DIY Nautical Deck Themed Decor

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DIY Nautical Deck Themed Decor

New Deck Makeover Part Two

Continuing from our first deck makeover reveal we were able to make a few more Nautical Themed Decor and repurpose old Lanterns from our previous home. If interested, then please keep reading.

Nautical Themed Deck

Lanterns- Can be purchased at Christmas Tree Shop, Pier 1, & Pottery Barn

DIY Nautical Pillars-

Nautical Pillars

Coffee Table Decor :DIY Nautical “Faux” Glass Floats from Foam Balls

For Step By Step instructions for where I learned how to make my DIY Nautical “Faux” Glass Floats from Foam Balls, please visit Crafts By Courtney.  Bowl was purchased at the Christmas Tree Shop

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Nautical Wine Coasters

DIY Nautical Rope Coasters

Wine Glass Charms – Can be purchased at our Etsy Shop

Wine Charms

So in NY the weather has been hot and lovely this entire Summer. We’re hoping it holds up for at least the rest of September. This way we can enjoy our lovely deck a little bit longer.

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DIY Date Night Jar

DIY Date Jar

DIY Date Night Jar

Ideas for you and your bae !

Okay, so in today’s blog Jimmy and I want to talk about date night ideas. Let’s discuss how to take the “I don’t know, what do you want to do” phrase out of your vocabulary. How may you ask? Well, by creating your very own Date Night Jar filled with ideas and endless memories. Because, the amount of time we waste sitting on the couch going back and forth saying I don’t know what do you want to do, we could have been somewhere doing something and making memories with our loved one. Are we right? Or are we right?

So after about four years of being together if we could have a dollar for every time we each asked, “So what do you want to do tonight/Day?” We’d have a lot of money for an expensive date that we probably wouldn’t know still what to do 🙂DIY Date Jar

What you need for your DIY Date Night Jar:

  • Jar of any type (we used plastic container, chocolate raise-nets to be exact haha)
  • Chalkboard label
  • Chalk
  • Paper

#protips: You can have pre-cut construction paper color organized by expensiveness or broken out by his & her ideas (pink or blue)

How to fill your lovely new DIY Date Night Jar:

Before you start jotting down your ideas for date night, place the chalkboard label sticker onto your jar and write “Date Night Ideas Jar”.

Now, our idea was every time we had an idea we would write down where, and any info we thought might help like a phone number or website. This way the information would be there and all the thinking is taken care of for that next date night.

Be as creative with your date night jar and set-up the jar, however, you two feel will be helpful.

Jimmy and I are so busy that by the time the weekend comes as are most of you, you just don’t want to think lol. So this is such a life saver for us.

Date Night Ideas:

  • Explore your own backyard- what we mean by this is last weekend Jimmy and I went to see a local landmark that neither one of us have seen since we were both kids. We explored and saw other parts of our town. Take advantage of this time, because you live there and never realize that one day it could be gone. We’re in NY as some of you may or may not know and every day we would expect to see the Twin Towers there and one day they’re not. The best motto we try to live by do not put off till tomorrow, with what you can do today.

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  • Do something that your partner enjoys and do it together– Get specific, like do they like to play baseball? Then hit up the batting cages
  • Brunch at Home– Us New Yorkers love a good Brunch, so no matter where you’re from go and Set-up your own brunch together. Make your favorite brunch food and grab the champagne and pop that bottle! Make mimosas and or have a Bloody Mary Station.
  • Do something NEW– Get out of your comfort zone and try something that neither of you has done and learn together.
  • Do a DIY project together– We spent our Vday making a floor mirror together
  • Go out to dinner– Okay, now we run into well what restaurant do you want to go to and that leads to what type of food you in the mood for, etc. You see where we are going here, right? Next time you guys are out and see a restaurant or bar take out your phone and right it down! This way you can pull it up the next time your bae says, those lovely words “I don’t know where do you want to eat!”
  • Add some free ideas too– bike riding, google local fairs and events on Facebook that are in the area.

The best thing about the Date Night Jar, you can jot down the idea as it comes to you. No stress, no worries, and all you have to do is show-up!

Comment below and share with us your date night ideas!

 

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Wine Glass Charms

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Get your wine glasses and your gals/pals together for a night of great company. But hold the phone! What can make this night or day (no judgement) more festive and necessary, wine glass charms!

These charms are the perfect way to identify which wine glass is yours, especially when you’ve had one too many! Each one is handmade using high-quality beads and charms.

The wine glass charms can easily be made using any bead color of your choice! This particular set is our Nautical wine glass collection. Just send me a message through Etsy, or leave me a note here and letting me know the color of your choice.

