8 Cinder Block Projects

Lately, I have been really into cinder blocks. I have no idea where this obsession came from, but maybe it’s the fact that they are so cheap. At about 1 dollar and a handful of change, you can buy a cinder block at Lowe’s. How great is that?

For awhile now, I have been trying to figure out how to make a desk. I was either never sure what kind of an office area I wanted, or I just didn’t know what to use for the legs. Legs seem to always be the problem.

I thought of using filing cabinets, but I could never find some cheap enough. I love going to yard sales and flea markets, but I never came across any at those places. I checked Craigslist and online yard sales as well, but no luck!

I also looked at getting typical table legs at Lowe’s, but I wasn’t really in love with that idea. There wasn’t anything unique about them, and that is a no-go for me!

If I found some ideas for legs on Pinterest, they were either too expensive, or they involved too much labor, both of which are not on my list!

That is when I came across the most amazing idea of using cinder blocks for everything. Literally, everything. Right now, I am typing on a desk that is made out of a wood slab and cinder blocks. Eventually, I need to rough up the wood a little, stain it, and possibly spray paint the cinder blocks. But other than that, I absolutely love this simple, effective desk.

Today, I thought I would share some of the cinder block projects I came across, because I love them all! I foresee many projects in my future..

I apologize in advance Tony. 🙂

Let me know what you guys think!

Heart Jenn

 

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Photo by Alan Gastelum via dwell.com

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Photo by Larnie Nicolson via newzealanddesignblog.com

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10 Unique DIY Nightstands

Since moving into our new place, I am extremely picky about what furniture we decide to decorate with. When we lived in Germany, I mostly checked the..dumpsters.. as well as thrift stores. And no, I didn’t go into the dumpsters! I just snatched up the pieces that were set in front of it to be trashed. 🙂 I loved finding pieces of unwanted furniture or decorations that I could fix up and turn into something amazing. A lot of it ended up being things I couldn’t exactly fix up, but would make our place feel more like home.

So here in Alabama, we didn’t have that many pieces of furniture or decorations because we tossed the majority of it before heading this way.

One thing that I have been on a mission to get are nightstands. Every time I find one that is a potential winner, the price tag usually sends it to the loser stack. When did furniture become so expensive? This led me down the path of Pinterest to search for DIY projects. And boy, do I love those!

I have included some of my favorites below. I will post the outcome, once I choose which one we decide will work best in our new bedroom. I am excited to get started on something!

Have you guys ever made a nightstand? If so, send me some pictures and give me some advice!

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From Designer Erinn Valencich via hgtv.com

4 DIY Hammocks

Since we are in the process of moving (yay!), I have been so busy trying to tie up loose ends, pack, and clean. I promise I have not forgotten about blogging!

I also have been doing a lot of research and browsing on Pinterest for our new rental. Trying to find things to fill the space for a house is harder than I thought! I came across these super cool DIY hanging chairs, and I just knew that I had to include them in our new place.

Having a hammock reminds me of vacation. It reminds me of peace, serenity, and relaxation. Who doesn’t want those three things? We have a tiny room with a lot of sunlight, so I think one of these projects will be perfect!

Let me know what you guys think. 🙂

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Hammock via: goinghometoroost.com                                     Instructions via: outsidemom.com

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Spruce Up Your Umbrella

You guys! It totally feels like spring today. It’s 59 degrees here in Germany, the sun is shining through the windows, and the birds have been chirping all day. How much better can it get? This, along with a really cool DIY post that I came across the other day on Julianne Hough’s blog, excites me so much that I thought today would be the perfect day to share it! After all, umbrellas and spring do go hand in hand.

To be honest, I never really thought about updating the umbrella I already have. I always try to find the most unique umbrella out there, which is rare, considering everyone has the same options.

Polka dots.

Animal print.

Floral.

Black.

After reading Julianne’s post, I went straight over to Pinterest so I could do a little research on the best DIY ideas for updating an umbrella. There aren’t as many out there as I thought, so I might come up with something on my own when spring rolls around and let you guys see my work of art! Anyway, here are the contenders. 🙂

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All-Natural DIY Household Cleaners

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Photo by: Samantha Okazaki via TODAY.com

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Photo by: Samantha Okazaki via TODAY.com

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Photo by: Samantha Okazaki via TODAY.com

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Photo by: Samantha Okazaki via TODAY.com

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Photo by: Samantha Okazaki via TODAY.com

Cleaning expert Leslie Reichert has some amazing DIY household cleaning ideas. I found this article on TODAY.com and had to share it with you guys! Once we finish up all of the products we have now (before we move), I am going to start making all of my cleaners for sure! Click the link, TODAY.com, to find the details on how to make them!

Glass and Mirror Cleaner:

1 teaspoon dish soap
½ cup white vinegar
3 cups distilled water

Laundry Soap:

2 cups soap flakes
1 cup baking soda
1 cup borax powder
1 cup washing soda, not baking soda

All-Purpose Cleaner:

3 drops liquid castile soap
¼ cup washing soda, not baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
¼ cup vodka
4 drops tea tree oil (available at most drug stores)
8 drops essential oil for scent (optional)

Bathroom Scrub:

1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
½ cup sea salt (If using scrub on fiberglass tubs, omit salt to prevent scratching.)
6 drops essential oils for fragrance, optional

 

Let me know if you guys have any different DIY cleaners that you use! 🙂

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