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IDEAS
UNDER
$20
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STEP-BY-STEP

ATTRACT
BIRDS &
BUTTERFLIES
ON A BUDGET

BOOST
CURB
APPEAL
THIS WEEKEND

ORGANIZE
YOUR
KITCHEN
WHAT
TO DO WITH

FLEA
FINDS
Summer 2016

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SUMMER 2016
FEATURES
48

SITTING PRETTY
Elevate your porch with furniture
makeovers, hardy plants, and a
swoon-worthy swing.

78

COLOR WAVE
Bring dreamy soft hues to walls,
fabrics, furniture, and more with
layers of thinned paint and dye.

56

IN FULL BLOOM
Flower power is back! Easy
decorating projects combine
classic blossoms with the latest
tools and techniques.

88

THE HOUSE THAT JEN BUILT


Inside and out, this Ohio
homestead celebrates personal
style, flea market savvy, and
gracious hosting.

ABOUT FACE
Boost your homes curb appeal
this weekend with projects for
windows, walkways, gardens,
front doors, and containers.

100

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FOR THE BIRDS


Attract feathered friends with the
best feeders, baths, and plants.
And dont miss our bonus picks
for bees and butterflies.

let's
be FRIENDS.
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SUMMER 2016

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DEPARTMENTS
TRY IT
Celebrate in style by decking
your dining table with a
summery centerpiece.

34

HANDY GIRL
Show your outdoor spaces
some summer loving with
expert maintenance advice.

14

ORDER IN THE HOUSE


Optimize your kitchen and
pantry with organizers you
can buy, hack, or make.

38

19

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, youll achieve a curated
look with our start-to-finish
guide to displaying art.

24

32

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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ALSO
4
7
108

TREND SITING
Create a style oasis with
cactus-inspired products.
IN THIS ISSUE
ON BHG.COM/DIY
EDITORS LETTER
RESOURCES

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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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PRETTY!

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
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FOR STEP-BY-STEP
INSTRUCTIONS.

LIGHT THE NIGHT

DIY DISTRESSING

BUBBLY WALL ART

HEAD OUTDOORS

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 dont 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. Youll
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 completeand the
result is warm and one-of-a-kind!

FROM THE EDITOR

PORTRAIT MARTY BALDWIN

Its 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 Sondheims lyrics from the


musical Company come to mind as I
survey this issues 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
voil!youre 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 Charbonneauxs
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.

TRY IT

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 cup of matte decoupage
medium with 23 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 youre 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.

Scan here to
learn more.

Did you know that one


pint of Old Masters
Gel Stain can stain an
entire fiberglass door,
including side lights?
Old Masters Gel Stain
is your only choice for
fiberglass doors.

USE LESS STAIN.

myoldmasters.com
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MEMORY LANE Create a keepsake of favorite vacations by putting the postcards


youve 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 containers base with a pencil, then
measure out 1 inch and draw a second, larger circle (A). Drill holes slightly smaller than
the branches every inch around the outer circle. Cut branchesours vary from 20 to
28 inches longand 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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ORDER IN THE HOUSE

A CUT
ABOVE

Buy, hack, or make from scratch


these super-sharp kitchen storage solutions.
PROJECTS CHRISTY BROKENS PHOTOGRAPHS JASON DONNELLY WORDS SARAH WOLF

make it

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KNIFE HOLDER

Make your own knife


holder with a handful
of brass screws and
washers, three pieces
of 810-inch pine,
and -inch plexiglass
sheeting (also called
polycarbonate).
TIP: We bought ours
precut to 810 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
nishing washer between the plexiglass and the
wood to allow space for the knife blades. Place
another nishing washer under the screwhead
for a decorative touch. Hand-screw everything
tightly in place.

CORK BAG CLIPS

HANGING SYSTEM

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
ap of a just-opened
bag of chips, our,
shredded coconut,
marshmallows
you name it.

IKEAs 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

hack it

buy it

buy it
MODULAR TRAYS Rather than riing through big boxes lled 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.

make it

DOWNLOAD THESE PRINTABLE


LISTS AT BHG.COM/FREELISTS.

MINI CLIPBOARDS Create your own color-coordinated clipboards by tracking down some 1 8-inch

plywood plaques at a crafts store. (Ours came 512 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 solutiona 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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hole
in one
USE THE HOLES IN THE MAGAZINE
hack it

FILES FOR DRINKING STRAWSOR


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 containers contents
without having to scrape of gummy adhesive.
Theyre also safe for microwave, freezer, and
dishwasher. $10 for a starter kit; organize.com

buy it

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 Heres


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

buy it

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 arent
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
5

$100; worx.com

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 nish. $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;

10

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blackanddecker.com
8 Collect waste for
composting in your
freezer. Made to t
securely on a freezer
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ips inside out to
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12 Constructed from
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12

13

14

13 Make your own


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23 WamBam fencing
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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
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surface. Insty-Drive
Tapered Drill Bit and
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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.