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DIY Nautical Rope Coasters

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DIY NAUTICAL-THEMED ROPE COASTERS

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So since now that we have an awesome deck, it is now time to decorate. Jimmy and I are going with  the nautical theme, hence the title of the blog post. Nothing says nautical like a set of DIY rope coasters. Right?

This DIY rope coaster project just like most of our projects is super easy. However, I seem to found a way to burn myself a few times with the hot glue gun. Do not let that stop you, because they are too awesome not to do them. Also, we linked another bloggers post if you wanted to take you coasters to the next level !

Supplies:

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  • 2x Ashland 0.2 in. x15 ft/7mm x4.5 (roll of sisal/hemp/jute rope or any other kind you prefer) made 6 coasters
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

If you want to take it to the next level below are additional supplies:

  • Stencils or pictures for the images on the coasters
  • A black fine point Sharpe marker for sketching, if you are using pictures to look at to make your image.
  • A small paintbrush
  • Plastic/paper plates and old newspapers. This is to be sure to protect whatever you are working on from the hot glue, paint, and shedding (if any; mine did because it was natural jute) from the rope. Do not use anything that you wouldn’t want to be ruined!!
  • Sealer. I used Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray

Directions:

1. Set-up all of your supplies in your area, make sure the hot glue gun is hot and ready to go.

2. We felt it was easier to glue as we went and remember the golden rule, LESS is always MORE. You will want to pinch the beginning of the rope and make sure it’s secure because if that center piece comes apart it will look bad and well the rest will not be secure. So no pressure. 🙂

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3. You are going to continue to repeat the second step until you get the coaster the size you want. We went around about 6-7 times. Once you get towards the end, just use your scissors to cut the rope and finish gluing. We put a dab of glue on the tip of the end piece to seal it down.

And just like that another easy project completed!

Optional Step:

4. Once all coasters are finished, get out your paint, a small paintbrush, your choice of stencils or pictures (you can print pictures from the computer). If you are using pictures, you will also need a black fine point Sharpe marker for sketching on the coaster), and a plastic/paper plate (to put the paint on for use).

5. Once you are done sketching the picture, it’s time to start painting! Only use a bit of paint at a time and work slowly. 

6.Repeat the same steps on the other coasters while letting the finished ones dry.

7. After you’re finished and they are all dry, it’s time to spray the sealer. Use this outside!! You do not want this smell all over your house! On both sides of the coasters, spray a couple of coats, letting it dry 15-20 minutes between each one.

8. On the bottom of the coaster, you may want to put a coat of regular mod podge to help seal in the shedding more. 

 

 

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New Deck Makeover

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New Deck Make Over

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Hello, Everyone! So were going to have this New Deck Makeover be the first of what should surely be many set series posts.  In this post will talk about the new deck and all of its beauty. The other posts in the series will capture the decor inspiration and where we shopped for those lovely pieces. So with no further ado lets begin.

What a deck! (That’s what she said )We decided to higher a contractor  to tackle our new deck makeover project. A lot has been going on, so we had decided to higher a contractor and these guys banged out the deck in a day and a HALF. Yup, a day and a HALF! We are super excited to enjoy the rest of our summer and fall months on this beauty.

It’s All About The Trex, No Wood

When re-doing your deck we highly recommend going the Trex route. This may cost more upfront, but in the long run totally worth every penny. Think no splinters & less maintenance. This extended deck was a long time coming and  we knew it was going to be extended once the house was bought.

Anywho, you must check out the before and after pictures below! Our deck makeover was a complete success. Our tiny deck prior was made out of wood and seemed to host a lovely family of bees. It was very annoying, to say the least, to open our back door and to be in fear that one would get into our house EEK! The deck needs some small finishing touches cosmetically. One of the projects, we are planning to add a sink and counter space for the BBQ area. That of course, we’ll share with you all as it happens. 

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Inspiration Behind It All

Below, you will find some of the pictures from Pinterest that have inspired us ( All pictures have been linked back to their original post). You can follow our board to see what else we great ideas we have in store, here.

Deck Make OverThis grey/white #Trex decking and railing combo gives the deck a modern look. Built by Long Island Decking in Oceanside, NY, a TrexPro Platinum contractor. Click on the photo above to see this contractor's website.::

 

Decor:

Jimmy and I can not wait to start decorating (well I am excited lol) and create a relaxing cozy spot for all of our family and friends. Definitely, need to plan a BBQ and give this deck some attention it so rightfully deserves. 

