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FULL OF SURPRISES After a much-needed remodel, an inherited 100-year-old house turns into the perfect home for a young couple.

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BACKYARD BLISS A dilapidated patio gets an “Is this even the same space?” update with new pavers, furniture, and landscaping.

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INSIDE THE BOX Find a new way to display your favorite collectibles with shadow box ideas.

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THE LIVING IS EASY Bring the party to your place with these mega-impactful furniture and food upgrades for outdoor hosting.

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ALL DRESSED UP If you have a basic or dated dresser, one of these four simple updates may be the perfect fix.

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VIEWS ALL AROUND A greenhouse constructed out of salvaged windows? It’s as nifty as it sounds, and it functions as far more than just a place for plants.

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OUTER BEAUTY Outdoor tile is the common denominator to make these five garden projects.

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ROUGH TO RICHES Make your own furniture out of found or purchased pallets with these ideas— plus, learn basic tips for sourcing pallets.

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SUMMER 2018

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TRY IT The soothing trickle of water in this little pond planter brings a Zen feel to any outdoor space.

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ON OUR RADAR Find a new hobby this summer with fun product picks. Plus, check out our roundup of wood plank options.

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WHAT TO DO WITH... Tropical materials look right at home in a temperate zone. Create the look with these sizzling projects.

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HANDY GIRL We answer your burning maintenance questions about decks, patios, containers, and outdoor furniture.

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COOL TOOLS Your yard will be the envy of the street after using these savvy watering tools.

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PATIO POND PLANTER

Equipped with both aquatic and soil-dwelling plants, this peaceful water garden satisfies multiple senses. Plus, it’s simple to assemble and maintain. PROJECT + WORDS LUKE MILLER PHOTOGRAPHS CARSON DOWNING


DOUBLE THE FUN With water on one side and soil on the other, this 33Ă—18-inch water garden checks all the boxes for a statement patio piece. Build the box yourself with our how-to on page 11, then deck it out with your fave plant picks (we ofer some of ours to get you started).

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POND PLANTS

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These adaptable plants can be placed in full to part sun.

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WATER LETTUCE A floating plant with roots hanging beneath a rosette of soft, light green foliage. Zones 10–11

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ROYAL BLUE PICKEREL RUSH

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CARDINAL FLOWER Ofers

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BLUE FLAG IRIS Grows 18–24 inches tall and has pale violet-blue blooms in early to midsummer. The swordlike foliage is deerresistant and looks good all season. Zones 4–9

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CANNA ‘AUSTRALIA’ Reaches 3–4 feet tall and features burgundy foliage and crimson flowers. Deerresistant. Zones 7–10 (or store corms in cool storage over winter)

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UMBRELLA PALM Features expansive fronds atop 3-foot-tall stems. Zones 8–10

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CORKSCREW RUSH Grows just a foot tall but is unmistakable for its twisty green foliage, which is deerresistant. Zones 4–9

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Grows 2–3 feet tall and features intense blue flowers in summer. Zones 5–9

mahogany foliage contrasting with spikes of bright red flowers in late summer. Butterflies and hummingbirds love it. Zones 5–9

PLACE WITH A BLACK PLASTIC NURSERY TRAY. CUT IT TO SIZE AND FIT POTTED PLANTS INTO SOME SLOTS, THEN WEIGH DOWN THE EMPTY PORTION OF THE TRAY WITH ROCKS.

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WATER GARDEN MATERIALS • Two 8-foot 1×12 cedar boards • 3⁄4-inch pressure-treated plywood • One 4-foot 1×2 • One 4-foot 1×3 • Wood glue • Clamps • Drill, screwdriver attachment, assorted bits • 15⁄8-inch × 7 star-drive stainless-steel trim screws •#2 Phillips drive 1¼-inch exterior screws • Waterproofing seal • Paintbrushes or sponges • Rubberized sealant Step 1 From 1×12 cedar, cut two 33-inch lengths for the side panels and three 16½-inch lengths for the ends and divider. Cut a 16½×31½-inch panel from plywood for the base. For the legs, cut four 12-inch lengths from 1×2 and four 12-inch lengths from 1×3. Step 2 To build the legs, glue and clamp a 1×3 to a 1×2 to form four L-shape corners. Allow glue to dry, then reinforce the connection with trim screws.

Step 3 Glue and clamp the frame together (A), making sure it is square. Secure the corners with exterior screws (these will be hidden by the legs). Step 4 Apply wood glue to the edge of plywood base and attach to the frame with trim screws (B).

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Step 5 Rip the center divider by ¾ inches so it sits evenly atop the base. Attach center divider to the sides with trim screws and at the bottom with exterior screws (C). Step 6 Attach L-shape legs to frame in each corner with glue and exterior screws (D). Fasten from inside the box so screws don’t show. Step 7 Treat the outside of the planter box with a protective coating of waterproofing seal. Coat the inside of the box with rubberized sealant (E) to make it watertight. We applied a double coat to the crevices to ensure a watertight box. Drill several 1⁄8-inch drainage holes in the bottom of the soil compartment only.

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WATER GARDEN 101 ASSEMBLY Add a fountain pump,

UPKEEP Our recommended plants,

water, and your choice of pond plants to the water compartment. Weigh the pots down with rocks if needed (taller plants tend to be top heavy in a breeze). Fill the garden compartment with potting mix and your choice of plants. We used easygoing pentas, gomphrena, and licorice plant.

opposite, are quite adaptable, so the planter can be placed in full to part sun. The water plants will benefit from periodic fertilizing. Feed garden plants with a slow-release fertilizer scratched into the soil.

LOCATION Place the pond where

you can enjoy the sight and sound—a deck or patio is a good choice. The location should be close to a power outlet for convenience (you can position plants strategically to hide the power cord). Run the fountain regularly to prevent stagnant water that invites mosquito breeding. Or use mosquito-repellent dunks.

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OVERWINTERING POND PLANTS

If you live in a cold climate, empty the container in fall and store it and the pump under cover for the winter. Most of these plants can be overwintered outdoors in moist soil in Zones 5 or higher. Exceptions: Umbrella palm and water lettuce will not survive freezing, so place them in a tub of water in a cool basement near a window where they can go dormant. Air-dry canna tubers and store them in peat moss or sawdust in a cool but not freezing location.

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TROPICAL MATERIALS by the lush textures, colors, and plants of the tropics. PROJECTS JODI HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHS NICOLAS GOURGUECHON WORDS BRENDA WEGNER

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VERDANT VASE An arrangement of tropical flowers packs even more punch when you green up the vase, this photo. Place a smallerdiameter cylindrical vase in the center of a larger one. Buy a large plant leaf from a florist, or cut one from a houseplant. Curl the leaf around the smaller vase. Arrange flowers (we used a monstera leaf and heliconia) in the smaller vase.

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DRESS A BASIC WHITE PITCHER FOR THE PARTY USING GLASS/ CERAMIC PAINTS AND A SMALL POINTED BRUSH. AFTER THE PAINT DRIES, BAKE ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS.

LUSH OASIS For a tabletop that’s redolent of a tropical jungle, lay it on thick, left. Place a rattan charger and a palm leaf on top of a woven place mat. Add a table runner with saturated colors. Use a mix of green, white, and patterned dishes. Bonus tip: Tropical fruits like mangoes and gauvas can serve as both food and decoration.

SNIP, SNIP MOST HOUSEPLANTS, LIKE THE DIEFFENBACHIA THAT PROVIDED THE LEAF FOR OUR ARRANGEMENT, OPPOSITE, BENEFIT FROM OCCASIONAL PRUNING. AT THE BASE OF THE PLANT, REMOVE ANY STEMS THAT ARE TOO LONG AND BARE. ARRANGE THE PRUNED LEAVES IN WATER OR USE THEM FOR PROJECTS.


BASKET CASE Capture the look of colorful Zulu mbenge baskets by using crafts paints to add patterns to plain plaited baskets, right. Let the weaving in the basket determine the edges of your pattern. Paint some baskets with multiple colors, and stick to just basic black on others. Hang them in groups for maximum impact, opposite.

WHETHER YOU CRACK OR SAW THE COCONUT, HAVE A BOWL HANDY TO DRAIN THE COCONUT WATER INTO. SAVE THE COCONUT WATER TO DRINK OR ADD IT TO A SMOOTHIE OR PIÑA COLADA.

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COCONUT PLANTER MATERIALS • Husked coconut (Coconuts found in grocery stores are usually husked.) • Hacksaw • Putty or butter knife • Drill • Masking tape • 6 pieces jute twine cut into 4–5-foot lengths • 6 wooden beads • Black marker Step 1 Crack a coconut or saw it in half. Cracking it, like we did, will give the planter a natural shape, while cutting the coconut will leave you with a more defined edge. Step 2 Place the two halves in a microwave and cook them for one to two minutes. Use a putty or butter knife to slice into the meat and dig it out. Step 3 Drill three holes evenly spaced around the edge of the coconut—this is where you’ll attach the twine. Step 4 String a piece of twine through each of the three holes around the edge of the coconut. Tie the pieces (you’ll have six ends) together above the planter, leaving 2 inches

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of twine above the knot to create a loop for hanging the planter. Step 5 Thread one of the three remaining pieces through each of the three holes on the coconut. This time, let the twine hang down. You will use these pieces to decorate the bottom part of the planter. Hanging the planter from a doorknob makes it easier to complete the next step. Step 6 Arrange twine at each hole so tails are of equal length. Pull one tail to the right and loop it around the left-hand piece from the hole to the right. Continue around the coconut until all six twine tails are tied, leaving three loops. At each of the loops, split the pieces again right to left, making another set of loops around the coconut. Pull pieces so loops are evenly spaced around coconut, then tie all six pieces together at the bottom of the coconut. Step 7 Use a marker to draw tribal patterns on beads. String beads on jute twine and tie them to the planter. Now you’re ready for a plant—we recommend one with a removable pot so you can easily take it out for watering purposes.


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ECO-PRINT PILLOWS MATERIALS • Pillowcase • Pillow form • Cardboard • Plant leaf • Newspaper or drop cloth

• Small foam paint roller • Fabric paint • Paper towels • Brayer • Iron • White cotton cloth

Step 1 Remove the pillow form and insert a piece of cardboard into the pillowcase. Step 2 Pick your leaf. (Use big tropical leaves that cover the

majority of the pillowcase surface for the most impact.) Lay newspaper or drop cloth to protect the work surface, then lay the leaf on newspaper. Roll fabric paint evenly over the leaf with a paint roller (A). Step 3 Carefully transfer the leaf to the fabric, paint side down. Set a paper towel over the leaf and roll it with a brayer (B). Lift up the paper towel and the leaf, exposing the print. Step 4 When the paint has dried, place a cotton cloth over the print and iron to set the design. You can wash the case in cold water after 72 hours. Reinsert the pillow form.

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FRAMED FRONDS Leaves from monstera, croton, and areca palm look like art when framed, this photo. Prep the leaves by pressing them flat to remove moisture. Place the leaf in a large book with newsprint or paper towels on either side of the leaf. Set more books on top. If you plan to frame larger leaves that won’t fit in a book, make a press with two pieces of plywood. Carefully remove the leaf and place it on a piece of art paper. Use a small piece of double-stick tape or a few Glue Dots to attach the back of the leaf to the paper, then frame.

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TIED AND TRUE Bamboo sticks (available at crafts stores and garden centers) lashed together reinforce a tropical vibe, left. Make a clove hitch around one bamboo stick resting atop a second stick. Start lashing by twisting the short end around the long and wrapping the jute twine around both sticks, alternately going over and under each stick three or four times. Tighten the lashing by surrounding it with three or four frapping turns. Finish with two or three half hitches. Repeat on the other three corners of the frame. To finish the frame, tie a piece of twine from top to bottom and one from side to side. Secure a picture to the center by taping it to string on the back. String beads on a piece of twine and tie the twine at the top of the frame to create a hanger.

LASHING OUT IF YOUR GIRL OR BOY SCOUTING DAYS ARE FAR BEHIND YOU, REFRESH YOUR SKILLS BY LOOKING ONLINE FOR VIDEOS OF LASHING, FRAPPING, AND CLOVE HITCH. PRACTICE UNTIL YOU GET THE HANG OF IT.

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2. ONE-TOUCH REVOLUTION SPRAY GUN Not any old gardenvariety pistol, Dramm’s spray gun comes in six colors—Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Berry—and has nine spray patterns. $14;

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3. RECTANGULAR SPRINKLER WITH ON/OFF FLOW CONTROL Fine-tune the water at the sprinkler, not the spigot, with this new sprinkler that has an on/of flow control on the tool. Customize the width and length of the spray by adjusting intuitive aquacolor parts. $28; gilmour.com

4. SMALL STATIONARY SPRINKLERS For a simple watering fix, the small sprinklers from Quality Valve & Sprinkler are a go-to. Each sprays up to 30 feet (depending on water pressure) and would fit nicely between bushes, such as hydrangeas. Three design options and colors are scratch- and fade-resistant. $12; gardentoolcompany.com


5. EASY POUR WATERING CAN Customize your pour with an outside can that has a rotating watering head; switch from a sprinkle to a stream just by twisting. A large-capacity 2.6-gallon tank means less trips to the tap, and the adjustable handle stays out of the way when filling. Bloem 2.6-gallon watering can, $17; lowes.com

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6. GARDEN WATER HOSE Twist-free, kink-free, tanglefree … this is a hose that won’t frustrate you. The durable metallic outer jacket makes it resilient against pets and rodents. It comes in lengths of 6—100 feet. $39–$339;

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7. BULL’S-EYE POWER NOZZLE If firefighters trust it for wildfires, it’s good enough for your yard. The solidbrass nozzle delivers 50 percent more power but uses half as much water as a standard nozzle. It has three modes: power, heavy spray, and pinpoint stream. $9; amazon.com

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8. STEEL HOSE HANGER No more putting holes in siding to hang a hose. This steel hose hanger fits on any outdoor-mounted faucet. It’s an easy dismount when the hose needs to come inside for winter. $29 (after conversion);

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9. BEEHIVE HOSE HOLDER Conceal and store a garden hose inside the sweet design of a beehive. Made of durable resin and metal, the holder has a removable lid and weighs 25 pounds, so it won’t be knocked over easily. Golden bees are a sizable 41⁄2 inches. $199; wisteria.com

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PARK & PLAY Outfit your garage or utility room walls with space-saving storage solutions to carve out a corner for DIY projects and repairs. PROJECTS BRIAN KRAMER PHOTOGRAPHS MARTY BALDWIN WORDS MARIA V. CHARBONNEAUX

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1. HANG UPS Keep tools conveniently

WASTE NOT The Knodd powder-coated metal trash can with lid can handle

wood scraps, sawdust, or anything else that comes your way. $15; ikea.com/us

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accessible with practical pegboard. Instead of a single large piece, opt for several panels cut to size at the hardware store. (Keep stud placement in mind when determining size—ours are 32-inch squares.) Outfit them with hanging accessories, grouping like items: Perch your circular saw on two pegboard shelf brackets near the other power tools and your safety glasses.


