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DIY Watering Can Flower Pot

Today I am sharing a quick and easy way to create a DIY flower pot. Need a fun element to add to your front door or entry, a watering can is a perfect planter! If you don’t love the color of your existing watering can you can spray paint it. Just be sure to use outdoor spray paint if  your planter is outside.

DIY flower pot watering can

DIY watering can flower pot

This is super easy and can be done with just about any container.

DIY watering can flower pot

Using a drill bit, drill drainage holes in the bottom.

DIY watering can flower pot

Choose your favorite flower and you are done!

DIY watering can flower pot

You can plant the soil inside the flower pot or just simply plop it inside like I did.

DIY watering can flower pot

It looks great in our foyer and I love the fall wreath as a base.

The complimentary sunflower and fall grass wreath from Wayfair was the perfect size, almost like it was meant for this flower pot. I love when that happens! Be sure to check back tomorrow morning because the Finding Fall Home Tour starts with 20+ bloggers plus Better Homes and Gardens. Our fall home tour will be up tomorrow first thing, see you then!

How to create a shelf fall vignette

We added the cutest shelf last year in our family room and it’s proving to be a fabulous spot to create fun seasonal vignettes. Today I am finishing up decorating our home for the Finding Fall Home Tour that starts Monday and thought I would share how to create a shelf fall vignette with you. This little guy took all of five minutes to create and boy, it makes a great impact in our family room.

how to create a shelf fall vignette

You can find out how to build a shelf here.

how to create a shelf fall vignette

The tutorial is super easy and shouldn’t take you long. I used a wreath I found Home Goods and simply tipped a basket upside down to create a spot for the cute little pumpkins.

How to create a shelf fall vignetteYou  could also just skip the basket and use a long skinny wooden box of some sort or just place the pumpkins on the shelf. Simple and pretty!

How to create a shelf fall vignette

Not to0 shabby for five minutes right?

How to create a shelf fall vignette


Many times I look at pictures for inspiration and I get so overwhelmed with all the details. Life seems so busy right now and it’s difficult to keep up. So I decided this year not to fuss with so many details and go for “simple and pretty”.  Stay tuned for Monday, we will be sharing our fall home tour!

DIY Lattice Privacy Screen {hide garbage can}

My dad, gramps and I had a little fun last weekend creating a DIY lattice privacy screen to hide our garbage can and camper hookup supplies out at the lake. Our camping experience this summer  has proven to be a home run so we will be continuing the seasonal trend next year as well. Hence, all the work we have been doing out there! When 3M DIY asked if I would like to create a DIY project that could be used outside, I knew just the project.

Need to hide your garbage? Try this DIY lattice privacy screen. Step by step visual tutorial that can be completed in an afternoon.

The back of our camper faces the road and prior to the screen, showed all the hoses, camper hookup supplies and random items. This was the first thing I saw when I pulled in and the first thing I saw as I would leave! It drove me crazy!

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Seriously, who wants to look at a poopy hose when you pull in to your driveway? Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s a necessity when you have a camper but certainly, it needs to be hidden!

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage

As you can see, we made a cute little DIY privacy screen to conceal the garbage can and hoses.

Supply List:

3M™ Safety Products glasses (clear and/or sunglasses) & Digital WorkTunes™ Hearing Protector

3M™ Advanced Abrasives SandBlaster™ Pro Sanding Sheet (medium grit)

3M™ Safe Release™ Painter’s Tape

5 1×8 pressure treated boards cut to 36″ long (base/floor)

3 2×4 pressure treated boards (base) cut to 36″

1 lattice piece cut to 36″ wide x 42″ high

8 1×4′s to create lattice screen (cut to size)

Heavy duty stainless steel deck screws to create base

4″ toggle (heavy duty wood screws) to assemble screen to base

You can either cut your wood yourself or simply ask your local hardware department to cut it for you. Just be sure to bring your measurements with you. Most stores will do this for you as long as you purchase your lumber from them. The 3M safety glasses in the sunglass version are actually pretty cool looking and I found them easy to see through!

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Did you know that the earmuffs above “work-tunes” is an am/fm radio and hearing protection all in one? They are light weight and comfortable.

Place your 3 2×4′s on a table and lay your 5 1×8 boards across as shown below. Note: we needed to cut about 1/2 inch off one of the 1×8′s to obtain the correct width. These measurements are to make a 36×42 lattice privacy screen. You will cut your wood to whatever dimension you desire.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can Once I was sure that they were all the correct length, I fastened the 1×8′s one at a time to the 2×4′s underneath using heavy duty stainless steel deck screws.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can-1-4 Screw the boards slowly carefully and be sure to wear your safety glasses.

