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Before and After: The Outside of the New Rental House!

Hey, friends! I've missed you guys so much! It has been an insane month around here, but I think I'm finally settling in and getting adjusted after the move. If you don't know what I'm talking about, read When God Messes Up My Plans and this update to get caught up.

After everything my roomie and I went through to find a house, I'm super thankful for this home. Even so, as I shared in the New House Tour,  there's lots I would like to do to make it feel more like home. The hard part is finding a balance between making it feel like home and the reality that it's not a permanent home.

We've been decorating and such, which helps, but we finally caved on investing a tiny bit into the outside. Here's what it looked like when we moved in:




I don't know if you can tell, but there are little shrubs hidden among all of the lovely weeds. Again, we didn't want to put too much money into the parts that we can't take with us, so we cleaned up the flower bed area (pulled up all of the weeds/grass) and filled it in with mulch. We also added solar lights around the edge of the patio.


Then, we filled the two large planters from the old house with small shrubs. We also bought a new welcome mat that is oh-so-cute.


I styled a small patio table that I painted with the thrift store lantern, a small plant, and a bunny of hope, too!



As I've shared before I have a black thumb, so here's to hoping that I remember to water all of these lovely plants.

As silly as it sounds, I also bought a Magic Eraser and attacked the front door with it. It was pretty filthy, and simply cleaning it with the Magic Eraser helped sooo much. If you're considering painting your outdoor or indoor doors, try cleaning them first.
(This is not an ad, I seriously love them).

The lawn still looks a bit of a mess (the grass is pretty patchy), but I think it looks better already. Our neighbors have even noticed the improvements -- they drive by slowly and look at it... which is kind of creepy, but still.


We didn't spend very much at all and a majority of the improvements we can take with us. So yippee! I think you guys will find that the key to this house is using what we already have and making it awesome.

Can't wait to share more!

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;







My Home: Where Plants Go to Die.

While other bloggers and people around the world (maybe I'm being dramatic, here) are showing off their beautiful gardens and plants for spring, I'm mourning the loss of many, many plants that have entered my home. My mom always says that I'll be ready to get married when I can keep a plant alive... I guess I'm not ready haha!

Either I water them too much, or not enough.. or I forget about them. I've even killed a cactus, guys.
(Let's take a moment of silence for that one)

The only plant that has survived is the one I photographed in the Upcycle an Old Chair into a Planter post and the Metal Tin into a Chalkboard Planter post (and yes, it's the same plant).

So, I say all of this sadness to ask.. do you have any advice for me? Share all of your gorgeous garden/plant posts with me, or just give me your advice in the comments below! I need it (obviously). 

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Bedazzle Me Monday @ Everything Under the Moon; Make It Monday at Brassy Apple; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Life Made Lovely Monday at Life Made Lovely; Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle; Tuesday--  Tute Tuesdays at A Law Student's Journey; Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Naturally-Nifty Linky Party at Natural Nesters; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans; Link Party at Passionately ArtisticUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 Main; Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge; Freestyle Friday at Happy Hour Projects; Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello; Simply Creations Friday at My Simple Home Life; Fabulous Friday at Ohh Baby Designs; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Link Up with Me, Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Show Off Saturday at Nutmeg Place; Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Share Your Creativity at It's Overflowing; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; So Creative Party Time at So Very Creative; Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop at Homemaker on a Dime; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes; Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper;

Metal Tin into Chalkboard Planter!


As promised in Sunday's post, Upcycle an Old Chair into a Planter, I have another unique idea to spruce up your porch or patio for spring (that I also shared over at Crafting a Green World). This chalkboard planter is so easy to make and will make a huge impact!

What You Will Need:

1. A metal tin. This size is like a popcorn tin (the same size as my popcorn tin trash can project). You could use a smaller size, though.

2. Spray paint

3. A plant

4. Drill or hammer/nail

5. Chalkboard paint

6. Painter's Tape

7. Newspaper or other recycled paper

How To Do It:

1. Clean your tin of any wonderful thrift store/garage sale gunk.

2. Spray paint the tin. Several light coats will give you the best results. Even if you're impatient like me, don't do one heavy coat because you will get drips... and no one likes drips! 

(Before moving onto the next step, I would recommend letting your paint dry for a few hours or even 24 hours. I waited 30 minutes and my painter's tape peeled off the aqua color when I tried to do the chalkboard section.)

3. Tape off a section of your tin with painter's tape-- this will become your super-de-duper awesome chalkboard area. Then, add newspaper or other recycled paper around the edges to prevent over-spray.


4. Once your tin is dry, drill a few holes in the bottom of your tin (this will allow water to escape from your plant). If you don't have a drill, you can make your holes the ghetto way-- just use a nail and hammer to make holes in the bottom.

You'll need to look at your chalkboard paint to determine the cure time and such. My paint, for example, said to completely cover the area with chalk and then erase it before writing my phrase.

I wrote "welcome" because my planter is going on the front porch, but I love how I'll be able to change it for all of the different seasons/holidays. I also put the planter on an old chair that I turned into a planter (like the one I shared with you guys on Monday). Cute, right?



Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Bedazzle Me Monday @ Everything Under the Moon; Make It Monday at Brassy Apple; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Life Made Lovely Monday at Life Made Lovely; Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle; Tuesday--  Tute Tuesdays at A Law Student's Journey; Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Naturally-Nifty Linky Party at Natural Nesters; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans; Link Party at Passionately ArtisticUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 Main; Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge; Freestyle Friday at Happy Hour Projects; Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello; Simply Creations Friday at My Simple Home Life; Fabulous Friday at Ohh Baby Designs; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Link Up with Me, Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Show Off Saturday at Nutmeg Place; Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Share Your Creativity at It's Overflowing; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; So Creative Party Time at So Very Creative; Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop at Homemaker on a Dime; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes; Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper;