Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's A What?

Do you know what this is?
Would you buy it?


I bought it at a yard sale, it is a bird perch...
for quite a large bird I might add...

Well I don't have a bird...
so how about...
a candle holder?


I removed the wooden perch, and added a distressed wooden shelf!


Pretty cool, huh?


It looks great hanging from the gazebo....


I can't wait to light the candles tonight!


And here it is at night...






I'm really glad I bought it!


Linking to these beautiful blogs...
Susan

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

An Old Pail

 This old pail has served its purpose.
I found it in the shed and was ready to throw it away...



But wait!
How about a little silver patio paint...



And some antiquing glaze...




Everything old can be new again with a little paint!



A little paint can breath new life into something old...
Happy painting!

Susan

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I can't tell you which of the 11 projects is mine...
but please vote!

Thanks!
Susan

Monday, June 27, 2011

Large Pillar Candle Holder

Look very carefully when shopping around, always ask yourself...
What else could this be? 




What if I paint it?
 How would it look white? 
Or black? 
Can I turn it over and use it?



This was from Marshall's $3.99... 
(selling the same ones only larger in Ballard) 



It had little pads on the bottom for feet....

funky resin color
But I don't need a pedestal....

What about if I turn it over, remove the pads,
and paint it white?





And add some antiquing glaze...
 (I'm a new fan)



Then I added a large pillar candle from Ikea...



 And WOW! 
Just what I really did need, 
a large pillar holder for my deck...





and the cool French veggie crate can be found here...
I always look twice and think outside of the box! 
Susan

Friday, June 24, 2011

Grandpa's Barn Sale

Driving down the block in suburbia I saw a sign for
"Grandpa's Barn Sale"...
But we have no barns... 
Where's the sale?


Drove to the address on the sign, still no barn... 
but in the backyard of a split level house...
Grandpa dropped his goods!
I bet Grandpa would be surprised to see where I put the "old rustys"
I came home with today...



Old rusty cogs and wheels...




Rusty children's shoe forms...




An antique level...



Milk glass filled with rusty files and stakes...



or some old weathered spindles...



old mason tools...







All came together to make a junk style mantel.





I bet Grandpa would be so proud!
I guess it really was a "barn sale" after all!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Building a Fire Pit...

Sometimes an idea seems like it is a little easier 
than it actually is...

building a fire pit with pavers www.homeroad.net

This is the yard before...
The muddy corner where nothing will grow because it is all 
shade and our two dogs run through it all day.



Meet the culprits:
   Kirby            &              Kody 



Clearly something had to be done!

Step #1:
Mark off the space and lay a border...


Step #2:
Decide where you want to put the fire pit.  
We used Nicolock Pavers.
A circle will require 15 stones.


We started with the first layer, working diligently to make it level...
Then we added the next 3 levels, using construction adhesive to glue down each block to the layer below. 
Note: these blocks are heavy!


Step #3:
 Spray weed killer and cover the ground with a black weed barrier...


I did this part... check out the pink work gloves...


Step #4:
Start hauling wheelbarrow-full after wheelbarrow-full of pea gravel from the front driveway to the back yard. I did not do this part!


pea gravel fire pit area www.homeroad.net

Some where about now we were thinking 
about calling in some help...


As you can see I was all about the decorating... 
I was putting out the pots as fast as Jim could get down the gravel...

building a fire pit DIY www.homeroad.net

After all, someone needed to be the "idea guy"...

The yard was turning out great!

This is the back gate to our friends house...
 

Step #5:
Sit down and relax!


Check out the cool ladder!




And though it wasn't an easy job by any means...
Together we got it done!
(and then we went out to dinner because we were too tired to cook!) 


Notice the sweaty heart on his shirt?
He worked really hard to make my idea come true!

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Materials:
3 yards of pea gravel
60 Paving stones
4 rolls of weed block
plastic edging
stakes
contractor adhesive

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