How to Make a Fall Wreath

I wanted to title this post: How to Make a Fall Wreath Even If You Have No Flower Arranging Skills Like Me!

Flower arranging and bow-making are two of many crafting skills that I just don’t possess. Try as I might, it’s just not happening.

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In spite of my less-than-stellar flower arranging and bow-making skills, I still was able to make this pretty, fall wreath.

Recently I came across a beautiful wreath made by Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. Isn’t that one of the prettiest wreaths you ever did see?!? I love it. And I wanted to make one just like it!

I read every word that Christy wrote about how she made her pretty wreath. So off I went to Michael’s to pick up everything I’d need to make Christy’s wreath.

And this where things started to go awry.

As I was looking at all the beautiful fall flowers, foliage, berries, twigs, and willowy thingies that fill the floral aisles at Michaels, I thought . “Well, I shouldn’t copy it exactly anyway. I’ll put my own little spin on it. Plus all of the pretty, fall foliage is 40% off!”

And well. I just couldn’t help myself.

I bought more than supplies than I needed to make Christy’s wreath.  I went overboard. And since I was going from my memory (never a good idea for me) of what was needed for Christy’s wreath, I just winged it.

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Remember, I’m no good at making bows so I had to buy one of those, too!

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Just look at the pretty artificial hydrangeas. How could I not include them?

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I started out just as Christy instructed. Starting with the furry stems at two opposing sides of the grapevine wreath. I think those furry stems are the only items that I bought that Christy listed to use. And I didn’t even get the right color! I told you I shouldn’t trust my memory!

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I just kept adding more of the small floral stems, grape clusters, and wheat stems, and whatever else caught my eye – working my way down those two sides of the wreath until I had a few bare inches left.

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And that’s where I added the 3 three large ivory daisies (?)…..

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and the big pre-tied burlap bow.

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It looks EXACTLY not like Christy’s wreath. But that’s okay. I still like it!

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What do you think of it? It’s definitely not as striking as Christy’s, but I think it will do nicely!

What about you, have you started fall decorating yet?

Powder Room Makeover About the Trim

When I look at pictures of rooms that I like, it’s about the trim. The trim catches my eye very time. When I was planning this powder room makeover, I knew that I wanted to incorporate wood moulding. I love the look of crown moulding, chair rails, bead board planks, chair railing . . . all that good wood stuff. I didn’t have experience working with wood trim, but I can read and watch videos. And I have the tools. So, after reading countless articles and watching plenty of videos, my power tools and I got to work! Let me refresh your memory of my powder room with a little before and after:

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First things first. I am NOT a DIY expert in any way, shape or form. I’m just a self-taught DIY blogger sharing my story about how I saved a ton of money by remodeling my powder room by myself. If I can inspire just one other woman to get outside of her comfort zone, pick up a power tool, learn how to use it safely, and tackle a project herself, then I will have attained my goal.

Okay, let’s go!

Removing baseboard trim IN ONE PIECE!

wood-trim-6 I used these three tools to remove the baseboard: a hammer, a retractable utility knife, and a 5-in-1 painter’s tool. If you don’t own a painter’s tool, run, don’t walk, to Home Depot or any hardware store and get one. Now they make 14-in-1’s, 6-in-1’s, etc. – looks like I need to upgrade! I’ve had this one for years and use it all. the. time.

removing-baseboard-createandbabble First, I ran the blade of the knife along the seams above and below the baseboard to break the seals of the old paint and caulking.

how-to-remove-baseboard Next, I positioned the edge of the painter’s tool into the crack between the wall and the baseboard and give the top of the painter’s tool a few taps with the hammer. Then I wiggled the painter’s tool from side to side which really helped loosen it from the wall.

how-to-remove-baseboard-in-one-piece I continued that tap-tap, wiggle-wiggle action every few inches until the entire length of baseboard was loosened.

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You may be asking why I didn’t use a crow bar. Well, the answer is: I was afraid that the one crow bar that I own was too big for this job and would have caused damage to the drywall and/or damaged the baseboard. Maybe a smaller crowbar would do the job, but I used what I had.

