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Five Projects To Do This Spring

Spring is here and I’ve noticed that my readers are starting to search my archives for warmer weather projects. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my older spring-related projects you might want to try this season.

#1. This DIY wood planter adds so much character to my front door. It was an easy built using leftover fence wood.

DIY Wood Planter

This Williams-Sonoma planter was my inspiration but way out of my price range.
planter

#2. Painting the front door made a huge difference to my home’s curb appeal. It’s such an easy and inexpensive fix. I used this door paint and it’s holding up great. I highly recommend it.

Front Door Makeover

Before:

front door

#3. Now that it’s getting warmer, it’s time to pull out those hoses. Why not build this easy hose holder? Much better than having the hose sit in the dirt, don’t you think? I used scrap wood I had around the house. Be creative and use whatever works for you.

DIY Hose Holder

#4. I find pressure washing my property highly addictive. Now it’s dirty, the next second it’s clean. Once you see the difference, you can’t stop. This electric pressure washer is lightweight and powerful. Read my full review here.
power washing

#5. Last year, I built this $4 super simple, raised garden bed. Trust me, it doesn’t get easier (or cheaper) than this. I’m excited to make more.

DIY Raised Garden Bed

 

 

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DIY Modern Plant Stand & #MilkaMeetsOREO

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DIY Modern Plant Stand

DIY Modern Plant StandCrafting is one of the oldest hobbies in existence. What I love about crafting is that I can do a whole range of activities with my own hands. It’s a great way to let my imagination flow to create something new out of simple materials.

I especially love to craft on rainy days. I light a candle,  grab a snack, and make a cup of tea. Last Sunday, I set aside a couple of hours for making two simple plant stands. It was a fun and easy project. I also had a fun snack to go with it: the new Milka OREO chocolate.

Growing up in Germany, Milka was my favorite chocolate. Stores would have an entire aisle of just Milka products. I loved it! In case you aren’t familiar with Milka; it’s one of Europe’s leading chocolate brands. It’s smooth and creamy, it just melts in your mouth.

My mom used to snack on Milka chocolate while knitting sweaters in our tiny German apartment. So when I heard that Walmart now carries OREO cookies coated in European Milka chocolate, I had to try it. It’s so good.

DIY Modern Plant StandmilkaMilkaWhen you buy Milka OREO at Walmart you get it at an everyday low price and you can also earn $1 with Ibotta. Since this  is a new item, my local Walmart had a special display for the Milka OREO Big Crunch Chocolate Bar, which I needed in my life, and once you try it, you will too.  You can find the new Milka OREO treats in the candy aisle at Walmart.

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MilkaDIY Modern Plant StandI love plants and wanted to make some simple yet modern stands for the coffee and kitchen table. I only needed a few materials, most of which I already had at home.

  • four wood sticks
  • wood glue
  • flower pots
  • gold spray paint (optional)
  • white paint (optional)

I used a miter saw to cut the pieces into desired length.  You’ll need a total of 12 pieces per stand.

  • Glue the pieces together so you have two squares.
  • Take four wood pieces and glue them to one square (see above photo).
  • Glue the second square to the top of the four pieces.
  • Scrape off any excess glue. You can also smooth it out with sand paper.
  • Leave the cube bare, or paint/stain it.

I spray painted the pots gold and used white, leftover paint for the stands.

DIY Modern Plant Stand

diy modern plant stand

Milka

DIY Modern Plant StandYou can get smaller pots with succulents and place them on your desk.

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Or place a vase or mason jar inside the stand.

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For me, crafting is also an amazing stress reliever. When I’m tired of my routine life and its everyday challenges, crafting helps me get engrossed in something creative that gives me inner joy and peace. In that sense, crafting is a wonderful relaxation therapy for my tired mind and body.

I know crafting helps boost my happiness, and I hope that you too have a hobby that brings you joy and allows life’s worries to fade away… if only for a brief time.

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A Look Back At 2016

It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the end of 2016. How did this happen?

As far as my house projects go, 2016 was a productive year. I accomplished quite a bit, considering I only had my two hands to get it all done.
DIY Kitchen Table top

In May, I built a new kitchen table top. We simply needed a larger table, and instead of getting rid of the small table, I built a larger top.

Garage door hardware

That same month, I also upgraded my garage door with just $10. It was an easy, quick, and inexpensive way to spruce up my home’s curb appeal.

dog friendly patio

The deck was another story. My goal was to make the deck pet-friendly, which meant to basically rebuild the entire railing.

diy deck railing

This project was labor-intensive and long, but I finished just in time for summer. Below is a picture of the deck when I bought the house.

diy deck makeover

quick bathroom refresh

My small bathroom refresh happened in August. I painted the walls, bought new accessories, and added a board and batten.

DIY board and batten

guest room storage

In October, I took on the guest room. I added new furniture, rug, storage, and accessories.

diy art shelf

I also built this art ledge and made the macrame wall hanging.

DIY macrame wall art

diy garage floor paintThis project began on Labor Day… and boy, did I labor. The garage got a total makeover, and at times, the task seemed overwhelming. I painted the floor and added lots of DIY  wall storage and shelves.

DIY garage wall storage

diy garage storage

I really don’t have much to complain about. The year 2016 was good to me and my family. We were healthy, we always had food on the table, the kids did incredibly well in school (college), I became a mother-in-law and a Citizen of the United States, and I voted for the first time in my life.

Thank you so much for following along on my journey. I’m so thankful for your encouragement and support, and hope you’ll continue with me on this journey in the new year.

I wish each of you a wonderful ending to 2016, and I’ll see you in 2017!