BHG.COM/DIY

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 112 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 partners help,
carefully stand up the ladder,
and attach the other ladder
section to the shelf. Place a
13 strip of salvaged wood
diagonally across the back
of the unit. Drive a 1-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.

DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016 25

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

Screw eyes
have a closed
circular eye on
one end and a

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WHAT TO
LOOK FOR
IN A LADDER

BHG.COM/DIY

STABILITY
Sturdy ladders
turn into stable
projects, so pass
on anything thats
brittle or wobbly.

QUALITY
Inspect the entire
ladder before you
buy it to make sure
it doesnt 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
-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


at, steady rungs
if youre building a
shelf so your items
dont slip and slide.

SIZE Bring a
tape measure, and
note key specs
height, width,
and distance
between rungs.

DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016 27

Ask a local glass store to


cut a piece of tempered glass
to fit your tables 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
1-inch finish nails. Sand
all surfaces. Attach four
casters to the bottom of the
table: Use a -inch drill bit
to make -inch-deep pilot
holes; install the casters
with -inch lock washers
and 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 -inch-thick piece
of tempered glass for
the tabletop.

WHERE
TO FIND
LADDERS

28 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

FLEA MARKETS
With a large
selection of
vendors to choose
from, youre
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 dont
see the need for an
old step stool.

HOME
IMPROVEMENT
STORES
Find stepladders
here. When you
buy new, you
know theyre 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 isnt 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 18 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 1-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 12 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;
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30 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

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Mist and apply on hot sunny days
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WHAT WE LOVE
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WHAT WE LOVE

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10

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11 WERNER
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The airless sprayer


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WHAT IT DOES The

heavy-duty ladder
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WHAT WE LOVE

WHAT WE LOVE

The sprayer can


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The sections can be


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DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016 33

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. Whats my yearly maintenance to-do?

DEAR HANDY GIRL,

DEAR READER, For year-round


ease of usea little summer cooking
even in the middle of winternothing
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 theres no spark, your
pressure regulator (check your owners
manual for location) might not be
tight enough.

LOOKING

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
dontthats 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 ITS 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.

WATER MIXTURE
BRUSHED ONTO
A LINE, YOU
HAVE ONE.

FOUR Trowel additional mortar in


place to ll the gaps around the brick.
Let dry as directed.
IF ITS 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 rmly in place and level with the
surrounding patio.

34 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

Keeps Paint Out.


Keeps Lines Sharp.

DEAR HANDY GIRL,

I dont mind that my


lawn isnt perfectly
green, but last year it
looked so ragged and
was filled with weeds.
What can I do?

WHATS 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 bestyoull catch grass
when it hits its growing stridebut early
fall is also a good time. Its also easier to
aerate if the ground isnt dry. While you
can aerate every year, youll be OK with
an every-other-year schedule.
HOW DO I AERATE? There are two
types of aeratingspike or plug. Spike
pushes holes into the ground, while
plug removes small sections of soil.
Plug aerators are generally considered
a better approach. If youre 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 soils
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 spreaderwhile
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 shapea few
nicks and scratches
here and therebut
yikes is it faded.
What can I do?
DEAR HANDY GIRL,

EASY REMOVAL

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, heres 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 glaziers 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 manufacturers 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 its 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 washers
intense pressure can cause damage in
inexperienced hands. And the dry time
can be days. If youre 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 decks
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 stains
in good shape, you can probably use
just a clear finish. If the wood is older,
youll 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.

36 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

THE EPA
WATERSENSE
LABEL INDICATES
A PRODUCT THAT
HAS UNDERGONE
INDEPENDENT
CERTIFICATION TO
HELP SAVE WATER,
ENERGY, AND

WATER SMARTS

Water fewer days


but water slowly and
deeply. That way the
water soaks down to
the roots of the plants.

DEAR HANDY GIRL,

Id 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.
Heres 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


wont 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 plantsnot paved surfaces?
PLAN WELL. Water before 10 a.m.
or after 6 p.m. when its cooler, so less
water will escape in the air. Monitor
temperatures, too. Cooler days mean
that plants require less water to thrive.

IF YOUR AREA ALLOWS


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ART-ARRANGING GUIDE

FIND IT.
FRAME IT.
HANG IT.
Get a curatednot clumsylook. 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 tidyperfect
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 12
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.

