Stone Pathway Project

14 Apr

James and I have been on the go the past few weekends and finally had a weekend at home {probably the last one until June}. We decided to be super productive today and re-do our old walkway to the deck.

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As you can see it was quite the eye sore. Why someone would make a wooden walkway, makes no sense to me? And it only went halfway to the driveway and just stopped…another reason to re-do it.

It ended up being super easy to remove and of course James loved this part of the project because what man doesn’t love demolishing something?

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After doing some research on Google and Pinterest, we decided to give it a try. If you’ve been thinking about doing something similar, you should go for it!

What you’ll need:
Tape measurer {to measure your walkway}
Stones {we chose two different sizes}
Sand
Rake/Hoe {to clean out the space and even the ground}
Tarp {optional}

After a two trips to Lowes, we were ready to get to work!

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First, use a rack, shovel or hoe to make your pathway. This was easier for us since there was already an area from the old walkway. Be sure to make sure the pathway is somewhat level so the stones will be easier to lay.

Once the pathway has been made, you are now ready to lay your stone. We decided on a random pattern {Lowes example 2nd pic below} because we figured it would be a lot easier than using a pattern.

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After all the stones are laid and in place, add sand to fill in all the cracks. We sprayed everything with water, but I don’t think this was a must.

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All done!

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It was a super easy project that only took about an hour and a half to complete.

Fabric Headboard Project How To

27 Feb
For those of you that have stayed the weekend or night at our house, you know how boring, bland and undecorated our guest rooms are. It’s embarrassing.  So a few weekends ago, we decided to tackle the fabric headboard project. It was a quick, cheap and pretty simple way to redo a guest room. Trust me its a lot easier than it looks!
If you have been thinking about making one, check out my simple how to list below!
Materials you’ll need for your queen sized headboard.
  • Plywood
  • 2 2×4 pieces for legs {we had ours cut at 2ft bc we wanted less legs and a bigger headboard}
  • 2 and a half to 3 yards of your favorite fabric {We got 3 and it was plenty!}
  • Quilting batting
  • 2 to 2 and a half inch thick foam {We had a pretty big peice of plywood so needed two packs}
  • Staple guns and staples
  • Spray adhesive
1) Purchase and cut your wood for the legs and main peice of your headboard. Lowe’s cut ours for us for free.
2) Drill two peices of 2×4 to plywood to crate headboard legs. Be sure both legs are drilled in at the same part of the plywood so the headboard will sit even.
3) Lay foam on plywood and cut to fit the wood. We used scissors but I saw on different YouTube videos that an electric knife does a perfect job.

4) Spray adhesive on plywood and place foam on top.

5) Lay quilt batting on the floor and flip the headboard face down. Then staple the batting to the back on the plywood.
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6) Do the same thing with your fabric that you did with the batting. It’s very important to make sure the fabric is smooth and pulled tight when stapled.
7) Stand it up and you’ve got yourself a new headboard!

Please ignore the messed up nail head trim. That's a project for another day!

Please ignore the messed up nail head trim. That’s a project for another day!

It may be helpful to watch a few videos like this one and this one to get a better idea of how to do each step.
Good luck! Send me some pics of your new fabric headboard.

Screen Porch Re-do

25 Feb

When we bought our house back in October 2011, we knew we had our work cut out for us in DIYs. We’ve got a lot done but have A LOT more to do. One of the things at the top of our never ending to do list was to redo our back porch. As you can see below, the previous owner tried to turn it in to some kind of “green house” that was a major eye sore.
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Thankfully, my older brother Allen is a very talented contractor and turning this eye sore into a beautiful screened in porch was a piece of cake {even on a rainy day}. My parents and Allen have been planning a weekend to come up to Columbia to help with this DIY project ever since we got married. We were happy that this past weekend worked for everyone’s busy schedules, if only the weather had been nicer for Saturdays work day.

Here are some pics from the weekend.

The boys working hard

The boys working hard

End of Day 1 {rainy Saturday}

End of Day 1 {rainy Saturday}

The boys worked hard in the cold rain while the girls and doggie rested on the warm couch.

The boys worked hard in the cold rain while the girls and doggie rested on the warm couch.

getting close...

getting close…

Before and after pic

Before and after pic

Looking good from the inside.

Looking good from the inside.

All Finished!

All Finished!

After priming and painting all the new {and old} wood on Sunday after they left, the porch looked great! Now we just need to paint the ceiling {we’re thinking a pretty pale blue – to keep the birds out of course} and need to sand and paint the floors. The floors are looking pretty bad – again not sure what the owners were doing out there.

We can’t wait to enjoy spring suppers, summer cocktails and fall afternoons on our screen porch for many years to come!

Thanks Allen for all your help. If you live in Spartanburg or the surrounding area, check out AR Bunn construction. He has some beautiful pictures of his work here.

First Blog Post

14 Feb

Welcome to the T!

Well I caved in..decided to see what all the blogging buzz is all about. I’m going to be sharing all of our DIY projects, room decorating, baking successes {and fails} and whatever else exciting that the Thompsons are up to!

To the T.

My blog about DIY projects, decorating, and our life together as newlyweds