Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

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:

Fall Porch 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Rather than toss it, I grabbed it for a future project.

This is my DH – and if you can read his mind, he’s thinking…

“Here she goes again, getting me to haul off more crap for some future project.”

Fall Porch 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fall Porch 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

One can of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint, Satin Espresso, a scraper, a rock, a Sanding Sponge (Fine grit), and voila, you have a cool ladder for the porch. I used a rock to distress the piece – I’ll show you that in a minute.

Deck Railing to Ladder Upcycle 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Do a little scraping of the old paint where it’s flaking before you paint – but not all of it because in a bit I’ll show you how to distress it easily, using the areas that will flake off with a little help – to give it an original look (even though you, in your creative mastermind moment, caused it to be so).

I spray painted it just on one side, covering it well. I chose not to paint the other side in case I wanted to use the ladder later (ha! ladder later, I’m so funny) in the original green.

Deck Railing to Ladder Upcycle 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

After the new paint dried, I used the sanding sponge to distress it, but it didn’t do as much damage as I wanted, so I just grabbed a rock and started railing on the railing!

Here’s a couple of videos I made for you to show how easy it is:

(No railings were injured while making this video – oh wait, that’s not true, the railing was distressed!)

Deck Railing into Ladder Upcycle2 – Distressing Tip from Val Frania on Vimeo.

 

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Deck Railing to Ladder Upcycle 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Doesn’t it look rustic?

Deck Railing to Ladder Upcycle 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

 

To see the Joneses home flip start here. That will take you to the first of their ongoing series that we started last July.

The antique chair that you see on the porch was one of my first DIY projects. It was one of my first DIYs for the blog.

The “hello fall” chalkboard was an easy 5 minute DIY.

 How about you leave me a comment and tell me about what projects you are working on? My winter projects will be furniture flips using different brands of chalk type paint as well as some from homemade chalky paint. The brands will be Annie Sloan, Deco Art, and General Finishes. My fave homemade chalky paint is using baking soda – we painted a rocking chair from Goodwill.

If you’d like to join me, download my list of 4 recipes if you want to make your own:

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Let’s inspire one another with our one-of-a-kind projects.

Meanwhile, be amazing!

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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.

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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!

Let’s start with a “before” picture. Brace yourself, it’s pretty sad…

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

My DH and I found it alongside the road. It looked like a kid’s painting project gone bad but…it was sturdy and in decent shape.

I picture a high school student sitting at this desk working through her (had to be a “her” with all the pink and purple paint) geometry homework.

It is obvious she tried to create a stylish, fun desk to use but

she missed the mark…just a bit.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

As you can see, she painted over the hardware too.

I thought it appropriate to do a desk makeover – to symbolize the future business executive the past owner geometry student would become.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

The poor thing was begging to go home with me, screaming (the desk was the one screaming, not me)…

“Can you please help me?!”

So I did the only decent thing a DIY’er can do – I said, “Sure.”

Then I turned and said to DH, “Can you please help me?!”

And he did the only decent thing a DH of a DIY’er can do – He said, “Sure.”

So let’s take a look at the flipping process…

Step 1

Sand the entire piece and fill in any nicks with wood filler.

Step 2

Prime. Lightly sand after it is dry using a 3M Sanding Sponge, Fine Grit to remove any bumps and bugs. (I prime with spray paint out on the front lawn and bugs love my work!). Prime again if needed.

Step 3

Spray paint the entire piece with your base color if you want to distress the piece and have a particular color in mind that you want to show through. This is quick and easy. I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint, Ivory Bisque. Lightly sand after each coat to keep the surface smooth.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

Step 4

Paint your accent colors. Tape off if necessary. I used General Finishes Milk Paint, Coastal Blue. (Fab stuff!)

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

 General Finishes has water based milk paints in a bunch of gorgeous colors.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

It was my first experience with this paint and found it to be quite easy to use. Not only did it seem to be a very good quality paint, it went on and dried to a smooth, gentle sheen. This is a very important feature when you are flipping a piece of furniture because you need a quality product to give you the “wow factor.”

Lightly sand in between coats.

Step 5

If you plan to distress, use a sanding sponge to the desired distress-isity (that word is from my DIY dictionary).

Step 6

ModPodge the drawers with your fave fabric. (Tutorial here.) I used chevron duck cloth from Hobby Lobby.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

Step 7

Find the perfect drawer pulls. Hobby Lobby had drawer hardware 50% off this week!

