A Try at DIY

So Mr Alabama Spice and I decided to give DIY’ing a try. Surprising it went well. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy how this goes…

“Honey, I want to try DIY back-splash in the kitchen to tone down the red walls”

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Can I get an AMEN SISTER from any other wife out there that gets the deer in the headlights look?? Like I was speaking a foreign language.

I said “don’t worry I made it easy and bought self-adhesive peel and stick sheets of glass tile for the back-splash” (Still getting the “look”)

So anyway, we waited until the kids went to bed and started the project. Now I used green to go with the Mason Jar set I bought for my kitchen recently but blue and cream were also available. Sets of 4 Glass-Stlye BackSplash Tile Sheets.

Have I mentioned that my husband has extreme OCD and is a perfectionist? Well thankfully, his OCD kicked in and he did an amazing job.

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Yes that is a headlamp! #worsethanafannypack

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He cut and stuck until his fingers hurt, bless!!

I was so pleased with the results! It opened our kitchen up so much and it just makes it look “old timey” if that makes sense. No matter what I ask of him, if its possible he will make it happen. I couldn’t have asked for a better husband. Didn’t he do a fabulous job?

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I was a bit hungry so I was making a late night snack of grits and coffee ūüôā

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Of course, our youngest had to give his thoughts. I think he is pleased, wouldn’t you say so?

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Sweet dirty face and all! No, he was not awake that late. This was the next day ūüôā


So what do you think? How did we do for our first time? We had to keep it simple for first time DIYer’s. Next up a Farmhouse Kitchen Table!!!!


Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs. Alabama Spice

Rummage Sale Finds

Our church recently had a rummage sale {My husband’s nightmare! hehe} ¬†and you could pay $5.00 to shop the pre-sale and get first dibs. ¬†So my Sister and I rushed over after work and started grabbing!

I scored the cute bird pillow for $3.00.  Then I lucked up on 4 decorative metal tins for $5.00 each.  The price tags were still on the back and I ended up buying all 4 for the original price of 1!  The previous owner used these as a magnetic board it appears but I have more fabulous plans!!


See….FABULOUS! ¬†Especially with that custom art!! ¬†{This is my inspiration photo – not the real deal in my house – sad face}¬†#wantitneedit


Found on the amazing Deannart IG feed

Next up are the candles..the pillar candles in the bubble glass vases were $2.00 each. ¬†The three wick candle with wooden base was $1.00 and the “J” burlap table runner was $3.00.


I found several Ann Taylor Loft shirts for $3.00 each and the purse was $3.00 as well.


This adorable bar cart was $20.00. ¬†It’s missing an end cap but hopefully I can find a replacement. ¬†Should I leave it silver or paint it a fun color?? ¬†{The shaggy dog is my daughters!} ¬†image

I scored these pair of lamps for $30.00! {mis-matched light bulbs Рbut soon to change. You use what you got!}  Great deal considering I found some similar ones HERE for $117.00 each or HERE for $136.79 each on SALE!


I’m addicted to junkin’! ¬†At these prices, who wouldn’t be?!

Are you a yard sale, rummage sale, thrift store junky like myself?  If so, share your best trash to treasure find!

Happy shopping!


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DIY wooden deck

We recently had a tornado rip through our neighborhood.  Thankfully, everyone was unharmed but our trees and landscaping did not fair so well.  We lost a lot of mature trees and shade leaving us with a blank, unattractive canvas and zero curb appeal.


Lots of debris to clean-up & just a bit hazardous!

12743952_1547232908902960_4677640606554535161_nStanding in our front yard looking towards ours neighbors house.  Thank the Good Lord the tree fell the direction it did!12509215_1547232968902954_1102486005893428923_n

We had the downed & threatening trees removed and the ground leveled out some as well.


Once clean-up was done, the storm forced us to rethink the future of this space.  We desire to transform an area that was ripped apart into an extension of our home that is a functional, fun space to relax and entertain.

