Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ammo Can Succulent Planter

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In full disclosure, this post is for my husband. He's super excited about this project and wants to become an internet sensation :) In all seriousness though, his idea was pretty good and turned out cute, so I figured I would throw him a bone and make a post out of it ;) ...And I'm sure he loves that I just called it cute lol.

He just moved into a new office and decided that he wanted to 'decorate' it. As we were talking about what he wanted in it, he said he wanted succulents and a topiary. I truthfully had no idea that he knew what either were. I laughed so hard. Like, my husband is a manly man -all about hunting, guns and fishing. It took me 10 years to convince him to wear flip flops....To hear those words come out of his mouth just took me aback.

But his idea for the succulent planter was great. He wanted them to be in an ammo can. Which I figured hey, that's probably the best way to make succulents more manly, right? :)
Use an ammo can as a planter for succulents! Great gift idea dads and men!
 Since we didn't have any ammo cans, my husband picked one up from the Army Navy Surplus store. They come with the fronts all spray painted, which was too bad since we wanted the original lettering.
Use an ammo can as a planter for succulents! Great gift idea dads and men!
 So, to remedy that, the whole box was spray painted with a camo green.
Use an ammo can as a planter for succulents! Great gift idea dads and men!
 Then we stenciled some letters on it and spray painted the letters with a camo brown.
Use an ammo can as a planter for succulents! Great gift idea dads and men!
 The hubs decided to do ".40 cal". Even though it didn't turn out perfect, I think it adds to the uniqueness of the can.
Use an ammo can as a planter for succulents! Great gift idea dads and men!
 The lid fit right underneath the can which was a great surprise.
Use an ammo can as a planter for succulents! Great gift idea dads and men!
 We went to Home Depot to grab some succulents and found a ton that we wanted that were flowering...that was until I noticed the 'flowers' were just hot glued on! I couldn't believe it lol. Anyway, next time you buy succulents, be sure to check if the flowers are real or not :)
Use an ammo can as a planter for succulents! Great gift idea dads and men!

Use an ammo can as a planter for succulents! Great gift idea dads and men!
 In all truthfulness, I wouldn't have minded keeping this in our house. Our buffet in our dining room is the perfect spot. Maybe I'll talk him into grabbing another can :)
Use an ammo can as a planter for succulents! Great gift idea dads and men!
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

How To Make A Slipcover For An Ottoman Or Coffee Table {Ikea Style}

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What to hear a shocker? I want my living room to be more white. I know, I know. Right now, it just seems to be all the same creamy color. My walls are the same color as my couch which is the same color as my ottoman, rug, and carpet. My own fault for picking cream things. I'm really going to paint my walls...eventually. But until then, I'm in the process of trying to get my furniture not so creamy and little more white. I am in love with Ikea's white slipcover furniture, and would love it more to buy the sectional. But right now, it doesn't make any sense to do that. I have a perfect couch that I love. I can't slipcover my couch (I could try, but it wouldn't look pretty) so instead, I'm made a slipcover for the ottoman. Here's the ottoman before:
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
 I got it for around $30 a few years back (score! I know) and it has seen better days after having a toddler and my husband not care about what they put on it or where they wipe their hands...mainly the toddler on that last one :) So, now with a slipcover, I can wash it when it gets too dirty...or just keep it stashed away until company comes over and throw it on to pretty things up.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!

 I'm not a seamstress or an upholsterer...so, trust me, if I can do this, anyone can. It's all about straight lines and two important concepts. Measure twice, cut once. And doing everything inside out.

Since my ottoman is a perfect square, it made things really easy. The top measured 33x33 and the sides 17x33. So, I made one cut of fabric for the top at 35x35 and the sides at 24x35. I then laid the top on the ottoman first and secured the sides to the top with some pins.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
 I took the empty shell off and sewed a half inch seam where all the pins were.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
 Next were the sides. No need to pin them down on the ottoman (you can if you want). I just lined them up sewed a half inch seam 12 inches down and stopped.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
 At that 12 inch mark, I then folded the fabric and pinned it in place on the side that is going to be outside not inside.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
 I then sewed it in place, creating an 1/8th seam. It ended up looking like this when it was done. It creates a cute little permanent pleat.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
Next was to hem everything below the pleat. I just folded the seams over and hemmed it about half an inch once again.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
 I then folded the bottom half all the way up to the pleat creating a pocket fold and sewed it in place. I like the way the hem is big and you can see it in the flaps.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
 I then went an extra step and pinched the top seam and sewed an 1/8th inch line around it. It creates a more 'done' look than just leaving the seam as is.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
 I love how it turned out! If I were to do it again, I would raise the bottom pleat a little higher. But all in all, I'm happy with how this turned out!
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
 It only took an evening to finish, and that was with dinner, riding bikes, playing, etc. So, making the cover could totally have been done in like 2 hours.
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!

 The best thing about this, is that if you crave that cute Ikea white slipcover look, and you have a coffee table, you can still just as easily make a cover for it :) Because....why not?

