screened in porch

How to Screen in Your Porch


Have you ever tried to finish a project with a toddler and a baby? It’s hard! We’ve been working on our porch for 2-3 months. It should not take that long, but we have tried to include our 2 year old in the process. He loves to help but he makes more of a mess than actually helps right now. I love that he loves to help. I want to encourage him to stay that way and hopefully set him on the track of loving to learn new things. So with that said, I am trying my best to let him help do whatever we are doing, as much as I can. It has been fun trying to see our projects through his curious eyes and to take our time and not rush, even though it takes us forever. Patients is something I never had until I had kids. Now I’m a work in progress. I’m trying. 

Screened in porch

Materials 

  1. Pressure wash with soap – this soap is amazing! Leave it on for 10 mins and rinse. It’s like magic!
  2. Remove iron railings- we used a sawzall with metal cutting blades to cut the metal at the concrete. Then unscrewed the mounts from the top. My husband started this part of the project while me and Witten primed the wood before we started building. That was fun. He had paint all over him, the carport, me, the dogs, etc. He would dip the whole brush in the paint and drip it all over the boards then smear it around. So I would have to go back over it and smooth it out the best I could. There were runs everywhere! It took all I had not to sand it down and do it again. He helped and he was proud of it so I left it!  Next I thought the paint sprayer might be better. I was wrong. I’m pretty sure he sprayed my husbands truck at one point. At least it was the farm truck. 
  3. Add support poles – we used the 4x4s for this part. We pulled a chalk line and attached metal beaches to the concrete. my son was eyeing the mallet so we let him help hammer them into place. He got over that very fast. 
  4. Add header and footer boards -we used the 2x4s for this part attaching them with finish nails and concrete screws. we just let him hand the screws to daddy. He’s not quite use to all the loud noises yet. 
  5. Add railing and balusters – we used 2x4s for the railing and 2x2s for the balustrades. We made the hand rail 36” and the balustrades 3” apart (4” is code) a couple pieces of scrap cut to 3” is the easiest way. We used a piece of trim (1/4 x 1 1/2) to nail the balustrades too then attached that to the rail and the footer boards
  6. Frame in door – 2x4s 
  7. Put up the door now to lock the kids in – add door sweep, knob and push pad. I used old squeaky hinges because you have to have a squeaky screen door. 
  8. Caulk -caulk everything! If you can see light through it bugs can definitely get in. Anywhere there was a crack I caulked. I love to caulk so I thought Witten might like it too and boy did he! He was caulking everything, the wood, the dogs, the concrete, daddy’s shoes, even his belly button. 
  9. Paint – we painted before we put the wood up and we painted some extra coats after it went up. Two coats of exterior primer and two coats exterior semi-gloss. Once again, everywhere! We had to sand the concrete to get it all up. Plus he threw his chalk in the paint. Yay!
  10. Staple screen staple like you would stretch a canvas. We did the corners first then the middle of each section then filled in in between each staple. Witten mostly played with his chalk while we did the stapling and Trent napped so this part actually went pretty fast. 
  11. Cut and nail Trim – we ripped down 1x6s to make 1x4s and 1x2s that we tacked up to cover the staples and screen. 
  12. Touch up paint

Check out my friends outdoor projects below for some great summer ideas! Please follow us on instagram and we would love to see your latest outdoor project! Add #diyprojectchallenge to your post and we’ll share our favorites in our stories!

outdoor projects
Kippi at Home@kippiathomeGarden Hose Holderhttps://kippiathome.com/2019/08/05/garden-hose-holder/
Sand Dollar Lane@sanddollarlaneDIY Ladder Ball Sethttps://www.sanddollarlane.com/ladder-golf-diy-how-to-make-your-own-lawn-game/
Southern
Yankee DIY
@southernyankeediyDIY Herb Boxhttps://wp.me/paaOAn-zI
Joyful Derivatives@joyfulderivativesDIY Gable Roof Over a Doorhttps://joyfulderivatives.com/how-to-build-a-gable-roof-over-front-door/
DIY vibes@diyvibingDIY House Number Signhttps://diyvibes.net/diy-house-number-sign/

I am trying out this new form of writing my posts. Normally it’s just HOW TO but this time it’s a little more personal. There’s a dime a dozen HOW TO posts out there and, even though I love HOW TO posts, they are not my strong suite. I love diy projects and I love to include our boys in all our projects. I’m not the best at explaining every little detail. So I’ve decided to write more about my experience with diy projects having my kids involved. I hope everyone gets a good laugh and some encouragement from this new style of posts. Thanks for following our diy journey as a family. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please leave below and I will get back to you ASAP. 

