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DIYdependent

A gal with an affinity for building who wants to encourage others to DIY! The only tools in my life are in a drawer or the shed. 📐🛠 Location: LA, CA

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#fbf to this Halloween wreath I made a few years back! Used a lot of tchotchkes from the dollar store and little Halloween toys bought in bulk to give out as tricks instead of candy. Fairly certain I got the black wreath at #michaels 🎃 • • • #crafts #diyhalloween #diy #halloween #🎃 #👻 #wreath #spooky #easy #gluegun #festive #fall #harvest #pumpkin #skeleton #bats #orangeandblack #spiders #halloweentime

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I really love the color of this vinyl plank floor! I’ve found them to be fairly durable and easy to clean. If you have pets, kids, or live somewhere where dirt gets tracked in, I feel that this floor is a great solution! 🏡 • • • #flooring #interiordesign #interiors #vinyl #wood #antique #diy #homeimprovement #rentalproperty

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I’m saddened by this while I am still trying to enjoy Fall, which has just begun. What’s the earliest you’ve seen Christmas decor on sale? • • • #itsnotChristmastime #homedepot #halloweentime #shopping #DIY #homeimprovement #decor #holidaydecor

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Here’s the “after”. I used #minwax stain, the color was provincial. I was not in a rush to poly these so that will be happening later today. It will be sprayed on, 2-3 coats. ✔️ • • • #workinprogress #diy #homeimprovement #sweatequity #WIPwednesday #stain #stainkng #shelves #shelving #woodworking

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Yes, this is how I spent Saturday night. Staining shelves. It didn’t take long so I was able to squeeze it in while dinner was on the stove. I only did 1 coat, I like how it turned out. They still need to be sprayed with a poly finish. • • • #timelapse #latergram #diy #saturdaynight #homeimprovement #interiordecor #interiordesign #sweatequity #chickswithtools #GNI #wood #woodworking #finishwork

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Making my pick 🧐 Having a wood scrap to test stain colors on is really vital. You need the wood to be of the same species and mill type to see how it will behave with various stain colors. A scrap from what you are working with is best. 🎨 • • • #homeimprovement #interiordesign #diy #sweatequity #wood #woodstain #woodworking #carpentry #🎨 #tuesdaytip #itsnottuesday 😬

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I’m working on this butcher block counter and was sent a YouTube video where a guy shows the different (or similar) results of using a butcher block oil in comparison to mineral oil. PLEASE DO NOT USE MINERAL OIL! Mineral oil is distilled gasoline. I wouldn’t put that on my skin, let alone prep food on it. And just because something is labeled “Food Safe” in the US does not mean that other countries have not recognized its ingredients as a harmful substance. I typically use the EU standard for skin care at a minimum for products that will go onto my skin or touch my food. I suggest this for everyone! Please consider what you are using on surfaces that you will touch, prepare food on, and eat off of!🍽 • • • #diy #dontusemineraloil #foodsafe #sweatequity #FDA #EUregulations #homeimprovement #rentalproperty #ecofriendly #noharm #bannedchemicalsinEU #mineraloil #foodprep #countertops #butcherblock #butcherblockcountertop #kitchendesign #galleykitchen #interiordesign #kitchen #EU

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Found these beauties and I’ll be doing another 6” high backsplash for a tiny galley kitchen in a 1 bd/1ba apartment. The cabinets are older but they are also beechwood/blonde and I wanted a tile that was simple and modern. This will do. Also a sheet (1 sq ft) was <$3 so I’ll be getting 2 linear feet for under $1.50/ft. It’s great because I need only 11 linear feet and mesh backed tiles go up FAST!!! • • • #tile #tiling #diy #homeimprovement #sweatequity #chickswithtools #kitchendesign #interiordesign #backsplash #mosaic #simple #modern

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#tbt to this backsplash I put in my small kitchen. I took a 12 sq inch mosaic tile and cut it in half to get some mileage out of a single piece. This backsplash is 6” high and I like the size in proportion to the rest of the space. I was able to spend a little more since 1 piece gets me 2’ of length and I went special order at @loweshomeimprovement for this tile. Yes, I picked my paint to coordinate! 🎨 • • • #diy #homeimprovement #interiordesign #kitchendesign #kitchentile #backsplash #glasstile #mosaictile #sweatequity #youcandoit #ididitmyself

