This project was hard. The End. But this portion I am sharing with you today, was not hard. This version is simple and you can finish this project in a day which will be mainly dry time. It turned out so fabulously that I am fairly certain I will repeat it a few more times! Next time it will be so much easier to do, since I feel like I truly figured out the process this go around, and perfected it. Now you guys can do this too and can skip the 17 versions I completed that didn't work, not even a little bit... yay for that!
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I taped off my concrete tube form using ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape at the 20" mark, from either end, so that I would have an easy to see guide for my table height. Then using a large drill bit, I drill pilot holes close to my tape lines so that I could start my jig saw with ease. Simply cut around the tape line on both sides to cut your form to size using a jig saw (easiest for me) or a circular saw if you prefer.
I traced around the inside of my concrete tube form to set my table top size appropriately, and then cut them out using my jig saw.
I used self tapping screws to attach my top to the form sitting just inside the lip of the form.
Mix your concrete resurfacer with water according to the instructions on the package. Use your handy dandy mixer attachment on a very low and slow speed to mix your material. You want to end up with a consistency that is something like really thick pancake batter for this to work how it should.
Use your Masonry Brush and paint on a thin layer of the concrete resurfacer. Once you have covered the base, use your trowel to cover the top (this is much easier than trying to use the brush for the top for some reason) and smooth a bit.
Allow it to dry partially (about 70%) then sand smooth. Be careful not to sand off your thin layer of concrete. If you need to touch up, this is the time to do so while your material is still wet enough. If you want to add a thick layer of concrete, do this in steps with thin layers each time, and work your way up. If you layer too soon you will have that experience of accidentally wiping off your first layer as you attempt to add on to it.
Allow your tables to completely cure for 24 hours or the recommended time on the package. Once dry you are ready to tape and paint!
Be sure to choose a paint color with a bit of a sheen to help seal any unfinished edges on the tube form. This will also help the tables weather a bit better. Give the edges and the bottom inch of the underside a very good coat or two of your paint.
I used a foam brush, since they grab quite a bit of paint, and used a stippling motion (pouncing) since the tables have quite a bit of texture. I worked my way around making sure to hit every single nook and cranny. I only did one coat, but I did a very good thick single coat.
I like to remove my tape right away but this is a personal preference and not a requirement! For me it helps to know if I have made an error before I put my painting supplies away, so I 'check' my work early...
I would recommend a water seal spray of some sort if you live in a wet climate, just to be sure you don't have exposed cardboard around the bottom. Otherwise enjoy!
Love, love, love these beauties and they are very light weight too! Easy to pick up and move around but sturdy enough for outdoor use! Though I'm thinking indoor use would be fabulous too.
This post brought to you by TIKI Brand®. All opinions are 100% mine.
I had a funny (or not so funny, really) experience recently... it involved a giant jug of bubbles and a fire sculpture... ask me who won? I wasn't me, that's for certain, at least not at first. It seems that the soapy ingredient in bubbles, mixed with water, doesn't create the perfect environment for fire, or fire related ambiance... who knew? Let's just say that I'm quite surprised and utterly thrilled that my Tiki Brand Fire Sculpture not only survived, but thrived even... after a decent amount of cleanup and some major drying out, of course. eek...
Remember when I published 2 outdoor living decor options, here and here? Well I am super duper excited to say that one of these looks is very much under way! My outdoor space is so important to me since I adore being outdoors, but you guys... I have never actually had a real grown up outdoor space! I was having trouble deciding on which color scheme to go with, right up until I realized I have two separate and distinct outdoor spaces... duh! I can do both! yahoo!
The first space I am tackling will be the living space with sofa and chairs and it will have the pink, peach, red and purple color scheme you see above along with the furniture... yay! The Tiki Brand Fire Sculpture will live in this space too and is the perfect addition to add a bit of that relaxing vacationy vibe I hope to achieve! Now I just need to settle on a rug or two (layering is cool) and get this party started. No really, like actually started...
You can purchase the bad boys (TIKI Brand Fire Sculptures) at The Home Depot or follow TIKI Brand on Facebook, and of course they are well priced at between $50-$100. This replace the more traditional idea of a series of small tiki torches and acts as a fabulous piece of decor as well! Now I will get real with you for a quick minute. I am actually terrified of fire. So suffice to say that putting this together (the cleaning it up) and getting it lit were a bit of the scary side for me. It was one of those band-aid moments where you just need to rip that thing off and dive right in, and of course it was so simple and not scary in the least. Always works out like that, but at least initially I was petrified when my husband was out of town and I had to do this myself! yikes.. but seriously easy peasy. I have included a short video showing just how easy it was, yay! enjoy...