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Another question you may have: why did you remove the baseboard? Good question! Two reasons: 1. the vanity would not fit if the baseboard was still attached. You’ll see that shortly. 2. because I was adding bead board paintable wall paper and I wanted the wall paper to look seamless against the baseboard. I’ve installed wall paper years ago and I KNOW that I’m terrible, I mean really bad at trimming against a baseboard.

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Here’s what I mean: no jagged edges of wallpaper above the baseboard. By the way, that’s the same baseboard that I removed, sanded, and repainted before I reinstalled it. Looks like new!

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Now for the vanity side of the room.

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I measured that space many, many times,

diy powder room makeover and I measured the vanity many, many times . . .

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. . . and IT FIT! JUST FIT! It was tight, but it fit.

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But only by removing the wood trim from the door frame. Luckily I now had experience removing wood trim so it was easy to remove. And even easier to put back in thanks to the wonderful folks at Ryobi and my brand new Ryobi Air Strike Cordless Finish Nailer.

It was at that point that I realized that there was no way that I would be able to use bead board planks on the wall. The doors on the vanity would not be able to open. So that’s why I used the paintable bead board wallpaper.

Before I move on to the rest of wood trim in this room, I just want to say something about Ryobi tools. And I don’t want to sound like a commercial because it is not. Yes, they did give me the finish nailer BUT they did not pay me to write this. I have so much respect and admiration for this company (Ryobi). I had the pleasure of meeting some of their representatives at the Haven Conference in July. They were so sincerely nice and helpful. I got the sense from talking with them that it’s not just about selling power tools. It’s about education. Education and empowerment. And that women can hang curtain rod hardware, install towel bars and toilet paper holders, build workbenches, paint storage shelves, and farmhouse tables, and remodel their own powder rooms if they want to and have the right, easy-to-use tools to do it. Why is Helen Reddy’s I am Woman Hear Me Roar playing in my head right now? Is it in your head too? You’re welcome ; )

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What I like most about this nailer is that it’s cordless and there’s no loud air compressor to deal with. Somehow, Ryobi uses some fancy, schmancy technology which eliminates the need for noisy compressors, bulky hoses or expensive gas cartridges. Another thing I like about Ryobi tools is that their tools don’t come with another battery. You can use one the 18V ONE+ batteries that you already have.

wood-trim-19 Back to the vanity. I had to perform a little surgery on the back panel of the vanity to accommodate the drain pipe. And yes, I used a Ryobi tool. This time I used the Reciprocating Saw. That little “v” cut isn’t pretty, I know! But no one can see it (except you right now) and it does the job.

poweder room trim For the trim above and below the glass tile border, I used this cabinet trim moulding from Home Depot. I cut the ends at a 45 degree angle using my Ryobi miter saw to get a mitered corner in each corner of the room. I painted the wood with two coats of primer first, then two coats of my favorite white paint. It’s the same paint I used on the staircase makeover and kitchen cabinets.

wood-trim-powder-room After installing the trim, I filled the nails holes with some nail hole filler, then sanded and touched up with a little paint.

One more piece to add!

So there you have it. How I installed the trim in my new powder room. But there’s more to come. Next week we’ll talk about CROWN MOULDING! Oy! Here’s a peek:

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And no, I won’t be offering a tutorial on how to install crown moulding. I’ll leave that to the experts. But I will provide some great resources to get you started.

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Did you join Ryobi Nation yet? You did? Great! Could you do me a favor and vote for my workbench? If you haven’t joined yet, please do! I’m in a contest to win $1,000 of power tools! But I need your votes. You can vote once a day (one vote per household per day, please!) Besides helping me win the power tools, you’ll have access to tons of great plans and even receive special offers for members only! You can even enter your own projects into contests and maybe win some power tools, too! Let me know if you do, I’ll vote for ya!

DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission that helps defray the costs of keeping this blog running. Also, as mentioned, Ryobi provided the finish nailer that I used. The rest of the Ryobi power tools mentioned in this post were provided by Santa, aka Dan. As always, I only recommend products and services that I use and love and I love my Ryobi power tools! All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Powder Room Makeover

Remember when I told you about the 30-day Room Challenge? It turned out to be 38 days, but who’s counting? My powder room makeover is done. Well, ALMOST done. There are a few finishing touches that I need to do but for the most part it is done! And I have to say it was more of a complete remodel than a makeover.
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Since I love before and after photos, I’m betting you do, too.

