The Best DIY Flooring Ideas of Pinterest

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You might have seen how we’ve DIY’d the flooring in our home… from staining concrete to look like ceramic tile or painting the wood flooring in a bedroom to give the room just that perfect POP of color and fun… to help you out, I’ve rounded up what I think are the absolute best flooring ideas you’ll find on pinterest.

Have you tried one of these? Comment below with how it turned out! 

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DIY: How to Paint a Concrete Floor || decoratedlife.com

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DIY: End-block flooring – Such great texture and the stain in this photo is nice and warm. || Source 

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DIY: White painted wide plank wood flooring || Source

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DIY: It will cost you more than a penny… but look at how amazing these penny floors turn out! || Source

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DIY: Mis-Matching tiles in a black and white color pallet || Source

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DIY: Who knew you could make a beautiful floor with brown paper bags?!? || Source

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DIY: Brick is a rich, traditional finish for walls and floors, indoors and out — with a price tag as rich as its looks… So try faux brick painting on concrete. || Source 

 

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Best Projects of 2015!

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Happy New Year, friends!  I cannot believe we have started a new year!  

We have a lot going on this year with our son Jonathan that I haven’t been able to tell you about yet, and it is killing me.  

Y’all are going to freak out!!!  (I will be able to spill the beans in about two months.)

I’m just getting around to looking back at my blog projects from 2015.  I know that a lot of bloggers have already posted their round ups, but I wanted to go ahead and share mine too. :) 

Truthfully, I didn’t have as many DIY projects as I have had in years past.  This year was all about “life” projects for me, especially our adoption.  But I did want to highlight a few for you, in case you missed them.

First off, we had a BLAST working with Lowe’s on this home makeover project down in Tennessee.  You can see all of the before and after pictures HERE.

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There were a couple of DIY projects from the home makeover that we shared on the blog.

Our DIY board and batten shutters…..

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And our DIY Window Box…..

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In our own home, one of my favorite DIY projects was the wood floor we installed in our girl’s room. 

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And of course, the front of our house got a brand new look (my favorite project so far that we have completed over the five and a half years we have lived here.)

Our new front porch…

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I had a blast decorating our new porch for Christmas, and can’t wait to decorate it throughout the seasons in the new year!

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Lastly, I absolutely LOVE the barn door we recently built for our mudroom in our new entry way….

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That’s it!  A quick look back at 2015!

I am looking forward to another year with you!  We have some more DIY projects planned for our home in 2016, but we have some big “life” projects going on as well this year.  Thank you so much for the love and support your show me each day!  I am so very, very thankful for you!!!

 


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How to Hang a Barn Door!

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Y’all, I am so thrilled with our barn door!  It is seriously so fun to have in our entry way.  It just adds so much character.

You can follow our instructions on how to build a barn door HERE.
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We had been wanting a barn door in this space for a long time, but didn’t have time to build it and get a rolling door kit.  But finally, we were able to get the door built and work with the wonderful Rolling Door Designs company to create our barn door.

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The first thing that Cy did was to cut the rail the length we needed it for the space.  He also measured and marked where we wanted to install the brackets. 

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We hung our door a little differently than most people do.  When a door has a door frame, you will  need to install a matching piece of trim to the right or left of the door (depending which way your door is opening) to attach the brackets to.

However, I do not like the look of the extra piece of trim, so I asked Cy to install small wooden blocks behind each of our brackets to allow clearance for the barn door to slide past our door frame.  He put Gorilla Glue on the back of the wood blocks and nailed them to the wall.  Then he pre-drilled holes into the blocks before screwing the brackets on to avoid splitting the wood. 

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We painted the wood blocks the same color as the wall to make the less noticeable.  

Be sure to use a level when installing the rail.

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We screwed the metal straps to the top of our barn door per the instructions and then hung the door on the rail.

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Because our floors and walls are a little uneven, our door looked a little crooked and Cy had to make a couple of minor adjustments to the straps to “fool the eye” into making it look straight.  

