Showing posts with label DIY Tutorials. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY Tutorials. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How To Tile Like A Pro.....Your First Time

This wasn't exactly my first time.....tiling, but it was my first time to tile a back splash... although I did paint one here in my kitchen.
A few months back, I found this glass subway tile on clearance at Home Depot and decided to use it to make some updates to the laundry room.







I will share the laundry room updates later down the road, today it's all about giving you my 5 simple and easy tips for tiling like a professional....even if it's your first time.

Tip 1- Start with a clean even surface. It is very important that if you are tiling over drywall to make sure that your surface is even. When I removed the previous tile design that was above the sink, I applied dry wall plaster to make sure my surface was consistent and smooth. If you want your tiles to lay evenly and stay secure with your adhesive while on the wall, don't skimp this step thinking that it doesn't matter 'since tile is going over it anyways'. It does.


Tip 2- Start applying the tile in the corner and work your way over from there.
You want to begin applying your tile to the wall against the edge so that your tiles are even and straight ( assuming your walls are). This will make your project go along much easier and without the need to constantly use a level to confirm accuracy....although it's not a bad idea to spot check your lines as you apply your tile. You don't want wonky tile lines.



Tip 3- Use a big fluffy sponge and nothing else to smooth your grout joints. I have used a rag, my finger and a paper towel and trust me, it makes a difference. The idea behind using a sponge is to smooth out your applied grout. You don't want to apply too much pressure or you will remove more grout then you need to, causing you to reapply it... which means more work than necessary.


Tip 4- Use the right tools to get accurate measurements and
cuts. Use a pencil specifically designed for glass or tile to mark your cuts on your tile. These marks can be easily removed when you clean your tile. They wipe off with a dry cloth. Use a level or straight edge ruler so that your lines are straight when you cut and most importantly make sure your wet saw blade is sharp and not dull for the best precision and cut on your tile.


Tip 5 - Measure your area before you purchase your tile. If you are like me ( the anxious type)  and see a great deal on some tile and have no clue how much you need, buy more than you think you will use. You can always return the tile if you have excess. Since this tile was on clearance and such a great deal per sheet  ( less than the cost of a soda out of a machine), I didn't want to take any chances. And as it turned out......



I liked this so much I decided to do the other side of the laundry room underneath the cabinets, so I sent hubby back to get more. Luckily he got the last 6 sheets, which was exactly what I needed. 
Call it beginners luck...sorta.

How are your tiling skills?
Next week, as soon as I get some dirty clothes off the floor and into the washing machine, I will share what else I have done to the laundry room.






Grateful~
For the patience to do my least favorite household chore.....laundry




Want Top This Top That delivered directly to your inbox?
It’s easy!  Just enter your e-mail address.

Enter your email address:


Delivered by FeedBurner

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

June Highlights

Goodbye 85.8 degree temps, Hello 95.8 degrees....just like that. Welcome July.

Although we have some amazing things going on in July, it's not one of my fav's when it comes to the temperatures. Way too hot. When you walk from the house to the garage ( approximately 8 steps)  and sweat is already dripping from the forehead..... too hot.

Here's a few highlights from June, in case you missed any of it.


We are in the patriotic spirit around the house with my mantel here


and a fun tablescape here that I created out of .99 duct tape.


Enjoying my hot tea and cheerios here in our Summer breakfast room.


I am ready for you on the front porch here where I shared 5 tips every porch lover should have.


I turned an old plant stand and planter into a fun ice bucket. Perfect for those hot days outside.


and after a few long months, we finally finished the kitchen and revealed it here.


How was your month? Got any fun things planned....besides sweating?

Grateful~
For life's little surprises


Want Top This Top That delivered directly to your inbox?
It’s easy!  Just enter your e-mail address.

Enter your email address:


Delivered by FeedBurner

Monday, June 02, 2014

May Roundup- Craft Room Reveal, Summer Mantel, 'No Name' Summer Dessert

Happy June. Hope you had a fabulous month. I am hoping that if it's anything like May, it won't fly by. Why do summer months have to do that anyways?
Did you notice my new header?  Ha. After 2 1/2 years of blogging, I finally came up with a tag line.  Live, Laugh & Decorate. I think it totally represents me and my blog. 




Earlier in the month I was out in the garden sharing my Wisteria Wreath. PS- My wisteria is still going gang busters out in the garden. I know many mentioned that they wish they had it, but it is so evasive.


Summer is in full swing ...well on the mantel it is at least. How about you...are you ready for summer? Some of you have asked about the buoys that I used. They are old wooden ones that had the original orange color on them, that belong to my husband's grandfather. 



 My lego anxiety has been cured with our new lego table that we put in the game room. I am thrilled that all the legos now can be found in one spot, but have you ever stepped on a lego with bare feet... boy it hurts!


I did a little baking and came up with this 'No Name' summer dessert. You guys rocked the suggestions and here's a few that you came up with......
Lazy Daisies
Nanner Surprise
Banana Cream Tarts
Vanilla Cloud Cups
Sunshine Pie
Banana Dream Cloud
Sunshine Cups

and my pal at Bliss Ranch submitted these original names.... although I seem a theme here
Bitsy Bites of Bliss.
Banana Bliss Bites.
Vanilla Bliss Bites.
Simple Bliss Bites
.