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Trust me when I tell you, this is not a hard project. As you can see, all you are doing is screwing the 1×8′s to the base 2×4′s.

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Now that your base is complete, it’s time to assemble the lattice screen. Depending on what size privacy screen you are making, you may need to cut your screen with a skill saw. Always ensure that your safety eyewear is on. The vinyl pieces of the lattice fly everywhere!

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Once your lattice is cut, you need to “sandwich” it between the 1×8 boards cut to size around the lattice. You will screw both sides to ensure stability.

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

My gramps was quite impressed with the Digital WorkTunes™ Hearing Protector and safety glasses as well. He likes to feel like he’s helping and he does so by barking out orders! ha

Take a guess how old his shirt is? It’s almost as old as him!

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Once you have your lattice screen completed, you need to attach it to your base.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage canLooking good right? My dad’s version of a pout face. He is totally annoyed with me at this point due to the amount of pictures I have been taking. This project took about 3.5 hours to complete but he insists , I added on an extra hour because of the pictures. ha . He might be right ;).

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can 

Place your screen in front of your base and fasten with heavy duty wood “toggle” screws. We also reinforced with the decking screws as well.

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Those black screws are the toggle wood screws. Most of them will come with the screw gun adapter so you can simply fasten them quickly.

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 See below, the big black toggle screws as well as the decking screws. This guy is NEVER falling apart!

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Because this is a stand alone piece and we didn’t have a place to fasten it to, we decide to add side braces cut on a 45 degree angle to each side. This prevents the screen from falling forward and getting top heavy.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can-16I used a medium grit 3M sanding sheet to smooth out the edges prior to staining. I added two coats of a cedar colored stain and 2 coats of an off white stain to cover the old lattice piece we had laying around. I did spray paint a coat of white primer on the vinyl lattice prior to adding the off white stain. The primer will help the stain adhere to the vinyl and prevent chipping.

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I used the 3M™ Safe Release™ Painter’s Tape to ensure a clean edge where the lattice met the wood. It’s so much easier to take 5 extra minutes and tape the edges.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can-16 What do you think? Not bad for a couple hours right?

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The garbage can fits perfectly and the privacy screen hides the poopy hose from the driveway!

how to make lattice privacy screen garbage can -4 So much more appealing!

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We did spruce up the area by spreading a yard of new stone and adding a few new planters. The summer season is almost over but the beautiful thing about this DIY lattice privacy screen is you can use it year round. It’s constructed of pressure treated wood so it will do fine in the natural outdoor elements and you can certainly use something like this at your home as well. I mean, we all have a garbage can or two right? I am sure if you think about it, you could find many purposes for this cute little screen and for a couple hours of your time, that bang is pretty good for your buck. This project cost under $125 which was mostly in materials.

I am proud to be a 3M DIY Website sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from 3M DIY . Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me. I was compensated for this post however, all words and opinions are 100% my own. Be sure to visit the  3M DIY Instagram , 3M DIY Facebook , 3M DIY Twitter  and 3M DIY Pinterest for promotions and more DIY inspiration.

How to clean a stainless steel grill

Is your grill disgusting? Today I am sharing how to clean a stainless steel grill  using Tide OXI Multi-purpose Stain Remover. I am here to tell you that TIDE is not just for laundry! This stuff is absolutely amazing and not only can it be used on floor stains, kitchen sinks, tubs and more, it worked fantastic on my friends sad grill. I will admit, the grill is the last thing on my cleaning list so I was thrilled to see another grill in worse condition than mine ;).


She thought I was out of my mind when I told her I wanted to try out this new product and experiment how well it cleaned a grill.


I decided to mix the cleaner with warm water in a spray bottle.


I followed the directions on the back of the container and simply added to a bottle instead of a bucket.


I tested a small part of the grill first to ensure that it didn’t damage the stainless steel and oh my, it worked fantastic!


Clean your grill in the shade as the sun will dry out your cleaning solution in seconds.


Once I sprayed the solution, I let it set for a few seconds and then wiped it off with a paper towel.


I did have a small bucket of warm water and a sponge that I used to remove any excess cleaner.I am  a freak about having any cleaner left on any food surface (even if it says it’s safe) so I always wash off any cleaner regardless of what I am cleaning. Call me paranoid, that’s just me!


