How to make and upholster a chair cushion

How to make an upholstered chair cushion

Almost a year ago, I found these amazing chairs on the side of the road. What!!?? I know. Someone couldn’t see past the yucky fabric and lack of seat cushion on the other two. Okay, I’ll give them that but seriously, these chairs are amazing and have incredible potential. I was immediately drawn to the detail on the back. The one in the center had a little more damage than I wanted to deal with so it ended up back on the curb but the one on the right and the one on the left were money!

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When Savannah and I competed in Creating with the Stars, I was in charge of the “paint” round and created the infamous Painterly Pixelated Wall that won us 1st place that round! When I thought about staging the wall, I wanted some bright fun furniture and funky accessories. My wheels started turning and I remembered this awesome (lonely in the basement) arm chair that needed a fun makeover so I’m going to teach you how to upholster a chair cushion!

I immediately got it outside (at 11pm mind you) and spray painted it gold. Next, if you remember, there’s no seat! Whoopsies! I went to my wood stash and I had this piece that was almost a perfect fit.

Once I got it screwed in, it was nice and sturdy so I didn’t mind that it wasn’t the exact shape of the chair’s frame.

Add wood to chair frame

Next, I had this left over piece of foam so I cut it to size. Have you ever tried to cut this stuff??? You’re supposed to use an electric carving knife, Thanksgiving style, but I don’t have one so it was a good ole serrated knife and some major sawing for me. Pardon the scraggly edges.Don’t worry, know one will ever know.

Cut foam to size

Next up, batting. You’ll need to cover your wood base and foam with batting. You only need enough to cover your square and wrap around the foam.

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Staple that batting on and check to make sure if fits on your chair frame. It should fit snuggly after being all wrapped up in foam and batting.

Fit cushion to chair frame

Next, repeat the batting step with your fabric. I got the cute ikat polka dot in pink and white from Hobby Lobby and I think it is absolutely perfect! Next, attach the new upholstered cushion using some long screws and tada! Done!

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Isn’t it so cute! I really love this space and I’m sad I can’t keep it forever since I don’t have a daughter! I’ve since used all the furniture and accessories in other areas of my house. The cute chair now lives in my craft room at my sewing desk and she likes it there. ;)

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 Now, don’t be afraid to pick up roadside, yard sale, or thrift store finds that need a little TLC! Totally worth it, right!?

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DIY Campaign Style Nightstands – Ikea Rast Hack

Campaign Style Nightstands - Ikea Rast Hack

 

This is probably the easiest way to dress up a plain ole’ Ikea Rast Nightstand, other than just painting it. I really like these nightstands because they provide a good amount of storage. Six, good sized, extra drawers for 2 nightstands is pretty impressive and definitely helped us when trying to find storage in this small bedroom. Also, for $34.99, they can’t be beat. The only problem is, they’re not very cute when you buy them. They need some dressing up for sure. Today I’m going to show you have to make them super cute and it’s super easy!

Campaign Style Nightstands - Ikea Rast Hack Materials:

Ikea Rast Chest of Drawers

Wood Filler

Sandpaper

Paint

12 – 2″ Corner Braces*

3 – Cup Drawer/Cabinet Pulls*

**If your corner braces and drawer pulls don’t match, spray paint them to match. I did that because I wanted mine gold.

Instructions:

1. First, assemble your nightstand according to the directions. Do not install the drawer pulls that it comes with.

2. Use wood filler (according to the directions on the bottle) and fill the predrilled holes on the drawer fronts. When dry, sand them smooth with sandpaper.

3. Paint your nightstand whatever color you’d like. I used white and poured a little bit of Behr’s Canton Jade into the white to give it just a hint of mint color.

4. When the paint is completely dry, install your corner braces. This was the most time consuming part, believe it or not because there are 48 screws! Sheesh!

5. Measure for the center of the drawer and install your drawer pulls. We drilled holes for the screws after measuring where the center was and installed them pretty quickly.

 

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As you can see up close, we got a little lazy on the second night stand and realized the braces stay fine without all 48 screws. I dunno about you but I’m cool with skipping a few of the 96 screws on 2 nightstands. ;) Here’s what they look like on either side of my bed. I really just love them!

