How To Make A Life Size Reindeer From Tree Branches and Scrapes

Creative Reindeer for the Front Yard…
Using scraps of wood from a cut tree created an amazing Reindeer to top off a beautifully decorated front yard for the holidays.
Recently, my Son (Austin) and his beautiful new bride (Sarah) purchased their first home. Their home sets on a moderately sized wooded lot in a nice community. They both work full time, are very talented, and enjoy creating and making just about anything!
It’s a hobby they have enjoyed together since first meeting in college at West Virginia University. We share this common past time, however, they are far more skilled in their craft.
Most of our conversations is around what project they are working on or thinking about. Sarah has a library of fun ideas to create, just their style! Our method most frequent form of communication is by way of text messaging, we often share pictures of current projects in the works or ones in the planning stage!
Last week, to my surprise, I received pictures of their latest creation. With great excitement and pride this project just had to be shared with my favorite DIY group of friends. Read more »

Easy to make Christmas Wreath

This year it was time to get creative and make a Christmas wreath for the front door. After searching through numerous ideas of different types of wreaths, the final decision was a wreath made of ordainment’s! There are bright, colorful, and cheerful…. Just the theme I was looking for, in storage we had a good supply of ordainment’s in different colors, sizes, styles, and textures.
Next, gather all supplies. This project is cost effective, all that’s needed is glue gun, gun sticks, ordainment’s, and material for the frame. For the fame there are some choices; foam, wire, or grape vine. Our choice for the anchor frame was wire. Read more »

How To Paint Metal Folding Chairs

Most of us remember or still have metal folding chairs. These chairs are strong and seem to last forever, however the longer they are around the rustier they can look until your embarrassed to have anyone sit on them.
If you own metal folding chairs and the metal begin to rust, or you just want spruce them up…  Their are so many beautiful colors of spray paint available to do just that!  This is an easy project with no special tools or materials. If your chairs have padded seats or backs, cover the padding with plastic and tape it around the edges of the pad before you start. Remove the plastic or rubber caps covering the bottoms of the chair legs. Next, lightly sand the chair by hand with fine-grit sandpaper or a sanding sponge. Sand any rusted spots until the rust is gone and you can see the bare metal in thosePaint for Chairs_6e0677bf66b2d8a333b4d49fbe8f2d81 spots. Next, have a clean cloth available to wipe the chair and remove dust – or – you may choose to vacuum to pick-up dust from the hinges and small areas.

 

 

Select the area you will use to paint the chairs, if possible outside or a well vented area. Prepare area with drop cloth or newspapers to cover the floor of area to be used. It is important to use eye protection, chemical-resistant gloves and a dust mask to cover your mouth and nose.
Unfold the chair, and lay the chair on its side on top of the drop cloth or newspapers. The underside of the chair should be accessible.

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Ideas for Selecting Kitchen Cabinet Hardware and Handles

When space is limited, it becomes more complex to choose the right hardware for your kitchen. Kitchen cabinets do not usually come with pulls and handles so the decision is left to the homeowner to pick a style that matches with the space.

Enumerated here below are some crucial tips which will help you in selecting fitting kitchen cabinet hardware.

To decor a modern kitchen, efficient pulls and a smooth rectangular or tubular alternative is an ideal match. In kitchen space, it’s imperative to take into account the polishes that are on the light fittings and appliances. Also, it is not required that you should match every finish, you could either join brushed nickel with chrome or brass with oil rubbed bronze; whatever you might select, make sure that the polishes match each other. Handles and pulls with any type of polish will go with white kitchen cabinets.

Most ignored alternatives are glass knobs. If you want to make your kitchen stylish, you need to consider glass knobs which are a classic alternative that offers a little glitter or playful colors. Read more »

What is Chalk Paint?

