Showing posts with label Home Depot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Home Depot. Show all posts

Sunday, July 27, 2014

LED Light Strips...My new LOVE!

Hello! I purchased some LED Lights and had to share them with you. See the picture below? Well, this is where the fireplace sits and it's always such a dark area in this room, so I decided to move a flat screen TV above the mantle and add some LED light strips to lighten the space up.
I got this light kit and Home Depot and needed two packages to go all the way around the perimeter of the 50" TV.
 When you take them out of the box, this is what it looks like. It comes with a remote and has several different color options. You can go bright, or dim the colors down depending on your mood.
All you do is stick the lights on wherever you want them and they stay put.  It's that easy! The colors are awesome. You can match the color to go with your decor, too! Ha! My hubby stuck them on for me.
This was what it looked like when we turned them on for the first time.
We then installed the bracket and we were ready to place TV.
We put on Man Of Steel and the blue color just seemed fitting.
I could have gone with a larger flat screen, but decided against it, because I still want to be able to decorate my mantle through the seasons.
This is with an orange back light.
I must say, the orange light got me thinking of fall colors and pumpkins....can't wait!
It adds that little touch of ambiance I was looking for.
Here is some accessorizing I did as well. I placed a tray and candles down on top of the coffee table.
I placed a lantern on top of a little trunk, added some greenery, a wicker vase and placed a ball on top of it that says peace.
I love brown and green together.
Here is how the mantle looks during daytime hours. I will have to share some night shots, because the LED lights really POP at night.
I added some candle sconces on either side of the fireplace and placed garden balls on top.
So, there you have it....adding LED lighting to my decor. Hope you like it! :)
Thanks for visiting! XOXO, ~Liz

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Break Tree Swing Project

Hi Everyone! I hope you are enjoying the nice spring weather. We are on Spring Break and decided to take on a fun project...
T  R  E  E   *   S  W  I  N  G  S 
OUTDOOR * FUN
Disclaimer: We are not professional builders, the following should be used only as a guideline, not detailed instructions for building a tree swing. 
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Look for two trees spaced 12' - 16' apart. Anything larger then 16' will require a custom beam that you won't find at your local hardware store, you will have to order. The tree trunks should be at least 12" in diameter. Make sure the ground is safe, look for large rocks, slopes, etc... 
Supplies include: 3 16' 2x6 pressure treated beams, 12" 1/2" bolts, (6) large washers, swings with chains (we got ours from Home Depot), heavy duty eye screws, wood glue, 3" outdoor screws. Tools include: drill, saw, 2 ladders, or in our case, 1 ladder and a tractor front loader, vices, wrench set 1/2" long drill bit.
Measure your beam to go at least 12" on center from both trees. Our 16' beams were perfect, the trees were about 14' on center. You will use (2) beams that you will glue (we used gorilla wood glue) and screw together to create a 4" think beam x 6" wide.
Cut (4) 36" 2x6 beams for your support beams. You will glue and screw (2) of the support beams. Trim the corners for a decorative touch (looks a little tuscan to me).
After glueing the beams in a S shape from end to end, we put the beams together and screwed them about every 18" on two sides of the beam.
You can sand the cuts to make the edges smooth.
You should now have (2) 36" 4x6 support beams and (1) 16' 4x6 swing beam. Careful with the large beam it will take two people to lift. We used an 8' height to the bottom of the swing beam. Measure a couple times to make sure you have it correct.
You will now pre-drill the top bolt using a 1/2" long drill bit. Place your first support beam on the tree, and partially screw in your top bolt along with a washer. Use a level to ensure beam is correctly placed, then drill your second bottom hole and screw your second bolt in along with a washer. Ensuring you keep it level. 
Use a string level to place your 2nd support beam. We measured from the top center of the support beams. Once you have located the 2nd beam, repeat the above steps to install the 2nd support beam.
Next with two people, carefully lift your large swing beam on one side and find a way to hold it in place, while you lift the other side of the beam. We used the front loader of the tractor, so we knew it wouldn't go anywhere.
Double check everything is level and secured.
Drill 1st hole on one side, and screw in your bolt loosely.
On the opposite side drill your 2nd hole. We chose to drill a couple holes on one side opening the hole up creating a space for the bolt to slide a few inches in case the trees sway a lot. 
Our new family member, Bentley, watched on as we built the tree swings.
I can't remember if I mentioned this or not, but our new home sits just under 5 acres. We definitely needed a tractor, and it was a lifesaver in this project.
Add your swing hardware, we left plenty of space between the swings, so the kids wouldn't hit each other swinging. 
The kids LOVE their new swings.
We may add another beam on the opposite side, purely for decorative reasons. Hmm, it could end up looking like the top of a pergola.

I have always wanted a swing set for my kids, so a big thank you to my husband for helping me make my vision come true. 
Thanks for visiting! xo, Liz
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