Changing Table Turned DIY Garden Cart

DIY Changing Table Turned Garden Cart - Marty's Musings

When my DIY hubby and I started dreaming about a deck on the front of our house I immediately started pinning pictures to help me determine my style. Surprise, surprise, my pins led me to conclude that the outside is just an extension of the inside! Because after all, it's really just an outdoor room, isn't it? Even though the deck was … [Read more...]

From Dream to Reality: Our Deck Reveal

From Dream to Reality- Our Deck Reveal - Marty's Musings

Our dream deck has been years in the making. Endless conversations, researching, contemplating, pricing and saving.  The finished product is one of the only DIY projects my hubby did not do completely on his own from start to finish (with some help and opinions from his wife!) This deck required having some help and we were blessed to be … [Read more...]

Jackhammer Demolition: Part Two of Our Dream Deck

Jackhammer Demolition- Part Two of Our Dream Deck - Marty's Musings

Some dreams take a little longer to come to fruition, but when they do all the blood, sweat and tears are worth it! (And in this case, hauling brick also works off a few calories!) I last wrote about the progress on our front deck in part one, which detailed how we determined the necessity for taking down the huge tree right in front of our … [Read more...]

How to Strip Paint from Wood Surfaces

How to Strip Paint from Wood - Marty's Musings

One of the blessings of homeschooling my children for the last 20 years is that we do so many things together, including walking around our neighborhood (counts as P.E.!) My youngest son has become quite the little treasure sniffer outer (that's the official term, you know!) He loves for us to walk around the block (or a few blocks) on … [Read more...]

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas with Hometalk

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas with Hometalk - Marty's Musings

There's just something about relaxing around a fire, roasting Snickers S'Mores and sharing conversations with family and friends that makes me long for fall and cooler weather. But until then I can continue to marvel at the way my hubby built our repurposed fire pit for nothing but the price of hard labor and ingenuity. Have you … [Read more...]

4th of July Patriotic Tablescape

4th of July Patriotic Tablescape - Marty's Musings

If you're anything like me you probably enjoy gazing at the beautiful pictures on Pinterest......until you get depressed because all the projects look amazing and impossible to recreate. You tell yourself you could never do that! "That" being a craft, project or anything requiring lots of expertise or money. I feel the exact same way so I … [Read more...]

Home Decorating Ideas with Havertys

Home Decorating Ideas with Havertys - Marty's Musings

Last weekend my married daughter Rachel met me at Havertys, about halfway between her home and mine, for a fun afternoon dreaming of all things home related. My daughter has her own personal style and loves to know the latest in decor and fashion. Our shopping trip was a perfect opportunity to daydream and compare notes on our homes with home … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly Backyard Patio Ideas

Spending Time with Family in the Backyard - Marty's Musings

Our backyard is definitely a work in progress. After raising 5 kids, numerous cats and several dogs it had seen better days. Early years of lush green had yielded to sand boxes, yard games, the sound of happy laughter and busy feet. Spending time with family in the backyard was a messy, cherished tradition.  There's a reason I've never … [Read more...]

Wood Deck Restoration with Behr Premium DeckOver®

Wood Deck Restoration with Behr Premium Deckover® - Marty's Musings

  Shortly after we moved into our home 23 years ago my DIY hubby built the lower deck by our back door and then the upper deck around our large tree.  Oh, the stories this deck could tell! Our kids used to hop on their ride-on toys and race around this tree with abandon! One of our favorite funny home videos shows our youngest … [Read more...]

Painted Lamp Shade Makeover with Textured Surface FrogTape®

Painted Lamp Shade Makeover with Textured Surface FrogTape® - Marty's Musings

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. My DIY hubby is a painting contractor for his day job. He has shared many painting tips on the blog such as how to care for your brushes, avoiding a paint can mess and helpful tips on painting kitchen cabinets. For … [Read more...]