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DIY Boot Tray

Whether you live on a farm in the suburbs or a cosmopolitan city…contend with snow in the north, or rain in the south…you have more than likely experienced muddy footprints in your front entrance at one time or another. This is especially true if you have young kiddos at home, so in keeping with our clean and simple theme for this year, this rustic shoe/boot tray is not only a practical solution, but a cute way to keep the drips off your floor. It’s easy to assemble and makes for a quick weekend DIY.
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You may have noticed how we incorporate rustic and industrial elements into our design of the homes in Fixer Upper, like this shelf:
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… and most recently this bunk room:
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What you’ll need:

-1″x4″ pine planks (serve as the sides)
-14″x 36″ pine board (serve as the bottom)
-OR skip the wood assembly altogether by using an old dresser drawer
-4 – Swivel casters (we used heavy duty iron)
-2  – 1/2 ” galvanized iron flange (handle)
-2  – 1/2″ fitting 90 degree galvanized elbow (handle)
-1  – 1/2″x4″ galvanize pipe (handle)
-Nail gun
-Wood screws
-Wood glue
-Wood Stain (we used Minwax Special Walnut)

Directions:

1. Cut the 1″x4″ pine planks into 4 pieces – 2 x 38″ and 2 x 16″; angle each piece to 45 degrees.
2. Apply wood glue along the bottom of the pine planks and adhere to the pine board; hold in place and secure with a nail gun.
3. Assemble handle by screwing fitting elbow into flange (x2) and join together using galvanized pipe. Place in desired location and pre-drill holes for handle.
4. Turn tray over and pre-drill holes for casters.
5. Stain box following wood finish manufacture’s instructions. Add a second coat if desired.
6. Using wood screws, attach handle and casters.
7. If you’re using an old dresser drawer, skip steps 1 and 2 and head straight to step 3 (attaching handles.)
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This doesn’t have to be an expensive project as you could even use some old reclaimed wood to make this tray, bringing a little history and nostalgia into your home. It is after all those little things that tell a story that make a house a home.

And There you have it! A perfect mix of industrial and farmhouse flare. You can enlist your sweet husband or friends to help if needed, but I have full faith in y’all to tackle this one on your own this weekend! It really does feel great when you’ve finished this tray. Not only is it useful, but it is just as cute as it is practical. Enjoy!

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Simple & Sweet Succulent Terrarium

There’s something so refreshing about having live plants growing happily on your windowsill. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good faux floral, but sometimes it’s good for your soul to water and care for plants in actual soil.

We don’t all have time for a garden – heck, I wish I had more time to spend in my own! Opting for a more low maintenance version makes this cute and simple project attainable for even the busiest of working moms – green thumb or no green thumb!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glass container
  • Decorative stones or sand
  • Soil mix
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Succulents

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Step 1. Choose a glass container with no drain hole and place a layer of the decorative stones or sand at the bottom. (approx 1″)
Step 2. Add  approximately 2″ of the sphagnum moss and flatten gently.

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Step 3. Expose plant’s root ball.

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Step 4. Pour the soil to the desired depth making sure there is enough to cover the plant’s root ball completely.

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Step 5.  Start by planting the biggest plants first.
a) Dig a hole with your fingers or old spoon, making sure it’s big enough to hold the entire plant root system.
b) Tease out the roots gently and trim if required.
c) Place the plant in the hole. If the container opening is too small for your hands use tongs to help.
d) Gently tap down the soil around the plant.
e) Continue placing the other plants.

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Step 6. Place layer of decorative stones or decorative sand around plants. (Optional)
Step 7. Gently water your terrarium with a mister.
Step 8. Clean any debris left from the soil with  paper towel.

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Here are some tips to keep your terrarium happy and healthy:
  • Choose plants according to the type of terrarium you want to plant. Ideally, choose slow-growing plants with similar light and humidity requirements. For example, pair tropical plants with mosses, and cacti with succulents.
  • Place your terrarium in a bright location so your plants get plenty of light. Make sure however, that it is not direct light.
  • Water your terrarium with a spritz bottle. If the water is seeping through the stones you are watering too much. If you have a closed container, you may see some condensation on the inside walls after planting or when you overwater. This is normal. Simply remove the cover and let the excess humidity evaporate.
  • Prune back your plants when they get too big and remove any dead foliage.

And there you have it! The perfect low maintenance addition to your windowsill, dining table, office nook or even the kiddos’ bedroom window. I hope you enjoy this sweet little terrarium, and I hope it brings you a simple moment of refreshing calm in the hustle and bustle of your weekly routine.

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Chalkboard Planner

There is something so refreshing about the new year. Fresh start, new goals and an opportunity to make things a little simpler and fresher. Organizing my days is always helpful and when I write it down it helps me stay on top of things.

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This is the best time a year to get organized, and what better way to do so than with a daily wall planner? This is not only a simple way to keep your daily goals front and center, but studies show you’re 40% more likely to follow through on your goals if you write them down.

What you’ll need:

  • An old window frame
  • A piece of plywood (to size of your window frame)
  • chalkboard paint
  • A small caddie (optional)

Simply paint the plywood with chalkboard paint, allow to dry and
then attach to the back of the window frame with wood glue or nails.

OPTIONAL: Add functionality by adding a small caddie to hold chalk or other knick knacks.

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Our Picnic Duo/Trio would be perfect for this project.

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So there you have it.  Easy and simple, so you can spend your time and effort achieving your goals for the new year! It’s cute, functional, and it personalizes your space.