DIY Porch Planter Boxes

One of my favorite parts of being a Lowe’s Creative Blogger is the push that it gives to me get some of the projects that are floating around in my head, finished!  You know…those things you would love to have but just don’t find the time or the motivation to tackle?

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I have wanted some tall porch planters for a long time to spice up my front porch.  I, of course, never want to pay the prices that planters like these cost, especially when we can make them for much cheaper!

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And perhaps my favorite part of this post is the fact that I am then “forced” to plant flowers in March.  Those flowers have made me happier than they should every time I see them.  They make me feel like winter is over…even when it’s snowing outside!

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Want to make some Porch Planters for your home? Here is how we made them…

Materials needed for ONE Porch Box Planter:

Non-pine wood (pine will shrink)

2 side panels 10 inches (width) x 24 inches (height)

2 (front & back panel) 11 inches width at top tapering down to 9 inches in width at the bottom x 24 inches (height)

decorative molding for the top

2 scrap pieces for the inside to hold the bottom

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decorative drawer handle or pull (we used old ones we had pulled off a dresser & spray painted black)

Dremel Saw Max

nails (nail gun)

wood glue

painter’s caulk

drill (1/2 inch drill bit)

Stain paint or wood stain (we used Olympic Maximum stain paint in the Pewter color)

river rock (gravel)

potting soil

boxwood plant (or plant of your choice)

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1.  Cut your 2 side panels.  We cut ours 10 x 24 inches.

2.  Cut your front and back panels.  We cut them so that they were wider on top and smaller on the bottom so that the porch planter had a bit of an angle to it instead of a straight rectangle.  The top was 11 inches and the bottom of the panel measured 9 inches.  We just drew a straight line from the 11 to the 9 inches with a ruler and cut on the line to taper the angle.  (Pictured above with the saw cutting from the bottom up).

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3.  Add glue to the ends of the side panels and glue the box together.  The front panels went on first with the side panels behind them so the seam is not visible from the front.

4.  Add some nails along the sides to hold the wood together firmly.  You will want the extra support for the weight of the wet soil.

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5.  After the wood glue has dried, you can caulk the seams inside and out so you have a nice clean edge and finish.  Use the proper caulk depending on if you will be staining or painting the planters.

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6.  Take some decorative molding and measure the top of your planter and cut it according to the size and style you chose to make a nice finishing edge around the planter.  Cut and nail and glue into place and then caulk the seams.

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7.  Take some scrap pieces (just a strip of wood) and nail them into the base of the planter on the side or front panels.  This will be the base and support for the base of your planter.

8.  Measure a square piece of wood that will fit into the bottom of your planter and will rest of your side supports.  We drilled three holes into the base so that the water can drain out properly.

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9.  Sand the edges so you have a nice, smooth finish.  Paint the inside and the outside to give you protection from the moisture and the outside elements.  We chose a paint stain to give us a long lasting protection from the weather.  Let dry.

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10.  Fill with gravel or rock in the bottom…about 2 inches.  Fill the rest with potting soil and then add your plant.

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This is a really quick project and I LOVE the way they updated my front porch.  I also picked up a couple of fun, green and white, SPRINGY pillows from Lowes.  I also threw together a monogrammed pillow to personalize things as well.  I simply made a pillow cover out of a canvas paint drop cloth (one that I have used for several projects here) and stenciled the letter H on it.

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I am still loving my black front door and if you are interested in how to paint your front door, be sure to refer to my tutorial in the link.

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Serving Tray

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For our February Lowes Challenge, we were given several different options for our projects.  One of the options was a Valentine’s Day Theme.  I have had my eye on some wine barrel cheese serving trays at Williams and Sonoma and thought it would be fun to try my hand at building my own cheese board or serving platter.

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For the life of me, I can’t find my photos of the building process.  I looked everywhere.  So I will have to do my best to explain how we made this tray without the step-by-step photos.  Sorry about that!

