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. 

sheep

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

Donny Carter — Discover the DIYer

Donny Carter is a YouTuber and a podcaster at themakerminded.com

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“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

Donny lives in the Mississippi Gulf and is a CNC user by day and a passionate wood turner by night. He wears many hats (builder, maker, artist, DIYer, podcaster, Etsy store owner, website designer, and content creator) and juggles everything with a great attitude. In this interview he touches on how he does it all. You can tell he is a genuine, honest, hustler and a very enthusiastic teacher.

Here is a list of some of the questions I sent Donny and after I had it all transcribed I decided reading it doesn’t do Donny any justice. His gift is conversation. So please listen to our unedited audio conversation to see how wonderful this feller is!

  • How did you get into podcasting? 
    • It was kind of selfish honestly. I wanted to chat with more well know woodworkers and makers.
  • What’s the basic equipment you need for podcasting? 
    • All you really need these days is Skype. It has a built in recorder. A pair of earbuds or headphones is also a must.
  • How did you get into Woodworking?
    • I’ve always been into making and building things since I was a kid. As I got older I started fixing up my home and building things I needed.

  • Where do you get inspiration? 
    • I get inspired from all those around me. Those on social media and in my daily life. I try to find something cool about everything I see.
  • What tools do you recommend buying first when your just starting out? 
    • It really depends on what you want to make or do.

Where to find Mr. Donny Carter – Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, themakerminded.com, donnycarter.com, maker minded instagram

Mentioned in our conversation –

Matt Cremona

Jimmy Diresta

April Wilkerson

Marc Spagnolia

Sam DIY Huntress

The Craftsman’s Blog

Jay Bates

Anna White

Tools mentioned –

Festool domino

Dowel Master

Shapeoko CNC

lathe

outboard stand

outboard tool

v carve – metrics

carve pro

Thanks for following my journey into DIY and woodworking! Having a newborn and a two year old has been harder than I thought, so my posts are going to be more sporadic for awhile. Thanks for your support and patience!

Easy DIY Corner Cabinet Organizer

Does you kitchen cabinets get out of hand really fast? Same here! Especially my corner cabinet! All the organizers I have looked into either don’t fit my cabinet or cost an arm and a leg! So I decided to tackle this messy corner this month with a few other blogging friends for Our #diyprojectchallenge. This months theme was organizing under $50. Which was timed perfectly with my nesting phase at the end of this pregnancy. 

BEFORE

Does your cabinet ever look like this? Then you should check out this easy tutorial below!

Materials – Under $50

 
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Tools I Used

Cut List

  • 15 – 14” dowels
  • 25” circle from plywood 
  • 5 – 15” 1X2

Measurements

My top shelf is 14″ from shelf to top

My bottom shelf is 12″ from bottom to top

The door opening is 14.5″ x 26.5″

The inside has a panel in the back to make it more square to the front (messed me up some) so its only 21″ deep from the point of the opening to the back


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Directions

Move the shelf to the very top of cabinet. Put it on pins to have plenty of room to work on the bottom. Unless you can get yours out. Then just remove it completely.

We had just enough room for a 25” circle. Cut out circle with a jig saw.

Cut out pie piece where the door is. Should look like pacman. 

I talked my husband into routing the edges for me because this baby did not like all the noise. 

Sand with orbital sander. ( baby really didn’t like that) 

Fit turntable to the pac man with self tapping sheet metal screws No 8 (use 3/16″ drill bit for holes) I also had to clip the end of the screws so they wouldn’t rub on the turntable

Remove turntable from pacman circle

Connect turntable to cabinet

Oil ball bearings

Reattach pacman to the top of turntable. I used wooden skewers to find the holes in the turntable through the predrilled holes in pacman 

Similar Posts –

DIY Floating Shelves and Skillet Rack

How to Make an Air Return Cover

Corner Cabinet Organizer

Move shelf to the very bottom of cabinet (because ours would not come out of cabinet to work on)

Cut dowels

Cut 1 x 2s

Drill holes in 1 x 2s 5″ apart

I placed the 1 x 2s on the shelf where I wanted them with tape then drilled the inset holes in the shelf.

I connected the 1 x 2s to top of the cabinet with the dowels in place so I could level them out.

Silicone ends of the dowels into the holes

Let dry

Add pots and pans

Discover the DIYer –

Angela Rose

Sarah Milne

This week was so fun for me! I teamed up with 10 other amazing bloggers for an Organizing DIY Project Challenge! Check out their projects below!


Joyful Derivatives – DIY Blanket Ladder

Kippi at Home – $50 Office Window Treatment Makeover

Sand Dollar Lane – DIY Boot Tray

Never Skip Brunch – Sunglass Holder — Easy DIY Wall Display

1905 Farmhouse – DIY Jewelry Wall Organizer

Rufus & Henrietta – DIY Wrapping Paper Storage

Southern Yankee DIY – $50 Coat Closet Makeover

Rocky Canyon Rustic – DIY Bathroom Organization

The DIY Nuts – DIY Midcentury Modern Dresser Makeover

Handmade with Ashley – DIY Dust Collection Cart


 Follow along on Instagram and post your organizing hacks with #diyprojectchallenge. Also join our Facebook group to work with us on future challenges! 

