DIY Thanksgiving Banners

Celebrate Thanksgiving with any one of the following creative banners that will surely add to your decor.

Rustic Thanksgiving Banner

Rustic and fall go superb together and this banner from BannerBlitz does a great job of capturing both.

DIY Thankgiving banner ideas


$10 DIY Rustic Shutters

Do you love the look of shutters but not the price? Here’s a cheap and easy DIY for an interior shutter window treatment.

$10 DIY rustic shutters tutorial


Thanksgiving Door Decor

Give your Thanksgiving guests a warm welcome with these creative fall wreaths. They aren’t just for doors any more! Any of these colorful fall wreaths would look great in a window, on the wall or even above a fireplace mantel. They are an easy way to display the natural textures and colors of the fall season. 

This wreath from The Violette Bloom can grace your door from the first day of fall through Thanksgiving. The fall colors would look great on a wood or glass front door.

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How to Clean the Dishwasher Filter

It is best to clear any bits of food from plates and pans before placing them in the dishwasher, but undoubtedly there will be some pieces that sneaks by. Luckily the dishwasher filter has your back! It catches any food debris that is cleaned off the dishes. The question is do you have the dishwasher filter’s back?

Once a month take a couple minutes (literally) to pull out the filter and give it a good washing. A little soap and water goes a long way here. The only caveat is to be sure you don’t poke a hole in the soft mesh part of the filter.

In order to remove the filter you can take a look at the dishwasher manual or simply inspect the inside. It should be pretty easy to pull or unscrew out.

If you’d like to learn more, check out the dishwasher maintenance page.

dishwasher filter


DIY Checkerboard Step Stool

Country Red Stepstool4 blogsizeCountry Style Checkerboard Step Stool

I have a handmade maple step stool. It’s a beautiful Shaker style stool that I have used every day for the last decade. Since it sits in my kitchen most of the time, it was showing some wear and tear.   To dress it up and give it a more country style look, I painted it red and added a checkerboard to the treads. Here’s how to do it.

Materials and Prepping

To save on the number of steps required, I used chalky finish paint. This kind of paint doesn’t require any sanding prior to using it – even on stained wood! I chose an orangey red colour called Autumn.

Chalky finish paints will require a paste wax coat to keep the finish free of scratches once the paint job has dried. The nice thing about this paint is how easy it is to achieve a distressed finish with it. A very light sanding will do the trick.

For this project, I did give the step stool a good cleaning with Tri Sodium Phosphate (TSP) and rinsed it well afterward. This removes any grease from the surface of the wood and roughens the surface as well.

You will need paint, a good painter’s masking tape, a small roller applicator and a 1” paint brush. If you choose to use a different kind of paint, you may also need a primer if you are working with unfinished or stained wood.