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New White Outdoor Chairs

Target Bryant Chairs Painted White
A few weeks ago I picked up a couple of Bryant chairs from the Threshold collection at Target. Do they seem familiar to you at all? I kind of think they are a total knock off of the Loll Designs Lollygagger line, which is a little dissful of Target, especially since Loll is also a Minnesota local brand.

I totally adore Loll furniture though and would love to have a set of my own someday, but for $440 a chair, that someday is a long ways away. When I saw the Bryant chair at Target I knew it would be the perfect chair to get me through now and someday – I couldn’t resist the $118 price tag (on sale) and I was able to look way past the brown facade.

Target Bryant Chairs
You might have noticed the new chairs in the photos that I took for the drill giveaway last week. By the way, the BLACK+DECKER drill giveaway is still open, so you should check the website and leave a comment on my post if you haven’t already.

Target Bryant Chairs Painted White

Target Bryant Chairs Painted White
Anyways, I was totally not feeling the off-the-shelf brown that the Bryant chairs are stocked in, but I was definitely loving the style of them. I knew a painting project was in my future if I really wanted to achieve that true modern look. After debating between black and white, I took a deep breath an decided I would spray paint them white.

I was a little nervous because I have not had the best luck with spray paint, its gets messy, and I get overly eager and often end up with drip marks. I was determined to spray paint the proper way and make these chairs really nice, giving thin even coats and allowing sufficient drying in between. I was a little hesitant to dive right in with any old spray paint as the adirondack chairs are made of all-weather polystyrene as opposed to wood. Lucky for me, my go to spray paint brand, Rust-oleum, has the Universal product which is designed for use on wood, plastic, metal, wood, concrete and even vinyl. I figured that polystyrene just had to be covered. I turned my garage into a spray booth, disassembling and spraying the chairs, and within a matter of days I had two perfectly sprayed white chairs. I love them.

I’m not gonna lie, it took a lot of paint to get the perfect finish on these chairs, seven cans total (for both) to be exact. At eight bucks a can, that’s not cheap, but it was totally worth it to me to have evenly painted white chairs for our backyard.

Target Bryant Chairs Painted White
The Threshold Bryant collection at Target is pretty solid. There are lots of cool pieces that are nicely priced, including a picnic table that is reminiscent of the table that Scout Regalia produces, although not as nice. I’ll be waiting for an end-of-season sale and most likely be making purchases on foot rests and maybe even a side table too.

Target Bryant Chairs Painted White

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Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

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

 

Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

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 a Loop
Pull the cord behind the back brace of the chair and up to the top bar. Create a loop and pull it over the front of the top bar and behind to the left.
3
Pull the Loose End of the Cord Tight
Insert crochet hook into the loop and pull the loose end of the cord tight. Have the hook rest on the chair frame.
4
Create a Loop
Bring the cord down going behind the back brace. Create a loop, then pull it over the top of the front bar and behind to the left.
5
Pull Loose Cord Taut
Insert the crochet hook into the loop. Pull loose cord taut to create tension. Have the hook rest on the chair frame.
6
Behind the Back Brace of the Chair
Pull the cord behind the back brace of the chair and up to the top bar. Create a loop.
Get ready for summer weather with these playful and bright woven lawn chairs! It’s easy, fun and inexpensive to makeover old aluminum chair frames with a few skeins of colorful macramé cord. Follow a pattern, or make your own design — woven macrame furniture can get as loud and crazy as you like! Without a doubt, you’ll be the envy of the summer barbecue.

 

Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

Tip:
Take extra care to make sure the cord doesn’t get twisted. You’ll be happy you did.

 

7
Pull Loop Behind to the Left
Pull the loop over the front of the top bar and behind to the left of the last vertical cord you created.
8
Hook the Newly Made Loop
Hook the newly made loop. The loop on the crochet hook will overlap the two vertical cords to its right.
9
Create a Chain Stitch
Pull the loop taut and pull it through the previous loop from ‘step 2,’ creating a chain stitch. Let the hook rest in the loop.
10
Bring Loose Cord Behind the Back Brace
Pull the loose cord down behind the back brace. Create a loop and pull it over the top of the front bar.
11
Pull The Loop Around the Top Bar
Pull the loop around the top bar and to the left of the last-created vertical cord.
12
Hook The New Loop
Using the crochet hook, hook the new loop.

 
 

Jamz: “Cloud Crawl” from Lazerbeak – used with permission.
 

Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

13
Create a Chain Stitch
Pull the new loop through the loop created in ‘step 5’ making a chain stitch. Pull the loose cord taut. Let the hook rest in the loop.

Repeating Steps 6 – 13 until you have created 59 vertical cords. At that point, you will be on the top right corner of the chair.

To finish vertical cording: Cut the cord from the skein, leaving about four feet. Pull the cord through the last loop, removing the crochet hook. Bring the cord down behind the back brace, and over the front bar. Bring the cord through the loop on the crochet hook, pull through. Finish with a square knot. You now have 60 vertical cords.

You are now ready to begin horizontal cording the seat and back of the chair! Both will be done in exactly the same way.

14
Create a Square Knot, Make a Loop
Create a square knot in the lower left hand area of where you’ll be working (seat or back). Create a loop with your cord and weave it through the vertical cording according to the pattern you are following.
15
Pull the Loop Over the Right Bar
Similar to what you did with the vertical cording, pull the loop over the right bar and bring it down and under the newly made horizontal cords. Insert the crochet hook and pull the loose end (now on the left side) taut. Let the hook rest in the loop.
16
Create a Loop
Create a loop with the loose cord on the left side of the chair frame. Bring the loop over the top of the left bar and down under the newly created horizontal cord. Insert your crochet hook into the loop and pull the cord taut. Let the hook rest in the loop.
17
Create a Loop and Weave
Create a loop and weave it through the vertical cording according to the pattern.

Repeat Steps 15-17 pulling the newly created loop through the previously made loop on the crochet hook each pass, until you have come to the the 55th horizontal row of the pattern. Finish the horizontal cording the same way you finished the vertical cording. You’ll now have 56 horizontal cords.

 
 

Jamz: “Cloud Crawl” from Lazerbeak – used with permission.

Tip:
To finish: Trim cord ends to an inch, use a flame to seal and melt the end of your cord and press it into a discrete location on the underside of your chair.

 

Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

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DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial

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!


DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial


DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial

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



DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial

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 the post behind it, then attach with a 2-1/4″ screw.
3
Continue to attach boards
Use the remainder of your 2 x 8 x 32″ boards and your 2 x 8 x 10.25″ boards, attaching the shorter borders on the side and the longer boards to the front and back.


BLACK+DECKER AutoSense Drill

This BLACK+DECKER Lithium Drill made the job really easy because you don’t have to set anything! This project requires a lot of drill bit-changing – which would normally be a pain in the butt – but the Lithium Cordless Drill with AutoSense makes it easier. It has two modes, drill and drive. In drive mode, a microprocessor continuously measures the tool’s performance. As the screw enters the material there is a rapid change in its torque profile. The microprocessor analyzes the rate of change and stops most screws flush with the material within three milliseconds. Basically you don’t have to constantly switch from drill mode to setting the torque, all you have to do is push a button.

I’ve stripped a lot of screws in my day trying to figure out the right torque to use for a specific project, this drill takes the worry out of all that business.


DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial

See how fast that was? This planter box is built, on to the trellis!

 
 

Jamz: “Dream Team” from Lazerbeak – used with permission.
For the trellis you will be using your two 1 x 2 x 64″ pieces of lumber as well as your twelve 1 x 2 x 32″ pieces. It would be smart to consider using a jig for your spacing. I used a leftover piece of 2 x 2 for the smaller spacing and a piece of lumber cut to a width of 3.75″ for the larger space. You can see in the above video how I attached the pieces of wood and how easy it was to do with the BLACK+DECKER drill.

It should be noted that I spaced by longer wood pieces 8.5″ inside of the 32″ pieces. I also started the pattern 2″ from the top of the trellis. The pattern consisted of 4 groups of boards (2 groups of 3 and 2 groups of 4) all spaced with with the 3.75″ jig. Each individual group of boards was then spaced using the 2 x 2″ jig.

You can be creative here and don’t have to follow my pattern to a T. Do you!


DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial

4
Using a Jig to space the trellis
Here’s an example of how my jig worked. It helped to evenly and consistently space the trellis boards without having to measure every time.
5
Attach the Trellis to the inside of the planter box
Attach the trellis 8″ into the planter box using 4 screws to increase the stability. It was easy to do this with the trellis tipped on the side. We also removed one of the front pieces of lumber from our planter box while we attached the trellis. This drill is so light weight and easy to use, Finn was able to use the BLACK+DECKER cordless drill like a bawse.
6
Attach Casters to the bottom of the Planter Box
I would highly recommend adding some casters to the bottom of your planter box, although it’s not required. The casters will allow you to easily move your new and very heavy planter box. Also, if you wanna be a real good gardener make sure to add some drainage holes to the bottom of the planter box.


DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial

I wanted our box to contrast the white siding of our garage so Finn and I went to town and stained it using Minwax Gel stain in Brazillian Redwood. We didn’t use the highest quality lumber for this job, and I figured a good staining would make it look a bit more fancy. This was my first time staining anything! It’s practice for the fence-staining project coming later this summer ;)


DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial


DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial


DIY Trellis and Planter Box Tutorial

I planted a Clematis, but am not sure how it will do over the summer or the winter. If it doesn’t make it I’ll try an annual seed next time. I’m also going to make another one of these flower boxes so I have two flanking the white wall of the play zone.

The Budget & Source List

▽ 2 – 2″ x 8″ x 8′ Douglas Fir Boards – $11.52
▽ 6 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ Poplar Strips – $4.66
▽ 1 -2″ x 2″ x 8′ Poplar Strip – $1.42
▽ 1 Box 1-1/4″ Screws – $7.98
▽ 1 Box 2-1/4″ Screws – $6.99
▽ A set of 4 Rubber Casters – $9.96
▽ Stain – $6.99


Total = $49.52

 

Giveaway!

BLACK+DECKER AutoSense Drill
How do I enter?
The cool folks at BLACK+DECKER want you to have one too! All you have to do is visit the BLACK+DECKER site. Leave a comment (by Wednesday, June 25 – 5pm CST), telling me your favorite feature of the AutoSense Drill and how that feature would help you tackle your next project and make your drilling life easier! I’ll randomly choose one of you, and then blamo, you’ll have a cool new drill.

The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Marlys who says that having this drill will save her a lot of swearing. Swearing is always fun though, right?

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Vegetable Gardens Need Love Too.

Budz! You may remember a few weeks ago when the kid and I built an addition to our raised bed garden scene. The seedlings are all starting to grow and the new raised bed garden is coming along nicely. However, the raised bed gardens on the side of my house are lacking landscaping and general prettiness. Right now it looks like we just dropped a few raised beds in the yard, which we kinda did.

It turns out that mowing around raised bed gardens is not easy. I mean, I could buy a cool weed wacker but where’s the fun in that? I can’t pass up an opportunity to add yet another garden to this smallish city lot. So it’s on – a new garden for my gardens.

I’ve decided to meld things together a bit by adding edging around the gardens, see below for the plan to get the big picture. I would like to make a garden for the veggie garden. I know you guys, maybe it seems a bit excessive, but I can’t just let it stay the way it is. This could be the perfect opportunity to make that super quaint urban garden and pretty up the side of our house, highlighting it as a welcoming entrance to the backyard.


I’d like to use edging and make a new small border around the vegetable gardens removing the grass that causes me trouble mowing. The edging would follow the contour of the house as well as the contour of the foundation garden that runs along the side of our house. Between the veg gardens and the house there would be a meandering stone pathway sunk into the lawn. It would still be easily mowed over because it would be flush with the grass. There is a large dog wood that drapes over the “entrance” to the side yard and would frame out the entrance to the vegetable gardens creating a natural arbor. It will be bawse, I promise.

My dream plan is to start with mulch around the raised beds but after a few years have natural ground cover – heavy on the thyme, but also incorporating creeping Jenny (aka golden moneywort), stone crop and sedum to cover the border around the raised bed garden. Ideally I want ground cover that relates to the vegetable garden so using low lying perennial herbs would be a sweet idea. Towards the front of the house I would consider planting ginger or maybe a lavender plant if I could find one that was Minnesota hardy. You get what I’m throwing down my friends? I want a tailored garden this practical and pretty. This garden flanking a garden would create a sweet and lush pathway to our backyard. It would perfectly nestle our veggie gardens gardens and relate them to the rest of our gardens and flower beds. Woah, I just like, said “gardens” a lot.

To start I’ll have to dig out the grass. This is probably the number one reason why I haven’t just jumped into this project yet. Removing grass for lawns is always a super huge pain in the ass. First of all, it takes a lot of time, it’s super dirty and then you have to figure out how dispose of the grass/dirt. I could lay down plastic weed barrier killing the grass, but I don’t think that would be practical considering my main objective is to someday have ground cover. The barrier would not allow access for the ground cover to root and spread. So I have to dig up that grass.