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2. BENCH TIME A sturdy secondhand bufet gets a new lease on life as a workbench base. Ditch the doors, fill holes from hinges, and coat the entire piece with paint. Top it with a solid-core pine door cut slightly wider than the bufet. Support the ends of the 7-footlong work surface with wood braces extending from the studs and seal the surface with several coats of polyurethane. Tuck grab-and-go containers on the shelves below. Pro tip: Select a furniture piece that’s a comfortable height for working (about 36 inches).

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3. FOOT FRIENDLY Snap-together, slip-resistant tiles to soften the efects of a hard concrete floor. Border pieces give a finished look. Blue Hawk Loose Lay Coin PVC Plastic Tile, $7–11 per tile, $11 for four-piece trim kit; lowes.com


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KEEP IT WHEEL A garage dolly allows you to stow heavy paint cans or toolboxes and roll them out when—and where—you need them. We coated ours with spray paint made for plastic. $24; homedepot.com

hack it PLUGGED IN Save your back. Mount a power strip along the inside of a stud at workbench height for tools and chargers. Dangle clipboards containing project-specific plans in the space between studs.

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BUY it WALL WONDER File project inspiration in a wall organizer. Hooks equipped with binder clips ofer a spot to hang gloves. Classic Mail Holder, $17; target.com

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recessed space of an open wall is a gold mine for storage possibilities, so capitalize! Scrap 2×4s fit between studs to make shallow shelves for spray paint and paint samples. Hang paint trays, a collapsible step stool, baskets, and more in the spaces between.

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2. WE’RE HOOKED Available in a variety of styles, heavy-duty Tornado utility hooks are ideal for hanging almost anything: paint rollers, power tools, ladders, electrical cords. Starting at $4; www.racorstoragesolutions.com


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A wire basket corrals unruly spools of twine and string. Feed their ends through bottom openings, hang the basket from above, pull a string to desired length, and cut.

ON THE EDGE Drill holes through a metal yardstick, and screw it to the edge of the workbench for easy measuring. Johnson Aluminum Yardstick, $3; homedepot.com

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1. Storage and style combine in this sleek alternative to shelving. Strap Droog attaches to the wall with just two screws and stretches to securely hold anything from letters to shoes. Strap, $19 each;

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2. Hand-lettering elevates the charm of any DIY project. This lay-flat book is brimming with font how-tos and step-by-step instructions to develop your skills and give your letters, cards, and crafts that little something extra. Hand-

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Lettering Ledger, $19;

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3. Ditch the plastic wrap and opt for a reusable solution. Bee’s Wrap sheets are infused with beeswax to hold their shape when wrapped around jars, fruit, or sandwiches. Easily clean with soap and cool water. Bee’s Wrap, from

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4. Installing a security camera is now as easy a changing a lightbulb. This security camera/ floodlight features motion detection, night vision, cloud storage, and a two-way intercom to keep you safe and secure. Snap Security Camera Floodlight, $130;

sengled.com 5. Tote your wine in style. Soft cushion material protects the bottle while an ice pouch keeps it chilled. Just pop the top with the included corkscrew and enjoy! The Wine Glove, $20;

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6. Hooked on plants but short on space? Quickly green up vertical surfaces by attaching a Pot Latch. Just one screw is all it takes to install, then slip in a terra-cotta pot and enjoy your garden!

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Go with the grain this weekend! Whether you’re comfortable with tools or prefer a quick fix, there’s a real wood wall decor option that suits your skill set. 7. These 11⁄32-inch-thick Skinnies come in nine styles with the look of reclaimed wood. Each low-VOC board measures 471⁄2 inches long and installs with trim nails. Timeline Skinnies, $5 per board;

timelinewood.com 8. A charred finish adorns these wood strips from UFP. Shiplap and trim boards are available in various colors and lengths. Attach 1-inchthick boards with furring strips and trim nails. UFPEdge Charred Wood, starting at $4 per square foot; ufpedge.com

9. Super strong adhesive strips easily aix boards to vertical surfaces. Just peel and stick the 1- to 4-foot 3⁄16-inchthick strips. Stikwood, $8–$14 per square foot;

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10. Reclaimed Indonesian teak is warm and inviting. Keep it natural or add pops of color. Installation takes only a few common tools and adhesive. Boards are 1⁄4 inch to 3⁄8 inch thick and varying or fixed lengths, depending on the product line you choose.

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Island Timber, starting at $21 per square foot; 10

islandtimber.com 11. Eco-friendly reclaimed wood gets a second life as peel-andstick wall treatments. Each plank is 1⁄8 inch thick and between 12 and 42 inches long. With both muted and natural tones to choose from, you’re sure to find a winning combination. Timberchic, $10–$13 per square foot; timberchic

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12. Attractive in more ways than one, this cute little cube is a handy help for your tool collection. Magnetize or demagnetize drill bits, screws, and other items in seconds to complete projects with ease. Wiha

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13. Curious about carving? Dive right in with a richly illustrated book featuring 12 stepby-step projects with templates for beginning wood-carvers. The author also guides you through which tools and wood species to use for the best results. The

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14. Disguise a stain, repair a tear, or just showcase your creative talent! The Create Me Textile kit’s iron-on transfers come in fun shapes, are easy to apply, and are easy on the eye—available in matte black or gold. Create Me Textile, $27; moraapproved.etsy.com

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15. Save your knees and roll with ease on a sturdy work seat meant for mobility. A tray under the comfortable swivel seat keeps your tools close so you’re free to focus on the task at hand. Rolling Work Seat, $57; harborfreight.com


16. Nothing one-trick pony about this vehicle escape tool. It cuts seat belts and breaks glass safely, and it won’t be hard to find when you need it because it’s also a dual USB charger. Ztylus

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CHECK IT OUT—A USB CHARGER THAT DOUBLES AS A HANDY-DANDY ESCAPE TOOL!

USB Emergency Tool, $20; ztylus.com

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17. Splish-splash a little less with the Aquapaw. The one-handed design means water stays close to your pup and speeds up rinse time. Aquapaw

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Pet Bathing Tool, $25;

aquapaw.com 18. Go ahead and judge this book by its cover. Bright and cheery both inside and out, it shows you how to beautify your living spaces with upcycle projects, party ideas, and more. Sunshine Spaces, $25;

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19. Precisely cut fabric, leather, and even balsa wood with the Cricut Maker. Expand your crafting possibilities with hundreds of available patterns or upload your own. Add one of the Adaptive Tools to cut even more materials. Cricut Maker, $400;

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DIY Q&A

HANDY GIRL I’m more than a little ready for summer. But it’s not just about lounging at the pool: I’m itching to spruce up outdoor spaces and host friends and family. Here are some answers to your most pressing outdoor DIY questions. WORDS KELLY ROBERSON

FOR BEST RESULTS WHEN STAINING YOUR DECK, PICK A DAY (OR TIME OF DAY) THAT’S NOT FULL SUN.

DEAR HANDY GIRL,

My wood deck is in good shape structurally but could use a little love—it’s faded and doesn’t appear to be repelling water very well. I don’t know where to start. Help? DEAR READER, I’m glad your deck is sound; that’s half the battle. If you’re able to devote several hours over several days, you can reseal or restain your deck and have it looking almost new. Here’s what to do.

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Lightly sand your deck. My favorite tool (so I’m not wrecking my hands and knees): a pole sander. Fine-grit sandpaper—about 80-grit—works well. If you see any loose screws, tighten them. Clean it. Choose a warm day and scrub the deck with a deckcleaning solution (follow the directions for application). Remove all furniture, and cover any nearby plants. Be wary of power washers: They may have too much blast. If your deck isn’t too dirty, a nozzle attachment on a hose, a utility brush, and some elbow grease may be all you need. Follow the cleaning solution recommendation for drying time. (Another reminder: Whether or not it needs sealing, your deck should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year.)

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Choose your sealer. You might just need a waterproofing product, or you might want to use a multipurpose product that combines stain and sealer. Although you should follow the manufacturer application recommendations, in general, you’ll be able to use a roller, brush, pole extension, or sprayer.

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DEAR HANDY GIRL,

We’re ready to invest in outdoor furniture, but we’re worried about upkeep. What do we need to know? DEAR READERS, Congratulations! I remember my first “real” outdoor furniture, and it made all the diference in how much I enjoyed my outdoor spaces. But don’t freak out about upkeep: Like anything else you purchase for your home, regular care minimizes the amount of repairs. Follow these steps for long-lasting furniture. GET TO KNOW YOUR MATERIAL. Follow all manufacturer recommendations, and test-clean a small, unnoticeable spot before you use anything on the whole piece. KEEP FURNITURE FREE OF DEBRIS. Use a small broom to brush of dirt, leaves, and branches, and spot-clean spills as needed. RELY ON THE BASICS. Say it with me: Warm water and mild soap. Most of the time, that’s all you need. PROTECT FURNITURE, WHEN YOU CAN. Removable covers are worth the investment and the efort, especially during inclement weather.

FURNITURE MATERIAL MUST-KNOWS

METAL: Most of the time, aluminum, steel, and iron are painted or sealed, but be vigilant about rust spots. WOOD: To seal or not to seal? That’s always the question. If you don’t seal, wood will weather to a silvery gray; if you do, you’ll have to repeat the sealing process every few years to maintain the look.

WICKER: Sun is hard on this material; keep it on a shaded deck or cover it as much as you can. FABRIC: Look for weather-resistant fabric and removable, washable covers. PLASTIC OR RESIN: A great cost-efective furniture option, but sun can often be hard on these materials.

DEAR HANDY GIRL,

cleaning tips! KEEP YOUR OUTDOOR FURNITURE SQUEAKY CLEAN WITH OUR TIPS: BHG.COM/ CLEANFURNITURE

We’ve got a lovely covered porch on the front of our new home, and I’d like to dress up the wall a little bit. Is it safe to put nail holes on an exterior wall? DEAR READER, In general, you want to avoid a Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation approach to exterior decoration (or illumination). However, you can safely adorn your outdoor walls with vintage signs, art, and more. You don’t say what your home’s exterior is made of—siding? brick? stucco?—so I’m going to suggest options that don’t need a hammer. For example, double-stick tape can hold several pounds, so if your hanging is lightweight, try it. Exterior Command hooks may work too. You’ll also find vinyl siding hangers and S hooks that slip in and under siding pieces, and brick clip hooks that cleverly loop around the tops and bottoms of bricks. Of course, before you apply anything, clean the wall and let the surface dry thoroughly.


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I’m an apartment dweller, but I have a balcony that I’d love to fill with plants. What are the best containers for me? DEAR READER, Picking the perfect container is harder than ever because you have so many choices in materials, sizes, and colors. You’re smart to consider the location (your balcony) before you invest in any container. Use this guide and a few tips to find the best fit.

1. RECYCLED/UPCYCLED It’s perfect for… Expressing your creativity and regard for Mother Earth. Know before you buy... Repurposed containers usually require you to add drainage holes; invest in the right bits to drill through unconventional materials.

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It’s perfect for…Trying lots of sizes, colors, and styles, as well as flexibility, thanks to its light weight. Bonus: Some can be left out during winter. Know before you buy... Invest in durably constructed options so you gain longevity. Because of their light weight, they can tip easily. Newer modular options are great for apartment dwellers who want to go vertical and grow a lot.

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3. METAL It’s perfect for… Finding just the right style option, from sleek to rustic. Know before you buy... Plants can get super warm, especially in dark-color metal containers.

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4. POTTERY It’s perfect for… Discovering a gorgeous color. Know before you buy... Freeze-thaw cycles lead to cracks, so pottery containers must be overwintered in a protected location.

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It’s perfect for… General purpose—nearly everything and everywhere. Know before you buy... It’s a water hog, so if the location gets lots of sun, watch so plants don’t dry out. Heavy and breakable, terra-cotta shouldn’t be left out in winter.

6. CONCRETE AND STONE It’s perfect for… Longevity and distinctive texture as well as lots of style options. Know before you buy... It’s heavy and diicult to move; consider placing on casters or in a spot where you can plant it and leave it.

7. WIRE It’s perfect for… A texture-rich approach to planting as well as distinctive shapes. Know before you buy... These must be lined with another material to hold in soil and plants, which means they dry out easily.

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It’s perfect for… That just-right natural look. Know before you buy... Only untreated wood is safe for growing edibles.


DEAR HANDY GIRL,

Eek! Mold! We’re all about it on cheese (yum!), but the other stuff around the house we’re less sure about. When should we be worried about mold? And if it’s outside, is it harmless? DEAR READER, Say the word mold and you’ll strike terror in the heart of any homeowner. When should you worry, and what should you do? The color of mold can be a good starting point. Black, blue, or green might be found in water-prone spots, like the grout in your shower. It could simply be the result of a lessthan-stellar cleaning job. Although it’s often hard to pinpoint an exact mold type— there are hundreds of thousands of them— these spots may cause allergic reactions or infections and should be scrubbed away as soon as you find them.

White spots may be mold that’s just started growing. Translation? It’s easy to get rid of with some elbow grease and your preferred cleaner.

Orange mold is most often found outside, especially on plants that have seen better days or wood that’s decaying. It’s slimy and gross but simply a natural process; you can remove it if it bugs you.

CURIOUS ABOUT A MOLD GROWING IN YOUR HOUSE? DIY MOLD TESTS HELP YOU COLLECT SAMPLES TO SEND TO A LAB FOR EVALUATION. TRY THE PRO-LAB MOLD TEST KIT, AVAILABLE AT MOST HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES FOR ABOUT $10 (THE LAB FEE IS EXTRA).

One note of caution: A home that has been subject to constant, hidden sources of

moisture—say, a bathroom leak that’s long gone undetected—may have an extensive mold problem that can overtake drywall and other finishes. These cases may require professional evaluation and repair.

