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.
There are so many resources for sparking creativity and imagination: blogs, videos, old craft books & magazines. A trip to the library or used book store is in order for finding vintage ideas that can be made 'new' using current tools and materials. I’ve come across books, pamphlets, and magazines in my own thrifting that offer a wealth of ideas.
This journal idea was found in the 1998 book, At Home for Christmas*.
Yes, there is such thing as spray paint for vinyl. Rust-Oleum makes it and it is actually called Fabric and Vinyl Paint although I’ve tried it on fabric and it was a FAIL! I would have to do more testing to see if it also works on fabric. But this post is about using it on a vinyl chair so let me walk you though what I did.
Sixteen years ago, Steph and I tackled the removal and installation of a new garage door opener at my house. It was after that successful, but extremely difficult install, that we decided that some things can be DIYed, but some things require a pro. Today was one of those days where it was better off bringing in a pro rather than DIYing.
Some weeks back I was working in the garage and throwing boxes out of the garage. One got hung up on the top of the garage door which I failed to remove before closing the door. Somehow that little cardboard box broke the door. The door continued to close but not all the way.
Fast forward to this week when I mentioned I found a little pile of ‘stuff' in the garage left from some critter. That’s when my husband said that maybe it was time to get the door fixed.
One of the things I had my electrician add when I remodeled my house in 2012 was to put an outlet above the kitchen cabinets in anticipation of adding lights at some point. A while back Steph and I saw these Philips Hue lights (shown below) on sale at Home Depot and we picked them up for my kitchen. I knew I wanted remote control lights and these smart lights fit the bill.
The hardest thing about installing these lights was dragging the 10" tall ladder from Steph's house and brining it into my house! Check out the simple install for these lights in the video above.
When I was in the process of buying my home, I had a home inspection done. It was very thorough. One thing I remember being on the report, which at the time I thought was a little silly to point out on an inspection, were three holes in the outside stucco. It looks like the previous owner drilled three anchors and screws into the stucco to place something on the wall.
I have been known to stop and pick up trash along the road, not just any trash—I’m particular about my trash. It needs to be a piece of furniture in terrible shape that the owner has determined is not even fit to donate to a thrift so out to the curb it goes. This little sewing machine bench was on the curb in my neighborhood along with its water damaged, beyond repair sewing machine cabinet buddy. I passed this sad little pair three times before I decided to load up the bench. The cabinet was just in too bad of shape to take and try to rehab.
The bench sat outside another week before I had a idea for its transformation. I decided it would make a great clothes hamper for my bathroom. I’ve needed one for a while and just hadn’t found anything I’d want sitting out in the open where it can be seen.
When the grands/nephews ask Mother Daughter Projects to make them something, well, this grandma and aunt can't say no!
Tyler, the older of the two, asked us to make a submarine for his stuffed animal friend and of course, Andrew, wanted one too. The submarine had to be "like Mickey's" from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He directed us to the cartoon episode where we could find a picture of it so we could do our "research!"
We came up with a similar enough looking submarine, that floated, and pleased both of the boys. Take a look at how we made the subs from mostly recycled materials.
For some reason, I had a box of puppy pads at my house. I probably got them at a yard sale with the thought of using them in some way. Well, use them I have, and none of them involve a puppy!
To complete the floating desk nook we added a lightbox art piece and holders for the computer speakers. Both were made from recycled materials with some purchased parts. Take a look at how we took a metal frame from a deconstructed desk and turned it into a lightbox.