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

 

 

A Compete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Three – Implementation

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Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:

Part One: Inspiration – February 6

Part Two: Realization – February 13

Part Three: Implementation – February 20

We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.

Decorating spaces can be difficult when you do not know where to start.  This is the last post of a three part series I have written (with some amazing other bloggers) to help you find simple ways to decorate your spaces.  After INSPIRATION and REALIZATION, it is now time for IMPLEMENTATION.   Make sure to check out each of these blogs and the amazing tips they share.  Each image is pinnable to save to your Pinterest page as well!

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Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

 

I have discussed ways to find your design style and how utilizing Pinterest can give us tons of inspiration (read that post here).  Then I offered ideas on how to find exactly WHAT you want and HOW to make it possible (read that post here).  Finally, I am sharing ideas of gaining the courage to actually implement the decorations you have dreamed of.

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DIY FARMHOUSE SIGN 

Step One – Project Supplies

Now that you know WHAT project you can afford to do, it’s time to figure out the exact things you NEED to make it happen.  If you are not used to doing DIY projects, I would recommend finding a blog who has already done your project and given step by step instructions on how to do it.  This will be extremely helpful and give you confidence. Some of the blogs I love are:

Shanty2Chic – This is my number one go to blog for DIY projects

Ana White

Sawdust 2 Stitches

Pretty Handy Girl – She also has an amazing list of DIY Blogs here

If you are handy and have done projects on your own before, you may feel ready to figure out the project on your own.  Here are the steps I follow:

  • Figure out all the supplies you have
  • Measure out all the supplies you need
  • Take all your measurements
  • Purchase the supplies

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DIY LAMINATE WOOD WALL 

Step Two – Plan Your Day

It is hard to work on a project 5 minutes here and five minutes there.  It can be done but it does make it more stressful.  I like to plan a day that I am able to focus my energy completely to getting the job done.  It is usually when kids leave for school, and I stop working when they get home.  Often I keep working on it once they go to bed.

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DIY MINI BARN DOORS

 

Step Three – Build It

Are you ready to go?  You have done all the prep work and now it’s time to make or build your project.   You might be nervous, but you don’t need to be.  Mistakes along the way are the best learning opportunity.  Most of my DIY projects have “issues”.  I don’t care, I learned something with each “issue” I had.  And it made me a better builder.  Almost anything can be fixed my friends!

  1. Gather all your tools and supplies in one place
  2. Make sure you have "messy" clothes on so they can get dirty
  3. Have all of your directions ready
  4. Don't rush the project - take your time
  5. Ask for help if you need it
  6. Youtube can be your best buddy

 

Safety Notes: If you are doing something with the electrical wall jack, make sure you turn the power off.  Always unplug your power tools when you are not using them.  Always wear safety goggles.  Cover your carpet before you paint.  And stop if you are frustrated.  You can always go back in when you are ready.  Getting frustrated usually makes for a messy project.  These are all things I learned the hard way my friends!

Now just get started.  Make the first cut.  Paint the first wall.  Nail the first piece of trim.  YOU GOT THIS.

Once your are done, celebrate!  You should be so proud of yourself!

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Step Four – Decorate It

This is the funnest part!  Once again, this can also be overwhelming.  Make sure you go back to your Pinterest boards and get the inspiration you need.  Your budget may have dwindled by now, and I do not believe decorations need to be expensive!

FIRST THINGS FIRST – Shop Your Home.  What do you have in your home that can be moved around or put somewhere else?  Try fiddling with the decor you have and see if it is enough to make a difference.  Feel free to find a photo and copy it.  There is no copyright to decorating!  That is why decorators share their ideas, so that we all can benefit.  I often do this with a mantel or small area.  Once I copy the image, I then can move pieces around to make it my own.  It’s a great first step.

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If you do need to shop for a few things, I am adding my favorite budget shops for you to check out.  I always SELL BEFORE I BUY.  Meaning, I get rid of things in my home and sell them on social media before I go out shopping.  It makes your new items basically free!

