Category: House & Garden

painted bottle flower vase
December 5th, 2014 by Jessica

Once the DIY bug bites you, it gets hard to throw anything that can possibly be upcycled or prettyfied away. Since my wedding, I have been struggling to throw away any pretty glass bottles. So my garage is stacked with boxes of bottles (labels already removed) just gathering dust, waiting to be transformed. I needed to start somewhere, so I grabbed one and made this little vase then added some lavender from my first year lavender bush in my garden. Fresh flowers in the house just oozes summer!

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December 4th, 2014 by Jessica

What a simple way to add some jazz to wooden spoons. It looks like the handles were dipped in paint. I made them as part of a gift for a friend’s kitchen tea, along with a great cook book and a bottle of wine. As soon as I saw how they had turned out, I had to paint all my wooden spoons. You can choose any colour, maybe to suit her kitchen or her favourite colour. This gift will please all your foodie friends.

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October 7th, 2014 by Jessica

Never search for the light switch again! Turn each light switch plate into a little piece of art and light up your life! They’re very easy to replace once you grow tired of a design. I simply adore mine, and guests do too!

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October 6th, 2014 by Jessica

Silhouette pictures are lovely. They just add some mystery because of the lack of detail. You can be creative when it comes to making silhouettes, but this is an easy project that will get you started. I made a silhouette of a cat because, well, I like cats. Hang ’em up, give ’em away or even use ’em as regular serving plates! Guests will be so intrigued! You don’t have to be an artist – nursery school tracing skills are all that’s required! Have fun!

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January 29th, 2014 by Jessica

How do you get your windows to look super shiny? Forget about all those expensive shop-bought window and glass cleaners. Your windows, shower and mirrors can get a professional shine for next to nothing. The alcohol in this formula helps prevent streaking.

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January 7th, 2014 by Jessica

If your cat feels like mine does about water – that bathing is a simple no-no – this dry shampoo should relieve them from some stress (as they already have enough to stress about). This easy homemade cat shampoo will leave your cat’s fur soft, clean and glossy. As an added bonus, you’ll have some extra pocket change as it’s made from common pantry staples.  Continue reading “Homemade Dry Cat Shampoo” »

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January 6th, 2014 by Jessica

Yes, the distressed look is in, but some items should remain rust-free. Use vinegar as an easy rust remover for old hinges, screws and metal garden furniture exposed to humidity.

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July 28th, 2013 by Jessica

I repainted this frame using the distressing technique. It was much easier than I thought, using spray paint and sand paper – it looks brilliant!

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May 11th, 2012 by Jessica

We’ve had these pots around our house since I was a kid. When my mom finally grew tired of them, I jumped at the chance to repaint them for my own home. They’re quite expensive to buy, so grab them if you find some for a bargain or lying around someone’s house. It’s truly amazing what some paint and beautiful flowers can do – they look brand new! Continue reading “How to Paint Concrete or Cement Pots” »

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