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A light fixture can change everything. I don’t have a decent pic of the previous fixture, but it was older than I am (and that would make it retro not an antique 😂) This is in a small room and not much overhead light is needed since there is another hanging light about 10’ north. Plus, too many nights creates glare in the bank of windows to the south for this space. Changing a light fixture is not as difficult as one may think. I highly encourage it! Doesn’t even take 30 mins to do as long as your breakers are already labeled 😉 • • • #diy #homeimprovement #sweatequity #lights #lightfixture #pendantlight #lowes @loweshomeimprovement #allenandroth #lettherebelight #pretty #ididitmyself #vintage #openbeam #electrical #electricity

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I have a list for whichever home improvement store I end up at tomorrow morning. My hammer has been MIA for 2+ weeks. No idea where it walked off to, but I can say I found my speed square outside after a few days and I’m fairly positive that I had my hammer with it. 😕 I hate rebuying things! 🤦‍♀️ • • • #missingtools #lost #hammer #diy #homeimprovement #MIA #disposableincome #lists #DIYlist

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Just about a year ago I finished up this wall project. This has been the single biggest transformation in this yard. Imagine that there used to be dirt piled more than 1/2 way up that wall! That dirt was left over from the construction of that wall and wasn’t hauled away. Swipe to see the evolution ⬅️⬅️⬅️ • • • #tbt #homeimprovement #coverage #retainingwall #wood #pretty #yardwork #diy #exteriordesign #yardscape #landscape #chickswithtools

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Today is day 29 of #findSamSayers! This experienced hiker went on a solo day hike to #vesperpeak and did not return to her car. The sheriff has stopped their search & rescue process and this family is mustering the resources needed to continue to find her. Please help get this story the news coverage it needs to attract the right people to help - search and rescue volunteers, search dog handlers, and resources! @nbcnews @abcnews @foxnews @cbsnews @todayshow @goodmorningamerica @cbsthismorning @foxandfriends @nbcnightlynews @abcworldnewstonight @cbseveningnews #SAR #searchandrescue #volunteers

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My high pain tolerance coupled with the inability to not do things has landed me in the boot. I’m clumsy. I try to do too much. I try to make it in the house in one trip - arms full and bags cutting off circulation. I have a yard to grade, holes to dig, an addition to jack up/level, and this boot isn’t in my plan. • • • #IR #injury #sidelined #orthoboot #lame #diy #diytodo #homeimprovement #schedulesucks

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Stirring paint with a wooden stick sucks. Do yourself a favor and get the metal drill attachment. It’s called a “drill paint mixer” and you should get it for under $8. Be patient (I’m not) about how high you pull up when mixing in a full paint can... whoops. 🤦‍♀️ • • • #tools #chickwithtools #diy #homeimprovement #painting #exteriorpaint #interiorpaint #sweatequity #interiordesign #exteriordesign #paintcolors #mix #paint

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I am so sad that @orchardsupply will be closing it’s doors permanently. This company has been one of my favorite places to shop! They have amazing products, the friendliest staff, a great garden area, and quality goods. This is so frustrating with the climate of brick and mortar stores closing. I would always find a new product to buy and try. 😞 • • • #osh @loweshomeimprovement #oshclosing #brickandmortar #homeimprovement #diy #hardwarestore #hardware #sad #news #closing

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This is my dishwasher! I was so proud when I installed it a few years ago. I have a fondness for drawer dishwashers as they allow for smaller loads to be run. Something like this is great for singles, couples, or small families. Putting a single drawer in a studio apartment or bachelor is a great way to make that home a little more high end. I bought mine used off #craigslist. When buying used as-is, make sure it is still hooked up when you arrive and that the seller does run the unit in front of you so you see that it works. If buying used from a store, Make sure they have a 30-day warranty, and install it ASAP. 🗓 • • • #dishwasher #appliances #homeimprovement #kitchens #kitchendesign #stainlesssteel #stainless #diy #chickswithtools #latergram

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