Shopping Time

  • Deseret Industries
    • A Christian owned thrift store, all over the country
  • Antique or Thrift Stores
    • Be careful because some stores are way over priced
  • Amazon
    • They have so many deals on home decor and free shipping
  • Kohls
    • They have higher prices but when you have the 30% off coupon and get Kohls Cash, it’s a good deal
  • Ross Dress for Less and TJ Max
    • They get great decor in all the time (Ross is usually cheaper than TJ Max, but more picked over)
  • Joann or Michaels
    • I always use my 40% off coupon on their apps when I shop (they have tons of fun home decor)
  • Kirklands
    • They have really great sales and you get coupons if you sign up for their newsletter
  • RC Willey Clearance Center
    • If you have an RC Willey by you, see if they have a clearance center – their prices are so awesome!
  • Costco
    • They have such good deals on furniture, wood flooring and appliances – with the best return policy ever!

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Once you are all done, stand back and admire your work.  You did it.  You figured it out.  I hope you like what you see.  Often I will close my eyes and open them again just to see my work.  Then I walk away and then turn around really fast to see it again!  Decorating and creating can bring so much satisfaction to your soul.  I hope you are proud of yourself!  Send me photos so I can see your work too!

Love, Kelly

 

PS – Need more ideas on how to create an entire room in 6 weeks?  Come read my One Room Challenge Project from last year, and see how I got from this:

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to this:

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DIY Spring Porch Decor

Do It Yourself Spring Porch Decor

Shop Your Own Home

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There are simple ways to spice up your front porch for spring – without spending lots of cash.  SHOP YOUR OWN HOME!  Have you ever tried that?  Walk around and see what you have that will work outside for the time being and take a chance at it.  Let me show you what I found in my home to move outside and spice up my porch – without spending a dime.

 

Wreath

I grabbed a wreath I have inside my home from FloralTreasure that I love.  I used a 3M velcro hook to keep it hung well.

FloralTreasure has handmade wreaths that smell AMAZING because they grow and harvest all the wreaths themselves on their farm.  And their prices are cheaper than retail stores!  Check them out here.

 

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Pillows and Blankets

You can change up your pillows constantly to create a new look.  I snagged these darling ones off of my couch to add to the hand-me-down chairs I received from my darling neighbor for FREE (yippee!!).

These pillows are handmade from my girlfriend Faith at FaithandChloeDesigns.  I love the farmhouse style and vintage look.  Check out her instagram page here for all her designs!

 

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I then added a blanket I had on my couch from Cloth and Cabin.  They have darling pieces for your home (and your body!).  Check them out here.

Outdoor Mat

I decided to layer some mats that I had already.  The bottom one I grabbed from Ikea last month for $14!  There is a darling shop that I love called The Cheeky Doormat that I found on Instagram here.  The top one was custom made by them and I added it right on top of the Ikea mat – check them out at The Cheeky Doormat.

 

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Decor

I chose to grab a plant from my bathroom, a plant hanger from the garden, and a lantern from my living room.  Super simple (that’s how we roll around here) and it worked well for my style.

 

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So what can you shop from your home to create a NEW LOOK for NO COST in your home?  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

 

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Love,

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Do It Yourself – Farmhouse Shiplap

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Ever since Joanna Gaines started sharing her love of shiplap, I have totally been crushin on it.  I knew I needed some in my home.  I put it off for years and finally last week had the time and the guts to tackle it.

I researched a lot of ways for it to be done and wanted to see if I could install it all by myself.   Mr. Farmboy is always willing to help, but I just wanted to see how possible it was for one person to get it all done.  And now I can say – IT IS POSSIBLE!  It’s not easy and takes a lot of time when you are on your own, but it is possible.  Would I recommend it?  If you are all you have – heck ya.  If you have help though?  Use it – it’s a lot of work alone.  Alright now, here we go…

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