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SCREEN TIME

Sleek new screens and a lush botanical theme update a 1970s patio into a modern bonus space ready for entertaining. WORDS HEIDI PALKOVIC PROJECTS + STYLING JOSEPH WANEK PHOTOGRAPHS JASON DONNELLY


BEFORE

A MODEST MIDCENTURY HOME IN DES MOINES CHECKED ALL THE BOXES FOR NEW HOMEOWNER JOSEPH WANEK... EXCEPT FOR THE SAD SCREENED PATIO ON THE BACK OF THE HOUSE. “The 1970s screen framing was rotting, and the concrete floor was dirty and neglected,” Joseph says. With the goal of gaining bonus space for entertaining friends, he brainstormed budget-friendly solutions for rehabbing the covered patio. While rescreening the structure seemed daunting, removing the screens and leaving the patio open to the bugs was not an acceptable option. Plus Joseph and his boyfriend, Nick, wanted a secure space for their cat, Julio, to enjoy fresh air. With the discovery of a screen system that could be customized to fit the space and that they could install themselves, the patio was fashioned into a second living room. They then added a trellis along one wall and a mini bar that withstands the elements. “We hang out there most evenings in the spring and summer, and our favorite thing is sitting out there during a thunderstorm,” Joseph says. STANDING OVATION Plant stands made from 1-inch square dowels elevate potted houseplants on X-shape platforms, left and above. To make a platform, cross two rods in an X large enough to support your pot, removing a 1-inch square in the center of one rod at the intersection. Drill holes in the ends and use 1⁄4-inch fluted dowel pins and wood glue to connect the pieces. Secure the platform to the legs at the desired height in the same manner.

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BOWLED OVER CAN’T FIND HANGING PLANTERS TO FIT YOUR STYLE? FOLLOW JOSEPH’S EXAMPLE AND MAKE YOUR OWN FROM COPPER, BRASS, AND BRONZE SERVING BOWLS AND CHAIN.


“WE LOVE ENTERTAINING, BUT OUR LITTLE MIDCENTURY RANCH CAN ONLY HOLD SO MANY PEOPLE. WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE, WE DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF ENTERTAINING SPACE BY UTILIZING THE COVERED PATIO.” JOSEPH WANEK, HOMEOWNER

A LUSH ESCAPE Several varieties of plants—tropicals, succulents, cacti, and classic houseplants—mingle

in the covered patio, above. Their common denominator is they all love bright, indirect light. Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ and cactus thrive in sleek floor stands. Pink-flowering mandevillas (potted in three containers behind the outdoor sofa) climb the horizontal slats Joseph added and painted to obscure the view of the neighbor’s house. An old oak factory cart, found at a local salvage shop (search Craigslist for options in your area), stands in for a traditional cofee table. On the floor, a fresh coat of Rust-Oleum Epoxyshield concrete floor coating in Armor Gray gives the outdoor room a finished look.

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BLACK POWDERCOATED BOTTLE OPENER. $10;

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READY TO PARTY All the essentials for a successful gettogether are kept close at hand on a weatherproof mini bar constructed of cedar and topped with two 16-inch-square concrete pavers, opposite and left. Make the bar using 4×4s for the legs and 1×4s for the sides, shelf, and supports. Secure the pieces with 11⁄4-inch deck screws. Put liquor bottles on display by arranging leftover 4×4 cedar pieces in a stair-step configuration adhered with wood glue, above. Attach wineglass holders on the underside of the bar top.

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WALL PLANTER MATERIALS • D-ring hanger • Wooden cutting board • Drill/screwdriver • Screws • Spray bottle

• Mountable plant, such as a fern or orchid • Sphagnum moss • Clear fishing line

Step 1 Screw the D-ring hanger to the back of the cutting board. Remove plant from pot and lay it on the cutting board. Drill four screws into the board, about 2 inches from each side of the plant’s roots and leaving about 1⁄2 inch of each screw exposed above the board (A). Step 2 Cover the plant’s roots with damp sphagnum moss, leaving the tops of the screws visible.

Step 3 Tie clear fishing line to one screw. While holding the moss in place with one hand, wrap the fishing line over the moss and around a screw on the opposite side (B). Wrap the fishing line around the screw several times before crossing over the moss again to the opposite side. Continue this process, crisscrossing the fishing line several times over the moss until the plant is secured. Wrap the fishing line around the last screw at least 10 times before knotting and cutting the line. Cover the screws and any visible fishing line by tucking in more moss. Step 4 Mist the moss a few times a week using a spray bottle filled with water.

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MAKE IT

INSTALL A SCREEN SYSTEM MATERIALS • Straightedge • Screen Tight Mini Track screw clips • Drill • Screen Tight Mini Track channel (available in 8-foot pieces)

• Chop saw • Rubber mallet • Utility knife • Fiberglass screen • Screen Tight Mini Track spline • Screen Tight roller knife

Step 1 Using a straightedge, draw a line through the center of each side of the opening to be screened. Measure and mark the placement for the screw clips 8–10 inches apart along the line, starting and ending 2 inches from each corner (A). Drill a pilot hole at each mark. Insert a screw clip into each hole; do not overtighten (B). Use a small channel piece to properly adjust the height of each screw clip (C) so the channel slides easily over the screw without being too loose.

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Step 2 Cut channel pieces to fit the top and bottom of the opening using a chop saw. Install the pieces by sliding the end of a channel piece over an end screw, then tap the rest of the channel onto the screw clips with a rubber mallet (D). After top and bottom channels are installed, measure, cut, and install the side channels in the same manner. Step 3 Cut a piece of fiberglass screen a few inches larger than the opening. Starting at the top of the opening, lay screen across top channel track. Using a roller knife, evenly push spline into the top track channel groove, fastening the screen into the groove as you go. Continue pushing the spline into one side track (E), then repeat on the opposite side, ensuring that the screen remains straight as you work. Insert the spline into the bottom channel track last. If needed, remove the spline and adjust the screen as needed.

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Step 4 Trim excess screen mesh flush along each edge using a utility knife.

FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.

SPECIAL THANKS SCREEN TIGHT MINI TRACK SYSTEM, SCREEN TIGHT; PLANTS, COSTA FARMS; EPOXYSHIELD CONCRETE FLOOR COATING, RUST-OLEUM

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“WE HAD WATCHED WAY TOO MUCH HGTV. WE THOUGHT, WE’LL JUST REFINISH THE FLOORS AND PAINT THE WALLS—IT’LL BE EASY,” says homeowner Elizabeth Burns. When she and husband Brian inherited a circa-1901 house from Brian’s grandmother in a small North Carolina town, they were eager to roll up their sleeves, swing some sledgehammers, and shape it into their home. “That was not the case, unfortunately. We thought we were a lot handier than we actually were,” she says. But with the help of Jake Angi, a contractor and friend, the Burnses discovered all sorts of surprises lurking behind almost every wall. Some shockers were discouraging: extensive termite damage, for example, and plumbing

and wiring that needed to be replaced. A few of the surprises made the couple smile. Beaded-board ceilings and oak floors in two rooms were salvageable, and several items discovered on the property found new life and purpose in the refurbished home to give it an aura of age. Elizabeth and Brian were the best revelations of all! Turns out they have a knack for seeing potential in even the sorriest shacks. Elizabeth has since flipped two more houses, and Brian has teamed up with Jake on a full-time basis to remodel houses. Looks like they have learned to love surprises.

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1 The steps leading up to Elizabeth and Brian’s porch once marched down the left side. “We moved them to the front to make it more welcoming,” Elizabeth says. They sized the staircase the same width as the gap between the posts so they didn’t have to move or replace any of the front posts. 2 Because of their limited budget, Brian and Elizabeth installed almost everything themselves in the kitchen, including stock cabinets and laminate countertops. 3 The aluminum windows in this space were replaced by vintage windows in the same size found on Craigslist, so all the home’s windows are now wood. 4 Original to the house, a former swinging door was pressed into service to separate the kitchen from the pantry and cofee bar. Because the door now slides on a rail, it requires no floor space to open.

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MADE YA LOOK THE COUNTERTOPS LOOK LIKE MARBLE BUT ARE ACTUALLY LAMINATE, A SPILL-PROOF AND LOW-COST ALTERNATIVE TO STONE. BONUS: THEY ARE EASY TO INSTALL.

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An old board from one of the backyard sheds was cut into three shelves and mounted

5 The stainless-steel appliances—dishwasher, range, microwave, wine refrigerator, and regular fridge—all came from Lowe’s. To save on this big expense, the Burnses waited for a sale (holiday bargains can net a 30–40-percent discount) and put the purchases on a store credit card, which saved an additional 5 percent. 6 The tile for the backsplash, which Elizabeth and Brian installed themselves, was a discontinued product on closeout at a home center. They bought all the available boxes at two diferent stores to have enough for the backsplash and a shower stall (not shown). “We figured out the cost, and it was 6 cents a tile,” Elizabeth says. “We did the whole backsplash for, like, $2.” 7 A sliver of space next to the microwave was too narrow for an upper cabinet, so they crafted two shelves from scrap wood to hold a few jars of seasonings.

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“I HAVE A WEAKNESS FOR CHANDELIERS. I BOUGHT THIS ONE FROM A THRIFT SHOP YEARS AGO, AND IT FINALLY HAS A PLACE TO REALLY SHINE.” ELIZABETH BURNS, HOMEOWNER

8 “They do not make standard curtains that long, and I did not want to pay for custom,” Elizabeth says of the dining room’s tall ceilings and ceilingheight windows. Her ingenious (and no-sew!) solution: plain polyester tablecloths from Amazon, which she snapped up for a mere $5 a pop. A short spin in the dryer shook out the wrinkles, and she threaded the panels onto metal rods with curtain clips. 9 Once buried under wood paneling, below, the brick fireplace and chimney were almost an afterthought. But after the wall between the relocated kitchen and dining room came down, the fireplace (and its antique brick glory) could become the focal point it was meant to be.

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10 The living room, above and top right, stayed in its original spot at the front of the house. A few elements were salvageable, such as the French doors—which open graciously into the oice—and oak floors. 11 The fireplace, unfortunately, was rendered useless because the outside chimney had crumbled, but the mantel is still charming. The bricks are actually veneer, a lightweight product that is glued to drywall with construction adhesive. Elizabeth painted their original red faces and black “mortar” lines with whitewash, then slipped an electric heater into the firebox for a warm glow. 12 Both Brian and Elizabeth sometimes work from home, so the oice accommodates two with a clever T-shape configuration of three identical tables. The trio were castofs the Burnses found strewn throughout the house—Brian’s grandfather made them decades ago. Elizabeth refreshed them with stain (on the tops) and paint (on the legs). 13 Much of the home’s supports and woodwork had been decimated by termites, but a few precious pieces, including the oak floors in the oice and living room, could be saved. Elizabeth and Brian entrusted their contractor to match the old flooring with the new—a tricky task. “We love how it turned out,” Elizabeth says.

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A TIGHTLY ARRANGED MATRIX OF ART WRANGLES PERSONAL AND PECULIAR FINDS IN THE OFFICE—A PET SILHOUETTE, OLD HOLLYWOOD THANKYOU NOTE, AND WOOD MONOGRAM, TO NAME A FEW.

OFFICE BEFORE

FRAME WORK A FEW COATS OF BLACK CHALKBOARD PAINT TRANSFORMED THRIFTSTORE PAINTINGS INTO WALL-MOUNTED WORK SURFACES.

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14 Originally the kitchen, the master bedroom was rebuilt “from the ground up, with new floors, new joists—everything,” Elizabeth says. One part that managed to make the transition from kitchen to bedroom: the beaded boards on the ceiling. But “they had a lot of grease and smoke on them,” Elizabeth says. “It took five coats of primer, but I finally got them white.” 15 The couple created a faux fireplace using a vintage mantel they refinished. While it doesn’t light, it still warms the room visually. Elizabeth swabbed on leftover chalkboard paint to create a “brick” surround—chalk lines stand in for mortar—and in the firebox, a pair of iron curtain tiebacks cradle a few logs from a fallen oak limb. Wrapped in battery-operated string lights, the logs look like a cheery, crackling fire!

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BEFORE

B ACK YA R D BL ISS Treat even the smallest outdoor space to a stylish makeover with these industrial chic projects.

PROJECTS JENI WRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHS ADAM ALBRIGHT WORDS BECKY MOLLENKAMP


LEARN HOW TO MAKE THE PIPE COFFEE TABLE AT BHG.COM/PIPETABLE

INVEST IN AN OUTDOOR LAMP THAT’S DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND THE ELEMENTS. PRISM OUTDOOR TABLE LAMP, $299; CRATEANDBARREL.COM

GROUND LEVEL Porcelain pavers provide solid footing for this patio, and a polypropylene “platform” simplifies installation. TIP: ONE CASE OF BROCK PAVERBASE REPLACES 80 BAGS OF SAND; $259 FOR 100 SQUARE FEET; HOMEDEPOT.COM

layer 1: BARRIER FABRIC

Remove the grass where you plan to build your patio, excavating about 1 inch deeper than ground level. Make sure the area is compacted and perfectly level, then install a layer of weed barrier fabric.

layer 2: SAND

Spread an even layer of leveling sand so the surface is level with the weed barrier fabric.

layer 3: PANELS

Starting along a straight edge of the patio, lay the Brock panels in a running bond pattern. Trim curves and edges using a utility knife.

layer 4: PAVERS

Lay pavers atop the panels. To keep them in place, add edge restraints and hammer landscape spikes through the panels to keep the restraints tight against the pavers.

layer 5: SAND

Use a broom to spread polymeric sand over the patio and into the gaps between the pavers until the joints are full.


