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Plastic Wall Clock, a Vintage Look with Spray Paint

Pretty Spray Paint Art Tricks

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We updated our wall clock from Aldi's to look like vintage enamel.

Thirft Flip Wall Clock

Spray Paint Art for furniture flips

Now it looks like we found it at an auction. Spray paint made the job easy.

Spray Paint Tricks for thrift flips

Read how we created this antique look with spray paint.

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Coming soon! Pretty spray paint tricks for a garden basket

Learn easy spray painting tips

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Easy Stained Glass Lanterns

Easy Stained Glass Lanterns

Update Thrift Shop Lanterns with Stained Glass Paint and Gilding

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Our thrift shop lanterns were just $3.00 each ...

Before and After Stained Glass Paint

... and look at them now! We upstyled these with high-end glass paint and copper-leaf gilding.

How to Glass Paint on a Lantern

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Upcycle: Make Lamp Shades into Flower Pots

(with RapidSet CementAll ®)

We coated elegant lampshades with a cement slurry …

How to make your own flower pots

How to Upcycle Lampshades

… to make strong and durable, faux terracotta pots

Make Your Own Cement Flower Pots

See how to make these here!

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How to hand color photographs

Make Art for Your Home with Eyeshadow!

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How to hand color photos with eyeshadow

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How to hand color photographs

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Make a Foil Bunny

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We made these with recycled foil and glass paint!

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We searched high and low for instructions to make foil bunnies. Finding NONE, we filled the void with our own step-by-step project.

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Watch the video for full paint-by-number instructions and details on how to make finishing touches.

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Hydrangea Topiary from Dollar Store Christmas Trees

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We made easy topiaries using Christmas trees that cost just one dollar each.

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Ready for display year round, for every holiday.

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Build a Potting Bench (for Around $100) from Recyled Furniture

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We made this cottage style potting bench from a defunct futon … the bottom of which we used to make our garden bridge.

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It may look sweet, but it's designed for heavy duty gardening work too.

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Christmas Flowers on the Mantel

Christmas was a glory of dried flowers and forest moss. Now it's time to plan for the 2022 garden.

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Customize a Cold Frame for the Garden

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A great gift for gardeners, a cold frame kit is easy to put together and easy to customize to make it even better. We started with the kit shown above.

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Now it's full of beautiful cold-hardy plants … and cat proof!

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See how we did this project here.

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Colorful Concrete with Fabric Dye and Sealer

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It's been four months since a wild experiment with liquid fabric dye and concrete sealer. We glazed this patio with color!

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We kind of love it!

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Make Stain from Paint and a Water-based Wood Sealer

Here's something NEW in decorative painting — we blended craft paints into acrylic wood finish to make an easy-to-use stain.

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Our antique toolbox got a bright new start thanks to Behr Waterproofing Wood Finish. It's water-based and wonderful!

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We had great success with this product mixed with paint on our lavender footbridge too and now we've used it on concrete, metal, and paper.

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The benefit of using this waterproofing finish (meant for outdoor use) is that the surface can withstand water, sun, and has built in UV protection.

Check out how we created the stain here.

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Make a Pendant Light from a Table Lamp

You may never look at a table lamp the same way again.

Imagine a table lamp upside down as a pendant light.

It's lovely and clever, and it cost less than $20! Click here to read more.

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Preserving Cattails for Autumn Decor

Join us on a walk in the country hunting the perfect cattail.

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No-Dig, No-Mess,

LampPosts for a Bridge Garden

Block and Post LampPost System

Garden Bridge

Solar Light Bridge

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Easy DIY Leaded Glass Mirror with Metal Tape

We've added a mirror over the window on the stone porch. We used the same Pebeo Vitrail lead tape used on the window below, and it was easy!

The final look was beyond everything we hoped. Super pretty!

Check out our photos and a step-by-step of how we made this mirror project, here.

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We truly love this product and are giving away a free roll, a $30 value on our YouTube Channel. Jump to the post about that here.

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Make an Indoor-Outdoor Window Hutch

As we worked on this window, adding lead strips, shelves, and styling inside and out, we realized how well it would work as an outside hutch … and how hutches could be made back-to-back … inside AND out! Read the post here

Now we are searching for the perfect base that will allow us to see the stone wall, if possible. Something like this:

For lots of tips on making an indoor/outdoor window hutch, see our video here:

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Easy Leaded Glass with Metal Tape!

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Birdbath and Garden Ornaments with Real Lace

As sweet as icing sugar, this birdbath is tough enough to stay out in the garden!

We used real crochet cotton lace and our own tinted wax formula to make it.

We hope you'll click the thumb icon on our YouTube channel. You don't want to miss the gnome's upcoming makeover!

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Shortcut to a Fairy Tale Bridge

We've started a bridge garden and here's how it look so far …

Eight feet long and raised on a sturdy bed of cement pavers, it's hard to believe the bridge project began as a cast-off futon!

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Easy Waterproof Rustic Basket DIY

Make this basket for your garden or porch and leave it outside in any weather …

… we made ours while watching Outlander …

Looking like a basket from Lallybroch …

… but with lots of secrets that will keep it looking good in all sorts of weather, AND help keep mice away too!

Check out the video here …

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Make Gingerbread Trim from Kid's Blocks!

This project was child's play with toy blocks, brackets, and a finial that looks like a juice extractor. See how we made this entry into a beautiful part of our stone porch, here.

How to Make Victorian Style Gingerbread Trim

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DIY Victorian Gingerbread

Victorian Gingerbread Project

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Our Amazing Bark Textured Flower Boxes made with Caulk

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Faux Bois easy DIY

Look how we upcycled our bland flower boxes with caulk and a plastic fork. This craft, also called Faux Bois in France, looks like realistic bark but is durable and easy to do.

How to make bark texture

We made a total of three of these wonderful rustic boxes. We used chalk paint and wood ash to finish the surface. Here's how …

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How to make Victorian-Style Gingerbread Fretwork, from New Materials

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The photo essay step-by-step is here.

DIY Victorian house trim

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