Carefree Poly Furniture Review: Quality Long Lasting Outdoor Furniture

Colorful Adirondack Chairs from Carefree Poly Furniture

It’s not often that you get to buy a great product and do something that’s truly beneficial for the planet, too. But that’s what we found at Carefree Poly Furniture – a ’net-based company that sells Amish-made poly lawn furniture. If you’re not familiar with poly lawn furniture, which many consider to be the “next…

Fun to Make Animal Shaped Headboards

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We made a lion, but you can make whatever animal your child adores! Hands down I would have to say that Shari’s and my favorite room to decorate are kids’ rooms. We can let our imaginations run wild. When we wanted a jungle theme for a young boy’s room, we opted for a gentle lion…

Add Custom Touches to an Internet Nursery

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I love decorating kid’s rooms.  You can decorate around a theme, and add great accessories, many of which can be purchased at the toy store (my kind of shopping). I must admit, though, I’m not as fond of decorating nurseries.  Pastels don’t really do much for me, and stuffed bunnies and lambs just can’t compete…

How to Build an Adorable Giraffe Growth Chart

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You can’t miss the sweet face of the giraffe in this wallpaper border.  He is blue with yellow spots and a gentle smile. I took this design, straightened him out and added feet at the bottom for him to stand, and he became the finishing touch to a cute baby’s nursery. Now here’s the funny…

Kitchen Hardware – Awesome Designs in Knobs and Pulls

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Kitchen hardware rarely breaks or malfunctions, we change it out because a new design can transform our kitchens – inexpensively, compared to other kitchen renovation projects.  So even if you don’t need new cabinet hardware, you might want to take a look at the new designs that are available. Changing out the kitchen hardware is…

Build a Breakfast-in-Bed Tray

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This tray is perfect for serving breakfast in bed on those special occasions, or as a terrific decorative display tray that can be placed on an oversized ottoman or table.  Decorate it for any season and it will be a treasured project for years to come. Materials List: 1×3 Poplar board – 8 feet long…

Beer Tap Fountain…Really?

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This past weekend I emceed one of the stages at the Great Big Home & Garden Show in Cleveland, and I had the opportunity to walk around and check out new products and the lush gardens that had been built for the occasion. One of the things I thought was noteworthy, was this unique fountain….

Pull-out Pot and Pan Storage Drawer

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Of all of the rooms that Shari and I have decorated, the most difficult to organize is the kitchen.  There’s just too much stuff, and not enough places to put it. Pots and pans seem to present one of the biggest storage dilemmas.  If you have an island in your kitchen, you might try hanging…

Beautiful and Natural River Pebble Fountain

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This fountain is another find at the Great Big Home & Garden Show in Cleveland this year. I saw it and fell in love with it immediately. Of course I do like natural, rustic design, but the gurgle of the water and shimmer of the stones is almost mesmerizing. This wasn’t the only water feature…

Vessel Sinks are All The Rage

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Another interesting item I found at the Great Big Home & Garden Show in Cleveland, was this beautiful vessel sink. I love the patterns and colors, but I do have an opinion about vessel sinks in use.  although they look intriguing and dramatic in a bathroom, I find that I’m constantly banging my hand, or…

5 Must Have Tools for Your Shop

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Okay, you finally bought all the hammers, screwdrivers and other essential elements that make up your first toolbox. Now there isn’t a drain you can’t fix, a picture you can’t hang, or a piece of wood you can’t cut. You feel it’s time to graduated from the “puttering around the house” to the “I’m ready…

Make a Corner Cupboard for Additional Storage

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Turn an empty corner into useful storage and display space with an easy to make corner cupboard. Shari and I have decorated numerous bathrooms, and all of them share one common problem – not enough storage.  Typically, the only places to store items are the medicine cabinet and under the vanity, neither of which were…

Build a Decorative Pot and Pan Rack with Lighting

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This pot and pan rack beats them all because it looks permanent and it has lighting inside to brighten up the counter top. A hanging pot and pan rack is perfect for kitchens with a lack of storage space and those looking for a focal point or a little bit of drama. This one is especially nice because it…