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Sarah From The Created Home – Discover the DIYer

Today I am interviewing Sarah from The Created Home. This is one of my favorite interviews so far. She has been an inspiration to me for a while now. Her answers have really resonated with me and helped me a lot. She is very down to earth, very helpful, and one of the most creative people I have had a chance to talk too. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned wood worker, you should check out her stuff! I’m sure there’s something from her content that will inspire you!

How did you get into DIY?

My parents (well, really my father) remodelled our house growing up, so the idea of being hands on wasn’t at all new to me. Even so, with three brothers in the house and an upbringing so traditional it’s a wonder my mom didn’t wear an apron around, I did not know how to use tools. My husband and I moved into a large home with an unfinished basement and a whole slew of bad cosmetic choices not far into our marriage. We remodeled that entire thing – every last room. He taught me how to use saws, and I took my natural tendency to jump into the deep end and really learn what I put my mind to doing to work, and that was the start. In our marriage I do the carpentry end of things with more precision, and he does the rough framing/remodeling wood work with the skill of many years of experience. All in all it works out very well, even if he constantly has to remind me that I don’t need to measure the studs down to the 1/32. 😊

How long have you been making things?

I started remodeling in late 2013, started playing with repurposing and doing small sign type projects in 2014, and jumped into building furniture in late 2015.

Where do you get inspiration?

From the world around me. I make it a point not to get on Pinterest. Sometimes a good knock off is really fun to make. But I like to tap into my own creativity by getting out of the shop and just being out and around.

What tools do you recommend buying first when your just starting out?

A drill, a circular saw, a pocket hole jig, an orbital sander…from there to a miter saw and table saw.

What can you get by without at first?

A lot of stuff, really. Just stick to the basics (the ones I named above), and feel out where you want to go from there.

What is your favorite tool?

My SawStop table saw. It’s the heart of my shop. I use it for so many things. It’s kind of amazing how much can be done with a good table saw.

Which skills should you work on first?

Measuring. Sounds silly, but everything depends on accuracy. People try to build fast too much these days. Focus on accuracy, take your time, and make it right the first time.

What are some of your favorite resources?

People – friends in the woodworking community who are happy to share their thoughts, experiences, and ideas. There are good books and websites out there, but community kind of trumps everything.

How do you manage your time efficiently?

I do the best I can, and try to make peace with the rest. My kids are young – the oldest in kindergarten and the second in part time preschool. A year ago my husband left his job and started a house flipping business. So basically my priorities are: 1. Wife/Mom, 2. Business partner, 3. Business owner. The trick, I think is to resist comparisons, in my case with those who may or may not have more time. Balance looks different for everyone, and that’s okay.

As a more concrete answer – I try (emphasis there) to prioritize time with my kids first, then an hour or so in the shop. It works better in theory than practice, but I want them to know they come first. I do my computer work in the evenings, after they go to bed. My husband does the same, and it is not uncommon for us to be up until 1am.

What is your favorite project to date?

Our mudroom. It was a bit of a mammoth undertaking that my husband and I took on together. We ran new plumbing lines and built a dog bath. We moved all of the electrical around to line up four chandelier lights. We were able to raise one structural beam up into the attic and raise the other up a good 6” or so. I tore out the old closets that were in that space and opted for a pony wall that, while it wasn’t plan A, has ended up working perfectly in the space. We moved the house’s main heat stack from that hallway to a central location in the other hallway we renovated at the same time. New flooring, a new small walk in pantry on one end, reframing of an old window that came out, a new exterior door from a 100 year old local farmhouse, two sliding doors I built, and two walls that each moved back about 9 critical inches.

And after all of that I built a large mudroom with a locker type area and drawers for each of my family and a cabinet with pull out trays for shoes. The cabinet is topped with my first DIY concrete counter top. I also learned how to build my own shower pan and we tiled the dog bath. All of that work turned a formally kind of awful area of our home into a functional show piece. It utilized all of the skills I have been building since renovating that home five years ago and getting into woodworking. So in that way it is kind of the current crown I’m wearing. Until the next big project, of course. 😊

What is the project that gave you the most trouble?

The very first dining table I ever made. I was not familiar with the concept of wood movement and had no idea what I was doing. I built it with 2×6’s from the local home improvement store  and pocket holed the whole shebang together. Then I sold it for a song, and over the next couple months as the seasons shifted and the moisture levels of that construction grade lumber dropped it proceeded to rip itself apart. I was horrified. Over the next month I committed myself to learning all I could about wood movement, moisture content, and proper joinery methods. It was a painful, but ultimately necessary learning experience.

My focus these days is on improving my accuracy and expanding my skills in joinery. I have a long, long way to go. But I try to make sure I’m always building interesting projects that I am personally excited about, and opportunities to improve are always part of each of those builds.

