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

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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. 

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!

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.

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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!! 

Last Minute Homemade Gifts

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Every year I think, “ I’m going to make everyone homemade gifts this year!”  Then one week before Christmas I’m struggling to finish up or start projects! 

 

Footprint Ornaments

 

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My first project here is very simple, easy, and fast! Also a great tradition to start with your lil babies! We made 5 this year and 8 last year. Great for last minute gifts! You can make them more rustic chic or very kid friendly! 

You’ll need:

  1. Paint – green, red, orange, yellow, brown, white, and cream
  2. Paint brushes
  3. Water for rinsing
  4. Baby wipes for easy, fast clean up
  5. Puppy dog pads (if you have some) or trash bags, etc to keep your floor/ table dry and clean
  6. High chair or bumbo seat – keeps lil feet still 
  7. Wood pieces – you can use blocks, rectangles, or more fancy ones
  8. String for hanging
  9. Drill for making a small hole to hang
  10. String, poof balls, yarn, twigs, hot glue or anything to be more creative – we didn’t use any of this this year but we did last year

Instructions:

  1. Paint, stain or leave your wood pieces natural
  2. Paint lil feet and press the wood onto them
  3. Let dry
  4. Add faces, decorations, hats, antlers, berries, etc. with paint
  5. Let dry
  6. Add embellishments like twigs for snowman arms or matted string for deer tail with hot glue
  7. Drill one or two holes in the top 
  8. Add string to holes and tie 

Ta-Da DONE! 

Christmas Tree Sconce / Picture Frame

 

My next project takes a little more time but still very easy and doable. I followed 

Angela Marie Made

plans and she does a great job of explaining and doing the math for us! 

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I decided to add a picture clip on the back with hot glue so you could use it as a picture frame or sconce. I also added rubber circles to the bottom so it wouldn’t slide around. If it’s not perfectly flat it keeps it from wanting to tilt (Which happened to a couple of mine.) I used pocket holes on the bottom of some just to add more strength incase they wanted to hang them. 

The funnest part to me is the staining and painting. I stained them all with different stains. Then went back and dry brushed some with white and some with green. Let them dry and sanded the crap out of them. On the lighter ones I used a dark wax to make the crevasses stand out more. They all turned out great. Not one is the same. I think the dark stain with the white paint is my favorite. It looks like old barn wood. 

 

Reindeer Feed Onesie

 

Last I did these onesies for my son and his lil girlfriend. We both have farms and farm names. So I made a silhouette cut diagram. Cut it out on vinyl that I never use and laid it on the onesies (prewashed and dried with no softener.) I used black fabric paint and a makeup sponge to stencil it on. Let it dry 48 hours. Added another coat. Took the vinyl off let it dry for 72 hours. Then washed it! 

You can do it! Get those last minute special gifts done 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 to make it even better 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!! ❤️

Mother’s Day Gift Giving

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Violet Syrup

For this recipe you’ll need

  • wild violet flowers
  • water
  • sugar
  • lemon juice

Add your flowers to a glass jar and add just enough boiling water to cover them. Steep flowers for at least 2 hours, overnight if you can. Don’t panic if your water is blue! Strain flowers out. Add equal parts sugar to flower water. Now slowly add and stir in lemon juice around a teaspoon at a time until the desired color is achieved! WALLA! Purple! Slowly bring to a boil for a minute. Next put in jars and store in the fridge!

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Habanero Jelly

I have a couple recipes. I usually combine the 2 how I see fit but that is not recommended!

Easy Basic Jelly

More Complicated Jelly

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Potted Plant

Great tutorial on potting plants for this summer!

My mom is horrible at plants so a succulent is a good choice for her or just some pretty cut flowers!

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Pictures/Magnets

These are great because they can change them throughout the year!!

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