Get This Look: Modern Rustic Entryway

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After a summer hiatus our ‘Get This Look’ posts are back! To kick off the fall season, today we’ll show you how to design a modern rustic entryway like this mirrored masterpiece from BHG. Mixed elements like geometric mirrors with woven baskets and a sleek wood bench with a texture rich throw pillow all help shape this […]

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Free Sunshine Printable: Shine Bright

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Hey there Remodelaholic readers! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, and I’m back with another FREE printable graphic to jazz up your home decor for the season. I typically stop by with one or two graphics each month, like this Adventure Awaits print – a personal favorite. Today’s “shine bright” print is a sunshine-y yellow and red […]

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Real Life Rooms: Curb Appeal from Plain to Pretty

Plain to Pretty Curb Appeal Updates, Adding a Porch and Shutters

Hey there Remodelaholic readers! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, and I’m back this month with another reader question mockup to hopefully inspire some creative ideas for your cost effective curp appeal update. If you’ve missed any of my previous reader question mockups, you can always see all my posts here. If you follow Remodelaholic on […]

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Friday Favorites: Buffalo Check Tray and Barn Door Coffee Station

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It’s September, does that mean you grab your fall decor or do you give it another month? I’m kind of in the middle. I want to decorate my porch for fall, but my flowers are still looking beautiful and summery. So instead I will settle for some fall crafting, like this buffalo check tray featured […]

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Yard Clean Up Safety: Chainsaw Safety Rules

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It’s that time… kids are back in school, the air is cooling down a bit, the mountains around us are just starting to get a touch of orange.  It is not technically but almost fall.  Basically you’ve already missed Christmas. (I’m kidding…) But really, now that it is cooling down slightly and trees will start […]

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Friday Favorites: Green Board and Batten and Hidden Jewelry Storage

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Why is summer slipping away so quickly! I hope you are enjoying these last little bits of summer. One way to enjoy these last days is with a good DIY project. With this week’s Friday Favorites, we’ve got a lot of great ideas for you. Do you love your jewelry, but don’t have a place […]

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Friday Favorites: Great Makeovers and Builds

Hello there friends! Summer is starting to wind up, if the kids are starting school soon don’t miss our printable back to school signs. And if you are needing a distraction from all of that back to school stuff, check out these fun Friday Favorites. This week we have so many great makeovers and builds. […]

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5 Pests That Can Destroy Your Home

5 Destructive Pests That Can Destroy Your Home

When remodeling your home you may find some unpleasant pests resting in your walls, attic, floors, or crawl spaces. It is not uncommon for homeowners to live years in their home and never notice that they are lying among nests of insects, rodents, or wild animals. Older homes that aren’t sealed properly will become vulnerable to intruders looking to shelter themselves from the outside elements during summer and winter months. Many of these pests will take up permanent residence if their invasion goes unnoticed. It’s really the last thing you want to come across when you’re tearing down a wall for a remodel as if you need another setback or expense right? Here are our Top 5 nastiest intruders that you can come across in your home. This list is mostly based on the damage they can cause.

Termites

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This is the worst pest problem of all! While rodents can be gross, and annoying, they don’t destroy the structure of your home. The problem with termites is also the fact that they go completely unnoticed behind the walls of your home as they eat through the wood foundation of your home. At least you can hear mice in the walls, raccoons in the attic, and can see roaches crawling on the floors. Termites are next to impossible to notice unless they leave an obvious sign in the trees surrounding the property, the wood trim, or any other part of the structure that is wood. There are some preventative measures you can take before your remodel begins to see if you have termites. This will allow you to get it treated before you begin demolition. Find out if you have termites and create an action plan for termite treatment immediately.

Opossums

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Opossums are like giant rats. I lived in Washington State for most of my childhood and they were always climbing the fence line, eating the dog food, or dead in the road. I probably saw as many possums in my childhood as I did squirrels. If you have never seen one up close, then you don’t know how ugly and stinky they are. They reek! They have long rat tails that they use to climb around with and they smell like dirty wet socks. While these rodents may not damage your home like a termite, you definitely don’t want them nesting in your attic. Possum-like to get into the attics of homes and nest up in the insulation. They eat almost anything, pet food, garbage, and human scraps. They take dumps big enough to smell and urinate like a cat. Having something like this roaming loose in your attic is a recipe for disaster. In my opinion, the possum is only second to the skunk on the stink-o-meter. Check your local government websites about catch and release options for rodents in your state to determine if you should catch or kill

Raccoons

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Coons can be nasty little bandits when they take up residence on your land. Any momma with her young near won’t hesitate to give your dog or cat a tune-up. They shamelessly dig and rummage for food in trash bins, bird feeders, and pet bowls. If there are food sources near your home and then there is an easy entry to your attic area, you can almost guarantee that these rodents will invade the space and make shelter there. Raccoons may be more aggressive in winter months as they seek shelter, if there is even the slightest opening, a pregnant momma will know and tear her way in to find a place to birth her young. Coons nesting in the attic can be dangerous to the homeowner or anyone trying to access the area, they can tear up your insulation, chew through electrical wiring, storage boxes, and contaminate the area with urine and fecal matter.