Those cords dangling down make me cringe, just looking at them... It's one of the most nagging tasks on my 'to-do list' this year. Truthfully, my homeward bound tasks far outnumber the hours in a day and the weeks in a year, but I plan on tackling as many as I can, one project at a time.
Does the New Year put things in perspective for you? It sure does for me, and shedding off the old year makes my need to refine, fix, and perfect only that much greater. If I were to share EVERY project on my 'get er done' list with you, this would be a very long article indeed, so I thought I might share some of my most pressing project needs for my Master Bedroom, with all of you!
You see I spend most of my time in my room. The baby sleeps in here with us, my monster mash boy plays in here, I work in here... in other words, we basically only leave to gather food and drink and promptly return to this space. When there are projects that need doing in this particular place, they have a way of staring you down, day in and day out until someone decides to pull the plug and tackle the job. This of coure usually means me since the mister is rarely home and when he is he could care less about unruly cords and a headboard.
In all the excitement around these parts lately I haven't mentioned that I got myself a new bed... a bigger bed, which means my gorgeous hand built bed of yore no longer works.... Also because I am currently without a footboard, my sheets continuously slide down toward the end of the bed, which is maddening I tell you. I have got to get going on a new replacement and soon before I completely lose my mind!
This wall, poor lonely thing that it is, needs some serious TLC. A few of you may have already noticed a few changes that have taken place here, but in all honesty I am feeling like it's back to the drawing board and none of those changes will stay! Eek!
This project was completed almost a year ago when I originally began working on my Master and then promptly began having morning sickness...ugh. I was working with a budget back then and even though I am still working on a budget, I plan to upgrade this wall a tad to reflect my original plans more closely.
I have a lot to work on in this one single solitary space, so if you can imagine that EVERY room in my house needs this much lovin' you might be able to fathom the number of projects that actually need to happen this year. It's enough to make you gag on your lunch, but it should be a good time trying to actually do a few of these and I can tell you it will be a much easier job well done with all the proper tools... Like this set for example. Can I get a yahoo for interchangeable Lithium Ion batteries? YAHOO!!!
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Each year as the summer winds to a close, I begin my journey into what will soon be fall and I start to daydream of far off places I would love to experience. Wheat fields and seafoam sprayed beaches with wine and cheese as far as they eye can see... *Sigh* ... but since that isn't going to happen any time soon, perhaps a Provence themed outdoor (or indoor) living space and entertaining venue will do the trick! One Kings Lane is hosting a fabulous sale in partnership with Martha Stewart (and me of course) featuring all things Entertaining and Provence at the forefront! Yahoo!
Please click over and peruse this amazing event's wares, and as usual, this sale and all links in this article are sponsored links by One Kings Lane, and benefit me financially when you click over to browse. To join is free (and easy) and well worth the discounts you will receive (I'm biased of course, but love this site regardless), and if you would like an invitation, just holler (affiliate link, duh).
I hope you enjoy this little outdoor party as much as I do, perhaps one day I will actually get to see this place in person, for now, I can accessorize as if I'm there!
As I mentioned in this post, with baby on the way, not many 'actual' projects have been getting done around here... But, I have been doing my fair share of shopping in the meantime. Gal's gotta keep busy, right? One of the many problem areas of my home is the extreme heat we face in the backyard each summer. With temperatures in my regions climate starting to climb, this has been a looming concern for the last couple of months.
Since we are currently renting our casa, building a permanent structure, like this, is out of the question. With the occasionally very windy day, a ready-made version of a gazebo, like this, becomes problematic as well, not to mention our patio is just a tad too large for one to suffice, and so there's that... We would need 2 and really have no way to secure them adequately.
The cantilevered umbrella seems to be a very viable option except that the price point puts most of them well beyond reach and I still need 2 to provide enough shade to make the backyard sufferable.
Then I found these gorgeous specimens at IKEA... Sold! $200 for a pair, plus the cost of pavers to provide proper weight for the bases, about $16, and I am still coming in at a fraction of the cost of just one cantilevered umbrella from another retailer! Score!