Once we started our clean-up, our vision became clear!  We picture this area filled with bright green sod, and a lighted footpath made of paver stones.  The path would lead to a wooden deck that encompasses the tree that was saved in the storm.  String lights draping overhead would create a cozy ambiance as well as a fire pit to warm up to on cold nights. Of course, some shrubbery, colorful flowers, comfortable seating and maybe an outdoor game or two.

So….we began. ¬†Shrubs, sod and gardenias! ¬†THAT SMELL!


Then we broke ground to decide the lay out of our deck that will encompass one of our remaining front trees!!!

Sod laid, plants in the ground, pathway done!  What an amazing transformation already!


Time to build! ¬†My husband and I started with this on Saturday afternoon…..


and had THIS by Sunday at 1:07 pm!!  {Yes, I checked the time!}  It was a lot of HARD WORK but soooo worth it!  And boy did we enjoy relaxing for the rest of our day!


Deck¬†complete…for now! ¬†We still have a long checklist but the hard part is done!
We still need to :
frame the porch
add bench seating around the tree {maybe}
outdoor string lights
fire pit
Mulch / flowers
comfy seating
outdoor games
I can envision some warm summer nights under the glow of the lights and cold winters huddled next to the fire! ¬†It’s still a work in progress but it’s open for some fun!!!

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DIY Display board


Recently, we found some old fence boards by the roadside. We decided to make a rolling display board.  I love the planked wall look and the variation of color between the old and new boards.

The freestanding display is supported by two easel type legs attached to a chain.  The chain is adjustable so the display can lean at different angles.  The legs rotate in for easy storage. Casters were also added to make it mobile and easy to maneuver.

Keep scrolling for the step by step…


Old fence board – naturally distressed


Combining old and new


I had a little of Espresso stain left so I mixed it with the Dark Walnut #customcolor ha!


Love this dark color!


Helping my husband make the frame


Frame complete


Frame x 2


Nailing the planks into place


Casters in place


Look at those legs!  Ohhh the wooden ones Рhehe!


A small chain helps hold the legs in place


The chain is held in place with a simple cup hook


26″ W x 60″ H!


I love the simple “kickstand”


Add another hook to the outside frame to hold the legs in place when not in use.

Thanks for stopping by,
Southern Sawdust

What would you use this display for?

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Clock Make-Over

Hi! ¬†I’m excited about how this DIY turned out. ¬†I have not put the finishing touches on it yet but I still want to share it with you.

I¬†bought this¬†large clock at a yard sale a while back {think year +} that needed the motor replaced. Well, that never happened so I decided to tear it apart…and hopefully put it back together!

My inspiration came from Brooke @ All Things Thrifty

I got a little ahead of myself and starting disassembling for I took a before pic.


Big round thing with numbers that used to go “tick tock”

I removed the cardboard backing


This thing had 2 layers and about 2 dozen screws!

I pried the motor and spacer off with a utility knife and screwdriver


Instead of using paint sticks like Brooke did, I used some 1″ boards that I had in my scrap pile.


I staggered my pattern and attached the wood to the back side of the clock face using wood glue. I placed heavy objects on top of the wood to help hold it into place until dry.


Once dry, I flipped it over


and trimmed off the excess with my jigsaw.


Sand down the edges until there is no overhang from the clock round. {While it was drying, I painted the clock frame but missed getting pics of that step}


Stain it a pretty color


and do the happy dance that it fit back together! ¬†{and I didn’t break the glass!]


The outcome is really stunning!

I’m in search of a vinyl sticker to add to it before I hang it in my family room. ¬†Feel free to share your favorite sites where you purchase yours!

Keep this DIY in mind for Mother’s Day or as a wedding gift.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Building!
Southern Sawdust

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Five on Friday

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Southern Sawdust and Mrs. Alabama Spice and I are joining up with A. Liz Adventures for our first Five on Friday! Let the window shopping begin!