You will need the following:

  • Tounge and Groove Pine Wood Planks
  • thin piece of scrap-wood or plywood
  • Stain in your color of choice (I used Minwax’s Jacob Bean)
  • Aluminum Strips (we needed two…make sure you get thin ones that you can bend and will cover the sides of your wood you use)
  • Saw (we used a Dremel Saw Max)
  • 2 drawer pulls
  • metal screws
  • wood glue
  • drill

Directions:

1.  We started with some tongue and groove pine wood planks that we purchased from Lowes.  We wanted the tray to be 24 inches in diameter.  We laid out the wood planks so that they were in a rectangle.  We then took a string and attached it to a pencil and made it so the string measured 12 inches.  Holding the string in the middle of the rectangle we circled the pencil around the edges and drew a circle on the wood.  Does that make sense?

2.  Cut your thin piece of plywood to be the same size as your circle.  This will be the base of your serving tray.

3.  Cut the boards, one by one, using the circle you drew with the pencil.  Glue together onto the plywood circle so that they are the top of the serving tray.  Let the glue dry with clamps or heavy items placed on the tray so that the wood glue dries flat.  You can add a couple of wood staples through the bottom to ensure the wood planks stay in place.

4.  Stain your wood and let dry completely.  Take the aluminum strips and wrap them around the sides of the serving tray.  Cut any excess off if needed.  Then screw them onto the sides of the wood.

5.  Screw the drawer pull handles into the sides of the serving tray.  Place some felt protectors on the bottom of the tray to protect the wood from scratching other wood surfaces.

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The tray has been fun to have and we have used it for serving snacks in the family room while watching a movie.  I imagine that when one of the kids has a birthday we will use it to serve them breakfast in bed.  It also makes a great serving tray for your next dinner party.  It resides on my kitchen table right now as the centerpiece with some plants on it!

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DIY Wood Box

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Another month, another Lowes Creator Challenge.  This time we were given a few different challenges, I chose to make a table centerpiece.  I know I have made some in the past…like the following:

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

Christmas Table Centerpiece

How to Build a Wood Box

Table Centerpiece

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This time around, instead of building a box, I wanted to see if I could core out a wooden pine beam and make a centerpiece out of it.  This way those of you who are not inclined to build your own box can make one this other unconventional way!  Plus it was fun to challenge myself to try something out of the box (pun intended)!

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We picked up a 4 x 6 pine wood beam from Lowe’s.

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We decided to fill it with succulents so that they would be easy to maintain, especially because I don’t have the greenest thumb.

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We determined how long we wanted it and settled on 28.5 inches in length.  We cut it with a circular saw.

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Determine how deep on the sides how big you want the center cut out hole or trough to be and draw a line with a pencil for a guide.  Then take a 1.5 inch drill bit and drill down into the wood.  Be sure to NOT drill all the way through the wood so that the dirt and water stay in the box.  (You can drill a small drain hole, for the excess water, if you want…we did not).

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Drill 4 holes, one in each corner.  Then take your circular saw and cut lines from the drill holes along the beam.  You are just breaking up the wood so that you can easily chisel it out.

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Take a hammer and chisel and break out the wood carefully.  Please remember to wear protective eye covering and gloves as an extra precaution.

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Clean out the center of the box as cleanly as possible.

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When it is all cleaned out you can sand the inside but it won’t be noticeable so it is up to you.  We sanded along the top edges and a little on the bottom to remove any splinters or really sharp edges.

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Then stain or paint your wood box.  We stained ours with MinWax’s Red Mahogany.

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Fill your planter with a good potting soil and then fill it in with your succulents or plants of your choice.  You could also fill it in with candles or some Christmas ornaments!

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And that is it.  This was one of the easiest projects to complete and really took all of about an hour (if you don’t count the down time waiting for the stain to dry.  I have used it out on our back deck patio all summer.  Now that it is colder we moved it inside and it is now sitting in our laundry room window sill!