BHG.COM/DIY

how to install a gridded art arrangement


Step A Cut kraft paper to
the areas 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
youre 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. Its a chic collage look that has a similar effect
to one big piece but can cost less. Mix in more than framed
piecesa serving dish, a stencil, or an unframed canvasto keep
the look from falling at. Use the rooms accessories to inspire
your displays palette. Place the biggest piece rst, at about eye
level, then work remaining items around it. Position art not far
above the sofas 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
wires 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 nd 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
anking art. Migrate art
beyond the sofa; let
it ow 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

HOLD STILL

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
detailquirky Aunt
Rubys 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
displaylike the bench,
umbrella stand, and
sconce herefor a
dovetailed design.
Metallic-tone frames in
another shape also add
visual interest.
.

ON
DISPLAY

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 2030inch piece, plus an $8
cutting fee.) Use a whole
sheet of marbled paper
($4.75/2030-inch
sheet; papermojo.com)
or trim it into shapes.
Using a -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.

42 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

Try placing these


between acrylic
sheets: historic
maps, childrens 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 nd
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.

IN LINE
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 anglegreat for
hanging art in stairwells.
2 The BLACK & DECKER
BULLSEYE AUTO
LEVELING LASER WITH
STUD SENSOR (BDL190S)

($50; homedepot.com)
nds 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
looksbespoke (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 1inch pine lattice molding
(89 cents/linear foot;
homedepot.com). And the
tramp art version grafts
124-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, at 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.

44 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

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 Aleenes 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 1-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 canttapping tiny brads into
sawtooth hangers, sliding glaziers push
points into frames, and pulling wire taut
after its 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 wont 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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DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016 45

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 items weight.
And know the type of wall you haveplaster, drywall, or masonry. Soon youll 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
1-inch (4d) finishing nail
supports most lightweight
pictures.

46 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

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 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)

10

12 NO-TOOL HANGER

11

Press into - or 58-inch


drywall (not studs), no
tools needed, and it
holds up to 30 pounds.
(EZ-Push Shield Hanger,
$5.99; ooks.com)

12

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.

BHG.COM/DIY

DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016 49

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
swings 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 appliqus 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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DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016 51

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 exible
plastic molding around a tabletop, creating a -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 manufacturers 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.

52 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

Sunny-side up
A TRIO OF HANGING
POTS LENDS COLOR AND
CURB APPEAL TO THIS
BUNGALOW. SELECT
PLANTS APPROPRIATE FOR
THE LOCATIONTHESE
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 theyre 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 wont 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.

BHG.COM/DIY

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

DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016 55

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

56 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

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 whats 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 walland add valuable


storage spaceby 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.

58 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

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

childs 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 1010-inch pieces of -inch
maple-veneer MDF
Nine 211 8-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 berboard (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
owers to nish.

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DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016 61

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

62 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

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.

C D

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 nish (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 decalsstems, thorns,
leaves, and budscomes 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 ower 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 66-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


owers with this 69-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 owers.
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 2014
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 58-foot rug); $1,009 (7 9-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 98-inch archival
print on cotton rag paper;
society6.com/ajlim

9. SWEET SHARER This distressed


2415-inch shutter is a fine substitute
for the vintage version used in our wall
organizer project (see page 58). Its
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 7375

PROJECT EXTERIOR We removed the irreparable, lavished time on the xable, and

installed simple DIY add-ons. New shrubs, perennials, and mulch set the tone for the
landscaping, while container plantings ll in until the foundation plantings mature.
66 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

Turn away from a lackluster exterior.


Steer your homes curb appeal in a
more attractive direction with a few
cost-effective weekend projects.

BEFORE Our 1948 ranchs 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 upgradesand an
unfortunate sewer line replacement that left
our front yard a muddy messwe 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 dads 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 weve gotten lead us to
believe that others can now see what we knew
all along: This is a home thats well-loved and
cared for by the people who live hereus!

1 FRET NOT Decorative railings featuring intricate fretwork add architectural detail to a boring stoop. We used a mix of

pressure-treated 66s, 24s, 22 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.
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PLANTING TIPS

Take gardening expert


Kate Carter Fredericks
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 44 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.