Here is the wish list from Mrs Alabama Spice:

1.Platform Bed

I have been looking for new bedroom furniture and think I have decided it will be cheaper to build what I want rather than buy it. My dad and I are looking to build this platform bed together. I’m super excited!!!


2. Margeaux Necklace 

The lovely ladies at Glamour Farms has such a unique style. I have bought several tops from them. Plan to add this to my collection of accessories ūüôā

Margeaux  Necklace - Gold


3. Mr. Clean All Purpose Cleaner

If you are anything like me, you are constantly searching for that one cleaner that does it all! Well, I have been looking high and low for this cleaner. My cousins fiance just recently cleaned my house and she used this stuff. WOW! That sums it up.



4. Pioneer Woman Cookware Collection 

I do own the Pioneer Woman cookware! It is the best cookware I have ever owned. Mr Alabama Spice agrees as well!


5. HOBO International Wallet 

What!?  A girl can dream right??

Here is the wish list from Southern Sawdust:

  1. Cute Rain Boots
    Since today’s rain chance is 100% and so far has held true to the weather mans prediction, rain boots are in order. ¬†Not just any rain boots – cute rain boots!! I love the mint polka dot¬†with the buckle from Target.
    Women's Novel Dot Rain Boots - Mint

2.  Hair styling tool holder 
I’m starting to plan out some bathroom organizing and this would be very helpful with ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† my clutter. ¬†{Now if someone could come style my hair for me everyday}
Polder Style Station
3.  Folding Sawhorse
These would be a huge help with our DIY projects!  I like how they fold and are compact for easy storage.  {Sure would beat the old picnic table we are working off of now!}
TOUGHBUILT 41.5 in. Folding Sawhorse

4.  Swivel Chair
We are in desperate need of new furniture! ¬†I’d love a swivel chair so you can carry on a conversation from any direction in the room but it must be comfortable. ¬†The reviews are decent but I haven’t done a mad search yet so we shall see. ¬†Also, this blue fabric and tufting is beautiful! ¬†{I dare my dogs to come near it!!}

Christopher Knight Home Concordia Fabric Swivel Chair

5.  The Pioneer Woman Vintage Bloom Dinnerware Set
I can’t believe I don’t have one piece from her collection yet! ¬†I did purchase something as a gift for a family member but nothing for moi. ¬†This is about to change! ¬†I plan to mix and match the solids and patterns. ¬†The colors are so vibrant and fun!
The Pioneer Woman Vintage Bloom 12-Piece Decorated Dinnerware Set

Thanks for virtual shopping with us! ¬†Happy weekend and watch out for all those April Fools’ Day pranks!

Man Can

Nooooo…not THAT can! ¬†A can {and/or bucket} for a man. ¬†Let me explain….

My Nephew turned¬†30! ¬†{The year on my calendar must be wrong because he’s still only 2!} Anyway, I wanted to do something fun for our celebration and I remembered seeing online something called a “Man Can”. ¬†{Sorry, I have no idea what site this idea was from} Basically, its a gift basket for dudes.

I went to my local $$ store and grabbed my supplies


A can {or bucket} and items that look “manly”

Using Microsoft Word, I created a sign for my can and new labels for the products.  {I desperately need me a Silhouette or Cricut!}


Can you match the caption with the product?? hehe


I also created a “How well do you know yourself?” crossword puzzle here. ¬†{It’s free but it requires you to create a login to download the puzzle.} ¬†It has an answer key as well in case I know him better than he knows himself!


{Note!  The puzzle took him FOREVER!  LOL!  He told me to make it easier next time! hahahaha!}

Start labeling your items


Beans, beans are good for the heart. ¬†That’s what my Daddy always told me!


He’s a prankster so all of this was so fun for him!


Label the can for the man


Then fill it with your manly items and enjoy the laughs!

If you’re looking for a little bit cheesy but fun and inexpensive gift, this is it! ¬†You can keep it light and fun or get serious with some more expensive gifts, like liquor, a watch, some cologne… The options are endless!

What would you put in your Man Can?

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