Still currently shopping for patio furniture, throw pillows, coffee table ensemble, and lanterns. When decorating any room of our house we not only have a Pinterest board but, we actually make a real inspiration board. This is where will print out pictures that we like or from magazines and fabrics. This organizes our ideas and brings to life what we want. we prefer a pin board so you easily move pictures around, however; lately, we’ve  used an oaktag because we had it on hand and did not want to take my other ideas off for our MBR.

Inspiration boards are so useful and handy. We will share a post on how to make a board and the best way to stay true to it while shopping!

So far we purchased our couch (we took full advantage of the fourth of July sale) at Walmart and the Hampton Bay pergola at Home Depot. The two pieces go together so well! (No payment was received by Young Couple Old Home, all products mentioned are our recommendations only.)


Thank you for reading, stay tuned for New Deck Makeover Part II of the series.

 

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DIY Carpet and Mattress Refresher

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DIY carpet freshening powder that only uses two ingredients!

DIY Carpet Freshener Powder

 

Want to save money on carpet freshener? Did you know that carpet powder you can get at the store is full of toxic chemicals? If we sparked your interest, then keep reading to find out how to make your own economically affordable and chemical free carpet freshener.

These days Jimmy and I have no carpets in our home, besides for our accent and area rugs. In our old apartment we loved to use carpet freshener when we vacuumed our rooms. However, I realized, that it’s actually really bad for you….the ones in the stores have many chemicals and the products can be pricey. 

We started to make our own DIY Carpet and MattressRefresher. It works even better than the store bought options…..and ends up being more economical, too. {It also SMELLS amazing! Much better than the fake smells that carpet powder usually comes in!}

An added bonus, it’s also great to refresh the mattresses. Here is a simple method of how to  clean your mattress to refresh it.  We spend over a third of our lives in bed getting that precious beauty sleep so it is important that what we sleep (breath into) needs to be clean. We wash our sheets weekly to remove dust mites, and dead skin cells, therefore, we should clean a mattress at least once a month. Yuck we Know!

 

Here’s the DIY Carpet and Mattress Refresher simple recipe:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice – we use lavender
  • Kitchen Sifter: Mix well with baking soda and essential oil once blended,  then sprinkle over carpets and allow to sit a few minutes before vacuuming or Sprinkle all over bare mattresses and allow to sit at least 1 hour and then vacuum
  • An empty spice container- these are perfect for when you sprinkle over your carpets
  • Vacum

Directions:

Sprinkle the carpet powder onto the desired areas of your carpet.  Let it sit for at least 30 minutes on the carpet and one hour on the mattress  then vacuum it up. This will get rid of dust mites and freshens up the mattress so it can work its magic and absorb all of the stinky odors.  It’s that easy! This carpet powder can be used as often as necessary.  It should not bleach your carpet or stain it, but if that is a concern, perform a patch test in a small inconspicuous area first.  Because this powder is non-toxic and chemical-free, it is safe for children and pets to be around.

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Take Advantage Of The Fourth Of July Sales Now




 

In honor of Independence Day, we compiled a list of  Fourth of July sales to help you upgrade your home. You’ll be able to save big on appliances, electronics and home furnishings.

Furniture and Appliances

  • New! JCPenney: Up to 70% off clearance furniture; extra 15% off via code “HOTSALE”
    Details: Save up to 70% on clearance furniture during JCPenney’s 4th of July Sale. Even better, cut an extra 15% off via the code above. Shipping adds $8.95, or choose in-store pickup for $3.95 to avoid the shipping fee. You can also spend over $25 to qualify for free pickup, or over $99 to qualify for free shipping; larger items may incur additional shipping fees. Some exclusions apply. Deal ends July 5.
  • Home Depot: Up to 35% off select appliances
    Details: Save up to 35% on a selection of refrigerators, washers/dryers, ovens, dishwashers, and more. (Prices are as marked.) Shipping starts at $5.99, or opt for in-store pickup to dodge the fees. Some items and most orders of $45 or more are eligible for free shipping. (Oversize items may incur additional fees, but most appliance purchases of $396 or more bag free shipping.) Sale ends July 13.
  • Sears: Up to 405 off on patio furniture. Take an extra 5% of or 12 month financing  on items $299 + with a Sears card. Plus take advantage free delivery on patio furniture $499 + and grill orders $399.
  • Overstock.com: Up to 75% off select items
    Details: Cut up to 75% off select furniture, lighting, decor, and more during Overstock’s 4th of July Sale. Shipping is a low fee of $2.95, although orders of $45 or more qualify for free shipping. Some exclusions apply.
  • eBay: Up to 54% off select kitchen appliances
    Details: Save up to 54% on select kitchen appliances from various merchants via eBay including refrigerators, stoves, cooktops, washers, dryers, and more. Even better, all orders bag free shipping.