Chalk Paint® is Annie Sloan paint. Annie Sloan developed her now famous decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, in 1990. Back then, there was no paint available with the properties Annie was looking for, so she decided to develop her own. She came to choose the name “Chalk Paint” because it was suggestive of its very mat—almost chalky—finish.

Chalk Paint® is different. It is not simply paint with chalk added to it. It is not chalkboard paint. It is not made by adding plaster of Paris or grout or even baking soda to an existing paint. Chalk Paint® is the unique decorative paint Annie Sloan developed for furniture, floors and walls, drawing on a lifetime of research and experience in working with paint and color. Chalk Paint® adheres to most surfaces and creates gorgeous results quickly and easily. Use it for a textured finish, a distressed finish, a smooth contemporary finish or even as a wash.

Chalk Paint® is a non-toxic, water-based paint that is lead-free, EG-free, odor-free and has very low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). There is only one Chalk Paint® but it offers endless possibilities. Read more »

Modern House Painting Ideas – For Today’s Living

Whenever we think of our building’s impression, we want to paint it so to look better and attractive. Everyone thinks that the house looks so attractive to others and everyone praises the colors and the design. So for our residential and commercial buildings we should choose some professional painters who have a lot of experience in painting. Advantage of hiring a professional contractor is that it gives quality assurance, it saves time. There is no stress of painting and its design and colors. Moreover the maintenance cost is less. The painters are assured to their work. Moreover, there are free estimates of total costing. The charges are affordable. At affordable rates you can get good quality painting services and even these can be negotiated upon depending on the customers.

House painting bay area provides the customers a great deal of planning with a great experience in painting services. They had a great experience of the painting according to the weather conditions for long lasting results. Moreover the buildings they had designed are so attractive and appreciable. The buildings remain unchanged even in the worst weather conditions in extreme hot and cold. When the weather conditions are not favorable in springs, in extreme hot and cold, it is the deciding factor that can tell us the outcome of the exterior paint job. Then for good and long lasting results we should hire a house painting contractor. In ideal weather conditions it remains good, but in the hard times if it remains the same then it gives us maximum output. Read more »

Tips to Paint Plastic Furniture Easily

Plastic furniture is quite common as it is found in most of the outdoor patios and kids rooms. It often exudes dull colors and wears out soon. The furniture is often discarded as it fails to blend with the existing decor. However, a little creativity and painting can alter the entire appearance of this furniture.

It is important to choose plastic paints that adhere to the surfaces of the furniture quickly. There are various types of paint colors made available in most of the online stores at various price rates. It is also available in many of the departmental stores and hardware shops.

Before using these types of paints on furniture, it is important to choose the right place and time to paint them. It is essential to use these types of paints in an open place where there is ample ventilation. Avoid painting during rainy and windy seasons as it may slow down the process of drying. Read more »

DIY Polished Stucco Finishes to Enhance Your Walls

venetian-plasterHave you ever looked around a room in your house and just thought, “Ugh. Bland.” Yeah, no matter how much you loved your decor when it was new, eventually you crave change. Completely redecorating an entire room can cost a fortune if you go down the route of replacing furniture, flooring and the whole nine yards, but sometimes a single change can make a huge impact.

This is where the walls come in. Sure, a new coat of paint will refresh the place a bit, but what color? Any drastic deviation from what you already have can throw the whole look of the room out of sync, then you’re back to replacing carpet, furniture, etc. Instead, what about changing the texture?

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Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Island Ideas

547151-13830-35Every homemaker would love to have a kitchen that is designed according to her taste and ideas. When you have a kitchen that is large enough, the same offers you a number of ways to implement your ideas. With a kitchen that has basic furniture already in place, you might still wonder of adding something special to the area; an element that will rightly play up the kitchen decor! A kitchen island that imparts a stylish touch to this area is a perfect addition to such a space. While there are a number of varieties available in kitchen islands for sale, you can consider opting for customized piece. With some island ideas you can start designing one for your kitchen.

Ideas for DIY Kitchen Island
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