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Over the years, we've tweaked and improved our garage Wall Control pegboards. This latest improvement was quick and easy and took care of a couple of issues.
Read on to see this quick fix.
As all pet parents know, it is not unusual for their furry friend to have an accident or two in the house.
Steph had it easy with greyhound #1, Mac, who only ever had one accident in the house, but greyhound #2 is an entirely different story!
Lots of accidents, lots of messes to clean up!
Steph already had a ONEPWR Spotless GO Portable Carpet Cleaner to pick up spills, but has needed to add a few more tools and supplies to deal with Tosh's frequent mishaps!
Over the last few months, Steph has been building miniature rooms from various kits. She is enjoying it so much that she has slowly been adding miniature tools in which to make the builds a little easier.
With all those new tools, she needed an efficient way to organize and store them.
She created a simple three box caddy that is easy to use and move around. Although this is for her miniature supplies, it can be customized for whatever hobby or craft is your passion!
Since making improvements to my garage a few years ago, we've noticed a crack in the ceiling that has grown to stretch from the garage door to the back wall!
Steph decided it was time to investigate why it was happening. She contacted Gary, a good friend of hers that has professional drywall experience to help her troubleshoot the problem.
With Gary's assistance, she was able to determine why the crack was getting worse, stabilized the problem, and then repaired the cracked drywall.
Steph has had a standard roller shade in the office for a long time. It's served well to darken the room and block the sun, but it's always been a bit temperamental.
More than once, it has unexpectedly rolled itself up tight to the ceiling necessitating a stool to get it back down into place!
Or, despite coaxing it to roll back up, it stubbornly refuses to budge! All, first world problems we know, but there had to be a better solution.
Steph had been researching motorized options when she came across an Ikea version. The price was right and the width was almost right so she decided to give it a try.
Follow along as she installs the new shade and reviews what she likes and dislikes.
We've made several DIY projects based on inspiration from trips to Walt Disney World over the years. But for now, to get our theme park fix without an actual visit, we have been watching videos from a number of theme park content creators.
Recently, one of those YouTubers posted a room tour of the Universal Studios Florida Hard Rock Hotel. In it, we spotted the most intriguing wall art made out of drumsticks. We decided we needed to recreate it as we had the perfect wall for it to hang!
Steph is continually on the lookout for new products that easily solve a simple problem. This screen patch is one of those products.
The very first Mother Daughter Projects DIY video and post was re-screening Steph's porch screen. That was almost six years ago and in all that time, the screening never required a repair, well, that is until after Tosh joined the household back in November!
Tosh is a retired racing greyhound. There is a bit of a learning curve as the retired racers learn about doors and windows and all things house related. In Tosh's case, she didn't "see" the screen door and ended up putting a small hole in it.
Actually, Steph was a bit excited as she could finally try out this new screen patch kit!
Yikes! Another leaking washer! We are two for two when it comes to leaking LG washing machines! But, with a little bit of investigation and a couple of inexpensive parts, they were easily repaired.
One of the advantages of doing things yourself is the ability to customize furnishings to fit your home. That's what we recently did when we built this footstool to replace a large coffee table at Steph's house.
Steph adopted a second greyhound, which meant having a second dog bed in the living room. With the two beds and the large coffee table there just wasn't enough room. Steph designed a heavy base ottoman that would better fit the space.
Take a look at her customized piece of furniture.
We rarely label a project quick and easy but we WERE going to label this one as such. BUT, this very simple project was anything but that due to a series of mishaps!
Read along. Have you ever had a project that was just one roadblock after another? Do tell!
Steph had a hodgepodge of lighting in her garage, all with different color temperatures and there was not enough of it. It was time for an upgrade!
We purchased linkable lighting fixtures and installed them to remedy the lighting situation. They plug in so no wiring was needed.
There is nothing cuter than a dog in a bandana! With two greyhounds, we have a lot of bandanas. With so many, we needed to find a compact, easy way to store them.
Steph came up with a great idea for a bandana stand not to be confused with a banana stand! Take a look at how it all came together.
