Lowe’s to the Rescue for a Spring Makeover – Apply Here!

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Can we all agree that Winter was a big fat bully this year? He stayed around longer than he was welcome and wreaked havoc on our homes and yards. According to the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI)* the following cities were declared the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015″ after suffering through the harshest winter […]

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The Reality Is…

The reality is...it's not real | Pretty Handy Girl

The reality is that what you see on TV and magazines isn’t real life. We all know this, but do we tend to forget after a while? I was watching one of those popular HGTV reality shows the other day. This one happened to be filmed in our neighborhood, so I was very familiar with […]

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How to Refinish Scratched & Rusted Appliances

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have an appliance that has scratches and/or rust spots? Unfortunately over time the rust will get worse if you don’t deal with it. Today I want to show you how to refinish scratched and rusted appliances so you can extend the life of your appliances and make them look almost like new again. […]

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How to Easily Clean Mildew Off Windows

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Winter is tough on everyone, but it’s especially tough on your home.  The temperature difference between the outside and inside your home can leave a thick layer of mildew on your windows. Aluminum storm windows are especially prone to this condition. Before you open the windows and let in the warm breeze of Spring, you’ll want […]

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#DIYCourage Twitter Chat is Back

#DIYCourage Twitter Chat Every First Monday of the Month

The #DIYCourage Twitter Chats are Back! Remember when Sara Bendrick and I hosted a Twitter chat last year? Were you able to attend? If not, I have great news! We’re bringing the #DIYCourage empowerment back. The first Monday of every month, we’ll be chatting about your DIY projects that you completed or DIY projects that […]

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Hang Art Without a Frame

Hang Art Without a Frame

One way to change the look of a space is to hang up new art. With so many attractive options for your walls, it’s easy to do. Posters, photos, wallpaper and other memorable art can look great, even without a frame. Having art framed professionally can get expensive. Even store bought frames can break your budget. […]

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Love Your Home Challenge

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My blogging friend Melissa Michaels just published a wonderful new book to help you “Love the Home You Have.” She focuses on simple things you can do to embrace the home you live in. With easy suggestions and achievable goals, she breaks down all the barriers you have when it comes to truly loving your home. To […]

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How to Build a Temporary Pergola

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

This tutorial to build a temporary pergola is perfect for a wedding, photo shoot, for some shade, or for your garden if you are okay with it not lasting forever. My sister and I constructed it for our Thompson’s WaterSeal Bali Dream Deck to provide some romance and shade from the hot Bali sun. Materials: 2 […]

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How to Paint a Giant Mandala Deck Tattoo

How to Paint a Deck Mandala Tattoo | Pretty Handy Girl

As promised, I’m back today to show you how to paint a giant mandala tattoo on your deck. Painting a design on your deck can turn an ordinary deck into a beautiful retreat. Add a few colorful accessories and you’ll have a backyard Bali getaway! Creating the mandala is a lot easier than it looks. Ready […]

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Knockoff PB Personalized Pinboard

Knockoff Personalized Pinboard

Hey everyone!  If you remember, last month, I shared with you how I updated my boys’ desk in our den with a wood plank desktop.  The den is just about ready for the big reveal and now I’m just working on adding little details.  This includes these fun personalized bulletin boards I made for each of my […]

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Thompson’s WaterSeal Bali Dream Deck Reveal

Bali Dream Deck for Thompsons Water Seal | Pretty Handy Girl

Last month while most of the US was under heavy blankets of snow and ice, I flew to Dallas. I was hoping to find warm temperatures and lots of sun. And if I couldn’t find any, I’d create my own with my sister, Caitlin’s help. Thompson’s WaterSeal asked me to design a dream deck and […]

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Replacing a Sink Drain

How to Replace a Sink Drain | Pretty Handy Girl

Have you ever needed to know How to Replace a Sink Drain? Or maybe in the past you hired a plumber. Well, I’m here today to tell you that it’s not a hard project and I know you can do it! I think the plumbing Gods smiled down on me recently. After the little leak […]

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Egg Place Cards

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Finally Spring is on the way!  Hello Pretty Handy Readers, I’m Jaime from That’s My Letter here to share a simple DIY project for your Easter table: DIY Egg Place Cards. Or as my kids like to call these: eggs on a stick.  These egg place cards add a touch of Easter charm to your place settings […]

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Faux Blue Bird Eggs and Nest

Faux Robin's Egg Spring Nest | Pretty Handy Girl

YES!!! Spring has arrived in North Carolina and I want to dance and sing as I tiptoe through the tulips. Some of our bushes are blooming and I’ve been bringing cuttings inside. Now is the perfect time to start decorating for Easter! A nest of Blue Bird Eggs makes a beautiful centerpiece! Here’s how to […]

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New! Shur-line Pro Paint Edger Product Review

Shur-line Paint Edger Review | Pretty Handy Girl

Last month I received a little care package from Shur-line. I opened the kit and assessed the products with speculation. As you probably remember, I don’t generally like new painting gadgets. I have my tried and true painting tools that I use and I rarely find new ones that I like better. As I was getting ready […]

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Fool Proof Way to Update Furniture Like a Pro

Fool Proof Way to Update Furniture Like a Pro

Hello friends! It’s Jessica from Decor Adventures, back this month with tips on The Fool Proof Way to Update Furniture Like a Pro! I have some tips to make your furniture finishes look like they were professionally done. Help you pick the best paint, primer and tools for the job. And finally a few quick and easy ways […]

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Build a Vintage Produce Crate Centerpiece – No Power Tools!

How to Build a Rustic Crate Centerpiece (No Power Tools Needed!) #DIYCourage | Pretty Handy Girl

It occurred to me the other day that many woodworking projects may deter people simply because they don’t have power tools or they don’t know how to use them yet. As a continuation of my goal to spread some #DIYCourage, Duluth Trading Company and I have teamed up to give you an easy tutorial to […]

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How to Turn a Bunk Bed into a Loft Bed

How to Turn a Bunk Bed into a Loft Bed | Pretty Handy Girl

Remember when I built a loft bed for my younger son? No sooner had I made his bed, when my oldest son was begging me to build him a loft bed too. Instead of starting from scratch, I was able to turn his bunk bed into a loft bed in a few simple steps. Materials: […]

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Vintage Farm Weekly Meal Planner {Free Printable}

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Last week as I was showing you our new Family Organization Center Door, you probably saw this cute Vintage Farm Weekly Meal Planner: I created this re-useable meal planner with some beautiful vintage graphics from The Graphics Fairy. She has an entire library of vintage images in black and white and color! Including these images I […]

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How to Refinish Wood Floors without Sanding

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I love our antique heart pine floors! They are beautifully distressed. The round pegs and square nails securing them in place add loads of character. However, the square nails sit flush with the surface preventing us from ever being able to refinish them with a sander. The nails would tear up the sandpaper in no time. […]

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