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    20 Summer Projects and Recipes

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    Patio Update on a Tiny Budget
    Patio Update on a Tiny Budget

    Lavender Wreath
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    Mediterranean Chicken Foil Packets

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    Summer Party Printable Invitation
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    Neutral Coastal Pallet Flag

    Coastal Pallet Flag

    Grilled California Club Pizza
    Grilled California Club Pizza Pin

    Numbered Mailbox
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    Packing A Carry On
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    Reusable Snack Bag

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    Bassinet Makeover
    DIY Bassinet Makeover

    Grilled Bread Salad
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    The Cheapest Moss Letter You Will Ever Make
    The Cheapest Moss Letter You Will Ever Make

    Glazed Herb Planter
    Glazed Herb Planter 1

    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
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    Patio Makeover
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    Laundry Basket Planter
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    Ooey Gooey S’mores Bars
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    File Cabinet Garage Storage
    File Cabinet Garage Storage 1

    Hosta Wreath
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    Strawberry, lime, and Mint Infused Water
    Strawberry, lime, and Mint Infused Water

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    Two Year Blogiversary Celebration – Day 4

    Today, we are wrapping up our two year blogiversary celebration. And before I share another of our most popular posts, we would like to thank our readers. You guys are AMAZING! Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments and support over the past two years!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    2 Yr Blogiversary

    If you’ve been following along this week, you’ve seen some our favorite/popular projects (Boxes to Baskets, Bed Risers, and Personalized Utensil Crock.) One of our most loved posts has also been our Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map.

    Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 1

    This project was sentimental for our family and even though it took a little bit of time to complete, it has been wonderful to see it everyday hanging in our son’s kid’s bedroom to remind us of our time in MA. You can find out how we put this together here.

    Thanks again for hanging out with us this week! And don’t forget, there is still time to enter The Home Depot Challenge Giveaway for your chance to win a $100 gift card to The Home Depot.

    Want more? Follow us on social media! We would love to connect with you!

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    Concrete Table Top – The Home Depot Gift Challenge & Giveaway

    It’s monthly challenge time again and boy was this month a challenge! (A few of our past projects were 2 x 4 Wall Art, an Industrial Book Rack, a Wood Box Caddy, and a Pegboard Luminary.) When I first heard that we would be doing projects using concrete for June, I thought “This is going to be easy.” Silly me, I have never even worked with this substance before. I could not have been more wrong about it! My attempt at concreting a table top turned out to be more of a failure rather than a success story.

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    This challenge is in no way associated with The Home Depot. We just love their stuff!

    Before any DIY happenings, this is the original table in all of its pre-concrete glory.

    DIY Table Makeover

    Starting off with full confidence, I mixed up a batch of Quikrete and applied it to the surface.

    DIY Concrete Plant Stand

    It went on pretty even. I let it dry a full 24 hours.

    Concrete Table Makeover

    Next, I sanded it down to smooth out any bumps.

    Sanding Concrete Table Top

    It was looking pretty good until I used the shop vac to suck up the dust. This revealed a few holes in my concrete surface and I noticed the edges were starting to crack too.

    DIY Wood Table Makeover

    I thought, “No big deal. I’ll just patch it with more concrete.” If only is was that easy, the outcome of this project would have been much different.

    Concrete Patching

    After the patching, I sanded it down again and I had even more holes and cracking.

    Cement Challenge

    Well, clearly this wasn’t working! I had to come up with a new plan. So I took some of the concrete mix and stirred it together with some white latex paint. I wasn’t entirely sure what I would be accomplishing with this new concoction. But at this point, what did I have to lose? Also, at some point during this whole process, I had decided to paint the rest of the table white in an attempt to make it more appealing to the eye.

    Mixing Concrete and Laytex Paint

    This new substance was pretty pliable. I covered my hand with a plastic bag to help me level it out on the surface.

    Working with Concrete

    Finally, when there was just no more time to dedicate to this project, this is what I was left with after it dried. A lumpy, uneven, partially painted table that was extremely top heavy. A Project Fail if I’ve ever seen one!

    DIY Concrete Table Top Success or Fail

    During this entire process, I have really learned so much about working with concrete. And this may sound a touch on the crazy side, but I really do think I could have made this project work. I am hopeful that someday I may find more time to give to this poor little table.

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    Along with this month’s challenge, we are giving away a $100 gift card to The Home Depot! To enter for a chance to win, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter ballot below. Good Luck!

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    Now it is time to head on over and check out all of these fun concrete projects! I am betting they had better success this month than I did.

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    Revamped Mini Folding Table and Chairs

    It’s no secret that Emily and I enjoy grabbing junk treasures from trash piles on the side of the road. Especially, when we can see so much potential in the item. For example, this cute revamped mini folding table and chairs that I recently found and made over.

    Revamped Mini Folding Table and Chairs

    Since we didn’t already own a little table and chair set for the kids, when I saw this small set abandoned on the curb, I thought it would at least be worth the effort to try and fix it up. We don’t have tons of extra space for un-needed furniture, but since these fold up, they will be easy enough to store when they aren’t in use.

    Small Card Table

    As you can see, they were in pretty rough shape. The chair seats and backs were faded and the table top had some ugly water damage. We love the Buckeyes here, but some changes needed to happen to make this little grouping look better.

    OSU Go Bucks Mini Table

    Unfortunately, I didn’t document taking the screws out of the seats, backs and table top to detach them. Or spray painting each of the frame pieces white. Oops! But I did do those things.

    I decided to recover the parts of the chairs with black and white ticking fabric and the top of the table with chalk cloth.

    Ticking Fabric Chalk Cloth

    Using a combination of staples and E6000 multipurpose adhesive, I attached the fabrics (cut to size) to each item.

    Stapler Chalk Cloth

    Finally, everything was reattached to the newly painted frames and ready for use.

    Kids Table Chairs

    What do you think of this little table and chair set? Isn’t it adorable in it’s new black and white attire? I love that the kids will be able to use this for so many things. Coloring, crafts, snack-time, etc. Plus, since there is chalk cloth on the top, they can draw directly on it. Yay!

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