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3 CLIMB HIGH

Obelisksbuilt from 22s


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 berclay planter with
at sides from corner to
corner on adjacent sides
for an asymmetric look. We
lled 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
14 cedar
boards
16 cedar
boards
12 cedar
boards
Compound
miter saw
Hammer drill
Kreg K4
Master System
(kregtool.com)
1-inch

coarse Kreg
screws
Hand sander
and 120-grit
sandpaper
Brad nailer
Paintable caulk
Oil-base primer
Exterior paint
Masonry bit
3161-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 14 and two 16s to make
a 14-inch-wide shutter for our
28-inch-wide window.) Cut the
14 and 16 boards to the height
of your window using a compound
miter saw.
Step 2 Using the Kreg K4 Master
System, drill pocket holes every
68 inches across one long side
of each 16 plank (C). Edge-join
the 16 boards to either side of the
14 using 1-inch Kreg screws (D).
Sand the front and edges.

6 BOXED UP We built
a window box from 112
cedar planks using the Kreg
K4 Master System. Hide
pocket holes on the inside
when possible; ll holes
with wood plugs when
you cant. Drill holes for
drainage. Applysealer to
protect the wood. Hang
with 8-inch corner braces.
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Step 3 Cut the 12 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
its 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
SHOULDNT BE EDGEJOINED.

7 WALK THIS WAY Versatile 48-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 -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
PATHWAYS WIDTH TO
AVOID EXCESSIVE CUTS.
A COMFORTABLE
WIDTH IS AT LEAST
3 FEET.

BRICK BY BRICK
8

Inexpensive 48inch Holland pavers


take on many looks.

8 NUMBER OFF

Make a modern house


plaque: Trim a 18 cedar
board to the desired width.
Using a brad nailer, attach
11-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.

BASKET-WEAVE

Place pavers in alternating


vertical and horizontal
pairs for a vintage look.

9 YOUVE GOT MAIL

Outside, its a run-ofthe-mill mailbox. Inside,


its 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 ll 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; ll to the
little easier.
string with crushed stone.
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SAND To level sand, pull


a board across 1-inch PVC
pipes. Remove the pipes,
and ll the holes.

PAVERS Plastic paver


edging holds pavers in
place. Set the soldier rows
rst, then ll 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.

10

DOWNLOAD THE DESIGN


FOR THIS WELCOME MAT.
CRICUT.COM/DIYMAGAZINE
B

how to stencil
a welcome mat
MATERIALS
Natural-ber doormat
Cricut Explore die-cutting machine
Vinyl for die-cutting machine
Exterior paint samples
34-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

11

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 ll the designs
with varying combos of
seven exterior paint colors.
(We used leftover paint
from the shutters and
obelisks, plus ve Behr
sample pots, which can be
used outdoors.)

Step 2 Place the stencil at the


doormats center. Apply paint to ll
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 ITS 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 homes


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 ve
tubes; hobbylinc.com) for our orbs.

76 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

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. Theyre
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
Waterproong Sealant. A quart is plenty
for small projects, such as window boxes.
Its 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

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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
landscapeno digging requiredwhile
diverting water away from your homes
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
its 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 portableno
air compressor needed. $199 (with
battery), $149 (without battery);
portercable.com

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WAVE

Just add water


to give dyes and
paints a mellow,
dreamy twist.
PROJECTS KATIE LEPORTE
PHOTOGRAPHS ADAM ALBRIGHT
WORDS HEIDI PALKOVIC

THIS PHOTO This ombr

wall nish 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 rst, then lay them at on your work surface. Use an artists paintbrush to paint thin lines of watered-down fabric
paint onto the surface. Dont worry if your lines are imperfectit 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 24INCH 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 48-foot sheets of -inch maple-veneer MDF into
1416-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 1624-inch base of -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 homes wide wraparound porch,
outtting it with multiple seating areascomplete with rugs
and throw pillows. The wood chair frame was $2.50, the
carved screen came from a local ea market for $20, and
the shell hangings are vintage nds from ea markets.

2 ITS A WEAVE The settee was purchased for $25for


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.

JEN
A Cleveland-area DIYer curates meaningful style that expresses
her artistic lan 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 machineadopting, making over, and
posting ea, 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 peoples,
she says. While the basis of her look is bohemian and
midcentury, shes not a slave to one particular era. I
like so many things, and Ill 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.
Its 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 nds
and creations replace those shes 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 Jens ability to let go and embrace
new favorite things, her home remains fresh and
fashionable. Thats the beauty of eaing 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 Jens 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 Jens


home are painted the
same shade of white. But
in the dining room, she
ipped the scheme
dressing two walls in a
bold oral paper and
coating the oor in a
glossy version of her
favorite white.

5 PERFECT FIT A

midcentury daybed (a
Craigslist score) nestles
perfectly into a window
bump-out in the dining
room, creating an inviting
spot for more of Jens
Moroccan textiles and
her miniature pinscher,
Ernesto.