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And…this DIY Wood Box project of mine was picked by Lowe’s to be featured in the online November 2013 edition of Lowes Creative Ideas using the iPhone or iPad app! You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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If you are interested in how I made these DIY Table Linens, you can find this post here:

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Halloween Decorations

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I am in disbelief that it is already October.  The months seems to be flying by.  I wish it would slow down a bit so I could feel like I could it enjoy it a little bit more.  This month, as a Lowe’s Creative Blogger, our challenge was to come up with some Halloween décorations.

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I had envisioned this sign a little bit differently than it actually came out.  I really like this one, but knowing myself, I will probably make another one too!  If I do, I for sure will share it with you!

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This Halloween sign is pretty simple.  I just spray painted some window screen material and then stapled it onto the back of a frame that had the glass removed.

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Want to make one or see how I did it?  Here is what I did!

Step 1:

Measure your screen material so that it fits nicely on the back of the frame and gives you plenty of room to tighten the screen and staple it firmly in place.

Step 2:

Spray paint your screen black (not shown).  Spray paint your picture frame if needed.  I spray painted mine a nice gray color.  Let them dry completely…or if you are like me…pull out a hairdryer and dry them quickly (I have no patience)!

Step 3:

Use a stencil of an arrow and spray paint the arrow white.  I also included a stencil of a bat and sprayed it white too.  I used some vinyl I had cut with my Silhouette.  Let it dry completely.

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Step 4:

Now use some stencils for your words…SLEEPY HOLLOW…or your words of choice.  I simply put the rest of the vinyl cut out back into the arrow (the black part is vinyl in the upper right photo) and then pulled out the letters so that I could paint the letters black.

Step 5:

Spray paint the letters black.  After it has dried completely, pull off the vinyl stencil and staple the screen onto the back of your picture frame.

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Such an easy project.  I love the whole concept and love the endless possibilities this holds.  I also love that fun texture and the see through element of the sign.  I am thinking I should go back and rough up the edges of the frame a little bit to give it a more rustic feel.

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And…let’s just pretend that I cleaned my mirror before taking these photos…umm kay?

What do you think?  Is this a project you are likely to try?

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Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

A couple of months ago, I was already planning ahead for Thanksgiving.  Sounds crazy right?!  But who doesn’t dream about Turkey?  Haha!  As one of Lowes Creative Bloggers, we are challenged to come up with some fun and creative ways to create items within a given theme.  In June we were challenged to come up with a Thanksgiving related creation (since we have to work three months ahead for their magazine publication).

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I decided to make a super easy Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece and some Thanksgiving Table settings.  This was one of the easiest projects I have tackled so far as a Lowe’s Creator Blogger.  This is seriously a project that almost every single one of you could do.

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I used a variety of items that you can pick up right at your local Lowe’s and used them together to make this centerpiece and some Thanksgiving Placemats and Thanksgiving Napkins.

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To make them you will need the following:

a 1×10 pine board (or whatever wood you like)

*Make sure that frame is a bit smaller than your board.  You may have to adjust what you buy depending on the frame you purchase.

Panel Frame (found in the molding aisle)

3 Glass Jars (These are actually light covers and are found in the lighting aisle)

Canvas Drop Cloth (found in the Painting aisle)

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Cut the length of your pine board off so that you have the same amount of space around the frame.  Our board ended up being 25.25 inches in length so that we had a about 1.25 inches of space all around the frame.

Then take some wood glue and glue the frame right onto the board.  Clamp the frame in place so that it will dry properly.

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After it has dried completely, I sanded the edges so that it had a nice smooth finish.  Then you can wipe down all the excess dust and paint it your desired color.  Since I tend to be very simple with my décor I painted it white.

After the paint had dried, I took a piece of gray and white striped scrapbook paper and Mod Podged it into the center of the frame.  I love how it gives it an extra bit of pop!  You will be able to see it depending on what you fill your centerpiece with.  I once again went fairly neutral so that the centerpiece can be used in other areas of my home for other holidays year round.

In the jars, I added some tea lights for ambiance.  I also added some natural elements like some pine cones, sticks and some berries and leaves to the centerpiece.  I love simplicity and the pop of color that it adds to the frame.

