How to Install Simulated Stone

Over the past few years, we have been working on our porch. In this post, you will learn how to install simulated stone.

We used Hermitage simulated stone manufactured by Horizon Stone. We love this simulated stone because it looks like real stone because of variation; there are so many different shapes. We purchased this from Jenkins Brick in Pellham, Alabama.  We also used Argos Custom Blended Masonry Cement; the color is Savannah Ivory.

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Installing Simulated Stone on the Exterior of Our House

We used Hermitage simulated stone manufactured by Horizon Stone. We purchased this from Jenkins Brick in Pellham, Alabama.  We also used Argos Custom Blended Masonry Cement; the color is Savannah Ivory.

We love this simulated stone because it looks like real stone because of variation; there are so many different shapes. When we were renovating/adding on to our house, we actually traveled to Chattanooga to see this stone on a house.

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Making a Headboard from an Old Door

Here is a diamond in the rough 💎 . . . we saw potential! 🧐

This old door had six panels, but we only needed five panels for a queen sized bed headboard. That works great because Neal prefers an odd number of panels. (For my sake, glad he likes odd!😉)

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How we Built Our Outdoor Fireplace on our Patio Porch

A few years ago we built a fireplace on our porch overlooking the lake. We are not experts by any means, but over the years, we have gained the confidence to tackle projects by actually just jumping in with both feet!  We have also learned how to be resourceful by breaking down projects step-by-step and just figuring it out by researching. Let’s just say that we have watched a lot of YouTube videos and use a “learn as we go” approach.

Below is a before and after picture of our lakeside porch. The before picture is prior to us renovating and adding an addition to our lake house, which, included adding a double window and covering the block wall with rock. The after picture encompasses other porch projects such as wrapping the cedar posts (to become white columns) and adding old barn wood on our ceiling. Our patio porch is still a work in progress. Our next step is to add flooring.

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From Butcher Block to Farmhouse Table

Bye-bye butcher block table and HELLO farmhouse table!

In the early 1990s (when Ryan and Emmy were toddlers😳) we moved into a house in Auburn, Alabama (War Eagle!) and bought this kitchen table from Sears. It served us through several moves and the stories it could tell from our two children growing up! Originally, it was a butcher block table with white legs; our son Ryan painted the legs black and used this for an art table/desk in his room while he was in high school.

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Building a Barn Door for Our Dock Closet

This blog post describes the process we used to build a barn door for our dock closet; however, the same steps apply to building a barn door for any room in your house. The only difference is that we used treated wood and plywood.

Here is our dock closet before building/installing our barn door. Neal purchased all of our supplies from Home Depot. We started by measuring this treated plywood and cutting it the size we need. It will be the frame for the door. The height will be 84 inches and the width will be 42 inches. Continue reading “Building a Barn Door for Our Dock Closet”

Vintage Bench Makeover

This was one of my favorite projects for many reasons:

  • it was a treasure from my father’s house;
  • it is old;
  • I was able to trace its history (the furniture manufacturer);
  • I was able to combine two of my favorite things (chalk paint and using fabric); and
  • It was also a quick transformation!

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Autumn Tablescape

I just love fall — the cooler nights, carving pumpkins, drinking warm cider, smelling freshly baked apple pies, wearing cozy sweaters, and oh the brilliant colors as the foliage explodes with shades of red and orange! Until this last year, I was a school administrator and thus never had time to decorate for fall. Now that I am retired and doing education consultant work, I have more time and enjoy decorating our home for different seasons. My father passed away on July 27, 2017. I miss him, but know I will see him when I get to Heaven. Dad had several old cars and trucks. He loved to restore old vehicles. This container (oblong metal box in the photo above) is the toolbox (behind the driver’s seat) in one of three of trucks Dad had behind his barn. I believe the truck is from the 1940s.
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