Flower Fountain Planter

Isn’t she a beauty?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This flowering fountain is my favorite planter so far and after looking back, I’ve done a lot of planters over the years…and we joke that I have the complete opposite of a green thumb. Pffft. The DIYShowOff vault is filled with proof (below) that I’m not THAT terrible a gardener. Right? Right.

Okay, onto this year’s planter project….she’s so pretty! A mix of something old, living breathing beauty and a new topper. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

When we bought this old neglected house just about exactly ten years ago, we found pieces of an old fountain in the tall overgrown grass. Or maybe it was weeds or what might have been a garden at one time…but it was like finding buried treasure! And for 10 years, I’ve wanted to do something with ‘her’ but she sort of just sat discarded in that same overgrown area (and that little fenced in mess, well that’s a project for another time) or up against a hidden area of the house as a last priority. Forgotten. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

I bet this rusty, chippy fountain was stunning back in her heyday with her beautiful curves. I imagine she had a bubbling personality with lots of feathered friends. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This year, Russ hefted those cast iron pieces out from hiding and cleaned them up and a plan was hatched. He drilled holes into the basin bottoms and sprayed the interior basin areas with a rubber/latex coating. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then he assembled it, using a cyclone fence pipe to anchor and secure it into place. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

We filled the basins with potting soil, plants and flowers. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Looking good, old girl! It’s worn and old and the top wasn’t quite what it used to be (not sure what it looked like back in it’s prime, but I love that we didn’t spray paint it solid. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then I remembered that I had a decorative artichoke-type accent. It’s resin and perhaps a temporary topper but it’s secured with a blog of concrete (still wet in photos but dried to a lighter shade…still, imperfectly perfect although I may give it a little white-washing) and I AM IN LOVE! Isn’t she beautiful? Isn’t she lovely?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

How old do you think she is? I’d guess at least 50-60. The imperfections of age give this girl some history. Just imagine the stories she could tell of homeowners past.

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

She looks like a beautiful tiered cake with luscious flowering/fruit decorations to me!

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Those laugh lines and wrinkles. She’s just as striking today as she once was. At least to a lover of worn and vintage treasures like me. What do you think?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Like creative planters? Me too! Check out these past DIYShowOff projects:

chandelier planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

tire planter

tire flower planter decor How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

patio umbrella (bundt cake pan) planter

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

 

tea cup succulents

tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

stenciled flower pots

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

sisal rope planters

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com

house number flower pots

house number flower pots

creative planter ideas @diyshowoff  

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!

house makeover @diyshowoff House Makeover Before @diyshowoff

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! 

This… House Makeover Before @diyshowoff  

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This… House Makeover Before @diyshowoff

Now looks like this… house makeover @diyshowoff

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Wow! house makeover @diyshowoff

Where’s the house? House Makeover Before @diyshowoff   House Makeover Before @diyshowoff

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.

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

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: 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

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.