Friday, March 5, 2010

Create your own pavers

How to | Garden | Concrete PAVER path
concrete PAVER path
A concrete-paver path is faster than laying stones, if not less physically demanding. You’ll build muscles lifting bags of cement and mixing the concrete! This example used a cobblestone-shape mold; you also can find molds that look like bricks or regular pavers.
Tools + Materials

  • wheelbarrow

  • mixing bucket

  • cement mix

  • water source

  • shovel

  • paver mold

  • rubber

  • 1. Mix cement with water, according to package directions. When ready to use, the concrete will be the consistency of oatmeal and thick enough to hold an edge when you slice into it with a shovel.

    2. Fill the paver mold, scooping the concrete in with a shovel and making sure to fill each area.

    3. Using rubber gloves, spread the concrete around the mold, filling in any gaps or low points. Tap the mold with your hand to eliminate any air bubbles.

    4. Following the contours of the mold, smooth out the concrete, wiping away any excess.

    5. Allow the concrete to set for a maximum of five minutes, then carefully remove the mold. For the next stretch, rotate the mold a quarter-turn and place it beside the paver just completed, angling slightly if you’re creating a curving pathway.

    6. After letting the concrete cure overnight, fill the cracks with dirt and wash away any excess. Wet the ground around the newly formed pavers to help them settle.

  • Monday, March 1, 2010


     These pictures I got off the internet, very inspiring. If shade is your desire an arbor whether connected to your house or out in the middle of your yard is a inexpensive way to add real drama to your back yard. Surround it with a few evergreens, potted plants and perennials. What ever you have time to take care of.
    For me, I want simple yet defining.Lots of dark green plants that have height and texture with smaller pops of color in front .                                                             
    Don't forget to share perennials with your friends after a few years.You can break them up easily.Bulbs are great for that.Choose ones that will hang around till the fall that's what I call getting more bang for your buck 

    Stone doesn't have to be expensive.I used to get mine free on camping trips . Look for old dried up river beds.You would not believe what you can fine. Lowe's also has kits for making path way stones. Just buy some Quickcrete, have a few buckets mix it up and scoop it in the mold. Wow in a afternoon you can have a beautiful walkway or patio nook.They even have tint you can add to the mix for added color, it is so cool!

    Sunday, February 28, 2010

    My before and after of kitchen

    The original 1961 kitchen   
    before remodel

    Same kitchen after remodel

    All on a strict budget...I had to decide on a granite counter top and so so  appliances  OR  a high end custom laminate counter top and high end appliances...well it didn't take long to come to a decision...I went with the latter .

     I am so happy with my decision. It really helped to pay attention to the small details.  Adding trim to the cabinets, new hardware, two different kinds of laminates with added angles to the counter top made for that extra special touch that can set my kitchen apart from a simple remodel.

     Instead of expensive stone or tile for the back splash I chose a vinyl Tin bought at Lowe's, it has a textured iridescent semi gloss finish that makes the kitchen pop.

     The added spice racks that slide out on either side of the microwave convection oven and the lights under the cabinets and recessed lighting in the ceiling with a ceiling fan, all that my Husband added are touches I have always wanted.God Bless the Handyman!

     Remember to keep things cohesive. The style and color such as all your appliances , hardware ,sink and faucet . Keep a theme and have it blend with adjacent rooms to keep the flow.

    Other angles of the kitchen

    Still would like to add crown molding and change out the baseboard and door trim to add old world charm.
    Saving my penny's,
    I will get around to it. 

      I am just enjoying the process.    
    It's a lot of work but how rewarding.


    Brenda said...
    Oh Candi!!! This is a phenomenal make-over!!! I love love love it!!! All your "special touches" really add so much more life to it!!! GREAT job!!!
    Candi McGehee said...
    Thank you so much.I so enjoy remaking things and giving life to old things .