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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 Fantastic Patio Makeovers

10 Fantastic Patio Makeovers

Trend: 10 Fantastic Patio Makeovers

My husband and I are prepping to tear down our terribly ugly (and sort of already falling down) detached garage real soon, so it got us thinking about all the things we can do with the extra space we will have in our tiny backyard! We definitely need a patio to entertain and host dinners in the summer, but will we do pavers or lay down some concrete? Maybe stones with pebbles filling in the cracks? Should we just go with grass? What about a covered area since it rains 9 months of the year in Portland? So many decisions to make and that’s what this weeks DIY inspiration is all about. Take that boring patio from blah to wow! Check out the inspiration below to get started on your own patio transformation.

1. I an in LOVE with this urban patio makeover (I want that yellow chair), on East Coast Creative Blog.

Urban patio makeover, on East Coast Creative Blog.

2. Update thrifted items to create an amazing outdoor space to hang with your friends, from Liz Marie Blog.

Update thrifted items to create an amazing outdoor space, from Liz Marie Blog.

3. You have to check out the whole outdoor makeover here (they did a ton of great work), from The Handmade Home.

You have to check out the whole outdoor makeover here, from The Handmade Home.

4. Update a patio with some colorful furniture and accessories, from Hi Sugarplum.

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5. A fresh coat of paint goes along way with this makeover, from Smitten Studio.

This makeover is fantastic, from Smitten Studio.

6. This covered patio transformation is pretty amazing, from DIY Show Off.

This covered patio transformation is pretty amazing, from DIY Show Off.

7. Are you in an apartment and have a small patio? Then this makeover is for you, from The Apron Blog.

Are you in an apartment and have a small studio? Check out this makeover, from The Apron Blog.

8. This homeowner really created a wonderful retreat in their backyard, from BHG.

This homeowner really created a wonderful retreat in their backyard, from BHG.

9. This deck update is so wonderful and really brightens up the backyard, from Fabric Paper Glue.

This deck update is so wonderful, from Fabric Paper Glue.

10. This tiny backyard makeover is perfect, from Sugar and Cloth.

This tiny backyard makeover is perfect, from Sugar and Cloth.

Are you happy with your backyard, or does it need a major makeover?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

10 Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space


Trend: Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

The web is the perfect space to find organizing ideas for your home and life. So many talented people out there with wonderful (and sometimes crazy) ideas. Below you’ll find 10 DIY’s to organize your backyard or any outdoor space this Spring. There are organizing solutions for tool storage, all the way to kid toy storage. I’m really love the combo potting and party table (the first image below). Use it for your everyday planting needs, then switch it over to a party table when your friends come over! Perfect.

I love this dual purpose potting table/party table, from Dream Green DIY.

I love this dual purpose potting table/party table, from Dream Green DIY.

Hide those ugly AC units (or garbage cans) with this DIY, from HousePet.

Hide those ugly AC units (or garbage cans) with this DIY, from HousePet.

Make a outdoor storage coffee table with a giant bucket and some wood, from A Place to Nest.

Make a outdoor storage coffee table with a giant bucket and some wood, from A Place to Nest.

With a bit of paint and time you can turn an old boring plastic storage bench into THIS lovely piece of storage furniture, from I Heart Organizing.

With a bit of paint and time you can turn an old boring plastic storage bench into THIS lovely piece of storage furniture, from I Heart Organizing.

Use two vintage coat hooks to store your hose, from BHG.

Use two vintage coat hooks to store your hose, from BHG.

Make this mini garden box for all your hand tools and place it right in your garden, from The Family Handyman.

Make this mini garden box for all your hand tools and place it right in your garden, from The Family Handyman.

Create this small tool shed using reclaimed wood, featured on Houzz created my Joseph Sandy.

Create this small tool shed using reclaimed wood, featured on Houzz created my Joseph Sandy.

Create this outdoor bar (with wine glass storage) for your backyard entertaining, from Life Designed.

Create this outdoor bar (with wine glass storage) for your backyard entertaining, from Life Designed.

If you have kiddos, you probably have a mess of outdoor toys. I love this toy organizing solution, from Useful Beautiful Home for Organizing Junkie.

If you have kiddos, you probably have a mess of outdoor toys. I love this toy organizing solution, from Useful Beautiful Home for Organizing Junkie.

While this isn’t exactly an outdoor storage solution, this DIY Curved Bench will be the perfect spot to sit once your backyard is all organized, from A Beautiful Mess.

While this isn't exactly an outdoor storage solution, this DIY Curved Bench will be the perfect spot to sit once your backyard is all organized, from A Beautiful Mess.

Did you find any projects that you want to recreate? I sure did. Happy organizing to you!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 12 Garden DIY Ideas for Spring!

Trend: 12 Garden DIY Ideas for Spring!

Ok guys, the first day of Spring is TOMORROW. The weather here in Portland has been weird and almost Spring-like for the past month. We’ve been working like crazy in our backyard and can’t wait to start planting the garden. Today I’ve gathered some wonderful Garden DIY Ideas from around the internet to share with you. These bloggers have some great ideas to get your Spring started.

 

Herb garden coffee table DIY, from A Beautiful Mess.