I used a soft white painters rag to dry and buff the stainless steel.


The improvement of this old grill is amazing and my friend isn’t laughing at me anymore! ;)


Not to shabby right?

Minus a few dings and scratches that have occurred over the past few years, her grill is sporting a shiny new look and I must say, I am jealous I cleaned her grill and not mine!


The Tide OXI Multi-purpose Stain Remover exceeded my expectations and it really smells good too!


The great thing about this product is it has over 225 cleaning uses and more being added every day. I’ve only had it for a week and I’ve used it to clean our shower tile, kitchen sink, the grill, a nasty mold stain on our back door and of course, I’ve added it to the washer drum to clean the clothes. It’s crazy!


I don’t have a picture but we had a really nasty stain on our berber carpet in our family room that was caused by one of our dogs and we couldn’t get the stain out so I sprayed some of the Tide OXI I had left over in the bottle on it and let it sit for a few minutes and then took a scrub brush to it. I know, you aren’t suppose to scrub your carpet but honestly, I had nothing to loose, it looked horrible and couldn’t get any worse. Do you know what, the stain is gone! Like for real!!! You can find it at any Home Depot and be sure to jump over to the Bright Ideas page to be further inspired from by other bloggers. This post was sponsored by Home Depot and Proctor and Gamble and I was compensated but I kid you not, this stuff is fabulous. I told my friend’s daughter that she needed to pay special attention and learn how to clean a grill. She is 15 years old and entering her freshman year of high school so learning how to clean a stainless steel grill wasn’t on her list of priorities. Oh well! Now it’s time to clean my own grill!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored by Home Depot and Proctor & Gamble. I was compensated for this post however all opinions and words are 100% my own.

How to Build a deck over a deck {our campsite}

Guess what, our summer project at our campsite is finally complete! It only took the majority of the summer but I guess that’s how it goes, right? Today I am sharing how to build a deck over a deck. Sounds funny right? The existing deck was unfortunately, a hodge podge of additions that over time, became uneven. In english, it was a mess! Here is the deck in early June. The camper now sits in that open space along the deck. For this project you will need pressure treated 2×4′s, 1×8 decking boards, a nail gun, air compressor and a bazillion 3 and 4″ nails!

building a deck over a deck {campsite}

The entire deck (in the middle) was completely uneven and a huge tripping hazard. Because we don’t own the campsite, we just pay seasonal, it didn’t make sense to tear down the entire deck and start over so we reinforced the underneath beams with 2×4′s and added a new deck floor over the existing deck floor. Make sense?

NOTE: Before you make any changes or add any additional wood to an existing deck, be sure the underneath can support the weight of pressure treated wood. This deck we added is extremely heavy so we actually reinforced every single beam and post underneath with new pressure treated wood.

That was a crappy day let me tell you!  I don’t even have pictures because I was scrunched up in a ball under this deck with a nail gun praying I didn’t get bit by spiders or worse, see a snake! 

How To build a deck over a deck {campsite} As you can see above, the middle is a mess.

We built the frame below for our new floor out of pressure treated 2×4′s. Always use pressure treated wood when constructing anything that will be outdoors. It will not rot!

how to build a deck over a deck {our campsite}

We created a rectangle out of 2×4′s and made a frame to lay our new floor on. (see below)

building a deck over a deck {campsite graphic

Some of you may be wondering why we didn’t just nail the new floor frame to the existing deck. The reason why is because the old deck was so uneven, we had to essentially “lift” the floor a bit so that we could have a level area for our new floor. By adding the 2×4 frame underneath our new floor, we now have a nice new level floor and the old uneven mess is hidden! Yes, there is a step up to the new floor but for us, that is fine considering the existing deck was so uneven.

how to build a deck over a deck {our campsite}

Did I tell you this is what my husband did on his first day of vacation last month? He was actually very excited to help and be a part of our campsite project. He works so much that he sometimes feels left out I think, although, he may be happy after this project that he is at work during most of our renovations ;)

how to build a deck over a deck {our campsite}

Next we added 1×8 pressure treated boards to our frame to create our new deck floor.

building a deck over a deck {campsite}This project wasn’t that complicated but just time consuming. We (the four of us) completed the deck in a weekend, about 12 hours total. Shown below, the new floor abuts up nicely to the DIY steps we built a couple weeks ago.

building a deck over a deck {campsite}

Isn’t the new floor pretty? My mom is working hard above supervising as she sips on her glass of wine ;).

building a deck over a deck {campsite}

Tomorrow we are sharing all of the before and after pictures and the full reveal of our campsite makeover. Oh my, it’s crazy how different it looks! Wait until you see this bad boy all stained up thanks to Sherwin Williams! Check back tomorrow, you won’t want to miss it ;).

