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Summer DIY Projects: Break out the Power Tools and Party with RYOBI Nation

If you’re over 25, you’ve probably caught yourself reminiscing about the old days. You know, the ones when you and your pals would dream about all of the things you’d do once you became an adult. But now that the reality of adulthood has you wondering when drinking from your child’s it’d sippy cup became your life?

Everyone finds themselves longing for the old days now and then and this video from RYOBI shares what can happen when a team of friends gets together with the right tools and a building plan from the RYOBI website. They set out to created a DIY Summer Party Station!

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Wagner FLEXiO 590 Sprayer

The Wagner FLEXiO 590 Sprayer makes painting easy! Find out for yourself – enter to win one!!

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BEHR Advisor Group – Get Rewarded for Your DIY Opinions

You know we love BEHR paint here at the Ott House. In fact, we used their DeckOver paint to restore our 30+ year old deck recently (read: Behr DeckOver Review: Making An Old Deck To Look New), but that’s not the first time we’ve used their products. Much of our house is painted in BEHR paints because we love their quality, durability, and wearability.

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Boys Bedroom Decor: Ocean-Themed Room Ideas

Earlier this summer, we got the bright idea to move our newly-one-year-old into his four-year-old older brother’s room. We live in a three-bedroom rental and I desperately wanted my office / craft room / library back, and the boys initially loved sharing a room with each other — I loved hearing them giggle together in the morning.

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FrogTape® Textured Surface: Paint On! #PaintOnTextures #DIY

We have textured walls (orange peel) and they make decorative painting difficult, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t tried. Over the years I’ve tried horizontal lines in several rooms and even vertically stripped an entire basement hallway.

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Deck Decor: Easy Up Cantilever Umbrella Adds the Finishing Touch

We’ve been working on creating an outdoor room by updating and improving our deck and yard so that we’ll entertain our family and friends more often. We’ve painted the house and deck, replanted the grass, added flowers, furniture, and new deck decor, but there was something missing. Something to pull it all together and give it the final touch that says that this is a place of relaxation.

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Sauder: Ready-to-Assemble Furniture Made in the USA

Am I the only one that has trouble selecting furniture? I swear I spend hours and sometimes days before I commit to buying something new. I suppose mostly because I know I’m going to have to live with my choice for a long time. But mostly because I tend to buy pieces when the need arises so instead of a huge makeover from one design to another, I transition piece by piece.

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Outdoor Oasis Party: Create One in 3 Easy Steps

We’ve been hiding a dirty little secret from you. Our backyard was a mess! Sure, I was able to hide many of its flaws by painting the grass green in photos and blurring out the sad old furniture, but while I could hide it in pictures, there was no hiding it in person.

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Behr DeckOver Review: Making An Old Deck To Look New

We have a 1970’s house which means we have a 30+ year old deck. It has become a constant source of irritation as the stain disappears every year in the Seattle weather and we’re left with a deck that looks even older than it is. We’ve tried many different stains and even paint, but none lasted more than a season. That led me to do some online research last year to try to find a better solution.

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Linen Closet Makeover for Under $15

I have wanted to paint the inside of my linen closet since the day I moved into this house….in 1986. Yep. For 26 years I’ve looked at the ugly yellow beige painted walls and unfinished wood shelves with dark brown trim. Yesterday I decided it was time to do something about the closet I hate so much.

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DIY Home Projects – House Painting Completed

I posted back in May that we were about to embark on painting our home for the first time in decades (read: Painting Aluminum Siding: Will Our Marriage Survive?) and when I say “we,” I mean my husband. I wanted to follow up and let you know that he completed the project and we love it!

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Bathroom Organization – Easy DIY Projects

Bathroom organization doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some easy DIY options to get your bathroom clutter under control. To get all the details, click on any of the photos and you’ll be taken to the creator’s website and more information. All photos belong to their creators.

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