Gate Remodel and New Hardware

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Hi there- how was your weekend?  We spent the weekend replacing gates in our backyard for our new puppy, Chloe!  It was a birthday gift to me from the family: the puppy, not the gate!  It was looking a little tired: both the gate and myself!!    Both gates just needed new doors as the posts were [Read more...]

DIY Wicker Chair Update

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Our front porch faces south and in Colorado that  means sun, sun and more sun.  So wicker furniture gets weathered very quickly.  Kinda like our skin without sunscreen! I have seen other blog projects on spray painting wicker. I was a little skeptical because there are so many details in anything with the word wicker. It’s [Read more...]

Patriotic Stars No Soliciting Sign Free Printable

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Here’s a patriotic no soliciting sign for your front porch.   Is that unpatriotic? It’s a 4×6 size. I printed mine on white card stock. The link to the printable  is HERE     LINKING TO: A Peek into my Paradise  Elizabeth & Co  Not Just a Housewife  SugarBee Crafts Craft Frenzy Friday  FISHTAIL COTTAGE  KATHERINE’S CORNER

Freshly Painted Front Door Celebrates Autumn

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One of my most viewed posts in 2013 is the evolution of my front door.  Here is my front door after we had the exterior of our home painted this summer:  And, here is my front door for the fall season!  The wreath is a 5 minute makeover I posted HERE Here’s my tired looking [Read more...]

DIY Tombstones

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A few years ago I got tired of my styrofoam tombstones running away on those blustery fall days!   So I  asked my {first} husband to show me how to work the jigsaw to create a few sturdier tombstones.   Supplies needed: jigsaw, scrap plywood, stencils, paint of your choosing. As you can see this [Read more...]

Window Well Grates: Before and After

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My {first} husband suggested today’s project. When he initially mentioned it I made that face, where I shift my head and frown (well, my face seems to naturally frown these days), so it was an exaggerated frown.  Translation: That is not going to happen.  But then I remembered when I painted our interior heat grates [Read more...]

Privacy Screen Splits in Half… We have a Slight Problem

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I recently purchased a privacy/shade screen for our back porch. I have wanted one for a very long time. Just something to block out the sun, define the corner of the patio and hide  my garden bench.  Here’s the view I am trying to hide!   And, here is what I bought to hide the mess [Read more...]

Evolution of the Front Door: Before, Before and After

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I have painted our front door a few times.  The original door was solid wood with direct sunlight 300 days of the year!  It needed a chemical peel! Here is the door with a gallon of primer.  It was like a gallon of moisturizer (with sunscreen).  The door just sucked it in! Here is the [Read more...]

Got {Tennis} Balls? Rounding up the balls!

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My fantasy is if I label everything in my house, my home will be neat and organized. Hey, it’s my fantasy! The truth is I spend more time choosing the fonts for my labels.  I get so wrapped up in deciding between the Times Roman or  the Chalkboard font that by the time I choose a font I can’t remember [Read more...]

Ahmed from Yard Crashers… Crash our Yard!!!!!

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eep waiting for Ahmed from Yard Crashers on HGTV to ring my {door} bell. This is what I plan to show him to help him with some landscape ideas for our back yard.  I am happy to help him help me (and my yard).  Welcome to my nightmare:  This is our backyard.  Yep, two dogs [Read more...]

Fun Outdoor Winter Scapes from BH&G!

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I love bh&g. I subscribe to the print magazine and the emails!  Some emails just catch my eye!  Here are a few of my favorites this past month. I don’t have a window box but I have a planter hanging outside my kitchen window {which I just thought of while typing} I have my black [Read more...]

Thrifty Outdoor Lighting!

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For the record, my {first} husband named our thrifty outdoor lighting “trailer park trash lighting.” Our backyard is in chaos, meaning we have no idea what we want to do. Well, that’s not true, we would love a water feature (thinking cascading waterfall down our hill and ending near a gas fire pit (we live [Read more...]