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This was a huge project for me even though it’s the smallest room in the house.

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My original plan was to install beadboard planks to the lower part of the walls. I bought the planks, cut them and painted them. But then the plan had to change. Since the vanity is as wide as the room, the doors on the vanity would not be able to open with the planks attached to the wall. No bueno.
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Enter Plan B. paintable wallpaper! Lesson learned: always have a Plan B (and maybe a C and D, too ; )

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There were a lot of “firsts” for me in this remodel. Like installing glass tile . . .

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. . .  installing a new toilet (that was way easier than I thought it would be) . . .

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. . . . installing a faucet,  framing a mirror . . .

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. . .  wallpapering a ceiling (yep, there’s wallpaper on my ceiling) and the BIG TROUBLE MAKER: crown molding!

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I love having a big vanity in here. I know most small powder room have pedestal sinks, but I despised that sink! There was no room for anything. I don’t get the logic behind pedestal sinks. To me it makes more sense to have as big of a vanity as possible. After all, it’s a bathroom. Why do I need the extra, unusable space that a pedestal sink provides? It’s not like I’m entertaining guests in there. It’s a one-person-at-a-time room.

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Since there is only one other bathroom in my house, I use this powder room to do my hair and makeup every morning. That way Dan has use of the main bathroom upstairs quicker than if he had to wait for me. This vanity (from Home Depot) has a huge bottom drawer that has a pull-out tray for makeup storage. I love it!

Every time I come into this room I think, I did this. I certainly learned a lot from this remodel and made plenty of mistakes, too. But you can’t learn if you don’t try, right?

I’ll be posting how-to’s, resources, tools used and costs in future posts. I’ll also tell you when I had to call in help. A big THANK YOU to Serena at Thrift Diving for hosting the 30-Day Room Makeover Challenge!

Oh, and one last thing, do you remember the workbench that I made? Well it’s in a contest over at Ryobi Nation and I really need your votes! The prize is $1000 of power tools! And I would love to win, but I need your help. Please register as a member (if you’re not a a member already) at Ryobi Nation – it’s fast, easy and free. Then click here to vote once a day until the contest ends on September 30. THANK YOU!!!

Blogland Tour

I was asked to write about what goes on behind the scenes at Create & Babble as part of a tour through blogland. I was introduced on the tour by Sondra at Sondra Lyn at Home.

I had the pleasure of meeting Sondra this summer at a blogging conference and she was just as sweet in person as she is on her blog. We hit it off right away. Probably because we’re from the same generation and we are both newish grandmothers! I must admit that I’m a little green with envy that she gets to stay home and watch her precious grandson everyday ; )

Sondra’s blog is not only full of great decorating ideas, but also tips and tricks. Like this one where she tells us how to preserve pumkins:

How-to-Preserve-Pumpkins-for-Decor-Sondra-Lyn-at-Home1 And she’s crafty, too. Look at these cute notepads:

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There’s so much eye candy at SondraLyn At Home!

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As part of this blogland tour, I am to answer four questions. Here we go!

1. What am I working on?

Right now, I am finishing up the remodeling my powder room. Some times I tell myself that I bit off more than I can chew, but I have to say that it’s been quite the learning process. There have been a lot of firsts for me in this project. Like installing glass tile for the first time and removing and replacing wood trim. Both of those turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. Another first is installing crown molding. As of this minute I am failing terribly but I’m not waving a white flag….yet! UPDATE: it turned out pretty good!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That’s easy. Because it’s ME talking. And it’s MY experience that I’m sharing.  And it will be different from any other blogger. Of course you may see some similar projects around blogland, but we all have our own individual writing styles, senses of humor, and ways of doing things that aren’t alike at all.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?’

Another easy question for me. Because I LOVE IT! I have never felt so passionate about anything before in my life (besides family, of course). This blog is my fourth child! I often think how different my life would be now if all of this would have been available when I was in my 20’s or 30’s.

4. How does your writing/ creating process work?

This is a tough one. I honestly fly by the seat of my pants most days. I wish I could say that I’m so organized and planned into the future, but I’m not. Maybe some day this can become my full-time job and I’ll be more organized, but for now this is how it is ; ) And it seems to be working out okay. I just make what I want to make and then talk about it. Yep, that’s my writing/creating process: making pretty things, making things pretty and then talking about it! Simple as that!

