Easy DIY for Extra Hangers

Not much to this post but I thought I’d share anyways!

If you are like me you hate having empty hangers lingering on your closet rod sometimes hidden in between clothes! For the longest time I was keeping my extra hangers in a large drawer because I couldn’t seem to find a better home for them. I ended up needing that extra drawer so I started brainstorming on where the hangers could be stored.

Our house is tight for storage but as I was looking around I found an empty narrow space that could be used. This space in particular was above a shelf in my closet. I immediately thought to use Tension Rods!

Below find the super simple steps as to how I made a home for my extra hangers:

 

Step 1: Find an open space where the hangers could be stored

 

 

Step 2. Measure the space!

 

Step 3: Look online or in stores

Before you purchase the rods be sure to measure the space you are planning to hang the rods to ensure the best fit! I like these rods because the are adjustable by just twisting. You don’t have to use Amazon for your purchase…I am just a fan of Amazon Prime…not having to wait in line and in 2 days what I want is at my door! 🙂

 Click Here for the link to the Tension Rods

 

Step 4: Hang the Rods & Extra Hangers!

 

That’s it guys! Use your imagination with the tension rods. In the link I provided the photos the seller has posted shows how you can use the rods to hold shoes, wrapping paper,  spray bottles under a sink, etc. Go organize!

 

A project thought of, is another project to be conquered!

Mary | Mary’s D.I.Y.

Advertisements

Easy D.I.Y. Framing Memories

For this blog post, I was inspired by my grandmother. She, along with my close family members, at times sends me cards, letters, photos, etc. little things that mean a lot to me since I live far away from my loved ones. I am huge on family and not a day goes by that I am not thinking of them. This easy project shows how to keep them close to you.

1. Dig through memories. Find that card or memento that has been stored away in a keepsake box for days, months, or years, and get it out.

2015-05-17 12.37.02

2. Figure out what you want to store your item in. I have many memories helping decorate my house. For example I chose a letter my late great grandmother had written my to fill a frame I had sitting around the house which I had no use for until now.

2015-05-17 12.36.23

I loved this frame I found at goodwill. It was black (didn’t match my décor), but nothing a little spray paint can’t fix! I did not know what to put in it until I found that one item that had to be shown off. For this frame, I have a lovely card from my grandmother which also had a four leaf clover inside that she had found for me to bring me good luck. It’s perfect.

2015-05-17 12.35.49

If you do not wish to use a frame, another example is this vintage lantern I found. I use it to keep the first roses I ever received from my then boyfriend-now husband. You can fill a decorative piece with anything!

2015-05-17 12.34.51

3. Enjoy it! I hope this post gives you inspiration to frame something that means so much to you if you have not done it already. Family means the world to me. Being able to look around my home seeing the mementos that bring great memories, brings me great joy!

2015-05-17 12.38.01

Mary

Easy D.I.Y. Small Pond

Estimated Hours: 4 | Estimated Cost: $40

Supplies used:

Pond Liner, Shovel, Level, 2×4 piece of wood, Water.

I don’t know about you, but I love ponds! Before I started this project my yard was already under construction, but I had planned on putting a small pond in my front yard. For those of you who are thinking about putting your own small pond in, all I have to say for advice is to have fun, because it is an easy DIY project that takes very little time!

1. First thing is first, map out your landscaping to decide on the location that your pond will be. Please remember to choose a flat or somewhat elevated part of your yard so that heavy rainfall will not effect the beauty of your work by drowning it out. After finding the right spot, decide what size pond you will be using. I would shop around your local home and garden stores to see if any pond liners in particular would be the right fit for your project. I found my liner at Home Depot.

pond liner35 Gallon Pond Liner – $40

The photo above shows the liner I chose…now the fun part starts!

2. Dig! I flipped the pond liner upside down where I wanted my pond to be (since mine is round I was able to do this), I twisted it back and forth a little to make the mark of where I needed to dig. I dug straight down about 2 feet and a couple inches out from the actual mark I made. (Depending on the shape and size of your pond liner you will have to use your best judgement about the shape and size of the hole you are going to dig.) No matter what, make sure the bottom of the hole is level, that is where the 2×4 and the carpenters level come in handy. Put the liner in the hole, place the 2×4 across the top of the pond, then place the carpenters level atop the 2×4 to make sure it is not the slightest bit uneven. Once you find the pond liner is level, use the loose dirt you had dug up to fill in the empty space around the liner until it is secure and unable to wobble or move.

3. Fill’er Up. Get the hose and start filling the pond with water. While you are waiting for the pond to fill up, it is a good time to clean up your work area or go get a glass of water.

pondfilling

4. Finish the look. What do you want to put around your pond? Use your imagination. I did not have access to rocks or pretty stones to layer around the outer edge of my pond so I ended up using some extra quick set cement to free form rocks that fit my pond perfectly.

pondrocks

I love getting to see my small pond each day I leave or walk into my home. I hope the visitors I get enjoy the view just as much as I do 🙂

pondedited

A project thought of, is another project to be conquered!

