When I first moved to the Midwest two years ago, I thought it was the strangest thing that no one had fences. In Arizona, every yard is separated by tall cinder block walls, so you couldn’t see into your neighbors yard. It did take a little while getting used to, but I have to say I love it now. It makes your backyard feel so more spacious and open. I also really love having a deck. That is something I never had in AZ either. We spend most of our summer nights on our deck grilling, watching the kids play and making s’mores. It is our favorite place to be!
As part of the BHG Live Better Network, I am partnering with them this month to show my deck makeover. Finally after 2 years, it is coming together. It’s still not all the way there, but I love it so far. Don’t look too close. My kids cleaned it off for me before I took the pictures. They were trying to earn points to go to the pool. ;)
Here’s what it looked like when we moved in two summers ago.
Here’s the basic steps we did to refinish the deck. I’m no pro, and I won’t lie it wasn’t fun… but it was totally worth it! We got our whole family in on the fun and finished it in one weekend.
- Deck scrub brush
- Wood cleaner
- Deck stain/paint (We used Wood Chip Deck Over by Behr)
- Roller brush
- Paint brush
Clean deck really well with deck cleaner and brush. Then power wash with water.
Roll brush in paint and then roll onto the wood. I like to start in one corner and work my way to the other. Apply 2nd coat once dry. Find drying times on paint the can. We didn’t need to prime with the stain we used, which was really nice.
I like to paint the spindles with a brush. This part was the most time consuming. I love the white contrast though! Next time, I’m going to look into a paint sprayer. ;)
Apply another coat if needed and allow to fully dry before putting furniture on top. Pretty simple, just time consuming. Anyone can do it though and you’ll be so happy when it’s done!
I found this cute patio set on sale at Walmart and knew it would be perfect to dress up the patio a little bit. It’s stylish, comfy and affordable!
I bought this cute planter and stand on sale at Walmart too. Flowers are always a great way to spruce up the deck.
I also found this cute candle holder and a candle to keep the mosquitos away.
We love how it turned out and will be enjoying many summer nights out on the deck!
Have you refinished a deck before? Share your tips in the comments!
Link Party Palooza #100
Welcome back to the Link Party Palooza! I hope you all had a wonderful week! I can’t wait to see your ideas and feature YOU! Check back next Friday night to see if you were featured!
This Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Freekeh Salad from Hello Little Home looks so fresh and healthy! It would be the perfect side dish for summer!
For our DIY feature this week, I love these little Burlap and Lace Cutlery Pockets from Jo-Lynne Shane. They would be so simple to throw together for your next barbecue!
Here are some favorites from I Heart Naptime this week:
Easy Vinyl Sign
If “summer” to you means spending days on the lake, you’re going to love this Easy Vinyl “Find Me at the Lake” Sign!
Hello I Heart Naptime readers! I’m Valerie from Occasionally Crafty, and I’m thrilled to be here today! One of my favorite things to make is vinyl signs, so I knew I had to create one for you today.
I grew up in Illinois, in a town caught between the Midwestern prairie and the big city of Chicago. While big Lake Michigan was just an hour’s drive down the freeway, it’s not what I think of when I think “lake”.
Summers on the lake is like The Cove, Lake Billy Chinook, where my husband spent his summers with his family up in Oregon. If you’re lucky, you have a boat to take out and spend the day on the water, but if not, you’re just as happy to camp out on the shore with a blanket, some chairs, and a cooler full of food.
Summers on the lake mean canoeing at our yearly girls’ camp, where someone always “falls” into the water.
Summers on the lake mean leaving TV and video games behind, and enjoying the beauty nature has to offer “away from it all”.
Are you now, or were you lucky enough to spend your summer on a lake? I’d love to hear about it!
- 12×12 blank wood plaque (I found mine at Michaels)
- White or cream paint and paintbrush
- Navy vinyl
- Gray vinyl
- Transfer tape
- Scraper, vinyl squeegee, or credit card
This vinyl design was made by me and designed in Silhouette Studio. I used part of this shape from the Silhouette store to make my design.
1. Cut your vinyl design and weed away the extra vinyl. You will have to cut all the navy blue parts together, then the gray parts.
2. Since this is a multicolor design, you will place them one section at a time. It may be helpful to draw a line in light pencil on your plaque to help you line up the words.
3. Using transfer tape, pick up your vinyl, then place it sticky side down on the plaque.
4. Rub firmly with your scraper, vinyl squeegee, or credit card to make sure vinyl adheres firmly to your plaque.
5. Remove transfer tape slowly and carefully, making sure vinyl remains on the plaque. Depending on the quality of your vinyl, this may take some time and careful effort.
You can see a step-by-step tutorial I did using vinyl and a plate here.
I would display this by placing it on a shelf, but you could add a ribbon or a sawtooth hanger to place on the wall. This would make a great addition to your lake house, or to give as a hostess gift when you stay in someone else’s house or cabin!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
If you like vinyl crafts, check out my “Special Date” Wall Canvas
and my Patriotic Vinyl Charger.
Valerie is a mom to 3 school-aged kids, a piano teacher, avid reader, and of course, a maker of simple and beautiful projects. At Occasionally Crafty, you’ll find easy Craft and DIY Tutorials, Seasonal and Holiday Decor, and even some simple and delicious Recipes.
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Huge THANKS to Valerie for sharing this adorable easy vinyl sign during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.
Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt
This Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt is the perfect summer treat! Fun, flavorful, and healthy!