UPDATE: click here for full reveal.

Building a Portico {the roof is up!}

Last week I shared the start of our new portico project and today I am sharing the progress we have made. It’s looking so much better and the roof is up! It’s crazy how a building a portico, a little roof and two new columns can transform the front of a home.

building a portico the roof is up

Here is the before:

a new portico for our home

We framed around the existing step.

building a portico the roof is up #diy #curbappeal

Initially, we were going to remove the cement step but decided that it was in decent shape and would provide a solid base for the new wider step, so we left it.

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We chose a maintenance free vinyl decking to create our new step.

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Last week I shared portico designs that I had rounded up to help my mom decide what style she wanted. Ultimately, we decided on the round italian style column.

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We did enlist a little help with the install of the columns and roof. We DIY most everything around our home but occasionally, you need muscle for projects, more muscle than I have! ha.

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I found it fascinating how they made a simple rectangular box as the supports for the columns. I have never seen a portico built before so this was a first for me. It’s always nice to see how things are actually made and what is underneath the “pretty” end product.

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We used special brackets for fastening the wooden box to the house and new columns.

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They used wooden shims on top of the columns to brace the support beams (rectangular box) until they got it level, then they removed them.


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Kind of cool right?

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We decided to add a decorative inset on the front facing part of the new roof which I will share next week. It was a last minute decision but it took the roof line from nice to wow!

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As you can see, it’s coming along nicely and the two toned shingles add so much color and texture to an otherwise, boring roof.

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We still need to finish up the details and rip out the old door. The existing door is a solid wood gorgeous door with beautiful detail but unfortunately, that’s about all it has to offer. It basically lets in all the cold air during the winter months and you can see the outside through the cracks when you walk by it. Not good! I have plans for that door though, possibly a DIY headboard for our master bedroom. Stay tuned, the portico reveal is soon!


A new portico for our home

A few weeks ago, my dad decided to rip apart the existing portico on our home and build a new one.  My parents have wanted to increase the size of the portico for a couple years.  Throughout the years, my parents have added on to our home on numerous occasions tripling the square footage and the original one became dwarfed in the process. This isn’t the best picture below, but you can see the original one below.

a new portico for our home

A portico is simply a porch that leads to the entry of a building. Our original structure was supported by simple columns which were 2×4′s. As you can see, it’s a little small for the home.

a new portico for our home

Once the portico is finished, the next step in our curb appeal project is shutters! As you can see below, the old structure has been removed.

a new portico for our home

Unfortunately, my dad removed the entire roof while I was away for the weekend in NYC so I don’t have any pictures of the demolition process.

a new portico for our home

My husband and I drove in from being away for the weekend and I said to my husband, “the front portico is gone?” My husband said, “what are you talking about, that roof thing?” ha.

The existing cement step was definitely to small for the new project so we framed around the step with 2×4′s and 2×10′s and created a new larger landing.

a new portico for our homeThe new step will be constructed using maintenance free vinyl decking which will be fastened to this frame.

a new portico for our homeThe new portico is coming along nicely and it already is creating a new look for the front of our home. Our curb appeal project is in full swing and hopefully this project, will be done soon so we can move on to adding the new shutters. I think that the new portico and shutters are going to completely transform the front of our home. Don’t you think so?

PS. Did you enter to win the gorgeous girls and boys bedding from Pine Cone Hill?


How to decorate with Container Plants

Today we are sharing how to decorate with container plants. I was thrilled to be invited to join Beth’s blog hop that started yesterday over at Home Stories A to Z . There are 25 bloggers participating over the course of this week so you are sure to find a topic or two of interest. If you are visiting from The Inspired Room, welcome!

How to Decorate with Container PlantsDecorating with container plants happens to be my ultimate favorite during the summer months. It’s so easy to add a container, filled with blooming annuals or perennials (yes I plant perennials in containers) to a porch, patio or deck area. The colors and texture are sure to wake up any summer space. You may already know that we have been working on our new deck at our lake site and thankfully, it’s almost finished! I spent this past weekend staining and cleaning the deck, just in time for the blog hop. I purchased a bunch of flowers to dress up the deck and I have to admit, it’s shaping up nicely. Here is a sneak peek of deck.

how to decorate with container plants

Metal ice bucket and colorful plastic container:  This is an assortment of annuals and perennial plants. I added two hosta plants to the metal blue barrel and 4 mini spike plants in the lighter blue container. Be sure to drill holes in the bottom of whatever container you use. Don’t be afraid to use a unique or out of the ordinary container. The metal turquoise barrel is actually an ice bucket turned planter.

