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SITTING PRETTY Elevate your porch with furniture makeovers, hardy plants, and a swoon-worthy swing.
COLOR WAVE Bring dreamy soft hues to walls, fabrics, furniture, and more with layers of thinned paint and dye.
IN FULL BLOOM Flower power is back! Easy decorating projects combine classic blossoms with the latest tools and techniques.
THE HOUSE THAT JEN BUILT Inside and out, this Ohio homestead celebrates personal style, flea market savvy, and gracious hosting.
ABOUT FACE Boost your home’s curb appeal this weekend with projects for windows, walkways, gardens, front doors, and containers.
FOR THE BIRDS Attract feathered friends with the best feeders, baths, and plants. And don’t miss our bonus picks for bees and butterflies.
let's be FRIENDS. JOIN US ON INSTAGRAM (@DOITYOURSELFMAGAZINE) FOR INSIDE TIPS AND TRICKS. WE LOVE TO SEE YOUR PROJECTS, TOO. TAG PHOTOS OF YOUR PROJECTS WITH #DIYRIGHTNOW.
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DEPARTMENTS TRY IT Celebrate in style by decking your dining table with a summery centerpiece.
HANDY GIRL Show your outdoor spaces some summer loving with expert maintenance advice.
ORDER IN THE HOUSE Optimize your kitchen and pantry with organizers you can buy, hack, or make.
ON OUR RADAR Savor the summer sun with hot kits and gadgets for your home and garden.
FIND IT. FRAME IT. HANG IT. Whether framing a favorite photo or hanging a gallery wall, you’ll achieve a curated look with our start-to-finish guide to displaying art.
WHAT TO DO WITH . .. Transform wood ladders into shelving, tables, racks, and more. COOL TOOLS Tackle paint and stain projects with confidence with these handy helpers.
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TREND SITING Create a style oasis with cactus-inspired products. IN THIS ISSUE ON BHG.COM/DIY EDITOR’S LETTER RESOURCES
ON OUR COVER PROJECTS PAMELA PORTER PHOTOGRAPH ADAM ALBRIGHT
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PROJECTS UNDER $20 Dyed vases 9 Dip-dyed table runner 9 Decoupaged vase 10 Shutter centerpiece 11 Terra-cotta chargers 11 Postcard table runner 12 Knife block 14 Cork bag clip 15 Mini clipboard 16 Party supply organizer 17 Cork-lined pantry riser 17 Acrylic floating frame 42 Folk art frame 44 Tramp art frame 44 Lace embellished pillow 48 Brooch embellished pillow 48 Built-in drink holder 50 Stamped silverware 50 Customized folding chair 53 Basket side table 53 Leather-wrapped vase 53 Tile house numbers 54 Beaded hanging container 54 Embroidered tablecloth 59 Plywood wall vase 62 Photocopied pillow 62 Lace-texture drawer 66 Painted containers 69 Metal tubing orb 69 House number plaque 73 Customized mailbox 73 Stenciled welcome mat 74 String-wrapped wreath 75 Watercolor floral pillow 79 Watercolor tablecloth 80 Watercolor napkins 81 Color-dipped dishes 82 Color-dipped place cards 82 Color-stamped curtains 84 Monogrammed pillow cover 86 Color-washed banner 87 Drop cloth window treatment 94 Tassel curtain 96 Zip-tie lantern 98 Candle garden torches 98 Terra-cotta pot birdhouse 100 Birdseed shapes 102 Dishware bird feeder 104
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Raise the bar on style this summer. Whether you want to create outdoor ambience or revamp furniture, these ideas are sure to inspire. Find more projects at BHG.com.
stone style BOLD FABRIC, DECOUPAGE MEDIUM, AND SPRAY SEALANT MAKE THESE CONCRETE STONES STAND OUT WHILE ALSO WITHSTANDING THE ELEMENTS. VISIT BHG.COM/DIYOUTDOOR FOR STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS.
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BUBBLY WALL ART
Outdoor lights are a creative and thrifty way to decorate your yard, above. Get more inexpensive ideas for sprucing up your outdoor spaces. BHG.com/BudgetYard
You don’t have to buy vintage to enjoy wood furniture with patina. With a little paint and some strategic sanding, you can age furniture in almost no time. BHG.com/DistressWood
Love the watercolor projects starting on page 78? Watch a video on making abstract art using bubbles. You’ll need tempera paint, dish soap, straws, and water. BHG.com/BubbleArt
Make your backyard an extension of your home. We have 17 DIY projects to help, including improving outdoor seating and adding personality to a garden. BHG.com/DIYOutdoor
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HOW-TO PHOTOGRAPHS DENNIS ATHERTON
FINISHING TOUCH The right
frame takes art from good to great. Metal frame options felt cold and impersonal around this cubist painting that my partner, Dennis Atherton, created. The wood version we cut, stained, and assembled took less than two hours to complete—and the result is warm and one-of-a-kind!
FROM THE EDITOR
PORTRAIT MARTY BALDWIN
“It’s the little things you do together ...”
WE USED PINE LATTICE MOLDING TO BUILD OUR FRAME. THIS VERSATILE TRIM OPTION IS AVAILABLE AT MOST HOME CENTERS FOR LESS THAN $5 PER 8-FOOT PIECE.
Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics from the musical Company come to mind as I survey this issue’s array of perfect-size projects. Bit by bit, these small, smart efforts combine to produce big results. In an afternoon, you can create a water-color inspired tabletop (“Color Wave,” page 78), pair it with a few wall vases (“In Full Bloom,” page 56), and— voilà!—you’re ready to host a gorgeous party. With an hour of effort, you can begin attracting birds to your yard with a simple house, feeder, or bath (“For the Birds,” page 100). Or you can follow Senior Associate Editor Maria Charbonneaux’s incremental approach to boosting curb appeal. She and her husband, John, tackled a series of weekend projects (a curvy walkway, custom cedar shutters, super-cute window boxes) and transformed their staid suburban home into a style superstar (“About Face,” page 66). Enjoy!
Brian Kramer Editor, Do It Yourself ™
Watery Theme WE MADE THIS OCEANINSPIRED RUNNER BY FOLDING WHITE COTTON FABRIC AND DIPPING THE EDGES INTO BLUE FABRIC DYE.
CENTER STAGE Dine in style this summer by combining a no-fail centerpiece and easy table settings. PROJECTS KARIN LIDBECK-BRENT PHOTOGRAPHS KRITSADA WORDS BECKY MOLLENKAMP
budget Breakdown DECOUPAGE MEDIUM $7 FABRIC DYE $4 GLASS VASE $1 FLAT 1-INCH BRUSH $1 TOTAL // $13
COASTAL DAYDREAM Create the soothing look of sea glass by coating glass bottles
in dyed decoupage medium, above. (We stocked up on inexpensive bud vases and oil decanters from thrift stores.) In a disposable container, mix ¼ cup of matte decoupage medium with 2–3 tablespoons of liquid fabric dye (we used Rit dye). Use just one dye color, or mix them to make custom shades. Brush a thick layer of dyed glue onto a glass bottle, and let it set for five minutes. Ball up paper towels to dab away the glue (A). The more you remove, the lighter the color. When you’re happy with the color, allow the remaining glue to dry completely. Apply a final coat of untinted decoupage glue as a protective finish. Place fresh flowers in the bottles and arrange them down the center of the table.
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budget Breakdown DECOUPAGE MEDIUM $7 BOTANICAL IMAGES FREE GLASS VASE $7 SPRAY PAINT $6 TOTAL // $20
Choose Wisely SHOP FOR SIMPLE SQUARE AND CYLINDRICAL VASES AT CRAFTS AND HOBBY STORES. BEFORE YOU BUY, TEST THAT YOU CAN COMFORTABLY FIT YOUR HAND INSIDE THE VASE.
NATURAL WONDER Embellish a glass vase with natural images for a look both sweet
and graphic, above. Make color copies from nature or botanical books, and cut out each image using scissors or a crafts knife. (Avoid color ink-jet copies, which can run when decoupage medium is applied.) One at a time, apply decoupage medium to the front of each image (A), then secure it to the inside of the clear glass vase, layering images for a cohesive look. When dry, mask the outside of the vase with paper and spray-paint inside the vase (over the images) to create a consistent background color. To protect the finish, place a smaller watertight container inside the painted vase to hold flowers.
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GARDEN STYLE Turn your
table into a rustic getaway using a small wood shutter from a thrift store or an architectural salvage shop, left. After cleaning and staining or painting the shutter, use ceramic glue to attach small terra-cotta pots underneath at each corner. Place the shutter on a grassy-green runner, and decorate it with found objects and rustic accents. Continue the back-to-nature theme by using large terra-cotta saucers from the garden center as chargers at each place setting.
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MEMORY LANE Create a keepsake of favorite vacations by putting the postcards youâ€™ve collected on display, below. Scan your favorites and print them onto ink-jet printable fabric sheets. Cut around each printout with pinking shears (A). Peel the images away from their paper backings, and arrange them on a plain table runner. Temporarily secure them using spray-mount adhesive, then stitch around each by hand or using a sewing machine. Fill out the display by adding groups of votive candles between the images.
Branching out GATHER FALLEN BRANCHES OR PURCHASE THEM AT A CRAFTS STORE. WE USED A MIX OF LIGHT AND DARK MITSUMATA BRANCHES (ABOUT $8/CLUSTER) FOR OUR DESIGN.
TAKE FLIGHT To make this light and airy display, above, set a glass vase or hurricane on a log slice from a crafts store. Outline the container’s base with a pencil, then measure out 1 inch and draw a second, larger circle (A). Drill holes slightly smaller than the branches every ¾ inch around the outer circle. Cut branches—ours vary from 20 to 28 inches long—and use a crafts knife to whittle the base to fit the branches into the holes. Place the vase on the center of the wood and insert the branches, using wood glue to secure (B). Hot-glue faux butterflies to the branches. FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.
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A CUT ABOVE Buy, hack, or make from scratch these super-sharp kitchen storage solutions. PROJECTS CHRISTY BROKENS PHOTOGRAPHS JASON DONNELLY WORDS SARAH WOLF
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Make your own knife holder with a handful of brass screws and washers, three pieces of ½× 8×10-inch pine, and ¼-inch plexiglass sheeting (also called polycarbonate). TIP: We bought ours precut to 8×10 inches at a home center.
Use wood glue to layer the three wood pieces into a block; clamp together until the glue dries. Use sandpaper to smooth edges and slough of any dried glue. To tint the wood, apply food coloring with a clean rag. (For a food-safe version of walnut-tone stain, we used 4 drops of red, 10 of yellow, 1 of blue, and 4 drops of water.) Seal with a few coats of coconut oil, applied with a clean rag.
To attach the plexiglass, drill holes the full width of the screws in the four corners of the plexiglass panel. Drill pilot holes into the wood. Slide a ﬁnishing washer between the plexiglass and the wood to allow space for the knife blades. Place another ﬁnishing washer under the screwhead for a decorative touch. Hand-screw everything tightly in place.
CORK BAG CLIPS
The next time you polish of a bottle of Cabernet, save the cork for this genius reuse. With a sharp knife, cut a slit into the cork about halfway down so it easily slides onto the folded ﬂap of a just-opened bag of chips, ﬂour, shredded coconut, marshmallows— you name it.
IKEA’s Rimforsa series lifts bottles, jars, and cookbooks of the countertop to free work space while keeping goto items within reach. The system includes steel rails ($7 each), which fasten to the wall (drill into the wall studs or use heavy-duty anchors), and a host of bamboo add-ons. $30 for holder with containers; $16 for tablet stand; ikea.com
buy it MODULAR TRAYS Rather than riﬂing through big boxes ﬁlled with
small pantry items, sort everything into two or three modular trays. The ultra-eicient Like-It Bricks can be divided into slim rows for steadying tea packets, spices, extracts, and more. Trays stack and slide for easy access. Pieces shown range from $2 to $8 each; containerstore.com
testing the waters PERFECT TESTERS FOR DYE. DIP THEM INTO THE COLOR AND ADJUST THE MIX UNTIL YOU LOVE WHAT YOU SEE.
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MINI CLIPBOARDS Create your own color-coordinated clipboards by tracking down some 1 ⁄8-inch
plywood plaques at a crafts store. (Ours came 5¾×12 inches, although you could cut a board to size to hold a specific paper pad or to fit on a certain corner of your desk.) Tint the ends of each board by dipping them into a dye solution—a couple of plastic buckets are ideal for this. We experimented with three colors of Rit dye until we got just the right shades of violet and indigo. Let the dyed wood dry, then seal it with clear polyurethane spray. Glue a wooden clothespin to the top of the clipboard.
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FILES FOR DRINKING STRAWS—OR EVEN PLASTIC KNIVES AND FORKS.
ERASABLE LABELS You can't beat Label
Once erasable labels for marking bins or boxes in the pantry or refrigerator. Change the label as often as the container’s contents without having to scrape of gummy adhesive. They’re also safe for microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. $10 for a starter kit; organize.com
MAGAZINE HOLDERS Stack plastic magazine holders on their sides and put paper plates and napkins in order inside a cupboard or pantry. We found these holders at an oice supply store, but you might have some lurking in your home oice.
hack it ROLL-UP RACK
Flexible yet sturdy, the Chef Buddy folding sink drying rack grips the sink ledge with its silicone edges. It's strong enough to cradle justwashed dishes or fresh veggies while you rinse them. Excess water drips directly into the sink, and the rack rolls up like a yoga mat to save space. $6; homedepot.com
PANTRY RISER Here’s a clever way to improve the handy shelf riser: Add adhesive-back cork to each level, creating a nonslip surface for cans. Acrylic riser, $15; containerstore.com. Duck Brand Real Cork Tape, $6; shurtechstore.com
FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.
