorkie

~Amazing Accents~

I love patriotic decorative accents this time of year, don’t you? Check out the awesome Pottery Barn knock off patriotic banner at Remodelando la Casa. Love it, Cristina!

pb knock-off Patriotic Banner at Remodelando la Casa

For those of us without an i-Home for our i-Phone, try this! (I am!) Chaney shares how to make an i-phone speaker at May Richer Fuller Be. Yep, that’s an empty toilet paper roll.

DIY iPhone Speaker - May Richer Fuller Be

Awesome DIY pendant light at Teal and Lime. LOOOOOOVe it, Jackie!

diybrasspendantlight at Teal and Lime

Agi shares how she made this darling DIY letter holder at Passion Shake.

DIY vintage letter holder at Passion Shake

~Outdoor Decorating~

Diane shares great tips for how to plant a beautiful flowering window box at An Extraordinary Day. Gorgeous!

How-to-plant-a-window-box-garden-Dragon-Wing-Begonias-AnExtraordinaryDay

Not only does Krista work her decorating magic inside, her summer deck-orating at the Happy Housie is just as stunning. You don’t want to miss her pretty view or her upcycled colander succulent planter as well. So much to see!

Decked-Out-for-Summer-at-thehappyhousie

House numbers and a flower box? Yes, please! See the house number sign tutorial at Second Chance to Dream.

house number sign tutorial at Second Chance to Dream

So clever and so creative – an old crockpot becomes a planter at Redoux.

crock pot planter at Redoux

~Tips & Tricks~

Therese shares her experience and tips on choosing hardwood floors at Fresh Ideas Studio. I have to agree with her. We’re thrilled with our extra durable hand-scraped/antique bamboo floors.

choosing hardwood flooring - Fresh Idea Studio

Shannon shares her experience and some great tips & tricks for stenciling with chalk at Fox Hollow Cottage. Can’t wait to try this on my chalkboard wall. Thanks, Shannon!

How-to-Stencil-with-Chalk at Fox Hollow Cottage

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More DIY Highlights: Previous week’s DIY highlights if you missed them. So much creativity!

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THAT DIY PARTY: Now let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden

Our vegetable garden is located a few acres from the house. Wanting to have a small herb garden closer to the patio, grill and kitchen and inspired by so many vertical pallet planters (thanks, Amanda!), Mr. DIY and I created a free standing (moveable) vertical pallet herb garden.

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

 Here is what we did:

Materials: (if referring to our tutorial for your own project, completely read through what we did as I recommend some changes to our experience)

  • Kiln-dried pallet in good shape
  • Scrap 1×4 wood
  • Scrap block 4×4 wood
  • Scrap 2×4 wood
  • Nails
  • Wheel and hardware/screws to attach
  • Wood stain
  • Protective clear coat
  • Staples
  • Fabric weed barrier
  • Potting soil
  • Herbs

1. We have plenty of pallets stacked around here and chose a kiln-dried one, marked with “HT” (heat-treated and less likely chemically treated) and gave it a good scrubbing with bleach as well.

2. We removed a three of the horizontal boards from one side with a pry bar to create a larger space for working and tall growing herbs.

pallet 3. Then sanded down the splinters, rough edges and hammered down all of the nails.

4. We added a piece of scrap wood to the bottom of one side (1×4) to create a ‘shelf” type surface to attach a caster/wheel. Inserting the 1×4 took some playing around (prying up one of the pallet boards to squeeze it into place.

vertical pallet garden

5. The other side of the bottom got a 4×4 block (double check for leveling with the wheel side) and a miter-cut scrap 2×4 for support. (If I had to do over, I would skip the wheel and use a 4×4 block and mitered 2×4 on both sides since the wheel is convenient but the vertical height makes it unsteady.

vertical pallet garden tutorial

6. One to two people can easily move the herb pallet garden with the supports only and without the wheel. Our original plan was to also attach a handle to the one side (for tipping and wheeling around however kiln dried pallet wood is VERY dense and our screws just kept breaking off…so, no handle for now).

7. Next I stained the pallet using Rustoleum’s Wood Stain (Kona), wiping away after applying. I let it dry and cure for a few days (although Rustoleum’s stain dries in about one hour).

staining pallet

8. I moved the pallet outside and gave it a spray of protective clear coat.

vertical pallet

9. Once that was dry, I used junk mail/newspaper to create a pattern, including room for folding the fabric edge under and the sides of the pocket. Then used my pattern to cut the fabric weed barrier to size.  vertical pallet garden tutorial

10. I folded under the edges and stapled the fabric weed barrier into place between the pallet boards to create a pocket.

vertical pallet garden tutorial

11. Corners were tricky…do what works for you. I can’t explain my complicated folding technique. I think I got a little staple-happy.

