Archives for category: Do-It-Herself

Apologies fellow readers!  I have been overly excited and enjoying my new floors.  And totally exhausted from this project.  My step-dad installed the quarter round the weekend following the installation and my mom installed my new curtain rods.  I was hoping to have the entire downstairs completed, but unfortunately, the half bathroom’s vanity has not been delivered.  I am hoping it will be delivered next week and the plumber can come over and install it and the toilet.  There is also quarter round which needs to be installed under the garage door, front door and the fireplace wall in the living room.  I am buying and installing the closet organization this weekend.  I have been doing a lot of purging of stuff that do not need or want.  I’m so happy to finally feel like life is returning to normal.  Here are a some current updated pictures.

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With any new project, you have to say “good-bye to the old,” to be able to say “hello to the new.”

To save on project cost, I decided to DIY the removal of the current carpet, vinyl, pedestal sink and toilet.  Luckily, my mom lives close and was able to come over and assist.  With removing the current flooring, having my regular trash company pick up the discarded material, removing the pedestal sink and toilet in the half bath, I was able to save almost $400!

However, after removing the flooring, quarter round and tack strip myself, individuals who do this for a living have my utmost respect.  It is really hard work and a lot of getting up and down off the ground.

Here are some pictures of the vinyl and carpet removal.  I will remove the tack strip later this week.

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Hello Friends!  I know, I know it has been a while.  But life happens!  I’m back and have some exciting news to share.  I am FINALLY getting laminate installed throughout my downstairs of my townhouse.  Good bye carpeting and vinyl!

Here are some last images of the current flooring.  Something I DEFINITELY will not miss.

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This month at the Ladies Do-It-Herself class at Home Depot, three of the Adirondack chairs which we built were raffled off.  Guess what?!  I won!

Here is a picture of my Adirondack Chair!  I did not purchase the teal seat cushion which is pictured, but I was allowed to select a pillow to go with the chair.  Later I found a nice seat cushion for the chair at another store.  Unfortunately, with the high humidity and all the rain we have been receiving, I have not had a chance to stain and treat the chair.  For now it resides in my garage.  I want to ensure that this chair lasts!


Hello Ladies!  The third Thursday of the month has almost arrived, which means another Do-It-Herself Class at The Home Depot.  This coming Thursday, June 20, 2013  The Home Depot will be hosting a Ladies Do-It-Herself Class on How to Build an Adirondack Chair.

Want a sneak peak?  Here is the YouTube video of how to complete the project on your own.  (But hands on is more fun!  Ana White definitely makes this job appear easier than it truly is.  No offense, Ana.)


The class will be held at all Home Depots on Thursday, June 20, 2013.  If interested in attending, stop by your nearest Home Depot and inquire.  Some Home Depot stores request that you RSVP so that they can plan snacks and seating accordingly.

The Rivergate Home Depot (Charlotte, NC) will be serving heavy hors d’oeuvres from City Tavern, assembling and decorating 4 Adirondack chairs which will be raffled off at the end of the night.  AND!  If you bring a friend, you will receive an extra raffle ticket to double your chances for winning.  An Adirondack chair will look lovely on my small front porch.  Wish me luck!

Pictures to come!  Again, I will scan in the Home Depot Do-It-Herself booklet again for those of you that are unable to attend, but like the instructions.

Good Evening!  I know, I know … I am slacking!  But working over 40 hours a week, maintaining a home (which I will report, being a homeowner is nice, but a lot of work), taking care of 2 mini wiener dogs, spending time with family and friends, all while attempting to live life to its fullest has had me away from my computer.  BUT!  Tonight that changes, with my trusty smarty pants dog by my side, my laptop in bed with me and my creative brain ready to share.  Ready … set …

lola_and_i_bloggingFor those of you that have been patiently awaiting for me to share The Home Depot Do-It-Herself Booklet for May, Inspired by Pinterest: Succulent Gardens, here it is!

I’m sorry it took so long!  I decided to climb through the mess of my office tonight to reach my scanner and scan the 7 page booklet.

I admit!  I was sad that the succulent plant I assembled at the Home Depot Do-It-Herself class was not raffled off.  BUT!  I was inspired to create my own!  Here it is!

my_succulent_plantAmazingly, the weekend after I attended the Do-It-Herself Class, I found tons of succulent plants at the plant shed at the NC Farmer’s Market.

The succulent I purchased was about $4.  It is a fairly decent size and definitely a lot more bang of my buck.  I priced this same succulent at Walmart.  Walmart had their succulent plants priced between $5 and $10.  The plants were not as healthy and large as the ones I found at the farmer’s market.

I purchased the large glass container from Hobby Lobby for $8, plus I had a 40% coupon, which reduced it to approximately $5.  I also purchased 2 containers of uncolored sand at Hobby Lobby, approximately cost $2.50 each.  The rocks and soil, I purchased from Walmart, which ranged to a total of $6.

You do not have to purchase rocks and sand for this project.  I added the rocks and sand to make it more decorative.  You can use any sort of container for succulent plants.  The booklet, which I provided, has plenty of container suggestions.

Total project cost: approximately $20

If you create a succulent garden, please share pictures of your garden.  I look forward to seeing your creative ideas!

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