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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 12 Colorful Porch Perk Ups

Written on April 17, 2014 at 2:00 am , by

Trend: Colorful Porch Perk-Ups

Add some color to your porch or patio with these 12 inspiring DIY ideas. Pillows, chairs, tables, and more! Enjoy!

 Super Lovely DIY Porch Pillows, on A Beautiful Mess.

I’m absolutely in LOVE with this DIY Pallet Swing Bed, on The Merrythought.

 Updated Outdoor Chairs, on Design Sponge.

Pretty Painted Patio Rug, on All Things Thrifty.

Wire Cloche Succulent Garden Terrarium, on DIY Showoff.

Pretty Patio Table with Interchangeable Centerpiece, on Craptastic.

For those tiny patios and porches: Little Patio Table Update, on Lovely Indeed.

Add a base support to an old screen door, paint it, and turn it into patio decor, on BHG.

Pallet Serving Tray, on Live Laugh Rowe.

Front Door Makeover, on All Things Mamma.

 

Outdoor Concrete Side Table or Stool, on The Paper Mama on BHG.

Recycled Wood Planter, Zelo Photo Blog.

I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to have the swinging porch bed in my yard. So comfy.

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The images in the first photo are from Design SpongeA Beautiful Mess, The Paper Mama on BHG, and DIY Showoff.


Kenzie Kramer

Makeover Madness Tutorials and a Linky Party

Written on April 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm , by

This year we decided to forgo spring basketball and have a little bracket of our own! We kicked off our first-ever Makeover Madness tournament with 16 amazing DIY projects. After multiple rounds of head-to-head face-offs and reader voting we narrowed it down to our final four: City FarmhouseIn My Own StyleMy Fabuless Life, and Thistlewood Farms.
Our final four bloggers then came to our headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa to meet the BHG editors and compete in a final challenge. They had eight hours to turn a basic Ikea dresser into a something memorable! Our editors loved hanging out with all of them and were amazed with what they created in so little time!
The final face-off came back to reader voting and in the end, Diane of In My Own Style took home the win for her secretary-style desk! You can find out more about the finished projects and some behind-the-scenes videos here.
Plus, all four fabulous bloggers are sharing step-by-step instructions for their makeovers on their blogs today! Scroll through to find links to their makeovers and share your own projects with our Makeover Madness linky party at the end of the post. We’ll all be pinning our favorite projects into this Makeover Madness Pinterest board and on April 23rd we’ll share our five favorite projects!

BHG Guest Blogger

DIY Drawing Table for Kids

Written on April 11, 2014 at 8:00 am , by

 

Hi, Everyone. My name is Danielle Driscoll and I blog over at Finding Silver Pennies. I live in a coastal New England town with my English husband, two little boys and our rescue dog. The blog is dedicated to our life by the sea, redoing our historic home, treasure hunting at the beach & yard sales and fun family ideas. When I’m not running after my little guys then you can be sure I’m down in the basement painting furniture. It was a dream come true to be featured in Better Homes & Gardens. All the more special that my sons, John & Conor, could take part in the fun.

From a very early age I got hooked on Yard Sale-ing and antiquing. Since before I could walk my mom had me by her side looking for treasures. Most weekends you can find us out sale-ing before we hit the beach.

 

We discovered the drawing table I created for my boys at a friend’s yard sale. The table is quite big and super sturdy. I absolutely love the turned legs, and oak paints so nicely because of the grain of the wood. BUT I almost passed on it thinking it was just too big!

 

How could I resist the bargain of a $5 table?!?

 

My sons LOVE to draw and I thought what better way to repurpose an old and unwanted table for years (and I mean years) of enjoyment?!? We completed this table back in September 2012 and it is still going strong and has provided many, many hours of fun for our whole family.

 

I shared the tutorial on my blog here. My oldest son had just started kindergarten and both Conor and I missed him so much. We decided to paint the table together to pass the time.  Here is the before:

I first sanded down the surface because there were scratches, and then I painted the top in Valspar chalkboard paint I had left from another project. I applied three coats with a Purdy XL Glide brush. You can also use a paint roller. The vibrant green is Antibes Green Chalk Paint®, decorative paint by Annie Sloan. I applied two coats of the green and did two coats of clear wax to seal it (no wax on the chalkboard top).

 

As you can see, Conor started young with Chalk Paint®. Here he is painting at the age of 3!

He was so proud of himself, carefully brushing the paint on. He kept saying, “Mommy, John is going to be so proud of me. He’s going to be really surprised.” I guess it goes to show that you’re never too young or too old to breath new life into an old piece.