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The last thing we did was install the door guides in the floor.  We drilled a hole first and then screwed them in.

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We are thrilled with how our door turned out, and I love how it quickly covers any clutter in our mudroom!  :)

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The boys think it is super cool, and I love how it glides back and forth as smooth as butter. 

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If you would like to see a more detailed description on how to install a Rolling Door Kit, watch the video below by Custom Service Hardware.   (Custom Service Hardware is the manufacturer of the Rolling Door Kits.)  It is super easy to follow!


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How to Build a Barn Door

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Hey friends!

Today I am going to share with you the barn door we made for the mud room in our entry way.  Do you remember that room?

Here is what it looked like when we started building our new front porch….

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This is what it looks like now…

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To begin building our barn door we bought 10 2×4’s from Lowe’s for the main structure of the door.  Be sure your boards are straight before you buy them. :)  You could also use a thinner board, but we wanted our door to be thick and substantial.

how to build a barn doorYou may need more or less boards depending on the width of your doorway.  We cut them the length we needed for the height of our doorway and laid them out flat on our front porch and pushed them as close together as possible. 

To hold them together, we added 1×4 trim around the edges and for the “X,” and 1×6 for the middle of the door. 

Cy measured and cut the lengths we needed for our trim and then applied Gorilla glue to the boards where we were going to nail the trim on.

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Before nailing the trim to the 2×4’s he made sure the bottom was even.

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Because the width of the 2×4’s didn’t cover our doorway opening completely, Cy allowed for a little bit of an overhang with the trim pieces so that we could cover the door opening completely.  

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He nailed the outside trim work to the 2×4’s with 18 gauge, 1 3/4 finish nails and his nail gun.

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He repeated the process on the top, sides, and bottom.

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We glued and nailed the 1×6 to the middle of the barn door.

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For the “X” at the bottom of the door, Cy cut and measure a board the length of one corner to the other by lining up the middle of the 1×4’s in the corners.

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Then he just pencil sketched where he needed to make his cuts.  He said he could have used a framing square to be more exact, but he was able to do it this way.

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He did a great job because it was a perfect fit! 

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He applied gorilla glue to the back of the first half of the “X” and then nailed it to the door.

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He measured and cut the second board in half so that it would fit as the second leg of the “X.”

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Once the door was complete, Cy sprayed the knots with primer specific for covering pine knots.

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After we primed all of the knots, we painted two coats of Valspar white paint on the door in semi-gloss.

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Cy snapped this picture on his phone and sent it to me after he had painted one coat…

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We installed our door with a rolling door kit (that I will tell you about in my next post.)  And now it looks like this!…

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I love it soooo much!  It is the perfect door for this space!  And I love how I can close it when our mudroom gets a little messy.  :)

Here is a peek into the mudroom…

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Since this barn door is in our new entry way, and I just finished decorating that space for Christmas, I added a little wooden star ornament to the handle. :)  

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Inexpensive Gifts for the Host!

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Tis the season for parties and merry cheer! When you’re headed out the door to our church Christmas party, the corporate gathering at your bosses house or annual Christmas party at your mother – in – laws house, don’t show up empty handed!

For just a few dollars, or from the items you’ve got laying around your house you can create a host gift as a small way to say “thank you”.

 

 

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Found On The Idea Room |  Like personalized gifts?  Make these adorable hand stamped wooden utensils for the host!  They could be inscribed with special words, names, or initials!

 

 

 

 

951102f18d5a50c3ca483e93c6f92f5a  Found on mylifeandkids.com | Tie on some festive ribbon to a stick to create a little ornament to keepsake the holidays.  Add this to a simple card thanking the host for the incredible and festive evening. Easy!

 

 

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Found on buzzfeed.com | Headed to a party at your BBFs house? Sew up some mittens for her and a pair for you! Double the goods. 

 

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Found on Happy Go Lucky | Got 15 minutes? Then you can put together these cute little holiday succulents for the host.