To add interest, paint the sides of the drawers.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #fabflippers

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #fabflippers

Step 8

Enjoy the reward of your efforts!

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #fabflippers

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #fabflippers

The Coastal Blue is a great contrasting color to the lime green. You can see the nice, smooth sheen on the desk top here.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #fabflippers

The navy on the right side of the drawers is the final piece to the executive look.

As a reminder, here is the before and after together:

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #fabflippers

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #fabflippers

What do you think? Was this piece worth the effort?

35 bloggers entered this month’s contest – stop by the FFFC website to see other fabulous projects. If you are interested in participating in a future contest contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com.

I just put together a PDF listing 4 Recipes for Homemade Chalk Paint, so if you are interested in giving it a try just click the picture below and I will send it to you FREE – and please, if you use the homemade chalk paint in a project, please send me a before and after picture!

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I was compensated for this post with a great product from General Finishes. The design, project, and opinions are solely my own – Thank you, GF!

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to The Autumn Gatherings Fall Blog Hop

Six days full of online fall home decor goodness!

(Links to other blogs are at the end)

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My fab fall front yard & deck project

We bought our house two years ago and it was in a shambles! The yard looked (and still does in some areas) like it was a back woods farm that hadn’t been touched in years.

Here are before pictures of our house just before we bought it. Pretty sad, no?

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

The front was non-descript with overgrown greenery (weeds) and stones full of dirt and dried up greenery (weeds).

After a year of not addressing the stones in front, tons of weeds took root and made it look even shabbier.

I did manage to put up the heart my son, Andrew, bought for me years ago. VBG

It all starts with a vision

I had a vision of lush green shrubs and flowers gracing the front of our house like those in the Home and Garden magazines.

BUT…I’d never done ANY landscaping E.V.E.R.

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

I must include an actual picture of me working so you don’t think I got my DH to do the work. He had enough on his plate to do this project for me. Besides, I enjoyed doing it – believe it or not.

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

This was my 2014 summer project that extended to summer 2015 (Mom’s illness/surgery/rehab and stroke took me away).

Last year I dug out the stones in the front and threw them into the driveway. They were so weed infested and dirty that I couldn’t figure out any way to clean them that didn’t involve a rag and 9000 hours of work.

Having been a stuck in the house person for so long it was nice to get out and do the work, but remember… endeavor to work smart, not necessarily hard.

30 years of raising kids (I even have an ebook to prove it) tended to keep me tied inside, so the outside adventure was intriguing to me.

After I dug out the rocks, I found plastic.

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

This is not uncommon, but it’s awfully hard on the dirt below. Dirt prefers to breathe. After first doing some research, I decided to either use landscaping fabric or mulch and compost with nothing beneath. This time I didn’t use the fabric.

I started out with some clean dirt from our local supplier and mulch we got from an auction house. We got it for a good deal because the bags were ripped up and taped.

I added a coconut compost blend from Olsons. We had bought some to fortify our garden, so I used some of it here. Love that stuff!

Even though I didn’t put down landscaping fabric, I had few weeds to contend with.

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Here is a picture of how it came out last year. It was cute, but not quite complete. Hold on, there’s more… A LOT MORE.

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Sometimes you can hide an awful sight until you can repair it.

As you can see, there was still a lot of work to be done. That awful looking background needed fixing – the foundation coating was falling off every time I touched it, or sneezed. Or looked at it. Or even thought about looking at it.

Once the greenery (and whitery) grew, that space looked much better. I believe in hiding the ugly stuff. Hiding is good. Hiding is less work (though I know my DH will get around to fixing it I must one day fix it).

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

It’s OK to work at it over time.

Part of the mindset in a DIY passion is that to have a true DIY that saves you money and creates a uniquetivity (like my new word?), one must be patient. You can’t necessarily get a job done in one day, one week or even one year.

If you are truly frugal, you will watch for sales, look for just the right additions to build your site little by little (whether it be a site online or a site in the front of your house), creating your own flavor while saving money.

Would I like to snap my fingers and have it all done? Sure. But that doesn’t fit into a frugalista’s goals (I’m on a roll with the new words!). To save money, to have a one of a kind personal design and be able to look back on it with pleasure a body must be patient.

You be the judge – was it worth all the effort and time?

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

My intention is not to flaunt my cool projects so you will gush all over them.

Do you ever look through blogs or magazines and see amazingly gorgeous projects and think to yourself, “Self, I could never do that”? 

