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Fall Front Porch Tour and DIY Birch Ladder - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

DIY Birch Ladder & Fall Porch Tour

Hey everyone! The leaves have turned even more this week and the weather has been gorgeous for this time of year. It was a great week to be outside soaking up the last bit of warmth. I took that opportunity to decorate our porch and today I’ll be sharing it with you along with 7 other bloggers who have also “prettied up” their spaces.   This year we kept the porch decor simple but added a really fun element and, of course, a DIY project. The best part is it was FREE. 🙂


Fall Front Porch and DIY Birch Ladder - Flowers - Life on Kaydeross Creek


The Project:

I enlisted my partner in crime for this project as I do most projects. I’ve said it before, he is an enabler. I say “I’d like to do (insert project here)” and he says “OK, maybe we can do it this way”. I’m very lucky 🙂

He started by collecting some branches for me.
DIY Birch Tree Ladders - Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek


I measured the area of the porch where I wanted to put the ladder to figure out the best height and width and then we got to cutting.  We used the chop saw for this.



Once the pieces were cut to length, he trimmed up the little branches.


DIY Birch Tree Ladder - Trimming the pieces -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Then we laid the poles out on the deck. I wanted the top to be slightly narrower than the bottom.


Fall Porch Tour -DIY Birch Tree Ladder - Adding the pieces -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek


I decided on 4 rungs and we measured the width for each one an equal distance apart.  The we used screws to attach them to the poles.


DIY Birch Tree Ladder - Adding the rungs -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek


DIY Birch Tree Ladder - with rungs -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek


That’s it. Once they were screwed together we were good to go. I thought about wrapping the joints with twine and I may still do that.  I really like the texture this DIY birch ladder adds to the porch. The other one I’ll use out in the lean-to.


Fall Porch Tour and DIY Birch Ladder - Life on Kaydeross Creek


I wanted to keep the rest of the decor budget friendly so I used only what I had on hand except for the mums. I love orange mums in the fall!  A few faux pumpkins are great and easy to store from year to year.

The basket on the door was a DIY project using a thrift store find. You can see that here. I simply changed out the flowers and repainted “Welcome” in orange.


Fall Front Porch and DIY Birch Ladder - Flower Basket - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Fall Front Porch Tour and DIY Birch Ladder - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek



So there you have it. A budget friendly yet warm and welcoming entry for your friends and family. Now on to the rest of the Fall Porch Tour! So much inspiration on one place. 🙂  Enjoy!



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Life on Kaydeross Creek

Creative Cain Cabin

The Tattered Pew

Loveland Lodge

Rustic Fall Porch Tours


A Blue Nest

Hood Creek Log Cabin

A Southern Discourse

Shine Your Light



Happy DIY’ing!


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DIY Wall Art – Make It Mine Monday (on Thursday)

Hey everyone! I’m going to really confuse you today and share the second Make it Mine Monday with you which is an easy DIY wall art project. But Col, it’s Thursday you say. Yes, that’s why it’s confusing. 🙂

Anyway, onto the project! My very sweet husband will occasionally pick things up for me that he thinks I can use for a project or transform in some way. We call this Making It Mine. He is an enabler really. What I mean is, luckily he is very supportive of my DIY habit.

One of the things he picked up this weekend was this very cool metal tree…


Metal decorative tree turned fixer upper inspired DIY wall art - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Cool right??  I really like it because it’s not something you see everyday. I wasn’t too crazy about the bronze-y tone but that’s easily changed.  I decided to spray paint it Oil Rubbed Bronze. Not completely, but enough to cover most of the bronze so that just a bit of the original color would show through.

I didn’t want to hang it on the wall by itself but wanted it to make more of a statement and let the detail in the branches really show. (kind of like the last Make It Mine Monday which actually was on Monday) Here is what we used for the background this time…


Wood background before


I know this is crazy but this came off the side of a hot tub surround exactly how it is. My friends were going to throw it away but I asked for it just in case. That was like 7 years ago and it’s been sitting in my garage ever since. A few coats of chalk paint later and we have this…


Metal decorative tree turned fixer upper inspired DIY wall art


We ended up taking off the top and bottom pieces to make it a square. I sanded down the edges here and there to make it a bit more worn and then used some antique wax to make it a bit darker.  I could have also used pallet wood or MDF but this was free and already assembled. How cool is that??  Here it is all done…


Metal decorative tree turned fixer upper inspired DIY wall art


Metal decorative tree turned fixer upper inspired DIY wall art


Metal decorative tree turned fixer upper inspired DIY wall art


I love the way this DIY Wall Art project looks in our family room and it will work in all seasons.  So the next time you see something you think is so cool but not quite you, put your own spin on it and make it yours.

Do you have a project that you’re working on? Something that you are transforming? I’d love to hear about it!

Happy DIY’ing!






Linking to these great parties:  Inspiration Monday Between Naps On The Porch  The Dedicated House  Merry Monday Inspire Me Monday Create Link and Inspire Motivation Monday Inspire Me Tuesday  The Scoop  Tuesdays At Our Home From Dream To Reality Totally Terrific Tuesday  DYI BY DESIGN Fluster Creative Muster

Drop cloth upholstery - Life on Kaydeross Creek

DIY Fails of 2015 on Kaydeross Creek

So I recently got my hair cut and said to the girl, I’m going to a Christmas party. I’m pretty sure what she heard me say was I’m going into the military! It’s sooooo short! It’s my own fault  because I wear it short anyway and I said it grows so fast so she thought, well OK, we can take care of that. It’s fine, it’s only hair, it will grow back and I will go back to her again.

There is a point to this, I promise, and here it is….. Things don’t always turn out how you think they are going to. This goes for a lot of things including decorating and DIY projects. So today I thought I would share a few of the projects, my DIY Fails, that didn’t make it even into the blog.  Drum roll please….

#1. I bought a cute little stool for $3 at my favorite go to thrift store and thought I would be clever and use a piece of drop cloth to cover it. I tried using paint to create ticking stripes. Not so much…



The stripes were awful and I didn’t use enough fabric medium mixed in with the paint so it was crunchy. FAIL! I bought fabric (several times, actually) and finally ended up with this…


DIY upcycled stool - new life for an old stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek


In the end it turned out OK but what started out as a simple inexpensive project took forever and cost more than I wanted. It’s pretty but all I see when I look at it is frustration.

#2 – The almost too awful to share DIY fail, word Christmas tree.  The thought was I would use dictionary pages with the words that represented Christmas like Jesus, celebrate, family, peace, etc. and make a tree shape and then decorate it with cute little cut outs of ornaments and twine for garland. No, just no. Are you ready?



I still think the idea is there with the book pages. Maybe someday I’ll find it.

#3 The wooden disc wreath. I have seen these on Pinterest on some of the blogs I follow and thought. How hard can that be? Apparently harder than it looks. I can’t seem to get the pieces in the right spots or maybe I don’t have the right size pieces. Not sure but I had step back from this one for now.
wood wreath project - DIY FAil - Life on kaydeross Creek


There are other DIY Fails but I won’t share them all. I will say this though, I can’t tell you how many times I used the wrong color, bought the wrong size, the print didn’t work, the glue didn’t stick, I cut it too small, or it wasn’t level. I was in a hurry to get it done and didn’t take my time.

The thing is, I learned something with each project.  Try and try again; new colors, new prints, new paint techniques, new ideas. Decorating and DIY is trial and error and I will try these things again at some point and when I do, you can be sure I will share it with you!

Happy DIY’ing (wins and fails alike), 🙂