I've found I like the challenge of creating different alternative Christmas trees and this year is no exception. I started the challenge by looking for suitable materials that I already had on hand.
I found a bunch of mini wood crates that I had gotten at a conference that would prove to be the perfect starting point along with some leftover wood dowels (from last year's tree) and a well aged tree branch!
What's better than one greyhound? Two! Tosh is the second "dog daughter" to join the Mother Daughter Projects team so a new raised feeding stand was needed. Follow along as we share our DIY version.
Here's another edition of "Top 5 DIY Tools!" This time they are from The Home Depot. Take a look at some of the tools we consider to be essential. Let us know your favorites in the comments.
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This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
We recently completed four product videos for the Home Depot. What that means is when you are looking at, for example, the Glacier Bay 1.28 GPF toilet, you'll find our product video giving you more information about it.
In addition to the toilet, we also did product videos for a caulk gun, glass cutter, and HLVP spray gun. We were determined to connect all four of these random products into one cohesive mini bathroom makeover. Here's how we did it!
Here are seven DIY alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree. All can be made with easy to find materials--some with recycled elements, others with standard lumber. Bonus, most are designed for easy and space saving storage when the holidays are over.
We had some very thoughtful and helpful comments posted our video about the resin shed assembly. We though a couple of the comments had merit so we decided to implement them.
Here's what we did to improve the shed based on viewer comments.
The very first piece of vintage furniture that I purchased right out of college was a desk with chair. My first job was in a small north Florida town where I sublet an apartment for two months. My unit was tacked onto the back of a home and featured the smallest bathtub ever. Bonus, it had no shower so I had to connect a handheld sprayer to the tub faucet for a very rough facsimile of an actual shower. Bonus, it also had mice! That gives you a good idea why I was only there two months.
Anyway, the garage apartment was occupied by a lady that moved while I lived in the third apartment. She sold all her furniture and I was given the opportunity to pick from the leftovers. The second apartment tenant made sure he had first dibs on everything. Evidently, he was an antiques collections so he got "all the good" stuff! Not sure what he got, but I was very happy with the desk and a couple of end tables that I purchased.
I used that desk for years until the chair fell apart when I then stored them both in the garage. At one point I did try to refinish it but didn't follow through.
The Builder's Challenge gave me the push I needed to finally repair and refinish the pieces one and for all!
One of the most frequent asked questions about the enclosed fan we installed in Steph's office (and in my sewing room) is "How do you clean the blades?"
Since Steph doesn't really clean, she's more of a tidier, cleaning the blades hasn't seem to be a priority for her! But since the question was asked, she set about to show you how it is done.
It doesn't happen very often, but we sometimes have to revisit a project. This time, we had to tweak the PVC pipe gate due to damage it sustained.
With few exceptions, there are very few unannounced visitors to Steph's backyard, but recently there have been a few neighbors back there. It was nothing bad, they had come into the yard to look for their cat. Unfortunately, the gate was broken in the process. You see, the gate opens inward, but the neighbors pulled it out causing damage. The damage was extensive enough that we had to take it down to make repairs.
We are always on the lookout for new and innovated DIY products to try. Steph spotted this new product by DAP and thought it looked promising. She convinced me we needed to give it a try in a head to head product challenge. DAP Eclipse Wall Repair Patch verses standard spackling.
While once again using a plastic scraper we got from Amazon in yet another project, we got to thinking we needed to share our other favorite Amazon "must have" tools. We put together a list of five tools we find ourselves using time after time on projects--that are all under $20! There's a bonus tool that comes in at $27 that we've had since Sears was in the business of selling tools!
It's been a year since we first used the 30% vinegar/salt/dishwashing soap solution, but the weeds were back. Are they new weeds or ones that were not killed the first time around? We don't really know, but we do know, that in a couple of areas the weed growth has been effectively stunted since the first application.
That first post has been extremely popular and has generated so many comments and questions. In this video/post, we answer some of those questions.
Here's part 2 of using this method.