Ask me how long it took me to send the hubs down to the nearest IKEA to get these beauties? About 5 seconds... yep! done and done! I chose the white variety since the fabric is washable and I think white tenting and umbrellas look quite resort-chic... LOVE them.
We have had rain for a week now, and while the temps have been mild and the sun is at least currently shining again... I have a case of spring fever like you wouldn't believe! I can't think of anything but backyard bbq's and afternoons in the hamock with family and friends!
This outdoor dinnerware from Target pretty much sums up my imagined sunny dispostion (since truthfully I have morning sickness like you wouldn't believe, and it's definitely more like a cloudy day here than a sunny backyard fun day).
Our backyard is about the size of a dollar bill... but somehow that doesn't make it exempt from a winter thrashing. It doesn't snow here, but the trees... those trees... they lose a lot of leaves.
I'm all about a fabulous garden bed, but I never seem to have the extra funds to purchase the ingredients necessary to make it fabulous in the way my mind imagines. I see organic top soil, raised perimeters, automatic drip lines to every single plant, mulch, mulch, and more mulch dancing in my head.
But nope, around these parts we are lucky to get a soaker hose that is long enough to do half the yard at a time and the smallest amount of composted soil you can imagine.
This year our uber tiny 'composting pot' has finally begun to pay off (a little bit). Of course that is probably because it was ever only an accidental compost pot and really only came into being because the plant I had in there croaked (what's new).
When your backyard can hardly hold any plants, much less a large compost bin or compost area, you need to get creative and that is precisely what this pot represents. My extreme creativity (kidding...kind of)! I drilled some holes in the sides to allow for airflow and I add soil or manure in a thin layer on top every so often. It's worked beautifully except, for the fact that I can't seem to convince Mr. TDC that you can't just throw in an entire head of cabbage and have it work quickly. Ugh. I also can't seem to convince the dogs not to climb in (and get stuck, which is pretty funny sometimes) and strew egg shells around. But whatyagonnado but make do?
The first task in this winter dig out was to spread the leaves around evenly. Weird you might think? Well perhaps but when you can't purchase a few yards of mulch and you don't have a traditional composting site, composting in place and ammending your soil in a non traditional manner become your only hope!
While I was busy spreading the wealth on the opposite side of the yard, the Mr. and the Boy got to work clearing our 'not so successful' food growing planter. Some of you might remember the year I planted millions of seeds (ok slight exaggeration) and only 2 things grew which I couldn't even identify.... *sigh* so goes the life of a brown thumbed gardener! Then there was the ginormous tomato plant that grew last year that I actually never planted. So this year required some clearing of rocks and, run away tomatoes that managed to get away from us once the cold set in (for a day).
**I would just like to note that it's a rare day when the Mr actually joins in with the DIY movement I have single handedly decided we were joining and promoting in this household. He is not the DIY type (just not his thing) and so this was a very special treat... that probably won't have a repeat affair.
Once the rocks were out and the tomatoes picked over, we actually set our makeshift perimeter into place a bit better. We just used untreated 2x4 scraps I had in my 'lumber yard' and didn't even bother to connect or attach them to each other. We are renters in this house, so anything we do must be of the non permanent type. Since the perimeter is really only to raise the bed a tad and keep toddler toes from trampling, this works fabulously.
To continue along that path of non permanent changes, we switched out the head on the single drip line for this section, to a sprinkling variety. This is not the best solution for watering but is the only solution when you need to water a larger area than a single plant and you aren't able to do actual 'yard construction'. To change out the head you simply remove and replace, it's so simple. Once the watering was set we added a left over bag of seeding soil (typically meant for grass starter, but it's what we had on hand) to the mix and a partial bag of manure (super nutritious and definitely cheap!) and we were ready to roll for planting any seeds or vegetables (which probably won't grow anyhow) and in the meantime the bed looks clean and neat!
Meanwhile on the other side of the yard (all 30 feet away), I brought out my scrap paper from a project I worked on earlier in the week and put it to good use laying it over the top of the leaves. This will degrade in a couple of weeks and add some much needed organic matter to my very clay filled soil, and in the meantime it will provide a bit of weed prevention! Win win... You can also use newspaper or cardboard for this purpose and it's a fabulous way to prep your beds for future function. Mine has killed 8 plants in the period of a year due to complete and utter suffocation so amending this clay is an absolute must! Not to mention it's the pits trying to weed dry clay hard soil. It would be easier bulldoze the whole area and begin again. Of course that isn't an option so paper layering it shall have to be!