12. I just kept cutting and stapling the fabric weed barrier into place. My pallet has 12 planting pockets. All done!

planting pallet garden

I’ve started some herbs from seed, but I purchased these already started herbs from Lowe’s to fill it up. Instant fresh herbs! Hurray! I planted:

DIY herb garden

  • basil
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • dill
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • peppermint
  • chocolate mint
  • spearmint
  • tarragon
  • lavender
  • another type of spicy globe basil

Next I moved it into place. Unfortunately our patio is getting a little crowded so rather than have it free standing/showing both back and front, up next to the patio swing seemed to be the best location. (Until I rearrange…you know how I love to move things around!)

vertical pallet herb garden

Again, I’d recommend support on both ends instead of the wheel. It’s unsteady with the one wheel/one person. Live and learn and DIY experimenting. It’s easy enough, even planted, for one person to move without the wheel. I think two side supports is a better option. It’s also two sided. It’s perfect for creating a border on a patio. Great for small spaces too!

Doesn’t it look amazing?! I looooove it!

free standing vertical pallet herb garden

We spend most of our time on the patio on pretty days…I love the fresh herbal scents too!

free standing pallet herb garden

And having fresh herbs right off of the kitchen is so convenient.

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

Whatcha think?

More patio projects…

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Patio Swing Before and After

The patio makeover is looking so good but our canopied swing was looking a little tired…

patio swing makeover

see patio makeover

patio-makeover

I love the drapes we use on our gazebo every year. I purchased them years ago from Moshells.com. The sheer drapes go up in May and come down in October. They hang outdoors for those 5 months in the rain, in the sun. These were the most affordable sheers I could find and I am so happy with the quality. No fraying, no fading. Still good as new…

grape arbor gazebo

So when I decided to give our canopied swing a makeover, I knew I wanted to use sheer drapes again (perfect for a romantic summer vibe).

how to add curtains to a patio swing

Did I mention that not only do I love the quality but the prices are budget friendly? Yup! The sheer panels I chose are $3.99 each.

moshells-sheer-panels

I used seven 84″ sheer curtain panels to enclose our canopied swing. Here’s how I did it (drawing it up seemed easier to explain)…

I started with the top (shown in center below), then pinned and sewed each of the other panels around the top curtain panel:

easy-DIY-swing-drapes

 

Wasn’t that easy?!

Then I slipped it into place (under the canvas canopy but over the frame).

installing-sheer-panels-to-swing

{I added some outdoor solar lights for night time too.}

And the curtain panels blew around in the breeze. That won’t do!

patio swing makeover

To keep the curtains from blowing around, I purchased galvanized pipe (two 60″, two 48″ and two 6″) and gave them a coat of brown spray paint. Once dry, I simply slid them into the bottom hem of the sheer curtains.

diy drape weights

The 60″ pipes for the sides, which are long enough to tuck on the inside of the frame (longer than the curtain hem). I’ll probably even grab some pipe caps next time I’m out.

diy patio swing curtains

The 48″ pipes are for the back side (because the curtains overlap…one long continuous pipe won’t work)… When it’s functioning as a swing, the pipes will hang/weight the sheer drapes. When it’s in the daybed position, they’re tucked under the frame before frame pins are inserted.

back of patio swing

I used the 6″ galvanized pipes as weight for the front curtains which are tied back with organza ribbon.

ribbon curtain tie backs

I also covered the cushion (super easy envelope-enclosure pillow cover style). Fabric is Maco Indoor/Outdoor Pisa Texture Cocoa.  Just one huge pillow cover…the fabric design lining up just right was a happy accident! Love when that happens!

outdoor cushion cover

{swing}

patio swing cushions

{daybed

Before…

patio swing makeover

After…

patio swing makeover - after

patio swing makeover

Much better, right?

covered patio swing

Our swing folds down into a daybed. When we’re entertaining, I simply remove the pins and fold it up into more of a ‘bench with back’/swing position for additional seating. But when it’s just us, this daybed set up is perfect for lazy naps on warm afternoons. Just ask CocoRosie…

canopied patio swing

For those who have inquired, this is the Hampton Bay Sonoma swing which we purchased in 2008. I can’t find it available anywhere now. Here is what I was able to find that is similar: Target Pergola Swing, Target Gazebo Swing.

patio daybed

You may also be interested in our free standing pallet herb garden

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

 

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*Big thanks to Moshells who generously provided me with the above sheer drapes in exchange for my review. Watch for the ‘free shipping’ promotions! I am a previous satisfied customer (present and probably future too) and as always, opinion, experience, tutorial and photos are my own. 

Premium Miracle Gro: The Gro Project

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Our family loves outdoor get-togethers when the weather cooperates and it’s the start of BBQ season around here. With the help of Miracle-Gro (a sponsored event), I’m planning a fun family backyard BBQ for Mother’s Day.