I love how this brightened up the space just that much more! And how it's completely breaking up the creamy yellow that I hate. Now, eventually, instead of everything being cream, it will probably be all white :) lol
How to make a slipcover for an ottoman or coffee table. Great way to get that cute Ikea slipcover look!
I got this fabric from Hobby Lobby. I think it's like white denim. Cost was $6 a yard. I used about 3 yards to make it. So, $24 for the cover! As you can see, I also added some white pillows to my couch that I made out of the same fabric to unify things.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

DIY Jute and Wood Tray

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I'm in a redecorating mind set again. "Again" usually means a constant state of mind for me. But, I'm really changing things up this time :) I'm trying to bring in more natural colors and textures into our house. Which has been way fun and I'm loving the look! Since I was in need of a tray, I decided it would be a great way to bring a big impact of texture.
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!

 I used a 18" inch round table top and some jute/sisal from Home Depot.
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!
 First step was to paint a one inch border around the wood, including the edge.
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!
 Once the paint was dry, I found the center of the wood, and just started hot gluing the rope into a circle around itself. When the rope circle got bigger and bigger, I was probably gluing it every 5 inches or so, but at the beginning it was a constant stream of glue.
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!
 For the hardware (which were also a Home Depot find), I measured where to put them, equidistant from each edge. Put a mark, and then drilled a hole for the screws.
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!
 I then just fed the screw through the top out of the rope and into the handle.
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!
And done! Simple as that. Took less than an hour to make.

 I was thinking that I might want to stain the edge of the wood, or even take the jute all the way down the edge, but I'm glad I ended up keeping it this way. The white against the jute is perfect. Plus, one thing of jute covered this much, I would have had to make another run to the store to get more  :)
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!
 The texture of this jute is just amazing!
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!
 I wish I could remember how much the rope cost, but the hardware was about $3 each, the wood top was about $7. So, all-in it was probably less than $20.
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!
 I'm super excited to see where this ends up in our house! So far it's already been used as a tray for coffee and cookies this morning :) And yes, those cookies are as good as they look!
DIY jute and wood tray for less than $20. Made from items you can find at Home Depot!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DIY Privacy Screen for $100

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Our neighborhood is situated on a hill, so we get the pleasantness of having a huge house peering into our backyard. Even if a fence were up, the house is high enough that our neighbors would see right into our backyard. So, after years off feeling a lack of privacy when hanging out on our porch, I finally came up with an idea! A cute little privacy screen that resembles the look of a pergola.
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
We don't have it in our budget to build an actual pergola...at least the kind we want...so this works perfect in the interim until we get one built.

It's really simple and can be done in a day! The supplies I used were:
3 4x4 posts (8')
Stain
Drop clothes
2 curtain rods
Post caps

The first step was to figure out the depth I wanted to put the posts. I wanted the hole to be pretty deep, but I didn't want it to take away from the height. As luck would have it, I could only dig 13" below the surface of our patio since I hit bedrock. So, to keep the posts all the same height, I marked 13" on each post. This would be where the patio was going to hit it. So, if I dug to deep or to shallow I would know. And just a heads up, make sure you call your power company/gas company before you dig so you don't hit any lines. :)
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
Next was setting the post. Since this was temporary, I didn't cement it in. I would recommend cementing it if you are planning on doing this long term. We do have some crazy crazy wind, and so far the posts have hung strong without the cement! I think it helps having the hole 13" deep in the ground. I did use a level to make sure it was level on all sides, using rocks and shims in the hole to straighten it out.
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
Once the posts were set in, I stained them using Dark Chestnut.

I went a few ways with hanging the curtains and the easiest and most secure way that I used was buying a couple of rods from the closet section in Home Depot.  I used the hardware that they came with. It looks cheap, but I found that it was the most secure.
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
Especially since you can place a screw into the rod and into the hardware itself. This keeps the rod from falling off during gusts of wind.
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
For the curtains, I just used drop cloths I found at Home Depot also. I got a killer deal earlier the summer where I found a package of two 6x9's for about $10. The next best deal I found was one 9x12 for $20.
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
With the 9x12, I cut it in half so I had two 9x6 pieces. I also cut it to the height I needed (from the rod to the ground) leaving four extra inches for a fold over.
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
Since all the sides but my fresh cut side was already hemmed, I quickly hemmed the two fresh edges. I then folded over the fabric and sewed it in place. I believe this is called a pocket fold. This is where the rod is going to slip through.
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
For the bottom inside corners, I added a single grommet. This is used for when the curtains are closed. When it's windy, the curtains will soar, so this keeps them from doing that. I just stole one of the pins we use in our veggie garden to keep the hoses down to secure the grommets.
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
For the posts, I also bought some LED post caps. They also have normal ones that you can stain to match the wood. I'm going back and forth of which look I like the most. So far, the LEDs have stayed up :)
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
To secure the curtains to the posts, I just used some ribbon. I also decided to decorate this one by adding some mirrors. Why not? :)
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
I love the look from this angle. These are also a great way to hang patio lights! I've had these up for about a month now and love them! We have had multiple wind storms since and haven't had a problem. They are holding strong! The curtains do get a little stiff especially with rain and sprinklers. Oh, and they do say not to put them by flames, so drop clothes aren't recommended to use if you have your fire pit close by since they are flammable. Just an FYI ;)
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
Here's a quick shot of how they look closed. I think maybe next year I'll paint them a little to add more interest, especially for when they are closed. But for this year, I couldn't love them more!
DIY privacy screen. Can make permanent or not! All under $100 for three post screen
Here's the cost breakdown:
Posts: 3 at $8=$24
Curtains: $30
Rods: 2 at $14 =$28
Caps: 3 at $6=$12
Stain and grommets I had on hand.
Total out of my pocket: $94

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