How-to: Tips to stain and seal a raised garden bed

raised garden bed

I love this raised garden bed. It’s awesome all by itself. Adding a stain and sealer makes it extra awesome. But, stain is still liquid with its inherent challenges. I found that using a brush, roller and tray—together—made the work easier and fun. Yes, I said fun. Note: We partnered … see more

A big pop of yellow makes my repurposed old desk into a cheerful snack bar

MyFixitUpLife Krylon paint desk Habitat ReStore makeover yellow

After-school snack time is even better with a custom snack bar upgraded with fresh paint. I’m a lucky mom because I usually get an answer to the question we all ask: “How was your day?” And I know that when I can sit down for a snack after school, I’ll … see more

Tips for finishing drywall: Use the drywall knife for more than compound.

Mess free painting clean up - myfixituplife - hyde

Lots of people make the same mistakes—me included—finishing drywall. Typically, we: – Use too much joint compound. Joint compound (sometimes called ‘spackle’ or ‘mud’ in the trades) is the paste applied to the wall and it’s easy to use too much of it. – Try to get it too perfect … see more

Hers & His pallet ideas: We upcycled these old chairs into his/hers benches

pallet ideas

Theresa’s pallet ideas are always more awesome than I think they’re going to be. For this project, she re-imagined two extra-boring chairs into exciting hers and his benches. There are lots of design options for how to finish the edges. Theresa wanted a clean look so I matched the existing … see more

Painting brick or stone fireplace surrounds are easyish DIY projects

Painting brick or stone can seem challenging, but it’s an easy-ish DIY project if you have the right paint and tools.

If you think of painting interior brick or stone fireplace surrounds as exterior DIY projects, then you’ve cracked the code. There are times when a brick or stone fireplace is screaming in sadness for a coat of paint. And when I spotted this fireplace at a client’s new-to-them-but-stuck-in-1980s home, I knew that … see more