I’m using The Gro Project to ensure growing success. Have I mentioned I do NOT have a green thumb? I’ve always heard that gardening can be fun, easy and enjoyable and this is the perfect opportunity to “grow” as a gardener with a gardening expert holding my hand.

They have a few really cute and fun garden projects to inspire some growing-creativity:

the Gro project

  • Toyrarium (this looks like SO much fun…digging in the dirt with little ones!)
  • Ukelele Garden (fun for a luau themed party)
  • Origami Garden (so many custom color options)

Since I’m planning something special for Mother’s Day, I’ve decided on a beautiful creative container garden idea for the females in our family. Our thrift stores/yard sales are filled with cheap brassy chandeliers and we’ve started collecting them.  I’ll share more details and the DIY instructions soon but here’s a peek at our inspiration:

chandelier-planter

{source – etsy}

Thinking I might even add a small matching toyrarium planter for the 2 precious nieces and 1 adorable nephew (all under the age of 5) who will be in attendance as well. Doesn’t a gardening themed BBQ sound like a great time?

We will use Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix, ideal for container gardens – exclusive formula absorbs 33% more water than ordinary potting soil and protects against over and under watering! Which means…my project has an awesome chance of surviving! (Hellooooo, green thumb!) and the little ones will have a summer opportunity to take care of something they planted. Easy peasy!

Mr. DIY will control the BBQ tasks. Menu includes:

  • BBQ/smoked ribs
  • a vinegar-based coleslaw
  • dill/red potato potato salad
  • fresh brewed iced tea and mojitoes
  • raspberry/lemon trifle

For more gardening tips and information:

Check back to see how our chandelier planters turn out! Can’t wait to show you!

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Patio Season {small updates}

I love that the weather is warming up! We have a patio off of the back of the house which we utilize as an outdoor room in the spring, summer and fall. We spend a lot of time in this space, weather permitting. It’s not a pretty sight by the time winter ends. Blah! The Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenge this month is outdoor mini-makeovers. Perfect timing!

patio update

Trip down memory lane: When we purchased this house, we installed two sets of French doors. There were concrete sidewalks with ramps to the old ‘single’ doors. When we bought the house:

house-before

A few years ago, we installed a concrete patio

concrete-before-after

but we never replaced the siding where the old ramps were located. (I also address the dirty concrete. Keep reading!)

missing-siding

I headed to Lowe’s with iphone pictures and measurements. The Lowe’s associates were super helpful in directing me to the siding supplies, advising what I’d need: a “J-channel” to match up/attach the vinyl siding. They even provided tin snips and a tape measure so I could cut it to fit in my vehicle.

j-channel

Installing the J-channels was easy, just nail into place. Then we just  a close-matching piece of vinyl siding (“heather”, also available at Lowe’s) and snapped it into place.

installing-vinyl-siding

Finally! No more embarrassing eye sore of missing siding…it’s those little things that really bother the home owner more than anyone else, ya know and one that is so surprisingly easy and cheap, I’m wondering why we put it off. Hopefully with some age, it will blend in even better.

before-after-siding-fix

I moved all of the furniture and gave the concrete a good scrubbing (water + Krud Kutter). It cleaned off the surface dirt and mildew but not rust or grease. However, it looks a much brighter!

scrubbing-patio

I used spray paint to freshen up some existing decorative accents, planters and a ‘grill cart’ and added some colorful flowers to planters and window boxes.

patio-accessory-update

Some new things available at Lowe’s:

Outdoor area rug defines the cozy seating area…

patio-makeover

Love this umbrella candelabra (misted with Rustoleum’s “Lagoon” spray paint to match other accents) and beautiful fat hanging flower baskets…

umbrella-candle-holder

The sun sets on the other side of the house. Sometimes evenings are chilly. This wood burning firepit is perfect for a little heat (and roasting marshmallows)…

firepit

 

Cutest decorative owl candle holder…

owl-candle-holder

When it’s warm and not raining, I start my day with a cup of tea here. When we entertain small groups and it’s warm, this is the party location…lots of family dinners/cookouts and since it’s right off the kitchen, hosting and clean up are super convenient. It’s also where we enter the house. Now it’s visitor-worthy, pretty and relaxing. C’mon over!

patio-before-after

 

BEFORE

patio-before

AFTER

patio-makeover

More pics…

patio-flowers

cocorosie

 

patio-makeover

patio-makeover

Next up for this space:

  • rearranging some of the furniture another time or two
  • pallet herb garden
  • canopied swing bling
  • patio pet bed
  • raised flower bed
  • grape arbor/gazebo path/patio is on the DIY list again (maybe this year?!)

Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden:

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

Patio Swing Makeover:

how to add curtains to a patio swing

 

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See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on Instagram, Pinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for a mini outdoor makeover challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. 