Make sure to use Ebates to get money back on each purchase you make! Why not get paid to shop, that’s all we’re saying.

Young Couple Old Home want to wish you a Happy & Safe Fourth Of July!

 

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15 Awesome Summer Hacks

15 Awesome Summer Hacks That Will Take Your Summer To The Next Level

Who is excited for Summer? As the first day of Summer has officially begun, we thought what better way to kick this season off than with some good old fashion SUMMER HACKS. We gathered some awesome  tips, tricks and hacks that will surely help you have a great Summer. 

Grill Food Before Anyone Arrives

At some point in a BBQ, guests begin to hover around the grill, salivating, with beers in hand. This is when the pressure mounts, and you rush to get all the burgers or steaks done. Why not just start earlier? Grill meats up to four hours before you want to serve them to just under where you want them. So if guests all want their burgers medium, take the patties off the grill at medium rare, let them sit at room temperature, and toss them on to finish them off when everyone is ready to eat.

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Make The Grill Stick-Proof.

To make sure your food doesn’t stick to your grill, rub half an onion on the grates.

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The Only Grill Cleaning Hack You’ll Ever Need
Everything starts with a clean grill, and there’s nothing more frustrating than realizing you forgot to clean the grill with a yard full of hungry guests. Next time, use this one simple hack to clean your grill as soon as food comes off, and you’ll never face dirty grates again. While the grill is still warm, ball up some aluminum foil (chances are you have some leftover from cooking), and use a pair of tongs to vigorously scrub the grates clean. Instant clean – no special equipment required.

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Stock Up on Mason Jars
Mason jars are riding a (seemingly endless) wave of popularity and utility, thanks to an abundance of accessories that make them useful for just about everything. They make for inexpensive yet sturdy drinking glasses, condiment dispensers, utensil holders, candle holders, and more. They’re especially ideal for corralling grill tools and utensils around the grill, as plastic would easily melt

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Fix Flip Flops:

Use bread tags to keep flip flops from coming apart Freeze ice cubes of aloe vera and when you have a sun burn you can use a frozen ice cube to rub the coolness on your burn Keep you hands clean while eating a Popsicle, use a cupcake lining Turn old Jeans into awesome new pair of shorts.

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Order Up:

Use your ketchup or BBQ squeeze bottle to write on the bottom of the buns. If someone wants a well done burger, write well on the bottom and so on and so forth so the griller knows how many of each they need to cook, then match it with the correct bun (here is a pic of the squeeze bottle too).

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Condiment organizer:

Use the muffin tin as an awesome condiment organizer for those perfect summer bbq get together.

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Sticky Finger Free:

Use cupcake lining as a way to protect those fingers of your from getting all sticky.

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Create a Beach Safe:

You can make a handy little safe with an empty lotion bottle and keep your possessions safe while you are out and about at the pool or the beach. Just empty the bottle and wash it out well. Use bottles that have removable tops (most are large enough for you to keep cash, keys, and even a cell phone in them). Then just throw your stuff in your lotion bottle and stick it in your bag. Not only will it help to hide away your valuables, it makes it much easier to keep up with your cash and keys when they are neatly stored together.

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Keep Your Steering Wheel Cool:

Actually, this little trick won’t really keep the steering wheel cool but it will help you to prevent burning your hands when your car has been in the hot sun. Turn the steering wheel as far as you can when you get out of the car. That way, when you get back in, you’re not needing to actually touch the part of the steering wheel that has been in the blazing sunlight. You can just turn it back quickly (to avoid initial burning) and then drive on without worries of singeing off your fingerprints.

How To Keep Sand Off Your Blanket:

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Easily Remove Sand:

Baby powder is quite possibly the best thing that ever happened to adults. Honestly. If you are heading to the beach, take along some baby powder. Believe it or not, if you sprinkle your sand covered feet with baby powder when you’re ready to leave, the sand will literally fall off. Instead of tracking up your car and worse, your carpeting at home, with sand, you can just remove it easily with the baby powder. It works and it works really well. Plus, baby powder is much cheaper than shampooing carpets to get that sand out.

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Don’t Throw out Those Worn-Out Jeans Just Yet:

Click on the title to learn how to create you brand new shorts from those worn out jeans.

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Glow Sticks in a Pool:

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POOL NOODLE LUMINARIES:

I’m obsessed, I tell you.  OBSESSED!

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Hope you enjoyed our compile of awesome hacks that should definitely help with your long Summer days. Put them to use and send us your pictures!

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Throw A Fun and Easy Fourth of July Bash

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Today we’re doing things a little different. Today it’s all about the party! Fourth of July that is!

