How to make old mulch look new again

Hello friends! I hope you’re getting in the mood for fall. It’s been tough here in Pennsylvania, as we have seen record rain fall that just.won’t.quit. Of course, right now our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Florence!

Today I thought I’d share what’s going on outdoors at our place. Honestly, we’ve had so much going on ALL OVER THE PLACE, it’s been tough to chronicle it here on the blog. We have been busy with the most recent flip house and other projects … and I promise, there are some epic before-and-after photos around the corner. šŸ˜‰

During a very brief break in the rain this week, I was able to plant a few new trees in our front yard and also add some mulch from our backyard mulch pit.

The problem with old mulch is that it looks pretty raggedy, even though it’s still good to use.

I was recently introduced to a new product through the Rust-OleumĀ® Creator’s Studio. It’s called Rust-Oleum Renovator Mulch Color Refresh, and it’s supposed to make your old mulch look new again! I volunteered to try out the product because … well … we’ve got some raggedy-looking mulch up in here.

You don’t mix this stuff with anything. You just dump it into a pump sprayer and apply it to your old mulch.

Here’s what my old mulch looked like with a coat of the Color Refresh in Brown.

Here’s a closeup of what the mulch looked like before … and after applying the product.

Pretty cool! I only used about a fifth of the 1-gallon jug to do my three trees. The jug says a gallon will cover up to 350 square feet. Bonus: I love the fact that it washes off your hands with soap and water … an important feature for this messy DIYer. šŸ˜‰

The Mulch Color Refresh gave a great pick-me-up to my front yard. Now I just need to plant some grass in those bare spots …

Have you done any landscaping yet this season? I’ve heard the best times of year to plant trees and shrubs are during months that have an “r” in them.

I’ve personally had much better success with tree and shrub survival when I plant in the fall. Happy fall planting!

A sneak peek at our laundry room redo (plus craft supply organization tips)

Hello friends! We are officially neck-deep in our current flip house project (photos and “before” video coming soon), so I haven’t had much time to work on our own home. But weĀ are this.close to finishing our laundry room renovation, so I thought I’d share the progress with you because, honestly, I don’t know when we’ll get around to completingĀ the final details. šŸ˜‰

Just to recap … we removed a wall leading into our garage storage closet and used that space to expand our laundry room. Here’s what the space looks like before expansion (on a really good day):

Here’s what it normally looked like:

And here’s what it now looks like today:

I still have to install crown molding around the plank ceiling, add hardware to the cabinets, and add a filler piece to the center of the lower cabinets. But other than that, we’re pretty much done. I was lucky to have these prosĀ helping me out with the project: šŸ˜‰

I chose hickory cabinetry to help tie the space in with our hickory floors in the living and dining rooms.

The wall color is Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams (I had it mixed at Lowe’s in Valspar Signature – Eggshell finish).

The flooring is engineered hardwood plank from Wayfair. The accessories are from Hobby Lobby. The countertop is off the shelf at Lowe’s.

What I really love about the added spaceĀ in our laundry room is that I now have an area I can dedicate to sewing and crafting! I’ve already begun organizing my supplies.

I was recently introduced to a cool new crafting product called SugruĀ® Mouldable Glue. A sample was sent to me to try out and review.

It’s a soft-to-touch, flexible, grippy substance you can use to bond ceramics, metal, glass, wood, etc. I used it to help organize my sewing supply drawer in the new laundry space.

I attached the containers to the bottom of the drawer liner to keep stuff from slipping around. It worked like a charm!

Oh, and that pin cushion you see in the bottom left corner of the drawer? I DIYed that in about 5 minutes.

I purchased a block of styrofoam for about 97 cents at Walmart (craft section), trimmed out a piece of scrap fabric, and adhered the fabric to the block with spray adhesive. Done!

I’m excited to finish this laundry room space and load the rest of the drawers up with all my sewing and crafting goodies.

What do you think of the laundry room redo so far? It cost us a total of about $1,500 to complete.

 

Gadgets I’m loving right now

Hello friends! The flip house project is nearing its finish line, so I thought I’d take a step back briefly (i.e. I need a break, people!) and share with youĀ a few gadgets I am totally crushing on right now.

1. SnapPower Guidelight

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I just installed thisĀ SnapPower Guidelight in our son’s bedroom and I’m installing another one in our downstairs hallway.

Snap-Power

This nightlight is built into the cover plate of anĀ outlet, so it always leaves both outlets open. It only took me about one minute to install. It looks just like a standard cover plate, so the kiddos aren’t tempted to mess with it.

Snap-Power-night-light

2. SnapPower Charger

Snap-Power-charging-port

I installed a SnapPower Charger where my husband powers up his phone and I’m going to put another one where I chargeĀ mine.

This USB charger is built into the cover plate of the outlet, so both outlets are always open for other stuff. Again, it took me only about 60 seconds to install it. I like that this gadget keeps the room looking less cluttered and more organized. That makes me smile. šŸ™‚

3. PurdyĀ® Contractor 5 in 1 Tool

Purdy 5 in 1 tool

I don’t think there has been one single day I haven’t used this tool in some capacity at the flip house. If you don’t have one of these, run to your nearest home improvement store and pick one up. Seriously … so many uses!

4. Kobalt 7-inch End Cutting Pliers

Kobalt pliers

If you need to pull staples from flooring or remove/cut nails from hard-to-reach spots, these pliers are your tool. This tool saved me a ton of time and made light work of the dirty task of removing millions of staples from hardwood flooring.

So there you go, a few gadgets I’m loving – and using – around my house and the flip project.

Special thanks to SnapPower for providing, at my request, the SnapPower Guidelight and SnapPower Charger featured in this post. As always, all opinions and projects are 100-percent mine.Ā