6 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas You Can Build Yourself!

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Have you seen the price tag of outdoor furniture these days? It’s crazy how expensive they can be, even on Craig’s List. Avoid emptying out your wallet by building your own DIY outdoor furniture! What’s more, you can build them to fit your patio or porch. Here are 6 great DIY outdoor furniture tutorials you can use to create your dream outdoor space.

 

1. DIY Outdoor Sectional

Ana White is the queen of the DIY furniture world and this outdoor sectional is a great example of how wonderful her creations are. It includes two plans, one for armless sections and one for corners and ends. These two simple plans combine to create a DIY outdoor sectional that can be as big or small as you want it to be. You can build one piece at a time, at your own pace, and create a sectional that perfectly fits your space. Bonus: cushions from Target will fit these sections, unless you want to make your own cushions.

 

2. DIY Outdoor Sofa

Here’s another plan from Ana White, which we couldn’t leave out because this beautiful sofa only costs $30 in lumber! You can easily adjust the measurements of this plan to fit whatever cushions you plan to buy or make.

 

3. DIY Outdoor Bench

This just might be the easiest DIY outdoor furniture ever. It requires no drilling or extensive cutting. All you need is concrete blocks, concrete glue, and four 4x4x10 pieces of lumber to build an outdoor beach for only $40. Nice!

 

4. DIY Tile Outdoor Table

This gorgeous outdoor table is made with lumber and glass mosaic tile. The coffee table is fairly simple to build, but if you already have an old coffee table laying around you could cover it with your favorite glass mosaic tile following the instructions in this tutorial!

 

5. DIY Tree Bench

Have a tree in your backyard? Build a bench around its trunk to add extra seating to your outdoor space! This plan is a bit extensive and will cost a tidy sum of money, but its cool factor is out of the world and this nifty bench can add so much charm and function to a backyard.

 

6. DIY Hammock

Okay, a hammock isn’t exactly a piece of furniture, but it’s something to sit on and can be left outside, so we’re including this great tutorial for a DIY hammock! The tutorial includes two different ways to make your own hammock – one that requires a sewing machine and one that doesn’t.

 

For more DIY outdoor furniture ideas, check out Outdoor Pallet Projects Ideas and Build a Patio Table with Built-In Ice Boxes.

Have you built your own DIY outdoor furniture before? What other DIY outdoor furniture plans have caught your eye lately?

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

The Complete Curtain Cheat Sheet Infographic

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This amazing infographic is the perfect resource if you are choosing curtains for your home. This complete curtain cheat sheet has all the information you could possibly need, including tips about fabric and hardware.

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Infographic courtesy of Chais Lund.

15 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

15 Tips for Organizing Your Garage | Tipsaholic.com #home #organization #garage #storage #solutions #cleaning

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Most garage designs offer around 500 square feet of space. Not unlike many homeowners, you have most likely faced obstacles when it comes to keeping this large storage space under control and organized.

You may not be able to work a professional organizer into your budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a garage with complete organization systems. Here are 15 tips to organize your garage from the ground up!

 

1. Create a showroom-style garage, starting with new garage flooring.

If you aren’t completely confident that you can do the installation yourself or you are too busy to complete new flooring yourself, hiring a professional is the route to go!

New innovative garage floor materials are much more maintainable than traditional concrete flooring and easier to clean.

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2. Use your lids!

Keep your nuts, bolts, screws and other small objects organized and within easy reach. Install plastic lids to the bottom of a shelf, then just screw the jars on and off for easy access.

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3. Clear view makes it easy for you.

What!? You don’t have x-ray vision?! Clear labeled tubs (like those below, from Frazzled Joy) can solve your searching problem quick! Use this calculator to check your garage measurements.

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4. Stretch, hook and voila! Instant storage!

Stretch bungee cords from the floor to 2x4s attached to the wall to make a frame and store all your sports equipment!

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5. Upcycle your gutters for garage organization!

Old gutters can be recycled into a garage storage solution! Install them up high in the garage to hold spray paint and cleaning products to keep out of reach of the kids. (Here are more tips to organize a house if you have kids.)

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6. Closed doors can keep your belongings safe and out of sight!

