When I (Steph) moved into my house 3 years ago I quickly realized I needed to figure out how to take care of my lawn. I had three options:
Mom found a reel mower (manual push mower) at a yard sale and brought it to me to try out. I was not sure this "old fashion" mower would do the job, but I was really surprised at how well it worked. I also invested in a manual edger. Look below for some pictures of these tools in action!
We had so much fun making concrete pumpkins for Halloween that we decided to try another concrete fall decor project. This time we wanted to try out a new product, RapidSet, which we learned about from a Home Depot Pro. It's a very strong cement (concrete being cement + sand and rocks). It's very smooth and can be removed from a mold in 1 hour.
We’ve had lots of fun sharing and building our tiny barn doors over the last few months, but have really wanted to try our hand at building and installing a full-size door.
I’ve (Vicki) been wanting to replace the door to my laundry room because it opens into the room making the space feel and function smaller than it really is. I thought a sliding door would free up the space. Thanks to CrownBolt, who sells products exclusively in Home Depot under the Everbilt label, we were able to finally get this project underway.
Having just discovered how fun and easy it is to work with concrete, Steph thought a plastic pumpkin would make a great concrete mold.The advantage for those of us living in warm to hot autumn weather is a concrete pumpkin will not rot and can be left out all October. Win!
All of these pumpkins start with a mold made from a $1 plastic pumpkin. Seems like these are in every big box store you go into these days! We picked up three (purple of course).
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.