Creative Summer Ideas For Your Yard

Summer is the best time to get out in the yard and complete a couple of fun projects. Since we’re spending more time outside, it’s nice to have something decorative to look at. We’ve found a couple of projects that will spruce up your outdoor space. From lighting ideas to garden tips, you’ll add something fun, creative and green to your yard this summer. Dollar Store Clay Pot Lantern This simple DIY project only costs about $5 and takes just a few minutes to make. Pick up a clay pot, chain, wire, LED light and hook from the dollar store. Wrap the chain around the LED light with the wire. Place the light inside of the pot and pull the chain through the drain hole in the pot. Hang the chain on the hook that you’ve attached to your fence. Voila! You have a beautiful lighting addition to your yard. Not every summer project needs to take the entire summer!  Seashore Wind Chimes Looking for a project to use up with those old seashells that you’ve been collecting for years? All you need for this project is some old seashells, beads, buttons, a piece of drift wood, string and a thin rope. Thread the string through holes in the seashells. Tie knots where you need to to keep the shells in place. Scatter buttons and beads throughout the seashells to create a varied look. Make about five strings and attach them to the drift wood. Attach the thin rope to the drift wood and hang it outside. You’ll get a beautiful, natural sound from these wind chimes. And it adds some personality to your yard with leftover scraps you had lying around the house.  DIY

Faux Wood Garage Door Makeover

Upgrading your home’s curb appeal can add personality to your home and increase it’s overall value. However, you don’t want to spend too much time and money on upgrades, that’s why DIY projects are so valuable. You might not realize it, but upgrading your garage door adds great curb appeal to your home. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many DIY projects out there to help you make over your garage door. However, some are complicated and take more skill than they let on. Luckily for you, we found a great DIY painting project from Prodigal Pieces to add a rustic, country flair to your home. If you love the look of faux wood, then this one’s for you! Most garage doors come with the standard wood grain texture, which is perfect for this project. If your garage door does not have the added texture, you will have to take extra steps to get the desired look. With this simple paint job, you can update your garage door and make it look like a custom job! What You’ll Need: Burnt orange/caramel flat exterior paint - as long as you have a color within this family, it will look good Dark brown flat exterior paint - preferably a deep contrasting brown Old cotton rags or t-shirts Gloves A paintbrush - possibly painter’s tape or an artist’s brush Steps to a Faux Wood Garage Door: Clean the surface of your garage door. Thoroughly wash it with warm water and soap and allow for adequate drying time. Decide the best time to start painting. You don’t want to paint in direct sunlight. If your garage faces the sun during the day, you will want to paint

DIY Garage Door Makeover

There are many simple DIY projects that you can do around the house to update your home and add value to it. These projects don’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Doing some upgrades and makeovers can help you get the highest return on your investment at resale. Giving your garage door a makeover can have an especially big impact by increasing the curb appeal of your home. According to Remodeling Magazine's most recent Cost vs. Value report, homeowners can expect to recoup nearly 84% of their investment with a new or updated garage door. Replacing the garage door ranks as one of the top five most important home improvement projects for a high return on investment. Homeowners are often surprised by the many options they have when choosing to replace or makeover their garage doors. Options range from practical solutions to preferred styles. For example, you could choose insulated garage doors to increase your home’s energy efficiency or a styled garage door like the pictures here.    Here’s a simple, inexpensive DIY project to give your garage door a facelift. After many years of weather and direct sunlight, garage doors fade and need a new coat of paint. Using a gel stain adds a beautiful color and an updated look. Supplies: 2 synthetic brushes - $1 each, a quart of gel stain - $15. (Miniwax’s Walnut Gel Satin was used in this project, but you can use any color or brand that you like.) Step One: Choose a pleasant day to do your project. The gel stain dries quickly, so it’s a good idea to paint when your garage door is not in direct sunlight. Step Two: Make sure the garage door is

5 Simple DIY Home Projects

We’ve found some fun and creative DIY projects to improve your home. With a few simple and easy steps, you can give your home more personality and flair. And it only takes a small amount of your time and money. The best part of these DIY projects is that you get to recycle your old furniture and knick knacks by upgrading them into something useful and beautiful. Recycle, reuse, restore that old furniture you’ve had lying around the house for a year into your next DIY project. Here are some of our favorite DIY projects, for your inspiration. DIY Rope Basket Jump start your DIY adventure with this simple project. It’s easy to accomplish, without much experience, and a great way to brighten up your home. What you’ll need: Regular laundry basket Hot glue gun 5 packs of cotton rope, colors of your choice Time Begin by flipping the basket upside-down and gluing the rope under the lip of the basket with the hot glue gun. You then simply continue to wrap the rope around, gluing every inch or so, until you have wrapped the entire basket. This will take you about 3 hours. But after that, you have a beautiful rope basket that only cost about $20. What a steal! DIY Clipboard Picture Hanger Pictures, pictures, pictures! Today, taking pictures is an easy way to express yourself, your life and what you love. With cameras on all of our phones, we have the ability to capture life at any moment. But what do we do with all of those pictures? Instead of leaving them on your phone to be forgotten, use this DIY project to display your favorite photos! Step 1: Cut a 6

How To Maintain Your Garage Door

When it come to maintenance, garage doors are not typically at the top of the list in most of our minds. It’s not surprising that the latest study conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the International Door Association (the world’s largest association of professional garage door dealers and installers) shows that 82% of Americans take their garage doors for granted. This rarely thought of home maintenance check is something that we all should be doing to avoid costly repairs in the future. Expensive repairs usually come when our garage doors are not maintained. These simple monthly and yearly checks can keep you from a devastating repair bill or a complete door replacement. Knowing what to look for can prevent a small problem from turning into a bigger problem. Monthly Visual Inspection: One of the first and easiest tests you can perform is the eye check test. All this test requires is an opening and closing of the garage door several times, while you watch closely to ensure that the rollers are on the tracks and the brackets are holding the components in place. This will give you a good idea of how your door is tracking. You will also be able to see if there are parts of your garage door that need a little extra grease.This test should be performed monthly to ensure that you catch any possible issues before they become huge problems. Monthly Door Balance Test: Another test you can perform is the door balance test. First, unplug and unlock your garage door. Lift the door manually to ensure that there is no tension and the door tracks smoothly on the tracks. This test should also be completed once a

5 DIY Projects To Make Your Home Look Expensive

DIY upgrades not only add value to your home, but they also add your own personal style to your home. We collected some of our favorite DIY home projects for you. These projects will add to the overall ambiance and value of your home. Frame Your Bathroom Mirror - Measure out the length and width of your mirror. Cut your molding at a 45 degree angle. The long side will be the exact length of the mirror, while the short side will be the inside corner of the frame. Apply a generous amount of Loctite Power Grab (adhesive) to the back of your molding and hold in place. Complete this step for each side of the mirror. Do not use your bathroom for 24hrs and keep it well ventilated to allow the adhesive to dry properly. You’re done! Now you have an amazing addition to your bathroom that makes it look sophisticated and expensive. This is a very basic DIY home project to do in your bathroom. It’s super fast and easy to do.  Paint Your Vinyl Floors - Not many people like the look of vinyl floors, but not to worry you can paint over them to give your home a touch of your own style. Chose your colors. Typically, one qt. of each color will be enough. When you are picking colors, be sure to look for porch floor paint. This paint is durable and intended for foot traffic. Be sure your floors are clean and clear of all appliances. Prime the floor. KILZ General Purpose Interior Primer was used here. You can apply the primer with a small paint roller. Let your primer dry overnight. This can be a potentially

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