Custom garage companies can install floating garage cabinets that are easy to clean underneath and protect your belongings from pests and water damage. If you decide to install the cabinets yourself, remember to provide a strong anchor, so you can protect from a possible fall!

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7. Pegboards can hold a plethora of items!

Utilize a pegboard to store your hand tools on the wall and off the garage floor! You can install a single pegboard or you can get innovative and make pegboard pages for multiple storage solutions! What a great use of space! Find more cool pegboard ideas here!

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8. Don’t walk under an open ladder or prop it against the wall.

A ladder propped up against a wall is not safe storage. The ladder can fall and cause injury or property damage. As an alternative way to store your ladder, suspend it on sturdy hooks that are part of a wall attachment system or hang it from your ceiling!

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9.Off the floor and on the wall seating.

Okay, so you can’t actually sit on the wall, but you can hang up your folding chairs, lawn chairs, etc. on the wall! You most likely have extra chairs stuffed in the corner of your garage. With a magnetic strip you can attach to the wall, chairs are easy to hang up and pull down when you need them!

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10. Hang a magnetic strip.

Keep tiny items in place with a magnetic wall strip. You can hang it horizontally or vertically, depending on your storage needs.

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11. Everything has a place and there is a place for everything!

Find the exact place you want your tools and trace around the outer edges. This will help keep you and anyone working in the garage organized by reminding you where to put tools away.

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12. Are you a biker? You need a bike rack!

Overhead bike racks are stylish, functional and sturdy so you can keep your bike hanging high and off the garage floor! Utilizing a bike storage rack is a fantastic way to remind yourself to hop on and cruise!
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13. Keep your chin up.

Overhead storage is another great way to make the most of your garage’s available space. Take a look at this system for attaching bins to the ceiling.

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14. Get on a roll with this unique trick.

Put up a simple paper towel holder, and your bags will be where you need them every time.

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15. Get it all off the floor.

Don’t risk ruining your pristine chip flooring. Get your items off the floor with garage wall racks!

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Don’t set limits upon your garage storage. From floor to ceiling, you have plenty of options to achieve complete organization. Just get creative! Check out some more DIY ideas for the garage here.

Here are more helpful resources for organizing your garage:

 

Special thanks to Arizona Garage Design for submitting this article. 

Featured image courtesy of Arizona Garage Design

 

6 Tips to Save Money on Your Energy Bill

6 Tips to Save Money on Your Energy Bill | Tipsaholic.com #energy #home #heating #cooling #solutions #green

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Summer’s here and with that comes all of its byproducts…pool parties, running through the sprinklers…but with that comes one other thing as well: ­the HEAT!

It’s worse in some places than others, but where I’m from (the Sunshine State, of course!) it can get amazingly hot in the summer time, and it’s been a chore just to find ways to stay cool during the heat.

So in light of this, I decided to compile together a list of six of the best ways to save money on your energy bill this summer. And hey—who knows—this might just save you a few hundred bucks!

I found a lot of this info out through simple hard work, but a lot of these were found by friends and a little “Google Searching” ;) so hopefully you get as much use out of this list as I did when I was wrestling with my A/C during the “summertime madness.”

 

1. Use your ceiling fan as long as possible

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Ah yes, the ceiling fan. This thing has been my savior over the last few years. I think the great thing about using your fan is that it’s going to dramatically extend the number of days you can keep your windows open throughout your home, and this will save you a ton. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy,running your A/C and heating unit can account for as much as fifty­ percent of your utility bill each and every month. Plus, believe it or not, using a ceiling fan will actually help keep your home WARM in the winter months as well!

Switching over to my fan was huge and I understand that sometimes you’re going to have to turn your A/C on, but even reducing your cooling usage by one hour can cause huge ripple effects on your energy bill and slash your bills for good.

 

2. Use energy efficient bulbs

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This is one that honestly not nearly enough people are doing, and there’s a HUGE reason to switch over to LED (preferred) or CFL bulbs, so I’ll try to summarize the main ones here.