STUFF WE LOVE
ON OUR RADAR Soak up the creative vibe! These innovative kits and helpful products make it easy to get things done and give you more time to enjoy the summer sun. PROJECTS AMBER WAGNER PHOTOGRAPHS MARTY BALDWIN & JASON DONNELLY WORDS CHELSEA EVERS
SOLID GOLD Make industrial-chic baubles from scratch! Mix
and pour lightweight concrete into jewel molds, apply gold leaf, and affix jewelry findings. Find everything you need at Darby Smart to make a treasure trove of earrings, necklaces, and pins. $52 for all items needed; darbysmart.com
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1 How does your garden grow? Now you can find out without dirtying your shoes. These 36-inch-long wooden walkways roll out in seconds, preventing lawn damage and wheelbarrow ruts. $40 for two; 1
improvementscatalog .com 2 Grow organic basil, cilantro, sage, and dill right on your windowsill. Drainage holes arenâ€™t needed thanks to biochar in the potting medium, which prevents overwatering and increases nutrient absorption. $24 for a four-pack;
backtotheroots.com 3 Rotating dual chucks on the Switchdriver 20V cordless drill/driver means you can always have a bit and a screwdriver head at the ready. Simply turn the nose assembly and drive. Electronic torque control delivers the right level of power for any task. 3
4 Send love from anywhere in the country with this map pillow kit, which includes a screen-printed pillow cover, buttons, needle and thread, and instructions. $32;
countercouturedesign .com 5 Draw calligraphy animals with help from this howto book by Andrew Fox. An included calligraphy marker and 25 sheets of postcard-size paper help you get started drawing crabs, horses, and llamas. $15; rockpointpub.com
6 This DIY ukulele kit makes music personal. Assemble the body and neck, then string yourself. Paint or stain for a custom ﬁnish. $40;
uncommongoods.com 7 Scour dirt and grime from patios, decks, and tile with this clever brush. Heavy-duty bristles facing multiple directions ofer powerful, eicient cleaning. $15;
blackanddecker.com 8 Collect waste for composting in your freezer. Made to ﬁt securely on a freezer door, the Scrap Happy silicone bin eliminates odors and ﬂies. The entire container ﬂips inside out to release scraps. $15;
fullcirclehome.com 9 Leaky pipes and broken hand tools are no match for heat- and cold-resistant FiberFix. Activated by water, this resin-based wrap hardens to a permanent, waterproof coating in 10 minutes. $6 for a 40-inch roll;
fiberfix.com 10 Turn bare walls into works of art. Choose from 35 innovative projects, including washi tape animals and 3-D paper ﬂowers, detailed in Clare Youngs’ how-to book. $20;
rylandpeters.com 11 Make your own fermented veggies, kombucha, or yogurt in a few days with this halfgallon fermentation kit. An air-lock system seals out contaminants. $35;
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12 Constructed from one piece of molded poly, this shovel features a nonstick surface thatâ€™s ideal for scooping mulch, dirt, and gravel. $41; amleo.com
13 Make your own crowns, banners, and cupcake holders with the DIY Birthday Project Stack. Forty-eight sheets of double-sided patterned cardstock come with templates and instructions to create everything you need for a handcrafted party. $15; dcwv.com 14 Stitch your way to summertime bliss! This embroidery kit includes printed fabric, stitching and color guides, an embroidery hoop, and thread and needles. $30; tamarnahiryanai
15 Stop mold in its tracks with this antimicrobial indoor and outdoor primer. Paint directly over stains and mildew to kill bacteria and fungus, then paint as usual. $35 for a gallon;
rustoleum.com 16 This expandable structure sets up in seconds to support sheet lumber for work surfaces for carpentry, tailgating, or picnics. Steel legs fold down to a compact unit for easy storage and hauling. $65;
centipedetool.com 17 Brighten cards and crafts with the Neon Chroma Ink Pad Set, featuring four shades of archival pigments perfect for stamping. $10;
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18 Safe around people and pets, Aunt Fannie’s FlyPunch attracts and kills pesky fruit ﬂies with its nontoxic formula. Just remove the seal and set it on the counter for 30 ﬂy-free days. $8;
auntfanniesco.com 19 Handmade in Europe with wooden handles and ﬁne bristles, Restore brushes work wonders with chalk paint and waxes. Ergonomic handles ofer precise control and comfort. Starting at $16;
globalartmaterials .com 20 Ideal for work benches and garages, this customizable tool hanging kit ships with two interlocking boards and nine hooks and hangers. $40;
hansenglobalinc.com 21 Connect, unravel, and stretch the Swivel Grip Garden Hose without frustration. The swiveling ﬁttings and kink-resistant hose mean twisting and knotting are problems of the past. $25 for a 10-foot
22 Turn any planter into a fountain with this easyto-install kit. The pump comes with optional feet and rubber plug to work with a range of containers. $20; smart-pond.com
23 WamBam fencing requires no digging or concrete. Just drive stakes into the ground, slide the vinyl/PVC fencing over the top, and repeat. A fence permit may be required before installation. $60 for a 7-foot-long fence panel, $35 for anchor system;
No digging required! Drive stakes into the ground in seconds and top with posts.
Level shelves are a must! make sure the ladder rungs on each side line up before you begin.
drill smarts Bore a hole with a countersink drill bit before driving a screw to prevent the wood from cracking and to ensure the screwhead sits flush with the surface. Insty-Drive Tapered Drill Bit and Countersink, $20; rockler.com
WHAT TO DO WITH
LADDERS Search flea markets, thrift stores, and your own garage to get a leg up on these smart projects. PROJECTS JORDANA & KASEY HENKE PHOTOGRAPHS CAMERON SADEGHPOUR WORDS EMILY ELVERU
Lickety split USE CONSTRUCTION SCREWS TO ATTACH SHELVES TO RUNGS. THEIR DESIGN PREVENTS THE WOOD FROM SPLITTING WHEN DRIVEN CLOSE TO THE SHELF EDGE.
OPEN CONCEPT Ladder sections take sides when you build this freestanding shelf. Cut a wooden ladder into two equal sections using a circular saw; sand the raw edges. Cut 1×12 pine boards (ours are 30 inches long) for the shelving. Sand, prime, and paint all sides. Lay both ladder sections flat. Measure and mark parallel points 4 inches to the right and left of the center on each rung. Drill holes at the marks using a countersink drill bit. Lay one ladder section on its side, center a shelf next to the top rung, and attach through the holes using 3-inch construction screws. With a partner’s help, carefully stand up the ladder, and attach the other ladder section to the shelf. Place a 1×3 strip of salvaged wood diagonally across the back of the unit. Drive a 1½-inch screw at the bottom. Check that the shelf is level; attach the opposite end of the brace. Install the remaining shelves. Further secure the brace to the shelves. Place a second brace across the back. Mark and remove the section where the brace crosses the first diagonal board using a miter saw. Attach the brace. Trim overhanging brace ends.
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Custom FIT IF A LADDER IS TOO LONG FOR YOUR SPACE, ADAPT IT. MARK EACH SIDE RAIL ABOUT 6 INCHES FROM THE LAST RUNG YOU WANT TO USE, THEN CUT OFF THE EXCESS.
open and close In a pinch, regular pliers bend chain links. To make the job easier, invest in a pair of chain pliers. They also can be used for shortening light fixture chains. 7-inch Fixture Chain Pliers, $17; homedepot.com
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A LADDER
STABILITY Sturdy ladders turn into stable projects, so pass on anything that’s brittle or wobbly.
QUALITY Inspect the entire ladder before you buy it to make sure it doesn’t show any signs of rot.
HANG DRY With the right hardware, a ladder becomes a laundry room helper. Sand and prime a wood ladder, then apply two coats of semigloss paint. Once dry, measure 6 inches in from one end of the ladder and drill a pilot hole on the inside of the ladder. Twist a No. 104 2 -inch zinc-plated screw eye into the hole. Repeat on the other end of the same rail. To hang the ladder, use a stud finder to locate wall studs. On the rail opposite the screw eyes, mark hole locations to align with the studs. Using a countersink drill bit, drill holes through the rail at each stud. Attach the ladder to the wall by inserting 3-inch screws into the studs. Next, extend about 2 feet of steel chain (rated for the necessary weight capacity) from the screw eyes to the wall at a 45-degree angle, and mark the wall. With a drill bit, make a ½-inch-deep hole into each mark and screw in No. 104 2 screw eyes. Connect the chain from the screw eyes on the wall to the screw eyes on the ladder. Trim excess chain as necessary using a rotary tool or bolt cutter, or remove extra links with pliers.
PLUMB Hunt for ﬂat, steady rungs if you’re building a shelf so your items don’t slip and slide.
SIZE Bring a tape measure, and note key specs— height, width, and distance between rungs.
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Ask a local glass store to cut a piece of tempered glass to fit your table’s measurements. We had the edges sanded for safety. CHOP SHOP Divide a long
wooden ladder into four equal sections to build this side table. (We centered two rungs in each section.) Cut each end of the sections with nonparallel 45-degree miter cuts. Stand the sections on their sides, and fit the mitered ends together. Drill pilot holes at the corners of each joint with a -inch bit. Apply wood glue between the mitered ends; use corner clamps to hold the joints together as you hammer 3-inch finish nails into each corner, forming a box. Cut salvaged floorboards to create a base for the box, and glue the planks together. Glue the box to the base and secure with 1½-inch finish nails. Sand all surfaces. Attach four casters to the bottom of the table: Use a ¼-inch drill bit to make ½-inch-deep pilot holes; install the casters with ¼-inch lock washers and ¼×1-inch hex-head lag screws. Apply a clear coat of finishing wax (we used Briwax) to the entire unit using steel wool. Wipe and polish with a clean towel. Place a ¼-inch-thick piece of tempered glass for the tabletop.
WHERE TO FIND LADDERS
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FLEA MARKETS With a large selection of vendors to choose from, you’re bound to find old ladders in every shape and size.
ANTIQUES STORES Search walls, corners, and even the ceiling. Sellers like to hang ladders on every open space.
YARD SALES Your next project might be waiting outside your door, especially when neighbors don’t see the need for an old step stool.
HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES Find stepladders here. When you buy new, you know they’re in good shape.
Line up ladder sections in a miter box, found at hardware stores, to get smooth, accurate 45-degree cuts. Be sure the wood isnâ€™t warped or you may have issues fitting the corners.
Roll with it CONSIDER YOUR FLOOR WHEN BUYING CASTERS. HARD SURFACES, LIKE TILE OR WOOD, REQUIRE SOFT WHEELS. INSTALL METAL, PLASTIC, OR HARD RUBBER CASTERS FOR CARPET.
Looking trim EACH RUNG OF AN OLD LADDER MAY VARY SLIGHTLY IN WIDTH. MEASURE AND CUT FOR EACH SECTION SO SHELVES FIT SNUGLY BETWEEN THE RAILS.
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STEP RIGHT UP Give a
3-foot stepladder new life as a countertop plant stand. To remove the metal side braces and back legs of the ladder, drill through the metal rivets. Next, measure the width of each step and cut three 1×8 pine boards to size. Sand the ladder and shelves. Use a countersink drill bit to make a hole in each corner of the underside of each step. Smear wood glue on the top tread, align the top shelf with the back of the tread, and secure from below with a 1¼-inch screw in each pilot hole. Place the ladder against the wall to determine the placement for the next two shelves (the back of the shelves should rest against the wall); glue and screw the shelves in place. Apply two coats of spray paint. To attach the unit to the wall, install a 1×2 pine ledger board with 2-inch screws just below the top step. Secure the shelf to the ledger board from the top using 2-inch screws. FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.
a cut above A circular saw works well for cutting planks or ladders to size. Look for one with at least a 6∏-inch blade, such as this cordless version. Ryobi 18V ONE+ 6∏-inch Circular Saw, $69; ryobitools.com 30 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016
Clean and stain on the same day even after rain Apply down to 35Â° F Mist and apply on hot sunny days Rain-ready in 8 hours
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New exterior painting tools turn a chore into a happy to-do. WORDS STACEY FREED PHOTOGRAPHS MARTY BALDWIN
1 SHUR-LINE DECK STAIN PAD WITH GROOVE TOOL
2 MR. LONGARM PRO-LOK TELESCOPING EXTENSION POLE
shurline.com // $18
lowes.com // $40
3 GREENWORKS 1600 PSI ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHER
greenworkstools .com // $99
4 WAGNER PAINTEATER
wagnerspraytech .com // $70 WHAT IT DOES This
heavy-duty sanderlike tool removes WHAT IT DOES This lightweight, rust-proof wrapped pad stains pole connects to all WHAT IT DOES Two peeling paint without decks; the threaded types of threaded tools. nozzles remove dirt, damaging the handle accepts an mildew, and old paint. substrate. WHAT WE LOVE extension pole. It extends from about 8 WHAT WE LOVE WHAT WE LOVE WHAT WE LOVE The to 23 feet for tall jobs. Wheels and a 20-foot Paint and dust won’t groove tool stains hose make it handy clog the special fiber between boards. for exterior paint prep. disk. Test for lead paint before using. WHAT IT DOES The
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5 BLUE HAWK PAINT PAIL HOOK
6 BLUE HAWK 3-INCH PAINT MULTI-TOOL
lowes.com // $2
lowes.com // $9
WHAT IT DOES
WHAT IT DOES The
This simple hook attaches your paint can to a ladder.
Swiss Army knife of paint tools has 13 features in one. WHAT WE LOVE It opens paint cans, pulls nails, cleans rollers, and it has a screwdriver and wrench feature, too.
WHAT WE LOVE
The swivel hook keeps your paint can within reach.
7 CORE GEAR SEALPRO PAINT TRAY
lowes.com // $13 WHAT IT DOES
The airtight lid keeps paint and roller from drying out during breaks. WHAT WE LOVE
The tray holds ¾ gallon of paint.
8 WAGNER FLEXIO 590
9 SHUR-LINE EXTERIOR wagnerspraytech BRUSHES AND ROLLER COVERS .com // $150 WHAT IT DOES The shurline.com // all-purpose paint $5-$15 sprayer can be used WHAT IT DOES This indoors or outdoors. line is made to handle heavier paint + primer WHAT WE LOVE formulas. It includes two nozzles, one for WHAT WE LOVE broad surfaces and Available in a variety one for detail work. of sizes, you’re sure to find one for the job.
10 HOMERIGHT POWER-FLO PRO 2800
homeright .com // $299 WHAT IT DOES
11 WERNER ALUMINUM EXTENSION LADDER
12 WOOSTER JUMBO-KOTER FLIP FRAME
wernerco .com/us // $288
The airless sprayer quickly applies paint directly from a can.
WHAT IT DOES The
heavy-duty ladder extends to 23 feet.
WHAT WE LOVE
WHAT WE LOVE
The sprayer can cover about 2,000 square feet in half an hour.
The sections can be used separately, so it’s like two ladders in one.
woosterbrush .com // $8 WHAT IT DOES The roller holder flips in four directions to apply paint or stain. WHAT WE LOVE You choose the roller (sold separately). It’s perfect for working around railings.
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DIY Q + A
GIRL Tackle beauty-boosting, function-building outdoor tasks this summer with these tips. WORDS KELLY ROBERSON
We invested in a new gas grill last year. What’s my yearly maintenance to-do?
DEAR HANDY GIRL,
DEAR READER, For year-round ease of use—a little summer cooking even in the middle of winter—nothing beats a gas grill. Guard your investment in this pricey outdoor appliance by following these steps yearly.
FOUR Disconnect the gas. Clean the burners with a wire brush and the tubes that connect them to the valves with a hose or a wet sponge. Use a paper clip to open clogged holes. Replace damaged or corroded burners.
ONE Inspect the fuel line for holes, bends, and cracks; replace as needed. Then check it for invisible leaks: Brush a really soapy mix of water and dish soap onto the line. Turn on the gas, then brush more soapy mix onto the line and watch for bubbles, which are a sign of a gas leak. Replace as needed.
FIVE While the gas is disconnected, clean all the cooking parts of the grill. Brush and scrub all the surfaces that you use to cook, including grates and burner protectors. Notice any rusted parts? Replace as needed.
TWO Look at the propane tank for damage and replace as needed. THREE Test the ignition. Disconnect or turn of the gas, then turn on the ignition. A spark means the system is all good. If there’s no spark, your pressure regulator (check your owner’s manual for location) might not be tight enough.
LOOKING WATER MIXTURE BRUSHED ONTO A LINE, YOU HAVE ONE.
DEAR HANDY GIRL,
We installed our brick paver patio a few years ago, and a couple of the bricks are cracked. Do we have to rip it up? DEAR READER, You most certainly don’t—that’s the good news! You'll need to get the broken brick out and re-lay it. The process difers if the brick is laid in mortar versus sand. IF IT’S LAID IN MORTAR ONE Break up the damaged brick. You might need a sledgehammer, hammer, and chisel to get out the pieces. Remove all pieces and any debris. TWO On the bed, add a layer of cold-mix asphalt or mortar, smoothing it with a trowel to create an even, bondable surface for the new brick. THREE Place the new brick; tamp it in place with a mallet, checking that it's level with the surrounding patio. FOUR Trowel additional mortar in place to ﬁll the gaps around the brick. Let dry as directed. IF IT’S LAID IN SAND ONE Pry up the broken brick using a crow bar and hammer. Remove debris. TWO Measure the height of the new brick. Add and level sand as needed to the bed, measuring and adjusting to accommodate the height of the brick. THREE Place the brick. Fill the surrounding area with sand until the brick is ﬁrmly in place and level with the surrounding patio.