Add Beams to your Ceilings for Instant Charm

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Looking for some instant charm? Well, the addition of beams to your ceilings will give your home great architectural detail and almost a sense of history!  Try turning an ordinary ceiling in your family or living room to extra-ordinary with the addition of faux beams.  This project isn’t for the timid; it requires some work, skill and…

Here’s How To Carve Dried Gourds as Decor

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Carving dried gourds is almost a lost tradition with all of the new inflatables, illuminated signs and audible creatures that haunt today’s porches and landscaping. As you stroll through your neighborhood, aren’t you amazed by your neighbor’s Halloween decorations?  Traditional ghosts and goblins have gone hi tech. Simple ghosts suspended from trees?  No way!  Today’s…

Dress Up a Plain Fireplace by Adding a Mantel

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Most fireplaces have mantels, but if yours doesn’t, never fear, with a few tools and a few boards, you can have that mantel you’re dreaming about! A roaring fire can help tame the fiercest winter weather, but not all fireplaces are created equally in a decorating sense. Without a mantel,a fireplace seems somehow incomplete nonetheless, many…

Create This Cottage Style Picket Fence Headboard

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Whether it’s cottage style, or simply a garden theme, this picket fence headboard will be a lovely focal point in any bedroom. Garden romance is so appropriate for a cottage-style bedroom, but this one works beautifully in a young girl’s room too.  Combine it with a picket fence painted around the room, add a floral bedspread…

A Mirrored Hallway Bench is a Great Shop Project

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Get your shop in shape ’cause this is a big project, but a mirrored hallway bench would cost an arm and a leg if you bought it – build it yourself and pocket the bucks!  A tall mirrored bench with a shelf underneath makes a great place to sit and remove boots or shoes and to hang…

How to Make a Kitchen Menu Board

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You can use a menu board to jot down your menu for the evening but it can also just be a great place to communicate between family members! Create a chalkboard to match your decor by adding a thin plywood panel to the back of a pre-made picture frame that matches or coordinates with your…

How to Install and Use Rope Lighting

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Lighting has come a long way from the first light bulb and there are many options out there, one of which is rope lighting and it can be a unique accent lighting solution in your home. Are you looking for a source of great accent lighting that is versatile enough to be used both indoors…

Learn How to Judge Flea Market Finds

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You’ve heard one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?  Well garbage day can prove that if you get out early and scour the streets for the most amazing things people will throw away! Is trash day just another day around your house? Well, to me it’s like having Christmas delivered right to your curb. Yes,…

Build a Child’s Book Stand with Initials

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What child doesn’t like to see their initials used on things in their room?  Well make it a bookstand that they can really use and might encourage hours of reading!?  Monograms and initials are stylish decorating items. This free-standing book stand is a great way to display treasured volumes and a trendy initial. As a bonus, it can…

Storage Tips and Ideas All Around the House

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When it comes to storage, I don’t think there is a house out there that has enough and that’s only because you ladies buy so much stuff.  Holiday stuff, seasonal stuff….shhh, don’t let Shari hear me because I’ll hear about my shop.  We all know that place is crammed full of tools and toys! But…

Make a Wall Mounted Upholstered Headboard

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This is a great headboard to make for any bedroom.  It takes just a little wood working skill and the use of a staple gun, batting and fabric.  Mix in about 3 hours of your time and you’re done! The headboard is two units (counting the 6 top layer panels).  The back headboard is covered with…

Customize Bathroom Waste Cans and Tissue Boxes

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Matt takes on this craft project and proves that anyone can create beautiful accessories for their bathroom! Ok, Shari always thinks she’s so smart with the craft items so this time I’m leading the craft – basically because it is so easy, anyone can do it – even me! I usually shine in the shop,…

Learn to Make a Marble Look Table Top

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Knowing how to paint a marble look can come in handy for table tops, floor cloths, columns – who knows what else? We asked our friend Elizabeth Cohen to teach us some interesting painting techniques that can not only be used on furniture but can also be used on your walls. The following intructions are…