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PIPE CHAIR MATERIALS • Four 23-inch-long cedar decking boards • Four 22-inch-long cedar decking boards • Two 9¾×2¼-inch cedar planks • Sandpaper • 2×2-inch by 3-foot steel angle • Reciprocating saw with new blade • Drill with 1⁄8-inch or 3⁄16-inch bit • Wood glue • 1½-inch pan-head screws • Semitransparent deck stain • Bonding primer • Exterior spray paint • Sixteen ¾-inch stainless-steel screws • Three 18-inch-long 31⁄4-inch diameter steel pipes • Seven 24-inch-long 31⁄4-inch diameter steel pipes • Allen wrench • Eight 90-degree angle connectors • 4 tee connectors • 1¼-inch exterior pan-head screws • Sixteen 1½-inch stainless-steel screws Step 1 Sand the faces and edges of the cedar planks until smooth. Cut the steel angle to 21¾ inches using a reciprocating saw. Drill holes along each long edge of the angle, inset about ¾ inches from long edge, using a 1⁄8-inch or 3⁄16-inch bit. Starting at one end, drill at 1⁄2, 43⁄4, 53⁄4, 10, 113⁄8, 155⁄8, 163⁄4, and 211⁄8 inches. Step 2 Lay a 23-inch cedar board (this will be the back of the chair) on your work surface, and butt one of the 22-inch boards perpendicular against the end to create a vertical right angle. Drill a pilot hole about 1 inch in from the outside edges of the 22-inch board. Put a bead of glue along the joint and screw the two boards together with exterior 1½-inch pan-head screws. Repeat three times with the remaining cedar boards to yield four L-shape forms. Step 3 Stain the cedar (optional). Prime and paint the steel angle using bonding primer and spray paint. Even if you don’t plan to paint the rest of the pipe structure, you’ll need to paint this piece because the raw steel will rust. Prime and paint the heads of the ¾-inch stainless-steel screws. Step 4 Fit the outside of the L-shape cedar pieces on the inside of the steel angle, lining up the four pieces side-by-side. Screw the boards to each side of the angle pieces with the ¾-inch screws (A).

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Step 5 Measure 8¾ inches from the top of the chairback, and attach the 9¾-inch braces across the chairback, starting 1⁄4 inch from the outside edge and leaving a 2-inch gap between the two pieces. Insert 1¼-inch pan-head screws 2 inches in from both ends of the supports. Step 6 Assemble the pipe structure (B). Tighten the connectors with an allen wrench—the connectors are made with screws in them so when tightened, they hold snug to the pipe. Feed a tee connector onto an 18-inch pipe, and tighten 7 inches from one end. Repeat with a second tee and 18-inch pipe. To the tees, attach a 24-inch pipe to create an H-shape piece (this is the front support for the chair). Attach a 90-degree connector on each open end of the H. (Keep the tightening mechanisms to the inside or underside of the structure for a tidier look.) Attach four 24-inch lengths of pipe to the open ends of the 90-degree connectors, running them perpendicular to the crossbar of the H. The top two 24-inch lengths will be the chair arms, and the bottom two will create part of the base. Attach four 90-degree connectors on the four exposed ends of the 24-inch arm and base pipes. For the two remaining 24-inch pipes, center a tee on each. Attach an 18inch pipe to the tees, connecting the 14-inch pipes. Attach each open end of this assembly to the open 90-degree connectors on the assembled base. Square and tighten all connectors. Step 7 Prime and paint the pipe structure (optional), and allow to dry. If you’re painting the base, you’ll also need to paint the 1½-inch stainless-steel screws. Step 8 Fit the cedar assemblage into the frame, aligning the 9¾-inch back braces with the upper horizontal pipe on the back of the frame. Stack a quart paint can and a roll of tape under the angled part of the seat to temporarily support it. Use tape to mark the position for eight screw holes in the horizontal back pipe to secure it to the seat back. Remove the cedar assemblage and drill the holes. Place the seat in position and screw it in place with 1½-inch stainless-steel screws. Repeat this process under the front crossbar of the chair, screwing from the underside of the pipe.

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PAVE THE WAY USE OUTDOOR PORCELAIN

SOFTER SIDE If the exterior of a garage doesn’t create the type of

ambience you want for your backyard retreat, cover it with cedar planks, above. It’s a simple and afordable way to create a modern vibe. To prevent the wood from graying over time, use a translucent cedar-tinted sealer on the planks to show of the natural color and wood grain.

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PAVERS (OURS ARE GOTHAM GREY FROM THE TILE SHOP) INSTEAD OF POURED CONCRETE FOR A HIGH-STYLE UPGRADE. FLOATING THE NEW PATIO INSIDE A PERIMETER OF RIVER ROCK MEANS YOU DON’T HAVE TO CUT TILES AND YOU CAN MORE EASILY MANAGE DRAINAGE.


FOR YOUR ART WITH PAINTED 1×4 PINE BOARDS SCREWED TO THE ARTWORK’S BASE. SCREW A 2-FOOT-LONG 2×4 HORIZONTALLY ALONG THE BACK OF THE ARTWORK AND ANOTHER ON THE WALL. TO HANG THE FINISHED PIECE, OVERLAP THE 2×4S AND SCREW DOWN THROUGH BOTH WITH SEVERAL EXTERIOR SCREWS.

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BIRD’S EYE This large mosaic artwork is a colorful—and weatherproof— outdoor focal point, above. Break stained glass or ceramic pieces into bits using a glass-cutting tool and sort by color. Sketch a design onto a piece of ¼-inch cement backer board (or download our bird design at BHG.com/BirdArt). Working in one 6-inch section at a time, apply tile adhesive with a notched trowel. Arrange the mosaic pieces on the glue, leaving very small gaps between them, left. Repeat until your design is complete. Allow to dry 24 hours. Chip away excess adhesive on the face of the tiles. Gently push grout into the spaces between the tiles using a grout float. Wipe away excess grout with a damp sponge as you work (it dries quickly). Thoroughly clean the completed surface with a damp sponge, then wipe with a dry cloth. Apply sealant following manufacturer’s instructions.


REMOVE THE STRING-LIGHT POLES WHEN NOT IN USE, AND MOW RIGHT OVER THE CONCRETE BASES, IF NEEDED.

BRIGHT IDEA Lighting makes outdoor spaces feel inviting, above left. To install lighting supports, sink concrete forms at each

end or corner (deep enough to go below the frost line). Center a same-height piece of 1-inch-diameter PVC pipe inside and fill form around pipe with concrete. Cut ¾-inch conduit to the height you want the lights, plus the height of the PVC pipe. Screw a ¾-inch cap onto the conduit end, and drill a hole 1 inch below. Feed a screw eye through the hole and secure with a nut. Prime and paint the pole, then feed it into the PVC. Attach lights to the screw eye using zip tie, above middle.

GREEN THUMB Even a small garden looks lush when you pick plants of varying shapes and sizes.

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DWARF FOUNTAINGRASS A compact plant with lush green foliage and flufy, buf-color plumes. It’s great for creating contrast in a small garden.

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CREEPING JUNIPER Can be used as a groundcover, spreading horizontally to hide bare patches. This aromatic shrub has a blue-green cast most of the year.

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GOLDEN MOP CYPRESS With stringy leaves that hug the ground, it’s a great accent evergreen for terraced or sloped gardens.

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MAIDENGRASS Ofers great height and color.

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upright plant that changes colors with the seasons (blue, pink, burgundy, and copper), and serves as a strong vertical accent.

compact branches with dense, dark needles. It’s a low-maintenance, hardy accent plant.

Its green foliage turns bronze red in the fall, and its pink plumes open in the summer and turn white through winter.


DRIP BY DRIP Nestle a water feature (this one is made of landscape blocks) into a corner for a tranquil addition to your patio, left. Choose an area with no more than a few inches of slope. If you live in a cold climate, remove the pump in the winter. Store it inside in a pail of water to keep the seals wet. FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.

SPECIAL THANKS SMARTPOND FOR ITEMS INCLUDING PUMP, TUBING, SPILLWAY, AND SPOUT

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WATER FEATURE MATERIALS • Shovel • 28-inch round plastic tub • Utility knife • Pump (we used Smartpond) • Corrugated tubing • Chicken wire • Dirt or sand • 2 pieces of 12×30-inch Pennsylvania blue flagstone • 9×6-inch landscape block • 3×6-inch landscape block • Landscape adhesive • Spillway • Spout • River rock

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Step 1 Dig a hole about 30 inches round and 2 inches deeper than the depth of the tub. Cut a 1½-inch notch in the top of the tub. Set the tub in the hole. Step 2 Place the pump in the tub. Attach tubing to the pump. Feed the tube and the pump plug through the notch (the cord and tube will run under the flagstone). Cover the tub with a piece of chicken wire large enough to bend over the outer edge of the tub. Step 3 Fill around the outside of the tub with dirt or sand. Lay one piece of flagstone slightly overlapping the tub (make sure it’s level).

Step 4 Dry-stack the landscape blocks. We used three layers of 9×6-inch blocks, three layers of 3×6-inch blocks for a relief pattern in the middle, and three more layers of 9×6inch blocks on the top. Leave an opening in the middle of the top layer for the spillway. When your design is complete, restack the blocks, applying landscape adhesive between each block and each layer. Step 5 Adhere the spillway to the block and attach the corrugated hose to the back of the spillway and spout. Adhere the second piece of flagstone on top of the block and spillway. Lay rock on top of the chicken wire and fill the tub with water. Plug in the pump.

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INS I DE THE B OX Add a whole new dimension to your space by showcasing collections and keepsakes in reimagined boxes. PROJECTS SARA PEREZ & KAREN BRADY PHOTOGRAPHS MARTY BALDWIN WORDS PAMELA S. PORTER

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS When transformed into miniature wall cabinets, boxes with hinged lids conceal tiny treasures, above left. Our vintage find is tinplate, but wooden or paperboard boxes work just as well. If you don’t love the look of your container, paint, decoupage, or decorate it to suit the space. Use epoxy to secure a hanger to the back of the box, or drill a hole through the back and hang on a nail.


HANG A ROUND Turn a wooden hoop into an elegant shelf to corral pretty little things, this photo and opposite right. Choose a hoop that fits your space. (Ours is a large quilting hoop.) Measure and mark where you want shelves. Cut lattice strips to fit as shelves. Paint the hoop and shelves. We used a combination of white and gold paint. Let dry. Use epoxy to attach shelves inside the hoop, making sure they are level.

SCREEN TIME Rescue an ordinary soil sifter from dirty work by repurposing it into a delightful jewelry display, left. Purchase a sifter with a wood frame. Mask the screen and spraypaint the frame your desired color. Let dry, then screw cup hooks inside from which to hang necklaces and bracelets. The screened back is perfect for displaying earrings.

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SHADOW BOXES KEEP DELICATE COLLECTIBLES LIKE SHELLS OR OLD PHOTOS ON VIEW—AND SAFE FROM THE POTENTIAL DAMAGE OF BEING STUFFED IN A DRAWER. IF THE SHADOW BOX DOESN’T HAVE A REMOVABLE BACK PANEL, CUT AND COVER A PIECE OF CARDBOARD, FOAMBOARD, OR CORKBOARD TO FIT INSIDE INSTEAD.

A DAY AT THE BEACH Large shadow boxes display life-size mementos, such as this vintage swimsuit,

above right and opposite, and shells and sea glass from a past beach trip, above left. To customize a standard box, cut fabric to fit the inside panel plus a few inches all around. (In lieu of fabric, try acidfree paper to cover the panel.) Iron fabric and lay right side down on a work surface. Center panel on top of fabric, pull fabric taut to the back of the panel, and secure with duct tape or hot glue. Insert back into box and use pins, hidden whipstitches, or acid-free glue or tape to secure objects to the panel.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO ROOM & BOARD, INDUSTRY WEST, MINTED, ETHAN ALLEN


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HAIRPIN LEGS ATTACHED TO PLYWOOD MAKE AN EASY BASE. UPGRADE BASIC BLACK PAINT AS WE DID.


TINY WONDERS The compartments in an old printer’s

letterpress drawer create an entomology-like display for small collectibles, left. To make the table, cut ¾-inch plywood to fit the bottom of the drawer. Attach hairpin legs. Using wood trim pieces, craft a frame for the drawer, allowing a ¼-inch rim at the top and 1-inch overhang at the bottom to hide the plywood base. Use finish nails to secure the drawer inside the frame. Paint drawer and frame; let dry. On top, attach four flat metal corner pieces. Use an acrylic cutter to cut a piece of plexiglass to fit inside the top rim. Attach a glass knob to the plexiglass using epoxy. Fill compartments with your collections, and place plexiglass on top. For a playful statement in ours, we painted toy animals and dinosaurs.

WALL FLOWERS This take on a modern shadow box, right, is easy to make. Use an acrylic cutter to cut two plexiglass sheets to desired size. Stack the sheets on top of one another and secure with masking tape. Tape each corner to piece of scrap wood. This will secure the sheets for drilling and prevent the plexiglass from cracking. At each corner, measure and mark 1 inch in from all sides. Drill a small pilot hole through both pieces at each mark (we used a 3⁄64-inch drill bit) and then work your way up using larger bits until you have 3⁄32-inch holes. Press letter stickers to the top piece. Remove tape. Use double-face adhesive to attach paper flowers to the back piece. Add a #10 flat washer on each post. Then slide a 1-inch spacer onto each post. Add a 3⁄4-inch spacer on top to each post. Finish with another #10 washer on each post. Slide top piece of plexiglass over posts, and secure caps to each post. Fashion a hanger by tying a leather strap to the top two screw caps. For additional security, place Glue Dots adhesive pads at each corner. FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.

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LIVING is EASY Summer’s here, and so is outdoor entertaining season. This super-simple party theme, centered around a DIY concrete bar, capitalizes on fast setup and colorful projects to allow for max time spent in the sun. PROJECTS LINDSAY BERGER PHOTOGRAPHS CAMERON SADGEHPOUR WORDS LUCY FITZGERALD


STAMP IT OUT Summer color is all about feeling good, and this bright magenta tablecloth definitely makes us smile, this photo. To create your own paint-stamped version, lay a circular tablecloth on a protected flat surface. Pour white fabric paint into a flat container. Holding a meat chopper upright, dip the blades into the paint, then stamp them onto the cloth. Let paint dry before setting your table.

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Step 2 For the bar top, stack and tape together the three 1×6 boards so the edges are even on one end, then cut about ½ inch from the other end so they are cleanly cut to the same length. Cut the boards to span

Step 4 Measure the length of the front of the bar top. Cut ½ inch from a 1×3 to get a clean cut, then cut it to the length of the front of the bar top, reserving the leftovers. Repeat with the other 1×3 for the back, reserving the leftovers. Attach the front and back aprons to the bar top. (We recommend predrilling all holes.) Step 5 Measure the sides of the bar top. Cut leftover 1×3 to the correct length, then attach to the bar top. Sand all edges. Step 6 Paint the bar top and let dry. Use concrete glue to attach the top to the bar legs.

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Step 3 Lay the boards side by side on a flat surface, rough side up, and spaced apart slightly. (We used screws as spacers.) Measure the width of the three boards, then cut the leftover pieces to that width to form three braces that will go underneath the bar top. Screw one brace at each end of the bar top, then attach the third brace in the middle.