TIP: Remove the plants from the rug before watering. This rug is a Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rug and can get wet but the soil and water will stain any rug if you are not careful. I always remove my containers prior to watering to ensure a long life for rug ;).

how to decorate with container plants

Store bought plastic container: The plant container above is a simple planter I purchased from Home Depot. Inexpensive and simple yet looks perfect on top of the deck rail. Be sure to screw any container to the rail to prevent it from tipping or blowing off. I normally screw it to the rail first, then fill with soil.

Wooden Container: Another option is to fill an outdoor wooden window box with a variety of flowers and simply set it on the ground. My girlfriend who also is on the same lake, planted this container below and it looks fabulous. She planted two identical boxes and placed one either side of her stairs. Window boxes do not always need to be near a window ;). This one looks great on the ground floating in black mulch. It also blocks the view under the deck.

how to decorate with container plants

I always try to mix different texture plants together.

how to decorate with container plants

Sisal wrapped container: Here you can see how I wrapped a boring white store bought container with sisal. You can buy a role of sisal at any home improvement store and it works perfectly to decorate any planter.

how to decorate with container plants

Plastic slatted square planter: Here is another shot of how container plants can add warmth and a cozy feel to your outdoor space. In this space, the white plastic slatted container from Wayfair adds a different dimension to the space. You can see the full porch under our summer porch category.

how to decorate with container plants

Decorative white containers go with just about any summer theme.

how to decorate with container plants

Containers with Shrubs: Did you know that you can plant roses in a container? I had no idea until last summer. All you need to do is dig a hole in the fall and place the entire container in the hole and then remove the following spring. We purchased the rose bushes last summer and they survived the winter in the hole while still in the container! These are simple plastic store bought containers. Not the prettiest and honestly, I thought for sure I would be planting these in the ground because I didn’t think they would make the winter. I didn’t want to spend the money on a decorative planter so I opted for the simple plastic container. Wouldn’t you know it, they survived.  I don’t want to mess with a good thing and replant them so they will stay put! They definitely add a nice touch around our pool area.

how to decorate with container plants

How to decorate with container plants can be as simple or extensive as you want it to be.

how to decorate with container plants

I normally mix and match and purchase one or two new containers each year. It’s always nice to use a couple unique containers as well. It adds that unexpected element to the space and visual interest. Up next on the blog hop, the ever-so talented Traci over at Beneath My Heart. Guess what she is decorating! You’ll have to head over to see :).

PS. you can always head back to Home Stories A to Z to start at the beginning of the blog hop or see the final list here:

Day 1:
1. Beth, Home Stories A to Z: How to Find Your Decorating Style
2. Courtney, A Thoughtful Place: 5 Gallery Wall Styles
3. Stacy, Not Just A Housewife: How to Decorate with Plants
4. Myquillyn, Nesting Place: Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget
5. Donna, Funky Junk Interiors: How to Turn Worthless Junk into Home Decorating Must Haves
Day 2:
1. Melissa, The Inspired Room: The Secret Ingredient Every Room Needs
2. Jessica, Four Generations One Roof: How to Decorate with Container Plants
3. Traci, Beneath my Heart: How to Style a Coffee Table
4. Cyndy, The Creativity Exchange: Tricks for How to Zone in on the Perfect Paint Color
5. Laura, Finding Home: 5 Ways to Personalize Your Home

Day 3:

Day 4:

How to build stairs {camping lake project}

We celebrated Father’s Day this weekend at the lake as well as a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. My parents opened the pool (yes we are a little late this summer) and did work around the yard on Sunday so we celebrated with my dad on Saturday night. Last week I shared our deck renovation progress at the campsite and today, I am sharing how to build stairs. Our camper is adjacent to an existing deck that needs a little TLC so building a set of stairs was first on the list of things to do.

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The site had two existing decks, the one over the lake and this deck where the camper sits.

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

The existing deck is fairly stable with the exception of a few rotted pieces. We plan on re-bracing the underneath and re-decking a portion of the floor. First though, stairs are necessary!

