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Upcycled Planter

Upcycled Planter

I happened upon this galvanized steel garbage can, and I knew it had more life in it.

It is a great size, about 30 inches high and 15 inches across.  I decided it would make a great planter, so I brought it home.

I knew I had spray paint and a stencil at home that I bought for another project which you can see here.  So, at no actual cost, except for the plants, I created this planter.

Here is what I started with.

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After drilling a hole in the bottom so water can drain, I stenciled the can with spray paint.

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I chose to offset the flowers on the front and back and stencil one full flower on each side.  I did not measure anything, I just taped them on and went for it.

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I coated the whole thing with a clear coat to protect it a bit from the weather.

I filled the inside of the planter with empty plastic containers (at the suggestion of a friend) so that it would be light enough to carry with dirt and plants in it.

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Then, I added potting soil and plants…

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upcycled planter

Upcycled Planter

Until next time…happy creating.

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Bathroom Remodel Phase 3

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I am going to be completely upfront with all of you and tell you this bathroom has been, lets say, a little rocky.

The tiling has been completed and looks beautiful. My older son has even taken the first shower.

That’s where the good news ends.  My husband noticed that something didn’t look right with the tub spout and went downstairs to find it pretty much raining in the kitchen. This is after the first leak we had into the kitchen. When we originally  pulled the tub out, we had a very difficult time and ended up loosening the drain in the master bathroom causing a leak, which has been fixed.  Leaking water is a nightmare because it is so hard to track its pathway.

The good news is this is our fourth bathroom remodel and our first leak.  Its also our last bathroom unless we move.

The leak has since been located and we are in the process of fixing it. Unfortunately, the kitchen ceiling has to be taken down and replaced. More on that another day.

I showed you all the floor we refinished here.  I did find some before pictures that I will show you once all of the drywall is complete.

In the meantime,  here is the completed shower.

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DIY Lanterns

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We got a new outdoor fireplace this year and I was trying to make our patio into more of an outdoor living room.

I added the painted pots I made here two weeks ago, but I needed to add something on the other side.

So, I decided I would figure out how to make lanterns.

I started with a trip to Lowe’s  to pick up the lumber. I bought a four foot by eight inch board and several trim pieces to use for the supports.

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I stained the wood before I cut it so I would just have to touch it up before assembling the pieces.

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I made three lanterns.  12 inches, 20 inches, and 30 inches.  I found drawer pulls at a flea market to use as lantern handles.  I attached them first.

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I predrilled holes into the four corners of the tops and the bottoms.  I used wood glue to stabalize the supports.

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I attached the tops and the bottoms and purchased indoor/outdoor LED candles to put in my lanterns.

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DIY lanterns

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Now, it’s time for a glass of wine and a fire…Until next time, happy creating.

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Painted Pots

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We had a beautiful week here, which inspired me to plant spring flowers.

(This was  against the advice of my local nursery who said I should wait until Memorial Day, but I have decided to go against some solid advice and arm myself with sheets in case of a frost.)

That being said I planted LOTs of flowers outside this weekend, so I am simply hoping for weather above freezing until Memorial Day.  Fingers crossed.

While shopping for flowers I was also looking for some new planters for my patio.  The prices of pots that I am going to fill with dirt seem a little high, but plain terracotta pots are very affordable.

These are some pots I found that I liked.

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 The larger pot was $15 and the small one was $10.

Then I found these terra-cotta pots outside.

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For the same size pots, I paid $5 and $2.75.

I then walked myself over to the spray paint.  I chose a bright teal color.

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I took the pots home and sprayed the top edge of the pot.  I did not worry about getting paint on the lower part because I was going to paint the rest of the pot black with a brush.

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I simply painted the bottom with a black enamel paint that I had left at home from another project.  I put my newly purchased plants in the pot and set them on my patio.

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 Until next time…Happy creating.

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Bathroom Remodel Phase 2

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A couple of disclaimers on this post.
1. This should probably be entitled DIY with Greg, because there is no chance I could have done this on my own.
And 2. I did not post pictures of phase 1, so don’t look for it.  If I find the original photos I will post a phase one, but sadly that phase was done a year ago, we just got back to this project last week. So it may take some digging.
Anyway, here is how it looked last Friday.

