Make it Monday: How to improve your curb appeal with only $50

Make it Monday: How to improve your curb appeal with only $50

Our house looked like this:

Pardon the snow pictures; since my server crashed earlier this year, I’ve lost many of my pictures.

Not bad, but this eyesore wasn’t doing a thing for our home’s facade.

Our garage door was big, white and booorrrring. I’ve been crushing on Coach house garage doors since forever, but because they run in the upwards of $2,000, they aren’t exactly in the budget right now.

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As usual, I decided to get creative. I had an Amazon gift card to burn, and I’ve looked at these several times.

AntiqueSmith Magnetic Decorative Faux Hinges- $18.88

And these magnetic “window panes.”

Magnetic Garage Door Window, Decorative Black Window Decals for Two Car Garage, $29.99

I promptly ordered them and, thanks to Amazon Prime, I received them two days later.  All pieces were 100% magnetic, so if you make a mistake, or like me, can’t seem to get your “window panes” straight, you just pick them up and move them…no nail/screw holes, and no damage 🙂

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It took me about 30 minutes to put them all on the door. I would recommend having a “spotter” to stand back and help you determine if you’re putting your “windows” on straight. Other than that, these things are easy-peasy to install.

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I texted a picture to all my family when we were finished and several of them asked when we got a new door.

Doesn’t our house look so much better?

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Let’s see that before and after:

before:

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after:

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Isn’t that a thousand times better? It’s amazing what just a simple, $50 change can do for your home.

Join us this week for the following features:

Wednesday: a super cute study space

Friday: Farmhouse Friday: Repurposed and recycled decor

Saturday: Simplify Saturday:  Your paper clutter problems solved!

Sunday: Resources for family daily devotions

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5 Instagram-worthy Outdoor Kitchens: a Pinterest round-up

5 Instagram-worthy Outdoor Kitchens: a Pinterest round-up

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Looking to spoil your husband or father this Father’s Day? One easy way to do that is with an outdoor kitchen. While some outdoor kitchens are hugely expensive, there are several low-cost ways to build an attractive outdoor kitchen your whole family will love.

This Pinterest round up will include five beautiful outdoor kitchens you can build yourself without breaking the bank.

  1. Cinder block outdoor kitchen via Cool Creativity 

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Cinder blocks are inexpensive and easy to work with. This outdoor kitchen looks like it cost  a pretty penny, but didn’t.

 

2. Small cinder block cook space

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Maybe you don’t want a full on galley kitchen outdoors, but you want just a little more counterspace. This small footprint outdoor kitchen, also made from cinderblocks, fits the bill. Besides, isn’t it cute?

3. Modern wooden outdoor kitchen

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Have a stack of scrap wood or pallets you’d like to repurpose? Use some of that wood to build a counter and outdoor kitchen space. You may want to make sure the area around your grill is cinderblock, though.

4. Rolling outdoor kitchen cart

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Maybe you love the idea of an outdoor kitchen, but you want some flexibility in its location. If so, then this easy to build rolling barbecue cart might be for you!

Lastly, you guys know how much I love anything rustic. I fell in love with this rustic farmhouse outdoor kitchen. The blogger wrote very specific, easy to follow building plans, too. I just might have to try this one.

5. Rustic industrial outdoor kitchen

 

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I love this so much- that galvanized metal and the wooden counter top. It also would be easy and cheap to build.

I hope you have enjoyed this Pinterest roundup. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Regular posting schedule will resume next week.

 

 

 

Farmhouse Friday: farmhouse flower gardens

Farmhouse Friday: farmhouse flower gardens

I love the look of a farmhouse flower garden. You know the kind- the ones that feature old junk in a creative display?

For today’s Pinterest roundup, I’d like to share some of my favorite farmhouse flower beds. I think you’ll enjoy these as much as I have.

Greenest Way

How pretty is this sweet little wheelbarrow with all these beautiful flowers growing in them? Now I need to find a pretty old wheelbarrow so I can make this.

Onechitecture

There’s something so simple about this old rusty pulley and bucket that I just love. Those white blossoms look great with it, too.

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Who wants to give me an old, rusty wash tub? I just love this floral arrangement.

Funky Junk

I thought this old tool box just looked really cool as a flower box.

So there you have it- don’t throw away that rusty junk in your basement. Put it in your yard and incorporate it into your landscape.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Farmhouse Fridays: paver patio roundup

Farmhouse Fridays: paver patio roundup

Summer is coming and I am in the mood to turn our backyard into an oasis, and a comfortable one at that. Pouring concrete is costly, but I like the look of a paver patio anyway.

I love this patio, because it has a fire pit and a pergola. It looks so comfy and inviting.

Brandy wine Patio

How about this patio with a fire pit and outdoor kitchen?

Camping Livez

This one has a fire pit, outdoor dining area AND an outdoor kitchen.

My Patio Design

This one is very nice, too.

Dives and Dollar

I’m not sure which direction I want to go yet, but I do know this:

We will need our patio to be multi leveled, since our ground area isn’t level.

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And we will need gray stone to match the house.

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I can’t wait to show you which direction we go. Have a great weekend!!