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DEAR HANDY GIRL,
I don’t mind that my lawn isn’t perfectly green, but last year it looked so ragged and was filled with weeds. What can I do?
WHAT’S AERATING? Aeration is puncturing the thatch layer and soil at regular intervals; those small holes give water, air, and nutrients room to move and reach the lawn roots, which in turn help it grow thick and strong. WHEN SHOULD I AERATE? Late spring is best—you’ll catch grass when it hits its growing stride—but early fall is also a good time. It’s also easier to aerate if the ground isn’t dry. While you can aerate every year, you’ll be OK with an every-other-year schedule. HOW DO I AERATE? There are two types of aerating—spike or plug. Spike pushes holes into the ground, while plug removes small sections of soil. Plug aerators are generally considered a better approach. If you’re using a plug aerator, your lawn will be littered with small pieces of a soil-grass combo. The next time you mow, your lawnmower should break these up. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER I AERATE? Now is a good time to fertilize, which replenishes essential nutrients and helps balance your soil’s inconsistencies. Choose one suited for your grass type. If you plan to overseed afterward, avoid types that contain weed control. Figure out how much you need by measuring your lawn. Fertilize as directed on the package, which addresses timing, temperature, and application. Some fertilizers are applied using a push-behind tool— a broadcast or drop spreader—while others are diluted with water and applied using a hose and spray canister.
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DEAR READER, Healthy grass mostly takes care of itself. But stressed grass can quickly be overtaken by weeds; one of the more common stresses for grass is lack of circulation for air and moisture. To fix it, you need to aerate and fertilize, and both are easy DIY projects.
Our deck is mostly in good shape—a few nicks and scratches here and there—but yikes is it faded. What can I do? DEAR HANDY GIRL,
DEAR HANDY GIRL,
We have a lovely window in our front door with a not-solovely crack in it. How can we fix this giant eyesore? DEAR READER, Before you get to work, answer this question: Is the pane old or new? Old windows are generally single-pane glass, which equals an at-home fix. New windows are usually double-pane; the space between the glass is filled with inert gas, and these fixes are for a glass repair shop. If yours is single-pane, here’s what you need to do: MEASURE THE OPENING. Have a piece of glass cut just ever-so-slightly smaller than that measurement. REMOVE THE OLD GLASS. Wear heavy-duty safety gloves and take out the pieces using pliers to get at any remnants. The frame should be free of glass. Dispose of the shards in a sturdy trash receptacle. CLEAN THE SASH. Use a scraping tool with chiseled tip or a wire brush
Are shards of glass stuck in the frame? A little warmth from a heat gun will help loosen old putty.
to remove the old glazing compound. Pull out any old glazier's points. PLACE THE NEW GLASS. Apply a thin bead of caulk or glazing compound to the groove around the entire perimeter. This helps seal and cushion the glass. Gently lower the glass into place. Install glazier’s points, which are small metal fasteners, every 12 inches around the perimeter of the pane (A). APPLY GLAZING COMPOUND. You'll find it in a tube at the hardware store. Apply around the edges where the glass meets the window frame, using a steady motion. This helps hold the glass in place and seals the seam. Working in one direction, draw a putty knife along the edge to smooth the compound (B). Let dry according to the manufacturer’s directions. Paint the compound to match the door.
DEAR READER, Sounds like your deck needs a good cleaning and maybe a seal/stain combo. The job will take most of a weekend, but it’s worth it. Here are some strategies we like. REPAIRING Take the time before you refresh the surface to fix any nagging worn-and-torn spots. Tighten fasteners that secure your deck to the house, remove and replace any nails or screws that are sticking up, and check for any signs of extensive damage that might need fixing, too. CLEANING Give your deck a good sweep. Many people reach for a power washer next. A power washer’s intense pressure can cause damage in inexperienced hands. And the dry time can be days. If you’re set on it, select a fan-type nozzle head and scale back the pressure. Other options include deck-specific cleaners, sprayers, and brushes that dig deep into the deck’s surface without doing damage. Opt for one of those, and follow all directions. Many products combine color and sealant all in one. If your deck is newer and the stain’s in good shape, you can probably use just a clear finish. If the wood is older, you’ll need a product that has a stain in it, and your deck will probably soak up a lot of it. Once you've chosen a color, apply it on a test area first. Use a roller or sprayer for large surface areas and a wide paintbrush for detail work. Start at an inside corner and work out. Reapply as needed, and let dry according to manufacturer recommendations.
TIME IT RIGHT
Wait for a cloudy day or after the sun has sunk to apply stain. Direct sun can cause fast drying, which leads to streaks.
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Water fewer days but water slowly and deeply. That way the water soaks down to the roots of the plants.
DEAR HANDY GIRL,
I’d like to water my plants wisely and conserve as much as I can. What are my options? DEAR READER, Good for you! The Earth (and your utility bill) will thank you. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. households consume 9 billion gallons of water daily for outdoor use and 50 percent is wasted due to overwatering. Here’s how to save: MEASURE RAINFALL. Calculate that amount to decide how much supplemental water to give your plants and lawn. MULCH. A couple of inches of fresh mulch yearly helps retain moisture.
SITE RIGHT. Plants that love the sun won’t do well in the shade, and vice versa. If necessary, replace waterhogging plants with those better suited to your landscape. LOOK FOR LEAKS. Is your water system (be it hoses and sprinklers or an automated system) free of leaks and directed at plants—not paved surfaces? PLAN WELL. Water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. when it’s cooler, so less water will escape in the air. Monitor temperatures, too. Cooler days mean that plants require less water to thrive.
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FIND IT. FRAME IT. HANG IT. Get a curated—not clumsy—look. We show you how to select art pieces and hang them on your walls for the best effect. PROJECTS + WORDS MEREDITH LADIK PHOTOGRAPHS ADAM ALBRIGHT
WHERE DO I START?
Trust your instincts. Collect imagery you adore and will want to gaze at the moment you walk into a room. To ensure your images hang together visually, place them side by side, editing for common theme, color, and style. Arrange and rearrange these pieces on the floor until you find a composition that feels pleasing, rhythmic, and balanced for both you and the space. Then follow along here as we answer your most challenging questions for mastering the art of display in your own home.
WHAT DO I HANG IN THE EMPTY SPACE ABOVE MY BED? A symmetrical grouping, right, is eye-catching yet neat and tidy—perfect for a tranquil bedroom space. Because multiple frames create mass, the grid provides the scale and feel of a headboard without its bulk. For a cohesive look, select frames with the same shape, proportion, and finish, and space frames tightly together, about 1–2 inches apart. Set of seven matted frames, $69; craig frames.com
GETS TIPS FOR CURATING ART AT ALL PRICE POINTS: BHG.COM/ARTHUNT
ART IN A SNAP For an instant art collection, frame pages from a book of photography or purchase original prints from a website for independent artists, such as minted.com, which we used here.
how to install a gridded art arrangement Step A Cut kraft paper to the area’s size and shape. Place frames in an evenly spaced arrangement; trace frames onto paper. Mark where drill points go. Tape to wall.
Step B Check that the hardware aligns correctly with the marks. Drill pilot holes through paper into the wall for each frame. Install wall anchors through the paper.
Step C Hang frames within assigned marks and assess the look. Make a mistake with your screw placement? Repair holes with wall putty.
Step D When satisfied with the arrangement, remove frames and paper. Replace frames on wall anchors and you’re done.
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bang for your buck QUICK, INEXPENSIVE ART THAT PACKS A PUNCH.
how to install art, gallery style Step A Trace each piece to be displayed onto a large sheet of paper. Step B Cut out each template shape.
ONE BIG PIECE OF ART HUNG ABOVE MY SOFA SEEMS PREDICTABLE. ANY AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVES?
Create a relaxed, unstructured gallery display by grouping several smaller items in a variety of shapes and sizes on the wall, above. It’s a chic collage look that has a similar effect to one big piece but can cost less. Mix in more than framed pieces—a serving dish, a stencil, or an unframed canvas—to keep the look from falling ﬂat. Use the room’s accessories to inspire your display’s palette. Place the biggest piece ﬁrst, at about eye level, then work remaining items around it. Position art not far above the sofa’s back to ground the space and make it cozy.
Step C Turn piece facedown to measure and mark the placement of the hanger. For D-ring hooks or sawtooth hangers, measure side to side from frame edges and top to bottom before transferring the dimensions to the template. For frames with wire, as shown,
stretch the wire toward the top of the frame and measure from the top edge to the wire’s peak. Mark the template. Step D Be sure each hanger mark is easily seen on the paper template. Use painters tape to position the templates on the wall until you ﬁnd the best arrangement. Drive nails or screws through the marked spots on the paper. Remove paper, and hang each piece.
Go rogue: Hang a large piece of-center and use its corners as guidelines to align ﬂanking art. Migrate art beyond the sofa; let it ﬂow behind a table lamp, for example.
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QUICK CHANGE Frames with removable backs and turn buttons let you easily update art.
PHOTOGRAPHS (THIS PAGE) JAY WILDE
loosen up the look
Keep frames in busy areas like hallways or staircases from shifting: Stick STABILIZING STRIPS from Command
WHAT CAN I DO WITH ALL THE GREAT FAMILY PHOTOS HIBERNATING IN MY PHONE? Host a photographic family reunion in your front entry, right. To unite an eclectic mix of formal portraits and playful snapshots, follow a few guidelines. Search for a theme among potential images. Balance closeups with poses from a distance. Have fun: Scan and enlarge a facial detail—quirky Aunt Ruby’s smile, for example. Stick to frames in a single finish, and use samecolor mats to further boost visual harmony. Print images in black and white (use filters on your smartphone or at online photo-printing sites such as walgreens.com) for a calm, cohesive look.
The multitasking 3M PATCH PLUS PRIMER 4-IN-1 APPLICATOR combines spackle, primer, applicator, and sanding pad. $7; lowes.com
easily done PRINT AND FRAME PHOTOS FROM YOUR PHONE TO AN APP SUCH AS INSTANTLYFRAMED.COM OR MPIX.COM.
WORK AROUND Tuck furniture and lighting into your art display—like the bench, umbrella stand, and sconce here—for a dovetailed design. Metallic-tone frames in another shape also add visual interest. .
CAN I MAKE A LARGE MODERN ART PIECE WITHOUT GOING BROKE? Sandwich decorative paper between thin acrylic sheets for a clean, lean art installation, right. Shop for 0.1-inch-thick acrylic at a local plastics distributor. (Ours was $18 for a 20×30inch piece, plus an $8 cutting fee.) Use a whole sheet of marbled paper ($4.75/20×30-inch sheet; papermojo.com) or trim it into shapes. Using a ¼-inch drill bit for plastics, bore holes in the corners of each sheet (A). Place paper between the acrylic sheets; join using screws and cup washers (see inset, above right). Fashion wire loops around the top screws for hanging.
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Try placing these between acrylic sheets: historic maps, children’s art, corrugated cardboard, vintage concert posters, music album sleeves, ribbon, and fabric.
HOW CAN I ENLIVEN MY BARE STAIRCASE WALL? Hang allblack frames and images diagonally to turn a flight of stairs into an art walk with graphic zip, below. Start with a small grouping and keep adding over time. Look for vintage photographs or black-and-white images in books. Or collect paper samples and sheet music.
TAKE SHAPE Vary the sizes and shapes of frames, mixing an occasional circle or oval into a sea of rectangles. Sneak in a metallic frame or two (Can you ﬁnd the one here?) for a little sparkle.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY TV BLEND IN WITH MY DECOR?
PHOTOGRAPHS (STAIRS) CAMERON SADEGHPOUR (TV) HOPKINS ASSOCIATES
Surround a wall-hung, flat-screen TV with framed images and treat it like another work of art, above. Stick to mostly rectangular or square frames in a single color or finish. And select all black-and-white imagery to reduce visual distractions while TV viewing.
1 The BLACK & DECKER LASER LEVEL (BDL220S)
straight away THE COMPASS APP ON YOUR SMARTPHONE ALSO WORKS AS A LEVEL. OR DOWNLOAD THE FREE IHANDY LEVEL APP AT ITUNES.
($15; homedepot.com) has a rotating wall attachment that projects laser lines at an angle—great for hanging art in stairwells. 2 The BLACK & DECKER BULLSEYE AUTO LEVELING LASER WITH STUD SENSOR (BDL190S)
($50; homedepot.com) ﬁnds studs and projects straight lines. Both tools attach to the wall to free your hands.
HOW DO I GUSSY UP BASIC FRAMES? Glue handmade trims onto plain-Jane frames for three special looks—bespoke (1), folk (2), and tramp art (3). Salvaged door casing beefs up the bespoke frame. For the folk look, we cut round serrated edges into thin 1½×¼inch pine lattice molding (89 cents/linear foot; homedepot.com). And the tramp art version grafts ¼×1×24-inch basswood strips ($1.99 each) with -inch square wood cubes ($2 for 18 pieces); both hobbylobby.com.
keep it simple BALANCE FANCIER FRAMES WITH GRAPHIC BLACK-AND-WHITE PRINTS LIKE THESE FROM MINTED.COM.
PROJECT PLANNING NOTES • Select a frame with thin, ﬂat sides as your base.
achieve bespoke style
• Gently clean and sand residue or sheen to help glue adhere. • Create paper patterns of your trim pieces to ensure measurements and angled edges are correct before cutting. • Use large binder clips as clamps during frame assembly.
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Step A Remove backing and mat from frame, if desired, to ease assembly. Clean salvaged trim. Measure frame sides, adding extra length for mitered edges. Step B Using a clamping miter box saw and back saw (Stanley #48795, $16; lowes.com), cut pieces. Sand the cut edges. Step C Join pieces with a clear, all-purpose adhesive, such as Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue ($5.49; michaels.com); let dry. Place the joined trim facedown. Apply adhesive to front face of frame and press frame onto the back of the salvaged wood trim, as shown. Let dry.
compose a folk rendition
Step A Measure sides of frame, plus a few inches to allow for mitered edges. Transfer measurements to the lattice. Using a clamping miter box, saw lattice at opposing 45-degree angles at each end. Trace a pencil line slightly left of center the length of each piece. Align edge of a 1½-inch spade bit with the line and drill circles in even increments, as shown. Sand edges. Step B Assemble pieces facedown on a flat surface and join with wood glue; let dry. Position frame facedown on top of trim, and adhere with an allpurpose adhesive; let dry. Prime, then paint frame.
tailor with a tramp art look 3
MUST-HAVE TOOLS Invest in these trusty tools for rehabbing frames, installing picture hangers, or getting things onto walls. 1 Use an AWL to tap starter holes into
frame backs for screw eyes, then wind them in place. 2 LONG-NOSE PLIERS hold small hardware when and where your fingers can’t—tapping tiny brads into sawtooth hangers, sliding glaziers push points into frames, and pulling wire taut after it’s threaded through D rings or screw eyes. 3 DIAGONAL PLIERS cut thicker wire than their long-nose cousins and pull out stubborn nails in old frames. 4 A PICTUREHANGING HAMMER drives nails into walls. Pick one with a small head that won’t block the view of nails. Keep it 16 ounces or less to reduce fatigue and maintain control. 5 A LIGHTWEIGHT HAMMER taps in brads or small nails with ease. 1
Cut basswood in lengths to cover all sides of frame. Include four short pieces to match the overhang of the vertical pieces, and four for the diagonals. Glue horizontal and vertical pieces on top of frame. Let dry. Glue the four shortest pieces onto the sides of the frame, forming right angles. Let dry. Glue diagonal pieces onto corners and wood squares along edges. Prime, then paint.
