Recently we were trying to spray paint, under a deadline to finish, but it was really windy out wrecking havoc with our efforts! We needed help. We searched Steph’s garage and came up with a child-size pop-up tent. Surely this would work!
We found out quickly that our homemade spray paint tent didn’t provide the wind protection we needed, plus it kept blowing over and there was no way to secure it into place. It’s a great play space for kids, not so much a paint space for DIYers!
This summer we discovered "bunch o balloons” (self-filling water balloons), and boy are they a bunch of fun! The nephews/grands enjoyed many water balloon fights with them!
We discovered once the balloons were gone, we were left with plastic water hose fittings which looked like they’d make an awesome DIY fountain. Check out the video above to see the fountain come together!
It’s inventible, you will have a home emergency--you don’t know when, you don’t know what, but it WILL happen. Unfortunately, it happens to all homeowners at some point! Check out the video below for some tips on how to turn off water, power, gas, etc. in an emergency.
A few months ago an extension cord got stuck in my leaf blower. Everyone in the family tried removing it but it would not budge. We decided there was no hope removing the cord so we cut the cord off the leaf blower in order to replace the plug. Watch the video above to see the project.
Steph has been adding to her home automation collection ever since purchasing her house in 2013. I just got my first smart device this summer. I’m a little slower, maybe even reluctant, to add automation to my way of doing things mainly due to lack of knowledge about what is available and what exactly I need.
I have a lot of trees in my yard so that means I have a lot of fallen leaves! I have tried all kinds of tools to make leaf collection easier, but nothing has worked as well as the lawn and leaf chute I picked up at Home Depot. Watch the video above to see it in action!
Steph is on a mission to convince me that battery powered tools are a viable alternative to their corded counterparts. As a millennial, she has grown up with all things battery powered and has no doubt that they all work well. I, as a Baby Boomer, having experienced first gen battery powered tools, am not quite as convinced of their usefulness. Anyone who used a first gen battery powered tool probably ditched it for a corded version pretty quickly.
We were so pleased with our first concrete project that we decided to make more! Concrete really lends itself to creative expression.
The same weekend I found the silicone bundt pan we used in the concrete lamp, I also found these vintage 1971 statues. At .50 cents for the pair, I knew they were coming home with me as I thought they might lend themselves to a concrete makeover of some sort.
One of the classes Steph took at the Haven DIY Conference was learning how to cast with concrete. The class, sponsored by Quikrete, was taught by blogger, Ben of Home-Made Modern, the guru of all things concrete! Steph made this fun concrete hand in the class (see below).
Steph, being more technically minded than myself, installed a very handy USB port on her kitchen counter shortly after moving into her house. Despite remodeling a few years ago, I didn’t see the need to have one installed.
Well, fast forward four years and I now see the need to have one! In this video, we install a USB outlet at my kitchen counter. With an installed USB port all I need now is the USB cable to charge my phone. I love that the port is at counter top height rather than the normal electrical outlet height. Not really a problem for me now, but as I age, it could be.
(Disclosure: we were given this pole saw by Ryobi to try. All opinions and evaluations are our own.)
When we were at a recent blogging conference we had the opportunity to try out Ryobi’s line of battery powered tools. I’ve had battery powered tools in the past, but was never impressed with their performance so I’ve been reluctant to try them again.
On our first trip to Rockler (best woodworking shop!), we purchased a bunch of stuff including this $5.00 silicone glue brush. In the short time I’ve had it, it’s become an essential part of my “tool box” although I have found several “off-label” uses for it.
This is what the product description says about it:
"This brush features silicone bristles that are easy to wash with water, and quickly shed dried glue for long-lasting service. They're also spaced to hold plenty of wet glue, meaning less time dipping and more time spreading. Use the narrow dimension for edges and the wide dimension for faces. The paddle end opposite the bristles can be used like a pen for finer detail work such as mortise and tenon, dovetail, and boxjoints, or like a spatula for spreading glue into grooves and mortises."
It’s definitely designed for the workshop, but I haven't used it for its intended purpose yet, with the exception of DIY projects with craft glue! Take a look at some of the ways I’ve used it:
Steph and I just returned from our very first blogging conference. The conference is called Haven in Atlanta, GA. It's a three day conference for DIY bloggers offering blogging business classes, hand-on workshop to try new tools, techniques, and products, opportunity to connect with other bloggers, and time to interact with 20+ brands in attendance.
There's a lot of new lighting going on at my house these days. First it was the smart strips lights above my cabinets, and then smart bulbs in three of my lamps (no more old-school light timers at my house) and now, new LED bulbs for my living room.
As part of the remodel of my house in 2012, I requested lots (and I mean lots) of overhead lighting to be installed. One of the purposes of the remodel was to make our space into a home where my husband and I could “age in place.” Making our home accessible as we age did not mean we had to sacrifice design and style. Most people don't realize the house has handicap accessible features, they just see modern design and comfort.