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Then if you want to make some super simple Thanksgiving Table Placemats, you can simply cut up the Canvas Drop Cloth.  I used a placemat I already had as a template for how to cut mine and ended up cutting them 13 x 18 inches in size.

I ironed them really well and then took a Sharpie and traced the No. ‘s from a paper I printed on the computer.

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For the napkins, I cut a 20 x 32 inch piece of drop cloth.  I ironed it as well and then folded it into thirds.  Then I traced different words relating to Thanksgiving onto the fronts.

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It really took no time at all and is a great way to add some simple but classy color to your Thanksgiving Table.  This centerpiece will not take up a lot of room either which is good…especially since our Thanksgiving Table usually is overflowing with some amazing food dishes.  It also is low enough that you can actually carry on a conversation with your neighbors and feel like you can look at them while doing so.

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You can find my Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece featured in the online September 2013 edition of Lowes Creative Ideas using the iPhone or iPad app! You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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DIY Vertical Flower Bed

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As a Lowe’s Creative Blogger, I was given the challenge of coming up with some Outdoor Décor for our August Challenge.  I have been wanting to “hide” the large and ugly retaining wall that is right by outside entrance to our back deck.

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We had tried to grow a couple of different plants to hide the wall without a lot of success and I just wasn’t happy with the overall look of the whole area.  I knew I wanted something “growing” on the wall but I was not sure how to go about it.

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I had seen some grass walls but many of the ones I had seen required drilling into the concrete and we didn’t want to get that involved with this project.  I thought about doing a pallet garden, but after a bit of research we decided to come up with our own design :)!

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We made it so that it was free standing and did not have to hang on the wall.  We have secured it and buried it deep into the dirt so that it is stable and will not blow over in the wind.  We plan to store it in the garage during the winter months.

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I will be sharing our tutorial here in a later post in case any of you are interested in making your own or making something similar.  If you are interested in how we made the large redwood flower planter that is sitting on top of the retaining wall, you can find the tutorial here:

DIY Flower Planter

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I am really happy with how it turned out.  I was worried that the dirt would spill out once we stood it up and that the flowers would be unable to grow in the planter.  This is a south facing wall and gets about 8 hours of full sun every day.  The only thing is that you have to be pretty careful when you water it and just use a light sprinkling of water otherwise it is easy to wash out some dirt.  I learned this the hard way :)!

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I love how it brings a ton of color and visual interest to the area now.  It is actually a nice focal point rather than being a big ugly eye-sore…well…that is…it was.  It grew nicely for about 2 months and was filling out rather nicely…(we work 3 months ahead with Lowe’s so we actually made this in early May and had to wait till August to post it) then we went on vacation for a week.  Our automatic sprinkler that we had specifically set to water both the vertical garden and the DIY Flower Planter on top of the wall (a tall pop up sprinkler) somehow stopped working.  A week of 90-100 degree temps without water killed all of the flowers.  :/  I will share a picture of the deadness when I share the tutorial.  (#keepingitreal)

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Ugh!  I thought about replacing them but decided it wasn’t worth the time and efforts this late in the summer and the flower selection was pretty slim this late in the summer.  So…we will have to wait for next Spring and replant.  But it was really great while it lasted!!

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DIY Flower Planter

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Every month as a Lowes Creative Blogger, we are challenged to create something within a very broad theme.  This month the theme was Outdoor Décor.  I have a very long retaining wall in my backyard that is just down the steps from my raised deck.  I shared my recent Deck Update here if you are interested.

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The wall is pretty ugly and I felt like it detracted from some of the prettier areas of our backyard.  I wanted to find a way to make it into a nice focal point rather than an eye sore.  I also wanted to be able to add some color to the wall.  So I decided to build a DIY Flower Planter out of Redwood.

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We picked up some 10 foot lengths of Redwood from Lowes.  We wanted ours to be about 8 feet long (to fit on top of the wall) and about 5 feet wide.  I wanted it to have a slight angle so that the top was wider than the bottom.  So we cut the sides of the planter so that it was at a 10 degree angle and wider on the top than the bottom as you can see in the photo above.