Since summer started with the kiddos at home, the only time I can really sneek up to the Craft room without kids in tow, is at night.
Regardless, day or night....I love my new space.


Did you see how my garden has evolved over the years here. Hint...It didn't always look like this!  I also hope that you entered the $100 Visa gift card giveaway. If not, head on over, smell the roses before June 22nd and enter to win!




Have a fabulous June!


PS- don't forget to join the Elements of Summer Tour going on this week. I will have you over on Friday but don't miss out on the other tours going on all week.






Grateful for~
all our precious animals around Top This Top That






Want Top This Top That delivered directly to your inbox?
It’s easy!  Just enter your e-mail address.

Enter your email address:


Delivered by FeedBurner

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

DIY Cake Plate....From a Toothbrush Holder

Don't think for a moment that this post is about those gorgeous pink cupcakes with cute little flowers on them......cause it's not.


 Or how your kids can make a big mess with that frosting and it how stains ....but a little Shout seems to get it clean.


And it's not about this pretty plate with the beautiful trim and embossed design that....I picked up for $1.50.


Nope, it's none of those things. It's all about the pedestal that it sits on.


And would you believe long before it was holding cupcakes, it was holding....... toothbrushes!



Yup, the toothbrushes can't believe it either!




When's the last time you recycled something?




PS. To see another cake plate I made with a candle holder, click here.


Grateful for~
to see kids with pink frosting all over them!




Sharing





Want Top This Top That delivered directly to your inbox?
It’s easy!  Just enter your e-mail address.

Enter your email address:


Delivered by FeedBurner




Saturday, May 03, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Happy Weekend. We have our first big dance recital this weekend so between dress rehearsal and the real deal on Sunday, I hope to enjoy some time with my family visiting for the weekend.
What are you up to?

Here's some fun that I found this weekend.

Framed vintage bikinis, beach hats and the color blue...love




I love this idea of dressing up a plain bamboo shade from here


Cutest idea for moms day...or any occasion. Tutorial here


Shower and rock out with one of these.....sweet


And finally,  if you recognize this backyard pool, can you ask the owners if me and the kids can come over ....everyday over the summer to swim...eat....grill. I promise, we won't make a mess.

via Houzz.com

So tell me, are you a 'shower singer' and what's your favorite tune?
Make it a super fantastic weekend doing things that you love.

I will be back on Monday with my Southern Gal pals for another Installment of 'Oh My Word'. This month we are sharing some flower projects.



PS- For more of my Weekly Wow's, click here.



Want Top This Top That delivered directly to your inbox?
It’s easy!  Just enter your e-mail address.

Enter your email address:


Delivered by FeedBurner

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Easy Burlap Candle Rings {repost}

Tell me, have I gone to far? Is it just too much?

Because sometimes I feel like I need Burlap intervention. 
Really, no joke.
 And instead of a fiscal cliff, I feel like I am on a Burlap Cliff,  ready to dive into a huge burlap pit!
I mean, I really didn't mean for all this obsession to happen ... it just did.
 And kinda by accident actually. See, it all started when I ordered too much of this
And started doing this,
with these

And it just happened... like that


For my  easiest burlap wreath tutorial click here  and here and fall burlap wreath tutorial click here. The tutorial will give you more detail on how to make the candle wraps.

 
Grateful for~
The weekend
 
  


Want Top This Top That delivered directly to your inbox?
It’s easy!  Just enter your e-mail address.

Enter your email address:


Delivered by FeedBurner

Friday, May 03, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

When I went to school back in the day, the extent of teacher appreciation was putting a shiny red apple on the teachers desk and ..... staying out of trouble.   
Today appreciation is shown for our dear teachers, the one's that tirelessly give their heart and soul into educating our children, in a variety of creative ways.
 I am on the PTO at my son's school and was the first to raise my hand to help coordinate Teacher Appreciation week this year. In addition to a kickoff breakfast and a lunch during the week, we are passing out a few goodies along the way to show how much we appreciate our teachers and staff.
 Keep in mind, small school, small budget.

 "Thanks for Making This Year So Sweet". 
We attached a Target giftcard to a candy bar with the 
thanks tag on top.

"Thanks for being the highlight of our year!"
For this one we took paint chip cards, affixed a label and a 
couple of Sharpie highlighters.

"Thanks for planting the seeds of knowledge"
Because every teacher loves to garden on their weekends..... right???
We stuffed these cute little painted clay pots with garden gloves, both purchased at the Dollar Store.  We also included a variety of seed packets.
The pots were wrapped in a plastic bag, tied with some jute and attached with this cute tag that we printed on cardstock.
I think they will love all of these ideas just as much as
 we love them! 
And to all you teachers out there, I applaud you for all of the hard work and dedication that you give each day to our kids.
Grateful for~
Teachers 



PS-  If you looking for more ideas I have collected a whole bunch more here .
PPS- Some of these ideas would be perfect for Mothers Day too!

Want Top This Top That delivered directly to your inbox?
It’s easy!  Just enter your e-mail address.

Enter your email address:



.