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How to make a self-watering planter

Self-Watering Planter

Make a self-watering planter or wicking-bucket to keep your plants healthy and well-watered. Perfect for a patio garden or any yard. I learned how to make a ...
Learn how to keep brass shiny permanently

How to Keep Brass Shiny

A few simple steps to keep brass shiny permanently. This process works for copper, stainless steel, and other metals too. Never polish metal again. After res...
removing old kitchen cabinets that were nailed to the wall

Kitchen Demolition

Our kitchen demolition and some of the lessons we learned while demolishing our kitchen. I was so excited to demolish our old kitchen. The cabinets were fall...
How to restore furniture, like this vintage mid-century table, to its original beauty

Restoring a Midcentury Table

How to restore a vintage wood table, a DIY tutorial explaining how to strip off an old finish, clean and repair the wood, then add a stain and protective finish...
How to cut and install dry wallHow to cut and install dry wall

Installing Dry Wall

We put up dry wall, mudded the seams, added texture, and painted our wall to make a beautiful new wall in our home. It’s work, but a great DIY project for any...
Update an old clock by refinishing the clock frame and creating a new clock face

Updating a Large Clock

Update a large clock by replacing the face and refinishing the wood frame. Make the style of the clock fit with the style of your home. I really like analog ...
How to restore an old or neglected wood deck

Reclaiming a Worn Out Deck

A wood deck that has seen better days can still be restored to a beautiful and functional space.  With some hard work and the right supplies, you can make it u...
Learn how to use the 6 principles of art to design your garden or landscape

Principles of Garden Design

Use the principles of design to make your garden look beautiful and well-designed. Create proportion, emphasis, balance, movement, rhythm, and unity in your lan...
Tutorial on how to turn an old, grey wood bench into colorful patio furniture. Easy DIY project.

Saving an Ugly Wood Bench

Refinish an old wood bench with Varathane stain, and turn an outdoor eyesore into beautiful patio furniture. When we moved into our mid-century home, the...
PVC pipe and fitting make great industrial closet hardware and at a much cheaper price than galvanized pipes

PVC Curtain Hardware

PVC pipes and fitting painted silver make beautiful curtain hardware for these closet curtains. I really like how the industrial pipe shelves in my son’s r...
How to put in a beautiful and healthy sod lawn

How to Choose and Lay Sod

The final part of putting in our lawn is installing the sod. Most of the work now is preparing for the ground for the sod. If you haven't already, take a lo...
Testing soil to find out Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium levels

How to Take a Soil Test

We are putting in a new lawn soon and other plant in our backyard. To prepare, we need to get the soil ready, but how do we know what our soil needs? We take a ...
How to update an old cutting board with a new design

Cutting Board Refresh

Refreshing an old cutting board is easy with a little food-safe oil, but why not add an interesting new design feature while your at it? Here's how. My favor...
Balloon curtains or relaxed roman shades

DIY Balloon Shades

I made some simple balloon shades for my daughters’ room. It’s just one piece of fabric, no lining, and some ring tape and cord. The hardware is pretty si...
An upcycled metal bowl with a brushed finish

Brushed Metal Bowl

I took an old, stained metal bowl and gave it a brushed metal finish to hide the flaws and give it interest. When I got this great metal bowl second hand, I ...
How to build your own bathroom drawer organizer

DIY Bathroom Drawer Organizer

It's easy to DIY a custom drawer organizer to keep everything neat, organized, and in its place. My daughters’ bathroom was a disaster, to say the least....
an over-grown front yard

Home Improvement Resolutions

Home improvements are so much more fun than improving myself, so this year all of my New Year’s resolutions are goals for my home. These are the major proje...
Make your own leather furniture pads

DIY Leather Furniture Pads

A simple and effective way to make your own leather furniture pads and prevent scratches on wood floors. I love our beautiful hardwood floors. They were the...
Empire Strikes Back concept art

Star Wars Nursery Wall and Art

This weekend we finished the star wall in our Star Wars-themed nursery. We placed vinyl dots on a deep blue accent wall to look like stars, then hung conceptua...
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My Sewing Closet: Storage

Like many sewist, I have a lot of stuff. My machines, tools, notions, patterns, supplies, etc. all need a place. Here’s how I organized everything in my sewin...
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My Sewing Closet: Lighting

I’ve been sewing clothes and home decor for more than 20 years, and I’ve had my sewing space everywhere from the kitchen table to my own sewing room. Sadly,...
bicycle lift

How to hang a bicycle lift

This weekend we spent a couple hours installing bicycle lifts to store 2 bikes in our garage by hanging them from the rafters. With a pulley and catch system, t...