Mini Live Succulent Wreath tutorial, the La Crema Blog.

Super simple outdoor DIY seating, from Lena Sekine.

Simple Vertical Trellis Garden, from BHG.

Chandelier Candler Holder Makeover, from The Paper Mama for BHG.

Make a handmade outdoor chaise lounge for under $35, from Ana White.

Handmade Painted Trellis DIY, from The Paper Mama on BHG.

DIY Color Blocked Garden Markers, from Sarah Hearts.

 

How to build a garden box, from The Paper Mama.

DIY Outdoor Terra Cotta Storage Side Table, from 17 Apart.

Create these garden gifts: Little Egg Succulent Planters, from The Paper Mama.

Recycled Barrel Planter DIY, on Design Sponge from Centsational Girl.

 Who else is ready for Spring?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the photos from the first image are from: BHGA Beautiful MessLa Crema Blog, and Sarah Hearts


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Chandelier Candle Holder Makeover

Trend: Chandelier Candle Holder Makeover

I know the warm weather we are having here in the Pacific Northwest is sort of crazy and some states currently have snow, but this weather is making me think about summer. Barbecues on the patio. Warm summer nights, eating outside, and lit by candles. Yeah, I’m ready. I have had this thrifted chandelier for a couple of years and FINALLY finished this project. This light was sort of ugly (and the electrical work was dangerous), and I thought it wou make a perfect candle holder. Here it is! I spent less than $10 to make this (I had most of the materials beforehand).

Supplies:

  • a vintage chandelier (I found mine at a thrift shop for $5)
  • 1 can of spray paint primer
  • 1 can of color outdoor metal spray paint
  • E-6000 Craft Glue
  • glass tea light holders
  • candles
  • Optional: 1 can of clear glossy acrylic sealer 
  • You may need: pliers, wire cutters, and a screwdriver

Directions:

STEP 1: 
The first step is to find the perfect chandelier. You really don’t have to spend a ton of money to find one. Head to a local thrift shop and search the lighting for an old chandelier.

STEP 2:
Remove the electrical parts and wiring from the chandelier. I needed pliers, wire cutters, and a screwdriver to remove the wires from my chandelier.

STEP 3:
If you can, take the chandelier apart. It’s it’s dirty, clean it with some soap and water and let it dry completely.

STEP 4:
In a well ventilated area (wearing goggles and a mask), spray a coat of primer onto the chandelier. Following the directions on the back of the spray cans, apply the color paint onto the chandelier. When the paint is completely covered, I suggest applying a coat of clear acrylic sealer. It should help protect your chandelier candle holder outside.

STEP 5:
Use the glue to attach the glass votives to the chandelier. Let the paint and glue dry for over 24 hours.

Now that your candle chandelier is done, hang it outside! I recommend taking this candle holder indoors during rain, so it will last longer. Enjoy!

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Add Interest To Your Living Room With These Tutorials

Trend: Add interest to your living room with these tutorials. 

The living room is the space that most people spend the majority of their awake time, so why not make it comfortable and lovely? You don’t need to buy expensive furniture and paint all the walls, you can really add color and pattern with the accessories. Sew your own curtains and throw, build some triangle shelves, or you could paint your own rug and pillows. All of the tutorials below are very budget friendly. Enjoy!

 

Triangle shelves would be so cute in any living room, from Whimsy Darling.

Make this wonderful copper tubing table, from The House That Lars Built.

Paint a dropcloth to make a new rug, from Nellie Bellie.

This beautiful coffee table is made from pallets, on The Merrythought.

This handmade Spring Throw is lovely and easy to sew, from Design Mom.

Paint some pre made pillows, from Burlap and Lace.

Make your own artwork with paint drips, on BHG.

 Make this acrylic curtain rod, from A Storied Style.

Sew up some colorful curtains to dress up the window, from Bright Bazaar.

Add some plant life to your living space with these cute painted pickle jar planters, from Hibrid.

 

Do you have any living room update plans?

- Chelsey


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget

Trend: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget

Every time we hit the New Year, I have this crazy obsession with organizing everything in my home. I feel like the best place to start this year is the kichen. We spend a lot of time in there and it can get messy fast. Below you’ll find 10 great ideas to get your kitchen cleaned up and organized for the New Year.

 

Storing food in clear jars and containers looks so much nicer than a bunch of boxes, from The Paper Mama for Home Depot.

With some small pieces of wood and a bit of glue, you can easily create an organized drawer, from Lapsus Humanus.

Use a pegboard to organize your most used kitchen items, A Beautiful Mess.

Make and attach a spice  rack to the back of a pantry door, Shanty 2 Chic.

A tabletop paper towel stand could be use for cookie cutter organization, from BHG.

Meal Plan Board DIY, The Paper Mama for HP Create.

Tension rods are the perfect solution to prop up those awkward trays and cookie sheets, BHG.

Take advantage of that unused space above the refrigerator with a DIY cubby, from Shanty 2 Chic.

Under the cupboard recipe book/tablet holder DIY! It folds right up under the cupboard when you’re done, from Sawdust and Embryos.

Get the fruit off the counter with this DIY hanging fruit basket, from Living Simply.

Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama