Category Archives: Home Decor

Vertical Garden Makeover + DIY Herb Markers with I SPY DIY

By: Minwax

Spot style you love, and do-it-yourself. That’s the mantra of blogger Jenni Radosevich of I SPY DIY. Once again, she’s partnered with Minwax® on a project sure to delight gardeners and DIY enthusiasts alike. Follow along as she takes you through the steps to makeover this lovely, vertical herb garden and create fun, stylish herb markers to keep track of them all.

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First up, thank you SO MUCH for all the love on my backyard makeover, we have been enjoying it every single day this Summer! I received a bunch of questions on the herb garden hanging on the wall,  which has been one of favorite parts of the outdoor space. It’s been so fun to walk out my back door and grab the greens I need for guacamole or pasta sauce.

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This vertical garden started off cedar, which did not match the grey deck and white washed fence, so I used Mixwax® Water Based Wood Stain and had the lovely people at the paint counters at Lowe’s tint it “Natural Linen.” It’s the perfect muted peach/pink that went perfectly with the color palette. Plus, the garden is pretty big, so the lighter color kept it from looking too overwhelming on the fence.

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Next up, creating makers for the herbs: Instead of using their names, my family and I decided to have a little fun and brainstorm what we use each for and mark them that way, Spicy! = Jalapeños!

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This whole backyard project has been so wonderful because my Sister and her husband moved in for the Summer and have helped me every step of the way. Now we get to sit back and enjoy it every day. The herb garden has been extra special, because my little Sister is a fantastic cook, and she had been teaching me her ways so I will keep up cooking after they move to Europe. It’s been so fun brainstorming recipes to use our fresh herbs in meals…and cocktails!  #sisterbondingFTW

All the steps and supplies for the Herb garden and markers after the break!

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Start with this Unfinished Red Cedar Vertical Garden (Buy it here!) and apply Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.

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Stain with two coats of Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in Natural Linen. Then finish with Minwax® Water Based Helmsman® Spar Urethane to protect the wood from the elements and make sure that your vertical garden stays beautiful!

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After it dried, I secure the backboards by drilling deck screws through the back into the frame, then I hung the garden by screwing the backboards into one of the supports on the fence. Make sure you are screwing into something that can support the weight of all the dirt.

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Now plant the herbs! I poured potting soil into the open top, and then dug out space on each level for the herbs. Then watered once everything was planted.

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To make the markers, I bought inexpensive 8″ cedar shims and dipped them into Minwax® Water-Based Wood Stain  in “Woodrose” and “Driftwood” (Prettiest colors ever!) which are made from the White Tint Base.

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I wiped off any excess stain with a paper towel, and once they were dry I added letter stickers. Add the herb name or what you use each for!

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Add your markers to the herb garden!

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Thanks to my amazing sponsor, Minwax®, for partnering with me on this project!

From now through September 30th, take advantage of the Minwax® Fall Home Celebration rebate and save up to $15 on select Minwax® products that make and keep your floors beautiful. These specially formulated products enhance the natural beauty of your floors and can help protect them so they look great for years to come.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

For more of Jenni’s DIY projects. Check out her blog I SPY DIY and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

A Potting Shed Project for Leigh Ann

W-BeforeAfter several years of sharing space in our garage, Leigh Ann and I decided to build her an 8’ x 12’ potting shed in our back yard. I, of course, wanted to add some “extras,” starting with these two matching stained glass windows we found in a salvage shop.

 

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Since the exterior siding will be cedar to match our house, I first made two simple frames from rough-sawn cedar boards, notching the inside of the window frames to hold the stained glass.

 

Teak OilThe rough-sawn side will be exposed to the sun and rain, so I protected it with two coats of clear Minwax® Helmsman® Teak Oil, which penetrates deep into the pores and brings out the rich, natural color of the wood.

 

StainThe inside of the cedar was smooth-sawn, so I gave it an additional sanding before staining it with Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in Leigh Ann’s choice of “Deep Ocean.”

 

Poly CSince it will be on the inside of the potting shed, I sealed the stain with two coats of clear Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish using a synthetic bristle brush.

 

HeroEven though I still have some trim work to do, I naturally wanted to show Leigh Ann how the salvaged windows would look from the inside of her new potting shed.

Until next time,

If you wait until you have enough time, it will never get done.

Bruce

PS – Here’s what her potting shed looks like before the siding, door and shingles.

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Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

A Landing Rescue

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We had friends over for dinner the other night, and while no one said anything about our worn oak landing, I could imagine the conversation on the way home: “I wonder why Bruce hasn’t done anything about their landing?”

 

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Guilt can be an even stronger motivator than a deadline, so the next day I grabbed a mop, a bottle of Minwax® Hardwood Floor Cleaner and went to work. In just a few minutes, I had cleaned the floor and was ready to apply a fresh coat of clear finish.

 

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I could have used Minwax® Hardwood Floor Reviver, but our landing gets so much use (and abuse) that I chose something even stronger: Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish.

