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Summertime Outdoor Refresh – Simple and Inexpensive

 

This post is sponsored by The home Depot and affiliate links are added within the post.

 

Each year, when the rain settles down, I get excited to work in my front yard and prep it for the summer.  I like to focus on getting my windows cleaned and putting in fresh garden beds.  I am partnering with The Home Depot to show some simple and inexpensive ways to add some summertime refresh to your home.

Window Cleaning 

Window cleaning is a must for us here in Utah.  We are coming out of many months of snow and rain, so my windows always need a good clean.  Recently I discovered this amazing product called Windex Streak Free Shine Outdoor, from SC Johnson.  I have used Windex for years, but there is something extra amazing about this one.  You can clean outside windows with just your garden hose!  It is the perfect solution for me and my tall windows. 

Garden Beds

I have a small garden bed on my front walkway that I like to add new flowers to each year.  Before I purchase new flowers, I take an assessment of what I have, what is growing well, and new spaces I want filled.  I take some notes and bring my ideas with me to The Home Depot.

Shopping

After assessing what I needed, I was ready to head to The Home Depot and get my supplies. My budget was $150. I wanted my window product, flowers, soil and flower food within that price. I love to give myself a budget to work with before I go in so I don’t get carried away.

Window cleaner was my first stop.  At my local Home Depot, the cleaning products are on isle number 5.  If you want to purchase this online you can buy it here

They have lots of Windex products, so you want to look for the one with the hose adaptation to it. It’s roughly $8-9, but right now it is on sale!  You can purchase it online here. 

The best part about this outdoor window cleaner from Windex is how easy it is to use and the super low cost.  I was so excited to try it out!

After that I headed to the garden center. There are so many options there. Shrubs, perennials, annuals, and pre-made baskets. If you have any questions about flowers, just grab an employee in the garden station, they are so helpful. 

I picked up some annuals and perennials, compost, plant food, and my Windex Outdoor Cleaner.

The plants I grabbed were Zinnias, Cala Lillies, Marigolds, Petunias, Dipladena, Dalias, Day Lillies, and Tickseed plants.

Window Work

Before I planted all my flowers, I wanted the windows done.  You can use the Windex Outdoor cleaner with plants in the ground and it will not hurt them, but I wanted to do this step first.  The process with the Outdoor Windex is super simple.  You will first screw your hose into the red nasal, and take out the yellow cap.

Then follow the instructions on the back, but for best results apply suds from bottom to top of your window (lots of detailed directions on the back of the packaging my friends!). 

  1. Rinse windows (set dial to rinse)
  2. Clean windows (set dial to clean)
  3. Let sit for no longer than 20 seconds
  4. Rinse windows well (set dial to rinse)

I wasn’t sure if would truly dry well without me busting out the squeegee – but they REALLY DID!  I was beyond please with it.  Spray on, spray off – it’s that easy! 

Something I was really impressed with is how far the solution went. I washed 6 windows and there was still so much solution left in the bottle. Additionally, the stream went super far. I had no problem getting the water to reach the tall windows on my house.  I will for sure be using this again to clean my windows – huge win for me!

Plan Out Flowers

I like to set out my flowers in the garden bed first, then move them around as needed. This helps me get a vision of how it will mature together. I am not a professional gardener, so I just study the internet to learn about plants and placements.  You can ask a lot of questions to local gardeners and the Home Depot employees in the garden department.

Plant Flowers

Grab your gloves and trowel and get started! Dig the appropriate depths for your plant (it will say this on the plant tag) and water immediately. Sometimes they look sad because they are in shock, but they will perk up. I added planting spoil and plant food as I went.

Additionally I planted my own baskets for the front steps.  I used the same flowers I added into the front garden bed. 

All of this took me the afternoon, and I was delighted with my simple refresh. I loved partnering with The Home Depot and Windex to share these simple ideas with you. Good luck prepping for summertime and make sure to gran your Windex Outdoor cleaner right here!

Kelly

 

 

Home Improvement Design Tips

Home Improvement Tips to Turn Your Home into Paradise

I am welcoming another guest blogger today to give us simple design tips for your home. Lisa Bell has some great ideas that I think you will love!

