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Deck Decorating Ideas: A Pergola, Lights and DIY Cement Planters

Posted by: on April 24th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Deck Decorating Ideas: A Pergola, Lights and DIY Cement Planters

 

Sometimes it’s hard to see the possibilities of a long-neglected back deck. But with a little love and a few good deck decorating ideas, you can turn your outdoor space into a place with a serious wow factor.

Take for instance Jen Stagg’s complete deck makeover. She’s the creative mind behind the popular decor and DIY blog withHEART. And when we say complete deck makeover, we do mean complete. Jen’s deck went from being kind of sad to being an absolute showcase with a new pergola, outdoor lights, outdoor curtains and her DIY cement planters. 

She created her outdoor dining room for our Patio Style Challenge series– we send some of the best bloggers on the Internet a new patio furniture set to spark their creative patio decor ideas, which we get to share with you.

Take a look at the gorgeous photos of her new back deck. And check out her many DIY ideas that went into this wonderful deck makeover, including the video tutorial for her DIY cement planters.

 

You know those backyard living spaces that conjure dreams of summer nights, parties with friends, and relaxing over a beautiful outdoor meal? Yeah…. so I had opposite of that. It was an embarrassing, barren, boring back deck that we had put (very) far on the back burner while we focused on remodeling the inside of our home during the winter.

After the snow melted, we were left with this. Shield your eyes my friends, it ain’t pretty….

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DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters

Posted by: on April 14th, 2014 | 2 Comments

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters

 

When she created her gorgeous outdoor living room for our Patio Style Challenge, Stephanie Fisher also created a cute and colorful DIY tray and spray-painted coasters. She’s the author of the design and DIY blog Glitter and Goat Cheese, so we were thrilled when shared with us this tutorial–two tutorials, actually– for her fuchsia and gold tray and her spray-painted coasters.

Both these DIY projects are easy and inexpensive. Have fun!

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DIY Sign

Posted by: on April 1st, 2014 | Make A Comment

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Here are instructions on how to build this eye-catching DIY sign– with three different types of lettering. It’s a fun and easy DIY project. 

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DIY Chalkboard

Posted by: on April 1st, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Chalkboard

 

This DIY chalkboard is easy to make. There are a million uses for it, too. Write seasonal greetings, display the menu at a wedding reception, guide guests to your backyard when you’re having a cookout, write a family to-do list, or let the kids have fun drawing pictures on it!

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DIY Centerpiece

Posted by: on April 1st, 2014 | Make A Comment

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This cute DIY centerpiece is easy to make, and it would look great decorating a spring party, or as a way to add some greenery to your home.

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DIY Glass Cabinet Doors

Posted by: on February 20th, 2014 | 10 Comments

DIY Glass Cabinet Doors

Adding glass doors to existing shelves is a great way to upgrade the look of the room. You can store away your glassware when it’s not in use, but you still get the benefit of its eye-appeal.

Jennifer Bridgman of the home improvement blog The Chronicles of Home says you can make your own DIY glass cabinet doors. That’s exactly what she did in her home. And as you can see, her shelves with custom-built glass cabinet doors look smashing.  

Here’s her step-by-step tutorial, along with lots of photos of how she built the cabinet doors.   

The kitchen in my new house has a great little eating nook with built-in bookshelves on either side of the windows.  All the extra shelving is great for storage but as I started putting some glassware away on the shelves I realized the open style was going to be a dusting nightmare.

Who wants to add dusting all of your glassware, piece by piece, to your weekly cleaning list?

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DIY Beverage Station

Posted by: on February 18th, 2014 | 10 Comments
DIY Beverage Station

 

Having a beverage station in place goes a long way toward turning a basement or family room into a space for easy entertaining. 

Carmel Phillips of Our Fifth House wanted a place to serve drinks and snacks in her basement. She came up with an easy-to-build DIY beverage station just using a couple of inexpensive cabinets and a small beverage cooler. 

Take a look at how she built it, and then start making plans to put a similar beverage station in your home.

We spend a great deal of family time in our basement, and we also do a lot of casual entertaining down there. It’s where the “big” TV lives, so friends and family gather here to watch sports quite often. One thing we were lacking was a place not only to set up a buffet area while we’re entertaining, but also to store all of the stuff we need when we’re hosting a casual gathering. Going up and down the stairs multiple times to grab items from the kitchen is good exercise, but I’d rather watch basketball players get sweaty than actually get sweaty myself on a game night.

What we really needed was a beverage station that could store all of the party supplies and also function as a buffet area for serving. 

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DIY Greek Key Trim Adds Appeal to Garage Update

Posted by: on February 13th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Chic and Organized Garage Update

 

The garage is generally the last part of the home to get a little love in terms of storage and organization. That’s a real shame since your garage represents a lot of space–space that can become a clutter magnet, or with a little planning, can become a storage solution for your home. Imagine turning your garage into a place where you can actually do projects, or even host a party!

Courtney Fernman, who writes the blog A Thoughtful Place, decided to take action to turn her garage into an orderly, attractive and useful part of the house. The results of her garage makeover are impressive. She even included a brilliant artistic touch by adding her own Greek key detailing to the countertop. 

Here’s how she did it.

The side of our garage has been a constant source of frustration. Like most people, we have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. With two small children, a handy husband, and a blog, I have more than enough toys, tools, and craft supplies than will fit in our garage. I had always swooned over spaces that had cabinets but never dreamed that they would actually afford us so much more storage.

The real problem is that I lacked a place to work on my blog and decorating projects. I do not have a dedicated home office or basement and really needed to carve out a spot that could be just for me.

While I am relegated to the garage for my projects, I don’t really mind as it’s so lovely now.

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Laundry Room Makeover That’s Easy and Inexpensive

Posted by: on February 11th, 2014 | 6 Comments

Easy and Inexpensive Laundry Room Makeover

There is no need to suffer with a disorganized laundry room. And who said the laundry space couldn’t have a little style, too?

Monica and Jess co-author the East Coast Creative Blog, where they dispense advice and ideas for do-it-yourself projects, home decorating and more.

Monica’s laundry room is more of a laundry closet– tiny, with no frills, but it’s functional. The problem was that it was chronically a mess. She needed to bring some order to the space, so it was time for a laundry room makeover. As you’ll see, with some paint and wooden crates, she created a laundry space that’s organized, stylish and a pleasure to work in.

She also has some clever tips on what to do with the solo socks and random change you find in the washing machine.

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Unique DIY Valentine Card

Posted by: on February 6th, 2014 | Make A Comment

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Surprise your Valentine with a really creative card this year. This pegboard card will be a one-of-a-kind gift, and it’s cleverly devious! Your Valentine has to do some work to open it! Once open, it will reveal a gift card inside.

Of course, this would also make a terrific Christmas card idea or a clever way to present a birthday gift– just decorate it accordingly.

Just follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your own DIY gift card holder. There are lots of photos, too, to show you what to do.

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