How to Make Your Own Wooly Sheep Toy

I made this wooly Sheep toy for my kids. I used the tools that were available to me the best I knew how. If you have a cnc machine or a better way to try please do and send me a picture of your projects. 

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Tools and Materials

  • Wood (I used Oak) I wouldn’t use a soft wood incase the kids put the toy in their mouth.
  • Wood dowel (I used 3/8″)

I used a hand me down Dremel scroll saw and i do not recommend it.

Directions

  1. I drew out a picture of a sheep onto white copy paper
  2. I used kids glue to glue it onto a piece of oak scrap wood
  3. I used my scroll saw then bandsaw to cut the sheep out
  4. I used a drill press to cut holes in the sheep
  5. I cut a dowl at an angle and then cut a straight line in the end with a bandsaw
  6. Sanded the sheep and dowl all over
  7. I used mineral oil to finish the sheep and dowl pen
  8. I threaded wool yarn through the dowl and let my son string it through the holes

check out some of my other videos – Kitchen Organization or Montessori Bed

Tips:

Bolt your machine down

Wax the work surface

Use contact paper

Bigger legs or no legs on the sheep (my son broke one instantly)

Use very sharp quality blades

Make sure to oil the holes very liberally

This week was so fun for me! I teamed up with 6 other amazing bloggers to do a Multi-Media DIY Challenge! I used wood and yarn for my 2 mediums. Please check out their amazing projects and post your own on Instagram using #diyprojectchallenge

Joyful Derivatives@joyfulderivativesHow to Frame a Canvas Painting
Girl, Just DIY!@girl_justdiyDIY Industrial End Table Makeover
Kippi at Home@kippiathomeGorgeous DIY Solar Lanterns
Sand Dollar Lane@sanddollarlaneDog Leash Holder
1905 Farmhouse@1905farmhouseDIY Poster Frame for Vintage Prints
The DIY Nuts@thediynutsDIY Word Canvas Art

DIY Inspiration for St Patrick’s Day

Most of these could be easily made or found on Etsy to purchase. Check out the links below!! I love St. Patrick’s Day! I was browsing the internet trying to find some projects that weren’t too gaudy and found these! Hope these 33 projects inspire you this St Patrick’s Day. 

Signs

Most of these signs are farmhouse inspired. 


Banners

I love these banners, not tacky at all! 


Crafts

Sweet crafts for Patty’s Day that could easily be great gifts for family and friends. 


Decor

It’s so hard to find cute sophisticated, decor for St Patricks Day. 


Apparel

I’m a sucker for a good drinking T-shirt! I need to break out the silhouette and make some of these!!! 


Thanks for browsing through my St Patty’s Day inspirations. I hope you find something useful! Please pin for later. Also check out my Valentine’s Day Post and my goals for woodworking this year!

Montessori Inspired Mountain Range Bed from 2x4s

 

Mountain Range Bed and Bookshelves

 

I was looking for some inspiration on the internet one night for my sons new big boy room. I found this picture on Pinterest. I loved it! So I decided to take it a step further and make a bed that looks like mountains with built-in bookshelves.