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Step 1 For the concrete block base, lay out the two legs of your bar using the diagrams, right (as seen from overhead). Adhere each layer using concrete glue.

the length of the concrete base, reserving the leftovers. (We cut ours to 72 inches with an 8-inch overhang on both ends.)

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MATERIALS • 16 full cement blocks • 2 half cement blocks • Concrete glue • Three 1×6 cedar boards, 8 feet • Tape • Saw • Tape measure • Screws • Drill • Two 1×3 cedar boards, 8 feet • Sandpaper • Paintbrush • Water-base paint in desired color

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FRESH COAT UPDATE A WOOD BOWL (THIS ONE IS FROM WALMART) OR PLANTER WITH A SPLASH OF CRAFTS PAINT. TAPE OFF DESIRED AREA AND ADD PAINT. ONCE DRY, FILL BOWL WITH HERBS OR EDIBLE PLANTS.

BOTTOMS UP Grab a partner and some gloves to put together this backyard bar, opposite. Before you begin, determine the width and location you want for your final result, since the block units are very heavy to move when finished. Once assembled, paint parts of your bar legs as desired with water-base paint for a finished look.


SET IT & FORGET IT Alfresco dining is a wonderful concept but can easily go awry if you’re not smart about what you set out. Try these simple food suggestions for your next get-together.

STEER CLEAR Avoid

dairy and seafood if the food is going to be left out of the fridge for more than two hours. Aim for stable snacks like chips, crackers, carrots, and nuts.

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FRIDGE FRESH Anything made with mayo should be kept chilled until it’s ready to be eaten. Look for vinegar-base salads instead, which hold up much better (and longer) than their creamy cousins.

GREASE-FREE Greasy

foods require a lot of napkins, which might blow away or create more cleanup. Choose foods that are easy to eat without making a mess.

GO FRUITY Chocolate, frozen pops, and ice cream melt quickly in warm weather. Instead, think of fruits as your friends! Throw sliced strawberries, grapes, or cubed melon in the freezer a few hours before the party for efortless snacks.


LIT BOTTLES ON THE METAL CIRCLE FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE.

A MEAT CHOPPER CREATED OUR CROW’S-FEET PATTERN, BUT OTHER KITCHEN UTENSILS OR STAMPS WORK TOO.

LET THERE BE LIGHT Who knew empty yogurt bottles could be so glam? For this chandelier, above left, cut of

the bottom part of a large, cylindrical lampshade, leaving only the top metal circle and any attached braces. Clean and remove the labels from 100 small, opaque white bottles (we used Danimals Smoothies containers). On the bottom of each bottle, cut a small X with a box cutter or knife. On a string of 100-count white lights, push each light up into the bottom of each bottle through cut. Use the diagram to string the lights on the lampshade, using white zip ties to secure. (This is much easier if you are able to hang the lampshade at about shoulder level so the bottles can hang as you attach them.) The top strands should loop at the bottom every six lights.


BUGS GENERALLY STEER CLEAR OF SMOKE. LIGHTING CITRONELLA CANDLES OR TIKI TORCHES WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN CREATES A NICE AMBIENCE AND ALSO HELPS KEEP THE SKEETERS AWAY WHEN THEY ARE AT THEIR HUNGRIEST.

BUGS AT BAY Invest in a portable insect repellent device (like Thermacell’s Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller, $25; thermacell.com) to create a 15-square-foot bug-free zone using a chemical similar to a chrysanthemum’s natural insect repellent.

DRINK UP Prevent beverage mix-ups (and give guests a fun mix-and-match take-home gift) with these easy etched glasses, above left and right. For each glass, print out the letter in your desired font and size, then trace the letter onto an adhesive plastic sheet. Cut out the letter to make a stencil. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the surface of the glass. (Be sure to use glass, as this won’t work on plastic.) Adhere the stencil to the glass, making sure all edges of the letter are firmly touching the glass. Use a cotton swab to apply etching cream inside the stencil, and let it sit for three minutes. Wash the cream of the glass and remove the stencil.


LEMME TAKE A SELFIE

A shower of carnations decorates our selfie wall, left. Measure the space you want to hang your carnations, and cut a dowel to the appropriate length. Cut fishing line to the length you want your carnation strings. Tie one end of the fishing line to the dowel. Thread a needle onto the other end of the fishing line. Cut the stems from a bunch of carnations, retaining only the blossoms and green base. (We used about 170 blossoms.) Pull the needle through the center of the blossom and out through the green base. Slide the blossom up the fishing line to the desired location, then pull the needle once more through the side of the carnation base to secure it in place. Repeat, spacing the blossoms as far apart as you’d like until complete, then repeat with more strands.

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CONCRETE BLOCK + PAVER = SIMPLE SIDE TABLE. ADHERE THE PAVER WITH CONCRETE GLUE. PAINT THE EDGES WITH WATER-BASE WHITE PAINT FOR A MOD FINISH.

FRUIT FORWARD A GOOF-PROOF DECORATION IDEA? PAINTED PINEAPPLES! WE TAPED OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE FRUIT, THEN SPRAY-PAINTED THE TOP FOR A COLORFUL TABLE TALKING POINT.

TAKE A SEAT Inexpensive wood folding chairs get a colorful and

comfortable update with fabric cushions, left. Measure the full length around the seat, top and bottom. Measure the seat width. Double the width measurement, then add 1 inch to the length and width for the seam allowance. Cut colorful fabric to the measurements. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, and cut batting to ямБt inside. Sew the cushion and wrap it around the seat. We secured ours with hook-and-loop fastener tape. FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.

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DIY IDEAS TO STEAL Take the party outside with these products and projects that will make your alfresco gathering the envy of the neighborhood. WORDS LACEY HOWARD

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FLORIST HACK

Flower sealant is a professional spray-on product to make fresh-cut blossoms last longer. Design Master Clear Life, $11; amazon.com

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STAMP HAPPY

We used this kitchen tool to stamp on the white pattern that dances across our hot pink tablecloth. OXO Good Grips Meat Chopper, $12; bedbathandbeyond.com (available online only)

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TAKE A SEAT

Wood folding chairs are lightweight, long-lasting, and easy to dress up with paint or fabric. Winsome Folding Chairs, set of four, $78; hayneedle.com

5. HOLD ON

Secure outdoor decor, such as tablecloths and furniture cushions, with powerful reclosable fasteners. They’re peel-and-stick and weather-resistant, and they maintain their hold with dirt and debris. Scotch Outdoor Fasteners, 1×5-inch in clear or black, set of two, $3.45; lowes.com

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WALK THIS WAY

Use an outdoor-rated rug to anchor the party setup. Nirvana Gray/White Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug, starting at $44; wayfair.com

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SEEING PLUM

This transparent color spray works beautifully on fresh flowers or produce you don’t plan to eat, such as our party centerpiece’s pineapple greenery. Design Master TintIt in Plum, $9; michaels.com


A LL DRE SSE D UP Take a chest of drawers from functional to fashionable with four weekend makeover plans. PROJECTS SHANNON QUIMBY PHOTOGRAPHS LAURIE BLACK WORDS BECKY HOSCHEK

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DRAWERS WITH FLAT FRONTS ARE A MUST WHEN APPLYING WALLPAPER. FIND AN INEXPENSIVE OPTION AT A THRIFT STORE OR DISCOUNT RETAILER.

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OUR DRESSER IS PAINTED A RICH GREEN. BENJAMIN MOORE, GREEN GABLES, 2041-30

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MIX + MATCH WE FOUND OUR FLORAL WALLPAPER AND KNOBS AT ANTHROPOLOGIE (ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM). A SAMPLE-SIZE ROLL IS JUST-ENOUGH TO UPDATE FOUR SMALL DRAWERS.

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PAPERED PERSONALITY

Revive a tired dresser using wallpaper with a print, pattern, or texture you love, previous page. Begin by removing knobs, sanding the dresser, and wiping of any residual dust with a damp cloth. Prime and paint the dresser (A); let dry. Lay the wallpaper on a flat surface with the pattern side up. Place the top drawer on the wallpaper. Using a utility knife, cut the wallpaper around the front panel of the drawer (B). Repeat for all remaining drawers, making sure to line up the top of each drawer where the wallpaper was just cut. (This keeps a continuous flow of the wallpaper pattern across all drawer fronts.) Spray adhesive on the drawer front and attach the wallpaper piece, smoothing out any air bubbles (C). Continue this process for each drawer. Install knobs, and slide drawers into painted dresser.


FADE AWAY Craft a

whimsical style that pairs the appeal of the ombré color trend with the texture of blocks, this photo.

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OMBRÉ BLOCK DRESSER MATERIALS • Dresser • Primer • Miter saw • Scrap wood (¼- and ½-inch thickness) • Sandpaper • Damp cloth • 2-inch nylon paintbrush

THIS SIMPLE CHEST IS THE IKEA TARVA 3-DRAWER DRESSER. $99;

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• Three shades of paint (see the pink hues we used, below) • Small plastic containers • Small paintbrushes • White paint • Wood glue • Six square wood knobs

Step 1 If your dresser is unpainted, prime it. If it’s already finished, sand and prime. Using a miter saw, cut scrap wood into squares and rectangles ½–5 inches long. Sand rough edges. With a damp cloth, remove any dust. Step 2 From top to bottom, measure three equal sections on the dresser front, lightly marking in pencil 2–4-inch gaps between each section. Paint the top section with the lightest color and the middle section with the medium shade. Step 3 In a small container, mix the lightest color and the middle shade in equal amounts. Using the mixed color, quickly blend from the middle color to the lighter color with your paintbrush before the paint dries.

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Step 4 Paint the bottom section with the darkest color. In another container, mix the middle color and the darkest in equal amounts. Using this mixed color, quickly blend from the dark color to the middle color. Continue brushing the sections until you achieve an ombré efect. Let dry.

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Step 5 Lay the dresser on its back and position the wood blocks on top of the drawers, starting from the bottom left-hand corner and working toward the top at a slight diagonal (A). Once in place, take a picture of the pattern so you’ll know where each piece goes after it’s been painted. Step 6 Mix white paint and the lightest shade of your color in equal parts. Paint the wood blocks and knobs in your six shades plus white. Glue each painted block to its desired location (B). Install knobs.

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COLORHOUSE PAINT

smashing pink 1303 BENJAMIN MOORE

pink peach 2009-40 BENJAMIN MOORE

dark salmon 2009-30 BENJAMIN MOORE


CLASSIC CAMPAIGN Known for its practical elegance, the campaign dresser’s timeless

style is easily achieved with paint and hardware, this photo. Paint the dresser (ours is Dream.01 in an eggshell finish by Colorhouse). Spray-paint the hardware (we got ours from Home Depot) to give these accents the look of brass, or purchase brass pieces. Once dry, screw in the L brackets on all four corners of each dresser drawer. Position the handles and mark the holes on each drawer, centering from top to bottom. Drill holes and attach the handles to complete the look.

DID YOU KNOW? BRASS HARDWARE IS A KEY ELEMENT OF CAMPAIGNSTYLE FURNITURE. THESE PIECES REFERENCE THE PROTECTIVE CORNERS FOUND ON CHESTS USED BY BRITISH OFFICERS IN THE 19TH CENTURY.

LOVE THE CLEAN LINES OF THIS PIECE? IT’S THE IKEA MALM DRESSER, $99; IKEA.COM

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SAY IT WITH STRIPES A contemporary

update, linear patterns create visual interest through refined repetition. We love the graphic splash these colorful stripes add against a white background, this photo.

THRIFTED PIECE FOR A MORE MODERN VIBE.

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STRIPED DRESSER MATERIALS • Dresser • Surfacing compound • Drill and bit that is slightly smaller than the drawer pull screws • Sanding sponge • Damp cloth • Wood drawer pulls • Paint for base coat • Paintbrushes • Painters tape • Paint for stripes (we used seven colors)

Step 1 Begin by removing old hardware from the dresser. We filled one hardware hole with surfacing compound and drilled one new hole to accommodate each new drawer pull (A).

the bottom to create the first vertical stripe. Repeat steps to create more stripes of varying widths.

Step 3 Paint the dresser and primed drawer pulls using your base paint color; let dry.

Step 5 Paint as many stripes as desired in various colors, using diferent widths of tape to speed the process. To paint thin stripes over wide ones, ensure paint is dry before applying tape. We continued painting the same color as the outermost stripe on the right side of the dresser.

Step 4 Aix tape to the dresser front, starting at the top and moving down to

Step 6 When dry, attach painted pulls.

Step 2 Sand the dresser. Using a damp cloth, wipe of remaining dust.


VIEWS ALL AROUND A go-getting couple builds a greenhouse from salvaged windows to host seed-starting tasks, kids’ playtimes, and a bevy of shared hobbies. WORDS ANN WILSON PHOTOGRAPHS ROB CARDILLO STYLIST RACHEL SMITH


“I HAD ALWAYS WANTED A GREENHOUSE MADE FROM WINDOWS,” JENNIFER OSWALD SAYS. “BUT MY HUSBAND, CHRIS, DIDN’T SEEM INTERESTED. THAT IS, UNTIL OUR DAUGHTER BECAME INTERESTED IN GARDENING.” So in spring 2017—as seedlings started by daughter, Aleira, and Jennifer blanketed surfaces in the dining room and kitchen—Chris got on board. The couple decided to locate the structure at the rear of their Carlisle, Pennsylvania, property beneath a honeysuckle tree. Jennifer took to Facebook Yard Sale and Craigslist sites searching for materials. Her first callout was answered by a woman who was replacing the woodframe windows in her historic home. The seller sent a list of window sizes, which the couple used to determine the greenhouse layout. They bought $180 worth of windows and supplemented them with found windows, including a modern unit of

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three used as the back wall and two 4-foot windows that became part of the roof. All in all, they gathered 22 windows and an antiques-shop door, spending a total of $500 for supplies and furnishings. The couple laid the windows on the ground around the building site to double-check placement before erecting a custom framework from 2×4s and plywood panels. Inside, they added stylish storage, work spaces, and meaningful collections to amplify the shed’s purpose and welcoming character. “The greenhouse works great,” Jennifer says. “The kids adore playing out there. The best thing about the project is that Chris and I did it together—he helped me figure it out, and I helped him build it!”

FAMILY TIME Jennifer and Chris Oswald assembled a 6×10foot greenhouse that accommodates their recreational and gardening endeavors, as well as those of Leo and Aleira, above. Hostas, flagstone, and shapely solar lanterns highlight the entry. Dry-brushed white exterior paint unites darkstained windows with the newly painted pine and plywood framework.