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WHAT HANGER GOES ON THE BACK OF MY FRAME? AND WHAT GOES ON AND INTO MY WALL? Knowing which hanger is right for your wall surface and frame can be a challenge. But hang tight: Our selection of go-to hardware is here to help. Still uncertain? Head to your local home center for one-on-one expert advice. If possible, bring your frame so the store associate will know the item’s weight. And know the type of wall you have—plaster, drywall, or masonry. Soon you’ll have artful walls that get people talking.
1 SAWTOOTH HANGER
Place on the back of lightweight frames— its teeth hang from a screw or nail. The no-nail version, at top, hammers swiftly in place (woodworkingparts.com).
2 D RINGS OR SCREW EYES Screw into the back
of a frame on each side; use with wire. Unlike screw eyes, D rings are designed to lie flat. 3 PICTURE-HANGING WIRE Thread a double
length of wire through screw eyes or D rings, pulling the wire taut. Twist the ends around the stretched wire to finish.
4 HOOK-AND-LOOP STRIPS These damage-
free, peel-and-stick strips work well for light items. (From $4.28 for four; command.com.) 5 FRENCH CLEAT Use
for wide and heavy objects. An angled plate screws into the wall; an angled clip installs onto the frame. This version includes a builtin level. (From $5.66; hangmanproducts.com.) 6 NAIL AND SCREW
These go into the wall; aim for a wall stud for superior strength. A single 1½-inch (4d) finishing nail supports most lightweight pictures.
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nail it DRIVE YOUR NAIL OR SCREW INTO THE WALL AT ABOUT A 45-DEGREE ANGLE FOR OPTIMUM HOLDING POWER. 7
7 WALL HOOK WITH ANGLED NAIL This
combo has more strength than a simple nail. 8 PADDED HANGERS
Foam padding protects walls from scratches. The three-nail version holds up to 100 pounds. (From $3.39; ooks.com)
9 PLASTIC TOGGLE MOLLY BOLT Pound the
anchor into a drilled hole in plaster or drywall. Twist the screw into the anchor, leaving ¼ inch exposed. The wings will spread inside the wall.
10 NO-DRILL DRYWALL ANCHOR Twist in place
with a screwdriver. (E-Z Ancor Twist and Lock Self-Drilling Drywall Anchors, $1.79 for six; lowes.com)
11 NO-NAIL HOOK
Mount from a peel-andstick strip on the wall. Suspend hangers on its naillike head. (Sawtooth Sticky Nail Hanger, $3.77; command.com)
12 NO-TOOL HANGER
Press into ½- or 5⁄8-inch drywall (not studs), no tools needed, and it holds up to 30 pounds. (EZ-Push Shield Hanger, $5.99; ooks.com)
SPECIAL THANKS TO BLACK AND DECKER, 3M COMMAND, CRAIG FRAMES, DASH & ALBERT, HOME DECORATORS COLLECTION, LULU & GEORGIA, MAINE COTTAGE FURNITURE, MINTED.COM, PAPER MOJO, PINE CONE HILL, SERENA & LILY, SHADES OF LIGHT, SOCIETY SOCIAL, WALMART, YORK WALLCOVERINGS FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.
Climb time STURDY CUSTOM TRELLISES INVITE FLOWERING VINES INTO THE BREEZY SPACE WHILE ADDING PRIVACY AND AN ARCHITECTURAL TOUCH.
A few easy projects and a bevy of happy hues upgrade this porch into a stunner. PROJECTS + WORDS PAMELA PORTER PHOTOGRAPHS ADAM ALBRIGHT HOW-TO PHOTOGRAPHS JASON DONNELLY
OPPOSITE A new porch swing layered with pillows beckons on this revived front porch. ABOVE, LEFT AND CENTER Custom pillows are a snap thanks to the Paint-A-Pillow stencil kit (paintapillow.com). You select the pattern and colors, and the all-inclusive kit arrives at your doorstep ready to stencil. TIP: If you want a background color other than white, dye the cotton cover, like we did, before stenciling. ABOVE RIGHT Vintage accents add feminine charm to purchased pillows. Cut doilies as needed to fit a pillow, or wrap them around to the back, securing with spray adhesive. Use fabric glue to secure pom-pom trim around a pillow. The piping on this round pillow helps conceal the glued seam. Add a vintage flower pin or other embellishment at the center. TIP: If not using pillows fashioned from outdoor fabrics, coat them with a protective spray such as Rust-Oleum Never Wet, which repels water and prevents stains.
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Raindrop SW6485, SHERWIN-WILLIAMS; SHERWIN-WILLIAMS.COM
Hold it KEEP REFRESHMENTS CLOSE WITH A HANDY CUP HOLDER ATTACHED TO THE ARM OF YOUR SWING. WE PURCHASED THIS ONE ONLINE, PAINTED IT TO MATCH, AND INSTALLED.
OPPOSITE When hanging a porch swing, rope is a charming alternative to chain (see buying tip, page 55). Thread the rope through front holes in the base and arm of the swing; knot under the base. If using synthetic rope, burn ends to seal. Before knotting under the swing’s back fastener, thread the rope through a carabiner clip or snap hook, then clip that to an eyebolt secured to a ceiling beam. This configuration lets you take down the swing without unknotting the rope. ABOVE Nothing says summertime more than a fresh-squeezed glass of lemonade. Use metal alphabet stamps (found at crafts stores) to impress a word into a metal teaspoon. TIP: To emphasize your word, dab a rag in a bit of black ink and blot over the indentations. Let the ink settle into the letters, then wipe excess from surface. BELOW Use decorative appliqués to dress up plain furnishings. This fretwork from myoverlays.com was painted and secured to the swing using clear silicone adhesive.
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ABOVE LEFT Give a thrifted wood folding chair a quick style boost by measuring and marking two rows of holes 1 inch apart along the
top. Drill a -inch hole at each mark, then lace leather cording through the holes to create an X design. Add metal or stenciled numbers to the back. ABOVE RIGHT For a custom vase, use painters tape to mask off the top third. Spray-paint white below the tape and let dry. Knot a length of cording every 3 inches, then wrap it around the vase, tying at the front. BELOW To lay a mosaic inset, nail ﬂexible plastic molding around a tabletop, creating a ¼-inch lip. Paint the table and let dry. Spread premixed adhesive and grout on the tabletop and begin pressing in sea glass pieces. Let set overnight, then grout using adhesive grout and following manufacturer’s instructions. OPPOSITE We love to repurpose! Here a sweater becomes a seat cushion, and an umbrella basket and plate team up as a side table.
Picture this DRY-FITTING A MOSAIC DESIGN BEFORE ADHERING HELPS ENSURE SUCCESS. ARRANGE SEA GLASS UNTIL HAPPY WITH THE DESIGN. BEFORE REMOVING, SNAP A PHOTO TO USE AS REFERENCE LATER.
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Sunny-side up A TRIO OF HANGING POTS LENDS COLOR AND CURB APPEAL TO THIS BUNGALOW. SELECT PLANTS APPROPRIATE FOR THE LOCATIONâ€”THESE PETUNIAS NEED A LOT OF SUNLIGHT TO BLOOM FULLY.
3 DIY IDEAS TO STEAL Let these handy helpers start your porch projects off on the right foot. DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN CUSTOM HOUSE NUMBERS. BHG.COM/FREENUMBERS
OPPOSITE As the gateway to your home, a porch deserves as much attention as interior spaces, so kick it to the top of your decorating priority list. ABOVE LEFT Place house numbers front and center so they’re easy to spy from the street. We printed ours onto vinyl paper and stuck them to ceramic tiles secured to a cedar board with construction adhesive. ABOVE RIGHT Replace typical garden-center plastic hangers with pretty cording or rope adorned with decorative knots and painted wood beads. BELOW LEFT Flowering mandevilla vines climb custom lattices fashioned from cedar trim and painted. BELOW RIGHT The floor and railing caps flaunt a confident blue hue of durable exterior paint.
1. KNOW THE ROPES Synthetic Pro Manila Rope looks like natural manila but won’t rot, shrink, or shed. -to 2-inch widths available (we used 1-inch width). Starting at $.52 per foot; knotandrope.com
2. BY THE NUMBERS Print numbers on Papilio ink-jet white waterproof vinyl sheets (10 for $17). For extra protection we covered them with Papilio waterproof over-laminate sheets (five for $10); amazon.com
Really Teal SW6489, SHERWIN-WILLIAMS; SHERWIN-WILLIAMS.COM
FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.
3. OFF THE HOOK Heavyweight stainless-steel swivel snap hooks and stainless-steel eyebolts secure the swing to the ceiling. $13 (hook), $4 (bolt); homedepot.com
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Bring the lush buds of the season inside by tucking modern floral projects into every corner of your house. PROJECTS KATIE LEPORTE PHOTOGRAPHS ADAM ALBRIGHT WORDS AMY PALANJIAN
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OPPOSITE Cluster blooms
in tiny jars within a favorite letter form and create a charming centerpiece that will last for days. One main color accented with a few contrasting bursts makes a big impact. THIS PHOTO Embroider fanciful florals on a plain tablecloth to perk up your dining nook, no matter whatâ€™s on the menu. Mark a few wavy lines in a rambling, natural design with an air-soluble pen. Add simple leaf and flower shapes, then, working with an embroidery hoop, cover the pen lines with a running stitch of embroidery floss. Embellish just a corner or go bold with a larger design.
LEARN THE ESSENTIAL EMBROIDERY STITCHES: BHG.COM/STITCHBASICS
THIS PHOTO Customize
a wallâ€”and add valuable storage spaceâ€”by giving a set of shutters a floral finish. Paint the shutters (we used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White) and let dry. Search for pretty botanical prints in vintage botany books, on calendars, or on Etsy (ours are from the Old Age Botanicals shop). Photocopy or print botanicals onto white paper, enlarging as needed. Cut out the designs and arrange on the shutters. Brush matte decoupage medium onto the back of each design, stick in place, and smooth out air bubbles and wrinkles. Apply decoupage medium over the designs to seal. When dry, organize your essentials with S hooks, small wire containers, and mini clothespins.
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LET THE FLOWERS FLOW RIGHT OVER THE SHAPE OF THE SHUTTERS FOR AN ORGANIC LOOK.
Let fresh (or faux) flowers claim residence with this industrialchic display.
OPPOSITE Nine easy-to-make display pieces create an eye-catching display for cut flowers. Learn how to make them in "How to Make Wall Vases," below. ABOVE LEFT Turn a plain pillow into a custom cushion in minutes. Snap a photo of vintage floral fabric (or use a
child’s artwork). Upload it onto your computer and print onto a fabric sheet with an ink-jet printer. Trim the image as needed and secure to the pillow with hot or fabric glue. Draw on scallops with a permanent marker (or glue or sew on fabric trim). ABOVE RIGHT Showcase real flowers in a pretty tray. Paint your tray if needed and gather an assortment of fresh flowers and herbs. Press specimens in a flower press. When dry, arrange atop acid-free cold-press paper (like thick watercolor paper) layered with Japanese washi tissue paper. Fit a piece of glass or plexiglass cut to size on top, and secure everything with clear adhesive dots.
how to make wall vases
MATERIALS • Nine 10×10-inch pieces of ½-inch maple-veneer MDF • Nine 2¼×11 ⁄8×¼-inch zinc-plated U-bolts and corresponding hardware • Drill and corresponding drill bit • Nine 5- or 6-inch plastic vials (available at crafts stores) • Picture hanging wire • Wire cutters Step 1 Gather supplies (A). On each medium-density ﬁberboard (MDF) square, center a U-bolt and mark holes. Drill through boards, using a piece of scrap lumber underneath to minimize splintering. Combine bracket (B), U-bolt, and vial on front (C). Add nuts on back and tighten as needed to hold the vial in place. Step 2 Wrap wire around bolts on back of boards (D) and hang on a wall in a tight grid. Add water and ﬂowers to ﬁnish.
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“IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ENTIRE WALL TO WORK WITH, TRY A SMALLER DECAL HUNG ON THE WALL INSIDE AN EMPTY WHITE FRAME.” KATIE LEPORTE, PROJECT DESIGNER
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OPPOSITE Add a bold floral statement to an empty wall with this oversize art project. Buy this graphic rose decal (see page 65 for details) or make your own by using the halftone pop filter on a digital image in Adobe Photoshop and having it printed as a decal at a local printer. Unpeel the backing of the decal and adhere to the wall, starting at the top and working down, smoothing out air bubbles with a straightedge as you go. Subtle floral lace accents on just the drawer fronts of the console table keep this project looking far from old-fashioned.
how to make lace texture
MATERIALS • Chalk paint (We used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yellow and Pure White.) • Paintbrush or roller • Lace • Stencil spray adhesive • Trowel • Wood Icing (woodicing.com) • Fine sandpaper • Artists paintbrush Step 1 Gather supplies (A). Remove drawers and hardware. Paint the front of the drawer and let dry completely.
Step 2 Lightly coat drawer with stencil spray adhesive and lay lace on top, smoothing any wrinkles (B). Step 3 Use a trowel to spread an 1 ⁄8-inch-thick layer of Wood Icing on top of the lace (C). Step 4 Pull back the lace to reveal the raised pattern and let dry (D). Step 5 Sand very lightly and brush a very small amount of white paint over the raised lace design (E). Let dry and add hardware to ﬁnish (F).
Wood Icing picks up even the finest of threads in lace, so choose a delicate pattern.