Are you looking to improve the aesthetics of your home? Are you tired of the same old boring interior or exterior décor of your home and looking to spice things up? Do you simply want to turn your home into a paradise?

Look no further; this article would give some marvelous home improvement tips that can turn your home into a paradise.

Let’s go!

Here Are Some Tips to Help Your Quest

Make the Deck New Again

We know how much of a sore sight a deck with mold and mildew can be. It makes it look more like a disgusting zone than a nice place to hang out. Why don’t you clean it out and place some nice furniture on it? Accessories like wind chimes and potted plants would further accentuate the look of your deck.

Transform your Porch into an Open-Air Room

Turning your porch into another room is another way you can turn your home into a paradise. You can customize it to fit your style. Install white curtains, bamboo chairs, and tribal patterns if you want something exotic. If you prefer a simpler look, include a farm table and a sideboard for storage.

Keep your pool in Tiptop Shape

Your pool would say a lot about you so it is important that you keep it in top shape by regularly cleaning it. You can make it easier for yourself by getting a robotic pool cleaner. Not only do they get the job done faster, they are almost always more efficient than humans (as the machines are now taking over). There are many types and kinds of robotic pool cleaners that differ based on so many different specifications. Check for the one that is the most suitable for you on the website “Robotic Pool Cleaners Compared”.

Build a screen door

A screen door would let more natural light in while keeping the bugs and other unwanted guests out. You do not necessarily need a technician to help you with the door; as you can easily assemble one yourself.

Install a Porch Swing

Another way you can work on your porch is by hanging a porch swing. Lounging on your porch and taking in the beautiful sights and smells of your neighborhood is one hell of a treat. Now imagine doing all of that on a swing. A swing on your porch would also add a nice and elegant touch of style to your curb appeal. If you do not have a porch, you can hang a swing on your deck or in your garden.

Open your space with a wooden mirror

If you are searching for a way to open up a cramped room, consider putting in a mirror. They are a foolproof way of making your room seem bigger than it is. A wooden mirror would infuse a rustic element into the overall interior décor of your room.

Bring plants and flowers indoors

By installing houseplants into your home, you can create a rather soothing atmosphere. It can also help improve the air quality of your home and there is nothing more paradisal than a house with good airflow. The flowery presence would also give your room a completely unique appearance. If you cannot trust yourself with life flowers, you can get faux vines that require no maintenance.   

Turn your attic into something more

Most attics are full of bad and worn-out furniture that just collects dust. Why not transform all that free space into something more worthwhile? It could be a new guest room or den where you get to relax with friends. Turning your dusty attic into a guest room is just one step closer towards turning your home into paradise.

Conclusion

Look no further. Your home can look like a paradise. Luckily, you only need to start with the tips in this article.

Do It Yourself – Halloween Pallet Fences

Yay for Halloween!!  It’s one of my favorite seasons of decorating.  My kiddos love creepy decor, so years ago I set out to find an inexpensive way to take our yard decor up a notch.  Having old pallets laying around (yes I collect these!) got my wheels turning.  I created a Halloween Pallet Fence and I fell in love!  I ended up making so making (and my Halloween Pallet Skeleton Swings) that I had to sell some to make room in my storage area (poor Mr. Farmboy doesn’t have any more space to store them!).

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Our 60 second video tutorial will help you get a quick view of this super easy DIY.  Then follow the steps to create your own!

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Simple Way to Hang Shelves

Sponsored Post in Collaboration with Zircon

How many of you have an amazing partner who is willing to hang up all your pictures and shelves and drapery rods and floral arrangements (you get the picture) – but never has the time?! I do! Mr. Farmboy is amazing at so many things, but apparently he has to work every day to so I can’t use him as often as I would like. Years ago I learned that if I needed anything hung, I needed to learn how to do it myself so that I could get it done when I wanted.

I’ve talked a lot about using a Stud Finder to find the proper place to hang things onto your walls on my past blogs. My Zircon Stud Sensor HD70 is one of the most used tools in my tool box. If you haven’t seen my step-by-step guide on how to use on YT you can watch (here). It’s an amazing stud sensor at a great price!

I wanted to try the Zircon MultiScanner HD900c while working on my summer bathroom project, to compare the qualities it has. In particular in has live wire detection capabilities. I snagged this guy from Home Depot for $60.