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“I LIKE TO USE VINTAGE THINGS BECAUSE WHEN MY FRIENDS SAY ‘WHAT’S UP WITH THAT THING?’ I CAN TELL THEM THE STORY BEHIND THE PIECE.” JENNIFER OSWALD, HOMEOWNER

INNER BEAUTY Jennifer and the kids updated a Craigslist-found potting bench with durable semigloss interior paint and antique knobs, opposite; turquoise paint was chosen to complement spring and fall landscape colors. The couple connected a PVC hand pump (designed for camping) to a mobile home faucet that now directs water pulled from a 5-gallon bucket set below the table into a $5 wooden bowl, above. Finish nails framing the pump keep it from wobbling, while a wall-mounted bracket secures the pump handle. Drain holes drilled into the bowl and tabletop allow water to flow back into the bucket to fashion a recirculating water system. Jennifer turned the faucet into an artistic focal point with hot-glue vine patterns and verdigris-hue spray paint. Doubling up 2×4s fashioned deep window ledges that easily handle terra-cotta pots, right. Jennifer creates the verdant rocks by brushing stones with a buttermilkand-moss mixture that grows into velvety, living carpets.

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LET IT BREATHE KEEP A GREENHOUSE FROM OVERHEATING BY INCLUDING A FEW OPERABLE WINDOWS. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW THE OSWALDS’ APPROACH AND ADD VENT PANELS (AVAILABLE IN THE HEATING AND COOLING SECTION OF MOST HARDWARE STORES) TO YOUR SHED’S GABLES.


SMART STORAGE Strategically set shelves, stacked 2×4s, and a pair of up-high plumbing pipes help support the windowed roof while enhancing the shed’s storage and display capacity, opposite. Jennifer’s grandfather’s wooden ladder holds plants, tools, and pleasing familial associations, far left. Holes created with a 2-inch drill bit turn two inexpensive 1×4 boards into a seedling-holding worktable, left.

CONSTRUCT YOUR OWN Chris and Jennifer Oswald share strategies for building a greenhouse in a timely, affordable manner. GATHER WINDOWS. Search

Craigslist, visit salvage stores, and ask friends to keep an eye out for discarded windows. Opt for woodframe windows whenever possible, as they are easiest to connect. Check wood windows for dry rot, which can cause leaking and afect longevity. MAKE IT WATERTIGHT. Reglaze glass

panes and caulk window frames on both the front and back. Cover roof seams, peaks, and edges with metal flashing and flashing caps, left. MEASURE TWICE! With window and door sizes in mind, draw a blueprint

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that puzzles the elements into a sturdy structure. Employ plywood foundation panels and gables and 2×4s to round out your design. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Use 1½-inch exterior galvanized screws to attach windows atop the framework, instead of setting them inside a frame as you would when building a regular house. LAY A GRAVEL FLOOR. The gravel can be spread across the ground, so you don’t have to disturb tree roots. It drains easily and is easy to level, Jennifer says.

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Mod glass tile transforms paint cans into chic planters, opposite, just as slate tiles turn concrete squares into oneof-a-kind steppingstones, right. To make a planter: Prep a quart or gallon can using a hammer and awl to poke drainage holes in the can’s bottom. Scuf the outside walls of the can with sandpaper, then coat with multisurface bonding primer and let dry. Cut strips of glass tile to fit the can. Set tile strips using thinset mortar for glass and sanded grout, guided by steps 2–4 in the how-to for tile stepping-stones, below.

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TILE STEPPING-STONES

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MATERIALS • Stone tile sealer • Sponge brush • 12-inch slate tile • Wire brush • 18-inch concrete stepping-stone • Marble mosaic tile • Thin-set mortar plus polymer • Mixing tub • Mortar trowel • ¼×3⁄16-inch notched trowel • Sanded grout plus flexible admixture • Rubber grout trowel • Sponge Step 1 Brush sealer on slate tiles; let dry. Use a wire brush to clean the surface of concrete steppingstones to ensure mortar adhesion.

Step 2 Measure and cut marble strips to edge the slate tile on the concrete square (A). Set marble strips of to the sides. Mix mortar to thick peanut butter consistency and apply it 1⁄8 inch thick on one corner of the concrete for the first two strips of marble tile; spread with the notched trowel and lay strips on it. Step 3 Apply mortar in the same manner for the slate tile and remaining marble strips. Lay the slate tile in the center (B), leaving 1⁄8-inch grouting space between the marble and slate tiles. Lay remaining marble strips. Step 4 Let mortar cure for 24 hours. Mix and apply sanded grout, pressing it between the tiles with a grouting trowel. Use a damp sponge to gently clean the tiles. Let grout cure for 24 hours.

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TILE TABLETOP MATERIALS • Sheet plastic • Cement tile sealer • Cement tile • Sponge brushes • ½×24×24-inch exterior-grade plywood • Paintbrush • Spar urethane • Sponge roller • Waterproofing membrane • ½×24×24-inch cement backer board • Scoring knife • Large bucket

• FlexBond thin-set mortar, white • Mixing tub • ¼×3⁄8-inch notched trowel • White grout • Rubber grout float • Sponge • Exterior primer and paint • Four ¼×1¾×24¼-inch wood trim • Construction adhesive • Bar clamp • 16-inch square planter

Step 1 Atop plastic, apply cement tile sealer to cement tiles with a sponge brush and let dry 30 minutes; repeat with three more coats. Weatherproof the plywood: Brush spar urethane

on the board’s bottom; let dry overnight. Roll waterproofing membrane on the board’s top; let dry 1 hour. Step 2 Cut backer board to size using a scoring knife. Mix thinset mortar with water in a bucket and apply it to plywood top using notched trowel. Top with backer board, aligning it with the plywood. Allow 24 hours for curing. Step 3 Mix another batch of thin-set mortar with water and apply it to backer board using notched trowel. Set tiles in place (A), leaving even spacing between them for grout. Let cure for 24 hours. Mix grout with water in tub and apply grout to the tabletop, pressing it between the tiles with a grout float. Use a damp sponge to gently clean the tiles. Let cure for 24 hours. Step 4 Prime and paint trim; let dry. Attach a trim piece to the edge of the tabletop, using construction adhesive (B); clamp to hold it (C). Let dry 3 hours. Repeat with other three pieces of trim. Or finish the tabletop edge with a thin coat of mortar. Set tabletop on square planter to create a table, below left. (Tabletop is heavy enough that we didn’t need to secure to base.)

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BOWLED OVER Upcycle a

bowling ball and give it new life in the garden, left. Dress the ball in a coat of multicolor smalti glass tiles—made for mosaics—laid in exterior-type Laticrete mortar. Use nippers to reshape the rectangular glass tiles into smaller pieces or shapes to fit them together as closely as possible, below. Display the sphere on a terra-cotta pot to hold it of the ground and enable moisture to drain away.

SHINE ON

OPT FOR FLAMELESS BATTERY-OPERATED OR SOLAR CANDLES TO MINIMIZE SAFETY CONCERNS— OUTDOORS OR INDOORS. AVOID LEAVING BURNING CANDLES UNATTENDED.

Embellishing an inexpensive crafts store vase with translucent glass gems creates a colorful votive holder that doubles as a suncatcher, left. Apply a dab of Power-Tac waterproof adhesive to the flat back of each glass gem to hold it on the vase. Let the adhesive dry for 24 hours before adding a candle. FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.


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ROUGH TO RICHES Packed with potential, wood shipping pallets morph into stylish furniture and storage pieces with the aid of fresh paint and pretty fabric. PROJECTS MEREDITH LADIK & KATIE LEPORTE PHOTOGRAPHS ADAM ALBRIGHT WORDS MEREDITH LADIK

HAVE A SEAT Stacked

into a corner-hugging configuration and topped with plush cushions and pillows, salvaged wood pallets become a cozy sectional for lounging and entertaining, far left. Hunt locally for pallets or shop online (ours are from cratesandpallet.com and come in quarterand half sizes). Before you build your own seating unit, plot its configuration on the floor using painters tape or kraft paper templates. Top with ready-made outdoor cushions or stitch your own. To protect floors, attach felt furniture pads. Use the open ends of pallets, left, to stow serving trays, books, and more.


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PALLET SECTIONAL MATERIALS • Pallets in half and quarter sizes • Block or orbital sander • Primer, paint • Drill and a variety of bits • Wood screws • Scrap wood for cleats

• Upholstery foam • Electric knife • Batting • Fabric • Zippers

Step 1 Clean and sand pallets. Prime and paint. When dry, group pallets in stacks of three (A). We used two sets of half pallets (where the foot of the L and corner stack meet) and two stacks of side-by-side quarter pallets.

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Step 2 Join pallets in layers, using a drill and diferent bits: a countersinking bit to create pilot holes and to recess the screws visible along outside edges, and extended-length bits to install screws in diicult-to-reach spaces. Drill on an angle (B) where needed. Join stacks using wood strips or cleats (C). Hide screwheads with wood putty and paint if desired. Step 3 To create custom cushions (D), cut two long sections of upholstery foam using an electric knife. (Purchase foam at a fabrics store or online source like fairfieldworld.com.) Cut each with one angled end for a snug fit at the corner. Wrap foam in batting to plump. Stitch covers (see zipper how-to, below).

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CUT Cut two strips of fabric slightly longer than your zipper and equal to the width of your cushion plus seam allowances.

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FOLD Place fabric strips right sides together, secure with pins, and baste 1⁄2 inch from one long edge. Open stitched piece, and iron seam allowance open.

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facedown on the basted center; pin zipper. Using a zipper foot attachment for your sewing machine, stitch zipper to the fabric along three sides.

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remove basting stitches to expose the zipper.


HOT POCKETS When cut lengthwise into two sections, a pallet becomes a pair of slim storage and display pockets for platters and utensils, below. Wearing work gloves, remove stray screws or nails from pallet. Clean and sand pallet. Flip pallet top side down. Mark lines where you want to cut the pallet into two complete pocket sections. (A third section will be discarded.) Using a reciprocating saw equipped with a metal-cutting blade (in case you encounter hidden nails), cut pallet lengthwise (A). Discard leftover portion. Sand edges. For shelf bottoms, cut sturdy boards to fit snugly into the bottom of each section. Slip boards into place and nail or screw from the back and sides. (Drill pilot holes first to avoid splitting older wood.) Prime, paint, and let dry thoroughly. Fasten to wall into studs using steel cleats for hanging cabinetry.

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A STEEL CLEAT’S ATTACHES TO THE BACK OF THE POCKET, THE OTHER TO THE WALL— SAFELY DISTRIBUTE WEIGHT ALONG THE SHELF’S BACK. OURS INCLUDED A HANDY BUILT-IN LEVEL.

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DRESSING TABLE MATERIALS • Pallet • Sanding block or orbital sander • Reciprocating saw • Medium-density fiberboard (MDF), cut to size • Paint and paintbrush • Foam brush • High-gloss polyurethane finish for latex paint • Drill and fasteners • L brackets • Shelf bracket pair • Circle bit, if needed Step 1 Remove stray screws, nails, or staples. Sand pallet with a block or orbital sander to desired smoothness. Step 2 Using a reciprocating saw, cut pallet to desired height (standard desk height is 30 inches). Level the top of the pallet, if

BEAUTY MARKS LET IMPERFECTIONS WORK FOR YOU. ROUGH EDGES, VARIATIONS IN COLORING, OR VISIBLE IPPC CODES (EXPLAINED ON PAGE 99) ARE ALL PART OF THE FUN.

needed, with reciprocating saw. Step 3 Measure and cut two pieces of MDF: one to sit on the top edge of the pallet; the other for the tabletop. Step 4 Paint MDF pieces desired color. Let dry. Using a foam brush to avoid visible brushstrokes (A), apply one or two coats of a high-gloss polyurethane finish. Let dry thoroughly between coats.

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Step 5 Screw painted accent boards to the pallet’s top and beneath the first horizontal board using L brackets. Attach shelf brackets to vanity top and into pallet. If you need to make room for the brackets, cut away a portion of the pallet with a chisel or a circle bit (B). Step 6 Attach pallet to wall and into studs using appropriate fasteners.

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DRESSING UP Glam shelf brackets and a high-gloss paint finish give a Cinderella spin to a forlorn pallet, opposite and left. Now it’s a space-saving vanity console for primping and prepping. Added bonus? A built-in compartment at the bottom to stash footwear (or glass slippers!).

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RACK ‘EM UP A simple color wash and a

few cuts of scrap wood elevate a humble skid into a work of art that doubles as a book and magazine display rack, this photo. Stash display-worthy books and journals here. Install above a desk instead to store files, tablets, stationery, and more.

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READING RACK the pieces where desired. Screw to pallet through the sides and back.

MATERIALS • Pallet • Sanding block or orbital sander • Saw • Scrap lumber • Drill • Screws • Chalk-finish paint, in white plus a color • Sponge • Bowls for mixing paints • Steel cleats for hanging

Step 2 For an ombré color wash, apply white paint, watered down slightly, starting at the top and covering the top third of the pallet. A sponge works best as an applicator, and a small amount of paint goes a long way. Slowly blend in a second color—here it’s Aubusson Blue from Annie Sloan—watered down to a sheer opacity (A). For the bottom third of the pallet, water down the paint only slightly for a nearly solid appearance.

Step 1 Smooth pallet roughness using a block or orbital sander. To create bottoms for each shelf, cut lengths of scrap dimensional lumber to size. Place

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PICKING PALLETS They’re everywhere—curbside, piled behind businesses, even online. Here’s how

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INSPECT THOROUGHLY

GO THE EASY ROUTE

Ask local businesses and at residential contractor sites for pallets they no longer need. Hunt the free stuf section on your local Craigslist. (Avoid supermarkets; their pallets may have food spills, stains, and smells.) The North American Pallet Recycling Network (palletbuyersguide.com) is a stateby-state guide to pallet providers.

For furniture projects, test whether the pallet can bear weight. Look for the IPPC logo and stamp to learn where an international pallet was built and how it was treated. Pallets marked HT (heat treatment), DB (debarked), or KD (kiln-dried) are likely safe to use for indoor building projects. Avoid pallets marked MB, which means the wood was treated with methyl bromide, a chemical that’s potentially toxic to humans.

