Building the Deck, Part I

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First things first...let's start with a before picture. So our backyard....it's ugly. There's not denying it. It is so full of rocks that I'm at a complete loss at what do with them. For last five years we've been picking them up and using them in landscaping, but I swear they reproduce at night when I'm not looking. Anyway, right outside … [Read more...]



How to Paint a Rusty Metal Shed

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When we bought our house it had zero storage. No garage, no basement, an attic that isn't really usable, and no extra closets. We needed a place to store lawn equipment, paint, and general homeowner stuff, so Adam's parents offered us an old metal shed that was on their property. We put it on the back part of our lot, filled it with stuff, and … [Read more...]



The Garden, the Yard, and the Fawn

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This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. This spring I was pretty convinced that our lawn was done for. We installed it last year and it did well during the summer, but then I didn't water it one bit this winter and it showed no signs of life. This spring I watered and fertilized but I never got more than a few a … [Read more...]



DIY Mixed Material Light Fixture

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This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine.. Happy second day of Spring! That might not mean a lot to me here in South Texas (where it's basically sunny all the time), but for all you northerners...this is big stuff. I lived in Northern New York for nearly six years, and that day that you can dash from your hou … [Read more...]



A Painted Front Door

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So....front doors. It's one of the first things people notice about your house, one of the first thing that tells visitors anything about the people who live inside.  Our door didn't tell people much...it didn't tell them that I like color, nor did it tell them that Adam is a wood snob. The only thing our front door really told people is that we … [Read more...]



The Rock Box

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 Once upon a time there was a man who built a playset for his children. Upon completion of the playset he and his wife promised the children that they would turn the base of the playset into a sandbox. Many months passed, but the promise was never fulfilled. The boy was very sad. Then one day the boy's mother noticed a slight nip in the air. … [Read more...]



Front Porch Reveal and a History of Clutter

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Oh, our porch. Those of y'all that have been following for a while know what a blessing and a curse it is. We love our porch...it's HUGE, shady, and pretty much amazing. It is also our dumping grounds...it's where most activities happen (like projects) and it is normally looks like a disaster. AND it is right out there in the open and the first … [Read more...]



Make Your Own Birdbath

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This project is an easy one, though it still started off as a DIY fail. So the first part of this post will be the perfect sparkling tutorial on how to make your own birdbath...then I'll let you know what NOT to do. I made my birdbath out of a terracotta pot, saucer, and an old brass lamp...but you can really use anything. Go crazy. The motto … [Read more...]



Poured Paint Pots (and Win a $250 Home Depot Gift Card!)

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Today I have a super easy project for y'all....so easy, in fact, that you should round-up your kids and have them help you. They will love it. Not that I let mine help... I waited till they were napping to do this, haha. I'm not crazy after all.  Also, I am giving away a $250 Home Depot gift card! If any of you are at Home Depot half as much as I … [Read more...]



Side Yard Reveal!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. Last year we built our garage (which we love BTW) and added a sidewalk to connect it to the house. We also had a fence installed around the backyard, and all of that created a little triangle of secluded yard space. I'm using the term 'yard' loosely, obv … [Read more...]



The Grass is Always Greener (Three Years of Yard Work)

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Lets start at the beginning...the very beginning.  In 2008 Adam and I purchased our first home. It had been on the market forever and despite being a newer house it needed some serious TLC. One of the major downfalls and the first thing everyone noticed was that it had no yard. No grass, no driveway, just a lonely house surrounded by gravel...the … [Read more...]



Create a Self Watering Garden

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This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.  How many of you are thinking about starting a garden this year? Intimidated? I'm with you. I started my first garden last year with my "backyard salad beds" post, and I'm embarrassed to tell you that it was a total and complete failure. The thing about gardens is that you hav … [Read more...]



DIY Playset and Staining with Flood Wood

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flood® Wood Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Those of you looking for more progress on our bathroom remodel are going to be disappointed. I'm not that far along yet...  how about a playset reveal instead? As you may or may not know, we had been talking about building/buying t … [Read more...]



Crazy Easy Placemat Pillows (and Napkin Pillows and Dropcloth Pillows)

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So pillows. We all love them and use them. We like them for comfort, we like them for decoration, we like them to add pops of color on our neutral colored couches. The more the merrier really...except for one little problem. Throw pillows are freakin expensive. Not like Rolex and Mercedes expensive, but even cheap pillows are $20-$30 a pop. I've s … [Read more...]



Built-In Outdoor Bench

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You know how everyone has a spot in their house that just seems to collect stuff? That place that is everyone's dumping ground? Perhaps it's your entryway, mudroom, kitchen counters or your garage. Ours is our front porch. Yup, right out there in the open. Let's just pretend for a second that I'm not a giant redneck who stores all her stuff on … [Read more...]



My Backyard Salad Beds

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. The weather is finally down into the double digits around here, so it's time to come out of summer hibernation and stop neglecting the backyard. Back in June I gave you a (totally forgettable) tour of our backyard, and during the last four m … [Read more...]



Wooden Welcome Mat

Wooden Welcome Mat

A better title for this post would be "Pinterest Challenge: Part II", since Pinterest Challenge Part I was a big 'ol flop.  To jog your memory, here is the rubber mat I painted and ended up hating... and here is the mat (from marthastewart.com) that I should have made... Now if there is one thing I am good at, it's perseverance. I keep at my p … [Read more...]



Ombre Painted Rubber Mat (Pinterest Challenge)

Ombre Painted Rubber Mat

Time again for the Pinterest Challenge! The Pinterest Challenge (for those of you that have no idea) is a link party hosted by Young House Love and Bower Power where you actually make something that you pinned.  If y'all are anything like me then you've pinned hundreds of ideas and only made one or two of them. I am slowly working on transforming m … [Read more...]



Houston, We Have A Garage!

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That's right, we are now the proud owners of a place to park our cars and store stuff! Woohoo...I'm excited! Though I do also feel a little pressure...I've always told Adam that the reason our front porch is such a disaster is because it's the only place I have to work. Now I have a place to work, therefore... I must keep the front porch clean. … [Read more...]



DIY Garage Foundation

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Okay, I have to admit something. I have the HARDEST time with the first sentence of a post.  In fact, I usually write the first sentence last because I don't know how to start. I've been trying to come up with one for this post for awhile and I've got nothin, except for this confession. Now that I've said that your probably going to pay extra attent … [Read more...]