Learn to Make a Granite Tile Table Top

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A granite tile look can be wonderful on a small side table that you want to stand out as an accent piece and here’s how to paint it! We asked our friend Elizabeth Cohen to teach us some interesting painting techniques that can not only be used on furniture but can also be used on your…

Learn to Make a Custom Stencil Table Top

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If you enjoy painting and being creative, you might like to make your own stenciled table top with a design that inspires you! We asked our friend Elizabeth Cohen to teach us some interesting painting techniques that can not only be used on furniture but can also be used on your walls. The following intructions are…

Fun But Challenging Ladder Toss Game to Make

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One of the backyard games that we love to play in the summer is this ladder toss game.  It is made out of PVC piping, and is as easy to construct as it is to play. I added the rules at the end of this article, but there are many variations on the “rules”.  The…

Five Easy Tips On How To Winterize Your Home

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Once cold air moves in, it doesn’t take long for heating costs to skyrocket. With gas prices on the rise and cold weather around the corner, it is time to prepare and winterize your home. It’s never too early to start, especially as the best time to winterize is when the temperature is above 50…

How to Fix Your Wet or Damp Basement

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Like most things, most people don’t do much about a lot of things until it is causing them an up close and personal problem. Like when the car won’t start, or when the roof is leaking, etc. When we see most property disclosure forms filled out by the seller of a home, they typically state…

Make These Spindle Angels for Your Garden

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Have fun designing your very own spindle garden angels and then put them together and display them with pride. I have to say, I’m always amazed of the brain power of my pal Shari!  When we were preparing for season two of “Around the House with Matt and Shari” she came up with the idea…

All You Need to Know About Flooring Options

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Laminate versus ceramic and what is engineered hardwood…well all the answers are right here.  Flooring is one of those decorating items where the more knowledge you have about the products and variety of style the easier it is to make a decision about which type of flooring is best for you home.  Flooring choices can vary…

Make a Special Shelf to Display Holiday Decor

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We all have holiday decorations we love to bring out during the season and this shelf gives you a perfect place to display them. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Oh sure, I like the jack-o-lanterns and costumes, but I love the treats!  One of my favorite childhood memories is trick-or-treating with my brothers. …

How to Protect and Care for Your Fine Furniture

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Taking care of your fine furniture is really quite easy; it just takes a little common sense and most importantly a schedule. Like anything furniture needs to have a maintenance program that is followed on a regular basis. So make taking care of your furniture part of your weekly (or at least once a month)…

How to Fight Rising Heating Costs

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With fall approaching, the leaves drop to the ground and the temperature begins to plummet, but your heating bills move in the opposite direction. ‘Tis the season of high heating costs! According to early reports, heat and oil prices will continue to rise, which can cut a large chunk out of your home heating budget…

Upper Cabinets for Kitchens without Soffits

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This is a great project for kitchens that have a lot of extra space above the cabinets, which seems to be a wasted void.  It is also a great way to use up any extra lumber you may have in your shop or garage wood pile. As with any project, the dimensions we use in…

Expandable Chalkboard Can Be Any Size You Like

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When you make this chalkboard out of 8 inch squares, you have all the versatility you want to make the chalkboard large or keep it small! With all of us having such busy schedules; it is a must to have a “command center” where notes and messages can be kept so that everyone can see.  This…

How to Build an Easy Workbench for Your Shop

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The one tool that every woodworker, crafter, or any one that has a ton of home improvement projects to tackle needs, is a work bench, and here’s how to build one for yourself. I have tried working on table tops, on the floor, on my desk any where that has some space to put together…

Use Paints to Dress Up Your Clay Pots

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You can use both spray paints and paint pens to dress up your clay pots to match or coordinate with your outdoor furnishings. One of the fastest ways to do any type of painting that I know of is spray painting, especially for craft projects.  For this project we are using Design Masters Color Tool Sprays. …