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I just bought a 3rd Ikea Rast to dress up for my boys’ room makeover that I’m working on. I took a little different approach on that one. Can’t wait to show you!

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DIY Hanging Macramé Chair

DIY Hanging Macrame Chair

 

This chair was not my easiest DIY. Only because there was no tutorial anywhere to follow which means there was A LOT of trial and error which is always hard. I did this chair after Mallory and I were selected to compete in the Creating with the Stars 2014 contest. We were very excited but nervous. The very first round was knock-off and with the help and guidance from our amazing star, Mandi from Vintage Revivals.  We were so excited that we were able to work with Mandi. She has always been one of our favorite bloggers out there and we were totally star struck the first time we even talked to her. Anyways, after searching everywhere on the web we decided that we would knock off THIS chair that was from Urban Outfitters. Macramé is big right now, and I was totally up for the challenge to create this DIY Hanging Macramé Chair . To start the chair I used this chair from Target. I spray painted it white and I had to cut off the legs. I thought they would unscrew but I was wrong so using a little saw I cut off the tabs which removed the hoop part of the chair legs.

The Chair

The clothesline I used for the project was from the Home Depot and I used over 8 packages of this rope. I believe I used 8-9,  200 feet packages plus another 100 feet package. That amount including the rope that I used to hang the chair which is braided as well. This is a large chair and it used a lot of rope. The biggest thing I would say is make sure you have enough rope and that the rope is long enough.  I started out by cutting 60, 10 feet pieces of rope, that was not enough. I lost count after a while but I believe I ended up using around 120, 10 feet pieces of rope for just the walls of chair. But before you just cut away, use plain tape and put it around the rope and cut on the tape that way you don’t have the rope unravel.

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I started with doing a Basic Square Knot around the hoop. I then did Alternating Square Knots around the whole chair. I started on the left and I worked my way around.

At this point I was feeling very excited and hopeful that I was going to be able to pull this chair off. After quite a few hours, I started to get closer to the seat part of the chair and this is were my first bit of trial and error happened. This failed because I just kept on making my way down to the seat using that same knot.

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So I had to take that apart and I was left with the picture above.

After thinking about it for a while I figured out I needed a second hoop but I also needed it to be a bit lighter.So I used a smaller Hula Hoop and after I sprayed that white I placed it where the seat would go and to make sure it would fit.

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After I made sure the hoop would fit I then took it out and did the seat as a totally separate piece. In order to do the seat I used a piece of Poster board and I Pinned the a piece of rope on to it. The only reason I did this was because I wanted to be able to make just a straight piece about the size of the seat to be able to then tie it on to the loop. The poster board helped.

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To do the seat I just used this rope on the poster board to help hold the shape I wanted. I still did the Alternating Square Knot. I tied the seat knots a bit more spaced out because I wanted to have a different look on the seat.  After I finished the seat I tied of the walls of the chair by doing a basic knot around the small hula hoop then I did another basic knot to tie the seat onto the hula hoop as well.

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After the seat and walls were both tied to the hula hoop I then tied the tails from the walls and the tails for the seat together just so I could have a bit more support. The tails needed to be cut.  Just like when I cut the rope for the chair I had to tape off every piece before I cut it.

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I just did a simple braid for the ropes that hold the chair up and I using a few piece of wood I had around my house I cut 4 pieces of the same length and drilled holes where the rope would go. The hardest part was making it level and tying around the wood evenly.

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This chair is a lot of work. But I will say it’s not that hard and it can be enjoyable. It just takes time. Hopefully you will learn from my mistakes. It looks hard but once you start knotting it’s easier then it seems. Before I started this project I watch different videos and I looked at many different tutorial but STOP reading all that stuff and just start knotting! It makes WAY WAY more sense once you start.

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I do want you to know before you commit to this chair is that it took me about 40 something hours but that is with my different trial and errors. Please email me if you have an questions! I had soooo many during this project, don’t be afraid to ask.

If you love the Macrame look but don’t want to do this chair, check out the cute planters that Mallory made while we worked on the last and final round of Creating with the Stars.