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We created it so that it was two layers tall.  We nailed the boards together with a nail gun.  We also wanted to have an open base so that the water could drain out of the planter naturally.  We used some old wood we had laying around and just cut them into squares to fit into the base of the planter and then nailed them into place.  We spaced them apart evenly.  (Six total)

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Give your stray kids a job to do to keep them entertained.  This one loves to play with the vacuum so she had the job of sucking up all of the saw dust!

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Then we stained the Redwood this lovely color!  It is a nice dark brown with a bit of red tint to it.

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After the stain dried completely, we added some corner braces to give the planter some support and to hold the weight of the dirt we would be adding.  We also cut some chicken wire netting to place into the bottom of the planter to drain the water but to hold in the rocks and gravel.

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We stapled it with a staple gun in several places to hold it securely in place.  Then we added a strip of plastic around the edges to keep the water from spilling out of the sides where the two layers of the planter are not joining.

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Fill the planter with a thin layer of gravel to cover the bottom completely.  Then fill the rest of the planter with some potting soil.  Add some plants and you have a custom built DIY Flower Planter.

As Lowe’s bloggers, we actually work 3 months AHEAD of schedule…so…I actually made this at the end of March.  So, in Utah, things are still pretty cold and snowy around here at times.  The plant selection is pretty sparse and we still can get some cold freezes.  So I just filled it with some really hardy spring plants and a few herbs.

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I have since transplanted some of the plants in my yard and traded them for some different ones that are summer hardy.  I will share the updated planter here in a later post when I share some other updates we have made to this area!

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See the big, ugly wall?  Well…stay tuned…we have plans for that too!

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DIY Ping Pong Table

*This is a sponsored post by me for Lowes.  They provided me with the means to make this DIY Ping Pong Table.  However all statements and opinions are my own. 

As my children have gotten older and their friends become more important and influential in their lives, we feel a growing need to spend time with our children AND their friends.  So we try to find creative ways to encourage our children to want to invite their friends into our home.

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Now…you don’t have to have an expensive home and all the latest gadgets to do so.  But you do need to have some food (especially if they are teenage boys) and something for them that they enjoy doing.  Well, my son loves to play ping pong with his buddies.  And well, we didn’t have a ping pong table…or the real space for one to reside permanently.

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So of course, I suggested we make a Ping Pong Table Top for the kids to use.  I was a little bit concerned as to how the final product would actually work and if the ball would behave…well like a Ping Pong ball should behave…or if the kids would not enjoy using it.  The good news is that it feels and acts just like a real Ping Pong table…just with a bit smaller dimensions.  Hurray!!

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I designed it to have a big Chalkboard on the back side of it for when it is not being used as a Ping Pong Table.  When not in use, we prop it against the wall and the kids can use it as a chalkboard to play on.  This way it is out of the way and STILL functional.  Now, we don’t normally have it out on our back deck but down in the basement. 

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But it has been fun to bring it out onto the back deck when the kids friends are over and are hanging out together outside…and it is easy to do since it is portable.  In fact all you need is a table and you can set up your Ping Pong Table wherever you want too.  {We lay it on top of a blanket to protect the table top and the chalkboard}.

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This was one of the easiest LowesCreator projects we have created. 

 

You will need the following for this DIY Ping Pong Table project:

  • one 4 x8 sheet of MDF
  • two 12 foot lengths of moldings for frame around chalkboard side
  • Non-Sanded Grout
  • Valspar Paint in eggshell finish in two colors (gray and white)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Wood Glue
  • Ping Pong Net
  • Paint Brush/Roller
  • Wood clamps
  • chalk

We bought a 4 x 8 sheet of MDF.  Then we cut off a foot off of the length so our final board measured 4 x 7.  EASY!  Then I simply painted the surface of the Ping Pong table with a Charcoal Gray Valspar Paint in an eggshell finish.

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Then for the Chalkboard side of the table we added some Non-Sanded Grout to the same paint (in a separate container) to make our own DIY Chalkboard Paint. 