 

 

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Found on livingwellspendingless.com | Sharpie mugs are all over Pinterest, but do they really work?  This awesome step-by-step tutorial not only shows you how to make them, but proves exactly which markers won’t wash off!  Such a fun & easy project and an awesome DIY gift idea!

 

 

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Found on thehappyhousie.com | Everyone has twigs in their yard, and twigs are free. Glue them onto a simple plywood letter you grab at your local craft store.  Rustic and stylish. 

 

 

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Found on etsy.com | Using a sliver of a tree trunk, paint on a sweet saying or monogram. 

 

 

 

Pin it now for your next party, skip the stressing on what to get the host later!

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DIY Ideas to Add a Touch of Gold to Your Thanksgiving Decor

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The time is near, Thanksgiving will be here just before we know it. I love all things Christmas, but let’s not skip over the beauty that the autumn season holds for creating a perfect and stunning tablescape for guest to gather around. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pins that I’ve been pinning throughout the year for how to incorporate touches of GOLD onto your table décor.  

With one can of spray paint, there’s endless DIY ideas for creating a romantic and classy Thanksgiving table.  With spray paint being just about $1 at your local hardware store, there’s no cheaper way to decorate for the holidays!  

What’s your DIY idea for creating the perfect tabletop with GOLD for the holidays? Comment below! 

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Found on theperfectpalette.com  | All things candle sticks.  Whether you pick up a few new ones at a resale shop or just paint the old ones you have tucked away in a drawer, a can of spray paint goes along ways!

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Found on hgtv.com | Dip some leaves into a little gold paint to add a “tipped” look to the leaves you sprinkle up and down the table center.  

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Found on interiorsbystudiom.com | Spray paint your pumpkins – go to town covering the pumpkins to be the focal point of your table.

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Found on findinghomeonline.com | Check out dare I say it WALMART for some cheap gold chargers to dress up your table with little effort.  If there’s no gold ones in stock, you know, just paint them! 

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Found on housetweaking.com | Skip the table and head right for the walls, add the touch of gold with a “Give Thanks” banner handing above your buffet table or across a window in your dining room.  (Make your own with an easy printable here)

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Found on modwedding.com | If you can’t find them, skip the candle sticks, start saving up a few glass bottles.  Use a little rubbing alcohol to fully remove the labels and paint the bottles. Add a touch of elegance with white candlesticks too.  

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Found on acultivatednest.com | Pick a few leaves from the yard and create name tags for seating around the table with a little yardstick and twine. 

 

Love these ideas? Pin it up and save them for later!

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Dresser Makeover {for our girl’s room}

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Hey friends!  I hope you are doing well!  

I haven’t posted in a week!  YIKES!  {I told y’all it was going to take me a while to get through the loads of laundry! ha!} :)

I’ve been super busy doing things around the house….cleaning out closets and drawers, putting summer clothes away and getting fall clothes out, re-arranging furniture, trying to get some pictures on the walls…..

I finally figured it out over the weekend…I’m in nesting mode!   Our sweet girl will be back home with us soon, and I am like a pregnant woman running around trying to get everything ready for her arrival!  I also think that with the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve been itching to get things in order before the chaos begins.  :)

Anyway, I wanted to drop in and show you the dresser makeover I did for our girl’s room.  I completed it in May, before our girl arrived for the summer, but I am just now sharing it.  I was trying to be extra frugal with her room, so I decided to use an old dresser of my mom’s that had been in storage.  It’s a cherry dresser, and I know that some people cringe when they see someone paint a cherry piece of furniture, but believe me y’all, my mom would TOTALLY want me to paint this dresser and use it in our girl’s room.  Unpainted, it would have sat in storage for years.  Plus, I LOVE having something of mom’s in my girl’s room.  :)

I shared this photo on instagram in the spring…
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I removed the hardware and drawers and lightly sanded everything with a  fine grit sanding sponge.

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Now, this is the part where I would show you a step by step tutorial of how I completed this makeover.  But that’s what really good bloggers do.  :)  I’m just going to tell you the steps, and you can picture it in your mind, and it will be fabulous!!

