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DIY upcycled lanterns as solar lights - stowandtellu

DIY Upcycled Lantern Solar Lights

Have you been embracing the world of solar lighting? It sure has come a long way with everything from solar string lights to hanging outdoor porch lighting. I keep leaning toward solar because a) there’s no wiring required. That keeps it simple. B) There’s no flame from a candle or oil lamp. That keeps it […]

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Vintage Metal Chair with Painted Sign

I have an old vintage shell-back metal chair. When I bought it, it was lime green. I painted it pale yellow, and then I painted it  orange, and then a putty color. But what I really wanted was to try painting a sign on the metal chair. Since it was the vintage shell back style, […]

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7 DIY Faux Punched Tin Lantern Ideas - StowandTellU

7 Faux Punched Tin Lantern Ideas

Every porch or patio needs at least one punched tin lantern!! I read that blurb in one of the design magazines while at the dentist office a few months ago. I have been a little obsessed about it ever since. The real-deal punch tin lamps are a little pricey and harder to come by.  Here […]

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How’s That Plastic Spray Paint Holding Up?

A few months ago I updated some plastic lawn chairs with plastic spray paint.  I had several people ask me if the plastic spray paint actually worked.  And if I would give an update.  So here it is. In addition, I’ve used this paint on some other projects and I can tell you that for […]

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Faux Cement and Moss Painted Garden Gnomes

Do you have any yard ornaments or garden objects that need an update? We’ve had these two garden gnomes for years.  And while they’re cute and whimsy with their bright colors, they were just out of place in the new yard. I recently saw a video on garden object transformation using Plaid FolkArt Dimensions Moss Effect. I […]

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4th of July Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Space

It’s kind of amazing how little you really need to suggest that “it’s almost 4th of July!” Hands down the easiest 4th of July idea for decorating your outdoor space is to add mini flags to any planters, baskets, or window boxes that you may have. And then plop a few into your utensil holders […]

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Miniature Tealight House to Mock Punch Tin Lantern

Lanterns of any kind seem to be a big trend this season. I had two black metal tea light houses in my thrifted miniature house collection.  One was upcycled as a bird house planter, which turned out to be a nice gift for Mother’s Day.  I decided to try my hand at turning this one into […]

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Pulling inspiration from your yard and blue house accent colors for a vinyl sided small cottage using the Nouveau Narrative collection - StowandTellU

Yardworkation #2 – Accent Colors for a Blue House

I’m not adverse to the color blue on a house. It’s just that our blue and white house is so blaze at the moment. I thought I’d step back an look at the big picture. What potential does this blue house have? Removing the bush that looks like it’s growing out from under our house […]

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There's no fancy mold needed for laying these faux stepping stones. Four concrete free pour, hand shaped stone path ideas four your yard or garden. - StowAndTellU.com

4 Concrete Hand Shaped Stone Path Ideas

Adding a stone path to your yard or garden can add charm, instantly. There’s a lot of tutorials for making your own stepping stones with concrete molds, and of course there are always the store-bought kinds, as well. All great options, but what’s different about these four diy stone path ideas is that they’re made […]

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Tutorial for spray painted plastic lawn chairs with a tip for making an easy spray paint booth with cardboard - garden, yard work, yardworkation - StowAndTellU.com

Yardworkation #1 – Spray Paint and Plastic Lawn Chairs

What do you call it when you get invited to several summer holiday parties in one weekend, but you say no to all of them because you’d rather stay home and do yard work? I like to call that “yardworkation.”  And I have a feeling we’re going to be taking a lot of these “ations” […]

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A garden table upcycled from an old weather vane cupola and a cabinet door - StowAndTellU.com

Upcycled Cupola Garden Table

You are probably wondering what on earth a cupola is, right? Well, it’s that small boxy looking extension piece that is often found on top of a roof. You know that thing. It usually has louvers and it always has its very own tiny roof. In the old days they were used as a look-out […]

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A grapevine wreath is painted red, white and blue and turned into a birdfeeder - How to make a patriotic bird feeder wreath - StowAndTellU.com

Patriotic Bird Feeder Wreath

Last summer when we moved in, we had a bird (of some kind) nested up under our awning, and it lived there straight through the winter. By early-spring a similar but more showy looking bird showed up and started helping bird#1 build a cozier nest. Not too long after, we started hearing baby chicks a’chirping […]

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Open floor plan/Loft style basement makeover: Walls are taken down and everything in the basement is painted for a total cost of $1200 - StowandTellU.com

And the Total Comes to: $1200 – Open Floor Plan Basement Complete!

I wanted to take you back one very last time to what I can now officially call our open floor plan basement makeover which ended up costing just about $1200.00 to complete. I finally had a chance to pull out those receipts from the townhouse basement update and add them all up once and for […]

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Turn a miniature house or birdhouse into a planter. This one was a tealight holder, so it had an open area where plants could be tucked into - repurposed-birdhouse-tealight-planter - StowAndTellU.com

Miniature House Upcycled as a Planter

What junk have you been collecting lately, just to turn it into something else?  I’ve been collecting miniature houses that range from faux birdhouse to brightly painted cottage.  Each piece seems to have another purpose, such as a tealight holder or tissue dispenser, but I’d like to upcycle all of these in some other way. […]

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Bicycle Built for a Pair of 90s Coat Rack Shelves

This was a case where the 90s called and wanted their shelves back, but I had to tell them, sorry, no can do.  After “not” painting the living room and rushing through the $100 dollar guestroom/ office update, let’s just say that the get-er-done approach was trending in our new little home, and I honestly […]

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