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DIY Macrame Hanging Planter

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The BEST Painting Tips and Tricks

10 seriously awesome Painting Tips & Tricks that are borderline genius! | www.classyclutter.net As you probably already know, we are paint obsessed. I mean, we paint a LOT of stuff. Nothing is safe from being painted in my home. Whether it’s spray paint, latex, acrylic, chalk, etc. I will probably paint it if it lives in my home for any length of time. It’s by far the easiest way to make big changes in the home. I’ve gathered some tips that I’ve used for a long long time that are tried and true and make painting anything a heck of a lot easier. You will thank me later. ;)

 Use aluminum foil to line paint trays for easy clean up Cut up an old tshirt to wax furniture

Cut up an old t-shirt to wax furniture projects

Write paint colors on the back of light switch plates

Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe

Make your own chalk paint out of unsanded grout, water and flat paint

Drop Cloth Tip

Use a dollar store shower curtain liner as a painter’s drop cloth!

Puncture the paint can rim to keep a clean seal

How to clean your paintbrushes

Use tape on the insides of drawers when painting furniture (image source unknown)

Use Floetrol to eliminate brush marks

How to remove paint from hardware

Use a magnet to hold your paint brush (source unknown)

Be sure to check out our “Painting” Pinterest Board for even more tips, tricks and all things paint related!

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White and Gold Dresser- Master Bedroom PART 1

I recently redid my master bedroom and the biggest thing I did was paint the furniture and add in a new little dresser. Before I show you the whole room reveal I wanted to go through and give you all the steps for painting the furniture that way you can paint some of your own stuff . So First thing was first, Picking out the paint and products needed, I choose to use swiss coffee by Behr. 058

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Paint makes all the difference! I was dragging my feet about paint my furniture for the longest time and now I wonder why in the world it took me so long. If you have a piece you are going back and forth about painting, Paint it! My bedroom furniture was not cheap and I thought I would regret painting it but honestly it was the best decsion ever! It really lightened up my room.

Almost everything I need to do this project was from Home Depot.

To start I wiped the furniture down with a wet wipe and then I wiped out all the drawers. Then I used my sander with a fine grit (like 150 grit) sand paper to go over the whole piece so that the primer would adhere really good.

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I used my all time favorite sprayer which is from Harbor Freight and only cost $30 but is normally on sale for $17. Now, this sprayer is not a sprayer that I use for years and years. I normally will pick up two sprayers and after 7 or 8 different projects I use a new sprayer. I know there are different sprayers that last a lifetime but I have loved this one and I am use to it. And you can’t beat $17.

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I was able to paint all the furniture in one day. I started out with spraying all the furniture with Kilz 2 Latex Primer in a gallon and luckily it went through my sprayer totally fine. Then I gave the furniture two coats of the swiss coffee. That color is the perfect creamy white in my opinion. I love it.

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My hardware did not come off on the nightstand and so I had to spray a little bit of spray paint onto a paint brush and then just brush it on. On the dresser in the front I took off all of the hardware and sprayed it with our favorite gold spray paint.

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Mal and I both love this gold spray paint. Its a great color.

I am loving my new bedroom and I cant wait to show you the rest!

TIPS:

  • DON’T be afraid to paint a piece a furniture.Maybe, don’t start with a family heirloom, but pick up something cheap from a thrift store first.
  • The more you paint the better you will be.
  • Don’t over think it. When I first started to paint furniture I was over thinking every single thing.You can do it! And you can always repaint something!
  • I like to use semi-gloss or satin finish for my paint.
  • Don’t paint when its really cold or hot outside
  • On high traffic pieces always to a clear coat or poly coat or wax.

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Here are a few other Paint Tips we Here…

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Homemade Chalk Paint

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How to Spray Paint like a Pro

We have many other great tips that you can find

HERE

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

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DIY Headboards

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So you may have noticed by now, we love a good headboard. It is the focal point of the bedroom, can be an awesome statement piece and are super fun to build! I love my most recent one (the first one below!) and thought I’d round up a few of my other faves! I absolutely love each of these are there are so many more amazing ones out there.

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DIY Modern Tufted Headboard

DIY Belgrave Headboard

DIY Upholstered Tufted Headboard

DIY Shutter Headboard

DIY Headboard and bed frame

Wooden “love” headboard

Tiled Upholstered Headboard

Tufted Headboard with Nailhead

DIY Paneled Headboard

Upholstered Headboard

DIY Upholstered Headboard with Curved Arms

Aren’t they all awesome? Seriously well done!