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This was phase one.  We took out the old single vanity, and put in double sinks, mirrors and lights.  In ordervto do this we had to remove a floor to ceiling cabinet which left this hole. (For a year)

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If you don’t look up, its okay.  We also installed a pocket door which really opened up the space. The door used to open into the bathroom cutting the space in half.

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We also installed part of the underlayment for the new tile floor so it woukd extend inder the new vanity.

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This is the surround and tub before we ripped it out.

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Here are some pictures of the tear out and installation.

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We are a long way from a completed bathroom, but we have an awesome new tile floor.  Next step will be to install the new plumbing fixtures and to tile the shower surround….

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Until next time, happy creating….
Dawn Marie

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Get Organized

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In the process of taking down and putting away Christmas decorations I said to myself, “What better time than now to get organized?”  Half of my basement is pulled apart anyway because all of the Christmas totes, and I have all of the boys Christmas presents that need homes in the toy room.  And really, it is a new year…

So, while I am only part way there, here are a few of the things that I organized.

I bought these plastic drawers at Big Lots for less than $25, I have seen them for upwards of $40 at Target, so you may need to shop around a little.  I really like them because they are compact and no storage space is wasted.  I also like that I can see into the drawers.

This is a small closet I have in the hallway that stores some of my craft supplies.  It was such a mess that I mostly ignored it being there rather than look for things in it.  It took a while, but it is like I suddenly just got all of this new stuff.  I put similar things together as much as possible, but then clearly labeled what was in each drawer.

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Sadly, in my basement, under the stairs, I had a rediculous pile of gift bags and wrapping supplies along with boxes, ribbons, and shipping materials.  It was honestly such a mess that I couldn’t document it with photography…sorry.

The good news is I cleaned it up, vacuumed the dust bunnies up and organized it in these drawers.  I separated bags by holidays, added a drawer for boxes and one for tissue, ribbons, and bows.  Also, I no longer have to actually climb under the stairs to wrap a gift. Bonus.

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I have been putting off cleaning out the toy room for a while because it is hard for me to admit how big my boys are getting. I have a lot of sentimental attachment to some of the toys that they are completely done with.  But, I toughened up and did it anyway. (Truth be told, I just moved some of the toys to a tote in my partially organized basement.  I will deal with that at some future date.)

I took out all of the old toys and labeled all of the drawers.  Believe it or not, the toys in the drawers were rarely played with because the boys never bothered to look and see what was in the drawers.  I was cleaning them out and they literally sat next to me saying things like, “I didn’t know we had that.”  Ugh, really?!

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I did have this shelf nicely organized with games until the games became part of an elaborate car ramp.

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Well, for now I am back to my basement…until next time, happy organizing.

Dawn Marie

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Snow Storm November 2014

Well, because I have been pretty occupied with snow this week, and didn’t have time for my blog, I thought I would show some of what has been going on here for those of you who don’t quite see snow like this. The grand total for West Seneca was 51 inches, I believe,  and we are getting hit pretty hard again right now.  These are pictures from Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Hopefully soon I can get back to normal.  Until then, happy creating.

Dawn Marie

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DIY Backsplash

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Last week I showed you the before and after of my kitchen, and if you follow my posts at all, a lot of the projects I have done in this room have been on my blog.

One of the projects that I haven’t shone was my kitchen backsplash.

Here is the before.

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Originally I thought, “I will just pull these tiles off and put up new ones.”  Of course, that is not how it was going to work out for me.  I started to try to take down tiles and the drywall came right with it.  I ended up with a hole in the wall.  I tried a few more to be sure it wasn’t just a fluke, low and behold, they also left a hole in my wall.  I wasn’t really into hanging drywall for this project, and at this point there was no turning back, so I had to rethink my options.

In the big box home improvement stores they sell look alike tin, that can be used as a back splash.  Unfortunately even with the small space I was redoing it was expensive.  So, I took a ride to Buffalo Reuse, a local resale store and searched for antique tin ceiling tiles.

Here is what I found.  This picture is after all of the scraping and sanding.  I also used a liquid paint remover on these pieces.