DIY Feature: Vertical-Pallet-Garden

Since finishing our wall mounted pallet project and we use a pallet as shelving in our faux mantel

diyshowoff-pallet-projects

and I have a few more wood pallets for DIY projects, I wanted to share this beautiful vertical pallet garden from Amanda at Mommy is CooCoo.

before:

pallet

vertical pallet garden tutorial here

vertical-pallet-garden-tutorial

after:

vertical-pallet-garden

Awesome, right? A beautiful garden feature! Love it! Now if the weather would cooperate around here, I’d be a copy cat!

Thanks so much for sharing, Amanda!

DIY Project Parade Highlights – Room Reveal Round UP

One of my favorite type of links in the DIY Project Parade is when someone shares a room reveal I might have otherwise missed. Here are some awesome room makeovers definitely worth a look:

Jessie at Imperfectly Polished shared her master bathroom before and a look at the gorgeous reveal.

master bathroom makeover

I am loving the patio made from old doors at Shabby Love! She took an inspiration picture and created a beautiful version for herself. I believe this counts as a room reveal. Wow!

old doors turned patio

Did you see the beautiful porch ceiling at Not Just a Housewife? Stacy shows us how to create/paint a harlequin patterned ceiling with a great tutorial.

how to paint a harlequin porch ceiling

Brooke from Design Stash shared her pretty cottage living room makeover. I love her attention to detail and the transformation from before to after is a breath of fresh air. Beautiful job!

living room makeover

No budget for a new backsplash? Miranda from Pressing On shares my love of stencils {the impact adding design can make} – and created an awesome stenciled chevron backsplash. How beautiful is this?…

chevron stenciled backsplash

Cassie at Primitive and Proper shares her gorgeous master bedroom makeover. I love her comfortable style, mixing vintage and antique with beautiful navy and gold colors. Eclectic elegance…

master bedroom makeover

I think these master bedroom makeovers are so inspiring. (It’s on our list of things to do!) and the colors, texture, pattern and accents that Lisa from Diary of a {Wannabe} Domestic Diva are so soothing and pretty!

master bedroom makeover

I love a good before and after and the family room makeover at Totally Lauren Amber is just that – boring before with a beautiful transformation with so many details and so much to see! Gorgeous!

family room makeover

A big round of applause and praise for these girls and their amazing DIY talent. WOW!

Thanks so much for coming over to link up and join the party! We’d love to see your latest DIY project!

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DIY Project Parade and Highlights – Part 2

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Hello, DIY friends! There are so many amazing links each week. I’m trying to figure out how to include the highlights (please bear with me). I think some weeks, a few different Highlight posts throughout the week will be a great idea to get your creativity and inspiration noticed even more! This week, the features are random but I think starting next week, I’ll categorize the highlights. Thanks for your patience!

See Highlights Part 1 and check out these awesome DIY projects you may have missed last week:

One area that is really neglected in our home this year is the porch. With a summer passing by as we renovate the apartment, I’m longing to relax on this beautiful southern porch over at Dixie Delights. Dreamy!

southern porch makeover

Couldn’t you just run to the next yard sale to see if you can find something this amazing? I love Amy’s {Blissful Bee} vision and the before/after transformation is stunning. What a beautiful settee makeover!

DIY settee makeover

I love that Miss Charming painted the wood on her chairs and the impact was instant updating and WOW! They look fabulous with her new chalkboard wall and pretty white frames. See more at Charming Zebra.

painted chairs

An organized and pretty welcoming entryway is something I’ve always longed for. Jenn at Clean and Scentsible shares her inspiring tips and beautiful styling:

front entry

I love old windows. We have a few more around here somewhere and this idea from Number Fifty Three is a great way to create wall old window wall art.

antique window project

Debbie at Visual Eye Candy shares tips and a tutorial for a herringbone tiled floor. It looks amazing!

How to Tile a Herringbone Patterned Floor Part 1

How to Tile a Herringbone Floor Part 2

herringbone tiled floor

Bridgett at Osie Moats shows you how to build a DIY farmhouse table. It is gorgeous and they make it look sooooo easy! Check it out!

DIY farmhouse table

Great idea for a small or virtually non existent entry space. Love this mini mudroom creation at How 2 Home…

DIY mini mudroom

Let’s see what you’ve been up to. I’ll be visiting, pinning, tweeting and sharing links on Facebook this week!

Leave a link, visit a link and stop back to see more links as they’re added in. Thanks for sharing your creativity! 

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2. Your post must be recent, shared at one DIY Project Parade only (not continuously) and be DIY related.
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Mark your calenders! 3rd Annual DIY Fall Festival starts Sept. 5th! {and yea…my button says the Wed. the 4th. No idea what I was looking at so I’ll probably have the party up on the evening of Tues. the 4th!}
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