Once the paper was generally spread and moderately even throughout, I covered it with a layer of manure and a bit of top soil. This top layer will help hold the paper in place and also act to help it compost well by breaking it down more quickly.
While we were testing the drip line to be sure the spray was set properly in the vegetable bed, we noticed a bit of a leak in another bed. Eek!
The Mr had the genius idea of digging it out and inserting a drip line into the leaking section of the main line (so smart...) and of course switching the head to.... wait for it.... a sprinkling head so I don't have to water by hand! Yahoo... and while he was at it, he swapped out the adjacent head as well so now the entire bed is well covered and automatic! I couldn't tell you how happy I am to have a self watering section of the yard that is in full crazy hot sun. I kill plants on a regular basis here because I forget to water them... oops! I'm a terrible plant mom.
Now I just need to amend the soil in this bed and the perimeter beds and tidy them up a bit (aka replace the stuff I've killed) and we are in pretty good shape for a few months (I hope).
It’s no secret that my yard is tiny. I ramble on about it constantly, and yet I am appreciative of my teeny tiny space because it has everything I need, or at least it will when I am finished with it. In my mind it’s an outdoor living space to die for, and each little project I complete gets me one step closer to making that dream a reality!
There are two things I have never experienced. Ever… One of those things is an Outdoor Rug. I’m curious if any of you have actually ever seen or felt an outdoor rug, felt being the operative word here because it’s really something I now understand that you must see to believe, or in this case experience. I’m not sure what I thought it would be like, but I can say for certain I didn’t think it would be anything like it actually is.
I feel truly blessed and so completely appreciative that Sawgrass Mills Outdoor Rugs allowed me the opportunity to test out one of their best sellers!
As a designer, I am a firm believer that a rug and curtains truly put the finishing touches on a room. Those are the items that until you add them to your room, your room will not seem complete. Some people believe it’s the accessories, but my experience is that it’s the textiles that really do make the transformation what it is. This is ultimately the case for an outdoor space as well.
My Monster Mash loves to play outside, and loves to dig in the sand. He actually loves to dig in the dirt, but the sand will do for him when he gets tired of splinters and bugs or when I put my foot down and insist that my vegetable garden is not his dirt garden and the digging and drowning of my plants needs to stop! But we have the tiniest yard on the planet (true story) and his sandbox is a rather large variety with an attached table bench combo and coordinating umbrella and stand. This is fabulous for him and not so fabulous for me or the remaining space left in the yard. I will say that having multiple functions combined in one is convenient and it does help with shade since in addition to have the tiniest yard on the planet we also seem to have the hottest yard on the planet with temps in my region reaching near 110 in the summer and a south facing yard with little to no trees. It’s a recipe for sun damaged skin and playtime disaster! So I have decided that I’m ok with having a little yard as long as I can satisfy all of my needs in the tiny space and in this particular instance that means finding a place for my boy’s sandbox to live, that doesn’t take up precious outdoor living space or interfere with my gardening needs. And so, a portion of the grass landing strip must go… A dedication will be made and a home for the sandbox will be created! Which is actually kind of nice since it reduces mowing, watering, and part of the lawn drainage issue this particular yard seems to have! See everyone’s happy…
We dragged the sandbox onto the portion of grass that would be dedicated to it, a while back to “try it out” and see how it would work. It worked beautifully except the grass that wasn’t suffocated by it, got a little out of hand and you can’t exactly weed whack around and under the table portion without moving the sandbox… This was a problem, have you ever tried to move a ginormous sandbox? Not so easy… Besides doing it on a regular basis was not going to be a very viable long term solution so we decided to find something that would solve the problem more permanently without incurring a crazy expense or doing something permanent to a yard that isn’t actually ours.
Our options might have been to raise the grass (dig it out), pavers, mulch or bark, gravel, none of which seemed like they were solutions that worked for our budget, level of dedication we cared to contribute, or for a toddler to play easily in and around. Gravel and bark may have kept the grass and weeds at bay, but those are double edged swords with scraped knees and bug problems that tend to arise where bark and gravel are concerned…not to mention a much more expensive solution than we were hoping for.
