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Easy Shim Wreath For Fall

Let’s create a super simple and easy fall wreath from minimal materials! We enjoy the clean, modern aesthetic of this wreath and will provide easy instructions on how you can create your own below!

Shims are thin strips of material used to fill gaps or space between objects. This functional material also can be used to make some fun and easy fall projects. Shims are already cut to size, affordable, and easy to work with. You can find them in the lumber yard at Moscow & Pullman Building Supply. Another option would be to cut to size 1.5” x 8” strips of wood to make your own from survey stakes, posts, or any scrap wood you having laying around!

Materials:

  • (2) 8” Shim Packages (14-16 ct)
  • Hot Glue & Glue Gun
  • Oil-Based Stain of Your Choice
  • 2” Natural Bristle Paint Brush
  • Ribbon or Floral Accents
  • 12″ Wood Wreath Base

 

Instructions:

  1. Prep your space for staining. Newspapers or plastic work great as a dropcloth. Make sure to select a well ventilated room or outdoors for staining.
  2. Stir stain and apply with a natural bristle brush to approximately 20-24 shims. Make sure to coat the sides and ends. Staining the back is optional. Let dry for at least one hour before handling.
  3. Use a hot glue gun to attach shims to the 12” wreath base. Apply your first one parallel to the frame. Subsequently apply each shim about 1” apart from each other on the base until you make your way around the entire circular frame (see video for shim placement).
  4. Adorn wreath with floral accents or ribbon of your choice.

We want to see your photos, but don’t forget to tag us at: @mbspbs & hashtag: #mpbsproject

Looking for more DIY projects, tips, and inspiration? Check out all our blogs.

 

 

Thanks for reading,

Holly Broenneke

Associate Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |October 5th, 2020|Blog, DIY Enthusiasts|

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

Raised garden beds have numerous benefits. Learn how to build a raised garden bed in this blog post!

 

Benefits of Raised Garden Bed:

  • Great for Beginners – If you’re new at gardening starting with a raised garden bed is a great idea! Raised beds offer numerous benefits that make gardening easier, see below why they’re an awesome way to start out!
  • They Look Nice – Raised garden beds offer a beautiful, clean, contained look for your garden. You can easily create a gorgeous gardening space with raised beds. TIP: Add pea gravel around your garden beds to add even more emphasis. This can also create a nice pathway to your garden and gravel can help create a weed barrier, making less upkeep.
  • Plant Earlier in the Season – You’ll notice on the back of your seed packet the ground needs to remain above a certain temperature for your seeds to germinate. The soil in a raised garden bed stays warmer than in-ground gardening, because the walls offer insulation, which means you can plant earlier.
  • Keep Out those Critters – By elevating your garden off the ground, you automatically help prevent bugs and critters in your garden. Dogs are less likely to trample or urinate in your garden if it’s in a raised bed. Obviously if deer are an issue, a raised bed alone will not deter them, but you can add a built-in deer fence around it. This is not only functional, but gives a polished look.
  • Easier on Your Back – Trust us, your back will thank you for building a raised bed because you won’t have to bend over as far. You can also sit on the edges to easily tend to your garden.
  • Better Drainage – If you’re next to a creek or in an area prone to flooding, a raised garden is just what the doctor ordered. Because your garden will be raised up off the ground, this allows for more drainage. Proper drainage is essential for a healthy and productive garden. You won’t have to worry as much about over-watering or root rot with proper watering in a raised garden bed.
  • Fewer Weeds – Most soil in raised garden beds does not require tilling, which means less work for you! Tilling can actually cause more weed growth in your garden, because when you cultivate soil, you’re also mixing in potential seeds and propagating. You won’t have to worry about this with a raised garden bed!

 

Sounds like fun, let’s get started!

Materials List:

  • Bloom InstaBrace – We sell these in a 4 pack, there are two different styles to choose from (sun & dragonfly). They are very easy to use!
  • Whitney Farms Organic Raised Bed Mix – You will need a soil blend specifically formulated for raised garden beds.
  • Wood of Your Choice – For this, use whatever wood you would like or have on-hand, you will need at least 4 pieces. Reclaimed or recycled wood will work great (just make sure they’re not too warped). We suggest using (3) 2’x4′, (2) 2’x6′, or (1) 2’x12′.
  • No tools necessary!

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 Find a flat, level area that is large enough for your garden bed. TIP: Be sure to take into consideration the amount of sun or shade it gets, this will depend on what you plan on planting.
  • Step 2 Once you have your area set up, place all four InstaBraces in a square or rectangle (depending on the length of your boards and your desired shape).
  • Step 3 Starting in one corner, slide the end of your board into the brace, repeat until all boards are in the braces.
  • Step 4 Finally, add your soil and start planting! It’s as easy as that!

Gardening can be quite therapeutic and a great getaway from your hectic work life. So if not into gardening, why not try something new! You may just fall in love, please it’s not as difficult as it’s cracked up to be! Check out all our blogs for more DIY projects, tips, and inspiration!