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DIY Patriotic Wall Art + 4th of July Blog Hop

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4th of July is one of my favorite holidays! I love when summer hits and it is time for swimming, BBQs, parades, fireworks, etc! I love it all! My birthday is also in July (Savannah’s too!!) It’s an all-around great month! This year I wanted to decorate a bit inside for this awesome holiday to show my patriotism! Today, I’m going to show you how to make this DIY Patriotic Wall Art I created for the summer holidays.

We’ve also teamed up with some awesome bloggers to get you into the Patriotic Spirit with a 4th of July Blog Hop!

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Materials:

Cut out USA with jigsaw

First, draw the shape of the USA (or even your home state!) on a piece of plywood. We did this by “eyeballing” it but you can use a template of some sort if you choose. Then, use your sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.

Add D rings to the back

Next, flip your wooden shape over and add the D-ring so you can hang it when you’re done.

Paint wood

Paint or stain your USA! I chose a dark navy blue. It looks more cobalt in this picture while the paint was still not quite dry and it was out in the bright sun. I also used a small brush and painted the lip around the outside metallic gold.

Add Vinyl Lettering

Last, I added gold vinyl lettering that reads “Sweet Land of Liberty”. I love the phrase over the entire USA. I used gold vinyl and the font is Lavenderia. If anyone is interested, you can purchase the vinyl decal I used in my vinyl shop here.

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I hung it up in my Gold Gallery Wall for the summer. The next step in decorating for summer is to do a Summer/Patriotic chalk art on my chalkboard and make some cute printables for some of the frames. It’s gonna be awesome! ;) Maybe I need some cute USA pillows on my couch too!

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Do you decorate for Summer? I like doing Patriotic decor because it works for Memorial Day, 4th of July and through Labor Day!

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Now pop on over to the other blogs that are participating in this 4th of July Blog Hop and check out all their amazing stuff!

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Geometric America Printable from Over the Big Moon

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 4th of July Bingo from Our Thrifty Ideas

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4th of July Sparkler Holder from Confetti Sunshine

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Coconut Whipped Cream from One Sweet Appetite

DIY Wood Scalloped Wall Tutorial

DIY Wood Scalloped Wall Tutorial - classyclutter.net Today’s the day! I have had floods of comments and emails asking for this DIY Wood Scalloped Wall Tutorial and as promised, here it is!!! This wall treatment is honestly not that hard or terribly time consuming. Not to mention, it’s damage free to the wall! Hello, awesome! Savannah and I created this (and the entire bedroom makeover!) over a space of 4 days and the wall treatment was one of the lesser time consuming parts of the makeover. Honestly, this is one of my favorite projects, probably ever! Heck, I’ll say it… it’s my favorite project EVER! I mean, it’s pretty awesome, right? Materials

First, follow Savannah’s tutorial for the Gold Sharpie Scalloped Wall. I flipped my scallops the other direction then, I added one more row of scalloping within each scallop. OilMarkerExtraFine_MetallicGold Gold Sharpie Wall Scallops Yep, I cheated and didn’t do behind the headboard because let’s get real, ain’t nobody got time for that. No one is gonna see it so don’t waste your time! ;) Trace scallop using stencil Next, using your smaller scalloped stencil, trace your shape onto the plywood sheets with a pencil. TIP: We used a clamp and did 4 sheets of plywood at once. That way we only had to trace the shapes on the top sheet of plywood and cut four out at once. Wood Scallops Cut out Once you have all your pieces cut, it’s time to hang them up! Use mounting tape to hang scallops Use your mounting tape and stick a 1-2″ piece on the back and hang them up. Apply scallops to the wall Here’s a shot of the process as we worked. Once you get all of your pieces cut out, it goes super fast! No nail holes to fill and no damage to your wall but you have an awesome wood wall treatment! DIY WOOD SCALLOPED WALL This awesome wall earned us 2nd place out of 299 projects in Creating with the Stars and I’m super excited to be the lucky one that got an awesome room makeover with the help of my bestie, Savannah and our sweet friend Mandi from Vintage Revivals. I mean, how many people get to say Mandi helped decorate their room? Booyah! Thanks to both of you girlies for helping me create my dream room! Love you both to pieces! If you love the scalloped look but don’t want to mess with the wood, Savannah’s Gold Sharpie Scalloped Wall is amazing! Scalloped Wall 1 You can find the DIY Modern Tufted Headboard tutorial here. DIY Modern Tufted Headboard Also, don’t forget to check out my amazing Pixelated Wood Wall Treatment that got 1st place in the Paint Round of Creating with the Stars! Floral Pixelated Wall 2 Mallory Bombshell Sig