Personally, I’d recommend switching to LED bulbs, which are, in some cases, up to 10 times more effective than traditional incandescents. Here’s why:

  • They’re a whole lot cheaper in the long run than regular bulbs and, in some cases, can be as much as 10 times more energy efficient than incandescents.
  • They are extremely durable , much more so than traditionals and nowadays you can find them at most home-improvement stores for under $10. You really can’t beat that for a light bulb that will probably outlast you.
  • These guys will save you up to a hundred bucks a year (or MORE) depending on your energy usage, so shop accordingly!

3. Do a nightly “energy sweep”

This is a big one that really saved me a lot each month, and just getting into this nightly habit has really helped me realize just how much energy I was wasting each and every night and in some cases while I was even sleeping!

One of the best ways to do this is to either mentally or physically create a checklist with all the main ways you’re spending money every night. For me, I was always leaving fans and lights on throughout the house and even something as simple as forgetting to turn off the living room fan can cost you big.

Did you know it costs around 40 bucks to run a large ceiling fan on high for a whole year? Imagine if you did this kind of math with your whole house? Easy to see how it starts to pile up, isn’t it?

 

4. Seal the cracks

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This was another killer and has completely altered my views on home heating and cooling even to this day. I was living in a nice old traditional home in Tennessee and, although I loved it,  it really had a lot of cracks and gaps throughout the windows and doors (it was about 50­-60 years old, I believe) that were absolutely killing my energy costs every month.

There’s a lot of different ways you can seal your home, but for me I found expandable caulk and sealant to be particularly effective when sealing windows. Investing in something like an “air seal” or “weather stripping” for your doors will pay off in spades in the long run as well.

 

5. Consider insulating your attic

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Now I know what you’re thinking: I understand what you’re saying, but why would I do THAT?!

There are many reasons:

According to the US Department of Energy, most of the energy/heat in your home escapes through the attic, and there’s a wide variety of different insulations and sealants you can get, so there’s really no reason not to! And I know this is probably not how you were expecting to spend your summer weekend (if you’ve got a husband, definitely get him to do this one) but you’re going to really be saving a bundle each and every month that your attic is insulated.

Furthermore, this not only helps a lot during the winter time, but it works surprisingly well in the warmer summer months as well. Because most of the heat in your home is going to rise through the ceilings and out the house, the attic is a great place to nip it in the bud and ensure that you’re home stays sealed.

 

6. Paint it white!

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I decidedly left this last on the list because there’s a little bit of controversy surrounding this, but let me explain.

The idea is simple: painting your roof white as opposed to tar black helps reflect sunlight back into the atmosphere, thereby effectively eliminating much of the heat that enters your home in the first place. Seem simple enough?

Well it actually is! And although it’s up in the air whether or not painting your roof white will pay nature a favor, YOU will definitely be eliminating a lot of the heat that enters your home in the summer.

A word to the wise though:­ if you do end up undertaking this kind of endeavor, do your research first! Google is a great place for this and a quick search will immediately illuminate the specifics of what type of paint to use and how much (and yes, there is a BIG  difference).

I’ve never done this one before so I can’t speak from personal experience, but the GacoRoof paint pictured above is the best product out there for this kind of project, so definitely go with something like that.

This is kind of the “all­out” approach for slashing energy costs and although it may seem a little far fetched many people have had great results using this stuff…your call!

 

At the end of the day…

To recap, there are a LOT of ways we’re wasting money every month with our cooling and heating costs, and there’s no reason to just let that money go down the drain. Hopefully this list opened your eyes to at least a few different ways you can save money on your energy bills each month!

 

Special thanks to HomeTradie for submitting this article! HomeTradie specializes in Home Improvement advice and has several region specific blogs based in the Central Florida Area.

Featured image courtesy of Consumer Reports.

Make Your Own Father’s Day Tackle Box

Make Your Own Father's Day Tackle Box | Tipsaholic.com #diy #kids #project #dad #father #toolbox


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Every Dad has tools and other cool Dad stuff they need to store. Here’s a great DIY project Mom and kids can make for Dad together this Father’s Day. Customize it to reflect Dad’s personality for added fun!

Supplies:

  • tackle box
  • Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape in Duct Blind, Tangerine Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Cherry Red and Jet Black (or any colors of your choice)
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • letter stencils

Instructions:

Step 1: Cover the flat part of the tackle box in Duct Blind tape, making sure to cut on a diagonal to fit the edges exactly.