I painted everything with one coat of KILZ primer, and then I painted two coats of basic white Valspar paint.  Next, I spray painted the hardware an oil rubbed bronze and reattached them to the dresser.

Voila!  I love how the painting it white shows off the curvy detail at the bottom of the dresser.  I think it makes it look more feminine.  

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The lamp was a Laura Ashley find at Goodwill for $6.00, and the pink flowers are from IKEA.  I got the frame for her picture half off at Hobby Lobby.DSC_1016

This dresser was/is absolutely perfect for our girl!  The small top drawer holds her hair bows, clips, nail polish, and lip glosses.  The other drawers hold her undergarments, shorts, and pajamas.  I can’t wait for her to be back home with us using this dresser each day!  

 

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Have a blessed day, friends!!


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Adding a Front Porch to a Brick Ranch

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Hey friends!

Thanks for all of your sweet comments about my post yesterday.  I loved creating that gif to share with you.  However, I had some of you ask me to create a post with static pictures, so here ya go!  :)

I added some hyperlinks to some older posts that share more about the whole process of transforming our brick ranch into the cottage of our dreams. :)

I was looking through old pictures of our home when we first bought it, and I have to be truthful that I didn’t really have any good shots. I have this one picture below….

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As you can see, we tore down some trees on the left and right of our house.   This gives the front of our house a much more open look and allows you to see our house from the road. 

We also tore down the very ugly screened in front porch.  (I think we did that within 24 hours of moving in!  We were dying to get rid of it!!)

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For the time being, Cy built to new columns on the front porch because we knew it would be a few years before we could build the front porch we were dreaming of. 

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I found this picture of when we began the addition to our home about 6 months after we moved in.  The original ranch was only 1400 sq foot, and we desperately needed more space.

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The boys’ rooms and bathroom are upstairs in the addition, and the master bedroom and bath are in the downstairs of the addition.  In the future, we plan on adding a wrap around porch on the 1st floor of the addition.  We have french doors in our master bedroom that will lead out to that porch.  You can see them a little in the picture below…

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Last year, we finally painted the whole house white!  It still looked like “a ranch with an addition stuck to the side,” but at least it was all the same color.  I knew that we would eventually get it looking like we wanted it to. :)

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So the house started looking more cohesive once the whole thing was painted, but I was still dying to get started on our front porch.  (Notice we didn’t paint the chimney because we knew we would be eventually tearing it down.)  We also added new shingles to the roof to match the ones on our new addition.

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For our new front porch, we enclosed the old front porch and then built a gabled roof out from there.   Luke helped Cy build most of the front porch out.

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We laid insulation on the part of the front porch that we were going to enclose, and then built the new front porch out from there.

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I LOVE the new entry way and mudroom that was created when we added on our new front porch! You can read more about that space HERE.

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We wrapped the new front porch with the same hardyboard siding from Lowe’s that we used on our addition. 

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We painted the whole front porch with White Dove (or dove white) by Benjamin Moore.  We had it color matched at Lowe’s and used Valspar exterior paint.

We also installed new doors (more details about that tomorrow,) lights, and gravel walkway.

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We added new mulch to the front of our house, but we haven’t planted anything yet.  We may plant a few things this fall, but most of it in the Spring. 

I am so, so happy to finally have a front porch to decorate for all of the seasons!

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*This front porch transformation was sponsored by Lowe’s.  We came up with the idea for our front porch and collaborated with Lowe’s to complete it.  Lowe’s is always our first choice when looking for quality products and supplies to use in our projects.  We have a genuine, authentic love affair with Lowe’s.  {I work exclusively with Lowe’s for that very reason!}  #lowesgirlforlife


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Our Front Porch from Beginning to End

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Hey sweet friends! 

It’s Funday Monday!  {not really.  i’m just trying to convince myself!}

Anywhooooo….

I was wanting to show you the pictures of how we built our front porch, but there were a LOT, and it was going to be a long {and maybe confusing} post.

So I got the idea to put all of the pictures into an animated gif so you could see the progression over time. 

