Front Paver Walkway Makeover

I had yet to install a paver walkway, despite owning and renovating two houses before this one. Hubs came into the picture shortly after I bought this house so it was great timing for me; maybe not so much for him! Faced with rows of underwhelming builder slabs that the previous owner lived with for over 20 years, the perfect opportunity presented itself for both of us to learn a new skillset!

Here’s an idea of how the walkway looked before (but you’ll have to imagine it without the pond because we installed that ourselves)!

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Repurpose Your Bathroom Fixtures in the Garden!

They say that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, but I wonder if that holds true when items you would typically find in those spaces are used outside! Why not repurpose your bathroom fixtures in the garden?

We had a blank section of fencing at the entry to our backyard that needed a little somethin’ somethin’. Last August when we stumbled upon a garage sale, I decided that the somethin’ was going to be a bathroom light fixture!

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Faux Barn Board Phone Booth Shelf

Try saying the title 3 times fast; it’s a tongue twister! Reclaimed wood in our area costs a fortune so we worked hard to develop a  DIY technique for faux barn board that was just as beautiful but a fraction of the price.

Remember this phone booth that we picked up at the Aberfoyle Antique Market? We’re back with another version!

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Milk Paint Hack

We’ve done several milk paint projects lately – and there are more to come – so in this post I’m demonstrating a great little hack I developed. Traditional milk paint comes in a powder form that has to be mixed with water. I’ll show you how to mix milk paint fast and efficiently using none other than two items from the kitchen: a milk frother and a coffee filter!

If you’ve ever had to mix only a small amount of milk paint – or you’re using it as a watered-down stain – you’ll know that mixing it can be a challenge. For a project I just completed, both of those conditions were met: I literally only needed to mix a few tablespoons of milk paint to stain a few boards. It’s not possible to use a blender, as I normally would for large projects, because there isn’t enough liquid volume to come into contact with the blade and mix it properly. Hand mixing is slow and stubborn lumps can prevent a smooth mixture.

To resolve those problems, give my mixing hack a try. It’s fast, clean up is a breeze and it’s splatter proof!

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‘Partners in Grime’ Planter – Snazz up Metal & Terra Cotta with Milk Paint!

I feel like we’ve come a long way since my husband first raised his eyebrows when he helped me replace all the ‘perfectly good’ door knobs in my house soon after we met. The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks! It wasn’t until he agreed to help me install a little pond beside the front walkway that I realized he really was a DIY wannabe. Little did he know what I had in store for him after we wed! Although we’ve only been documenting our DIY pursuits on Birdz of a Feather for a few short years, since tying the knot he’s become my one and only ‘partner in grime’. We really do enjoy DIY’ing together.

When I came across this galvanized planter set at a garage sale for only $1, I had an idea to create something that was inspired by hubs.

In a previous post, we showed you how to get milk paint to stick to anything! I used a bonding agent to paint right over a lacquered finish on a mini adirondack chair (which you’ll see later). I was curious to see if milk paint + bonder would stick just as well to other surfaces, such as metal and terra cotta.

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If it’s Spring, it Must be Antiquing Time!

I look forward to Spring for so many reasons but when antiquing season opens up, we’re so there! A few weeks ago, we were at our favourite antique market in Aberfoyle, Ontario. Today we’re showing you some interesting finds that we’ll be making over and featuring on Birdz of a Feather in the near future (we’ll also show you what we’ve done with a few past finds).

The first thing I came across was this old clock. I had made over a very similar one when hubs and I were on an HGTV show called Trash to Treasure soon after we met! I always thought that if I came across another one that I’d buy and make it over for our own house so this buy was a no-brainer for me 🙂

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Solid Fence Screen

You know the proverb: the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence!  Well, our house in the burbs has a wooden fence that surrounds it. It’s great that it defines the boundaries, but it’s not so great for privacy. As you can see by the picture below, we have a distracting view of our neighbour’s pool in the back yard. No grass – just a cool, refreshing, inviting pool that we don’t have access to 🙂 As if the sightline isn’t bad enough, noise transference is an issue too.

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Foghorn Leghorn Clock – Ikea Besta Hack

During the long winter months we grabbed videos from the library and hunkered down for some marathon TV watching on Sunday mornings. One day hubs came home with a series of Looney Toons cartoons – famous for characters such as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian and Foghorn Leghorn. Did you know that Bugs Bunny even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?!

Hubs is a Foghorn Leghorn fan and has one of those minds that remembers lines from movies and catch phrases (me, not so much!). He was intently on the look-out for one of his favourite episodes where Foghorn Leghorn looses his feathers. Did you ever see that one? If not, here’s a 9-second clip where you’ll hear Hubs’ favourite Foghorn catchphrase.

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