Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

No Bin No Way We considered buying a rotating compost bin for our garden to use scraps from the kitchen to improve our garden soil, but they were all pricey and I didn't like the idea of having to dump our scraps into a stinky bin and having to turn it to keep it aerated.   You may call it lazy, but I call it efficient. My schedule is so tight, I'm all about quick and easy with few steps in between. Plus, we have a lot of winter here in Wisconsin and I don't like tromping through the snow!   I did a search (naturally!) and came up Continue reading

A Family Dresser Rescue – April FFFC

A Family Dresser Rescue – April FFFC

Fab Flippin' Furniture Contest "Pure Colors, Original Elegance"   Preserving Family Memories is a Comfort to the Soul Back in 1978 we bought a set of dressers from my parents for $50 just after we were married. Years later my mom wanted them back so we traded for the set she had at the time. I've since given the upright dresser to my DD and kept the other for my walk in closet:     Do you have reminders of your parents around the house? Have you considered the FACT that one day Continue reading

10 DIY Projects to Upcycle Old Picture Frames + A FREE Printable!

10 DIY Projects to Upcycle Old Picture Frames + A FREE Printable!

We downsized recently and have 4 boxes of old picture frames filled with my kid's pictures. I don't have much wall space in this new house, so I needed to figure out what to do with all the frames. Boxes and boxes of frames... Not only am I a Mom of Many; I am also a photographer. 15 8x10 frames of school pictures on one wall from my old house... various framed candids, family pictures, sports pictures, baby pictures etc. all over the other walls. That's a lot of frames!   After a bit of research online Continue reading

DIY Chunky Photo Frame – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 3

DIY Chunky Photo Frame – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 3

  I have picture frames up the wazoo! Seriously, I must have more than three or four dozen wood frames packed in boxes… In the garage, In the basement, In my craft closet, In my blanket chest… Nope. There aren’t any blankets in it. Just picture frames. Some day I will paint that blanket chest with chalk paint and actually use it for blankets. When you raise 15 kids like we did and tote a camera around with you 24/7, your house easily turns into a virtual Continue reading

Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

  I've got a quick how-to for you because many have asked about the ladder I have on my porch. It's rather simple, mind you. Like 15 minute simple.   Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle   While at my DD and SIL's home renovation they ripped off their deck-ish type of backyard railing. Here it is in the raw, Isaac and Dad taking it off their back porch:   Rather than toss it, I grabbed it for a future project.   This is my DH - and if you can read his Continue reading

Desk Flip – September FFFC Geometric Design Contest

Desk Flip – September FFFC Geometric Design Contest

  The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest challenges DIY bloggers to create a great piece of furniture following certain guidelines. #sponsored   This contest is sponsored by General Finishes who donated a blogger's choice product to finish the piece.       The theme was "geometric design."   GEOMETRIC?!?!   How do you incorporate geometric design on a piece of furniture, and in my case, a desk? Why, with Mod Podge, of course! Continue reading

DIY Tomato Cages – Save the Maters!

DIY Tomato Cages – Save the Maters!

We made our own tomato cages   ...because those tomato cages you buy at Menards are so stinkin' expensive!   We started out with the skinny wire ones that were left in the garden by the previous owners. FAIL.   Then we graduated on to the heavy duty ones - but only bought two - $8 each is crazy, don't you think? In my uber-frugal mind that is a FAIL.   When you have 50+ tomato plants there is no way you can justify $400 for cages.   No way. We'd already put a grand into our new Continue reading

DIY Tub Tile Installation – Guest Post by Ben Lamm

DIY Tub Tile Installation – Guest Post by Ben Lamm

How To Install Tile Around A Shower or Tub   Does your shower or tub surround look tired or out-of-date? A new tile surround adds an instant update and increases the value of your home. Fortunately, this is a project that you can do yourself if you know the method and have the right tools. I decided to ‘try this at home’ and the results were impressive - if I may say so myself!   Here’s a step-by-step guide of how I tackled the project:   Step 1: We Planned the Project Before we began, we needed Continue reading

Brush Paint Vs. Spray Paint – Before and After Nightstand

Brush Paint Vs. Spray Paint – Before and After Nightstand

I have a before and after antique nightstand redo for you today.   And it only cost $1.25.   BUT, let it be known...next time I tell you I'm going to brush paint a piece of furniture using traditional paint, please stop me. Seriously. Stop me.   I thought I'd give it a whirl but the whirl turned into a relentless week of painting because the tanins bled through.   It was on my kitchen island. For a week.   I like to use spray paint when I want a smooth Continue reading

Decorative Peg Board – Craft Room Decor

Decorative Peg Board – Craft Room Decor

"Find out who you are and do it on purpose," ~ Dolly Parton.   Imagine a place where your most inner self can feel at peace. For some it's in their garage restoring an automobile. Others it's behind a pulpit, sitting in front of a MAC or Pfaff sewing machine.   Do you have a place like that?   Possibly, if you are reading this you may be "one of us."  THOSE people that are happiest with a can of spray paint in their hand leaning over an old beat up piece of furniture...or shutter...or Continue reading