Inspiration Inspiration

Material list

2x4s

1x4s

Painters Tape

3.5 inch screws

3 inch screws

Paint/primer

Stain

Filler or caulk

 

 

Tools

Table saw

Miter saw

Band saw

Nail gun

Angle finder

Drill, Flat edge/square, level, measuring tape, Sander, pencil, painters tape

 

Cut List

 

 

 

**Recommend watching this video before cutting half laps.

Half lap video

Step 1

Assemble the frame where the half flaps are with (4) 3 inch wood screws (counter sunk)

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Step 2

(Make a 2 inch spacer out of scrap wood for in between the slats) Screw the slats into the frame every 2 inches with 3 inch wood screws. Two screws per side. (Countersunk)

Download PDF Now 

Step 3

Fill the holes with wood filler or caulk. Let it dry. Then sand, prime, and paint.

 

**Highly recommend watching these videos before moving on.

 

Watch next video on using the angle finder and how to cut acute angles!

 

Video of cutting angles

Step 4

Set the cut 2 x 4s (for the mountains) on the wall with one screw to make sure they all fit together good. After your test fitting take them all down and sand. Stain and poly. Dry. Replace on the wall. Attach all the 2 x 4’s to studs in the wall with 3 1/2 inch wood screws.mountains 4

Step 5

Sand, stain, and polyurethane the cut 2 x 2s and the 1 x 4s. Attach the 2 x 2s to the wall in the studs with 3 1/2 inch wood screws. Then attach the 1 x 4s to the 2 x 2s and the 2 x 4s with 3 1/2 inch wood screws

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We love our new bed! He loves being able to get the books off the shelf and read. He has slept like a baby in this new floor bed from the first day. I also love how it’s Montessori inspired! For the downloadable PDF click here!

 

Check out some of my older posts on his new room! Or his old playpen.

10 Low-Cost Valentine’s Day Gifts

Crafts

1. Beads – bracelets

Very easy craft and helps with fine motor skills! I let him string on as many beads as he could. Then I helped string the names on. Tied and finished!!

2. Canvas

Very easy and fun! First, I taped off the L and E. Second, I squirted dabs of paint all over the canvas and let him use his hands and paint brushes to move it around. After he was done playing, I let it dry. When it was dry, I painted his feet red (while in his high chair, highly recommended) and pushed them onto the canvas like a V. Then we painted his hand white and pressed it onto the canvas like an O. We let everything dry and removed the tape! Ta-Da!

3. Footprint Heart Frames

Also very easy. Probably my favorite! I love the vintage look!

I painted his feet red (while in high chair, highly recommended). Then pressed them onto scrapbooking paper in the shape of a heart. I bought some cheap frames from Goodwill. Cut the paper to size and put them in the frame. So easy!

Check out this post for some extra ideas for the crafty person in your life! 

Low-Cost Shopping

4. Farmhouse Pillows

I love getting pillows as gifts. It’s something I wouldn’t buy myself but I love changing them out with the holidays.

5. Garland

Another thing I probably wouldn’t buy myself but I love! You could add little paper hearts for extra festivities. Also might find some great deals this time of year.

6. Little Cake Pans

Great for wives and kids. You might even get a treat in return! Especially if you buy ingredients to go with it.

7. Mini Scarves

These are the most handy things to have! I tie them on my purse/diaper bag and pull them off whenever I need to get my hair off my face. I use them as headbands or cute little accessories. Click here for hair inspiration!

8. Kids Shirts

Kids get clothes for every occasion. Duh!

9. Clothes

All women need more clothes!

10. Jewelry

These are my personal favorites. I love pearl everything. My engagement ring was a pearl. I’m obsessed.

This necklace is also an essential oil diffuser. Another thing I’m obsessed with.

I have a new post coming up next week on How To Build A Mountain Range Bed! I’m so excited about this post. Please sign up for my newsletter so you won’t miss it! If you can’t wait till next week for more DIY you can check out the window updates for this room here. Thanks friends I hope this list was helpful and inspiring.

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11 DIY Wood Projects for 2019

My Top 11 DIY Project Goals 

2019

1. Barn doors for the hall closet and the laundry room.

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2. Table for our coffee station and all my collectibles in the kitchen (cutting boards and rolling pins)

I want it to be a mixture of these two. I want shelves for my metal baskets but a big drawer to hide the coffee overload.