Here is the the comprehensive version of it’s amazing talents:

MultiScanner® HD900c OneStep® multifunction stud finder locates studs, metal, and live AC electrical wiring behind walls, floors, and ceilings. The advanced ColorTripTM display lights green in stud scan, blue in metal, and red in live AC scan modes. Screen flashes, or lights, red to alert the presence of live AC in Stud, DeepScan®, and Metal Scan modes. A 4-mode switch makes it easy to change modes, while the ultra-bright display screen, SpotLite® Pointer, and audio tone all indicate the location of the target.

Before I get into my summer project, I wanted to tell you about a giveaway Zircon is hosting! If you’re looking for some great Zircon tools, head on over to their Instagram to enter their summer giveaway! You could win the StudSensor HD55 stud finder, Leak Alert WiFi smart water detector, and a $100 giftcard to The Home Depot! You can enter here: (click me). Winner will be chosen on September 30, 2019.

Step One – Buy It

Super easy, here is the link. Or you can get it in the tool section of Home Depot. I am hanging my plumbers pipe shelving from Furniture Pipeline and needed a strong stud to insert my screws into for the best hold. This is why I can’t do any projects without this magic scanner!

Step Two – Open and Add 9V Batteries

Step Three- Take Off the Plastic

Yah, I know this sounds silly, but the last time I bought one I forgot to take it off and was so confused by all the images it displayed. I know, I have issues…

Step Four – Scan

You will lay your sensor against the wall VERTICALLY. There is button to swipe right or left. Left for DeepScan and StudScan. Right for Metal and AC Scan. Then push the side button and wait for the beep. You are now ready to go.

As you move along slowly and horizontally on the wall, green will illuminate. This is letting you know it is working and you are in a stud finding mode. You will be alerted when a stud is close. The Spotlite arrow will appear when you are in the middle of the stud. This is where you make a mark and know where you can install your screw if you are wanted to hang something into the stud.

The red screen will illuminate if you are close to a wire. Once again the arrow will appear when you are right on top of it.

Part Five – Hang

Now that you know where your studs are, you are ready to hang your project. For this bathroom summer project I am hanging heavy plumbers pipe shelving, this is why it was important for me to find the studs.

I added my screws to the marked stud spots and drilled in the pipe fitting (it’s called a flange). Then I added the pipe shelf and the project was done! So easy for me. Before I used a stud sensor I would make so many mistakes with holes because I wasn’t aiming correctly. This little tool makes my life so much better when I am working on projects! Make sure to enter their giveaway here by the end of September!

Have a wonderful end of summer my friends!

Kelly

How to protect your kitchen cabinets from water damage

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Have your pipes ever leaked and you didn’t find out until after all the damage was done?  This recently happened to us and my flooring warped because I didn’t catch it in time.  After we fixed the kitchen sink pipe, I knew I needed to find something that would alert me if this ever happened again.

And guys – I found the perfect thing!  Zircon has been a favorite of mine for many years because of their stud finders.  But I had no idea they created the coolest tool for my problem – The Zircon Leak Alert WiFi Smart Water Detector.  I was so excited and you can buy this from The Home Depot for a great price.

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Simple Front Porch Ideas for the Summer

This post is sponsored by RC Willey

I am excited to be sharing some simple ways to restyle your front porch as we head into the summer season.  If you are joining our Easy Summer Styling Blog Hop from Camelot Art Creations – welcome! A huge shout out to our host Kelly from The Tattered Pew for bringing us all together!

My front porch was ready for a refresh this year and I am so happy to be partnering with one of my favorite stores, RC Willey, for this post.  I have been shopping at RC Willey for over 20 years, can you tell I just love them?  They have so many ideas in their store and on their website for all of us aspiring home decorators. 

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Simple Kitchen Organization

Organizing Your Kitchen Is Easy!

In this post i am using affiliate links to my amazon store.  I am so excited to be partnering with Mdesign to bring you some exciting organizational products that i love using in my home!

Every spring I start giving my kitchen a refresh.  After a long winter in Utah, I need it and so does my kitchen!  This past month I updated my pantry and refridgerator.  It was quick and easy, and I can’t wait to show you.