Step 2: To create stripes with the solid colored tapes, first lie down a full piece of tape in the location you want then cut another tape in half and laying it over the other tape to create two different sized stripes

Step 3: For the middle box, lay down four strips in a square then fill the box with more strips. To the make a smaller box cut four small strips then lay them in a box shape lining up with the smaller box

Step 4: Trace your letters (D-A-D) on a piece of paper

Step 5: Cut out those letters and place them on your middle box

Step 6: Using your X-Acto knife, trace your letters onto the tape and cut out the shapes

Step 7: Place the tape letters on the tackle box

 

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Special thanks to Scotch for submitting this great tutorial!

27 DIY Play Kitchens

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Up-cycled, hand-built, or repurposed, play kitchens are a great way to spark imagination in your little ones! Customizing your child’s play space is easy when you see the inspiration and tutorials in this fabulous roundup of 27 DIY Play Kitchens!

27 DIY Play Kitchens - Tipsaholi.comA play kitchen can be made from just about anything and made to fit almost anywhere! With so many trends and ideas for these fun projects scattered around the web, it can be hard to find the kid kitchens that will really spark creativity in you and your children. This list narrows the ideas down to the best of the best – the custom builds, the recycled furniture, the most creative accessories, and some of the simplest and most budget-friendly play kitchens out there, all gathered into one place to get your wheels turning. So whether you are looking for an extra-special project that will last for decades or an easy fit for a small space, this roundup of 27 DIY Play Kitchens is the perfect place to start!

1. Fancy cottage kitchen from Remodelaholic

2. Handbuilt kitchen from A Happy Nest

3. Playroom market by Pretend Fancy on Remodelaholic

4. IKEA nightstands kitchen from Small+Friendly

5. Dresser top kitchen from Kate’s Creative Space

6. Cabinet and plywood kitchen from Young House Love

7. Recycled microwave stand kitchen by Dans le Townhouse on Remodelaholic

8. Elegant kitchen from Apartment Therapy

9. Play kitchen by “cathinca” on Flickr

10. Plywood hand-built kitchen by The Crafting Chicks on Remodelaholic

11. Country kitchen by “sli015” on Flickr

12. White and yellow kitchen from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop

13. Upcycled nightstand kitchen from Vintage Songbird

14. Glamorous kitchen by Twice Lovely on Remodelaholic

15. Mint kitchen from Mint in the Middle

16. IKEA kitchen makeover from Visual Vocabularie

17. Hand-built kitchen with window from Craftiness Is Not Optional

18. Upcycled nightstand kitchen from Nikki’s Nacs

19. Upcycled entertainment center kitchen from Giggleberry Creations

20. Boy-friendly play kitchen from Always Preparing for Peanut

21. Red and blue kitchen from BoligLiv

22. Build-it-yourself kitchen from Better Homes and Gardens

23. Cardboard kitchen from Parents Magazine

24. Reclaimed deck board outdoor kitchen from B Organic

25. Outdoor mud kitchen from Simple Toys, Simple Living

26. Simple outdoor kitchen from The Adventures of Tig & Serena

27. Nature-inspired outdoor kitchen from Growing a Jeweled Rose

The best of the best in diy play kitchens

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Feature image via Vintage Songbird

10 Fantastic Tin Can Crafts for Kids

10 Fantastic Tin Can Crafts for Kids | Tipsaholic.com #diy #craft #kids #cans

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Take time out with the kids today to enjoy crafting together with these 10 fantastic tin can crafts. Each craft requires just a few supplies, some creativity, and a child or two to make things interesting! It’s incredible what a kid can do with a set of recycled cans – so start saving up your empty soup cans and get inspired by a couple of these great ideas for little hands.

 

1. Stilts from Playful Learning

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 2. Lanterns from Domestic Doozie

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3. Bird Feeder from Momtastic

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4. Music Maker from Minieco

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5. Topple Game from The Zui Blog 

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6. Wind chime from All You Magazine

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7. Hanging garden from Stuff Steph Does

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8. Desk organizer from Somewhat Simple

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9. Flower feeders from Think Crafts

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10. Tin can phones from Skip to My Lou

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Featured image courtesy of Stuff Steph Does.