3. Kids coat hanger

My kid has more coats than my husband and me combined!


4. Kitchen storage that rolls out

5.Built-ins for playroom

I need something for the tv, crafts, toys, shoes, and more coat storage!

6. Air return cover

We are currently putting an old mantle around it and I can’t stand how hideous the grate is! It takes away the beauty of the mantle. I think I’m dreading this project the most. It seems very tedious.

7. Laundry sorter

8. Kids farmhouse table and bench

9. Porch swing

10. A kid’s tower for two littles

My son uses the one I made last year every day but he’s getting tall. I want to make one that adjusts for two kids heights.

11. I have my Mamaw’s old tator bin like this one. I want to revamp it a little to match our kitchen. Then my son can use it as his play kitchen.

I didn’t make a project for each month because I figured I would take a month off when I had this sweet baby.

You can do it too! Start making things for yourself and don’t forget to enjoy the process! Soak in all the memories and embrace the imperfect! Thanks for checking out my new projects for this year! I am currently learning a new program to start drawing up my own plans! If you have any questions or ideas send me a message or comment below! I hope we’ve inspired you! Please post or send pics of your finished projects! And don’t forget to pin to your Pinterest boards for later!!

Make Something Special

These are some DIY projects we completed over the holidays.

 

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Refinishing a Rocking Horse and a Dresser

 

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This dresser is special to me because my mom and I picked it out at a flea market years ago in hopes of redoing it to sell. Then I fell in love with it but didn’t know exactly what to do with it. Then life got busy. So this Christmas I decided we need more toy storage especially with another baby coming. So I found a new home for this jewel and decided to finish it.

The dresser had a door over the shelves. So I took it off and put pallet wood where the old shelves were. 

 

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We bought this rocking horse for my son last Christmas at the 127 yard sale in Crossville. I didn’t get around to redoing it before Christmas last year so I finished it this year! It was a hit! It’s the first thing my son goes to every morning screaming, “Neigh, Neigh!”

The rocking horse had googly eyes that I pried off but I didn’t change much about it. 

 I forgot to take a before picture because I’ve had these 2 pieces for years. I thought I had some hidden away somewhere but I can’t find them. Sorry.

 

Refinishing process on both:

  1. Sand

  2. Crackle paint

  3. Paint white (repeat 1st 3 steps until you like the results)

  4. Final Sand 

  5. Wax

Canvases

 

These were very dear, close to my heart Christmas presents we worked on for the grandparents. My mom and mother in law both say every time they see a cardinal “there’s Mamaw”. Plus it was so much fun watching Witt get into painting this year. I was so proud!

 

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  1. I put dots of grays whites and blues and let Witt smear them around

  2. Then I went back and just smoothed them out before it started drying

  3. Dry

  4. Painted his hand with red and stamped it on the canvas

  5. Dry

  6. Then I painted the branch on and the face details

  7. Dry

  8. Then use a fanned out brush dipped in white, cream, and very light gray to dab the snow on the branches

  9. Dry

  10. I cut out the saying “cardinals appear when angels are near” in vinyl on my silhouette then stuck it on but you could paint or write it on with a sharpie. 

Ta-Da

Signs

 

  1. I used plywood that I cut to size with a table saw

  2. Then I found a sheet of “paneling” at Lowe’s I liked even better. So I also cut it to the same size as the plywood and glued them together

  3. Next I cut 2x4s in half and cut the rounded edges off with the table saw

  4. Stained

  5. Then nailed to the plywood and each other with a pin nailer

  6. Next I used my silhouette to cut out sayings or dates in vinyl

  7. Stuck them to the paneling

  8. Then I put a coat of modge podge over the top

Ta-Da

 

 

I just painted the plywood white on a few instead of using the paneling and I painted the red baseball laces on there too. 

You can do it too! Make something special and don’t forget to enjoy the process! Soak in all the memories and embrace the imperfect! Thanks for checking out my new projects! If you have any questions or ideas send me a message! I hope we’ve inspired you! Please post or send pics of your finished projects! And don’t forget to pin to your Pinterest boards for later!!