My goal in showing you my projects is to be transparent and real – to show you my projects behind the scenes to encourage you to go out there and give DIY a try.

Some of what you see was a total surprise to me. I had no idea the three little Lambs Ear plants would grow like crazy. I bought it because it was on sale and the leaves were soft…wait for it…soft as “lambs ears.”

They went from this last year:

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

To this:

(and I cut a lot out because it was growing out of control PLUS dug some out for my daughter’s MIL to take home to Ohio!)

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

*Side note: The house across from where I work has a beautiful front yard complete with all the trimmings. It is a sight to behold and obviously done by a professional. The funny thing is…they have about 25 small Lambs Ear plants off to the side. 25! If they had just planted about 8 of them, they would have more than enough to cover the entire area and saved a ton of money! Experience through DIY really is the best teacher.

It wasn’t my talent or special anything that got the job done.

  • I picked up a shovel and put it to use (along with Aleve for pain!).
  • I walked through many home and garden areas looking for deals.
  • I asked questions.
  • I read about compost and dirt and perennials.
  • I combed through blogs and Pinterest for ideas.
  • I dug and weeded and watered.
  • I asked more questions.

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Are there things you wish for?

Do you have projects in your head that are screaming to get out?

If I can do this, you can too.

I could say I carefully planned all of this, but then I’d be lying.

You can choose different types of plants that flower or turn colors at different times throughout the summer and fall. I had no idea how or what. You can just jump into it all and learned as you go along. I’m living proof.

Being a newbie to gardening, it was a great surprise to watch my little flower/bush garden change over time. I still have one plant that hasn’t flowered yet and I’m anxious to see what happens. I don’t even remember planting it last year!

It was probably an after thought. “Oh, I’d better dump this out of my planter into some soil to try and save it for next year.”

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Living presents are the best

My boss gave me this plant in May, a Tropic Escape Vining Mandavilla. It’s amazing how it has changed just this past week.

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With several days of rain came a burst of flowers I’d not seen all summer.

Good for the gardener and her flowers, not so good for the yard keeper-upper! VBG

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

This year I added more plants called steppables (on sale at Menards) and pretty little pink flowers ($3 rebates on $4 plants at Menards), Dusty Millers (on sale at Shopko), Lavender (on sale at Menards) and a plant from my daughter’s back yard (FREE).

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}
Much to my surprise my hibiscus bush ($3 at Shopko on clearance) came up again this year. I was supposed to mulch everything last fall but honestly, I was too involved in my mom’s health situation to care. I wasn’t even sure it was that same Hibiscus plant until it flowered.

The Dusty Millers were labeled as an annual but turned out to be a perennial. Cool, huh? Those came up too.

My basil and a bunch of other herbs grew well this year. Here’s the basil in some hanging baskets – you don’t always have to put flowers in them, right? They smell so good!

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Have you figured out that I had NO idea what I was doing when I started this project?

DIY is good like that. You can learn as you go along.

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

I even found a cute little lantern with lights that change colors at night for $3 at CVS last fall at their end of summer sale. It’s hung on a shepherd’s hook (Clearance sale, $3). OK, I must admit, I bought 8 lanterns, but who’s counting?

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Now that I have a completed little garden project, I’ve added a fall porch design for this year’s

Autumn Gatherings Fall Blog Hop

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

I have teamed up with a great group of 12 bloggers who are sharing their favorite ideas for Fall, mine being a fall porch.

My front porch is small, but that doesn’t stop me. Do you decorate for fall?

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Your front door and entryway are the first thing visitors see when they enter your home. Does it say

“Welcome, I’m glad you’re here”?

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

My DH painted our front door for me today, just for this picture. Such a good doobie!

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

I will give more details on how this porch came together in my next post.

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

In the meantime, hop on over to the rest of the Autumn Gatherings Fall Blog Hop for some more Fall inspiration. You won’t be disappointed.  I know I have enjoyed watching their fall projects pop up every day!

Autumn Gatherings Fall Blog Hop {Love My DIY Home}

Just click each link below and it will take you to more fall goodness!

9/9: Dixie Delights & Slightly Coastal
9/10: That Southern ChickThe Pink Clutch
9/11: Heathered Nest & Southern State of Mind
9/12: Laura’s Little House Tips & C’mon Get Crafty
9/13: Countryside Heirlooms & Love My DIY Home
9/14: Dandelion Patina & Love of Home

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Happy Fall, Y’all!

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