Many of you know I built an entire room into a pantry that you can read about here.  But now my kitchen closet (aka pantry) needed some love.  I found the coolest company on Amazon called Mdesign to share with you and I am so excited to be collaborating with them!  They have to greatest solutions for storage with quality product (that ships in 2 days with Amazon Prime – yippee!).

First things first – let me show the hot mess I was dealing with:

Before…

This space has 6 shelves (one is up super high) that are 16 inches deep and 14 inches apart. It is not the best use of space so I needed some pieces that would help me stay organized.

I discovered MDesign online and fell in love with all the choices they had for getting organized. I will not confirm or deny that I spent a long time on their Amazon store day dreaming! Once I finally figured out what I needed I was so giddy to get this space cleaned up. To get an idea of what you need for your pantry, try out these steps:

1. Assess the food you use most frequently

2. Measure the sizes of each cupboard

3. Determine which groupings you can create (food categories)

Here are the pieces I grabbed for my mini pantry:

Lazy Susand

MDesign Lazy Susan

This turning plastic bin is perfect for my condiments.

Metal Pantry Basket

Farmhouse Grid Open Front Basket

I love the open front of this basket for easy access to food.

Modern Stackable Basket

Modern Stackable Basket

These are stackable and come in different sizes.

Metal Wire Food Organizer

Metal Wire Bin Basket

They have so many different lengths of this one, and I choose the 16 inch deep and 6 inches wide.

Since these are all available on Prime shipping, I received them super quick and was ready to go. Here are the steps I went through during my organizing:

1. Pulled out all of the food from the pantry

2. Cleaned all the cupboards down

3. Threw out all the expired or unneeded food

4. assorted the food into the bins I had originally planned

5. restocked the pantry

It just took me an hour or so to do this since the pantry is quit small. I ended up getting rid of a ton of food that we were not eating. I decided to keep the pantry as simple as possible.

Here is my end result:

I was so excited about how it turned out. It is refreshing to open the door each time and see it so clean!

Clean Pantry
Clean Pantry

I also worked on the refrigerator and used the same format for this process. They have amazing plastic bins for the fridge and I love them. Look how much better this looks with organized shelving and a few lights turned on!

I grabbed two types of pieces for this space:

I am feeling so ready for summer with my kitchen all in order. I hope you have a moment to organize your space and get ready for summer memories too. Happy organizing!

Laundry Room Reveal – One Room Challenge Week Six

This has been such a fun 6 week challenge for me.  It has pushed me to GET IT DONE!  The new laundry room is perfect for our family’s needs.  I have been so grateful to participate with the One Room Challenge team and Better Homes and Gardens.  Make sure to see all the final reveals right here on their blog

I won’t keep you waiting any longer – HERE IT IS!  Working with Kirkland’s for this reveal was so much fun!  You can watch all of my shopping trips on Instagram as well as the video of decorating – it was a great experience.

Isn’t she cute?!  In this post I will be sharing all of my DIY links to previous posts, as well as all of the links to the products I have used. Here is a simple recap of the last 6 weeks:

 
Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves (read here)
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table (READ HERE)
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal

This transformation really gave me extra space to do my work in here without breaking the bank or tearing down walls. Each post will explain the process. But now lets get on to the fun part – decorating!

I collaborated with Kirkland’s for this One Room Challenge. If you have not visited their website before – GO NOW. I will make it easy – CLICK NOW! Seriously their prices and selection are so amazing. Let me give you some ideas for your laundry space.

Storage Ideas – Kirklands

They have so many items online to get you organized. Check out the eye candy right here. The one I used was called the Natural Farmhouse Multi-Use Wall Organizer that you can pick up right here.

Laundry Hampers

I loved the black rolling hamper. You can find all of the hampers right here.

Laundry Signs

They have so many signs to add to this laundry space. Take a look at all of them here. The two are chose are The Towel Plaque and the Fluff and Fold.

Greenery

They have so many options for greenery, which I think adds a lot to the space to keep it bright. Check all of those out here. I used the Fern Glass Bottle Set here and it worked perfect for my space.

Baskets

Round, square, soft, firm – Kirkland’s has them all! Here is a compiled list from their site. I snagged some large rectangle ones that were a great size.

Rugs

I needed a certain size rug and I was so glad to see that Kirkland’s had them all. Check them out here. I chose the Natural Jute Scatter Rug and I love how it looks!

