DIY Window Boxes and a $100. ACE Giftcard Giveway.

This is a sponsored post written by myself.  All thoughts and opinions belong to me.

When we first walked through this 70’s rambler 4+ years ago it was pretty tired and frumpy.


Little by little we’ve given it a face lift to boost it’s curb appeal.

For our ACE Hardware project this month we had the opportunity to tackle a project using a tool from ACE‘s Primo tool line.  I’ve always loved window planter boxes and decided to make this a family project.  The bedroom windows on the house are quite high which leaves a lot of brick real estate below.


Window boxes were the ideal solution to break things up a bit.


For this project I used the Craftsman Magnesium Staight Finish Nailer.


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I don’t know how I’ve lived without one of these for so long.  I normally am hammering nails in, smashing fingers and bending nails.  This tool sped up the process 100-fold!


This man even jumped in and learned some wood working skills.


I love them so much I’m planning on making some window boxes for our shed…tutorial coming soon.


Constructing the boxes was the easy part…working my green thumb and keeping the plants alive is going to be the real challenge.


Next up, replacing those 35+ year old shutters.

Now for the really exciting news…one lucky reader will get a $100. gift card to ACE to tackle their own spring projects around the house.


To enter, go to ACE’s website HERE and browse around then leave a comment in the entry form (below) letting me know what you would buy with $100.
As always, I’ve given some bonus entry options also.
Good luck!

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This post was written my myself as a part of my affiliation as an ACE Blogger.  I was compensated for this post as well as other products by ACE.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of ACE.


When Life Gives You Lemons…Make Corner Floating Shelves

We’re making good progress with my oldest son’s bedroom makeover.
Planks are up and painted, new closet doors have been ordered and I’m off to pick up some vintage school pieces I won at a school surplus auction tomorrow to decorate the room.
A linen closet on the other side of this wall is the reason there is this little jog of a space.

It’s a really annoying pop-out.  I almost wish they would have just made the linen closet bigger on the other side of the wall in order to keep the whole wall flush.  There’s just barely enough room for a twin sized bed.  If I wanted to put a night stand next to the bed it would be floating in the middle of the room in front of that nook.  Not exactly ideal.
My solution…when life gives you lemons make floating shelves.


Making them is not as difficult as one might think.  The wonderful carpenter I found on HomeAdvisor (who also installed the wall planks) whipped these up in no time.  First, put up two pieces of 1×1 (which will be the main support for the shelves).  Make sure to nail directly in to the studs behind the wall.


 Next, cut a board so it aligns with your two walls.  Nail directly in to the top of the board so it hits the 1×1 support underneath.




 For the bottom of the shelf, cut an identical board as the top one and attach it under the 1×1.



 Measure a face board that will cover the gap, the top and the bottom boards.


 As before, make sure you are nailing the face board in to the top and bottom boards.


 I filled all the nails holes with stainable wood filler.  It you look closely you can probably see where the wood filler is.  Because the wood filler wasn’t the same color as the boards it also stained up differently.  In hindsight I wish I would have not filled the nail holes and just left the holes undone for a more rustic look.


 I used Frog tape to protect the wall which worked great on top but staining the underneath was a different story.  Applying the stain without having it drip was really tricky.  Save yourself from having to do paint touch up and use two rows of tape or wider tape when staining the underneath.


Now that the shelves are up I really love the odd little nook.
And that, my friends, is how we turn lemons in to lemonade (or rather floating corner shelves).


The shelves are going to provide some much needed storage for that little bedroom.


Next up, a very blue wall…stay tuned!

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Making your family tree a custom work of art.

This is a sponsored post written my myself.

Mother’s Day is May 10th which is right around the corner.
It is indeed one of the most pressure-filled holidays in my book.
It always seems to sneak up on me and then there’s always a lot riding on that one gift that is supposed to encompass the message “thank you for giving me life”.
Like I said…a lot of pressure.

My mom loves gardening, golf and genealogy.
I was going to get her a fancy compost bin but that didn’t have that certain Mother’s day – je ne sais quoi…AND she has enough golf ball picture frames that she could literally open up a golf trinket shop.  Then I came across these unique Family Tree Prints by Custom Family Tree Art.


They take your family tree names and print them up in the shape of an actual tree.  Such a unique way to display your ancestry.
Perfect for my mom who has been on a quest to do her family genealogy this year.

The ordering process was pretty simple and you can choose to have it framed or just as a print.  I ordered the matboard (2mm Mount) with protective & artistic linen texture which really meant nothing to me until it arrived…then I saw just how impressive the quality was.  It’s as easy as ordering something online but it’s totally custom and personalized.


If you’re not quite sure if your family is done growing (perhaps babies may still be on the way) you can always have an updated print made for only $5.00 and a reprint starting at $15.00.  Say you’re a parent who wants to give all the kids in your family their own Family Tree Print, you can order additional prints starting at just $15.00.  Not only would this be a great gift but a beautiful piece of art for your own home.

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If you are looking for a perfect personalized gift for a limited time only 4men1lady readers can get 20% off your order until Mother’s Day (and it doesn’t even have to be for your mother).
Go to Custom Family Tree Art and enter promo code: 4M1LADY (not valid with other promo codes).