Shop Your House: Don’t buy new, repurpose instead

Have you ever had something in your house that you love, but due to its age, it doesn’t look as good as it used to? Or maybe it’s not something that doesn’t look usable anymore but you can’t bring yourself to get rid of it.

At our wedding eleven years ago, we lined the sidewalk of our reception hall with lanterns hanging from shepherd’s hooks.

I have about four of these sitting in my garage right now.

It’s faded. There’s candle wax melted in the bottom of it. It doesn’t look so hot. But you all know about my love of spray paint.

I covered the glass with painter’s tape and got to work. I put two coats on my cute little lanterns.

I let them dry for about 24 hours. The finished project looks pretty great. Next week, I will show you how they turned out, and where I am using them.

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Five Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and while most of the country is still under quarantine, store trips (and spending money) are not plentiful.

Most of us would agree that the best gifts in life come from the heart and the hand. I would much rather my kiddos make me something than buy me something anyway. My mom and grandmothers would agree. Here are five easy and cute DIYs your mom will love.

1. Back Glue Heart Art

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I’m a big fan of DIY gifts you can keep. How cute are these framed hearts?

2. Picture tile coasters

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These picture tile coasters are cute, easy to make, and inexpensive to create. Your mom will think of you everytime she uses these coasters.

3. DIY Photo Cube

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This DIY photo cube will look cute on your mom’s desk or even on a shelf, or a coffee table. You could even add a hanger to it and use it as a Christmas ornament.

4. DIY Wood Trays

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Get a wood plank, stain or paint it, and add some drawer pulls. Instant wood tray! Your mom will use it often!

5. Sharpie mugs

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There are so many Sharpie mug tutorials on Pinterest you can check out. I personally love this one as most of my family lives in another state. Your mom will smile everytime she drinks her coffee or tea in your DIY mug.

I hope you love our Mother’s Day gift ideas! Stay safe and have a wonderful week. We will see you again on Thursday.

Top Five Tools Every Home Owner Needs

Maybe you are into DIY and Home Improvement, and you already have quite the collection of tools at your disposal. Maybe you are just starting out and you don’t have many tools, but you’re living in your own home now. What sort of tools might you need for home ownership?

1. A Tape Measure

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Tape measures are indispensable when you’re a homeowner. You never know what you’ll need to measure. I’ve used mine to plan projects, decide how big a new couch should be, and measure how big your curtains should be. You will use your tape measure countless times.

2. A Hammer

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You will use your hammer to hang pictures and art work, assemble small pieces of furniture and who knows what else. Every tool box needs a hammer, and you will use yours many times.

3. Screwdriver

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Screwdrivers are great for changing out switchplate covers, putting small furniture items together, installing screws to hang heavy items, and many more things. I highly recommend getting a pack of several screwdrivers in different sizes.

3. Pliers

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Pliers are often used to hold on to small objects, as well as to pick things up. You can also use them to bend and manipulate metal. I also recommend buying a set with several different sizes of pliers.

4. Level

Levels are so useful when you are hanging things or putting something together. You can get large levels and small levels.

5. A power drill

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A power drill is the best thing ever! You can quickly put things together, drill holes with ease, and remove screws. I have used my drill countless times since I’ve bought it, and it is the one thing that I always recommend someone buy when they move into their own place. I definitely couldn’t live without mine.

What are your recommended tools for homeownership? Is there anything in your tool box you just can’t live without? Comment below and share it!

Scrap Wood Challenge: Adirondack tables

This week we are once again sharing a scrap Wood challenge, but as my husband pointed out, is it really a challenge to build something from an Ana White plan? After all, she makes it so easy.

And what is a group of Adirondack chairs without a side table? I truly did challenge myself with this one, as I did not use any kind of plan. I simply figured out how big I wanted the table and went from there. I didn’t really think I’d need a plan, as a table really isn’t hard to build.

You will need:

4 2×4’s cut to 15 inches (45 degree angle on each side)

5 1×4’s cut at 17 inches

4 2×2’s at 18 inches

2” wood screws

1. I began by cutting my 2x4s to 15 inches at 45 degrees on each end.

You will want your cuts to be in the opposite direction.

2. Make a “picture frame.”

Then, drive your screws at an angle to join the edges.

2. Flip it over and attach the slats at 1/4 inch apart.

A little imperfection is ok.

3. Flip it back over and attach the four table legs.

Almost done!

4. Flip your table over

You have just built a table!!

And now you can sand or paint it any way you like!! Hope you enjoyed!

NEW YOUTUBE CONTENT!!

Hey, all! I have a brand new scrapwood challenge coming tomorrow for you, but first: I finally got around to posting some new content on our YouTube Channel. I’m going to try to share a video once a week. Some will be blog related and some will be just for funzies. Either way, check us out and give us a shout!

  1. Corona CAN’T TOUCH THIS – A video where my oldest daughter gets a bit silly. SANITIZE AND WASH YOUR HANDS!

2. SCRAP WOOD CHALLENGE: ADIRONDACK CHAIRS

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