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If you’re like me and this summer’s (crazy!) record-breaking high temps have you looking for a weekend project that won’t cause you to break a sweat, then I have just the project for you: reviving your bathroom’s stained grout. Don’t worry, this is WAY easier than it sounds, costs less than $20 and no grinder or chisel is needed.

bathroom tile before

My sad bathroom floor before. This is the original 1950′s tile and, although you can’t tell, is a beautiful Robin’s egg blue.

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With summer almost officially here, it’s time to get your outdoor space in tip-top shape. Whether you plan on hosting summer shindigs every weekend or casually spending time on your deck with friends and family, you can ensure your outdoor space is looking its best for the season. In just six simple steps you can enrich your wooden deck — old or new — by staining it with a warm finish that will keep it beautiful for years to come.

So, pick a nice, sunny day with no rain in sight and get started! You can have your deck stained and looking like new just in time for Fourth of July festivities (or maybe even Father’s Day, if you plan on working this weekend). Take a look at the step-by-step instructions below.

How to Stain a Wooden Deck

how to stain a wooden deckTransform the appearance of your deck for summer in just six simple steps.

how to stain a wooden deck before and afterBefore :: After

Check out that before and after — what a difference! You won’t believe how simple this project is. First, make sure your deck is completely clear of all dust and debris. If you’re staining an older deck, you’ll need to pressure-wash the entire surface. If you’re working with a newer deck, however, you just need to sweep with a broom. After cleaning, use painters’ tape to protect your exterior walls from stain.

how to stain a wooden deck1. Gather supplies on your work surface. 2. Apply solid coat of stain to entire surface of deck.

Next, gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need: a gallon of high-quality deck stain, broom, drop cloth, paint pad, paint pole, paint-pad tray, 3-inch paintbrush, painters’ tape, paint stirrer and a pressure washer (only if you have an old deck).

Lay down your drop cloth in the corner of the deck to be stained last and pour your stain into the paint-pad tray. Attach the pole to the paint pad, dip it into the stain and apply a solid, even coat of stain to the entire deck surface. Once the top is complete, apply stain to the sides with a paint pad. If you can’t cover the creases with the paint pad, use a paintbrush for ultimate coverage. Allow 24 hours for stain to dry completely before moving furniture back onto deck. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>

What outdoor projects are on your to-do list this summer? We’d love to know! Share them with us in the comments below.

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Wallpaper haters gonna hate. I’m drawn to wallpaper like a design-loving moth to a design-y flame, in part because I admire the whimsical advances people have made with it. There are now varieties like temporary wallpaper, color-in wallpaper, tear-off design wallpaper, customizable art wallpaper, paintable wallpaper and this magnetic woodlands wallpaper by Sian Zeng.

magnetic wallpaper
The design itself has an enchanted feel to it, but I love the added aspect of being able to play with it, and change it with magnetic characters and dry-erase magnetic speech bubbles. It’s like Zeng has created a cool new version of Colorforms. I think it’d provide hours of delight in a kid’s room. (And maybe it’d prevent them from coloring on the walls themselves!)

[Via: Houzz]

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Dan Faires, the Design Star season five fan favorite and host of DanMade, presented at the 19th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival presented by HGTV at Walt Disney World over Easter weekend. Dan demonstrated how to plant with a terrarium and how to go vertical with a clever container garden. Check out Dan’s tips for terrariums and vertical gardens:

Hi HGTV’ers!

Spring has SPRUNG and it’s great to be able to share some of the latest Danmade gardening projects with you here on the blog. My hope is that you will be inspired and want to jump right in and get your hands dirty this weekend.

This Danmade Vertical Garden is not only simple, it is perfect for anyone with limited green space. It can also be mounted inside on the wall. As a designer, people often ask me what type of artwork to use or what to hang on the walls that will provide an unexpected focal point in the space. The Danmade Vertical Garden is a great addition in any room and it won’t break the bank either.

DanMade Vertical Garden

The steps to creating your very own Danmade Vertical Garden are:

1. Find or purchase any old crate. I literally got this one out of the trash in New York City, but you can usually find them at any flea market or thrift store. The crate I am using is relatively small, but you could expand this principle and make your Danmade Vertical Garden as big as you want!
2. Purchase seed starter cells at any hardware store or nursery. I have chosen these 100% natural fiber cells because they are eco-friendly and absorb moisture well. You could also use plastic seed starter cells.
3. Cut the seed starter cells so that they fit snuggly into the crate.
4. Purchase some chicken wire or wire mesh at your local hardware store. This will serve as a barrier to hold the plants in place when the planter is hung vertically on the wall.
5. Cut the chicken wire or wire mesh so that it fits very tightly inside of the crate. *Remove the wire before proceeding to the next step.
6. Place dirt inside of seed starter cells
7. Install plants into individual cells.
8. Re-insert wire mesh making sure to be very careful with plants. Pull any plants through holes in the wire. For larger plants, cut bigger holes in wire if necessary, making sure to keep the wire as tight as possible. For larger Danmade Vertical Gardens I would recommend stapling the wire in place onto the crate.
9. The final step is to add moss. Wedge the moss as tight as you can in any gaps. This will help the dirt and plant material from falling out until the roots systems get established. It also looks much more aesthetically pleasing and helps absorb much needed moisture for the plants in your Danmade Vertical Garden.