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

Our camper came equipped with metal stairs but because of the distance between the existing deck, they were not conducive to entering and existing safely. The gap was fairly large. The wooden stairs will look much nicer as well.

We used 2×6, 2×4, 4×4 and 2×10 pressure treated wood to build our stairs. Be sure to use nails and screws that are meant for outdoors. We measured how wide we wanted our stairs to be and then cut the 2×6 pieces of wood to length and nailed together forming a box.

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

I had no idea that steps are essentially “boxes” placed on top of each other. I guess I never really thought about the process before.

We then created “legs” out of 4×4′s pressure treated wood. We decided to add a wooden brace (2×10′s cut to size) on the bottom of the legs because the ground was somewhat uneven and the wood allows for stability. We fastened with 3″ nails and viola, cute little legs. You can also dig holes and use sauna tubes or a variety of different ways to stabilize your legs but for this project, we took the simple route and braced with wood.

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

We placed our “box” where we wanted it on the deck and my job was to stand on it, to keep it in place. See my legs? ;) I thought my dad was kidding when he said, “stand on it.” Needless to say, I had to stand on it for about 30 minutes while he fastened it to the existing deck.

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

Still standing and able to take a selfie! My dad was annoyed with all the pictures. He said we would have finished an hour earlier if I didn’t keep taking pictures ;). ha

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

We added the legs to the inside of the box and nailed together. You can also see that we added a wooden brace in the middle of the box to reinforce stability.

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

See below that we also used cut to size “cleats” on the inside of the box to fasten to the existing deck. This allows you to nail the box to the existing deck as well as reinforce with screws.

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

We used 1×6 pressure treated decking wood to create the floor. You will need to use a jig saw to cut out the portion near the leg. We left a 1″ overhang around the edge as well.

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

Continue to add your flooring and nail on the edges and on the center brace.

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

Looking pretty good right? Repeat the same steps to build your second stair. Once we measured how large we wanted our second stair, we created another box and assembled to the legs. See below, we also added cleats on the inside to fasted the box to the first stair. You can see, we made our second box smaller in order to create a 1/2 inch inset from the bottom.

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

Add your floor and you are done!

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

Love them!

how to build stairs {campsite lake project}

We still need to stain the deck and stairs as well as add another foot of decking to the existing deck but slowly but surely, our summer lake project is coming along! It took us about 2 hours to build the stairs and now we need to build a smaller set for the back entrance door. How to build stairs is much easier than I thought it would be ;).

UPDATE: Click here to see amazing full deck reveal {before and after}

Building a deck over the lake {summer lake project}

We have made significant progress on the deck that over looks the lake. This wasn’t an easy task as we needed to re-brace the underneath which required someone on the water. Last week I shared the before pictures of the rotted deck and our day demolishing it with a chain saw. You may have read last week that we purchased a camper and a seasonal spot on a nearby lake.

summer deck lake project


Here is the before.

clean up campsite summer lake project

Unfortunately, the cross braces that were there all needed to be removed. Can you say rotted?

building a deck lake campsite summer project

After the rotted wood was removed, we added new pressure treated wood.

building a deck lake campsite summer project

My dad laughed and said, this new deck will last for about another 100 years. Each beam and brace was reinforced times 2! Just in case ;)

building a deck lake campsite summer project

building a deck lake campsite summer project

My mom is very excited to have her morning coffee on this deck. It’s the perfect spot overlooking the water. Although, it isn’t looking very perfect here……

building a deck lake campsite summer project

My husband is so excited for this summer on the lake. Never in a million years did he think he would love camping, a camper, bugs, fishing and living in the woods!

building a deck lake campsite summer project

He happened to not be working the day we started building the deck and my dad gave him a crash course on how to use the nail gun. He was funny, he said as long as he didn’t have to go in the water with the fish, he would do anything. ha

building a deck lake campsite summer project

Again, here is the deck before.

our campsite and home for the summer-7

After a few hours, the deck was re-braced with 2×4′s and new decking was added to the floor.

building a deck lake campsite summer project

We still need to add a top rail, remove the old lattice and create a frame around the outside to create visual interest from the lake. I cannot wait to get this deck stained and setup with adirondack chairs. My grandfather may even pull out the paint brush and give me a hand. I think my grandparents will enjoy sitting here and watching the boats and kids swim. It’s amazing the tranquility that this little campsite has offered in a short couple weeks.

Update: click here to see full campsite + deck full reveal {before and after}

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