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Once I had it cleaned up, I sprayed it with spray paint.  I used a hammered metal paint that I bought at Lowe’s.  I didn’t want to use nails or screws to attach it, and there was also the problem of the tile (and holes) behind it, so I used Liquid Nails to attach my backsplash.  I also spray painted the socket covers on that wall to match the backsplash.

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Until next time….happy creating.

Dawn Marie

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Kitchen before and after

Back when I started my blog, I promised some before and after pictures.  Well, since I finished my kitchen island last week, I thought I would show where we started six years ago.

When we bought our house, I definately had a vision.  I liked the layout of the house and felt that most of the changes that needed to be made we could do ourselves.  Granted six years later we are still working towards the original vision, but I guess these things can’t happen overnight now can they.

Please excuse these pictures, they are actually pictures I took of pictures.  (Can I use the word picture any more times in the same sentence?  I think not.)

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There is nothing inately wrong with this kitchen, but as any new homeowner, you want to make a space your own.  The first thing we did was take down the wallpaper.  The paper above the chair rail was very easy to remove, but the green paper proved impossible.  We ended up using wainscoting on the lower half of the wall and put up a new chair rail.

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You may notice some of my other DIY projects hanging on the walls. 

Turning around, in the kitchen, you will see a lot of other changes.  I refinished the cabinets using a Rustoleum kit I bought at Lowe’s.  We replaced the counters with stock countertops that you can purchase at Lowe’s or Home Depot.  We also replaced the sink and faucet.  I luckily have a handy husband who can do the more intensive labor.

We were also able to move a few cabinets around to accomodate the over the range microwave.  I added a new pendant light above the sink.

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I also replaced all of the cabinet pulls.  I took off the hinges and spray painted them black because I could not find the same size hinges to go back in the screw holes.  I painted them about three years ago and they are holding up great.

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This glass cabinet originally had a blue and green stained glass flower that I did not care for.  I broke it out and purchased this glass at a glass center for $13.  It is a simple rectangle that is mounted with mirror mounts on the inside of the cabinet.

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My husband also replaced the linoleum with Brazilian Teak hardwood.  Before I refinished the cabinets it was a lot of wood.

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So, six years later, the kitchen is done…I think…well, for now anyway.

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Thanks for reading, see you next week.

Dawn Marie

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DIY Pillow (with sheer fabric)

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I have done pillow recovering on my blog before with an outdoor pillow.  Truth be told, I recover pillows in my house quite often.  I can usually recover 4 pillows for less than $20 which certainly beats the price of new pillows, and is easier than repainting an entire room as far as changing things up a bit goes.

This project came about because I fell in love with the fabric.  I originally saw it several months back at Joann’s.  The problem was what to do with it.  At $40 a yard is is not practical for window sheers, so I put it out of my mind for a while.  Recently, my husband and I purchased a new bed so what better to do than also recover the pillows.

Here is my little tutorial on recovering pillows with a sheer fabric.

I am recovering two 20 inch pillows, so I purchased 22 inches (to allow for one inch seems) of the sheer fabric and a yard of a dark grey cotton fabric. 

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I measured the fabric and used a rotary cutter to cut one 22 inch square out of the sheer fabric and two 22 inch squares of the grey for each pillow I want to make.

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Then, arrange the fabric so the sheer is on top of one of the grey squares, the place the other grey square on top so the finished sides face each other. (I used two smaller pieces of the grey sewn together for the back of the pillow because it allowed me to purchase less fabric.)

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Now you will need to pin them together to sew.  I placed the pins close together to stop the fabrics from slipping.

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I used my sewing machine to sew three sides of the pillow with one inch seems.  I also turn the corner on the fourth side, but make sure I leave enough room to insert the pillow.

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Once that is done, you can remove the pins, flip the case right side out, and insert the pillow.

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The rest needs to be done by hand.  I fold the fabrics inward remaining consistant with the seem and pin the three layers securely.

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Then I use an overhand stitch to secure the pillow.

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And now you have a beautiful pillow for the fraction of what it would cost in the store.  With a coupon, the pillows cost about $7 each.

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Until next time, happy creating…

Dawn Marie

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