Bees

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Most homes that get infested with bee colonies at least show signs of the problem. Homeowners will hear the buzzing of bees in the wall, they will see them on occasion indoors and outdoors, and eventually, you will see where they are entering the home as they come and go. Bees don’t cause the same kind of damage as termites do, but they can be destructive, and if you are allergic to bee stings then they can be dangerous. There have been bee infestations of the thousands that have nested in the ceiling of a home and created massive nests and honeycomb. The last thing you want to do during your remodeling efforts is take a sledgehammer to a wall that has a hive of 2k bees nesting behind it. If you are mid-remodel and find you have bees then by all means hire a bee exterminator. It’s always possible to relocate the hive if you would rather, I’m sure costs increase the more you handle the colony.

Birds

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Birds can be a nasty mess, anyone with a large tree in the front of their home knows the kind of mess birds can make on your home and property. If you have a large tree in your yard, or maybe ample patio covering, you may have noticed birds nesting in and around your home. Birds will also burrow into attics and other small openings they can squeeze into. Bird droppings are a disaster, they carry disease, and are very messy. The mess they make is equally as annoying as the non-stop chirping that happens, especially when there are nests with baby birds. There are many ways to keep birds away from your rooftop, finding creative ways to keep them away before they have a chance to nest is encouraged. 

DIY Easy Wall Hanging Wood Shelf

Hello Remodelaholic readers! This is Ananda from A Piece of Rainbow, where I blog about creative home and garden DIY projects. Today we are going to build something super pretty, useful, and beginner friendly!

Ready? Here’s our easy DIY wall hanging wood shelf, which can be made in just one hour.

How to Make an Easy Wall Shelf

It is great for organizing any space in your home. In fact, I am going to show you two ways to use it!

Let get building!

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Materials and tools:

  • wood: (1) 2×6 , (1) 1×8, both at 24″ long. You can also adjust the length to fit your space.
  • knobs or hangers: I used 1.25″ diameter wooden knobs here.
  • (2) keyhole hangers, 1.5″ pocket hole screws
  • pocket hole jig, drill
  • optional: paint or stain with your choice of colors

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Step 1:

If you need to cut the wood to length, sand all cut edges first.

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Drill 2 pocket holes into the 2×6, space them at about 18″ apart.

Step 2:

Mark the locations of the 3 knobs. Ours are equally spaced at 9″ apart. Drill 3 hole for the knob screws to go through.

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If the screws are too short, counter-sink the holes so the screws can reach through from the back, and past the front surface by about 1/2″ at least.

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Step 3:

If you want to paint any wood pieces or knobs, right now is a good time to do it.

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The 1×8 we have was from an old piece of shelving which was already painted white.

I decided to paint the knobs a mint color which looks really pretty against natural wood. It’s the same color I used in this DIY wood planter boxes tutorial below:

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Attach two keyhole hangers to the 2×6 piece using 1/2″ screws, space them at 16″ to 18″ apart, centered on the 2×6.

This is the back side of the shelf.

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Step 4:

Attach the 2×6 to the 1×8 using 1.5″ pocket hole screws.

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Our shelf is almost complete! Just add the three knobs as shown below.

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Really easy isn’t it?  To install the shelf on the wall, use dry wall screws or regular wood screws if screwing into studs. Space the screws the same distance as the hangers, check that they are level.

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Line everything up and put the hangers over the screws. Now we can use our new shelf!

It would be great as a shelf by the entry or in a mudroom.

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Here’s another use for our shelf:  as a bath room shelf!

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Here’s another idea for the wood knobs: turn them into Anthropologie style designer knobs in 5 minutes! Tutorial here. Or create a whitewashed wood finish ( tutorial here) for your wood shelf.

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Another helpful tip for your wall hanging shelf:

If it does not sit flush on the wall due to the thickness of the keyhole hangers, add a sticky felt pad ( those you use to protect wood floors from furniture legs scratch) like in photo below!

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How would you use this shelf? Share with us on facebook and instagram, we would love to see it!

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More DIY shelving tutorials:

How To Build An Easy Diy Floating Shelf Tutorial And Building Plan #remodelaholic Diy Wall Cubby Shelf Free Building Plan @Remodelaholic

 

 

 

 

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Starting to Organize Our Workshop

We have a bit of a personal problem.  It is being addicted to remodeling… and it spills over into our garage in a very horrible way!

The truth is, since we moved back to Utah 6 or so years ago, we have been actively remodeling 3 separate homes non-stop.  DIY remodeling a house takes A LOT more than a month, it takes a couple years AT LEAST!  This means our tools travel everywhere.  It is like they just sprout legs and walk around at night, think Toy Story… only we’ll call it Tool Story…  Besides the constant shuffling of tools for remodel projects, we are also occasionally creating furniture building tutorials, and/or upcycling or reusing older bits and bobs which has come to a bit of a hording supplies problem.

So basically, what I am trying to say is that our shop is not navigable, meaning you can’t walk in it, let alone, finding what we need at any given moment!  No matter that we have 6 or 7 hammers, we can’t find a single one.

All this to say that the GREAT GARAGE /WORKSHOP MAKEOVER HAS BEGUN!….

The goal is that if Cassity wants to walk into our garage that she will be able to find what she needs because the items have a home.  This idea may sound revolutionary… but I assure, some people in real life have clean workshops… and I want to be one of them.

Here are some views before the clean up.  Sorry If you threw up a little…

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The blue metal cabinets are actually one of our favorite finds from this house HOWEVER, we didn’t have enough for the space so they are being moved to a new location.  We will love theme there as well!

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So the goal in organizing the garage is to have a woodshop, but also a place to store Remodeling tools PLUS yard maintenance tools (at least until we get a nice shed!)  This garage used to be a carport.  So the double doors at the back, are the old carport closet.  This space is narrow, yet deep.  So we have 4 ft deep shelves on one side holding our remodeling supplies, like plumbing, electrical, drywall, concrete, tile, and painting supplies.  Each type of projects has big portable plastic bins .  The opposite side houses all our yard tools and extra hoses, gardening tools, rakes and shovels…

 

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You can’t really see them in the picture above but we salvaged an entire kitchen worth of cabinets from our latest remodel, and those cabinets were stacked in the middle of the garage around the table saw creating a “workbench”.  But with the decision to move out the blue metal cabinets, the old kitchen cabinets will be perfect for a wall counter with TONS of storage…  about 20 feet of all cabinets.

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You can see how we moved all the kitchen cabinets, along the outer wall of the garage.  Currently they are just sitting in place, but we plan to secure them and update them in the next few months.  But the best thing about organizing the cabinets, is how it opened up the space in the middle of the shop, to really build a nice workbench.  And speaking of the new workbench, let me just geek out about it for a minute..  (plans coming next week)

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Isn’t it the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?  We partnered with an AMAZING store, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware (affiliate link) to build this workbench, and you would not believe all the great little details we’ve worked into it.  Come back next week for the full details of how I built it.

So you can tell that the lighting was improved a lot with the picture above.  I added lots of light.   Let there be LIGHT!!!  This place is flooded with light now.  There is so much light you might be able to see my house from space now!

Can see the little group of three directional light in the picture above?  That is the light that I had before I added the new ones.  It was hard to get a nice even light using spot lights.   I was tired of not being able to see the things I was working on.

So I started to add light in this corner of the garage first.  It was kind of a test to see how many lights I needed.  In this space above the workbench and walls above the cabinets, I was able to get in six 4′ LED lights.   That’s a total of 24000 Lumes in a 120 SQFT space.  The cool thing about these lights is that they link together, with a 4′ chord, up to five lights and they have their own pull chain switch for more control of turning on and off the lights.  Right now I have all the lights plugged in a power switch so they all turn on at once.  It is amazing the difference the lights makes in the shop.  Sometimes I just stand there looking around because the light makes it look so nice.  It makes me want to keep things clean around here.

The floor needed a little attention as well.  They are stained and dirty looking from years of use.  I wanted to cover up the nastiness with some nice foot mats to help clean up the look and provide a comfortable surface to stand on while making projects.  Maybe some day I will be able to apply some really nice concrete floor paint over the entire garage to make it all look good.

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One thing that is always present in a woodshop is the saw dust.  I’m excited to look into some better practices of dust collection and to see what Rockler has to offer.  I will have to be better at cleaning up everyday that’s for sure.

I’m pretty sure Cassity just might be able to find something in the garage next time she comes into the garage.  There are still a TON of things on the to do list.  And with it being summer and the kids are home, it may take us a bit of time to wrap up everything, but we are learning patience and just starting with the main workbench has been a huge motivator to get the rest of the space done!

Please come back next week to see more of how I actually built the workbench and the cool features that I designed into it.

 

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