6 HIGH TO LOW

Formerly a orist shops


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.

7 ART + CART A

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


nurseryouttted for
Jens toddler grandson
has walls dressed in
removable wallpaper
tiles. Jens 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.

10 ROBE REPURPOSE

11 STOW-N-GO

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
didnt 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 STEEPLEIS
3-D ARTWORK IN
JENS OFFICE.

12 LIGHT FANTASTIC Jen made the xture 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.
Denitely one of my all-time favorite projects.

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13 ONE PERSONS 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 bedrooms
window treatment.

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14 DRESS UP The
brackets supporting
Jens vanity table were
the porch railings on an
old local home being
demolished. I want to
use an old door on top,
but I havent 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 its
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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16 MR. PRESIDENT

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Jen and her husband,


Raymond, were picking
up a Craigslist purchase
when he fell for these
large presidential portraits.
I didnt think I wanted
them, but he said Are you
crazy? Im buying them!
Jen says. The owner told
the couple the pair had
hung in the auditorium of
a now-demolished school
in Cleveland. They didnt
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 beds headboard
is an old barn doorand
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 Jens 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.

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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

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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.

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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
didnt 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
friends deckthey 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.
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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.

24 TORCH LIGHT

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 Harrisons globe-trotting style.

1. ABSOLUTELY PRESIDENTIAL
Invite a few historic figures to your
walls with prints of official portraits.
Starting at $40 each for 912-inch
giclee prints; art.com

2. SOFT EDGES Jens collection


of pillows and textiles hails from
around the world. The Hunteds
Wool Multistripe Pom-Pom Pillows
have a similarly global feel and are
available in black, pink, yellow, blue,
turquoise, green, gray, and orange. $85
(1818-inch pillow); $95 (2020-inch
pillow); shopthehunted.com

3. FEATHERED FIND An African


Juju hat makes a showstopping art piece
in Jens 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 Jens 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 4020inch 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 1-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

-inch nut
6-inch-diameter round wooden
plaque
1-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 pots 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 114-inch-diameter
entry hole in the wooden plaque,
about 1 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 rmly 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
WORKTHE GELATIN ACTS
LIKE GLUE. OURS ARE ABOUT
2 TO 2 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.

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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
2-inch eyebolt
Four 1-inch fender washers
Four -inch locking washers
Two -inch nuts
Chicken feeder
Large nail and hammer
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 648-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
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PAGE 7
Stain for frame Classic Gray
Minwax; 800/523-9299; minwax
.com. Artwork Paperwork by Dennis
Athertonrepresented by Moberg
Gallery, Des Moines; 515/279-9191;
mobergeditions.com.
TRY IT
PAGES 813
Pages 89
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 botlesMod Podge by
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Adhesive and sealant productMod
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Spray Paint 53538Krylon
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Ink-jet printable fabric Printed
Treasures sew-on printer fabric
sheetsDritz; dritz.com. Plates
VietriTale of the Cod, Chatham,
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Page 13
Wood disks and round tree slices,
branches mitsumata, sold by the
bunch, glass 612-inch cylinder,
faux buteriesMichaels Stores,
Inc.; michaels.com.
ORDER IN THE HOUSE
PAGES 1417
Page 14
Laminated pine panels, plexiglass,
wood glue, brass nishing washers,
screwsHome 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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Pantry riser 3-Tier Acrylic Cabinet
OrganizerThe Container Store;
800/786-7315; containerstore.com.
Self-adhesive cork Real Cork
TapeDuck Brand; duckbrand.com.
WHAT TO DO WITH
PAGES 2430
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WineglassesTarget; target.com.
Wine rack, wood slicesWorld
Market; 877/967-5362; worldmarket
.com. White bowl with wood
trimT.J. Maxx; tjmaxx.com.
Pages 2627
TableTarget; target.com. Washer,
dryerSamsung; 800/726-7864;
samsungusa.com. Ironing board
Bed Bath & Beyond; 800/462-3966;
bedbathandbeyond.com.
Pages 2829
FoxGordmans; 800/456-7463;
gordmans.com (product line varies).
Lamp, pillowTarget; target.com.
JournalT.J. Maxx; tjmaxx.com.
Page 30
Mortar and pestle, dish towel, soap
dispenserTarget; target.com.
White ceramic pots, canister with
chalk labelGordmans; 800/4567463; gordmans.com (product line
varies). Yellow-tip utensils
T.J. Maxx; tjmaxx.com.
FIND IT. FRAME IT. HANG IT.
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Page 39
Black frames sold in set of seven
frames 50OFSET01S07CCraig
Frames; craigframes.com. Wallpaper
Origami in BoneSerena & Lily,
Inc.; 866/597-2742; serenaandlily
.com. Bedding Ramala Sky Blue
duvet cover and euro shams, Classic
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skirtPine Cone Hill; 877/5864771; pineconehill.com. Rug
Gradation Ticking Woven coton
rugDash & 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 CraigMinted, LLC; minted
.com. Nightstand End Table from the
Crossmill collection by Beter
Homes and GardensWal-Mart
Stores, Inc.; walmart.com. Flooring
COREtec 7-inch Wide Plank in
Ivory Coast White 50LVP705
USFloors, Inc.; 800/404-2675;
usoorsllc.com.
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Wall paint Cloudless SW6786
The Sherwin-Williams Co.;
800/474-3794; sherwin-williams
.com [P]. Lamp Caspian Sea
RJ-63223The Bradburn Gallery,
a division of The Bradburn Co.;
800/814-5267; bradburngallery.com.