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Did you know you could do that?  So easy.  I shared the exact recipe for Homemade Chalkboard Paint here a couple of years ago: Homemade Chalkboard Paint.  It is SO easy and you can buy the Non-Sanded Grout in the tiling aisle at Lowe’s. 

I wanted a frame around the chalkboard instead of just having a board because I think it finishes it off so nicely…especially if it is going to be displayed against the wall of your home.  Simply take your two 12 foot lengths of molding.  We used a door frame molding for ours.  There are so many fun options to choose from, but we got one that was a bit flexible to be able to move with the table when we carried it from one place to another.

Cut the moldings so they fit across the top, bottom and sides of the board and use a 45 degree cut on the ends so they match up like a picture frame around the corners.  Glue with wood glue.  Our favorite wood glue to use is Gorilla Glue.  It works awesome!!  Hold the molding in place with some wood clamps and let dry overnight.

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Measure an inch around the entire Ping Pong Table side and then tape it off with Painters tape.  Be sure you have a really good seal on the painting edge of the tape.  I ran my fingers over it several times to be sure.  This will create a nice crisp paint edge. 

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Then tape off a line down the exact middle of the length of the table.  I made this the same width of an inch.  You will need two strips of tape on each side with an inch of space in the middle that you will be painting white.  Paint these taped off areas white.  For best results, do not let your paint dry.  Carefully pull up the tape while it is still a little wet.  I find this allows the tape to come off cleanly without pulling up any paint.

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Pick up a Ping Pong Table net that can be different sizes, and the paddles and balls.  You can find them in a lot of different places. 

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Then welcome your kids friends into your home so you can get to know them.  I am a huge believer in this.  Hang around discreetly.  It is a good way to get to know them and their friends.  You might even begin to feel like they belong at your house all the time.  They might even call you mom #2 and drink all of your orange juice in one sitting ;)!

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And you can sit out on your back porch and learn a little bit more about what great friends your kids have and gain a little insight into the type of people your man children are growing into…sniff, sniff!

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As always, I would love to know if you have any further questions about this project or if you build your own DIY Ping Pong Table.  Happy Creating! xo

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Football Game–Boys Room Decor and Game

A couple of weeks ago I shared a sneak peak of this subway art dresser as part of a Silhouette Giveaway and Project.  The dresser is part of my second oldest son’s room redo after his older brother (who used to share this room) moved into his own room which I share here: Boys Room Makeover

For a Lowes challenge, recently we were challenged to use Pantone’s Color of the Year in a project.  Now I have spent the last year and a half transitioning green out of my home décor.  My house was full of green and now it is not.  So this was particularly challenging for me simply because I had no where to use it in my home, and I am not a fan of making something that I was not going to really use.

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So I racked my brain about something that I could feel authentic about for my home’s style right now.  I was right in the middle of working on my son’s room, who LOVES sports, especially Football, Lacrosse and Baseball and he wanted a sports themed room.  This kid loves to play the paper football game.  You know the one where you make a triangle football out of a piece of folded paper and then shoot it through your opponents fingers that are shaped like a field goal?  So I decided to make him a football field to play it on and to also double as room decoration. 

Here is how I made it.  I took a piece of plywood and cut it down to measure 38 inches x 20 inches.

My husband is such a perfectionist and insisted that this small field be the exact proportions of a standard football field.  He played football in college and also is a huge fan of the sport, so I had to let him get his way on it, but let him do all the math to figure it out.  I will just tell you the measurements so you can copy them if you want.

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Then I painted it with Valspar Signature paint with Pantone’s Color of the Year: Emerald Green.  It took two coats.  After the paint had dried I used a ruler to mark out the yard lines and goal lines on the field.

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Then took my silhouette and cut out the yardage lines and numbers and laid them every 2 inches apart.  I painted the end zones blue.  Then painted a varnish over the entire field to protect the vinyl and to keep it from peeling off.