Now, I’d like to introduce you to two blogging friends of mine. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may recognize them since they have contributed here in the past.

The first is Maureen from Red Cottage Chronicles. Maureen and I have been online friends for a few years and we’re hoping to meet in person next year at a blog conference.

Hey All!  I am Maureen from Red Cottage Chronicles.  I have a passion for baking and love to share my adventures in my tiny cottage kitchen.  I am currently navigating my way through part-time studies to achieve my baking certificate from a local culinary school.  I am married for 28 years to my high school sweetheart who is always more than happy to be the official taste tester! 

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Did you just gain 10 pounds looking at those desserts, ’cause I think I did!

Now meet my funny, smart, and very talented friend Leilani from Keeping Up With Mrs. Smith.

Hello! I’m Mrs. Smith and I live in a fixer-upper with Mr. Smith and two cats. When I’m not eating scones and enjoying coffee in our sleeping porch, I’m making some other kind of food or fixing up some other room in the house. I’m all about upcycling, dinner parties, growing food, the smell of dirt, and kitty snuggles.

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Leilani recently updated her “rumpus room” as part of the same 30-day room challenge that I’m doing. I’m sure she’d love to show you how she took upcycling to a whole, new level!

DIY Distressed Wood Welcome Sign

One of the benefits of my woodworking hobby is that I have lots of wood scraps. I used to have run to the craft store to buy small boards but not anymore!  I now have a small stockpile to choose from to make wooden signs. You see wooden signs everywhere. I came across one that caught my eye recently. It was $35. Pffft. I can make that for nothin’. And you can, too. Feel free to pin this image to one of your Pinterest Boards to save it.

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I experimented with layering paint to get the old, weathered, distressed look to my sign. It was easy. If you want to make one here’s what you’ll need:

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A piece of wood. I’m using a leftover of 6″ wide tongue and groove board.

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Paint it with any white paint you have. (Then take a bad cell phone picture!)

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Once the white paint is dry, use a black chalky-type paint for the next layer. I used the new Martha Stewart chalky paint that I found at Michaels. It’s a little pricey so use a coupon!

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When the chalky paint is dry, it’s time to give the piece a good sanding, especially around the edges where the board would naturally show age.

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One more layer of white paint. This time I used DecoArt Crackle Medium. It’s designed to be mixed with other colors, but I just used it straight out of the jar since I wanted white.

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While the paint was drying, I used my Silhouette to cut the letters for my sign out of leftover vinyl.

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After the last coat of paint is good and dry, transfer the letters to the board making sure all of the edges of the letters are well adhered to the board.

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Then paint over the entire board, letters and all with one more coat of black paint. I know that the paint looks gray in this photo – I lightened it up so you can see the vinyl letters under the paint.

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Then the fun part: peel off the vinyl letters!

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Go over the entire board with a sanding sponge until you get the amount of distressing that you want.

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Hang it near or on your front door to welcome your guests! (Then pat yourself on the back that you just saved $35 plus shipping!)

Pretty Pumpkins

Did you see the velvet pumpkins that I made last year? You didn’t! Oh you’ve gotta see them!

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I had tried making them using regular thread but the thread kept breaking because I was trying to gather the top really tight. And then it hit me: DENTAL FLOSS. Yep. Dental floss saved the day. I was able to pull the gathering stitch very tightly and it worked like a charm.

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The folks at Hometalk really liked it and asked if I would curate a board of other DIY Pumpkins. Of course I said yes. It was fun browsing through all of the great pumpkin ideas.

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Have you started decorating for Fall yet? I’m one of those that dreads seeing summer come to end, but having pretty Fall decorations sure does help the transition to shorter, cooler days.

Salvaged Wood Chalkboard

Back in May, Dan and I went for a drive to our favorite bicycle shop. To buy a bicycle-built-for-two, or otherwise known as a tandem bicycle.  But don’t worry. This post isn’t about bicycles. It really is about a salvaged wood chalkboard! I’ll save the bicycle story for another day ; )

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So, you may be asking yourself why a post about a salvaged wood chalkboard starts off with talking about a bicycle shop. Stay with me. You’ll see.