You really could spend hours on their site and in the store getting ideas on how to decorate your space. Laundry room is just the beginning. Patio, Bedrooms, Kitchen and Living Room decor. It’s all there. The the prices can’t be beat!

I appreciate you all following along on this One Room Challenge journey with me. I had so much fun and I hope you gained some inspiration on how to update you laundry room too! Until the next project – so long!

Kelly

How to add a Laundry Room Table – One Room Challenge Week 5

My One Room Challenge Laundry Room Renovation is just about finished – welcome to Week 5! I am so grateful to Kirkland’s for sponsoring this project, they have the most amazing laundry room pieces – check those out here!

 

Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the updates of the designers participating – their feeds are so inspiring.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves (read here)
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

It was now time for me to build a table to cover the washer and dryer to fold my clothes on. My space is limited and I needed all the usable area I could get. This ended up being super easy and very effective for me.

Step One – Shop

I wanted butcher block, but it was out of my price range. You can build a butchers block board, but in the end I decided to use 1×8 pine boards instead.

I measured a 66 inch length and a 30 inch depth in my area. This required four 1×8 boards at 6 feet long and one 1×4 board (this is for the back edge of the folding table).

You can have Home Depot cut them for you as well.

Step Two – Cut and Mount

Cut each of your boards to the length you need. You will then add pocket holes to 3 of the 1×8 boards (read how to do that here).

Attach your boards together, using wood glue and pocket hole screws size 1 1/4 inch. Use clamps to make sure your boards are fitting snug. I also used extra weight on the boards as I attached them together to make sure they were flat when they were screwed together.

You will then add the 1×4 board to the back of the boards. You can use screws right into the back since noone will see these.

Step Three – Sand

Sand down your folding table. I used my Tacklife sander that is from Amazon ($25!). I actually sanded the 1×8 boards first before I mounted the 1×4 board. Additionally I had sanded the 1×4 board seperately. You can do what works for you.

Step Four – Stain

Add the stain of your choice. I used Old Barn Living Weathered One Step Stain – it’s one of my favorites and matched the other shelving in the room. I used 2 coats and then added a top coat.

Step Five – Add Braces

You will lay the folding table onto 2 braces. These are 2×3 boards that are mounted to the wall into the studs. Measure where your studs are, then mark that spacing onto the board and pre-drill your 3 1/2 inch screws into them.

Use a level to mount these into the wall. Make sure they are level!!

Step Six – Add Table

You will gently slide your table onto the 2×3 boards. We added a 1×10 board underneath our table for stability because we didn’t want it sitting on top of the washer and dryer.

Add screws or brad nails into the sides of the table and into the 2×3 boards. Then you are all finished!!

Next week I will showcasing all of the amazing pieces I have picked out from Kirkland’s to finalize this space.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Simple Shelving – One Room Challenge Week Four

My 4th week of the One Room Challenge has ended and I love the turn out! I worked with Kirkland’s to design shelving for practical and decorative use. I have the cutest pieces coming from Kirkland’s to decorate this space and I am so excited.

The One Room Challenge is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and so many bloggers are participating. Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the rooms that are being renovated right now, you will find so much inspiration.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – Orignal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

I love floating shelves. I learn all I can from the Shanty2Chic sisters. So make sure to watch all their floating shelf tutorials here – you will learn so much!

I measured and added my “bones” (aka “cleat”) of the shelves.

Then I built the shelf that goes over the “bones”. This measurement was very simple. Once again, to learn how to do this, head over to the Shanty2Chic blog.

I sanded down the shelf with my Tacklife sander. It’s easy to hold and a great starter tool for any DIYer.

We added on the cupboards that we purchased from Ikea. Farmboy had to do this part for me.

Then I stained my shelves with Old Barn Living One Step Weathered Stain (I love this stuff).

Nexr step – installing the cleat onto the wall (measuring for the stud of course to drill the screw into for stability).

I slid the shelf right over the top and used hard nails to attach it to the cleat.

After this I added a faux wood shelf right over the white shelf already installed, staining it first. I used a 12 inch board for the top and nailed it into the sides of the original board. I then put a 1×2 board over the front, staining first.

I loved how these additions changed up the entire room. I can’t wait to get started decorating!