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Bench Margaret in Blackbird
Maine Cotage; 866/366-3505;
mainecottage.com. Rug Mali Indoor
Outdoor RugDash & Albert Rug
Co.; 800/658-5035; dashandalbert
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Sconce Soho Sconce in antique
brass, SC08080 ABShades of
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28031Mannington; 800/4829527; mannington.com.
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Framed ne paper Agate Marbled
Paper in Denim Blue PRPSN126B
Paper Mojo; 800/420-3818;
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Shades of Light; 800/262-6612;
shadesoight.com. Cart Holloway Bar
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COREtec 7-inch Wide Plank in St.
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USFloors, Inc.; 800/404-2675;
usoorsllc.com.
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YS9311 from the 926 Peek-a-Boo
collectionYork Wallcoverings;
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Page 45 (right)
Awl General Tools & Instruments
4-inch Alloy Steel Blade Scratch
Awl, long-nose and diagonal pliers
Kobalt, hammer Irwinthrough
Lowes; lowes.com. Small hammer
DecoUnder The Roof Decorating;
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SwingThe Porch Swing Co.;
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Wayfair; 877/929-3247; wayfair
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kitCuting Edge Stencils,

Mahwah, New Jersey; 201/8289146; cuttingedgestencils.com.


Hanging basket cording
ConsumerCrafts, LLC;
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Wall paint Repose Gray SW7015
The Sherwin-Williams Co.;
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Anthropologie; 800/309-2500;
anthropologie.com. Tablecloth
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crateandbarrel.com.
Pages 5859
Wall paint Breaktime SW6463
The Sherwin-Williams Co.;
800/474-3794; sherwin-williams.com
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riepaperco.com. Black-and-white
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Redwood Shed; redwoodshed.etsy.com.
Tiny owlThe Owlies; the owlies.com.
Botanical prints on shutersOld
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Chalk PaintAnnie Sloan, New
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plaidonline.com.
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Wall paint Extra White SW7006
The Sherwin-Williams Co.;
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Side tableea market nd. Yellow
frameTarget; target.com.
Maple-veneer MDF, U-bolts
Lowes; lowes.com. Small botles
Michaels Stores, Inc.; michaels.com.
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Wall paint Extra White SW7006
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800/474-3794; sherwin-williams
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That Stick; stickersthatstick.com.
Desk paint Pure White Chalk Paint,
drawer paint English Yellow Chalk
PaintAnnie Sloan, New Orleans;
504/309-4454; anniesloan.com [P].
Texturing material for raised
reliefWood Icing; woodicing.com.
FlooringPergo, Inc.; 800/3373746; pergo.com. Bowl on console
Target; target.com.
ABOUT FACE
PAGES 6677
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
anking front door Brushed Nickel
Outdoor Cotage Lantern by
Hampton Bay, hose holder Liberty
Garden Heavy-Duty Wall-Mounted
Hose RackThe Home Depot;
homedepot.com. Tool used for
shuters and planter boxes K4
Master SystemKreg; 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-BBehr Process Corp.;
800/854-0133; behr.com [P]. Paint
for shuters and dark green paint
for rug Riverbend VRO80A by
ValsparAce Hardware; 866/2905334; acehardware.com [P]. Paint for
obelisk bases and light green paint
for rug Tranquil Bay by Valspar [P].
Yarn, wreath, and wireHobby
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
throughoutZinsser Co., Inc.;
zinsser.com [P]. Front door stain Gel
Stain in BlackMinwax;
800/523-9299; minwax.com [P].
Paint for hose holder Universal All
Surface Gloss Black Spray Paint,
paint for mailbox interior Painters
Touch 2x Sun Yellow General
Purpose Spray PaintRust-Oleum;
877/385-8155; rustoleum.com [P].
Welcome mat TrampaIKEA;
ikea-usa.com.
Plants, as viewed on pages 6870
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 GoldBall
Horticultural Co., available through
your favorite garden mail-order
catalogs and in local garden centers.
COLOR WAVE
PAGES 7887
Pages 7879
Color xative 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 PaintArmstrong
Flooring; 800/233-3823; armstrong
.com/ooring. BenchTarget; target
.com. ToteKate Spade; 800/5193778; katespade.com.
Pages 8083
Fabric paints for tablecloth and
napkin stripe Tulip Soft Fabric
PaintMichaels Stores, Inc.;

