Category Archives: Outdoors

Our brick porch filled with pumpkin galore!

Hello!

Guys, it’s Fall! And ah I just LOVE this time of year!

I love stepping out on the front porch on fall crispy mornings, watching the colorful leaves drop from massive trees that line the streets with a hot cup of coffee, and of course wearing a favorite flannel:) This fall my hubby and I have a lot of fun things planned, like, a sunflower festival, going through a maze, apple picking, wagon rides, lots of campfires, and enjoying a warm apple cider donut, or maybe two…. 😉

This year I decorated a little different for our front porch! Instead of using both sides, I only did one side to allow more room and not feel or look too crowded. I was excited to find out our local greenhouse not only has a huge colorful selection in the summer, but they also sell fall items like pumpkins, mums and fall flowers! While I purchased a mum and a couple pumpkins from the local greenhouse, I also purchased a couple fun and unique pumpkins and a bushel of burgundy corn from the Country Barn, located within a couple miles away! Guys I just love how fall makes everything so cozy and inviting:)

 

I have been watching all your fun instagram posts about decorating your front porch, how exciting is it?! As you can see we don’t have a lot of room to play around with, but we are thankful we can still decorate it with a little bit of lovin. For right now we will enjoy the space we have, but we are looking forward to the future when we have a lot more space to decorate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Fall, and I look forward to see more posts, and fun things you guys also have in store for this season!

 

Keeping up with the exterior!

I am excited to share with you something that we easily put on the back burner because we are so focused on the inside of our home (which is totally ok)! Not only should you keep up with the inside of of your home, you also need to care for the exterior of your home as well… Make it inviting, and the one to stand out on the block!!!

About a month ago, my wonderful parents lent us their pressure washer, as well as our neighbor who lent us his 10 ft. ladder and extendable brush. We are so grateful for all of our helpers! While we obviously have 4 sides to the house, more moisture gets to the north side because of the shade. In saying so, that side was getting film growth and was needing a washing! After a couple of hours power washing (which we got in right before the storm hit us), it looked good as new!

A great and helpful tip for y’all who plan to pressure wash, if your machine is quite powerful, PLEASE squeeze the trigger to allow blowing of water to the side before hitting the siding while on the ladder. If you are not cautious the power could easily kick you off the ladder.

Some of you are asking yourself, what did they do besides pressure washing? Great question. Listed are some other maintenance things that we have done:

  • Cleaning  windows
  • Trimming plants back/replanting/weeding
  • Adding mulch to flower beds
  • Cleaning/repainting exterior door
  • New outdoor lighting
  • Clean, stain/seal decking
  • Added planters

Other things you can do:

  • Inspect and repair roof/gutters
  • Repaint/replace the exterior siding
  • Cleaning fencing
  • Update furniture/padding on furniture
  • Switch up decor on porch/deck
  • Keep up with your landscaping

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this helpful as much as I did while writing it.

 

Switching out your old outdoor light fixtures

One way to increase the curb appeal of your home and make your home safer is to replace those old light fixtures with a bright, and stylish light. That could be replacing ones by your front door, at the side of an entryway, or a light pole… You can easily do this yourself!

For our home, the pre existing, outdoor light-fixtures we had were literally about to fall off. They were so badly rusted that Peter had to break some of the screws in half in order to get the old fixture down. We actually think they were the originals when the house was built, which was 1976!!! Yikes is right!

BEFORE

AFTER

With Summer starting now, it was time to replace them. We waited and waited because we knew this would be a more costly purchase, being that we needed four lights. We searched and finally found the right fixture to fit our home! We wanted more unique and not the typical “barn light” that’s popular right now (nothing against that)! We wanted something easy to clean when needed to, something that was appealing, unique and also being the right color to go along with the house. Thanks to Amazon, we found exactly what we were looking for and it was a twin pack. SCORE!!!!!! So we purchased two, and in the future we will replace the light fixture by our patio door, but that one is still in good shape for now!

P.S. In the picture below I was so excited they arrived a day earlier than expected!!!!!!

I can’t believe we bought these lights for really $35.97 each, they are so beautiful and are great quality. I couldn’t find anything else with this similar style for less than $40 each, hey it’s a $5 difference per light but that still adds up. We are very happy with these lights from Amazon!

Supplies needed:

  • Power drill / Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Outdoor light fixture with hardware and instructions (Here is the link to the light fixture we purchased)
  • Electrical tape
  • Caulk gun (highly recommend)

Installing the light fixture:

  1. BEFORE removing existing light, turn off the circuit breaker on your service panel.
  2. Replace mounting bracket -> The new light fixture should come with the mounting hardware.
  3. Wire the outdoor light -> Included in instructions that come with fixture
  4. Caulk – used as a precaution for bees building nests, and water entering the home where the hole was.
  5. Install the new fixture, then light on top of it.
  6.  Turn electricity back on, and test that it works as expected.

