Apr 23, 2012

A Vintage Door For My Garden

After the rain....

I took a walk through our yard.

Apr 20, 2012

Do You Know Debbiedoo?

I love Friday's...
Bloggers ramp up for weekend inspiration.

And Debbiedoo shows her featured HOME TOUR.

This week ~ It's MY house!

Do you know Debbiedoo?


Happy Friday!

Apr 18, 2012

Faux Tile Back Splash...

A tile back splash?


It's a textured wall under the cabinets.

I wanted a back splash to brighten up under the cabinets. Rather than spend the money for tile I used what I had around my house.  The builder left a huge bucket of Spackle in the garage so I used that...

and a 4 or 6 inch Spackle knife....

Here's how:

Starting in the center if each wall - apply the Spackle (or plaster) with a Spackle knife about an 1/8 inch thick.

Working in a 2 to 3 foot area, use a level and measuring tape to divide the height into 3 equal sections. Hold your level at each line horizontally (should be two). Then scrape a straight line into the smooth texture with your Spackle knife or a 5 in 1 tool using the level as your guide.

(standard height is 17 to 18 inches from counter top to cabinet making each square tile approx. 6"x6")

It looks best to place your middle "tile" center and stagger the top and bottom tiles.
I chose squares but you could do a subway tile look too.

Use your Spackle knife to scrape in the vertical lines in the size of "tiles" you like.
(when scraping - dig your knife all the way to the wall and wiggle it a bit to make the seams thicker and more noticeable)

My splash was applied pretty thick and rough.

The following photo is a back splash that I did for my friend.

We used plaster here and it dried so quick....
I had to work fast.
This one turned out not quite as thick and high textured as mine. It is really pretty.

Once your texture is all dry in the pattern you want - then paint it.
I used white wall paint all over and then sponged in beige and other neutral colors I had on hand to create a "tile" look - treating each tile individually and leaving the seam lines white.

Caulk the edges and along the counter top.

You can seal it with poly or lacquer once you are done.

NOTE: If you don't paint the Spackle texture and poly just the Spackle you will end up with a really bright yellow back splash...been there - done that. =/

Don't stress about imperfections because nobody gets that close to see any little flaws.

 I love this treatment more than I thought I would.  I can hang things from nails easily and when I take them out when I redecorate, I can patch the holes, no problem.
I could even repaint the whole thing if I change my style.

The wall gets wet behind my sink so I have had to caulk that area once or twice again since I applied this treatment over 6 years ago. (not bad actually)

My iron tray for hot pots is hung backwards here for easy access.

My friend hung a little word art on hers.

This project saved me about $600.
(I have never done tile so I was going to hire it out =/ )
Did I say hire it out? Oh, I don't do that - anymore!

Apr 14, 2012

Garden Barrel Iron

My garden barrel was falling apart..

With some of the old barrel wood I made this...

Apr 12, 2012

Bucket & Burlap

Need a cute and cheap planting pot?

A 5 Gallon Bucket & Burlap....

Wrap the burlap around the bucket loosely tucking the excess inside.

I had some rope in the garage that I used to tie the garden fabric in place.

I purchased a lovely fern at the grocery store for $12.99

Apr 10, 2012

Garden Basket Pendant Lights

I tried to sell these iron hanging baskets at my tag sale last year for $1.
Nobody wanted them....

I thought I could use them in a different way...

Apr 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter 2012

Luke picked some daffodils for me on his walk with his dad this morning.

Easter Egg Hunt

Woke up to a Robin tapping at our window this morning... =/

Now we are going to have 5000 calorie potatoes and ham.

Potatoes Recipe:

Chop and Boil 5 lb. bag of peeled potatoes

In a mixing bowl-

1/2 C. Butter (melted)
1 Family Size can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
8 oz. Sour Cream
4 oz. Cream Cheese (soft)
1/2  Tsp salt
(I add a pinch of Cayenne to everything)

Mix well together.

In a large casserole dish pour soup mixture over potatoes.

Top with:

1/4 C. melted butter mixed with 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers crumbled.

Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly............ YUM!

Happy Easter!

Apr 6, 2012

Garden Barrel Art...

I had a garden barrel at the bottom of my driveway with our
 house number painted on it.

It was falling apart...

Apr 5, 2012

Bonus Room...

This is one room I have not yet shared on my blog.

The floor has never been free of legos long enough for a photo - until now.

Apr 3, 2012

If you Love Burlap...

I draped natural burlap over my dining table for this table scape.
Guess where I got it?


100 % Natural Burlap - $14.99 for a huge roll.

And for this table....

On the vintage picnic table in our dining room I layered my burlap knot cloth
over the gardeners fabric.

The width is perfect for tables and you can't beat the price.

Love Burlap...

for easy burlap projects see the posts below
Bucket & Burlap
Favorite Burlap Wreath
Raggy Burlap Lampshades
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