110 DO IT YOURSELF Summer 2016

michaels.com. Color xative for


tablecloth and napkin Retayne
Jo-Ann Stores; 888/739-4120; joann
.com. Tablecloth dyed after
purchasePotery Barn; 800/9225507; potterybarn.com. Wall paint
Pure White SW7005The
Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/4743794; sherwin-williams.com [P].
Flooring COREtec 7-inch Wide
Plank in Ivory Coast White
50LVP705USFloors, Inc.;
800/404-2675; usoorsllc.com.
ChairsSerena & Lily, Inc.;
866/597-2742; serenaandlily.com.
CurtainsAnthropologie;
800/309-2500; anthropologie.com.
Pages 8486
Dyes for bed throw and lampshade
powder dyes in Navy and Fuchsia,
dye for lampshade powder dye in
TealRit; ritstudio.com. Color
xative RetayneJo-Ann Stores;
888/739-4120; joann.com. Paint for
headboard Pure White Chalk
PaintAnnie Sloan, New Orleans;
504/309-4454; anniesloan.com [P].
Leter for pillow Recollections
Chipboard LetersMichaels
Stores, Inc.; michaels.com. Bedding
dyed after purchase, vaseWest
Elm; 866/428-6468; westelm
.com. Sham stencil Ornate Damask
from the Folk Art Home Dcor
collectionPlaid Enterprises, Inc.;
800/842-4197; plaidonline.com.
Curtain panel Teresia, dyed after
purchaseIKEA; ikea-usa.com. Wall
paint Sea Salt SW6204The
Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/4743794; sherwin-williams.com [P].
Flooring COREtec 7-inch Wide
Plank in Ivory Coast White
50LVP705USFloors, Inc.;
800/404-2675; usoorsllc.com. Side
tableTarget; target.com.
Page 87
Postmark stencil Paris France
Stamp StencilPolyvore; polyvore
.com. Gold script ink Pharaohs Gold
Metallic PaintModern Masters,
Inc.; 800/942-3166;
modernmastersinc.com. Bright pink
paint on framed artwork Neon
PinkFolk Art Paint; 800/8424197; folkartpaint.com. Blue chalk
paints on framed artwork
Napoleonic Blue, Florence, white
chalk paint on framed artwork Pure
WhiteAnnie Sloan, New Orleans;
504/309-4454; anniesloan.com [P].
THE HOUSE THAT JEN BUILT
PAGES 8899
Pages 8889
Porch oor, ceiling, and structure
paint Extra White in satinThe
Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/4743794; sherwin-williams.com [P].
Macram on setee framedesign
by Jennifer Harrison;
jenniferharrisonstyle.com. Fabrication
of macramGabrielle Banzhaf;
gbanzhaf.etsy.com. Pillow on setee,
setee cushionHomeGoods;
800/614-4663; homegoods.com.
Blanket WeddingAt 1st Sight
Vintage Furniture; at1stsightbk.com.
Rug, poufThe Hunted;
shopthehunted.com. Brass tray,
planters, chair, screen, setee
framehomeowners collection.
Throw pillow in chairTwo Girls
and a Pug; twogirlsandapug.etsy.com.
Marble-top side tableArhaus;
866/427-4287; arhaus.com.
Candleholders on table
Anthropologie; 800/309-2500;
anthropologie.com.
Page 90
Wall paint Alabaster White
SW7008The Sherwin-Williams
Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwinwilliams.com [P]. Drapery panels
IKEA; ikea-usa.com. SofaArhaus;
866/427-4287; arhaus.com. Lumbar

pillow on sofaThe Hunted;


