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Strippin’

Guys. Confession time: I think stripping paint off antique hardware is fun. It also comes with the added bonus of being one of the easiest ways to sponge every last bit of character out of your home - you know character, that thing that we all want our old homes and apartments to have? Forget fancy moldings and un-painted wood work. There's lots of it hiding in all those badly painted and chipped door knobs, hinges, window pulls, (and locks) and other painted metal objects you might be finding all around yer house. This is one of the most oddly satisfying quick home improvements you can do if you're living in an old space. So come get weird with me, and try stripping the paint off those suckers just to see how it feels. I swear, you're gonna like it. Step 1: Remove Hardware A long time ago I stripped our bedroom door hardware, I've actually stripped everything in the house minus the stuff in the kids bedroom. I've also stripped all the hardware on the kitchen cabinets and now I'm moving on to the hinges in our master bedroom. The hardest part of this whole project might be getting the hardware removed from whatever sort of thing its attached to. Imma give you some tips to make this as simple as possible. Since I'm removing hinges it only seems right that I mention that you'll want to take remove the pin from the hinge first, then remove the door before actually removing the hardware from the door. Also since I'm giving out tips here's another one. Buy a husky reversible screwdriver. I love these things, Get the Scoop [...]
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Wallpapering 101

Guys! Today I am going to teach you how to install wallpaper on an accent wall. This is a job that is fairly easy, a tiny bit stressful, and 100 percent totally worth it. This my friends, is the third time I have ever wallpapered, so I pretty much consider myself an expert. Stick with me and you'll be alright. I have a method and it seems to work pretty well, so I'mma share it with you. Wallpapering isn't that scary, actually it's pretty straight forward and makes a lot of sense. You are pretty much gluing paper to a wall, which isn't that hard, my six year old does this sort of stuff all day at kindergarten. A more complicated project might involve wallpapering around fancy moldings, windows or in a small room. I am not showing you how to do that stuff, I am simply sharing instructions with you on papering that all important "accent" wall. I am going to share with you the basic principles of wallpaper (aka wallpapering 101) like finding where to mark your plumb line, determining paper length, matching the pattern, hanging the paper, removing bubbles and trimming the edges. It's not rocket science bros, but it works. I'm not gonna lie to ya, there is always a stressful moment in wallpapering, you know, that serious "oh shit" moment. Anticipate that and you'll do just fine. 1 Wallpaper - Peonies in Copper Colorway from Hygge & West 2 Zinsser Sure Grip Wallpaper Paste 3 Straight Edge 4 Level 5 Paint Brush & Roller 6 Seam Roller 7 Paint Tray 8 Tape Get the Scoop [...]
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Gardening Basics : Installing a Garden Bed

I'm back to share with you today my method for adding garden beds to my yard. When I moved into my house there were absolutely no garden beds - I mean none! I've installed and planted all the gardens on my own over the last 4 years. I've gotten pretty familiar with installing garden beds and have a bit of a standard routine I use. I wanted to share it with you guys. I know when I started gardening I had no idea what I was doing, and it took a lot of trial and error to "figure" it out, I'm still learning. Sometimes not knowing how to initiate a new project can be debilitating, especially when it comes to first-time gardening. I hope some of this info can give a few of the confidence to try it out on your own. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. 1 Determine the Shape of Your Garden I usually spend a lot of time planning and determining the shape of my gardens. It usually starts with a sketch on a piece of paper and after thinking about it for awhile, maybe even weeks, I'll start to lay it out in real life. I've had a general plan for this garden for over two years, you need a plan before you start. Then you need to really visualize it - what do I have that's long and flexible and works as a good visual representative? Well a hose of course. Yes, I usually layout all my plans with my trusty garden hose. If a hose isn't your thing, try a little spray paint. 2 Dig out a Trench around the Border Once I finalize my layout and plans for the garden, Get the Scoop [...]
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Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

Guys! It's like DIY project week around here. Two tutorials in one week, that's like super crazy. If you've had any trouble viewing the blog this week, I apologize. My host's server was down and it was causing my site to load very slowly - because of this I've been not been able to reply to comments. It should be better now, so please check out the Trellis tutorial and giveaway from earlier this week if you haven't already. I'm really excited to share with you an updated version of the Macrame Chair Tutorial that I originally posted two summers ago. I was def lacking on details last time I shared this project, I guess I didn't realize so many of you would be in to learning the ways of my macramé secrets. I thought I'd fill you in, giving you all the details! While I was planning the tutorial it just so happened that Mollie Makes Magazine asked me to feature the same project. The chair was published in issue #40 last month! It was such a thrill to be in a real deal magazine - cool times. You can find the pattern I used for the project right here. Supply List (Supplies for Woven Macrame Lawn Chair) Aluminum chair frame 200 yards of 6mm Macrame Cord (I used 100 yards grey, 50 yards green, 25 yards pink, 25 yards yellow) 2 Crochet Hooks Size Q   Tip: Keep your skein of cord under the chair. It will make weaving much easier.   1 Tie Cord in a Square Knot Face the chair from the front left side. Tie a square knot around the left side of the front bar. 2 Create Get the Scoop [...]
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Hey Guys! It’s Monday. I know, sometimes Monday’s are the worst, but I’m hoping that this post will bring a cool vibe to the beginning of yer weeks. Today I’ve got a really awesome DIY to share with you and a super sweet BLACK+DECKER AutoSense cordless drill giveaway! I spent the afternoon yesterday building a trellis-planter-box combo for our backyard. Some of you know that I’ve been trying to pretty up the concrete pad that we recently enclosed when we installed our new fence. The kids play back there all the time – which is fantastic – but the space needs a little softening up. I thought a planter box with trellis would be a good solution as it would help add height and greenery without taking up valuable play space. It’s also on casters so it can be moved easily if needed. Word up to thinking ahead! Supply List (Supplies for Trellis & Planter Box) 5 - 2" x 8" x 32" Douglas Fir Boards 4 - 2" x 8" x 10.25" Douglas Fir Boards 14 - 1" x 2" x 32' Strips 2 - 1" x 2" x 64" Strips 4 -2" x 2" x 12" Strip 1 Box 1-1/4" Screws 1 Box 2-1/4" Screws A set of 4 Rubber Casters BLACK+DECKER AutoSense Lithium Drill Drill Bits Stain 1 Attach four 2 x 2 x 12" posts to one 2 x 8 x 32" board Attach the four 12″ post to each of the corners. Drill pilot holes through the bottom of the long board and into the posts, then attach with a 2-1/4″ screw. 2 Attach boards to create a box Begin to attach the boards, start by drilling pilot holes through the board into Get the Scoop [...]
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