 

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After a light sanding and vacuuming up the dust, I brushed on an even coat of this strong, clear, water-based finish. Had I been doing an entire room, I probably would have opted for a wide painter’s pad mounted on the end of a four-foot pole, just to make it easier on my back!

 

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And in less time than I would have spent explaining why my landing looked so bad, I was able to transform an unsightly first impression into a positive lasting impression.

From now through September 30th, take advantage of the Minwax® Fall Home Celebration rebate and save up to $15 on select Minwax® products that make and keep your floors beautiful! These specially formulated products enhance the natural beauty of your floors and can help protect them so they look great for years to come.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

“If you wait until you have enough time, it will never get done.”

Bruce

 

Driftwood Sculptures with City Farmhouse

By: Minwax

Guest Blogger Jen of City Farmhouse is back with a fun DIY project that allows you hold on to your summer memories in a unique and beautiful way. Follow along as she demonstrates how to create these stylish driftwood sculptures. 

I am so excited to share this fun, easy & super stylish summer project with you today! Our collection of driftwood has grown each year, as “hunting for treasure” is a favorite summer pastime. No matter how old my boys get they still like the adventure, you honestly never know what you will find washed up ashore. We have found some pretty awesome pieces lately and it got me thinking, what else could we make with them? I love dimensional & sculptural objects, they add a flavor to open shelving & vignettes that no other accessory can. As I began to see some of the driftwood we found together as art, we all agreed these would make beautiful wood sculptures. Plus it’s a great way to hold onto those summer memories for all to appreciate for years to come.

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This project is part of the Minwax® Made With Love campaign that encompasses the concept of something found, finished and loved. I thought this was the perfect project since it’s found pieces from special moments shared together and created with such care, thought & LOVE:).

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We usually go for walks along the ocean once a week, we bring a few bags and collect what we like and feels unique to us. The trick is to sort through so we don’t bring the whole beach home with us. Sometimes we will sit with all the pieces if we have too many and give a reason why we should keep it, you can’t imagine how much 2 boys can collect in 30 minutes, lol. This piece below we knew was a keeper from the moment we found it, you can see the reveal in my bookshelves, it’s something special!

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They use long sticks to sift through the debris.

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Some beach gems….

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If you would like to make some of your own driftwood sculptures this is what you need….

  • Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish
  • drop cloth
  • latex gloves
  • mask (if indoors)
  • saw box
  • sander with medium grit sand paper
  • wood glue
  • poplar dowels (I used 1/4″ & 3/8″)
  • poplar craft wood (I used 1.5″ x 3/4″ &  2.5″ x 1.5″)
  • wired brush
  • foam brush
  • flower clippers (to cut the dowels)
  • wood glue
  • drill & bits (1/4″ & 3/8″)
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • stamps or marker (optional)

STEP 1-Cut your bases. I mixed these up cutting both square and rectangular pieces from both lengths of poplar with my saw box. Be sure your wood is secure before you cut to prevent any injuries.

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STEP 2 – Sand your bases. You can use sandpaper, a sanding block or an electric sander to smooth the rough edges.

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STEP 3 – Clean your wood. Take a wired brush or any large brush and work into the wood removing any particles, sand or debris.

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Step 4 – Cut your dowels. I waited until I had each piece in front of me to determine the length I wanted each vertical piece to be. Be sure to leave a little extra to fit into the base and your driftwood. You can use a flower clipper to cut these dowels or the saw, just be sure it is secured first.

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Step 5 – Drill into your driftwood and base. Take your drill & bit matching the diameter of your dowels and drill into both pieces. Measure for the middle of the driftwood piece and the base & mark with a pencil.

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Step 6 – Glue dowels into both ends. Put a little wood glue on each end and secure it into your piece at the base and bottom of your piece.

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Step 7 – Protect your piece. Be sure your wood is completely dry, if in question, leave in the sun for a few days. Seal your sculpture with Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish. Use latex gloves & mask for this part. Take your foam brush and apply, making sure to get into the nooks & crannies. Let dry for a few hours.

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Step 8 – Add a personal touch. Using a stamp or marker record the date and/or names to appreciate for years to come. Shane & Jack both made ones for their rooms from pieces they found so it’s nice to have a personal note at the bottom. Who knows maybe these will be in the family for a while, one can hope right?

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We made about 8 in all and just to show you different styling options I layered them throughout my den.

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Of course no post would be the same without a little photo of Denver.

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This is the piece from above, it’s my favorite, I love the contrast, shape and texture, it all works.

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I kept the base natural, without stain because I didn’t want it to compete with the organic beauty and tone of the driftwood.

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What do you think of the art we made with love from the found driftwood from our little beach adventures? I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE this project!!! Not only was it easy but it was so cheap, it was under $25 for all my supplies. You can make about 20 with the purchased supplies.

From now through September 30th, take advantage of our Fall Home Celebration rebate and save up to $15 on select Minwax® products that make and keep your floors beautiful. These specially formulated products enhance the natural beauty of your floors and can help protect them so they look great for years to come.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Jen shares DIY projects and thrifty decorating solutions. Her design philosophy is that bringing style to your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn more about Jen and visit City Farmhouse. You Can also follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.