Next I’ll put down one of those plastic edging thingies. I know, they are not pretty, but until I can invest in something hotter it will have to do. Once the soil is ready I’ll add mulch and ground cover. I’ll also sink in stepping stones and add two large pieces of blue stone in between the two gardens. Finding the motivation and the time is the first step.

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Boulevard Garden : Year 2

Midwestern Boulevard Garden
Hey Guys! So if you’ve been following along with the blog you may remember last year when I overhauled the boulevard garden. I had originally planted the garden in 2010, but I had no idea what I was getting into. The garden was not thriving and poorly organized. At the beginning of last summer I came up with a new boulevard plan and began ripping out the old garden, leaving what worked but adding a lot of new plants.

The boulevard garden has been my biggest gardening challenge – a definite exercise in trial and error. There are a lot of gardening obstacles when it comes to boulevard gardening. As common on many boulevards, we have a tree (maple) with a big root system, many of the roots hang out close to the surface of the garden making it difficult for plants to grow. In the winter our Minneapolis boulevards are piled high with snow and the salt used on the streets affects the acidity of the soil. Water is necessary for any garden but on the boulevard rain water repels off the boulevard making its way to sewer drains without having a chance to deeply soak the soil. It takes some foresight to consider irrigation and plan trenches to keep mulch and water inside the garden so it’s not spilling into the street and sewers. It sucks, but some people don’t give a shit about my garden, they throw trash and cigarettes butts in it, and they walk right over plants – it’s just the risk we have to take for a pretty boulevard. Lastly, boulevards and weeds are BFF’s, it’s a constant struggle to keep them looking tidy, neat, and dandelion free.

So I’ve learned a few things a long the way, and I thought I’d share a little of what has been working for me.

Midwestern Boulevard Garden
I was so happy and surprised this spring to see a lot of my garden returning and looking more hardy then I had ever seen it. I did have a few casualties but they were minor – I honestly expected most of the garden to be gone like had happened in the past. The Iris are very happy on the boulevard, I wish they bloomed all summer because I would fill the garden with them – as it is, I already have too many. All of my ground cover came back, I used Golden Money wort and Purple Lamium throughout the garden. The Sedum are thriving, and the Dianthus have doubled. The Phlox also survived the winter and I’m anticipating mid-summer blooms. In my experience Salvia is nearly indestructible and seems to be right at home on the boulevard. The Blue Fescue did pretty well, out of the six I planted, one of them is looking worse for wear. I’m gonna see if he can come around over the next few weeks, but if not, I will replace him. The biggest causality were a few Hostas that I had planted near the base of the tree. I replaced them with Lupine this spring and amended the soil with plenty of compost. I hope they are happy here, but am prepared to see them only for a season. This is the trickiest spot in the garden.

I waited a long while before I tidied up the garden this year. The boulevard maple was dropping all of it’s seeds and flowers, all lime green in color. I didn’t want to spent the time cleaning the garden just to have it littered with that tree’s filth – “How dare you, Tree!” I spent the last few days doing some intense weeding, pulling the weeds up from their roots. This is the key to weeding, you need to get the roots out of your garden or they will grow back within days. I also took my edger and dug a 3″ trench around the perimeter of the garden allowing a place for the mulch to collect when it rains so it doesn’t skim off into the street and sidewalks. I mulched well, covering a bit more than I do in my normal flower beds (about 2″). I really want the plants roots to be shaded and cool. The deep covering of mulch will allow for good water retention as well. I’ve also made a promise to this garden and tree that I will water it twice a week all summer long. I highly neglected it in the past, I’m going to do right by this garden this year. I’m going for an even prettier and happy boulevard garden in 2015!

Midwestern Boulevard Garden

Midwestern Boulevard Garden
The Iris and Salvia next to a stone pathway.

Midwestern Boulevard Garden
Blue Fescue in the foreground, Sedum, Dianthus and Iris towards the back.

Midwestern Boulevard Garden

Midwestern Boulevard Garden

Midwestern Boulevard Garden
Here’s to hoping this new Lupine is happy hear on the boulevard.

So I wanna know, what works best in your boulevard garden? What are your experiences – I’m sure readers who are wanting to try their hand at a boulevard garden would love to hear your take on it. I’m looking to add some late summer blooming plants – any recommendations on what would do well here?

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