Although this is not a sponsored post, we were given concrete from Quikrete. It was delivered right to the garage! Now we want all the heavy things delivered.
Our bench entry for the Instagram Builder’s Challenge deviated from Ana White’s plan (everyone in the challenge had to use her plan) in that we used concrete for the bench seat rather than wood. We’ve used concrete before, but not in this large a project.
We initially planned on doing one large piece of concrete, but changed to casting three separate pieces. The change was to accommodate my (Vicki) inability to lift or bend due to cataract surgery recovery during the bench build. We decided that Steph would be able to carry one piece at a time without needing extra help.
I think even if I had not been recovering from surgery, we would have come to the conclusion that three smaller pieces rather than one was much more DIY friendly.
We really enjoying using concrete. It’s a versatile and creative product plus you don't know how something is going to turn out so you always have that surprise to look forward to!
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Steph has a pretty private backyard, but there's one spot where she can clearly see her neighbors. She has been wanting to create some kind of privacy “fence” to block the view. Months ago, we decided we would do a bench with a tall back to create the privacy she needed. That’s where we stalled on the project!
Our incentive to get working on the project came when we saw that the annual Instagram Builder’s Challenge project plan was an Ana White bench. Perfect! We needed a bench, and were all in to challenge ourselves to complete the bench in the three week time limit. We decided to customize her basic plan with a tall lattice back and a concrete seat rather than wood in the original plan.
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Recently, we were asked by Kreg to create a sponsored Mother’s Day project for BuildSomething.com. Being that we are Mother Daughter Projects, what better team to ask than us?! We have purchased and used a number of Kreg products over the years, and jumped at the chance to add a project to Build Something!
Check out the tutorial for how to transfer pictures to wood below!
Ever had one of those projects that seemed to take a long time to finish? This little Starbucks’ decor inspired table was that kind of project for us!
Many months ago we saw a little side table at our neighborhood Starbucks that we thought we could DIY. The Starbucks table had a metal base with a wood top--very industrial looking.
During a recent trip to our local Ace Hardware, we discovered they had mini bags of Quikrete mortar mix. Well, we had to buy it, cause you know, “everything in mini form” is totally cute!
Now, what to do with our little mini bag? While in Target’s home accessory aisle, we happened upon a marble and wood decor piece which gave both of us the same idea- at the same time. A concrete and wood door stop!
Once home we found a beautiful scrap of wood that would become the base and on another Ace trip we found the perfect hardware to use as a handle.
Mother Daughter Projects was conceived from an off-handed comment from me (Vicki) during the rescreening of Steph’s porch two years ago. The screening of the porch was one of the last large home repair projects that needed to be completed after Steph closed on her house. Because she had been burned by the installers of her carpet and vinyl planking flooring, she was reluctant to hire this out. She did the research and decided it was a project we could tackle ourselves.
Two years later, we are happy to report that all is holding tight even through a couple of high winds storms here in Tallahassee, FL over that period of time.
In the video above, we share a couple of updates on the screening project. Check it out!
For a recent live demonstration of power tools, we made two versions of a wood tray. A pallet version you can see here and this version using purchased lumber.
If you've followed us for some time, you know that we like our pallets! We have utilized pallet wood in a number of projects including shelves, a coffee station, sign and now we add a pallet wood tray to our inventory of posts!
For a presentation of Power Tools 101 this spring at the Tallahassee French Country Market, we created this tray out of pallet wood. We used the build to demonstrate how to use various power tools in real time.
As far as pallet projects go, this is more straight forward than most. We used a pallet we found at a motorcycle shop. It ended up being the exact width we needed for our tray so no trimming of the boards, with the exception of the end boards was needed!
Recently we finished my walk-in closet makeover. With that complete, I wanted to turn my old closet into a full storage closet. When I moved in, all my closets had that wire type shelving (which I really don't like). I ripped it all out and planned to make build-in wood shelves. Well, it's time to make that happen! Read below to see how to used three materials to make each of these shelves!
Like many homeowners, Steph had those plastic decorative panels on the outside of her garage windows. She never liked them, so when we recently made some changes to her garage door, one of those changes was to muscle those out and toss them in the garbage.
She liked the look of the open windows, but this being Florida, she didn't like the overabundance of light and heat the windows now let in! I know, Florida problems ?
The solution came in the form of painter's tape and frosted glass spray! Here's what we did to reduce the amount of heat and light coming in and add a little update to the windows.
There's a lot of interest in garage floor coatings—the appeal of which is the ease of cleaning and the fresh look it gives to the floor. But what to choose?
In January 2016, we used Rust-Oleum’s RockSolid floor coating in silver bullet metallic on Steph’s garage floor. RockSolid is an epoxy like product advertised has having superior quality and durability as well as being DIY friendly. One year later—how’s it holding up?
Watch the video above and read more below!
When I moved into my (Steph) house 4 years ago, the master bedroom had a closet in the hallway and a second, walk-in closet. I thought the hallway closet was adequate and the walk-in would be a great room for storage and an audio recording booth (I know, nerdy and not really on most peoples' 'must' list- but it was on mine).
Now that I have made a recording booth in my office closet, I was ready to make the walk-in closet- well, a closet! Follow the journey below...
We just finished a makeover of my walk-in closet. While working on it, I realized I needed a place to store scarves and hats. I checked the store for solutions but couldn't find the right thing at an affordable price. We decided to DIY something! Check out how we made this organizer with spare cabinet knobs.
I have loved Lego most of my life. In high school, when my brother went into the military, I got to take over his room. This meant I had a bedroom, bathroom, and extra room all to myself! I went to decorating them in my style and the bathroom got a Lego makeover. Since that time, I've wanted to expand on that theme and make a whole Lego room! I told myself- "one day when I get my own house I will have a room just for my Lego collection!"
No one thought I would really do it (even me) but in 2013 I bought my first house- and there it was- a room for my Lego collection! I guess I could have made it a guest room or office- but I had another room for that.
I went to work right away at creating the ultimate adult lego room! (What makes it adult? Maybe that it’s more organized than a kid's room typically would be :)
Most Saturday mornings I’m off to yard sales in search of treasures to upcycle. I often come across chairs and really have to restrain myself from buying more—that’s because I have a dozen or more currently stored in my garage!
This week, one of those chairs got a long-awaited makeover. This wrought iron, mid-century chair was purchased for the whopping sum of $1.00. It was structurally sound but needed work on the veneer, new upholstery, and new feet.