Do you ever sell any of your projects?

I haven’t for some time. I used to build commission pieces, but stopped for various reasons that basically amount to it’s an absolute beast to do. Establishing oneself in the local market is probably the most profitable when it comes to selling larger items at least.

Does your blog contribute to your income?

Yes. It mostly treads water until my kids are in school, but it supports itself, the services of a tech-type person, and a part time VA, so that’s something.

Do you have a shop/workspace?/ Do you have any bad habits/ dirty little secrets in your workspace?

Yes, my garage. Not really. I like to keep it clean when possible.

What are your favorite things to do when your not working on projects?

I live in the gorgeous pacific northwest, so hiking is always a win. Reading if indoors. Photography. Mostly just being with my family.

In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about DIY?

Probably that it’s all pallet wood and rustic chic. But then, it kind of is when starting off, so maybe it’s not a misconception.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

I would like to be consistently putting in at least 20 hours in the shop each week. That is what comes to mind first because it’s the biggest struggle I have now. I also want to have a separate shop. If we still live where we are now I have plans sketched for a shop we will build on our back lot. Additionally, I would love to teach woodworking classes for women.

What is your biggest piece of advice for anyone just starting out in your niche?

Know the why for what you are doing. If it doesn’t come from a deep passion and drive to be better, it probably isn’t enough to get you through any of the less than glamorous parts of blogging. Or remodeling. Or probably anything else for that matter.

Be willing to work hard, because the idea that it comes easy for anyone is just not true. Find joy in the challenge – the challenge to do build complicated things, to manage a business with all of life’s competing factors making it seem impossible, to put yourself out there regardless of what cruel things might be said, to fail and to try again, to get frustrated and quit but to start again, and again, and again. Silence the voice in your head that says you are not good enough, not popular enough, not enough in any way. Never settle for half way, and know that your best will look different with every passing day. Don’t be afraid to show your mistakes, but equally so, don’t hold back from owning your success. Say no when you need to. Find your tribe, find your niche and be comfortable in your own skin. Build something you are proud of.

To find out more about Sarah and get more inspiration check out her website thecreatedhome.com, Instagram, or Pinterest!

Thanks so much for reading these interviews! Check out Angela Rose on the last Discover the DIYer! This has been so inspiring and helpful to me on this DIY journey, that I’m going to make this, Discover the DIYer, a regular series on the blog. Let me know what you think about the interview, the series idea, and the questions? I’d love to know who inspires you to DIY, and what you would ask them, if you had the chance? I also have some very cool interviews coming up with Jen Woodhouse, Donny Carter from TheMakerMinded.com, and a few surprises!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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!

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Discover the DIYer – Angela Rose

Angela Rose is an extremely talented artist and mother that decided to create her dream home with her own 2 hands! This sweet mama answered some very valuable questions for me that I would like to share with y’all. As a creative mama myself I really wanted to know how she did all this and stayed sane. 

*How did you get into DIY?

10 years ago I was tired of having college furniture and wanted an upgrade. I didn’t have the budget, so I started building my own furniture. As the years have gone on, building and DIY have been an emotional outlet and stress relief. I now have 3 children and 2 are on the Autism Spectrum.

Doing projects is something I can do to occupy my mind and calm down my worries.

*Where do you get inspiration?

I love searching *Instagram, *Pinterest, and following my favorite accounts

*What tools can you get by without, at first? 

All you really need is a drill and a saw!

*Which skills should you work on first? 

Just have to start. Hang a picture, paint a wall! Start and build on that success. Be prepared to make mistakes. It’s normal and happens to me all the time.

*How do you manage your time efficiently? 

ha! I don’t. I stay awake until 2 am almost every night. Being a full time mom takes up all my time so I have to do everything when the kids are sleeping!

*What is your favorite project to date?

I love my accent walls and barn doors. Huge impact for a small budget, and a project that others can do!

*Do you have a shop/workspace?

my garage floor! ha. 

*Do you have any bad habits\ dirty little secrets in your workspace?

I got stung by a scorpion last year. Eek!

*In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about DIY?

That we know what we are doing…and don’t make mistakes.

*Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

I would love have finished redoing my home and be working on a second home! 

*What is your biggest piece of advice for anyone just starting out in your niche? 

You need to love it and be passionate. Don’t be afraid to work hard and play up your strengths. It’s always a big learning curve, but that’s okay. Feeling uncomfortable helps us grow. 

I first discovered Angel Rose on Instagram. I saw her DIY barn doors and her crazy accent walls and had to follow her. Her stories on there are great too. You have to watch her fireplace redo in the highlights. It’s a total mystery, thriller! 

Thank you so much Angela! Please hop over and follow her on Instagram @angelarosehome , Pinterest and check out her new enlightening blog angelarosehome.com. 

This has been so inspiring and helpful to me on this DIY journey, that I’m going to make this, Discover the DIYer, a regular series on the blog. Let me know what you think about the interview, the series idea, and the questions? I’d love to know who inspires you to DIY, and what you would ask them, if you had the chance?