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Sep 01, 2018

How to Make a Concrete Desktop Planter (+ a $250 Gift Card Giveaway!)

Concrete. It's a universal building material so ubiquitous, we tend to take it completely for granted. Yet it has a fascinating history that stretches back before the time of Roman Empire. No need to fire up the Delorean today, though; we're sticking to the current trend of using industrial materials in domestic interiors with our concrete desktop planter.

We're also giving away a $250 Lowe's gift card that you can use to buy your supplies to make your own concrete desktop planter (and then some). Read on to find out how to enter (giveaway details at the end of the post) ...

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Aug 06, 2018

How to: Direct Water Away from Your House

How to drain your patio with a channel drain

Proper water drainage for your property is one of the most important long-term preventative measures you can implement. Water build up due to insufficient drainage can cause significant damage to basements, garages and building foundations. If there is a lack of proper drainage, water can build up near or under the foundation of your property, which causes the soil to swell. This can lead to the foundation cracking or buckling under the extra pressure, or flooding in your basement. All of which will require costly and time-consuming repairs.

Knowing this information, I decided it was necessary to take the preventative measures and add

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Sep 16, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Fire Pit In Any Shape You Please

created at: 09/11/2016 The backyard fire pit is the hallmark of great outdoor memory-making. Where friends gather, stories are told, beers are drunk. And sure they can be as simple as a no-frills dugout, but something a little more concrete demonstrates your commitment to the intentionality of the space....    

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Aug 11, 2016

How to Make a Concrete Fire Pit That's Really Built to Last

Firepit Looking for a way to keep the fun going when the sun goes down? A firepit is the perfect post-BBQ gathering point for a bit of warmth, some roasted marshmallows, and conversations well into the night. I wanted to build a place where we could keep the summer nights going, but the store-bought kits just didn’t catch my eye. That’s why I decided to build my own from durable, solid outdoor materials that will hold up to years of use, and look great doing it. This project is pretty straightforward, and combines with my backyard corner benches project to create a place where a long evening turns into a lasting friendship.

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Of course, no night spent around a fire is complete without a little refreshment,

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Jul 27, 2016

How to Make a Set of Indestructible Concrete-Top Benches For Your Backyard (I Did!)

Finished BenchesThere are many reasons we DIY projects: saving money, customizing for the space, or to make something from quality materials without a particleboard heart. But never do we do it because we want it to look like a thrown-together project. 

I have had a corner of my yard that just feels like wasted space. It isn't horribly ugly, it just doesn't really do anything. That’s where the thought of a fire pit corner was born. It’s only a 10’x10’ area, but with some careful planning, the space could be transformed into an area that draws people in, that simply assumes a nightcap is in order.

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Jun 02, 2016

Make This: Concrete Top Coffee Table

Finished TableWe're seeing more concrete tops in today's designs, and we're loving it. Concrete is durable, highly customizable, and looks great. Here's a great project to learn how to make this material work for you.  

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May 06, 2016

6 Creative Masculine Ways to Use Concrete in Your Home

Concrete bar. Photo by Matthew Williamson via [http://mechantdesign.blogspot.fr/2013/06/brazil-summer-house.html]

Adding new decor at home can be quite a hassle, unless you have a concrete idea of what you want. So,  get inspired with this guy-friendly concrete decor roundup! Hopefully one or two of these solid ideas will be to your taste. (Ok, I'll stop).   

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Apr 28, 2016

Make This: Concrete Patio Beverage Cooler

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These warm spring days are the perfect reason to stay out on that patio a bit longer. Nothing goes as well with late nights and fun friends than cold drinks, and this concrete project is a great way to make it a good night.  

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Apr 25, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Modern Concrete Fire Wood Holder

For our money, this DIY project is a hit. It's handmade, but its technique and process aren't immediately obvious, so it looks like a high-end store bought item. And it's sleek, modern, built-to-last, and pretty practical. Not sure you could ask for much more from a weekend project.     

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Dec 03, 2015

How to: Build a Tabletop Hibachi Grill from Concrete

There are times when you need a large outdoor cooker: big hunks of protein cooked low and slow, hosting for a crowd, cold smoking some seasonal goodies. But some times, you just want to get your food as hot and as close to the fire as possible to create the crust and depth of flavor that only cooking over an open flame can provide.     

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Oct 06, 2015

How to: DIY Floating Concrete Shelves from Scratch

ManMade reader Ruben van Dijk sent us his most recent DIY project: a set of stylish concrete shelves. His girlfriend had asked for a clean and simple solution for displaying
her cameras

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Sep 29, 2015

Make This: Rustic and Stylish Concrete Candleholders

DIY Cement CandleholdersHave a little cement and metal left over after a project? Turn them into something much more interesting than a pile of clutter in the corner of the garage.  

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Aug 05, 2015

How to: Make an Industrial and Practical Pipe and Concrete Shelf Unit

There's an awful lot of DIY posts around the web for building amazing industrial shelving with a raid of pipes from the local hardware store. This project takes it to the next level with some solid concrete shelves!

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Jul 21, 2015

Make This: DIY Concrete Sphere Fountain

Lowes Concrete Sphere FountainConcrete is the ideal material for outdoor life. It looks great, holds up to just about anything, and blends well with wood and greenery. Here's a weekend project to make a concrete fountain that will class up any outdoor space.  

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May 28, 2015

Make This: Geometric Concrete Bookends

Poured Geometric BookendsWe all have a bit of extra concrete left over in the bag after a project. Why not make it into something useful and interesting for your bookcase. Take a look at how to make these great concrete bookends with just a few scraps of cardboard.

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Mar 27, 2015

Make Your Mark: DIY Custom Concrete Letters

Concrete Letter Supplies

Want to make something that looks sharp and lasts for a long time? Try this dual-colored concrete letter for a hefty personalized bit of manly decor.  

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Jan 23, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Concrete + Walnut Nightstand

Two visually striking materials - molded concrete and live-edge walnut - get combined to make this industrial/modern/awesome-looking nightstand project, complete with both visible and hidden storage.    

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Nov 21, 2014

How to: Make A Self-Watering Concrete Planter

Self Watering Concrete Planter Nothing brings an upscale quality to a room like a little plant life. This masculine concrete planter design features an automatic irrigation system using an old wine bottle. It's simple and down to earth with a hip recycling vibe. Plus it's all made for around $10 in supplies...   

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Oct 28, 2014

How to: Make a Rustic Concrete and Copper Lamp

Nothing beats a good DIY lighting project, especially one made from easy-to-find hardware store materials and the finished product comes out looking as sharp as this guy.   

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Jul 22, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Concrete Insulated Cup

Wait, what? A concrete insulted cup? Yep This is perfect to keep your drinks nice and cool while trying to beat this fantastic heat, and keep things looking plenty stylish.

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