Hi there I Heart Naptime readers! My name is Serene and I blog over at House of Yumm, where I share family friendly recipes. I am beyond ecstatic to be here today with you and Jamielyn to share a fun Summer recipe for the Hello Summer event! I am such a fan of this blog. And an even bigger fan of naptimes. I have 4 kids, and naptime… is my favorite time of the day. While those little ones are awake though, I love treating them to special treats. Which I do my best to ensure don’t contain any extra sugar. Which is why, believe it or not, this Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt is perfect!
This treat is actually healthy for the kids, and yourself! Shhh..we won’t tell the kids though. It’s made with greek yogurt, almond milk (which you can substitute the milk of your choice of course), a little agave (which can also be substituted with maple syrup or honey), and some Cotton Candy oil flavoring. I used Lorann Hard Candy Flavoring Oil Cotton Candy Flavor.
When adding the sweetener to the yogurt mixture you can definitely add to taste. Keep in mind that you want to add just a slight bit extra since freezing it will affect the taste. So once you have it perfect, add just a bit more. And you can always add more Cotton Candy flavoring too if you want to bump up the flavor! This is such an easy recipe, one that you can easily adapt to make your own.
Of course, the food coloring is completely optional. Although I gotta say, I think that’s what my kids love most about this treat! I just divided the yogurt mixture in half, added my pink and blue food colorings, and then alternately poured into one single container to freeze it in. Using a butter knife I just gave a few quick swirls to mix the colors just slightly.
This treat is so fun and tasty your kids will have no idea it’s really healthy. And you won’t have to worry about amping them up on sugar! Enjoy!
2 cups Greek Yogurt (Plain or Vanilla)
2 tbsp Agave (can substitute with maple syrup or honey)
1/2 cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
2 tsp Cotton Candy Flavoring Oil
Pink and Blue Food Coloring (optional)
In a medium size mixing bowl add the yogurt and almond milk. Stir together until smooth and creamy. Add in the agave or sweetener of choice and mix to combine.
Add in the Cotton Candy flavoring oil and stir until dispersed throughout the yogurt mixture. Add more to taste if preferred.
Divide the yogurt mixture in half and spoon into another bowl. In one bowl add the pink food coloring and in the other add the blue. Stir until coloring is consistent throughout the yogurt mixture.
Pour half of the blue mixture into the dish you will use to freeze the yogurt in. Drizzle half of the pink yogurt mixture on top of that. Then repeat with the remainder of the blue and pink yogurts. Using a butter knife swirl the mixture back and forth a couple times, this will swirl the colors together.
Place container in freezer and allow to freeze for at least 3 hours. Serve and enjoy!
Huge THANKS to Serene for sharing this yummy frozen yogurt recipe during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.
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Strawberry Lemonade (No Sugar Added)
Hello, hello! It’s Yvonne from Tried and Tasty and I’m thrilled to be here for the Hello Summer Event! Thank you, Jamielyn, for having me. It’s gotten hot quickly in my neck of the woods and nothing screams summer to me like a cool refreshing beverage. But if you’re like me, you’re still trying to achieve the bikini bod… and sugar loaded drinks don’t help in that department.
In my quest to be healthier, I’ve decided to kick the sugar. White sugar, that is. So for this yummy Strawberry Lemonade I’ve used honey instead! It’s the perfect replacement that’s all-natural. I don’t know about you, but strawberries are my favorite berries. I could eat them all day long. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks in between.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I have mad love for Costco. Like ridiculously mad love. Like, couldn’t-live-without Costco kind of love. If you are lucky enough to have one in your area, check out their produce and see if they’ve got organic strawberries – I was able to pick up 2 lbs. of the most beautiful fruit for a screaming deal. Why organic? Check out my Clean 15 vs. Filthy 15: When Organic Matters post. You certainly don’t have to buy the organic, but when they are such a good deal – why not?
Just imagine yourself whipping up a batch of this lemonade, sipping on a glass in the hot summer heat, and enjoying every ounce of daylight. Doesn’t that sound just wonderful?! I plan on making that a reality more often than not this year, and after one sip of this tasty drink, I bet you will too! What’s your idea of the perfect summer day? Swimming at the pool, playing at the park, biking around the neighborhood? I love it all! Summer just speaks to me!
So what are you waiting for? Make this for your next BBQ, potluck, or get together! If you do, hit me up on Instagram and hashtag #triedandtasty so that I can see how you’re spending your summer while enjoying a tall glass of this healthy & refreshing lemonade! Enjoy!
Strawberry Lemonade (No Sugar Added)
1- 1/2 lb. strawberries, washed & cut in halves, about 4 cups
Juice of 2 large lemons, about 1/2 c.
1/4 c. (or less, depending on the sweetness of your strawberries) honey
6 cups of water
Using your high speed blender, blend the strawberries, lemon juice and honey with water. If desired, pour through strainer in to your pitcher or skip step (personal preference on how you'd like your beverage). Serve cold over ice & enjoy!
When she’s not at work or spending time with family or friends, chances are you’ll find Yvonne in the kitchen wearing an apron and a smile. Be sure to grab her free eBook 10 Super Foods for Breakfast. Super Fast, Super Easy, & Super Tasty! for the ultimate way to kick off your morning!
You can connect with Yvonne via Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Google+ | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube! Check out some of her favorite and most popular recipes: Cheesy Baked Dip, Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, & Hamburger Casserole!
Huge THANKS to Yvonne for sharing this healthy recipe during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.
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