Previously, the fixtures had a 60 watt twist light bulb, they were replaced with NEW 60 watt clear bulbs and they give off a great amount of light for our front porch and walkway, as well as outside our garage. The old were so dim, and didn’t give off much light at all, one of our front porch lights wasn’t grounded, so we actually had a fire hazard that we didn’t realize! But again we haven’t touched those lights since my husband first moved in…. so it was time!!!

So sorry for the ugly caulking around the doors, obvs the previous owners didn’t care, and just slapped it on there… GRRRRR. In the future we plan to put all new siding, and trim on, but for now we are doing the little things first. 🙂 Happy Summer y’all! And happy outdoor projects!!!

DIY tips to Improve your Deck and/or Patio

Thank you for your patience, as my husband and I just got back from an amazing vacation to Hawaii. We are sad and happy to be back!

PS. If you get the chance and/or opportunity to go, you need to GO!!!!

So I would like to share with you a few simple things you can do to your outdoor space to easily make it look like a whole new space! For example here is what we did:

Repairs

  • Replace floorboards that aren’t sturdy or are old/rotting out (2).

Repaint

  • Deck
  • Spray Painted Tiki + Poles
  • Spray painted Flower planters/Shepard hooks
  • Metal arbor

I purchased the: Craftsman “paint and primer in one” to metal at Kmart for $6 each

Scrub a Dub Dub

  • Simply used soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose to clean out spots on the area rug
  • Spot cleaned chair cushions with soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose

 

 

Added

 

  • New outdoor chair throw pillows ( from Homegoods)
  • Weather protected lantern ( from Homegoods)
  • A flower pot that perfectly adds with the new pillows ( from Marshalls)
  • Globe string lights ( click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor curtain rod (click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor water resistant curtain panels (click here to purchase)

Took away

  • Arbor Chandelier – One of the lights broke, and because the light has been dc’d we could not find a replacement. Instead we decided to add and weave string lights (that are attached) to the center of the arbor

Other things you can do as well

  • Add potted plants
  • Invest in patio furniture
  • Power wash patio
  • Eliminate weeds in patio cracks

Break down of the costs:

  • Behr Exterior flat paint- 1 gallon $28
  • Behr deck over paint- 1 gallon $35
  • Craftsman “paint and primer” to metal  spray paint – $6 each
  • Throw pillows (2 to a pack) -$20 each
  • Flower pot – $6
  • Tabletop Lantern – $15

This simple refresh sure made for a new look! A look that we both have been wanting for a bit now. After time, paint fades, style changes, and you just need to add a little to change the feel, and make for a new look! After the application of 1 coat of exterior black paint, it instantly showed off the arbor! Previously, the grey color was so faded, you really didn’t know what the color was supposed to be, that goes along with the tiki torches. To match the arbor, and also allow the flowers to pop, I spray painted the flower planters, and I surely don’t regret it! I was so excited to add the globe string lights, because they add so much to the space! Especially at night, when they twinkle and the lights gleam down and bring out the lush green ferns. We knew we wanted to “enclose” our arbor space a little for more privacy, and it took a bit of time to figure out exactly what we wanted to do… But we decided to add the weathered outdoor curtain panels, and we love them!!!!!! We love the pop the curtains add to the arbor, and how cozy it made the space instantly.

Side note: We decided to not put any curtains on the side(s) because of safety reasons with the tiki’s and the grill, as  well as some bushes being in the way. Not a problem at all, we love the main view where the curtains were placed.

While some of the top layering of wood was peeling, we decided to not worry about replacing until we completely redo the deck and add a patio down the road. Why spend $$$ now when we can just save it, and do it right when we want to add the patio? But honestly once the “deck over” was applied, because of the thickness it helped make it more settle and not be as apparent. It actually adds more of a rustic feel, which I don’t mind at all! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, as much as I did writing it!

 

 

A low maintenance plant- Pansies!

Add some pops of color and joy to your front porch with care-free pansies.

  • You can choose from pre-planted pansy bowls that are ready to be placed on your front porch, deck and/or patio, or you can pick up some packs and create a planter yourself!
  • Get them off to a good start by planting them a few inches apart to allow more room, you can use a variety in hanging baskets or as a filler in planters.
  • Tip: to allow the roots to grow more stronger, spread the bottom of the plant before placing into the planter. 
  • Water lightly
  • Later on, You can get more, and place the pansies close together to allow a more fuller look (after they are off and growing), you can also add some greens like (leaf lettuce, kale etc.) as a border.
  • I do suggest, if freezing temps come, to bring them inside just to prevent from them from dying. (why not be better safe than sorry)
  • After pansy season, replace these beauties with summer loving annuals.

 

Ps. Sorry for the not so pretty brick, after we get back from our vacation, we plan to borrow my parents air compressor, and give this baby a good cleaning!

I am so excited to get my hands in the dirt and start planting more! This year I plan to plant many planters for our deck and plant a big variety of veggies, wildflowers, and sunflowers in our garden! Thanks for reading, have a nice weekend!