There’s something extra special about festivities that happen around the Fourth of July. This season we’re dreaming of an outdoor get-together that’s simple to pull together. Stars and stripes? Obviously. Red, white, and blue palette? No doubt. Easy, stress-free, and kid-friendly? You betcha!

We’re going to share with you some great ideas from our family BBQ par-tay  in case you want to plan your own party.

The day was full of our favorite American foods and all kinds of red, white and blue. We started out with the appetizers, American flag pizza and Red, White and blue chips. Totally American.

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Always important to have you Patriotic decor out and about… We had flag themed plates, napkins and toothpicks. There were also the American flag mason jars that we made (which can be found here) and wine bottle decor..(Tutorial Coming soon!)

What’s a fourth of July party with out a little sangria, right?  We made sangria with fruit cut out into a star. We used a star shaped cookie cuter. A sure total hit! #Protip Definitely set-up a beverage center,this way you can enjoy the party and your guests can help themselves

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When it comes to the food RED>>> WHITE>>> & BLUE is always the fun and ultimate way to go.

Our friends and family all got into the theme and helped out with the food making too. We had pasta salad, veggies, salad, fruit and  cake.

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Receipes can be found below:

Pasta Salad:  Note we did modify it a bit, but still so good! Also, deffinitly made too much pasta that day, you can never get the amount right?!

RED WHITE & BLUE SALAD OMG this was so good, the dressing was amazing!

Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs:  Modified this a bit… basically if you haven’t used Flavor God Seasonings yet, you are missing out! Google it and you can thank me later!!! (No pictures) sorry

We had a lot of fun and you definitely want to have activities for the kids. My sister-inlaw does not mess around she brought a bouncy house for the kids.

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While the kids played, the adults played CORNHOLE, or as we like to call it BAGO! Tomato TOM-ATO

Outside Jimmy hooked-up out door speakers, this way our guests could enjoy the outdoors with some good music, good drinks and great company.

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To SUM it all up:

  • Prep ahead of time when ever you can, this will help out the day of
  • Ask friends and family to help out with the food, your not a super hero and I guarantee they want to help out too
  • This is a DIY page and whats a DIY page without a project- make center pieces that are easy and fun like our wine bottle center pieces (it gives you a reason to have a glass of wine lol)
  • REMEMBER to relax and enjoy the ones who are around you

 

Young Couple Old Home want to wish you a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

 

 

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How to Hang Window Boxes on Vinyl Siding

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Learn how to hang window boxes on a vinyl house- the easy way!

Spring is in the air and it’s the perfect time to revamp the front of your house with some window boxes. Jimmy and I are now tackling the front yard and will be posting a blog on the whole process and flowers we used. In the mean time, you all want to learn how to hang window boxes on Vinyl Siding, than keep reading.

To hang window boxes in the most common way, you would have to put holes through the siding. Window boxes can also scratch the exterior of your siding where they hang. With some special hardware and care, you can overcome both of these issues. So, if you are determined to have window boxes on your vinyl-sided house, you’ll need the right tools.

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Things You’ll Need

  •  5 quarter board by whatever length of the window boxes
  •  Vinyl window boxes (metal hooks and hardware included)
  • 5″ lag bolts with washers
  • Paint -similar to your choice of window box

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How to install flower box to vinyl siding home

How to install flower box to vinyl siding home

  • Measure the overall length of the window boxes, in our case we used three individual boxes. Cut the 5/4 board to that exact length. Since it is very difficult to find the wall studs since houses are covered in siding, we used cinch lag bolts to secure the 5/4 board to the siding. the lag bolts are big enough to go past the siding, past the outer insulation and into the plywood which houses are made with. This gives us a flat surface to mount the hooks to.
  • The next step is not hard, but can be tricky. You will want to use a level and  draw a line which is where all the brackets will go.
  • Clip the window boxes on the brackets and voila. However; the siding or the window might not be exactly level. so you need to also use your eye and tweak it if need be. For a home that is just under 100 years old we got lucky and everything was level.
  • Use at least two hooks for each window box. Putting one hook at each end will help distribute the weight and keep your window box level. In our case the window boxes has specific indentations of where to clip the hooks to.
  • After installing the window boxes to check how they look we noticed the wood board behind it was slightly visible. So we used white spray paint on the edges and the sections in-between the window boxes to make it blend it.
  • Normally you would have to keep your window box as light as possible. But with this design the wood board is secured to the frame of the house and the window-box hooks are resting completely on the wood. Now wouldn’t recommend standing on the boxes, but it can certainly hold up more than the 10 to 12 lbs the vinyl siding could on its own. Another tip is to make sure the bottom of the window box has one or two small holes for water drainage.


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