 

Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |May 13th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|

DIY Fire Pit Kit

Transform your backyard into a space the whole family will enjoy. With this DIY Fire Pit Kit, installation is as easy as 1-2-3!

STEP 1: Find a level area that is at least 3′ away from potential hazardous debris like foliage, tree branches, buildings, etc. Make sure the location you choose for your firepit is the permanent location as you will not be able to move it once assembled.

STEP 2: Start by placing the round firepit insert on the ground, you’ll place the first course of bricks around, continue placing the next course in a staggered pattern.
Depending on the height of your firepit, you will want to apply the adhesive to at least the top two courses to ensure stability.

STEP 3: Once all courses are installed, top the firepit with the round firepit insert. Lastly, for safety measures, you will want to fill the firepit with gravel up until the interior bricks are no longer visible. All materials are supplied, except the gravel is sold separately. Gravel is available in bags or bulk goods, of your choice.

Bring your outdoor vision to life with hardscapes from Belgard. Pavers, wall blocks and more available at Moscow & Pullman Building Supply. Call for details on stock and availability.

Bulk landscaping material also available. Check out our selection here.

By |May 8th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|

Hydro Dipping

Let’s Hydro Dip. Once you learn how, you’ll be dipping everything you can!

Hydro Dipping, also known as immersion painting or water transfer painting, is a process where paint is applied to an object by dipping it in a water bath. Most any three dimensional object that can get submerged under water will work. Over the past few years Hydro Dipping has gained popularity and it is a fun and creative DIY activity. So, let’s get started!

 

Materials:

  • The item(s) you want to dip (you can dip most anything, really). We’ll show you multiple examples. Ceramics, glass jars or bottles, and terracotta pots work great!
  • Rust-Oleum Bonding Primer Spray Paint
  • Rust-Oleum Spray Paint (pick 2-3 of your favorite colors – you will need at least 2 different colors and no more than 4).
  • Tub of water (make sure it’s a tub you don’t care if it gets dirty, it will get paint on it. Also be sure it is large enough to fit your item(s) and the water is deep enough to be completely submerged).
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rust-Oleum Clear Enamel Spray Paint (optional, apply for added protection)

 

Instructions:

  • If the item(s) you’ve select to hydro dip are slick, you will want to make sure to put down a coat of primer for a good base. The paint will adhere better and you’ll have better results. Wait for the paint to completely dry.
  • Start spraying your first color onto the top of the water in your tote. Make sure you spray in the middle as the paint will spread towards the tote walls. Take your second color and spray directly onto the surface of the water, again in the middle. Repeat. You’ll see the paint will start to look like a striped circle on the water.
  • Once you are done spraying your paint, you’re ready to dip! HINT: Make sure to wear gloves for this part. You will hold your item above the water and slowly start dipping it into the water. Make sure to take your time, so the slower the dip, will provide better coverage.
  • When your item is completely submerged, move it around underneath the water with one hand. With you other hand start clearing the surface of the water in a fanning motion, this will allow you to pull your project up out of the water without getting more paint on it.
  • Lift your item out of the water and gently shake off excess water. HINT: You can use a blow dryer to push off the remaining water droplets (use the low setting).
  • Let your project dry completely overnight. For added protection, coat with a clear finish.

 

We want to see your photos, but don’t forget to tag us at: @mbspbs & hashtag: #mpbsproject

Looking for more DIY projects, tips, and inspiration? Check out all our blogs. Also, shop our selection of Rust-Oleum spray paints in our stores.

 

 

Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |May 8th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|

Garage Storage Organization

Garage Storage Organization

Garage storage organization may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! We have all of the tools and gadgets in-stock to help you get your project done. Don’t forget to utilize our friendly curbside pick up and delivery options to place your order!

Here are a few products we suggest to tidy up that garage, workshop, tool shed, or basement:

 

Peg Board & Hooks – Peg board is a great option for tool organization because you can customize it to best fit your needs. Utilize space efficiently and have everything all in one place, plus it’s especially handy if you’re working with limited space.

Check out Onward Locking Peg Hook Assortment – 47 pc, Zinc

(Reg $12.49, sku: 23793R)

Bicycle Lift – Maximize your storage potential with a bicycle lift. The pulley system takes the ease out of lifting & safety lock helps prevent accidental release and falling down. This pulley system easily lifts bikes up to 44 pounds.

Please read directions before installation. Mounting surface must be strong enough to hold intended weight.

Check out Onward Bicycle Life – Black

(Reg. $22.99, sku: 2280BC)

Garage Organization System – Take care of clutter with this nine-piece organization kit. The optimal solution for your organizational needs! This organization kit can work in your garage, shed, utility closet, or even your laundry room. The nonslip hooks protect and safely store everything you need to hep clean up your area. Create storage space on the wall for power tools, brooms, long handled tools, ladders, extension cords, and more. Hooks can be arranged in different configurations to suit different needs.

Additional hooks and rails sold separately. 

Check out Onward Garage Storage Kit

(Reg. $49.99, sku: 29009s)

Want more fun projects to do around the house? Check out our blog Home Projects You Don’t Have to Leave the House For

See more products by Onward here.

By |May 7th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|