No time to scout around or need several identical-size pallets? The website cratesandpallet.com sells pallets and pallet construction parts built from either reclaimed pallets or fresh, raw wood, and they come in standard, uniform sizes.

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Unfettered creativity, sweat equity, and numerous DIY projects come together in a noholds-barred California cottage’s garden.

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2 “We’ve changed the succulent arrangements several times over the years as plants outgrow the table,” Chantal Aida Gordon says (pictured left). The table is constructed of dimensional lumber and finished with stain and marine spar varnish, and refinished once a year due to high sun exposure. 3 Ryan Benoit built a 101⁄2-foot-long kitchen countertop and chalkboard wall to cover the home’s stucco exterior. The countertop is 2×6 Douglas fir glued and bolted, with a cutout for the stainlesssteel sink. The chalkboard wall is made from birch plywood. 4 “It is the largest, most mature feijoa guava we’ve ever seen,” Ryan says of the property’s tree that shades the kitchen, dining, and fireside rooms. “Its branches umbrella the picnic table and provide a naturally intimate setting.” Cedar fencing hides a weathered reed fence and provides a contemporary backdrop for a vintage Preway fireplace. The fireside room’s rolling cedar sectional sofa was designed by Ryan after picking up a set of outdoor cushions for $40 at a yard sale.

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A 1,700-SQUARE-FOOT, L-SHAPE PATIO OF CONCRETE SLABS AND RED PAVERS WRAPS A 750-SQUARE-FOOT STUCCO COTTAGE IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA. That’s the bare-bones foundation of what is now known as The Horticult Garden—a wonderland of plants, open-air rooms, and DIY projects built by blog creators and cohorts Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit. Using common building materials such as dimensional lumber, chain, concrete blocks, casters, threaded rods, and a smattering of Craigslist scores, Ryan and Chantal created an outdoor kitchen, a dining area, and two living areas (one with a giant TV screen and one with a fireplace), all surrounded by one-of-a-kind plant installations that thrive in the microclimates created by the property’s

three trees—a massive twisted feijoa that canopies almost the entire side yard, and a pair of citrus trees (tangerine and orange). The biggest surprise of all? The property is a rental! Even though the landlord is on board with the garden makeover, all the projects—furnishings, fencing, and even the kitchen—are designed to be portable and temporary. “We covered most of the home’s unattractive stucco exterior and weathered reed fences with large wall and fence facades, which look and feel like they are attached,” Ryan says. “Our goal was to create a space that you wouldn’t want to leave on weekends. A resort at home.”

1 A sculptural cactus, Euphorbia ingens, stands in front of an 8-foot-tall, 40-inch-wide “wall” created by attaching steel channel bars to a redwood frame. The frame allows for LED lighting behind the metal bars and covers a portion of the home’s stucco exterior. DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2018 101


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SUN SCREEN TO HELP THE TABLETOPS STAND UP TO THE INTENSE SUN, RYAN COATS THEM WITH AN OIL-BASE PENETRATING STAIN, THEN WITH A CLEAR MARINE SPAR VARNISH IN A SEMIGLOSS OR HIGHGLOSS FINISH.

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5 Originally two industrial stepladders, the arbor table welcomes visitors to the garden. To build it, Ryan connected the stepladder feet with steel channel iron and bolts, then framed the unit with 2×6 and 4×4 lumber. A tabletop spans the ladders, creating a bar-height gathering space. Faux grass covers one wall of the garden, acting as a sort of modern art installation. “It was originally designed to be placed on top of the arbor so that we could climb up on top and catch the afternoon sun, but safety concerns and its heaviness kept it posted up on the wall,” Chantal says.


7 RYAN JOINED A MEMBERSHIP-BASE, SHARED WORKSHOP AND BEGAN MAKING PLANT HABITATS FROM ACRYLIC USING THE SHOP’S PROGRAMMABLE LASER CUTTER. HE RECOMMENDS LOOKING FOR A SHARED WORKSHOP TO BUILD PROJECTS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO BUYING TOOLS, OR TO PROVIDE YOU WITH ADDITIONAL WORK SPACE.

6 Ryan created acrylic terrariums for the garden’s collection of carnivorous plants including Venus flytraps, sundews, and pitcher plants. The wooden structure that holds the boxes is stained with Sikkens Cetol SRD. “We love this coating because it’s a onecoat, high-quality application that goes on quickly and evenly,” Ryan says. 7 ”The translucent white tillandsia tower is a fun and healthy jungle gym for the garden’s air plant collection,” Ryan says. He designed the piece to hang against a wall of the house to “keep the plants up high in a bright location with excellent air circulation mimicking these plants’ native habitat.”

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GO VERTICAL Forget paint—let your gardens color the walls! DOUBLE DUTY The outdoor shower, left,

is the perfect habitat for water-loving tropical pitcher plants that occupy clay pots climbing the slatted wall. “We used PEX tubing to add extra hose connections throughout the garden, making irrigation more convenient and distributed evenly,” Ryan says. Squirrel-cage fans have a new life as pendant light shades. THINK THIN “Ammo cans from military surplus make great slim-profile planting containers,” Ryan says of the 7-inchdeep herb garden suspended on chains near the outdoor kitchen, below left. “We avoid older cans to minimize the risk of toxic paint exposure to the soil.” GROW UP These planters are spaced along threaded rods using test flanges, washers, and nuts, below. “It’s a very inexpensive way to bring a hanging vertical garden to almost any location, and we’ve installed them in many locations including friends’ balconies and patios,” Ryan says (pictured below).


“BE PLAYFUL WITH DESIGN— PEACEFUL MINIMALISM WHERE YOU SLEEP, AND CHEERFUL ABUNDANCE WHERE YOU WORK AND HANG OUT AND CREATE.” CHANTAL AIDA GORDON

GO FAUX AMONG THE GARDEN’S AMAZING LIVE-PLANT INSTALLATIONS, RYAN AND CHANTAL USED DURABLE TURF CARPETING TO GREEN AND SOFTEN THE CONCRETE PATIO.

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8 Tucked beneath the citrus trees and behind the living area’s screen, a calm corner is built with painted lumber, fence boards, and concrete blocks that stack to support a purple bench top. Elkhorn fern wall hangings built by Ryan are sculptural wall art. 9 During the day, the living area is a place for lounging. But after dark, movies, concerts, and football games are on the lineup. “Pulling down the movie screen from the arbor surprises most of the first-time guests to the garden,” Ryan says of the screen that retracts inside the wooden structure that separates the living area from the Zen corner under the citrus trees.


“COOL PLANTS STIMULATE INTERESTING CONVERSATION, WHICH TENDS TO STIMULATE OUR VISITORS’ IMAGINATIONS ON WHAT THEY CAN DO WITH THEIR OUTDOORS.” RYAN BENOIT

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10 Instead of life as a traditional planter, this whiskey barrel is a DIY pond in The Horticult garden’s living room. “We painted the barrel a bright silver to tie it in with the metal features in the garden,” Ryan says. The acrylic kidney-shape tiers are installed to protect the pond from predators and double as a table surface.

READ ON!

FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.

“We’ve designed, built, and planted a lot of window boxes for our very first book,” Chantal Aida Gordon says. “We do a fresh spin on the classic window container, showing how to plant inventive arrangements of cactus, tropicals, ferns, carnivorous plants, and more.” How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out (Clarkson Potter), $15; amazon.com


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ON THE COVER Concrete blocks, wood, paint—Lowe’s; lowes.com. Towels Sandira dish towel set— Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Wood planter with herbs, cuting board, small bowl with carnations— Walmart Inc.; walmart.com. Black-andwhite graphic rug Lappljung Ruta, clear glasses on bar Pokal—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Ice bucket with lid Threshold double-wall stainless-steel ice bucket with tongs— Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). PATIO POND PLANTER PAGES 8–11 Exterior wood sealant—Thompson’s WaterSeal; thompsonswaterseal.com. Watertight sealant—Flex Seal; flexsealproducts.com. Fountain kit— SmartPond; smart-pond.com. WHAT TO DO WITH: TROPICAL MATERIALS PAGES 13–19 Buff-color woven place mat and runner, pink rug, bedding—HomeGoods; 800/614-4663; homegoods.com (product line varies). Natural

SHAPE OF WATER PAGES 20–21 Sources for efficient nozzles, hoses, and sprinklers include: Amazon; amazon.com Armadillo Hose Products; armadillohoseproducts.com Garden Tool Co.; gardentoolcompany.com Gilmour; gilmour.com Home Depot; homedepot.com Manufactum; manufactum.com Target; target.com Walmart Inc.; walmart.com Wisteria; wisteria.com

Dolly, painted ater purchase, toolbox The Homer, metal yardstick—The Home Depot; homedepot.com. Paint for dolly Fusion in Ivy Leaf—Krylon Products Group; 800/4579566; krylon.com. Trash can Knodd—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Mailbox with hooks, wall clock, key hooks, iron wall-mount botle opener— Target Stores; 800/800-8800 for a retail store near you; target.com (product line varies). Corkboard—The Board Dudes; 800/272-9667; boarddudes.com. Clipboards—OfficeMax; 877/633-4236; officemax.com. Magnetic knife strip— Amazon.com; amazon.com, search: Chicago Cutlery Knife Strip. Collapsible step stool Rhino II Stepstool in Green—Kikkerland; 800/869-1105; kikkerland.com. Orange rubber-coated hooks Tornado—Racor; 800/783-7725; racorstoragesolutions.com for a retailer near you. Paint rollers—Purdy; 800/547-0780; purdy.com for a retailer near you. Dustpan and brush Square Dustpan Set in Lime by Casabella—The Container Store; 800/786-7315; containerstore.com. Radio, copper containers with pens and pencils, enameled metal refrigerator, drawers, amber medicine botles—homeowners’ collection.

PARK & PLAY PAGES 22–25 Wall paint Repose Gray SW7015, floor paint Dovetail SW7018, buffet paint Tango SW6649, pegboard squares paint Black Fox SW7020, Gauntlet Gray SW7019, and Mindful Gray SW7016—The SherwinWilliams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwinwilliams.com [P]. Floor tile and edging Blue Hawk 20.5-Inch Square Interlocking System Garage Tile in gray and black, edged in gray, rake, hoe, shovel, handheld gardening tools—Lowe’s; lowes.com. Dolly under red toolbox Devault Enterprises Multi-Purpose

SCREEN TIME PAGES 36–43 Screening Mini Track system in bronze— Screen Tight; 800/768-7325; screentight .com. Concrete floor paint EpoxyShield concrete floor paint in Armor Gray—RustOleum; 877/385-8155; rustoleum.com. Porch frame paint StormCoat in Lincoln Cottage Black—The Valspar Corp.; 800/845-9061; valsparpaint.com [P]. Plants—Costa Farms; costafarms.com. Privacy screen paint similar available as Relentless Olive SW6425—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P].

woven charger, woven chair with ivory chair cushion, drum side table, glass-and-gold pineapple lamp—Pier 1 Imports; 800/2454595; pier1.com. Tea-light holder on table Aqua Lotus Capiz Tealight Candleholder— World Market; 877/967-5362; worldmarket .com. Clear glass hurricane vases, gold frames, acrylic paint FolkArt, soft fabric ink Fabric Creations—Michaels Stores, Inc.; michaels.com. Toucan pillow, bamboo sticks for frame, wooden beads—Jo-Ann Stores; 888/739-4120; joann.com.


Rug, chairs Beta Rose, dark martini glasses—CB2; 800/606-6252; cb2.com. Table runner, throw blanket on basket, champagne glasses, napkin on bar—World Market; 877/967-5362; worldmarket.com. Tray on dining table, string lights, floor basket, hanging bowls for planters—Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). Sectional sofa, tray on coffee table, ice bin—Walmart Inc.; walmart.com. Pendant light basket—The Home Depot; homedepot.com (product line varies). White and gray planters—Amazon; amazon.com, search: Root & Stock. Bar wineglass holder—Rev-A-Shelf; 800/626-1126; rev-a-shelf.com. Bar botle opener— Amazon; amazon.com, search: A&G Products. Pitcher on bar 365+—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Copper cocktail shaker Orb—Crate & Barrel; 800/967-6696; crateandbarrel.com. Copper pineapple cups with lids The Pineapple Co.—Bed Bath & Beyond; 800/462-3966; bedbathandbeyond .com (product line varies). Plant bench with yellow legs—Etsy; etsy.com, search: wood tabletop with metal legs. FULL OF SURPRISES PAGES 44–51 Construction: Jake Angi, Angi Construction, Valdese, North Carolina; 828/443-3685; angiconstruction.com. Page 44 Rockers, pillows—Lowes Foods, LLC; lowesfoods.com. Table—HomeGoods; 800/614-4663; homegoods.com (product line varies). Door paint Wythe Blue—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; benjaminmoore.com [P]. Planter, doormat—Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). Pages 45–46 Wall paint Silver Strand SW7057—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Cabinetry Arcadia collection, appliances, shelf brackets, countertops Calacatta Marble Etchings laminate by Formica, chandelier Eberline Oil-Rubbed Bronze Crystal Single Cone Pendant, black herb pots—Lowe’s; lowes.com. Cabinet knobs polished chrome, cabinet pulls polished chrome—D. Lawless Hardware, Olney, Illinois; 618/395-3945; dlawlesshardware.com. Faucet Glacier Bay Lyndhurst in chrome—The Home Depot; homedepot.com (product line varies). Barn door—original to home. Barn door hardware—Etsy; etsy.com, search: sliding door hardware. Cake stand, canisters— HomeGoods; 800/614-4663; homegoods.com (product line varies). Tea towels—Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). Mesh basket, green bowls— World Market; 877/967-5362;