10 DIY IDEAS TO STEAL Floral-inspired decorating feels of-the-moment fresh thanks to these tools, products, and techniques. WORDS OLIVIA ALBERS PRODUCER CHRISTY BROKENS
1. WALL CLIMBER Each element of these vinyl rose decals—stems, thorns, leaves, and buds—comes separately, so you can adjust the design to suit your space. Art by Ilan Dei and available in black or white. $60; whatisblik.com
3. DISPLAY PRO Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring demystify the art of ﬂower arranging and share their favorite creative container ideas for vintage, eclectic, and modern displays. $23; chroniclebooks.com
5. STAMPED ELEGANCE The Rose Terrace rubber stamp produces an eye-popping 6×6-inch image. For a multicolor effect, top, apply several shades of ink with brush markers directly to the stamp. For single color stamping, choose from more than 40 Color Couture inks. $18 (stamp); $7 (ink pad); www.thetonstamps.com
2. FLAT-OUT PRETTY Preserve ﬂowers with this 6×9-inch press. Adjustable straps secure around two wood slabs and 12 reusable blotter sheets. $20; arnoldgrummer.com
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4. FLOSS BOSS Stitch up a beautiful bouquet with this embroidery pattern set featuring 14 streamlined ﬂowers. Choose iron-on transfer pattern ($5) or downloadable PDF with color guides ($3.50). sublimestitching.com
6. LETTER PERFECT Fill the inside of this galvanized letter with florists foam and add blossoms. Rest the frame on a table (see page 56) or hang it on a door or wall. Approximately 20∏×14¾ inches. $30; hobbylobby.com
8. FLOORED BY GRACE Add vintage-meets-digital panache with the Serendipity EV25 pixelated floral rug. Available with a black or white background, this polyester rug is handtufted. $559 (for 5×8-foot rug); $1,009 (7½× 9½-foot rug); rugsusa.com
10. BEST BUDS Get your full-size version of the Halftone Rose Decal, printed on adhesive vinyl, designed by Katie Leporte for this story (see page 62). $139; beelineandblue.com 7. HANG & FRAME These delicate designs by New York City artist A.J. Lim are inspired by classic embroidery. Starting at $20 for 9×8-inch archival print on cotton rag paper; society6.com/ajlim
9. SWEET SHARER This distressed 24×15-inch shutter is a fine substitute for the vintage version used in our wall organizer project (see page 58). It’s available in gray (shown) and mint. $40; wermemorykeepers.com
DESIGN + WORDS MARIA V. CHARBONNEAUX PHOTOGRAPHS JAY WILDE HOW-TO PHOTOGRAPHS KARLA CONRAD & JACOB FOX
DRESS UP YOUR DOORSTEP PAGES 73–75
PROJECT EXTERIOR We removed the irreparable, lavished time on the ﬁxable, and
installed simple DIY add-ons. New shrubs, perennials, and mulch set the tone for the landscaping, while container plantings ﬁll in until the foundation plantings mature. 66 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016
Turn away from a lackluster exterior. Steer your home’s curb appeal in a more attractive direction with a few cost-effective weekend projects.
BEFORE Our 1948 ranch’s classic brick exterior wooed us into buying it, but we needed to unlock the potential.
BUILD AND INSTALL CEDAR SHUTTERS PAGE 70
Upside-down shutters. Peeling paint on the steps. Overgrown shrubs. Geese on the mailbox.
INSTALL A BRICK PAVER PATH PAGE 72
It was a facade only a couple of first-time, DIY-happy homeowners could love. Those eager beavers would be me and my husband, John. When we purchased our home six years ago, we only saw potential. After plenty of interior upgrades—and an unfortunate sewer line replacement that left our front yard a muddy mess—we set our sights on sprucing up the shabby exterior. We started by stripping away the dated and dilapidated. The rickety storm door came down to reveal our pretty wood door. Dinky dented lights were replaced with inexpensive orbs. The cracked vinyl shutters exited the premises to make way for homemade cedar shutters. The straggly bushes hit the compost pile. Our sinking concrete steps were mudjacked to level, scraped of paint, and stained. And the geese on the mailbox flew south. Next, we layered on the improvements. We connected our driveway to our front door by laying a brick paver walkway, and we enlisted my dad’s help to build an entry-defining wood railing. Window boxes and new perennials added lush life to our once-sad landscaping. To finish, John put our lawn on life support. The compliments we’ve gotten lead us to believe that others can now see what we knew all along: This is a home that’s well-loved and cared for by the people who live here—us!
1 FRET NOT Decorative railings featuring intricate fretwork add architectural detail to a boring stoop. We used a mix of
pressure-treated 6Ă—6s, 2Ă—4s, 2Ă—2 spindles, and deck boards to construct these custom structures before priming and painting. We bolted them to the concrete and brick at the stoop and created footings in the ground for the bottom posts. Consult your local building codes before you start.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE THIS GEOMETRIC TOPPER. BHG.COM/METALORB
Take gardening expert Kate Carter Frederick’s advice for successful container plantings. AMEND SOIL Enrich potting mix with composted manure and slow-release plant food before planting. FEED Nourish plants every week or two with watersoluble plant food. 4
WATER Especially during hot weather, water daily if the soil feels dry. Drench the soil and avoid saturating foliage.
DEADHEAD To get the most
from your annuals, remove spent blooms every few days.
2 HOSE HANGUP
To corral the hose in style, we set a 4×4 pressuretreated wood post a foot into the ground using fast-setting concrete. We topped it with a post cap, painted the assembly glossy black, and installed a wallmounted metal hose rack.
3 CLIMB HIGH
Obelisks—built from 2×2s— add height. Miter the post ends at 7-degree angles to achieve a trapezoidal shape with a square base. Top the structure with a cap made from scraps. Thread wire horizontally through screw eyes for climbing vines.
4 FIND AN ANGLE
Bring the geometric trend home with a little exterior primer and paint. Tape of a ﬁberclay planter with ﬂat sides from corner to corner on adjacent sides for an asymmetric look. We ﬁlled ours with ‘Little Lucky Peach Glow’ lantana.
5 STAMP ACT An old resin planter gets a major upgrade. Prime using a primer made for plastics, and spray-paint it black. Cut a kitchen sponge into a triangle, dip it into exterior latex paint, blot of the excess on a paper towel, and stamp around the rim.
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how to build cedar shutters
budget Breakdown CEDAR BOARDS $66 KREG SCREWS $5 MASONRY SCREWS $14 CAULK $2 PRIMER $17 PAINT $21 TOTAL // $125 (FOUR SHUTTERS)
Riverbend VR080A, VALSPAR PAINT; VALSPAR.COM
MATERIALS • Tape measure • 1×4 cedar boards • 1×6 cedar boards • 1×2 cedar boards • Compound miter saw • Hammer drill • Kreg K4 Master System (kregtool.com) • 1¼-inch
coarse Kreg screws • Hand sander and 120-grit sandpaper • Brad nailer • Paintable caulk • Oil-base primer • Exterior paint • Masonry bit • 3⁄16×1¾-inch masonry screws (We used Tapcon.) • Level
Step 1 Gather materials (A). Measure the height and width of your window (B). For a classic look, the shutter width should be about half the window width. (We used one 1×4 and two 1×6s to make a 14½-inch-wide shutter for our 28-inch-wide window.) Cut the 1×4 and 1×6 boards to the height of your window using a compound miter saw. Step 2 Using the Kreg K4 Master System, drill pocket holes every 6–8 inches across one long side of each 1×6 plank (C). Edge-join the 1×6 boards to either side of the 1×4 using 1¼-inch Kreg screws (D). Sand the front and edges.
6 BOXED UP We built a window box from 1×12 cedar planks using the Kreg K4 Master System. Hide pocket holes on the inside when possible; ﬁll holes with wood plugs when you can’t. Drill holes for drainage. Apply sealer to protect the wood. Hang with 8-inch corner braces. 70 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016
Step 3 Cut the 1×2 boards to the height of the shutter for the vertical rails. Attach them using a brad nailer. Measure the distance between the two rails, and cut three horizontal rails. Attach the middle rail (E). Caulk all joints. Prime and paint the shutter (F) and the unattached top and bottom rails. Step 4 Mark the shutter placement alongside the window (G). Drill pilot holes near the top and bottom edges of the shutter (H). Using the hammer drill, make a pilot hole in the house (I). Hang the shutter using masonry screws. Check that it’s level (J) before securing the bottom. Attach the top and bottom rails, covering the screwheads (K). Repeat to make more shutters.
AA B D
made to order TO CUSTOMIZE SHUTTER WIDTH, COMBINE VARIOUS CEDAR BOARDS UP TO 6 INCHES WIDE. BOARDS WIDER THAN 6 INCHES SHOULDNâ€™T BE EDGEJOINED.
7 WALK THIS WAY Versatile 4×8-inch Holland brick pavers are an inexpensive solution when you need to cover a lot of ground. (Ours cost less than 50 cents each on sale.) Start by deciding on a pattern. We chose a herringbone pattern with soldier courses on each side. (See “Brick by Brick,” opposite, for other ideas.) Map out the path using a long and flexible object, such as a garden hose; spray-paint guidelines. Excavate an 8-inch-deep trench slightly wider than your intended path. (Call 811 before you dig to have your utilities marked.) Flatten the trench using a tamper. Place stakes along the edges to mark the exact walkway dimensions and connect the stakes with string. Place a weed barrier along the path, then lay a 4-inch base of ¾-inch crushed road stone with fines; tamp the stone until it is level and smooth. Lay a 1-inch layer of sand on top using a screed to form a level bed. Set the pavers atop the sand. A hammer and brick chisel worked well for straight cuts, but we rented a paver saw from a local home improvement store for the tricky cuts around the curves. After all the pavers are in place, fill the joints with polymeric sand using a broom. Remove excess sand from the surface, then mist the path with a hose several times so the sand will activate and harden. If desired, apply a concrete sealer.
size it right CONSIDER THE SIZE OF THE BRICKS WHEN DETERMINING THE PATHWAY’S WIDTH TO AVOID EXCESSIVE CUTS. A COMFORTABLE WIDTH IS AT LEAST 3 FEET.
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Inexpensive 4×8inch Holland pavers take on many looks.
8 NUMBER OFF
Make a modern house plaque: Trim a 1×8 cedar board to the desired width. Using a brad nailer, attach 1×1-inch square dowels around the back perimeter of the board. Seal the front; let dry. Protect the front with painters tape, and paint the edges. Using the provided templates, drill holes for the metal house numbers (we painted ours teal). Apply clear silicone in each hole, and insert the numbers. When dry, mount a ledger board to the house, and install the plaque by driving screws through the top.
HERRINGBONE When set at a 90-degree angle, this classic pattern requires only occasional cuts.
Place pavers in alternating vertical and horizontal pairs for a vintage look.
9 YOU’VE GOT MAIL
Outside, it’s a run-ofthe-mill mailbox. Inside, it’s anything but boring. Tape of the exterior with painters tape, and spray-paint the inside in a peppy hue. We designed a stencil using favorite fonts and cut it from vinyl using an electronic die-cutting machine, but you also could trim a phrase by hand. Remove the letters, position the stencil on the lid, and ﬁll in with paint.
CONCENTRIC SQUARE Pavers form a
large, repeating pattern, great for ample spaces.
TAKE OUR ADVICE
We completed our curved paver walkway in about four weekends. Time will vary based on size and difficulty. These tips and STONE Stretch string tricks make across the walkway at the the project a desired depth; ﬁll to the little easier. string with crushed stone. BHG.COM/DIY
SAND To level sand, pull a board across 1-inch PVC pipes. Remove the pipes, and ﬁll the holes.
PAVERS Plastic paver edging holds pavers in place. Set the soldier rows ﬁrst, then ﬁll in the pattern.
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palette picks WE TOOK OUR COLOR AND PATTERN CUES FROM A VIBRANT ANTIQUE KILIM RUG. HOLD UP PAINT CHIPS NEXT TO A PHOTO OF THE INSPIRATION RUG TO LAND ON AN ECLECTIC MIX.
DOWNLOAD THE DESIGN FOR THIS WELCOME MAT. CRICUT.COM/DIYMAGAZINE B
how to stencil a welcome mat MATERIALS • Natural-ﬁber doormat • Cricut Explore die-cutting machine • Vinyl for die-cutting machine • Exterior paint samples • 3⁄4-inch artists brush Step 1 Find the design in Cricut Design Space at cricut.com/ DIYmagazine. Size as desired. Cut the design several times from vinyl using the die-cutting machine (A).
10 WELCOME HOME
Inspired by a vintage kilim rug, we gave a $10 IKEA welcome mat an eyecatching makeover. Create a stencil (see “How to Stencil a Welcome Mat,” far right) and ﬁll the designs with varying combos of seven exterior paint colors. (We used leftover paint from the shutters and obelisks, plus ﬁve Behr sample pots, which can be used outdoors.)
Step 2 Place the stencil at the doormat’s center. Apply paint to ﬁll in the design using an artists brush (B). While the paint dries, place another stencil on the mat, lining up the design. Fill in with paint. Stencils can be reused after paint dries. Repeat until mat is covered.
SPECIAL THANKS TO BALL HORTICULTURAL CO., CRICUT, THE HOME DEPOT, ROCKWELL, WAVE PETUNIAS
11 IT’S A WRAP
Add pops of color to a twisted twig wreath from a crafts store. Wrap mediumweight yarn tightly around twigs within the wreath, securing the ends with a clear-drying crafts glue. Disperse colors throughout for a pleasing look.
Black MINWAX GEL STAIN; MINWAX.COM
FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.
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10 DIY IDEAS TO STEAL Let these products inspire you to give your home’s exterior the nip-tuck treatment one project at time.
3. CUT IT OUT The Cricut Explore Air ($300) cuts more than 60 types of materials, writes, and scores using Bluetooth technology. Upload designs, or choose from the library available in the Design Space online software. It also works with all Cricut cartridges. To make a stencil, use adhesive-back Cricut Stencil Vinyl ($7). cricut.com
1. TOTALLY TUBULAR To make the metal orbs on page 69, invest in a tube cutter made for cutting small tubing (HDX Junior Tube Cutter, $8; homedepot.com). We used ×36-inch round aluminum tubes ($8 for ﬁve tubes; hobbylinc.com) for our orbs.
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2. FLOWER POWER Fast-growing Easy Wave petunias in ‘Pink Passion’, ‘Burgundy Velour’, and more offer blooms throughout the growing season without needing to be cut back. They’re a reliable way to add a shot of dense color to your garden. Prices vary; wavepetunias.com for retailers.
4. PROTECT IT To protect cedar from mildew, water, and the sun, choose a clear sealer, such as Olympic Maximum Waterprooﬁng Sealant. A quart is plenty for small projects, such as window boxes. It’s guaranteed to prevent graying for three years on decks and four years on fences and siding. $16–$34; olympic.com
5. FIRMLY PLANTED The Ella 14-inch Square Black Resin Planter adds height to your garden and makes a great canvas for customization with a little primer and exterior paint. A bottom reservoir collects water, which cuts back on watering. $124; homedepot.com
6. HAMMER TIME When drilling through brick, masonry, or concrete, a hammer drill is a must. The Rockwell 20V MaxLithium Brushless Hammer Drill is compact, lightweight, comes with a 20-year warranty (including battery replacement), and also can be used for standard drilling and driving when not in hammer mode. Pair it with a masonry bit. $200; rockwelltools.com
7. DISAPPEARING ACT If your downspouts are an eyesore, hide them. InvisaFlow StealthFlow Downspouts attach onto standard downspouts. The low profile can be covered with mulch or rock so they disappear into your landscape—no digging required—while diverting water away from your home’s foundation. $10 (52-inch kit), $6 (28inch extension); invisaflow.com for retailers
8. LIGHT THE WAY Illuminate a path at night with wire-free, solarpower lights. These eco-friendly lights charge during the day and provide up to six hours of light when they automatically turn on at dusk. $49 for six; allmodern.com
9. STYLE UNDERFOOT We revived our concrete stoop and steps with Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Concrete Stain in Dark Coal ($26/ gallon). Before applying, remove all coatings or sealants. Prep the surface with a cleaner and etcher made for concrete, and apply Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Bonding Primer ($20/gallon). Apply the stain with a pump sprayer, and back-roll with a -inch nap roller. behr.com
10. NAIL IT DOWN A brad nailer came in handy for our shutters, but it’s a great investment if you plan to install trim or molding. The PorterCable 20V Max Lithium 18-Gauge Brad Nailer is easy to use and portable—no air compressor needed. $199 (with battery), $149 (without battery); portercable.com
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Just add water to give dyes and paints a mellow, dreamy twist. PROJECTS KATIE LEPORTE PHOTOGRAPHS ADAM ALBRIGHT WORDS HEIDI PALKOVIC
THIS PHOTO This ombré
wall ﬁnish requires just two paint colors. You achieve a graduated effect by adding water to the paint as you work your way up the wall. Start by pouring two colors of paint in separate foil baking pans, above. (We used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue and Provence, but latex paint yields beautiful results, too.) Mix a small amount of water with the darker shade and start painting at the bottom of the wall in wide, arcing motions using a brush. Continue thinning the paint as you work your way up the wall and apply thinned lighter paint as desired.
artistic touch SPRAY A COTTON PILLOW COVER UNTIL DAMP, THEN PAINT FLOWERS AND LEAVES WITH WATERCOLORS, LETTING THE PIGMENTS BLEED INTO THE FABRIC AND SOFTEN NATURALLY. LET DRY AND SPRAY WITH A COLOR FIXATIVE.