 

The boys haven’t tired of this table or the other ones I’ve painted for them in Chalk Paint® including a subway sign chest, a decoupaged sailor dresser, a grain sack dresser and a union flag bureau.

I hope you can pop by my blog to say hello and see some of the other painted pieces.

 

I’ve also shared a behind the scenes post of BHG visiting my home. This photo was taken while the crew was setting up and the kids were drawing:

The crew came through a blizzard! The snow was falling and the kids were drawing but you’d never know from the image in the magazine that the weather was so bad. Thank you to BHG for including our fun project in the magazine and on this blog!

 


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 14 Clever Outdoor DIY’s

Written on April 3, 2014 at 2:00 am , by

Yay. It is finally Spring. Here in Oregon we still have cold weather and a bit a lot of rain, but we also have a few warm-ish days mixed in here and there. I’m very ready to jump outside and get started. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been collecting outdoor ideas like crazy. Below I’m going to share a few DIY’s I’ve been gathering for my inspiration board.

 

DIY Candle Sticks, on A Subtle Revelry.

 

Hanging Basket Garden DIY, by Smile and Wave for A Beautiful Mess.

 

Wood Plank Door Mat, on How Does She.

 

Filing Cabinet Turned Garden Tools Organizer, on Trash to Treasure Blog.

 

Mini herb garden made from a hanging planter, The Paper Mama on BHG.

Outdoor table cooler DIY, on Domesticated Engineer.

 

Make some lovely stepping hypertufa leaf stones, on BHG.

 

Outdoor Pallet DIY table, on Joy Ever After.

 

Green garden bench made from two chairs, on Mak and Jill.

 

Revamped Outdoor Chair, on The Paper Mama.

 

DIY Vertical Planter, on Sweet Bella Roos.

 

Outdoor Toy Organizer, on Random Thoughts of a Supermom.

 

Modern Neon Concrete Block Planter, on Modernly Wed.

 

Hanging Planter Outdoor Pendant Light, on Design Sponge.

 

Are you ready for this lovely weather?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

 

P.S. Photos from the first image are from: Domesticated EngineerA Beautiful MessA Subtle RevelryThe Paper Mama, & Trash to Treasure Blog


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Under Cabinet Rice and Pasta Storage

Written on March 20, 2014 at 3:00 am , by

The husband and I have plans for our tiny kitchen, and it will take quite a bit of time to finish. For now we are going to do a little here, and a little there. Right now we are working on storage the storage situation since our 94-year-old home is lacking in closets and cupboard space. Our challenge: find storage on a small budget. I’ve seen this jar storage wandering Pinterest A LOT, in fact I used it for my calendar work station DIY. After looking through our overstuffed cupboard and knocking over the jar of rice, I decided it’s time for a change. I’ve installed a Pasta and Rice Jar Storage under one of our open cabinets. This project took 1 hour and cost under $10. My kind of kitchen organizer update.

Supplies:

- glass jars (with lids)

- screws with washers

- nail

- hammer

- drill

 

Directions:

- Use the nail to poke a hole through the center of the jar lid.

- Measure and use a pencil to mark where you’d like the jars to hang. Drill in the screws through the holes you poked through the lids into the bottom of your cupboard.

- Fill your jars and screw onto the lids. Done!

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I definitely think I’ll be changing the jars to quart jars. We need just a bit more room for the pasta, etc. Ok, happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 14 Spring Cleaning DIY Organization Ideas!

Written on March 6, 2014 at 2:00 am , by

It’s time to clean up and organize the home! Spring is just about here and I’m ready to deep clean my home. Below you’ll find some of my favorite organizing DIY ideas from some awesome bloggers.

Use a door to organize your kitchen, C.R.A.F.T.

Fridge Work Station, The Paper Mama for BHG.

Hideaway Printer, PB & J Stories.

 DIY Rolling Rack, Hrrrthrrr.

DIY Mason Jar Storage, Liz Marie Blog.

Rolling Book Basket, Just The Bee’s Knees.

 Lovely Magazine Files (with a free printable), Positively Splendid.

 Plastic Bag Storage, Burlap & Blue.

 Paint storage, Mad in Crafts.

Ikea Hack Mail Rack, Instructables.

 Hidden Alarm Panel, The Paper Mama for BHG.

 Tension Rod Turned Spray Bottle Holder, A Thousand Words.

Kitchen Pantry Makeover, House of Smiths.

Upcycled Dresser Drawers for Under Bed Storage, Olive and Love.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. 1st photo links: 1. A Thousand Words, 2. The Paper Mama for BHG, 3. Just The Bee’s Knees, 4. C.R.A.F.T., 5. Liz Marie Blog.