Mary | Mary’s D.I.Y.

Easy D.I.Y. Raised Flowerbed

Estimated Hours: 4 | Estimated Cost: $200

Supplies Used:

Protective Eye wear, Chisel, Hammer, Liquid Nails, Caulking Gun, Shovel, Flowers, Dirt, and the Pavers of course.

Alright, this budget may seem a little pricey but it would have been way more if I did not use the Lowe’s Coupon I received in the mail which brought the cost down below $200! This project was relatively easy. I think the hardest part was finding a friend who was willing to help me haul the paver stones home from Lowe’s, everything else was a breeze. Keep in mind you could always rent a pick-up truck from Home Depot, Lowe’s, or U-haul Etc.

I started this project by spray painting the line on the ground where the wall of the flowerbed was going to be. Once my line was down I started digging! I made the depth of the hole about 3/4 the height of one paver so the base would be sturdy. After the prepping was finished all I had to do was start stacking.

I placed the first layer of pavers down then applied the Liquid Nails to the top of the stones in a wavy/zig-zag line. Once that was complete I staggered the joints on the second layer of pavers, and so on, until the wall was the height I wanted it to be. Meaning, if you did not already know, the center of the paver being laid down needs to be in the center of the crack (joint) of the two pavers from the layer below. Confused? Take a look at the photo! 🙂 Stacking the stones this way creates the perfect support for the wall.

Untitled

As you have seen in the photo above I left the ends out on purpose so I could measure the pavers perfectly instead of messing up pre-cutting all of the ends. I do not have a stone saw so I used the super old-school way of doing things. The Hammer and Chisel Method. This was my first time cutting stones like this but I have to say I actually had fun doing it! So, if it was not already clear, I measured the gap between the wall and the paver on the second layer, cut the paver, put liquid nails down, then stacked the cut paver…I kept doing this until I got to the top.

IMG_20131104_135211_409

This was the only chisel I had at home. You could definitely use a wider one!

Untitled.jpg2

After the wall was complete I finished by filling the flowerbed with dirt the rest of the way to the top. As I mentioned in my last post about the cement walkway, I used the dirt I dug up from that project to start the fill for my raised flowerbed. If you do not have dirt already available you can easily buy bagged dirt from a garden center at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart or Target. I had even more extra dirt from digging the hole for my little pond which you will see in my next post. 🙂 I would love for you to follow my blog, if you haven’t already, to see my future posts. Also, please share with any friends you think may be interested.

I stared out with the plants you see below but ended up eventually changing them out to pretty flowers with a lot more color. (Mulch was not added yet when I took this photo)

Untitled.jpg1

Untitled.jpg3

I hope this raised flowerbed I made gives you some creative ideas for filling in those awkward spaces in your yard. Oh, P.S. I rarely get any weeds in this flowerbed, to me, that is definitely an additional benefit to a project like this!

A project thought of, is another project to be conquered!

Mary | Mary’s D.I.Y.

Easy D.I.Y. Cement Walkway!

Estimated Hours: 8 | Estimated Cost: $50

Hey guys! This is my first time blogging, so I figured what better thing to blog about than my many projects around the house. One of the first projects I started when I bought my first home was this (little) walkway in my (little) front yard. I didn’t have much space to work with so I just sat down one day and threw together a rough sketch of what was to fill the ugly, boring, non-welcoming wannabe yard! Here is that eyesore…

ResizedImage_1423101891892

Clearly, I was not going to be OK with that so I got the spray paint out to outline!

ResizedImage_1423101978042 ResizedImage_1423102030683

My next step was to dig out and level the walkway path…

ResizedImage_1423101979265 ResizedImage_1423102032518

I made sure the mold I chose fit the space, and checked to see if it was actually level… all of my supplies were very inexpensive too. I used Quikrete (about $4/50lb bag) it sets pretty quickly which is perfect for the mold (about $15).

ResizedImage_1423101979916 ResizedImage_1423102033032

I poured the Quikrete into the cement mixing container ($6) and started to add a small amount of water.

*Mix as you add the water, making sure not to use too much. You want the cement not too watery and not too dry…you will know when it is the perfect consistency!

The instructions on the mold were…

1. Fill (Fill the mold with cement using a shovel)

2. Smooth (Smooth the cement over the top of the mold being sure it is all filled in)

3. Remove (Remove the mold right away, if your cement is too watery I would wait a minute or two.That’s why it is important to make sure it is not too watery)

4. Rotate and Repeat (Rotate the mold so the pattern looks random. Repeat with the Fill, Smooth, and Remove)

Untitled

I love this pattern. There are different patterns you can choose from, but this particular look was just what I was looking for!

I would love for you to follow my blog, if you haven’t already, to see my future posts. One of my forthcoming posts will be explaining how I used the dirt I dug up from this project to fill the raised flower bed I made from using pavers. I cannot wait to show you guys everything I have done to make my little yard a cozy and happy space!

A project thought of, is another project to be conquered!

Mary | Mary’s D.I.Y.