This bicycle shop happens to be located in the northern part of Lancaster County. Where a lot of Mennonite and Amish live. Where Mennonites and Amish live is where you will find plenty of roadside produce stands and small retail shops that sell antiques, quilts, crafts, etc. Now we don’t usually stop at these stands because we are surrounded by Amish farms right in our own neighborhood.

But on this road to the bicycle shop is one place my neighborhood doesn’t have.

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This place. This place full of all things salvaged. It doesn’t have a name. At least that I know of.

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As you can see, there are lots of old windows….

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iron gates…..

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and beautiful, old doors. I tried to buy this one, but someone beat me to it!

This is also the place where I found the vintage laddder.

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Inside one of the old sheds, you will this Mennonite gentleman (he and his wife own this little gem of a place) making these mirrors from salvaged wood. By hand.

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I asked about the wood that he uses to make the mirrors. He told me a story about how an old building in a neighboring town was torn down and he bought all of the wood siding. All of it. And he’s been making these mirrors ever since. He said he can’t make them fast enough. He has orders for hundreds of them. Seems his business has been very successful through word-of-mouth. He showed me his notebook full of handwritten orders. No computers here. Remember, no electricity.

I asked him if I could buy some of the salvaged wood to make my own mirror. He was happy to lead us into the barn to pick out the pieces of wood. That was an experience! We had to navigate up two flights of steep, crooked, half-broken sets of stairs (ladders really) that had no railing, to the loft of that big, old barn. I have to admit that I didn’t walk up those steps – it was more of a crawl!

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And there it was. Stacks and stacks of this old, salvaged wood siding. I quickly picked out my pieces and wondered how the heck we were going to carry them down those steps!

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I soon found out!

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He just slid them hrough the loft door!

Once my wood was home, I kept thinking about those mirrors. Did I really want to make a mirror? Or something else? Something else became a chalkboard.

I used my miter saw to cut the pieces of wood, then nailed and glued them together.

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It’s not the best miter cut job ever. In fact I wanted to redo them but Dan convinced me that since the wood was old, chippy, and imperfect that it was good that the corners were imperfect, too. I like his way of thinking!

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After applying several coats of blackboard paint onto a sheet of thin plywood, I stapled the plywood onto the back of the imperfect frame.

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I would think that the old chippy paint is probably lead paint, so I rolled on a few coats of polycrylic to keep  the chippy paint from flaking off.

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I found the perfect place to hang it. It’s short passageway to the hallway from the kitchen and the bare walls were screaming for this big chalkboard.

I would love to have an entire wall painted with chalkboard paint, but I’m too chicken to do it! Would you? Or is this big, old salvaged wood chalkboard enough? For now, it is for me!

 

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Lavender and Mason Jars

Hi friends! Thank you to everyone who entered the Ball Jar giveaway. The winner has been notified and she will receive her prize pack in a couple of weeks. Speaking of the Ball Jars, I want to show you what I did with some of mine over the weekend. Painting mason jars is pretty popular right now so I had to give it a try. I have a big bunch of dried lavender that needed a home so I put the two together and came up with a pretty way to display both.

lavender and mason jars Since I don’t normally use a lot of the typical falls colors in my decorating, I thought this shade of purple would make a nice transition from Summer to Fall in my living room. And the fragrance from the lavender is heavenly.
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I had enough paint, jars, and lavender to make three. One for me and two to giveaway as gifts.

This was a super easy project. I simply painted the jars with some acrylic craft paint, used a sanding sponge to add some distressing, and tied some torn scrap fabric around the top of each jar.

I tried to grown lavender this year but it didn’t make it. I had read that it’s easy to grow. Not for me. I did a little researching and it seems lavender likes well drained soil. Maybe that was the problem. Do you grow lavender successfully? If so, I’d love to hear your secrets to success!

How to Hang Pegboard Without Drilling into Cinder Block

Yes, that’s one long title right there! And those are the exact words that I used in my google search and found absolutely no answer on how to hang a pegboard WITHOUT drilling into cinder block. I can’t believe I’m the only one who wants to hang a pegboard without drilling into cinder block! So I had to come up with my own way.
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If you want to hang a pegboard in your basement without drilling into cinderblock (are they called cinderblock or cement block? Is there a difference?) HERE’S HOW:

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Get yourself some 1″ x 2″ x 10′ boards and cut them in half.