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worldmarket.com. Page 47 Wall paint Silver Strand SW7057—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Floor stain Dark Walnut—Minwax; 800/523-9299; minwax .com. Dining table Wood Deighton Extension Table—World Market; 877/967-5362; worldmarket.com. Tufted setee, dining chairs, armchairs, rug, candlesticks— HomeGoods; 800/614-4663; homegoods.com (product line varies). Table runner, vases, frames for silhouetes—Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). Chandelier vintage—For Old Times Sake, Wake Forest, North Carolina; 919/554-1744; foroldtimessakeantiques.com. Mirror over mantel—thrit-store find. Page 48 (top let, top right) Wall paint Magnetic Gray SW7058, fireplace paint Agreeable Gray SW7029— The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Floor stain Dark Walnut—Minwax; 800/523-9299; minwax.com. Fireplace brick panel—Lowe’s; lowes.com. Freestanding 20-inch electric fireplace—The Home Depot; homedepot.com (product line varies). Chair at window Tuted Rollback Slipper Chair, rug, throw on sofa—Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target .com (product line varies). Sofa Pierre—Z Gallerie; 800/358-8288; zgallerie.com. Coffee table, throw pillows, candlesticks, otoman— HomeGoods; 800/614-4663; homegoods.com (product line varies). Chandelier—Wayfair; 877/929-3247; wayfair.com. Page 48 (bottom right), page 49 Wall paint Agreeable Gray SW7029—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Floor and desktop stain Dark Walnut—Minwax; 800/5239299; minwax.com. Lamp, boxwood wreath Preserved Boxwood Greens by Smith & Hawken, baskets, file folders—Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). Gold monogram—Lovey Dovey Darling; loveydoveydarling.etsy.com. Dog silhouete—Etsy, etsy.com, search: framed dog silhouette. “Be Happy” print—HomeGoods; 800/614-4663; homegoods.com (product line varies). Rug Cosmopolitan area rug by Surya available in blue and gray—Rugs USA; rugsusa.com. Desk chairs—HomeGoods; 800/614-4663; homegoods.com (product line varies). White hanging photograph holder—T.J. Maxx; 800/285-6299; tjmaxx.com (product line varies). Setee, side table, desks, tables, chandelier, miscellaneous frames— homeowners’ collection of thrit-store finds and hand-me-downs. Pages 50–51 Wall paint Magnetic Gray SW7058—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794;

sherwin-williams.com [P]. Floor stain Dark Walnut—Minwax; 800/523-9299; minwax .com. Rug Old Treasures in gray—The Home Depot; homedepot.com (product line varies). Bed Drake by Mercury Row—Wayfair; 877/929-3247; wayfair.com. Bedside stands Turned Leg Accent Table from the Threshold collection, duvet and bedding, throw pillows, throw blanket—Target Stores; 800/8008800; target.com (product line varies). Chandelier Valentina by Quoizel—Lowe’s; lowes.com. Candlesticks—HomeGoods; 800/614-4663; homegoods.com (product line varies). Lamps—Ross Stores; rossstores.com. Mirror—T.J. Maxx; 800/285-6299; tjmaxx .com (product line varies). BACKYARD BLISS PAGES 52–59 Pipes and connectors for coffee table and Adirondack-style chairs—SteelTek; 800/782-2385; steel-tek.com. Porcelain pavers Gotham Gray outdoor porcelain tile—The Tile Shop; 888/398-6595; tileshop.com. Polypropylene platform for pavers Brock PaverBase—The Home Depot; homedepot.com (product line varies). Pump, tubing, spillway, and spout for water feature—SmartPond; smart-pond.com. Hanging lights—Menards; for locations throughout the Midwest, visit menards.com. Table, chairs, white planter with stand, rug—Room & Board; 800/486-6554; roomandboard.com. Pink throw on chair, planter with wooden stand by rug, hurricane lanterns on table, white cuting board under lantern—Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). Decorative pillows—Hayneedle; 888/880-4884; hayneedle.com. Lamp Prism Outdoor Table Lamp—Crate & Barrel; 800/967-6696; crateandbarrel.com. Square black planters—Earl May Seed & Nursery; earlmay.com. Black-and-white striped rug, white watering can—CB2; 800/606-6252; cb2.com. Striped bowl with oranges—Iittala; iittala.com. Black watering can—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. INSIDE THE BOX PAGES 60–65 Pages 60–61 Wall paint Riverway SW6222—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Dresser Eleanor Chest—Ethan Allen Home Interiors; 888/324-3571; ethanallen.com. Framed artwork—Minted; minted.com. Quilting hoop used as display shelf—Hobby Lobby; 800/323-9204; hobbylobby.com. Latice pieces for shelves, eyelet hooks—Menards; for locations throughout the Midwest, visit menards.com. Paint for jewelry holder Warm Gold—Rust-Oleum; 877/385-8155;

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rustoleum.com. Record box, trophy, gold vase, perfume, mirror, candle, cup, crown, sequin clutch, necklaces, nail polish, deer ornament, clock, wooden soil sifter used as jewelry holder, tin floral box—vintage finds. Pages 62–63 Wall paint Past And Present—HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams; hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams.com [P]. Flooring Historic Oak in Ash 22100 laminate— Mannington; 800/482-9527; mannington .com. Table Portica in Maple Shell—Room & Board; 800/486-6554; roomandboard.com. Chairs TA in Blue Peacock—Industry West; 888/991-2386; industrywest.com. Milk-glass vase, copper vase, teacup, camera—vintage finds. Framed abstract art—Minted; minted .com. Frame—Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). Shadow box frames—Michaels Stores, Inc.; michaels.com. Swimming suit—Cheshire Vintage Shop; cheshirevintageshop.etsy.com. Sea glass for shadow box—Terrain; 877/583-7724; shopterrain.com. Shells for shadow box— Amazon; amazon.com, search: natural sea shells. Pages 64–65 Wall paint Alpaca SW7022—The SherwinWilliams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwinwilliams.com [P]. Flooring Historic Oak in Ash 22100 laminate—Mannington; 800/482-9527; mannington.com. Rug— IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Chair—Room & Board; 800/486-6554; roomandboard.com. Pillow cover—West Elm; 866/428-6468; westelm .com (product line varies). Lamp—Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). Hanging map—Little Low Studio; littlelow.com. Shelves and brackets, plexiglass, drawer pull for table project, flat corner braces—Lowe’s; lowes.com. Hairpin legs Classic Designs by Matthew Burak— through TableLegs.com; 800/748-3480; tablelegs.com. Gliter leters, marquee leters—Michaels Stores, Inc.; michaels.com. Animals—Amazon; amazon.com, search: collectible plastic animals. Paper blossoms Jumbo Crepe Paper Flowers, sold in set of two—Pottery Barn Kids; 800/430-7373; potterybarnkids.com. Paint for table legs and flat corner braces Warm Gold, paint for printer’s box and frame White, chalked spray paint for plastic animals in Coastal Blue and Midnight Blue—Rust-Oleum; 877/385-8155; rustoleum.com. Throw on chair, books, vases, vintage printer’s box for table project, cigar boxes—vintage finds. THE LIVING IS EASY PAGES 66–75 Concrete blocks, wood, paint—Lowe’s; lowes.com. Towels Sandira dish towel set— Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Wood planter with herbs,

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cuting board, small bowl with carnations— Walmart Inc.; walmart.com. Black-andwhite graphic rug Lappljung Ruta, clear glasses on bar Pokal—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Ice bucket with lid Threshold double-wall stainless-steel ice bucket with tongs— Target Stores; 800/800-8800; target.com (product line varies). Tablecloth fabric— Jo-Ann Stores; 888/739-4120; joann.com. Turquoise earrings—H&M; hm.com. Wooden folding chairs—Amazon; amazon .com, search: natural wood folding chair. Green rug—World Market; 877/967-5362; worldmarket.com. ALL DRESSED UP PAGES 76–81 Pages 76, 78 Paint for dresser Green Gables—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; benjaminmoore.com [P]. Wallpaper Phantasm, drawer pulls Prismatic Spring—Anthropologie; 800/3092500; anthropologie.com. Dresser—thritstore find. Page 79 Dresser Tarva three-drawer dresser with birch veneer—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Wood glue Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue— Titebond; 800/669-4583; titebond.com. Wood knobs—Woodcraters; 800/777-3709; woodcraters.us. Base light paint Air.01— Color House; colorhousepaint.com [P]. Pink paints Dark Salmon, Pink Peach, Smashing Pink—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; benjaminmoore.com [P]. Page 80 Dresser Malm three-drawer dresser with birch veneer—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Dresser paint Dream.o6—Color House; colorhousepaint.com [P]. Spray paint for hardware Universal Advance Formula in Pure Gold—Rust-Oleum; 877/385-8155; rustoleum.com. Drawer pulls Vintage Style Campaign Hardware from Young House Love—The Home Depot; homedepot.com (product line varies). Page 81 Wood drawer pulls 128mm Wooden Drawer Pull—Ali Express; aliexpress.com. Base paint color Air.01—Color House; colorhousepaint .com [P]. Dark green paint Green Gables, light peach paint Pink Peach, light pink paint Smashing Pink—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; benjaminmoore.com [P]. Dark pink paint Petal.03, dark turquoise paint Dream.06, light aqua paint Dream.02— Color House; colorhousepaint.com [P]. Dresser—thirt-store find. VIEWS ALL AROUND PAGES 82–87 All items salvaged or from homeowners’ collection.

OUTER BEAUTY PAGES 88–91 Page 88 Tile Brio Color in Cerulean Blue, Robin’s Egg Blue, Pale Blue, and Tropical; Brio Pearl in Pearl Olive Green—Modwalls; 877/4399734; modwalls.com. Mortar Glass Tile Thin-Set Mortar, grout Fusion Pro StainResistant Grout 544 Rolling Fog—Custom Building Products; 800/272-8746; custombuildingproducts.com. Paint cans for project—The Home Depot; homedepot.com (product line varies). Page 89 Floor tile 12-inch-square Copper Rust slate, two-part plastic mortar Pro-Lastic, grout Pro-Grout in Sanded Mobe Pearl, grout admixture Superior Flexible Grout Admixture—The Tile Shop; 888/398-6595; tileshop.com. Polished marble tile in Ming Green P0301115—Glass Tile Oasis; 866/392-1659; glasstileoasis.com. Sealant Tile Lab Surface Guard clear penetrating sealer—The Home Depot; homedepot.com (product line varies). Concrete paver 16-inch—Menards; for locations throughout the Midwest, visit menards.com. Page 90 Green chair Parklane Metal Chair in Honeydew—Torrans Manufacturing Co., LLC, Jefferson, Texas; 903/665-6449; retrometalchairs.com. Concrete tiles on tabletop Alhambra 50B, Fez 928-A, St. Tropez 883A—Grenada Tile; grenadatile .com; Bordeaux II, Camryn II, Chelsea I, Rabat Gold, Mahlia Mint, Tournesol— Cement Tile Shop; cementtileshop.com. Cement board Wonderboard, thin-set mortar Flexbond Crack Prevention in white, waterproofing Red Guard, multisurface bonding primer, penetrating sealer Sealer’s Choice Gold, grout Fusion Pro—Custom Building Products, 800/272-8746; custombuildingproducts.com. Plywood, indoor-outdoor spar urethane Helmsman by Minwax—The Home Depot; homedepot.com (product line varies). Page 91 (top) Smalti Orsoni tile in Ultramarine Blue A-SM-4007, B-Tint-3-SM-4004, A-Tint-3-SM-4010, and A-Tint-5-SM-4012, Cyan Blue SM-4019, Chartreuse Tint-3-SM-2028, Pea Green SM-5013 and Tint-3-SM-5016, Leaf Green SM-5019, Indian Yellow Tint-3-SM-2034, Cad-Yellow Tint-3-SM-2010, Orange-Yellow SM-2013— Mosaic Art Supply; mosaicartsupply.com. Thin-set mortar 253 Gold—Laticrete International, Inc.; 800/243-4788; laticrete.com. Page 91 (bottom) Large glass pieces Glass Gems in Light Green, Grass Green, Classic Green, and Metallic Green, small glass pieces Mini


Glass Gems in Aqua Green, Emerald Green, Lime Green, and Lime Green Luster— Wholesalers USA, Inc.; 800/939-5015; wholesalersusa.com. Adhesive Power-Tac— Beacon Adhesives; beaconadhesives.com. Vase Hailey 1106319—Hobby Lobby; 800/323-9204; hobbylobby.com. Candle Hemsjö—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Green sand—Dollar Tree; dollartree.com. ROUGH TO RICHES PAGES 92–99 Pallets quarter and half pallets—Crates and Pallet; cratesandpallet.com. Pages 92–94 Blue ticking fabric Highwire in Crème de Menthe 11294634 by Waverly, pink chevron fabric Home Décor print fabric Luther Diva Richloom 14040737, green paisley fabric Keepsake Calico coton fabric Nicole Moss 10792190; upholstery foam Air-Lite Extra High Density Polyurethane Foam 13136155—Jo-Ann Stores; 888/739-4120; joann.com. Blue floral fabric, doted geometric fabric both from the Chloe Collection at Free Spirit Fabrics; freespiritfabrics.com. Green-and-white pillow, second from right Hemma HM006, green throw blanket Teegan TEE-1009—

Surya; 877/275-7847; surya.com. Rug Fair Isle Grey/Platinum coton woven rug— Dash & Albert, an Annie Selke company; 877/586-4771; annieselke.com. White plaster antlers—White Faux Taxidermy; whitefauxtaxidermy.com. Crane floor lamp 485529; high-gloss square white trays 483403—CB2; 800/606-6252; cb2.com. Pallet paint White Drifts—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; benjaminmoore.com [P]. Page 95 Wall paint Individual White SW6008—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Steel cleats for hanging shelves—Rockler; rockler.com. Pages 96-97 Wallpaper Aquarella—York Wallcoverings; 800/375-9675; yorkwall.com. Mirror Mosaic, window panels French Tassel in Emerald—Serena & Lily; 866/597-2742; serenaandlily .com. Shelving paint Aqueduct SW6758— The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Rug—Dash & Albert, an Annie Selke company; 877/5864771; annieselke.com. High-gloss polyurethane for shelving—Minwax; 800/523-9299; minwax.com. Chair,

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brackets, candles—Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Flooring COREtec in Ivory Coast White—US Floors; 800/404-2675; usfloorsllc.com. Page 98 Wall paint Alabaster White SW7008—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Chair Falcon in blue, gilt side table—Safavieh; safavieh.com. Chair pillow Glamorous Foil Leaves in gold from the Beter Homes & Gardens® collection—Walmart Inc.; walmart.com. Rug Ikat-Inspired Ombré Flatweave in Dark Blue and Biscoti—Shades of Light; 800/2626612; shadesoflight.com. Chalk paints for project Pure White, Aubusson Blue—Annie Sloan, New Orleans; 504/309-4454; anniesloan.com. Flooring Historic Oak in Ash 22100 laminate—Mannington; 800/482-9527; mannington.com. Steel cleats for hanging shelves—Rockler; rockler.com. CULT CLASSIC PAGES 100–107 For more information about Ryan Benoit and Chantal Aida Gordon’s blog, The Horticult, visit thehorticult.com. To find out more about Ryan Benoit’s furniture designs, visit ryanbenoitdesign.com.

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