We emptied out the sandbox by shoveling the sand and the bazillion million toys that were mixed in with it, into some large empty pots I had on hand. I also recovered several measuring spoons and kitchen utensils that I had been wondering about… now I will know where to look next time they go missing!
You can see how out of hand the surrounding grass became and how well the sandbox did away with the grass underneath. Mr. TDC got to work with the weed whacker… One battery charge later we had taken the grass down to a short layer.
Monster Mash can’t pass up an opportunity to get in on the projecting action… like mommy like son! Mr. TDC could quite frankly live a very happy life without any projecting at all, but not us…MM and I, we need a few projects in the works at all times… And boy oh boy does he love to get some use out of his “measure”! He’s just so good at it too, and always lets me know that the item weighs 60 pounds according to his measure.
Off to the store we went to figure out how to finish this project without spending any money. Of course the answer to that is always no… and so we opted for the least expensive route instead. The edging shown in the image below blended best with the existing edging in the yard and came with all of the stakes required and the shortest amount of the edging that was purchasable, since we only needed 8’ of it. I used my Miter Saw to cut it in half down to the 8’ I needed which leaves me 8’ left over for another project in the future!
The directions suggest unrolling and flattening it out. As you can see MM found another use for it in the process since flattening this stuff out was not really going to happen, at least not that I could tell. The perfect racetrack for his racing cars!
Using your shovel you need to make a V shaped small trench. In my yard the soil/clay is usually moist so digging isn’t tough, but there is a high frequency of rock to be found so occasionally you hit a rough patch, literally. This adventure was no exception, every 2 feet a rock would throw a wrench in the plans, but all told this portion took maybe 20 minutes, not bad at all. Like I said, this stuff had no desire to do what it was told, regardless of how much flattening was attempted!
Using the stakes included, you simply pin down the edging and hammer down into place. With the circular nature of this stuff it became easier to force it into a relatively straight line if we staggered the pins back and forth, placing every other pin in the opposite direction… one on the right, one on the left, one on the right, one on the left, you get the picture. This helped keep it from bowing in an arc like it secretly wanted to do. Filling the dirt mud in on either side of the edging is ultimately what kept it straight and upright. All that weight transference and counter pressure stuff, you know!
After pricing out materials to cover this area with, we concluded that since most of the sand in the sandbox ends up outside the box anyhow, that perhaps when you can’t beat em’ you should join em’ and so sand around the box was the best solution for us. This was also hands down the least expensive solution and one that wouldn’t cause a problem with scraped knees or bug infestations like bark has a tendency to do in these parts with our friend the ant. For the sandbox itself, we use Play Sand which is cleaned and carefully packaged to provide a safe and clean sand castle building environment for the kiddos, but for the surrounding area this would begin to add up in cost since a bag of play sand is a bit over $4 per bag. The All Purpose sand however is under $3 per bag and has a more coarse consistency which would help it stay put and was perfect for our needs!
5 bags later we were back in business and while we knew it would settle a ton after the first rain it lives through, and that we would likely need to replenish it then, we were finished for the most part, with this simple little fix! We just poured the bags in a willy nilly kind of pattern and raked it into place. We really needed another bag or 2 to fill in a few areas that were a bit lower to allow for draining in it’s former life as part of our lawn, but since rain was on the horizon for the next day, we figured it could wait and we would save ourselves some time by filling in once we knew how much it would settle and how many total bags we would need! The image below is an update on the sand after the first rain, you can see that the edges nearest the patio settled quite a bit and we will need to fill in there now, but overall this has actually made a huge impact on the yard and how ‘put together’ it seems now. Strange…I didn’t expect that result but there you have it! The total cost of this quick little project was around $25 and with 2 more bags of sand needed to fill in a bit, that puts our grand total at under $30 for this transformation. I have to say the beachy feel it’s given the yard is rather exciting and I can’t wait to show you pictures of how this fits into my plans for the yard as a whole! I have many more projects on my outdoor to do list, and I will share my progress with you along the way. One small step a time and my house will become a home!
This Fabulous Memorial Day Weekend has me in completely immersed in summertime splendor. Of course no summer season would be complete without the backyard bbq! I am so excited to be having a bit of a small shindig myself this very fine day while my family is visiting and I plan to pull out all the stops and make it larger than life with the small details… it’s always in the details isn’t it?
Meat is most likely a staple, but the side dishes, drinks, and desserts are where the fun begins!