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Paint Picks FABRIC PAINT IS PERMANENT, EVEN WHEN WASHED, MAKING IT AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR OUR PROJECTS. IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE CONVENTIONAL WATERCOLOR PAINT, TREAT IT WITH A COLOR FIXATIVE TO PREVENT BLEEDING WHEN WASHED.
OPPOSITE Pretty fabric paints blend to turn plain-white table linens into a soft setting for your next gathering. Wash a cotton tablecloth and hang it while damp on a clothesline or in a large work space using clothespins. Dilute pink and purple fabric paint with water to various intensities in separate buckets. Keep one bucket of water close by for rinsing the brush. Dip a large paintbrush in a small amount of diluted paint, then brush color in a large sweeping motion onto the damp tablecloth. Work with small amounts of each color, blending them as you work. Rinse brush as needed. THIS PHOTO Add stripes to white cotton napkins. Spritz the napkins with water ﬁrst, then lay them ﬂat on your work surface. Use an artists paintbrush to paint thin lines of watered-down fabric paint onto the surface. Don’t worry if your lines are imperfect—it adds to the watercolor effect.
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Place cards THE NAIL-POLISH TECHNIQUE USED ON THE DISHES WORKS FOR PLACE CARDS, TOO. DIP THE EDGE OF A 2½×4INCH CARDSTOCK STRIP INTO POLISH DRIZZLED IN WATER. LET DRY.
budget Breakdown NAIL POLISH $2 FLEA MARKET DISHES $10 PLASTIC CONTAINER $2 TOTAL // $14
polish hardens in the water. Note: Color only the areas where food will not touch or top with clear glass plates. Hand-wash only.
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OPPOSITE Layer watercolor-inspired projects to fashion a relaxing bedroom. The geometric headboard is constructed from maple-veneer medium-density fiberboard (MDF) triangles that are dipped in diluted chalk paint. To give a discolored lampshade a new lease on life, we rolled it in various colors of Rit dye, much like dyeing an egg. We gave mottled color to a white curtain by using sponge pouncers to apply watercolor spots to the curtain. We clustered dots at the top of the panel, lessening them as we moved toward the bottom. BELOW To make the headboard triangles, cut 4×8-foot sheets of ¾-inch maple-veneer MDF into 14×16-inch pieces. Mark a 16-inch equilateral triangle in the center of one MDF piece. To build a jig (A), place the marked piece on a 16×24-inch base of ¾-inch MDF, aligning one marked triangle edge with long base edge; trace. Nail 2-inch-wide MDF scraps on marked lines. Lay MDF rectangle inside jig (B). Cut across bottom with a table saw. Flip MDF over and place back in jig (C). Cut across bottom (D). Cut all MDF rectangles into triangles (we cut 28 for a queen-size headboard). Mix 1 teaspoon of water per cup of chalk paint in wide container (E). Dip each triangle edge in paint (F) and let dry. Attach triangles to wall with pin nails.
why Make a jig? WHEN YOU NEED TO MAKE MANY IDENTICAL CUTS, CONSTRUCT A JIG. THIS TEMPLATE HELPS YOU CUT QUICKLY AND CONSISTENTLY, WITHOUT HAVING TO MEASURE AND MARK EACH PIECE.
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BELOW RIGHT The shams look like they were treated to a resist effect, but watered-
down dye applied over a stencil produced the look. Insert a piece of cardboard between the layers of a white cotton pillow sham to prevent dye from bleeding through to the back. Use spray adhesive to adhere the stencil to fabric, and spritz fabric with water before brushing on color. BELOW LEFT Dip the edges of a white throw in Rit powder dye and embroider a smattering of cross-stitches around the dyed areas. BELOW LEFT, MIDDLE To make a monogram pillow, lay a chipboard letter on top of a white pillowcase and spritz fabric with water. Trace the outline with watercolor paint using an artists paintbrush, blending the paint outward.
ABOVE Channel your inner Monet to postmark artwork and a painterly letter banner. Turn an inexpensive flea market frame into
gallery-worthy art by painting the frame and backing white, then brush blue and teal acrylic paint in large sweeping motions onto the backing, leaving the upper left-hand corner mostly white. Add splashes of hot pink, then spray the wet paint with water for a drippy effect. Use a stencil to add the postmark. TOP RIGHT When dry, apply cursive lettering with a gold paint pen. ABOVE RIGHT, MIDDLE To make the pennant-style banner, place vinyl stickers on cotton canvas panels cut to shape. Fill spray bottles with purple, teal, and royal blue Rit powder dye, following the mixing instructions on the box. Spritz each piece of fabric with the dye mixtures. When dry, peel off the letters, punch holes in each panel, and string the pieces onto cording. FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.
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1 AN ALFRESCO AFFAIR Homeowner Jen Harrison takes full advantage of her home’s wide wraparound porch, outﬁtting it with multiple seating areas—complete with rugs and throw pillows. The wood chair frame was $2.50, the carved screen came from a local ﬂea market for $20, and the shell hangings are vintage ﬁnds from ﬂea markets.
2 IT’S A WEAVE The settee was purchased for $25—for the wood frame only. “I looked at it, checked the sturdiness, and wondered how I was going to make it work,” Jen says. Her eureka idea was to create a woven back and sides from upholstery cording and add a plywood seat and of-therack cushion.
A Cleveland-area DIYer curates meaningful style that expresses her artistic élan and sparks a passionate social media following. STYLING + WORDS LACEY HOWARD PHOTOGRAPHS JAY WILDE
Her popular Instagram handle is @FleaMarketFab. But she could as accurately be known as DIYDiva. Jennifer Harrison (Jen to her friends) is a nonstop project machine—adopting, making over, and posting ﬂea, thrift, and curb gems that she alone sees the potential in. “A lot of people who follow me think I have my own style aside from other people’s,” she says. While the basis of her look is bohemian and midcentury, she’s not a slave to one particular era. “I like so many things, and I’ll bring in whatever catches my eye to make the space what I love.”
Jen sees her home as a gallery of favorite things, the vast majority of which came from thrift stores, antiques fairs, Goodwill, eBay, Craigslist, and even neighbors’ trash piles. Under her keen curatorlike eye, the overall feeling is never crowded or dated. It’s comfortable and surprisingly style savvy (considering 80 percent of it was once castoff ). Most importantly, she never sees her interiors as done. Rooms continuously change as new ﬁnds and creations replace those she’s tired of. Treasured pieces move to the basement, while the remainder are put up for sale. “There is never a boundary or a place to stop,” she says. Thanks to Jen’s ability to let go and embrace new favorite things, her home remains fresh and fashionable. “That’s the beauty of ﬂeaing and making it myself,” she says. “It is affordable to move on to the next thing.”
Meet Jen! JEN CREDITS HER THRIFT-SAVVY MOM AND CARPENTER DAD FOR HER DIY STYLE. “I ALSO HAVE A VERY PATIENT HUSBAND WHO ALLOWS ME TO DO THESE CRAZY EXPERIMENTS,” SHE SAYS.
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alabaster white SW7008, SHERWIN-WILLIAMS; SHERWIN-WILLIAMS.COM
On a Roll JEN INSTALLED CASTERS ON THIS GRAIN CABINET BEFORE BRINGING IT INTO HER HOME. SHE ROLLED IT AROUND THE MAIN LEVEL UNTIL IT FOUND ITS HOME BESIDE THE FIREPLACE.
3 MIXOLOGY Textiles energize Jen’s living room. Her collection began with a Pinterest post several years ago of an all-white space with Moroccan rugs. “I started investigating and purchased one,” she says. “When I got it, I realized the workmanship and quality and history. They became a bit of an addiction.”
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4 WHITE IS RIGHT
Most of the walls in Jen’s home are painted the same shade of white. But in the dining room, she ﬂipped the scheme— dressing two walls in a bold ﬂoral paper and coating the ﬂoor in a glossy version of her favorite white.
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midcentury daybed (a Craigslist score) nestles perfectly into a window bump-out in the dining room, creating an inviting spot for more of Jen’s Moroccan textiles and her miniature pinscher, Ernesto.
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Formerly a ﬂorist shop’s workstation, the patinarich piece became the breakfast table after Jen cut nearly a foot of the legs. Pink spray paint gives metal vintage Russell Woodard chairs a sassy new look.
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vintage brass bar cart pairs with a modern art canvas created by a local high school student. Jen is also a fan of making your own art. “Play some music and let yourself be free! It's inexpensive and lets you be creative,” she says.
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8 PEEL & STICK The nursery—outﬁtted for Jen’s toddler grandson— has walls dressed in removable wallpaper tiles. Jen’s collection of paint-by-number animal art pops up throughout the room.
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9 STORY TIME
Floating ledges hold books beside a midcentury Eames chair. “I had thoughts on having it reupholstered, but once I started the decorating process in the nursery, the white leather worked perfectly,” Jen says.
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A full-size bed in the nursery hosts a smattering of pillows, including one with birds on it that Jen created from a chenille robe she found at Goodwill. “It had stains on it, so I salvaged the good parts,” she says.
Shallow IKEA cabinets line one nursery wall. “They didn’t come with knobs, so I found the two-tone wood knobs with bells, and I knew the baby would love playing with them,” Jen says.
Hallelujah! AN ARCHITECTURAL PIECE OF PERFECTLY PATINAED COPPER— PART OF A LOCAL CHURCH STEEPLE—IS 3-D ARTWORK IN JEN’S OFFICE.
12 LIGHT FANTASTIC Jen made the ﬁxture over her oice sewing table by pairing an IKEA chandelier and a galvanized metal tub. “I ran the chandelier wiring through a drilled hole in the metal and rewired it to make the cord a lot longer,” she says. “It was very inexpensive, and I love how it turned out. Deﬁnitely one of my all-time favorite projects.”
13 ONE PERSON’S TRASH Jen scored a paint-
splattered drop cloth at a garage sale. “I originally thought about reupholstering a piece of furniture with it,” she says. But instead, she added grommets and tied it with rope to create her master bedroom’s window treatment.
14 DRESS UP The brackets supporting Jen’s vanity table were the porch railings on an old local home being demolished. “I want to use an old door on top, but I haven’t found the door yet,” she says. Until then, a piece of tempered glass helps display her collection of vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry. 15 GIDDY UP! When Jen saw the framed horse rug at Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market, she had to have it. “It is such an impactful piece, and it makes a statement all by itself! And so ugly it’s great!” she says. “So many people have found the same one and will post a photo on Instagram and tag me.”
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Jen and her husband, Raymond, were picking up a Craigslist purchase when he fell for these large presidential portraits. “I didn’t think I wanted them, but he said ‘Are you crazy? I’m buying them!’” Jen says. The owner told the couple the pair had hung in the auditorium of a now-demolished school in Cleveland. “They didn’t drill into the stone walls,” Jen says. “Both pieces were glued to the plaster so big chunks of plaster are still attached to the backs of the frames.” 17 FARM FIND The master bed’s headboard is an old barn door—and another find that only Jen could see the beauty in. “It was filthy and loaded with pink paint,” she says of the piece. After a good cleaning and sanding, it became the standout Jen had imagined. “I did pay $300, but it was well worth it!” she says.
Textiles A MOROCCAN WEDDING BLANKET SHINES ON THE MASTER BED WITH ITS CREAMY WOOL, WHITE FRINGE, AND GOLD SEQUINS.
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18 TAKE A SEAT A handcrafted folding table created by a local man for his farmers market booth now hosts warm-weather meals on Jen’s porch, anchored by a 13-foot-long kilim rug. All her rugs are antique and found at garage sales and flea markets. “They definitely make the porch more relaxed,” she says.
Under Foot JEN OUTFITS HER PORCH WITH THE SAME TYPE OF RUGS SHE USES INSIDE. SHE RECOMMENDS THIN, FLAT WEAVES THAT DRY QUICKLY AND ARE EASY TO SWEEP.
AS MUCH AS MY MOM WAS AN INFLUENCE ON “THE THRIFTED DESIGN DIRECTION I HAVE TAKEN IN MY LIFE, MY CARPENTER FATHER WAS THE BALANCE OF MY SKILLS AND PASSION TO DIY.” JEN HARRISON, HOMEOWNER/DESIGNER
19 CHEERS! “Being that I am a junker, I like nothing to match,” Jen says of her mostly white and glass table settings she uses when hosting friends and family. “It's all mixed and matched from Goodwill for so cheap that I can aford to resell it or donate it back.” 20 BOX TOP “We got some pallets, and I had so much scrap wood in the garage,” Jen says of the materials she used to build pool-side ottomans. She topped the cubes with table runners and throw pillows to serve as extra seating.
21 POOL BAR A DIY shed made by Jen and Raymond, a concrete contractor, shows of their resourcefulness. “He found the walls in the Dumpster at a job site. We didn’t have to cut them or anything.” Jen says. “A neighbor installed a new shed door, and I garbagepicked the old one. The ceiling rafters are from a friend’s deck—they were replacing it and they gave us all the wood.” After spraying the inside with white paint, they created a bar with a concrete counter and wrapped it with old shutters and doors cut to size.
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STRING LIGHTS, DIY PENDANTS, AND HANDMADE TORCHES BRING ROMANTIC AMBIENCE TO A GARDEN GATHERING. 22
22 BOHO HOBNOB
“I wanted a bohemianthemed area where you could sit in the garden, play some music, and just have some drinks and relax,” Jen says of the seating area she set up in her front yard.
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23 ZIP IT Jen created a pair of outdoor pendants from hardware cloth, zip ties, and light kits. “I had no clue how many ties and how much time it was going to take,” she says of the project. The longer light has 5,000 ties; the smaller one about 1,000.
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Jen tied tapers to bamboo garden supports using colored contractor string to illuminate her garden beds. “Because the candles were from Goodwill, the entire idea may have cost me $15,” she says.