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I added some side pieces to make it into a box and simply used some flat door moldings that I had painted white.    We cut two side pieces on the length 38 and the end pieces 20 and the extra width of the wood to make them match up. 

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We glued them in place and held them together with clamps to dry.

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The field goals we made out of cutting a small wooden dowel for the base and then a square wooden dowel.  We glued them together with wood glue and then drilled hole in the end zone for them to sit in.  You can glue them in place or just make it so they can be removed if needed. 

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We opted for the latter since my son likes to use this for his little football and soccer guys to play on as well.  He puts a little soccer net on the field sometimes.

Now this sits in his room as décor when he is not using it. 

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I am pretty happy with how it turned out…especially because he actually uses it.  That is always a bonus.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

Organize Garage Clutter

As you might know, I have partnered with Lowes as a member of their Creative Ideas Team.  Each month we are given a gift card and a challenge to complete.  I LOVE being a part of this team because it challenges me to tackle some bigger projects that I tend to put off.  In the past I have been able to do some fun LowesCreator projects.  Here are just a few of them:

Front Porch Curb Appeal

Laundry Room Shelves

Bathroom Towel Rack

Wood Plank Kitchen Ceiling

But for the month of April I finally tackled an area in my home that needed some serious attention.  With all of the projects Mr. Idea Room and I have been working on over the past year in the remodel of our kitchen and main living area, the garage has become a complete disaster.  It is where we do the majority of our work.  Especially in the winter due to the frigid cold and snow we can get here in Utah.  Add five children involved in a lot of various sporting activities who are coming and going constantly, we had a problem finding what was needed in a timely matter…*ahem*!

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So with the theme of Outdoor Storage, I knew it was finally time to tackle a portion of our garage.  The mess was so large scale that we have broken this operation down into phases.  And today I am happy to share with you the first phase of Operation Organize Garage.

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This area next to the interior door to the house was a particular problem and where most of the kids sporting equipment was being thrown after use.  It made it difficult to locate shin guards, cleats, baseball gloves, lacrosse sticks and bike helmets.  Especially because I have not been able to train my children (yet) about putting items back in their place after use.  The problem is that we didn’t have a WELL DEFINED place for everything…hence the problem.

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Well, we have now solved that problem and defined a spot for all of the kids equipment.

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We purchased this white storage cabinet from Lowes and put it together and gathered stuff that we had scattered throughout the house and finally got it all into one organized space.

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We keep all of the balls and kids helmets and rollerblades out here.  It makes it nice to have it all in one spot so when we are headed to a game or practice we know right where everything is.

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We even decided to put a bin for the kids soccer and baseball cleats.  These seem to be the hardest things for us to find as we are headed out the door.  Now I just need to make sure my kids remember to take them off and put them back in the bin.

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We picked up these great storage containers from Lowes.  The metallic bins on top of the lockers and the grey bins that we put the helmets and rollerblades in are perfect for our space and needs.

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Inside the cabinet, we have our pool supplies, sand toys, and sunscreen.  We also keep some of our outdoor games, mosquito repellant and sidewalk chalk here.

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The metal buckets in the lockers also came from Lowes and are perfect for the loose little items like sidewalk chalk and some jump ropes the girls enjoy using outside.  Plus they keep everything nice and neat looking!

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I love that everything has its place.  And now the kids have no excuse about not knowing where something belongs.

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And…of course I had to paint the door black.  I love our front door that we painted black and I have been excited to paint this one.

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It was getting pretty beat up and showed so much dirt from the kids going in and out of here.  We also changed out the door hardware and added a kick plate.

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To see how I painted it black, you can see our how to paint a door tutorial here.  And lest you think we have everything under control in our garage…let me share with you a picture of the other side…

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Yikes!  This is where we do most of our project building.  It needs some serious work.  LOL!  That is the next phase of our garage organization.  We have our work cut out for us.

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But if you look at this one side, it looks great.  And…I have plans to paint the other lockers on the right hand side white.  I wanted to get to them before I shared this, but ran out of time.  So look for an update on them when I can get around to it.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.