Before & after pics of the backyard that was turned from flat turf into a cozy patio with fireplace, shower, lounge area, and water garden
For the garden
Covered lounge area of patio with fireplace and seating
Do remember our post about the vintage watering can that was turned into a shower fixture? (It’s here, if you want to check it out.) The blog — The Cozy Old Farmhouse — that shared that repurposing idea also features these lights made from trash can lids and Mason jars. Something like this could be a DIY project for many of us. What do you think of this creative reuse?
For the tots
The first Detroit Zoo was established in 1883 on Michigan Avenue across the street from the current site of Tiger Stadium when a circus went broke. Luther Beecher, a leading Detroit citizen and capitalist, financed the purchase of the circus animals and built this building to display the collection. It was called the Detroit Zoological Garden. The zoo closed the following year after financial problems and the building was turned into a horse
Waterfall that turns red : Cameron Falls, Alberta, Canada A lucky photographer captured the image of a lifetime - shooting the incredibly rare moment a waterfall turned tomato soup red. The phenomenom was caused by the high levels of rain washing a red coloured sediment called argolite from the rocks and into the water.
Check out this Laundry Room Makeover Finale! Combo laundry/mudroom. You won't believe the Before and After pics of this once dark pit of a room, which was changed mostly with paint. Now it's been transformed into an organized & pretty space! #laundry #mudroom
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Pharaoh's Curse (1957) is an American B movie that was filmed in Death Valley and advertised with the tag line, "Unleashing 4000 years of horror upon this century!" Archaeologists in Egypt find one of their crew has been turned into a blood sucking mummy after they have unleashed a three thousand year curse by entering a Pharaoh's tomb.
Great kitchen before and after, renovation. Love the awkward space above the fridge turned into a wine rack.
A butterfly-friendly fountain. Multitiered raised beds and house walls protect this courtyard from breezes. The fountain in the center provides butterflies with a necessary supply of water. (After spilling down the column, it moistens the rocks below before disappearing underground; siphoning water from a puddle beneath wet rocks is a butterfly's preferred way to drink.) Get three great ideas from this garden
According to Roman legend, Bacchus, the god of wine, had been insulted by a mortal, and vowed that he would unleash his sacred tigers on the next mortal he passed. That mortal was a maiden named Amethysta. In order to protect her from Bacchus’ tigers, the goddess Diana turned her into a quartz statue. Upon seeing this, Bacchus was so remorseful that he wept tears of wine over the maiden. The grapes from the wine turned the statue of Amethysta
Lilith, said to be Adam's first wife. Some writings say that she was sexually dominant and wanted to be on top during sex. She was banished and punished for this and turned into a demon. She was feared and accused of killing new born babies, this is where the mobile above a babies crib comes from, it was to protect them from Lilith.
9/11 - The floor of the Brooks Brothers shop near the World Trade Center was littered with debris after the Twin Towers collapsed. The store was turned into a temporary morgue.
DIY water blob was such a HIT at our backyard birthday! Purchase plastic sheeting (from Lowe's) and seal the edges with duct tape...fill with water and poof...you have a fun squishy water blob! I inserted some foam shapes before I sealed the blob...next time I might put glitter and food coloring in the water!
Backyard Never Land: "We had a woodcut Skull Rock, turned our play structure into Captain Hook's ship, had a water table as our Mermaid Lagoon, made an official teepee Indian camp, created a tarped-out Crocodile Creek (with a blow-up croc!), and improvised with a Peter Pan and the Lost Boy's Pub (the kids' eating area)," Kenna says. Source: Miss Party Mom
Restoring teak furniture What You Need: Rubber Gloves Two Brushes Medium Grit Sandpaper Soft Bristle Brush or Steel Wool TSP (a cleaning agent) and a bucket of warm water Teak Oil Polyurethane Instructions: Clean: If you are dealing with teak turned old and grey you will be surprised at how this step alone will begin to transform your piece. Using a soft bristle brush or steel wool, thoroughly scrub the wood with warm water and a detergent like TSP. This gets rid of the oxidation and dirt that has built up and given the wood its silvery patina. Depending on the state of your teak this step can take quite a while and require some serious arm work. If you're starting out with some really weathered teak you will begin to see some serious transformation here as the wood's true color starts to make its appearance. Sand: You'll need to get some medium grit sanding blocks and sand your teak by hand to even out the top layer of wood. Try to get the color as even as possible. Dry Time: If you're like me this is the hardest part. I am so impatient that once I start I just want to keep going till it's finished, but I assure you this step is really important. Your newly cleaned teak needs a few days of drying time so that the oil you will put on in the next step can fully saturate deep into the wood's pores. Oil: These next two steps are very toxic so make sure you are in a well ventilated area before you start applying these chemicals. Now that the wood is good and dry you are ready to apply the oil. Go get some good quality Teak Oil, a brush and some rubber gloves and lightly brush the oil over all surfaces three times each. You must do this a minimum of four rounds with an hour in-between allowing time for the oil to fully saturate the wood. Apply as many times as needed until you get the desired color of wood. Seal: At this time your teak should be looking as good as new. After all the work you've put in you may be tempted to call it quits, but you still have one more step. You have only restored the teak's natural oil at this point but haven't protected it from further damage. That's where the polyurethane comes in to seal in the oil and protect the surface. Paint on a few coats and let dry for a few days, and you'll be ready to sit back, relax and enjoy your newly restored Teak furniture. Store: Going from Los Angeles to Seattle I completely failed to do this step last winter so I thought I would throw it in. I used to live outside and never had to give a second thought to my outdoor furniture so upon moving to this new climate I was a bit stubborn and naive about the correct upkeep. So if you don't live somewhere that has year round summer then you should either cover your furniture or bring it into an unheated garage. I say unheated because temperature changes and excess heat can crack your wood. MORE TEAK RESTORATION ON APARTMENT THERAPY: How To Care For Teak Furniture
Actor Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) was stabbed over the weekend in front of a North London Pub, after a passerby made disparaging remarks toward the actor and his lady fair.
Bean confronted the man, who returned later that evening and stabbed the actor with a piece of broken glass and punched him in the face before fleeing the scene. Witnesses claim that Bean refused medical treatment, and instead ordered another drink from
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Before and After - Dining Hutch turned into two pieces of furniture
Dolphins Save Drowning Dog! - On Marco Island, Florida a group of dolphins came to the aid of a lost Dog that had fallen into a canal and couldn’t get out. The dolphins made so much noise, it attracted the attention of people living nearby, who then rescued the dog. The Dog was believed to have spent 15 hours in the canal water before he was pulled out by fire personnel and reunited with his owner.
Salvaged sewing cabinet turned into mid-century storage. With before and after photos.
A fishpond (with a lid that doubles as a patio seat) where the water is filtered through a veggie garden. Makes fantastic fertiliser for the garden and a supply of fish or yabbies to eat!
Inside the garden shed on the property behind the farmhouse, a utilitarian space has been transformed into a garden hideaway complete with sitting area, woodstove, antique display cabinets for garden trinkets, a potting bench, and a work desk for recording the seasonal changes. The attached greenhouse was salvaged from a local arboretum and restored for use here, and adds to the romantic, cottage garden feel of the white garden just outside, while also separating the orchard and vegetable garde
Save the Day?: Dolphins Save Drowning Dog! - On Marco Island, Florida a group of dolphins came to the aid of a lost Dog that had fallen into a canal and couldn’t get out. The dolphins made so much noise, it attracted the attention of people living nearby, who then rescued the dog. The Dog was believed to have spent 15 hours in the canal water before he was pulled out by fire personnel and reunited with his owner.