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Then grab your tall, dark, and handsome son (don’t have one? you can borrow mine ; ) and have him stand on a chair, or more safely: a step ladder, and screw the 1″ x 2″ x 5′ boards into the floor joists, right up against the cement block wall. Keep in mind that my basement is unfinished so the ceiling of the basement IS the floor joists. Well, floor joists and insulation. We used two 2-1/2 wood screws to attach each 1″ x 2″ boards to 5 floor joists.

how-to-hang-a-pegboard-without-drilling-into-cinderblock-walls Staple gun or nail your pegboards to the 1″ x 2″ boards. I used 2 sheets of 2′ x 4′ pegboards that I bought at Home Depot. Nail or staple a 1″ x 2″ board across the top to give the pegboard a framed, finished look.

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Since I’m only about five feet tall, it worked out perfectly for me to have the bottom of the pegboard right up against the top of my workbench. If you are taller, then you’ll want to hang it higher or add additional pegboards above the lower ones.

attached-pegboard-to-basement-walls-without-drilling-into-cinder-blocks Here’s a close up of the 1″ x 2″ boards screwed into the floor joists above.  Since I don’t plan on hanging heavy tools on my pegboard, I am confident that my pegboard will hold all of my small tools and DIY supplies, like paint brushes, screw drivers, etc. All of the heavy stuff is on the shelf of my workbench.

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And just for fun, here’s a behind the scenes look (and a peek at my somewhat cluttered basement). I need to get some lights hung and maybe find one of those padded floor mats. That basement floor is hard and cold!

So what do you think of this solution for hanging a pegboard without drilling into the cement block walls? If you like it, feel free to pin it!
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DIY Workbench

My love of DIY continues to grow. And so does my supply of tools and everything DIY. Which is not a bad thing until said tools are in just about every room of my house and scattered all over the basement floor. It was time to take action. It was time for a DIY workbench.
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Thanks to the free DIY workbench plans that I found at Shabby2Chic I was able to make this awesome workbench all by myself!

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I can’t believe I’m showing this photo, but now you see why I needed this workbench!

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I followed the plans exactly so I’m not going to give a step-by-step tutorial but I will share some photos that show how the workbench came together.
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It all started with this small pile of wood from Home Depot. And my son, his muscles, and his pickup truck.

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After I cut all of the wood to size using my Ryobi table saw and Ryobi circular saw, it was time to make pocket holes for the first time! I was so excited to do this. I had learned how to drill pocket holes using a Kreg Jig last month at a DIY blogging conference and couldn’t wait to put my brand-spankin’-new K4 to use.
I can’t believe how excited I am about this whole DIY thing – but it’s so empowering and rewarding to just make your own stuff! And not to mention that it’s a whole lot cheaper and it’s way better quality!
workbench frame

Here is the frame of the workbench (in a bad cell phone pic) all screwed and glued. At this point I kept saying under my breath: please be square, please be square. And it was ; )

And yes, that is a laundry basket holding the wood scraps. Yeah, I know. But it works for now ; )

workbench wheels

The final step before the big flip was attaching the locking casters.

workbench top

Then it was time to attach the top of the workbench and bottom shelf with the Ryobi Airstrike Stapler. (I did need some son-muscle help lifting the MDF into place)

diy workbench

I painted the legs and frame with primer + paint and sealed the MDF with Polycrylic. I think that’s just about the prettiest workbench I ever did see! I’m thrilled that I was able to make it and even more thrilled that all my tools and supplies have one happy home! I’ll tell you all about the pegboard and how I hung it (without drilling into the cement blocks) in a future post. UPDATE: Here is how I attached a pegboard to my cinderblock without drilling into the blocks.

This workbench has been entered into a contest on Ryobi Nation and I have a chance to win $1,000 of power tools! Your votes can help me win!

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Just click on the Ryobi Nation photo above. They will ask you to sign in or register first. Then just go back to my project and vote! You will know your vote registered when it says “Thanks for voting”!

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