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!

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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/
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@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. 

The Best Creative Small Business Ideas

I have been teetering with the idea of converting our old stock trailer into a mobile pop up shop. Now I’m trying to do some research on it before we start. 

Stock Trailer Conversion

The 4 main conversions we are looking at (but not limited to)

  • Farm trailers – they have usually been through the ringer and seem like the most work to me. They usually have lots of rust to deal with and need a big cleaning. You will need a welder or some welding experience but they seem to be the easiest to come by. They also need extra protection from the elements because they are not water tight  
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  • Buses – they are harder to find, but usually in better shape. They are usually element proofed already. With buses you have to deal with more mechanical stuff. 
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  • Campers – easily found but prices vary a lot. Conditions also very a lot.
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  • Complete build ups – can usually find trailers pretty easy, but they can be very expensive. This route you can do exactly what you want, but the materials could be more expensive. Also no demo.  
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Reasons for a mobile shop

  • You can travel wherever you would like to go. If you have to move you can take your shop with you.
  • No monthly rent or utilities. You can also use solar panels if you need some energy. You still have to pay for some shows or festivals but only the ones you choose to go to.
  • You can set up the store where ever they will let you, like shows, events, weddings, festivals, bars, etc.
  • It will also be less money upfront than a brick-and-mortar shop.
  • You can also use it for different things, like an office, a she shed, storage, or moving and delivering large pieces. 

Business Ideas

  • Bar
  • Boutique 
  • Coffee shop 
  • Farm stand
  • Food
  • Crafts
  • Furniture 
  • Art studio
  • Greenhouse/ nursery
  • Hair salon
  • Any mini version of a brick and mortar store really
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So I think for us we’re going to go with our stock trailer because we already have it and it goes with our brand Emory Farm. We want to do different festivals and farmers markets to sell our homemade products, like farmhouse tables, cutting boards, candle sticks, jams and jellies, eggs, and etc.

I can’t wait to get started on this project. My husband and I are going to start a #husbandwifebuildoff challenge to start stocking our inventory faster, and make some extra money for this project. Once we get a few things built and sold, then we will start on the trailer. If any of you have some prior experience or knowledge about conversions I would love to hear from you and maybe pick your brain. Thanks so much for reading about our new adventure! 

Next week I will be hosting a #diyprojectchallenge our theme is Organization. I have chose to organize our corner kitchen cabinet! Check back next week for the build and other organization projects/hacks from other bloggers! If you missed it please check out my posts DIY Floating Shelves and DIY Window Farmhouse Trim!


Farm Friday— Farm Stands Part 2

Farm Stand

Why we need a farm stand! MAIN REASON— We have an abundance of eggs! We can only eat so many. We also have lambs and sometimes pigs to sell. It would also be nice to sell/give away some of our vegetables and jams.

We could also leave some information on the stand like, when the lambs will be processed, pricing, what we feed our animals, and some nutritional information on our products.

Animal Pinterest Board

Having a stand at our house would be very convenient! We have a lot of traffic on our road.

We don’t always have enough stuff to justify selling at a farmers market though. We would spend more money in fees than we would make. Plus lugging a baby to the market and watching him would be tough. Having it at the house, with a sign saying “fresh eggs” will also keep me accountable. I can’t let my neighbors down! Not going to the farmers market— who cares!

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Woodworking Wednesday — Farm Stand — Part 1

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I am about to build a farm stand for all our excess eggs and produce. I have been searching the internet and Pinterest to find some plans that we like.

These are my favorites…

Farm Stand Board on Pinterest

We really need a cooler or a specific spot for eggs. We have duck and chicken eggs. It would be nice to have a spot for both. We tried delivering them once a week but that got away from us.

We need a top and some shelves underneath. I would really like the shelves to be slanted so you can see what’s in the baskets. We have a ton of baskets already.

I would also like it to be covered and portable. I want a big sign that says WEEKEND FARM STAND and/or EMORY FARM.

Here are some actual plans we have found so far…

 Roadside Stand Plans

Roadside Produce Stand

We are debating on buying something like this to get us by.

If y’all have any ideas or have any experience in this area please leave a comment!  How did your produce stand go?  Do you have plans for one?

Maker Monday— Chicken/Duck Coop

This chicken/duck coop will house our new workers in the garden this year!

I use a plethora of methods in my garden. We took a permaculture class last year in Asheville so I try to center it around that. Some things that hinder the garden:

1. Critters including our dogs who like to Pee on everything
2. Sun (lack of)
3. Weeds
4. Water
5. Bugs/slugs/snails

So We built a fence around our kitchen garden this winter from 2x4s and goat fencing. Mostly to keep our dogs out and now to keep our fowl in. We are also going to put a hot wire around our raised beds, which are not as close to the house or build a similar fence for them.

Our house is on a north facing slope which makes sunlight difficult. So we just have to pick the best spots for what we want to grow. The hard part is keeping them as close to the house as I would like. Our yard is so shady.

We laid clear plastic over the entire garden until the heat burnt all the grass and weeds. Then we laid cardboard over that. Then we put a layer of manure. Then a layer of mulch on the very top.

We also have a rain barrel in the garden that catches water from our roof. There’s also a spigot close by if we need it. We also put in a water line and a spigot next to our raised beds for easy watering.

Ok bugs! I have read a lot about fowl in the garden and we have all kinds of birds. So this year I’m going to put them to work. After we put the manure down we are going to dump a pile of mulch and let the chickens spread it while eating the bug larvae and some weeds. Then we will remove them and start planting. Once the plants are mature enough we will put the ducks in to help cut back on the snail/slug population and eat some weeds as well. I’ll let you know how it goes.