5 DIY IDEAS TO STEAL Fluff your nest with eclectic treasures inspired by Jen Harrison’s globe-trotting style.
1. ABSOLUTELY PRESIDENTIAL Invite a few historic figures to your walls with prints of official portraits. Starting at $40 each for 9×12-inch giclee prints; art.com
2. SOFT EDGES Jen’s collection of pillows and textiles hails from around the world. The Hunted’s Wool Multistripe Pom-Pom Pillows have a similarly global feel and are available in black, pink, yellow, blue, turquoise, green, gray, and orange. $85 (18×18-inch pillow); $95 (20×20-inch pillow); shopthehunted.com
3. FEATHERED FIND An African Juju hat makes a showstopping art piece in Jen’s dining room window. Artisanmade headgear is available online in a variety of colors and sizes. $235 for a 30-inch-diameter piece in off-white; oldworldshoppe.etsy.com
4. ART UNDERFOOT Canary Lane Designs is one of Jen’s go-to shops for rugs. Start your own collection with a one-of-a-kind Belleza kilim. Use promo code “DIY2016” for $50 off and free shipping. $150 (roughly 40×20inch rug); canarylanedesigns.com
5. TIE ONE ON To create the tassel curtains on her porch, Jen crafted tassels from yarn in three neutral colors. (Visit BHG.com/MakeTassels for a tassel-making tutorial.) To assemble, she hung 6-foot-long dowels from a clothing rack so she could work without a ladder. She started by tying 20 pieces of twine to the same length, evenly spaced on the rod. She then tied on the tassels, randomly picking the color, adding different lengths of twine and tassels to create layers. After the tassels were all attached, she added pink and cranberry yarn accents above the tassels and around the top of each length of twine. She installed the “curtains” by tying each dowel to screw eyes on the porch overhang.
These simple projects create a natural gathering place that has food, water, and shelter for winged beauties. PROJECTS + WORDS KATE CARTER FREDERICK PHOTOGRAPHS PETE KRUMHARDT
WELCOME HOME A flowerpot fitted with a 1¼-inch entry hole, opposite, offers housing for small birds, such as the chickadee, nuthatch, tufted titmouse, and wren. Site the house away from high-traffic areas of the yard and where nearby trees and shrubs offer shelter, giving birds the privacy they need to nest, hatch, and raise broods. Locate the birdhouse where it is protected from late-day sun in summer and wind in winter.
how to make a f lowerpot birdhouse
MATERIALS • Drill and drill bit
• ¼-inch nut • 6-inch-diameter round wooden plaque • 1¼-inch hole-boring drill bit • Sandpaper • Outdoor acrylic paint • Sponge brush Step 1 Gather materials (A). Drill a hole in a fence, wall, or other surface (B) to mount the birdhouse. Step 2 Slide a washer over the bolt, then push the bolt through the pot’s drainage hole (C) and the fence (D). Slide a washer over the exposed end of the bolt; twist the nut onto the bolt and tighten it to secure the pot. Step 3 Drill the 11⁄4-inch-diameter entry hole in the wooden plaque, about 1½ inches from the bottom edge. Sand smooth the edges of the entry hole. Paint only the outside of the wooden plaque to make it more weather-resistant. Let dry. Press the plaque into the pot until it is ﬁrmly wedged in place (E). A perch is not necessary and might provide a foothold for predators.
Clean House REMOVE OLD NESTING MATERIAL FROM THE BIRDHOUSE ANNUALLY IN AUTUMN, WHEN YOU ARE CERTAIN THE BREEDING SEASON IS DONE.
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STAR POWER Molded seeds are a decorative way to feed feathered friends, below. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve two packets of gelatin in cup boiling water. Add 2 cups of birdseed (A); stir. Let set for five minutes, then stir until the seeds have absorbed most of the liquid. Lay cookie cutters on baking sheets lined with waxed paper. Press seed mixture firmly into the shapes. Cut a length of twine, knot the ends, and press the knot into the still-soft shape; repeat for each ornament. Refrigerate the ornaments overnight. Set ornaments on a rack to air-dry for several days and harden completely before hanging them outdoors.
Seedy Hang-ups FOR THESE SHAPES, WE USED A WILD BIRD MIX, WHICH INCLUDES MILLET, MILO, SUNFLOWER, AND THISTLE. WE FOUND THAT ANY SIZE COOKIE CUTTERS WORK—THE GELATIN ACTS LIKE GLUE. OURS ARE ABOUT 2 TO 2½ INCHES WIDE.
PLANTS TO ATTRACT BIRDS
A bird-friendly yard includes a mix of plantings to provide food, shelter, nesting sites, and nesting material. Plant food sources that offer seeds, berries, and nectar to a variety of birds.
FOUNTAINGRASS seed heads entice birds to forage from them during fall and winter.
PURPLE CONEFLOWER provides large seed heads as well as cover for ground-feeding birds.
SUNFLOWER grows easily and blooms in summer, then develops seeds favored by birds.
ARONIA, aka chokeberry, is a hardy shrub with clusters of bird-pleasing berries. It grows in any type of soil.
CRABAPPLE is a popular group of spring-flowering trees that fruit in summer and fall.
VIBURNUM includes a diverse group of shrubs that produce bird-friendly shelter and berries.
FUCHSIA will bloom all summer in a hanging basket and feed hummingbirds with sweet nectar.
PENSTEMON is favored by hummingbirds and gardeners for its colorful bell-shape flowers.
SALVIA, including perennial and annual varieties, attracts hummers to the nectar-filled blooms.
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FEED THE BIRDS Welcome birds to your yard and help sustain them,
dine & dash HANG A FEEDER WHERE BIRDS CAN FLY IN EASILY TO PERCH AND EAT OR FEED ON THE GROUND BENEATH THE FEEDER. SELECT A LOCATION WHERE A NEARBY TREE OFFERS AN EASY ESCAPE.
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especially through the winter, by setting up a feeder, below. Offer a continuous supply of food to keep birds coming year-round. Feathered friends will reward you by eating insects in the garden and entertaining you with their antics. As diners, birds search out specific menus. Cater to varied tastes by offering a seed mix that includes black sunflower, safflower, and millet, then watch for cardinals, juncos, house finches (shown here), nuthatches, chickadees, and others to fly in and feast.
MY GARDEN MORE FOR BEING FULL “OFI VALUE BLACKBIRDS THAN OF CHERRIES, AND VERY FRANKLY GIVE THEM FRUIT FOR THEIR SONGS.” JOSEPH ADDISON, THE SPECTATOR, 1712
how to make a canning jar bird feeder MATERIALS • Canning jar • Painters tape • Safety glasses • Drill •38 • 5 16-inch drill bit • Plastic bowl • Plastic plate • ¼×2-inch eyebolt • Four ¼×1¼-inch fender washers • Four ¼-inch locking washers • Two ¼-inch nuts • Chicken feeder • Large nail and hammer • ¼×2-inch carriage bolt
Step 1 Gather materials (A). Place a folded dish towel under the jar to absorb vibrations while drilling. Tape an X on the jar bottom and mark the center. Wearing safety glasses, drill through the glass, using the glassboring bit (B). Step 2 Use the 5 16-inch bit to drill a hole centered in the bottom of the bowl and the plate. To attach the bowl to the jar, insert the eyebolt through a fender washer, the bowl, and the jar. Fasten the jar with a fender washer, two locking washers, and a nut (C). Use the nail and hammer to make a hole centered in the bottom of the chicken feeder (D). Step 3 Attach the plate to the chicken feeder by repeating the hardware assembly, except using the carriage bolt instead (E). Step 4 Fill the jar with birdseed. Screw the chicken feeder and plate onto the jar (F).
WATER MUSIC The sound of gently trickling water attracts birds to
fly in for drinks and splashy baths. A lotuslike dripper attached to a submersible pump enhances a birdbath and creates a delightful garden accent. To make the birdbath, below, use a 6Ã—48-inch PVC pipe as a base and anchor 1 foot of it in the ground. Wrap the base with a length of twig fencing cut to fit (A). Set a 3-inch-deep saucer on the base. Place a few stones in the basin to secure the dripper and provide firm footing for birds. Always keep the pump covered with water. FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.
better bathing BIRDS FLOCK TO A PRISTINE BATH. EMPTY THE BASIN WEEKLY, CLEAN WITH A SCRUB BRUSH, AND REFILL WITH FRESH WATER.
PLANTS TO ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES
PLANTS TO ATTRACT BEES
Choose diverse plants that supply months of nectar-filled flowers for butterflies and leafy food for their larvae (caterpillars).
Nectar- and pollen-rich flowers feed bees and other pollinators. Avoid chemicals.
FENNEL feeds caterpillars and butterflies. The feathery plant grows easily and is drought-tolerant.
LANTANA grows as an annual (must be replanted each year) and blooms from summer into fall.
AGASTACHE varieties are aromatic perennials that bloom in summer and attract bees.
MILKWEED leaves are the only food source for monarch larvae. Choose native plant varieties.
NEW ENGLAND ASTER blooms perennially in gardens, drawing winged visitors in summer and fall.
BEE BALM flowers prove irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies as well as bees.
PENTAS, an annual, grows in full sun and blooms throughout summer into fall.
ZINNIA varieties grow easily from seeds or seedlings and boast long-lasting blooms.
CATMINT is a tough perennial that grows easily and withstands dry, hot weather.
ATTRACT POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN BHG.COM/POLLINATOR
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FIND CLICKABLE LINKS TO ALL THESE SOURCES IN THE DIGITAL EDITION OF THIS ISSUE. BHGSPECIALS.ZINIO.COM
SHOPPING GUIDE Here’s where to find building materials, furnishings, and accessories shown in Do It Yourself™ magazine. We cannot guarantee the availability of items or services. [P] Paint Color Because of the magazine printing process, paint colors depicted on our pages might vary slightly from manufacturers’ colors. Use paint color names or numbers, when provided, as a starting point. To get a color as it appears in the magazine, take the page to a paint retailer for matching. EDITOR’S LETTER PAGE 7 Stain for frame Classic Gray— Minwax; 800/523-9299; minwax .com. Artwork Paperwork by Dennis Atherton—represented by Moberg Gallery, Des Moines; 515/279-9191; mobergeditions.com. TRY IT PAGES 8–13 Pages 8–9 Dyes for botles and table runner Evening Blue, Teal, Kelly Green, Golden Yellow, design of table runner Ellen Highsmith-Silver— Rit; ritstudio.com/author/ ellenhighsmith-silver. Sealing product for botles—Mod Podge by Plaid; 800/842-4197; plaidonline .com. Plates—Tale of the Cod, Chatham, Massachusets; 508/9450347; taleothecod.com. Page 11 Adhesive and sealant product—Mod Podge by Plaid; 800/842-4197; plaidonline.com. Spray paint Bright Idea Yellow Gloss Indoor-Outdoor Spray Paint 53538—Krylon Products Group; 800/457-9566; krylon.com. Page 12 Ink-jet printable fabric Printed Treasures sew-on printer fabric sheets—Dritz; dritz.com. Plates Vietri—Tale of the Cod, Chatham, Massachusets; 508/945-0347; taleothecod.com. Page 13 Wood disks and round tree slices, branches mitsumata, sold by the bunch, glass 6×12-inch cylinder, faux buterﬂies—Michaels Stores, Inc.; michaels.com. ORDER IN THE HOUSE PAGES 14–17 Page 14 Laminated pine panels, plexiglass, wood glue, brass ﬁnishing washers, screws—Home Depot; homedepot.com. Page 16 Clothespins, plywood plaques— Michaels Stores, Inc.; michaels.com. Dye Royal Blue, Wine, Petal Pink— Rit; ritstudio.com.
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Page 17 Pantry riser 3-Tier Acrylic Cabinet Organizer—The Container Store; 800/786-7315; containerstore.com. Self-adhesive cork Real Cork Tape—Duck Brand; duckbrand.com. WHAT TO DO WITH PAGES 24–30 Pages 24–25 Wineglasses—Target; target.com. Wine rack, wood slices—World Market; 877/967-5362; worldmarket .com. White bowl with wood trim—T.J. Maxx; tjmaxx.com. Pages 26–27 Table—Target; target.com. Washer, dryer—Samsung; 800/726-7864; samsungusa.com. Ironing board— Bed Bath & Beyond; 800/462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com. Pages 28–29 Fox—Gordmans; 800/456-7463; gordmans.com (product line varies). Lamp, pillow—Target; target.com. Journal—T.J. Maxx; tjmaxx.com. Page 30 Mortar and pestle, dish towel, soap dispenser—Target; target.com. White ceramic pots, canister with chalk label—Gordmans; 800/4567463; gordmans.com (product line varies). Yellow-tip utensils— T.J. Maxx; tjmaxx.com. FIND IT. FRAME IT. HANG IT. PAGES 38–47 Page 39 Black frames sold in set of seven frames 50OFSET01S07C—Craig Frames; craigframes.com. Wallpaper Origami in Bone—Serena & Lily, Inc.; 866/597-2742; serenaandlily .com. Bedding Ramala Sky Blue duvet cover and euro shams, Classic Hemstitch white sheet set and bed skirt—Pine Cone Hill; 877/5864771; pineconehill.com. Rug Gradation Ticking Woven coton rug—Dash & Albert Rug Co.; 800/658-5035; dashandalbert.com. Artwork: top let Virgo by Annie Clark, bottom let Subtle Overlap in Periwinkle by Kelly Ventura, top center Even Still by Katie Craig, center Mingle by Julie Song, bottom center Rain Cloud by Lindsay Megahed, top right Scribbles in Blue by Yao Cheng, bottom right Bits by Katie Craig—Minted, LLC; minted .com. Nightstand End Table from the Crossmill collection by Beter Homes and Gardens®—Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; walmart.com. Flooring COREtec 7-inch Wide Plank in Ivory Coast White 50LVP705— USFloors, Inc.; 800/404-2675; usﬂoorsllc.com. Page 40 (let) Wall paint Cloudless SW6786— The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams .com [P]. Lamp Caspian Sea RJ-63223—The Bradburn Gallery, a division of The Bradburn Co.; 800/814-5267; bradburngallery.com.