DIY Scalloped Accent Wall

This accent wall of mine has been through a few different transformations over a short amout of time. Now, it’s this pretty and clean looking wall with painted gold scallops. The gold scallops are subtle and thats what I like so much about them. It was the opposite from the old Chervon Wall. The DIY Scalloped Accent Wall was done for less then $5.

DIY Scalloped Wall

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Let me tell you how I changed this wall… First I painted the wall Behr Snow Fall. That alone was a big change.  Scalloped Wall Before

I used a Gold Sharpie Paint Pen. I used the normal size marker tip. I also used a steamer pot lid from one of my tamale pots I got it at Walmart. The lid worked sooooo perfect. I simply marked two lines on to the lid and thats what I used as the guide. I would draw the scallop from line to line, and because of the holes I could see the center of the scallop above. It was that easy. I bought two paint pens. I went through one and a half pens total. It only took like 2-3 hours to finish the whole wall. My wall is really really long.

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I honestly love the wall so much!! The gold is perfect and the pattern is subtle but still makes a big impact.

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Have you used a sharpie paint pen yet? Can you even imagine the possibilites using these sharpie paint pens. And for under $5 this is a great DIY project and it makes a big impact.

By the way have you seen Mallory’s Paint Pen Accent Wall. Check it out HERE! It is Awesome! I just really love the design, and her coral tv stand is perfection too!

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How to mow your lawn – a Mom’s guide.

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Confession: until Friday, I did not know how to mow the lawn. Well, I know how but I didn’t know how to use a common push lawnmower. I know, ridiculous. Do you know how?? Growing up my Dad had a driving lawnmower because we had a bit of land to mow and our front yard was mostly gravel and river rock with some shrubs and stuff so a normal push lawnmower wasn’t really necessary. Hence, me never learning how to do it. I feel like this is one of those things you need to know how to do. Kind of like riding a bike or changing a tire. You just need this skill. I was lacking it for far too long.

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Isn’t this pink tree down the street amazing? Photo via my iPhone/Instagram feed.

Our lawnmower bit the dust last Fall and Winter came and we didn’t need one. Fast forward past the longest winter ever and it’s now Spring in New York and the grass is growing! YAY! I loooove Spring, you guys. The winter chill is gone, birds sing, flowers bloom, my kids can go outside(!!!) and the sun is out. This Arizona girl needs sun. Oh my gosh, PS. the cutest little red robin made a nest in my tree right beside my porch and it was SOOO cute!!! It’s so tiny and has a bright blue robin egg inside the perfect little nest.

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Anyway, we got a new lawnmower this week and it was time I learned to use it. It’s always bugged me that I didn’t know how. It’s not hard at all, I’ve just never had anyone show me before. I thought to myself, I wonder if there are other girls out there that could use a little walk through of this pretty easy, absolutely necessary skill

1. Check to make sure there is gas in it. Easy.

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2. Check the oil. All lawn mowers are a little different but it’s got the same little dipstick thing that a car has. Make sure it’s full so your engine is lubricated and doesn’t cease up. That’d be bad.

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3. Prime it by pushing this little red button 3 times.

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4. Grasp the handle bar and the skinny bar that starts the lawnmower. I could not find the real name of that bar for the life of me but just know, the lawnmower will not start unless it is pulled back flush with the handle bar. Use the pull start (the cord with a little handle) to start the engine. It may take a couple pulls.

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5. Start by mowing your perimeter. You can have half of the mower on your driveway or sidewalk to get the very edge.

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6. Push the mower up and back in even rows. I overlapped each row so I didn’t miss any spots.

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Tada!!! So easy! PS. Can you believe how green this first Spring grass is? I didn’t edit the color at all and it is so bright and fresh! I love it!

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If your lawn is all ready to play, try and build this cute little seesaw for your kiddos!

DIY Kids Seesaw tutorial