I really like seeing pictures like this, so I hope you do too.  It shows our house from the first day we bought it, to what it looks like today.

Here ya go!….

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Please tell me what you think!  

Can you believe it is even the same house?!  We have more plans to put a wrap around porch on the addition, and a two car garage on the left of the house, but that is later down the road.  I wish we had the money to do it all at once, but we don’t.  And good things come to those who wait, right?  ;)  It definitely teaches us patience, and I hope it shows our boys the value of hard work and perseverance. 

 

*This post was sponsored by my favorite home improvement store, Lowe’s.  All opinions and ideas are my own.  We have loved working with our local Lowe’s on this project!  #lowesgirlforlife


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How to Lay a Gravel Walkway

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I am in LOVE with older homes…like 100 year old homes. Unfortunately, our brick ranch was built in the 1970’s, so it didn’t come with the “older home” character that I was dreaming of. Over the past four years, we have been renovating our home and trying to add some farmhouse character to the interior and exterior.

We recently built a new porch on the front of our ranch home. When trying to decide what type of walkway we wanted leading up to our front porch, I was drawn to the look and feel of a gravel walkway. They are definitely characteristic of old farmhouses, and they take me back to my childhood. :

Here are the reasons we love gravel walkways:

  1. They are easy to install.
  2. They are inexpensive.
  3. They are a fluid walkway material that won’t crack or break in colder temperatures.
  4. They can take on any shape you desire.
  5. And they are beautiful and charming!!

See why we chose gravel?!   It was the perfect solution for us!

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We followed 5 easy steps to

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STEP ONE: Dig the shape of the walkway.

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First off, you need to mark out the desired shape of your walkway before digging. We used line-marking paint to mark our walkway. It’s basically like spray paint, usually orange, that you hold upside down as you spray and mark your line.
You could also mark your pathway with a rope or even a water hose. Make your walkway as wide as you want it. We made ours a little wider since we were lining it with pavers.
Use a square-edged spade to dig your walkway a depth of four inches. You will want to check the depth of your trench with a tape measure as you go. Be sure to smooth walkway with a steel rake and then compact the soil with a dirt tamper.

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STEP TWO: Add crushed stone to your walkway trench.

Once the dirt in the trench is raked smooth and compacted, line the trench with about 2 ½ inches of crushed stone.  We used Class 1 Sand from Lowe’s.  
Crushed stone is a mix of ¾-inch stones and stone dust and will give your walkway a compact base.

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STEP THREE: Lay Landscape Fabric
Next, roll out a layer of landscape fabric over your walkway.
You will be able to cut the fabric to match the shape of your walkway. To hold the fabric in place, you can use landscape anchor pins or spikes.
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STEP FOUR: Install edging.

For our edging, we used pavers. We installed the pavers along the edges and used a rubber hammer to compact them.

The pavers we used are called “Allegheny” from Lowe’s.

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If you do not want to use pavers, you can install edging. I suggest a galvanized steel edging, but you can use what will fit in your budget. If your edging does not come with spikes like the edging below, you can use a soft hammer or a wood block/hammer to install the edging.

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STEP FIVE: Fill walkway with gravel.
This is the fun part! There are many different types and colors of gravel that you can use for your walkway. Pick one that matches the style of your home (or your personality if you choose.) :)
You want to lay enough gravel to come about ½ inch shy of the top of the edging.
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If desired, you can landscape around the path with flowerbeds, sod, or lighting.  I’m loving these lights from Lowe’s!

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Your new walkway will require very little maintenance. You may need to rake it smooth occasionally and add more gravel if needed over time.
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(Confession:  We have NOT covered our crushed run with gravel yet.  We did our steps a little differently.  We put our crushed run over our landscaping fabric because we knew we wouldn’t be able to add the gravel just yet.  I am hoping to add the gravel in November.)

I am super happy with my new gravel walkway!  I know it will look even better once we lay the top gravel and add some new landscaping in our mulch!

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*This post was sponsored by Lowe’s!  All design ideas and product opinions are 100% mine.  #lowesgirlforlife


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