Introduction to Basic Woodworking Tools Infographic

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I thought this infographic about basic woodworking tools was interesting and very helpful! It has some great tips for beginning woodworkers!

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10 Starter Tools for the New DIYer

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Okay: so you’ve decided to start tackling some DIY renovation, redecorating or fix-it projects around your house. Congrats – welcome to our world! Now, you know what you’re going to need? A set of basic starter tools to ensure that you can handle all those projects and repairs like a pro. Don’t worry: with the proven experience of the Remodelaholic team behind us, we’ve got you covered with this starter tool shopping list.

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  1. Safety Glasses: Think safety first and protect your eyes, especially if you’re working with power tools or around lots of sawdust.
  2. Hammer: Be sure to get a claw-style hammer, which is just as handing for pulling nails out as it is for driving them in.
  3. Screwdrivers: You’ll need both flat head and Phillips head – and a couple of different sizes will prove helpful. An all-in-one tool can also cover all the bases until you get more experienced.
  4. Adjustable Wrench: From plumbing projects to furniture assembly, you’ll be surprised how often this wrench will come in handy.
  5. Locking Tape Measure: Probably the most important “tool” in your toolbox. Remember: measure twice, cut once! And a 25-footer is large enough to handle even the biggest measuring jobs you’ll encounter.
  6. Toolbox: Speaking of toolboxes, make sure you have one to keep all your tools organized and portable.
  7. Level: You don’t want your photo frame collage to be crooked or your new coffee table to slope, so be sure to employ your level.
  8. Staple Gun: A must-have for simple tacking as well as upholstery projects.
  9. Hacksaw: Undoubtedly you’ll have to cut some pieces of wood to size — a general purpose hack saw with blades that can change angles will get the job done.
  10. Rechargeable Cordless Drill / Driver: A little bit more of an investment but perhaps the handiest tool you’ll ever own. Invest in a better-quality drill and you won’t “outgrow” it as your DIY skills improve.

Bonus tip: All of these starter tools would make a great gift for someone moving into his/her first apartment!

 

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Outdoor Pallet Projects Ideas

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Pallet projects are all the rage – and why not?  They’re easily accessible, cheap or free and a great way to go green!  No doubt you’ve noticed these projects all over the internet, but did you know that not all pallets are created equal?  Potential problems arise when using pressure treated wood – which forces harmful chemicals, formaldehyde, and or pesticides into the pallet to protect it from decay.  You can read more information about possible risks when using pallets here - as well as learn how to identify “safe” pallets.  So, should you stay away from the pallet craze?  Far from it!  Aside from taking certain precautions, you can avoid bringing pallets into your home by creating fabulous outdoor pallet projects.

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Tips:

1. Inspect your pallet completely before bringing it home.  Just because it’s cheap or free doesn’t mean you can overlook certain issues.  Pay attention to how it smells, looks and feels.  Are there many dark stains?  Does it smell of mildew or mold?  Is it oily feeling?  Extra heavy?  What you don’t want is pressure treated pallets, so search for an “HT” stamp that indicates it has been heat treated.

2. Even if your pallet project is going in the yard and not your living room, you’ll likely want to thoroughly clean it.  Wear gloves.  Use a mixture of bleach and water to scrub the wood, then let it dry in the sun.  Then use soapy water and rinse it completely.  Let it dry thoroughly before sanding it.  If you’re still worried about irritants, treat the wood with at least two solid coats of clear coat to seal it completely after you’ve finished painting it.  Try a spray shellac, or even mold and mildew resistant deck-grade sealer.

3.  There are easy ways to disassemble a pallet and maximize the good wood still available to you.  Check out the tips at the link above.

 

Ideas:

1. Spice it up.  Lean it against the house or fence and use it as a vertical planter box for an herb garden.

2. Inside the box.  Cut them apart and make planter boxes for your porch or patio.

3. Sit a spell.  Turn three pallets into a fun wood bench for your fire pit area.  Or make a giant chair for a porch reading nook.

4. Benches aren’t just for sitting.  With some modifications, pallet wood is perfect for a work bench in the garage, or a potting bench in the yard.

5. Table it.  Every seating area needs a table, even those outside.  Give yourself a place to relax with a drink or chat over appetizers with an outdoor table on wheels.