Page 41 Bench Margaret in Blackbird— Maine Cotage; 866/366-3505; mainecottage.com. Rug Mali Indoor Outdoor Rug—Dash & Albert Rug Co.; 800/658-5035; dashandalbert .com. Pillow Nisa—Lulu & Georgia; 888/271-9280; luluandgeorgia.com. Sconce Soho Sconce in antique brass, SC08080 AB—Shades of Light; 800/262-6612; shadesoﬂight .com. Flooring Laminate Wide Plank Weathered Ridge in Earth 28031—Mannington; 800/4829527; mannington.com. Page 42 Framed ﬁne paper Agate Marbled Paper in Denim Blue PRPSN126B— Paper Mojo; 800/420-3818; papermojo.com. Sconce Ceramic Saucer Light in Bisque White— Shades of Light; 800/262-6612; shadesoﬂight.com. Cart Holloway Bar Cart in gold, ice bucket Black & Gold Stripe, cocktail shaker Society Gold—Society Social; shopsocietysocial.com. Blue tumblers Milano in Blue Short—Home Decorators Collection; 877/5378539; homedecorators.com. Flooring COREtec 7-inch Wide Plank in St. Andrews Oak 50LVP209— USFloors, Inc.; 800/404-2675; usﬂoorsllc.com. Pages 44–45 (let) Wallpaper Mini Overall Trellis YS9311 from the 926 Peek-a-Boo collection—York Wallcoverings; 800/375-9675; yorkwall.com. Artwork: top let Odd Leaves by Aticnomar, bottom let Calculation and right You & I, both by Stephanie Nowotarski— Minted, LLC; minted.com. Page 45 (right) Awl General Tools & Instruments 4-inch Alloy Steel Blade Scratch Awl, long-nose and diagonal pliers Kobalt, hammer Irwin—through Lowe’s; lowes.com. Small hammer Deco—Under The Roof Decorating; utrdecorating.com. SITTING PRETTY PAGES 48–55 Swing—The Porch Swing Co.; theporchswingcompany.com. Swing paint Raindrop SW6485, ﬂoor paint Really Teal SW6489—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/4743794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Swing Pediment appliqué— O’verlays; myoverlays.com. Rope swing, swing hardware, tiles for house numbers, plants, pots, grout—Lowe’s; lowes.com. Tea towel—Target; target.com. Rug, yellow pillows, yellow houndstooth pillows, lanterns, metal tray— Wayfair; 877/929-3247; wayfair .com. Pom-pom trim on pillow— Jo-Ann Stores; 888/739-4120; joann .com. Sea glass tiles—Pier 1 Imports; 800/245-4595; pier1.com. Fabric for buterﬂy ﬂoor pillow—Spoonﬂower; spoonﬂower.com. Stenciled pillow kit—Cuting Edge Stencils,
Mahwah, New Jersey; 201/8289146; cuttingedgestencils.com. Hanging basket cording— ConsumerCrafts, LLC; consumercrats.com. Crafts paint, wood beads, doily stencil for side table, blue suede cording—Michaels Stores, Inc.; michaels.com. IN FULL BLOOM PAGES 56-65 Page 57 Wall paint Repose Gray SW7015— The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams .com [P]. Table, chairs, rug— Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Tablecloth embellished after purchase—Crate & Barrel; 800/967-6696; crateandbarrel.com. Pages 58–59 Wall paint Breaktime SW6463— The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Table—Shades of Light; 800/262-6612; shadesoﬂight.com. Vase—West Elm; 866/428-6468; westelm.com. Card—Riﬂe Paper Co., Winter Park, Florida; 407/622-7679; riﬂepaperco.com. Black-and-white print of camper by Connie Webb— Redwood Shed; redwoodshed.etsy.com. Tiny owl—The Owlies; the owlies.com. Botanical prints on shuters—Old Age Botanicals; oldagebotanicals.etsy .com. White shuter paint Pure White Chalk Paint—Annie Sloan, New Orleans; 504/309-4454; anniesloan .com [P]. Adhesive sealant—Mod Podge by Plaid; 800/842-4197; plaidonline.com. Pages 60–61 Wall paint Extra White SW7006— The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams .com [P]. Chair—Grandin Road; 866/668-5962; grandinroad.com. Side table—ﬂea market ﬁnd. Yellow frame—Target; target.com. Maple-veneer MDF, U-bolts— Lowe’s; lowes.com. Small botles— Michaels Stores, Inc.; michaels.com. Pages 62–63 Wall paint Extra White SW7006— The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams .com [P]. Flower decal—Stickers That Stick; stickersthatstick.com. Desk paint Pure White Chalk Paint, drawer paint English Yellow Chalk Paint—Annie Sloan, New Orleans; 504/309-4454; anniesloan.com [P]. Texturing material for raised relief—Wood Icing; woodicing.com. Flooring—Pergo, Inc.; 800/3373746; pergo.com. Bowl on console— Target; target.com. ABOUT FACE PAGES 66–77 Tool, vinyl, rug stencil patern— Cricut; 877/727-4288; cricut.com. Round, gray pot at watering hose Canna Round Dark Gray Fiberclay Cylinder Planter, tall light gray
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planter on step Terrazzo Square Light Gray Tall Fiberclay Planter, painted after purchase, and round gray containers Stoney Fiberclay Dark Gray Round Planters, all three from the Origins collection, square black planters Ella 14-inch Square Black Resin Planter from the Home Decorators collection, house numbers 5-inch nickel-plated steel numbers, mailbox Black Standard Horizontal 4610BLK, lanterns ﬂanking front door Brushed Nickel Outdoor Cotage Lantern by Hampton Bay, hose holder Liberty Garden Heavy-Duty Wall-Mounted Hose Rack—The Home Depot; homedepot.com. Tool used for shuters and planter boxes K4 Master System—Kreg; kregtool .com. Paints for rug: black Black Suede S-H-790, yellow Lemon Lime 390B-7, bright pink Orchid Rose S-G-110, purple Exotic Flowers S-H-100, salmon pink Cool Lava 180-B—Behr Process Corp.; 800/854-0133; behr.com [P]. Paint for shuters and dark green paint for rug Riverbend VRO80A by Valspar—Ace Hardware; 866/2905334; acehardware.com [P]. Paint for obelisk bases and light green paint for rug Tranquil Bay by Valspar [P]. Yarn, wreath, and wire—Hobby Lobby; 800/323-9204; hobbylobby .com. Pavers for walkway Holland Pavers in Charcoal, edging PaveMaster; for locations throughout the Midwest, visit menards.com. Primer used throughout—Zinsser Co., Inc.; zinsser.com [P]. Front door stain Gel Stain in Black—Minwax; 800/523-9299; minwax.com [P]. Paint for hose holder Universal All Surface Gloss Black Spray Paint, paint for mailbox interior Painter’s Touch 2x Sun Yellow General Purpose Spray Paint—Rust-Oleum; 877/385-8155; rustoleum.com [P]. Welcome mat Trampa—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Plants, as viewed on pages 68–70 In containers at right railing Coleus ‘Electric Lime’, Scaevola Fairy Blue, Zinnia Double Zahara Yellow, Begonia BabyWing BiColor, in larger gray container under window box Zinnia UpTown Frosted Strawberry, Angelonia AngelMist Spreading Blue, at base of obelisk Easy Wave Petunia in Yellow (plants courtesy of Wave Petunias; wave-rave.com), in pot at hose reel Hibiscus ‘Litle Zin’, in black pot with white triangle border Easy Wave Petunia in Pink Passion (plants courtesy of Wave Petunias; wave-rave.com), Lantana Litle Lucky Hot Pink, in window box Begonia Dragon Wing in pink, Plectranthus ‘Silver Shield’, Lantana Litle Lucky Pot of Gold—Ball Horticultural Co., available through your favorite garden mail-order catalogs and in local garden centers. COLOR WAVE PAGES 78–87 Pages 78–79 Color ﬁxative for pillow Retayne— Jo-Ann Stores; 888/739-4120; joann .com. Chalk paints for wall Napoleonic Blue and Provence— Annie Sloan, New Orleans; 504/3094454; anniesloan.com [P]. Flooring Antique Structure Historic Element in White Milk Paint—Armstrong Flooring; 800/233-3823; armstrong .com/ﬂooring. Bench—Target; target .com. Tote—Kate Spade; 800/5193778; katespade.com. Pages 80–83 Fabric paints for tablecloth and napkin stripe Tulip Soft Fabric Paint—Michaels Stores, Inc.;
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michaels.com. Color ﬁxative for tablecloth and napkin Retayne— Jo-Ann Stores; 888/739-4120; joann .com. Tablecloth dyed after purchase—Potery Barn; 800/9225507; potterybarn.com. Wall paint Pure White SW7005—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/4743794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Flooring COREtec 7-inch Wide Plank in Ivory Coast White 50LVP705—USFloors, Inc.; 800/404-2675; usﬂoorsllc.com. Chairs—Serena & Lily, Inc.; 866/597-2742; serenaandlily.com. Curtains—Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Pages 84–86 Dyes for bed throw and lampshade powder dyes in Navy and Fuchsia, dye for lampshade powder dye in Teal—Rit; ritstudio.com. Color ﬁxative Retayne—Jo-Ann Stores; 888/739-4120; joann.com. Paint for headboard Pure White Chalk Paint—Annie Sloan, New Orleans; 504/309-4454; anniesloan.com [P]. Leter for pillow Recollections Chipboard Leters—Michaels Stores, Inc.; michaels.com. Bedding dyed after purchase, vase—West Elm; 866/428-6468; westelm .com. Sham stencil Ornate Damask from the Folk Art Home Décor collection—Plaid Enterprises, Inc.; 800/842-4197; plaidonline.com. Curtain panel Teresia, dyed after purchase—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Wall paint Sea Salt SW6204—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/4743794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Flooring COREtec 7-inch Wide Plank in Ivory Coast White 50LVP705—USFloors, Inc.; 800/404-2675; usﬂoorsllc.com. Side table—Target; target.com. Page 87 Postmark stencil Paris France Stamp Stencil—Polyvore; polyvore .com. Gold script ink Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint—Modern Masters, Inc.; 800/942-3166; modernmastersinc.com. Bright pink paint on framed artwork Neon Pink—Folk Art Paint; 800/8424197; folkartpaint.com. Blue chalk paints on framed artwork Napoleonic Blue, Florence, white chalk paint on framed artwork Pure White—Annie Sloan, New Orleans; 504/309-4454; anniesloan.com [P]. THE HOUSE THAT JEN BUILT PAGES 88–99 Pages 88–89 Porch ﬂoor, ceiling, and structure paint Extra White in satin—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/4743794; sherwin-williams.com [P]. Macramé on setee frame—design by Jennifer Harrison; jenniferharrisonstyle.com. Fabrication of macramé—Gabrielle Banzhaf; gbanzhaf.etsy.com. Pillow on setee, setee cushion—HomeGoods; 800/614-4663; homegoods.com. Blanket Wedding—At 1st Sight Vintage Furniture; at1stsightbk.com. Rug, pouf—The Hunted; shopthehunted.com. Brass tray, planters, chair, screen, setee frame—homeowners’ collection. Throw pillow in chair—Two Girls and a Pug; twogirlsandapug.etsy.com. Marble-top side table—Arhaus; 866/427-4287; arhaus.com. Candleholders on table— Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Page 90 Wall paint Alabaster White SW7008—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwinwilliams.com [P]. Drapery panels— IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Sofa—Arhaus; 866/427-4287; arhaus.com. Lumbar
pillow on sofa—The Hunted; hopthehunted.com. Batik pillows on sofa and chair—Boho Pillow; bohopillow.etsy.com. Turquoise rug, multicolor rug—Etsy; etsy.com. Coﬀee table—West Elm; 866/4286468; westelm.com. Wall lamp Wallace—One Forty Three; shop.onefortythree.com. Floor cushion, small gold vases on coﬀee table, gold vase with leaves, white tray on grain cabinet— Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Three gold-andconcrete cylinders on table—Target; target.com. Framed artwork, top let Indian by Jennifer Ament—through One Kings Lane; 855/746-7655; onekingslane.com. Artwork, top center by Heather Chontos; heatherchontos.com. Artwork, top right May Day—Hayley Mitchell Art; hayleymitchellart.etsy.com. Two framed pieces, botom, framed artwork over ﬁreplace—NG Collective Studio; ngcstudioart.com. Cabinet, throw on sofa, chair— homeowners’ collection. Page 91 (top let and right) Wallpaper Frosted Kaleidoscope— Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Mirror, chandelier, glass artwork on table—West Elm; 866/428-6468; westelm.com. White vase on console—IKEA; ikea-usa .com. Orange vases and tray on console, white pillow on window seat, woven otoman—Target; target.com. Fringe pillow—Loiloi; loiloirugs.com. All other pillows—Boho Pillow; bohopillow.etsy.com. Feather round in window—African Heritage Art; africanheritageart.etsy.com. Throw on window seat—Etsy; etsy.com. Table, chairs, console, candlesticks, window seat bench—homeowners’ collection. Page 91 (bottom let) Drapery panels, white shelf brackets, white vase on shelf, vases with leaves on table—IKEA; ikea-usa .com. Drapery hardware, pendant light, small planter on shelf—West Elm; 866/428-6468; westelm.com. White chairs Panton—Hive; 866/663-4483; hivemodern.com. Beaded curtain, table, pink chairs vintage Russell Woodard, textile on table, candlesticks on shelves— homeowners’ collection. Page 91 (bottom right) Tray on top shelf Nate Berkus, straws, tray on botom shelf— Target; target.com. Artwork Andrea Tsiros, Cleveland. Cart, punch bowl, barware, glassware, ice bucket— homeowners’ collection. Page 92 Removable wallpaper Raindrops— Hygge and West; 612/718-4992; hyggeandwest.com. Crib—Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; walmart.com. Large blue ﬂower pillow, cabinet pulls— Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Tie-dye pillow, white bedsheets with pink design, black lampshade, candle in bowl, animals on second shelf—Target; target.com. Doll pillow, bookshelves, cabinets, clock—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Mobile at crib—CB2; 800/6066252; cb2.com. Rug at chair—Urban Outﬁters; 800/282-2200; urbanoutﬁtters.com. Light garland— Bright Lab; brightlablights.com. Throw on chair—Etsy; etsy.com. Small pillows on bed—Boho Pillow; bohopillow.etsy.com. Throw on bed—World Market; 877/967-5362; worldmarket.com. Pillow with truck, reading chair vintage Eames, side table vintage Saarinen Tulip, pillow in chair, chenille for bird pillowcase on bed, blanket on bed, white owl lamp, potery on shelf, camel toys, paint-by-number artwork on shelf, items on top shelf, frames artwork
on wall vintage Scot, rocking horse—homeowners’ collection. Page 93 Wall paint Alabaster White SW7008—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwinwilliams.com [P]. Text artwork— Target; target.com. Wallpaper— Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Table, dress form, bucket with yardsticks, scissors on wall, oil painting of ﬂowers, painting of small blue ﬂowers, copper steeple architectural remnant from local church, black-and-white family portrait, bin under table, yellow trash can— homeowners’ collection. Crystal light ﬁxture for chandelier—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Metal drum for chandelier—Arhaus; 866/427-4287; arhaus.com. Page 94 All items—homeowners’ collection. Page 95 (top let) Headboard—IKEA; ikea-usa.com. Art in corner, blue bowl and vase, lamps, side table—Target; target .com. Pillow shams, throw pillow, blanket—Anthropologie; 800/3092500; anthropologie.com. Horse artwork, mirror, dresser— homeowners’ collection. Page 95 (top right) Wall paint Tricorn Black SW6258— The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams .com [P]. Sofa—Arhaus, 866/4274287, arhaus.com. Rug—West Elm; 866/428-6468; westelm.com. Black zigzag pillow—Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Other pillows Nate Berkus—Target; target.com. Chair, portraits, barrels chandelier—homeowners’ collection. Page 95 (bottom right) Euro shams, zigzag bolster pillow, wedding blanket—Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; anthropologie.com. Headboard, trunk, lamp, ﬂoor covering—homeowners’ collection. Page 96–97 Pillows on setee—Two Girls and a Pug; twogirlsandapug.etsy.com. Tassel design—Jennifer Harrison; jenniferharrisonstyle.com. Rug Turkish vintage, table, chairs, setee, planter—homeowners’ collection. Page 98 Rugs—Jennifer Harrison; jenniferharrisonstyle.com; Meredith MacDougall, Canary Lane; canarylandesigns.com; and Stacy George, The Hunted; shopthehunted .com. Table—West Elm; 866/4286468; westelm.com. FOR THE BIRDS PAGES 100–107 Throughout Plants—Costa Farms; 800/3277074; costafarms.com; and Proven Selections; provenwinners.com. Page 100 Round wood plaque for birdhouse PLQ6R—Casey’s Wood Products; 800/452-2739; caseyswood.com. Page 102 Star-shape cookie cuters Circo— Target; target.com. Pages 104–105 Plate and bowl for bird feeder Room Essentials collection—Target; target .com. Mason jar poultry feeder base 9810—Amazon; amazon.com, search: Miller Manufacturing in Patio, Lawn and Garden. Page 106 Peeled reed fencing Garden Path 1731736—Menards; for locations throughout the Midwest, visit menards.com. Fountain dripper Solid Copper Lotus Dripper Fountain— Amazon; amazon.com, search: Ancient Graﬃti in Patio, Lawn and Garden.
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