Since everyone loved the animated terrarium how to, I thought I’d include one here as well:

DanMade Vertical Garden

A few important points to note about the Danmade Vertical Garden:
1. This hangs on the wall, just like a picture frame. You can use a cleat, or purchase frame hanging wire from your local hardware store.
2. To water your Danmade Vertical Garden simply remove it from the wall once a week, lay it flat on the ground and soak it with the water hose outside, or inside in the shower. Leave it for 2 to 5 minutes so that the excess moisture drips away, and then bring it back inside to hang vertically on the wall.

If you missed my last blog about terrariums, check it out here to learn how to create this simple container garden.

Have a GREEN day! Be sure to leave any questions or comments below and I will try to answer them as soon as possible. Also, if you decide to make your own Danmade Vertical Garden I would love to see photos!

Daniel Grady Faires
Host of HGTV.com’s DanMade

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For someone who doesn’t yet have kids, I sure have been preoccupied with adorable stuff for babies on this site. (Paging Dr. Freud!) I’ve covered nursery wall decals, unique cribs and cradles, and decor in general (from wall art to curtains and bedding), but I suppose I haven’t mentioned painting ideas. Though I must confess to feeling a little chevron fatigue, I love this punchy paint job in a nursery featured by Lowe’s. It’s just so stinking happy!

chevron nursery paint

I think the wild palette is what makes this feel unique for me — I’ve seen chevrons in nursery rooms before, but the colors have all been more sedate. Because it’s featured by Lowe’s, the actual paint colors used are listed (My favorite color name? Valspar Strawberry Fields) along with step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial to guide you, should you want to recreate the look in your own home.  If that wasn’t enough to get you moving, how about the price? They estimate that it’s only $65 for this room-changing look. Weekend project, anyone?

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I’ve always had a thing for agate, geodes and rocks of all manner, long before they were so on-trend. (I was one of those kids who, on elementary school field trips to museums, would head straight to the gift shop to see if I could buy some cool tumbled stones and gems for my collection. I know, nerd alert!) So imagine my appreciation of this stunning bathroom wall in a Miami home by DKOR Interiors.

agate wall

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much information about how the blue agate look was achieved, but my fellow Pinterest pinners came to the rescue. Pinner (and interior designer) Lauren Maggio pointed to Alex Turco waterproof art panels, and I think she’s spot on. However this bathroom came to be, it’s solid! (Solid as a rock.) (SORRY.)

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As most of you know, our sunroom has been the biggest current project in the Loechner Lair, and I’m happy to report that after a few snafus and some scheduling conflicts, we now have progress to share (did that rhyme? I think it did!)!:

Sunroom Renovation Drywall Progress - Erin Loechner

Well worth the wait!

Yes, that is a fully, 100% drywalled space. Are you starting to envision how beautiful it will be when finished? A vast improvement from the insulated room we shared just over a month ago, yes? We’ve tackled the electrical and finished spraying our insulation, so our renovation goal checklist for the room is coming along just swimmingly.
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I don’t have any kids yet, but Hibou Home’s children’s wallpaper is so cute, it makes me want to start trying just so I could decorate a room with some. (Is that wrong?) All of the options are fun, but I think this equestrian-themed number, Gymkhana, is my favorite.

horse wallpaper

It’s rare to find something for kids that’s sweet with a sophisticated edge, but I think this wallpaper achieves that nicely. And though the pink* is stereotypically girly, I enjoy the fact that the print is sporty, too.

*(It also comes in Fuchsia on Soft Lilac, but that’s a horse of a different color.)

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You know how much I love a sweet, sweet tiled floor, but lately I’ve found myself warming up to rugs. Possibly literally. We are having a cold snap here in NYC, and rugs are so much better at keeping my tootsies toasty! I spotted a Linus Dean rug on a friend’s holiday wish list and now I’m wishing for one, too. They remind me of cool roadside signs I’ve seen in the desert cities near Palm Springs.
linus dean rugs

Graphic vintage typography has never looked so appealing, and Linus Dean is considering a child-labor free certification thanks to GoodWeave. (Which warms my heart as much as the rug warms my feet.)

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Heigh-ho, Briana the design blogger here! Did you see The Muppets in theaters over the holiday weekend? I haven’t seen it yet, so, no spoilers in the comments, please. I’m just glad that a new generation gets to enjoy the same characters I loved when I was growing up. I think Blik realizes there’s about to be a new generation of fans too, based on the line of four new Muppet wall decals they’ve released.

muppet crew decal

Wall decals are a fun and (relatively) inexpensive way to brighten up a kid’s room. The Muppet crew decal is cheeky here in a white hallway, but all I can think is how perfect it would be in a playroom or even as a makeshift headboard for a child’s bed/daybed. It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to meet the Muppets on your own wall tonight!

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