6. Get in the swing of things.  There’s nothing like a porch swing to take you back to the carefree days of childhood!

7.  Sleep on it.  No better way to take a nap than in the great, warm outdoors.  Perhaps in a lounge chair?  Or, if you’re feeling more ambitious go for a tree bed!

8. Consider the children.  Use pallets to make a rustic treehouse complete with planks nailed to the tree for a ladder.

Check out this post on The Micro Gardener for lots of ideas about using pallets for vertical gardens, green houses, window box gardens, combination gardens and more!

 
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on facebook, pinterest, bloglovin’ and instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(@)yahoo.com

Grey and White Painted Kitchens

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Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive.   Luckily if your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, paint can do wonders.  One of my favorite looks right now for a kitchen are a mix of grey and white painted cabinets… especially when they are working together!  Check it out!

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5 Simple Sanding Tips

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5 Simple Sanding Tips!

1. When you are building projects that needs sanding, one of the biggest mistakes a beginner might make is putting too much pressure on the sander.  Allow the sander to do the work.
2. On flat surfaces, always sand with the grain of the wood, meaning sand parallel with the basic direction of the lines of the wood grain, don’t sand perpendicular to those lines.
3. Start out with a heavy grit (which is actually the lower number like 60 or 80)  Then jump up and work your way into the larger numbers and finer grits as you go til you get to the desired smoothness.
4. For painted you need to sand to at least 120 grit.  For staining minimum 220 grit.
5. When spray painting furniture etc to get a glossy professional finish be sure to lightly sand between coats with a 320 grit sanding pad.   Do not sand after the final coat if you want to keep the finish even.  If you want a burnished effect on a piece of furniture, spray paint with flat paint, then sand after the final coat (being sure not to remove excess paint)  It is a unique smooth finish that is worth giving a try.

5 Classic Home Exterior Styles

5 classic home exterior styles

I love driving around and looking at homes.  Each home has it’s own style.  Sometimes it is easy to pinpoint what you love, but in case you aren’t sure what exactly the style of a home is.  Here is a break down of five classic home exterior styles to see which one you like the most.

 

5 Classic Home Exterior Styles:

1. Ranch:

A traditional ranch-style home has simple floor plans, attached garages, and efficient living spaces. The home has an overall long linear appearance.  Most popular in the 1950’s and 1906’s but it is still alive and well today. Although they may appear plain on the outside, ranch-style homes offer great potential for additions. If you enjoy remodeling, a ranch style home might just be where it is at for you!

ranch style home exterior

ranch style home exterior

 

2. Craftsman:

The Craftsman bungalow or Arts and Crafts home style was a popular house from 1905 to the 1930’s. And many of the great details are making a comeback today. The craftsman home exteriors often has low-pitched roofs with wide eave overhangs, exposed roof rafters, decorative beams or braces under gables, and porches framed by tapered square columns.

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3. Cape Cod:  

With roots dating back to 1675, Cape Cod was a popular style for homes built in the 1930s. Typically one story, sometimes 1-1/2 stories. The Cape Cod style exterior has very little ornamentation. Often designed symmetrically with a central door surrounded by 2 multi-paned windows on either side. The home also features a large central chimney, a steep roof line, wood siding, multi-pane windows, and hardwood floors. 

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4. Victorian Homes:

Victorian houses are architecturally commonly referred to as the Victorian Style. This “style” is really a period in history, corresponding with the time that Queen Victoria ruled Britain (1837 to 1901). There is a wide variety of Victorian styles, each with its own distinctive features. Some of these features include a steeply pitched roof, a dominant front-facing gable, patterned shingles, cutaway bay windows, and an asymmetrical facade with a partial or full-width front porch.

Victorian style home exterior

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Tudor Style Homes:

The name Tudor suggests that these houses were built in the 1500s, during the Tudor Dynasty in England. But of course, Tudor houses in the United States are modern-day re-inventions and are more accurately called Tudor Revival or Medieval Revival, based of of many features of medieval homes. Common features include a steeply pitched roof, prominent cross gables, decorative half-timbering,  tall, narrow windows with small window panes and massive chimneys, often topped with decorative chimney pots.
tudor style home exterior

tudor style home exterior