hopthehunted.com. Batik pillows on
sofa and chairBoho Pillow;
bohopillow.etsy.com. Turquoise rug,
multicolor rugEtsy; etsy.com.
Coee tableWest Elm; 866/4286468; westelm.com. Wall lamp
WallaceOne Forty Three;
shop.onefortythree.com. Floor
cushion, small gold vases on coee
table, gold vase with leaves, white
tray on grain cabinet
Anthropologie; 800/309-2500;
anthropologie.com. Three gold-andconcrete cylinders on tableTarget;
target.com. Framed artwork, top let
Indian by Jennifer Amentthrough
One Kings Lane; 855/746-7655;
onekingslane.com. Artwork, top
center by Heather Chontos;
heatherchontos.com. Artwork, top
right May DayHayley Mitchell
Art; hayleymitchellart.etsy.com. Two
framed pieces, botom, framed
artwork over replaceNG
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 tableWest Elm;
866/428-6468; westelm.com. White
vase on consoleIKEA; ikea-usa
.com. Orange vases and tray on
console, white pillow on window seat,
woven otomanTarget; target.com.
Fringe pillowLoiloi; loiloirugs.com.
All other pillowsBoho Pillow;
bohopillow.etsy.com. Feather round in
windowAfrican Heritage Art;
africanheritageart.etsy.com. Throw on
window seatEtsy; etsy.com. Table,
chairs, console, candlesticks, window
seat benchhomeowners collection.
Page 91 (bottom let)
Drapery panels, white shelf brackets,
white vase on shelf, vases with
leaves on tableIKEA; ikea-usa
.com. Drapery hardware, pendant
light, small planter on shelfWest
Elm; 866/428-6468; westelm.com.
White chairs PantonHive;
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. CribWal-Mart
Stores, Inc.; walmart.com. Large blue
ower 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 shelfTarget;
target.com. Doll pillow, bookshelves,
cabinets, clockIKEA; ikea-usa.com.
Mobile at cribCB2; 800/6066252; cb2.com. Rug at chairUrban
Outters; 800/282-2200;
urbanouttters.com. Light garland
Bright Lab; brightlablights.com.
Throw on chairEtsy; etsy.com.
Small pillows on bedBoho Pillow;
bohopillow.etsy.com. Throw on
bedWorld 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


horsehomeowners collection.
Page 93
Wall paint Alabaster White
SW7008The 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 owers,
painting of small blue owers,
copper steeple architectural
remnant from local church,
black-and-white family portrait,
bin under table, yellow trash can
homeowners collection. Crystal
light xture for chandelierIKEA;
ikea-usa.com. Metal drum for
chandelierArhaus; 866/427-4287;
arhaus.com.
Page 94
All itemshomeowners collection.
Page 95 (top let)
HeadboardIKEA; ikea-usa.com.
Art in corner, blue bowl and vase,
lamps, side tableTarget; target
.com. Pillow shams, throw pillow,
blanketAnthropologie; 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]. SofaArhaus, 866/4274287, arhaus.com. RugWest Elm;
866/428-6468; westelm.com. Black
zigzag pillowAnthropologie;
800/309-2500; anthropologie.com.
Other pillows Nate BerkusTarget;
target.com. Chair, portraits, barrels
chandelierhomeowners collection.
Page 95 (bottom right)
Euro shams, zigzag bolster pillow,
wedding blanketAnthropologie;
800/309-2500; anthropologie.com.
Headboard, trunk, lamp, oor
coveringhomeowners collection.
Page 9697
Pillows on seteeTwo Girls and a
Pug; twogirlsandapug.etsy.com. Tassel
designJennifer Harrison;
jenniferharrisonstyle.com. Rug
Turkish vintage, table, chairs, setee,
planterhomeowners collection.
Page 98
RugsJennifer Harrison;
jenniferharrisonstyle.com; Meredith
MacDougall, Canary Lane;
canarylandesigns.com; and Stacy
George, The Hunted; shopthehunted
.com. TableWest Elm; 866/4286468; westelm.com.
FOR THE BIRDS
PAGES 100107
Throughout
PlantsCosta Farms; 800/3277074; costafarms.com; and Proven
Selections; provenwinners.com.
Page 100
Round wood plaque for birdhouse
PLQ6RCaseys Wood Products;
800/452-2739; caseyswood.com.
Page 102
Star-shape cookie cuters Circo
Target; target.com.
Pages 104105
Plate and bowl for bird feeder Room
Essentials collectionTarget; target
.com. Mason jar poultry feeder base
9810Amazon; amazon.com,
search: Miller Manufacturing in
Patio, Lawn and Garden.
Page 106
Peeled reed fencing Garden Path
1731736Menards; for locations
throughout the Midwest, visit
menards.com. Fountain dripper Solid
Copper Lotus Dripper Fountain
Amazon; amazon.com, search:
Ancient Grati in Patio, Lawn
and Garden.

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