Inspiration for DIY projects can come from almost anywhere! This project inspiration was from a quick clip from the movie, Princess Diaries 2.
While watching this movie with my grandchildren, the middle child spotted a cat on a hammock and wanted us to build one for their cat, Axel. (They also now have new kitty, Bella.)
To us it looked like a PVC project so we told him we'd try to recreate it for him.
This is how we did it.
What better than a DIY project for your pet? Well, 10 of them to choose from! Take a look at some of the pet projects we've done over the years.
Tosh, the greyhound, has LOTS of toys because greyhounds playing with toys is super cute!
But unlike most dogs, Tosh does NOT tear up or destroy her toys. So because the humans keep buying cute toys, the toy situation has gotten out of control.
Time for some new storage to accommodate her growing collection. And, because of the design of this storage, her collection continues to rotate as she plays with them. No boredom for the grey!
We are continuing our compilation series of like projects and this week, we are spotlighting projects for the kitchen and bathroom!
All are quick and mostly easy improvements, maintenance, or repairs.
Take a look, maybe there's a project here that you need to tackle at your house.
One of the things we learned through our recent partnership with the Sunjoy Company was becoming aware of all the replacement parts they offer.
We have a Hampton Bay grill gazebo that we got at Home Depot a few years ago. We discovered that many of the gazebos on the market today are actually made by Sunjoy and sold under various brands. But! Even if your gazebo is not branded Sunjoy, replacement canopy parts may be available.
Replacing the canopy parts certainly extends the life of your gazebo.
This easy DIY may just save your life!
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It's naturally occurring and can be found in homes and other building everywhere.
Testing is a simple way to discover if your home is at risk.
The time has come to wash the Home Reserve couch cushion covers since it's been a year. Although, the covers don't look dirty, we know they are as dogs and humans have made daily use of the couch.
Prior to attempting to wash the cover, Steph contacted Home Reserve to get first-hand information on exactly how to safely wash the cushions. She made the graphic below which summarizes their advice. (click on graphic below to download and print)
In eight years time since starting MDP, we've done a lot of home maintenance projects. Some have been massive, but others, like these, are simple and can be started and finished in the same day!
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This is a sponsored project by Sunjoy.
This is the perfect time of year to be thinking about your spring into summer outdoor living space.
By partnering with Sunjoy, maker of outdoor structures, Steph and I were able to transform her backyard into a personal retreat with a soft-top gazebo as the centerpiece.
While scrolling through the Sunjoy website to determine which gazebo to choose, we were immediately drawn to this one.
As we live in Florida, I think you can figure out why! (Mosquito netting!)
Storage seems to be an ongoing struggle for many people. Just how do you store all the stuff that you need or want to keep? By DIYing storage you can create exactly what you need, for the stuff you need to store.
Here are five unexpected DIY solutions to try out!
One thing you can always count on as a homeowner is always searching for better and more efficient storage! We are no exception.
Here are a variety of storage options for garages; especially if your garage is also your workshop like ours.
Steph is an original Harry Potter fan. We have fun memories of staying up till midnight to purchase the original books. Good times!
With her love of all things Harry Potter, she wanted to share that with her niblings once each turned 10.
This past December was Andrew's turn when he turned 10. To celebrate and to introduce him to the Harry Potter series, Steph purchased the entire book collection for him for his birthday.
To make the gift even more special, she designed a book crate especially for him to store his books.
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With almost any hobby, sport, or fitness activity, there is always stuff that is needed which then must be stored!
Steph has been utilizing Apple Fitness + for yoga and other exercise and has accumulated a storage tub full of essential gear. Up to now, she's stored that stuff in a storage tub in the living room. It was not a pretty sight!
She came up with a clever idea to create a mobile storage unit utilizing two panels of Wall Control to store and to hide away her exercise gear. Take a look at how it all came together.
The unofficial title for this post should be "no more metal wire shelving!"
Each one of these closet makeover started with the same wire shelving. We've lived with this type of closet shelving to know we really don't like it at all. You've probably come to the same conclusion if you have it in your closets as well.
For each of these closets, we removed the wire shelving and customized the space in a variety of ways to meet specific needs in our homes.
The MDP van has been great to haul furniture, boxes, full sheets of plywood, as well as our bikes and the greyhounds. What it lacks is a center console with cupholders.
It's a small thing, but after spilling full cups of liquid including hot coffee and water, it was time to fix the cupholder situation!
This project is very unique to this vehicle, but it might spark your imagination as to how you can customize your own car or truck to make it function better for you.
Plus, this build features some really cool adjustable cupholders that you just may want to get for your own beverage transportation.
One thing you can count on during January are fitness resolutions and the pressing need to store all the things!
Well, this build shares both of those things:
1. We bought e-bikes to up our fitness game
2. We built a stand so we can transport those bikes, as well as store them in the garage when not in use.
Read on to see how we built it!
This rectangular silicone mold from TotalBoat Epoxy is perfect for creating themed charcuterie boards for the holidays or for special occasions.
The key to this version is a child's toy bubble blower! Read on to see how I used it to create a unique background pattern.
A visit to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World provided the inspiration for these picture frame Christmas trees!
Disney's are made of different varieties of molding, but I thought I could recreate the look with old picture frames. Plus, I had an ever growing stash of frames in my garage.
Time to reimagine those frames!
An old board that had been outside for a long time became the inspiration for this project. The knot hole in it was epic and we thought it would made an interesting feature in a table, if only the board was live edge.
Well, no worries! We just faked our way to a live edge using a couple of simple tools and a little time. Plus, along the way we discovered it was also fun to do!
This was a fun experiment to try to see if it was possible to embed battery powered lights into epoxy resin.
Spoiler: it totally worked! The lights still worked after being encased in epoxy. Read on to see how I did it.
I was late to the whole coffee drinking scene, but now that I do, I embrace the entire experience.
My first thought in the morning, "I can have coffee!"
Can anyone else relate?
Anyway, the coffee pot and accessories are about the only things I keep on the kitchen counter. The things are pushed to the back of the counter and in the morning I bring them forward to brew.
I've been using an old corning ware tray, but now I wanted something with a little more personality which I knew I could achieve through epoxy.
Here's a unique DIY Steph designed to give an ordinary camping candle a little more presence to use as home decor.
Take a look. Along the way she shares some cool accessories she uses with her candle. The rechargeable USB lighter is magic!
This is one of those home maintenance issues that we ignore 'cause out of sight, out of mind. It's not until we look up while standing in front of the stovetop that we see the issue.
The issue in Steph's kitchen was mold and grease!
And lots of both on the underside of the vent hood.
It was time to deep clean under there!
The closet in the studio at Steph's house has gone through many versions of organization based on what needed to be stored. This time, it's being renovated to organize camping and kayaking equipment including the ability to house two folding kayaks.
Take a look at the transformation!
Last spring, while I was experimenting with my new silicone charcuterie molds from TotalBoat, I tried a technique (that maybe I invented or discovered) that I had not seen before to see if it would work and it did!
I decided the technique would be perfect to create a fun, Halloween themed charcuterie board. So, now it's cool enough (relatively--it's still Florida after all in September!) in the garage to once again create some fun with epoxy.
Here's how it went.