Archives for September 2014

Pallet Project – DIY Deck Island

Pallet Project – DIY Deck Island

While in Virginia visiting our DD and SIL, we worked on a couple of projects - an island made out of pallets and a rocking chair painted with homemade chalky paint. This is a tutorial on the DIY Deck Island.   Project List (affiliate links): Hammer Nails 3" Deck Screws Cordless Drill Pry Bar Spray Paint Glue Pallets 2x4s Ceramic Tile   DIY Deck Island Since pallets come in all different sizes, we won't give you exact measurements, since it would do you no good anyway. BUT, I am giving you detailed pictures and will try to answer any questions you may have - just leave them in a comment. Find two pallets that are the same Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Lose Those Ugly Floors!

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Lose Those Ugly Floors!

We're on a roll! The wood floors finally dried and got a second coat - oh boy, just wait until you see 'em in the final reveal! Kitchen DIY Flooring The kitchen floor had two layers of linoleum. Here is a peek at the lovely green and yellow kitchen floor before. OK, not so lovely... They took off the top linoleum, but left this second layer (the green yellow) and laid down a luan sub floor over it ($10/sheet). The sub floor insures a level flat surface for the new floor. Once that was in place, Adam marked the middle of the floor and made sure it was plumb for the first square. They used self-adhesive vinyl floor tile - AKA place and press squares ($21.36/box, 8 boxes from Menards). Easy on the eyes, easy on the budget, easy to lay. Once you get the first one laid, the rest Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – The Floors Won’t Dry!

Keeping Up With the Joneses – The Floors Won’t Dry!

Any time you get into a remodel, you'll hear from any experienced friends, "Expect it to take twice the amount of time and cost twice the amount of money that you planned." No man is immune. No one. The Joneses hit a glitch in their remodel - the wood floors. Remember here the "before" pictures of the worn out icky wood floors... 1) Repair whatever damage you can. The Joneses pulled up staples from the carpet install and filled in holes. Even the littles can help. Minwax 42853 Stainable Wood Filler, 16-Ounce April says, "I wouldn't have filled in as much as we did had I known the sanding would have gotten rid of half of the gouges and scratches. Plus, the stain didn't take as well on the wood filler, so the look would have been better if I'd left most of the minor Continue reading

Guest Post on Christian Mommy Blogger

Guest Post on Christian Mommy Blogger

If you know me, you know about my ministry history.   Ha! I'm a poet don't ya know it?  Ministry...history...oh never mind.   I have a guest post on Christian Mommy Blogger today that explains how the ministry led me to being a DIY Blogger.     I know, right? Quite an unusual statement? Well, go read my story and you'll see.   Then when you are done reading it, I'd like to hear your thoughts.     God is good. He knows what He's doing... AND we can trust Him to manage our crazy, mixed up lives.   I'm blown away by what God has done for me.   I hope you can say that Continue reading