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Dirt Road Adventures: March Madness

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: March Madness! This is where we review all the exciting events behind the scenes, on the website, and the sources of inspiration I discovered online during the past week. This weekly recap ensures you don’t miss any of our adventures.

I hope you had a good week. We spent most of the week catching up on projects related to our last beach trip and watching basketball.

Our daughter graduated from the University of North Carolina and Brad is an obsessed basketball fan. So the whole weekend revolved around game time. Thankfully, there were breaks in the action to get some projects completed.

Did you see the transformation of the roadside flower planters? I am so happy with the makeover and so glad we picked up those planters. If you missed the article, you can see the link below.

Upcycle a garden planter into a faux concrete flower pot.

Do you have big plans for St. Patrick’s Day? We don’t have any at this point but may venture out to a brewery for some green beer. Doesn’t sound exciting at this point but we will see how we feel as the day progresses.

St. Patrick's Day tablescape with green and white.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

In addition to bringing home the roadside planters, we picked up some old slate roofing shingles at Legacy Salvage in Wilmington.

Salvaged Slate Roofing Shingles from Legacy Salvage in Wilmington, NC

We have been looking for an alternative awning for our outdoor kitchen bar. The current awning has to be replaced almost every two years. The wind damages the fabric so instead of replacing it, we wanted a more durable option.

Outdoor Kitchen Bar with awning

While I was working on less strenuous projects, Brad replaced the awning. It went pretty quickly until he had to replace the area over the water.

Brad replacing outdoor kitchen bar awning with old slate roofing shingles.  Repurposed vintage shingles.

I helped him as best I could and finally all the pieces were in place. It would have been better to wait for additional help holding the heavy tiles, but that’s not how we work. Once a project is underway, we are determined to finish. We only experienced a couple of injuries. One piece of slate slipped and cut Brad’s ear and another piece jabbed me in the wrist. Considering the precarious position we were in, we were lucky.

The minor injuries were worth it because we love the new look. Hopefully, we will not have to replace the awning for many years.

I’ll share more photo’s as we clean up this area for Spring and Summer entertaining.

Replacing outdoor kitchen bar awning with old slate roofing shingles.  Repurposed vintage shingles.

Adventures On The Blog This Past Week

DIY Cloth Tablecloth and Napkins on Greenhouse tablescape. Vintage plates and silverware.

How To Make A DIY Custom Tablecloth & Napkins

You can easily make a custom tablecloth and custom napkins for your next dinner party. This simple painted tablecloth and napkin tutorial will teach you how to paint a custom design in just a few easy steps. You can create stunning DIY tablecloth and napkin designs that will wow your guests.


Neutral Black and White Easter Table Ideas.

Easter Brunch Ideas: A Black & White Neutral Table Setting

If you are looking for creative Easter table-setting ideas, you will love these fun ideas. Today, I’m sharing tips for decorating a table for Easter Brunch. The table decor for Easter was inspired by fun black-and-white rabbit dishes to create a neutral tablescape. Plus, I’m sharing six more creative brunch table ideas you will love.


DIY No Sew Placemats with vintage leaf design plate and Bunny Rabbit.

How To Make DIY Placemats No Sew

If you are looking for creative DIY table decor, you will love these easy burlap placemats. I’m excited to share how to make no-sew DIY placemats using burlap fabric and fabric glue for Spring.


DIY Flower Press with Daffodills. Learn how to press and dry flowers.

Easy Flower Press: Upcycle Scrap Wood To Preserve Botanicals

Breathe new life into scrap wood and capture the beauty of your blooms and herbs forever. This easy DIY flower press lets you sustainably preserve botanicals for years to come. Learn how to press flowers with a stylish, botanical press that you can proudly display while creating future floral art.


Top 10 Easter Craft and Decor Ideas. Easy Easter DIY

Spring is hopping to get started, and Easter is just around the corner! Are you looking for fun and easy ways to decorate your home and create festive DIY Easter crafts for the holiday? Look no further! This list features the Top Ten most popular Easy Easter projects and decorating ideas trending on the blog for 2024. You will find several ideas for crafting with the kids, elegant but budget-friendly DIY projects, and creative, cheap Easter decoration ideas.


DIY Concrete look planters. Refurbished planters to look like concrete.

Amazing DIY Concrete Planters from Upcycled Freebies

Do you stop for roadside freebies? You certainly will after you see how to upcycle free resin pots into faux DIY concrete planters. I love old vintage concrete planters and statuaries and I wanted to make these look like aged cement planters. Follow along as I share how to create a vintage faux concrete pot finish using spray paint.


Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are so many wonderful blog posts each week, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Yeah, for Spring beginning next week!! I’m so ready to get outdoors and plant flowers in my updated planters. I want lots of cut flowers this year and I’ve been devouring my friend Stacy’s new book.

You can get your copy of A Beautiful & Easy Care Flower Garden here.

Stacy LIngs A Beautiful & Easy-Care Flower Garden Book

Here are some more of my favorite articles from last week.

What’s in my Cart

It’s been a slow shopping week but I want to share a few finds.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 23rd of March 2024

What a fabulous idea to use those roof tiles for your new outdoor kitchen awning! I'm in constant amazement at the creative projects you've come up with this month.


Sunday 24th of March 2024

Kim, You are so sweet. Thank you for your encouragement.


Wednesday 20th of March 2024

Adding the tiles to your outdoor kitchen area was such a genius idea, Rachel! We were considering getting an awning for our pack patio so I'm glad you share that they have to be replaced every few years. We'll definitely need to come up with another idea too. I'm glad you guys are ok. DIY is no joke sometimes! Thanks so much for sharing my spring home and tour post. I really appreciate it! Hope your week has been filled with all good things. I'm off to dive into your links! Big hugs, CoCo


Wednesday 20th of March 2024

CoCo, Thank you so much. I will say that if the awning is professionally made and in the right place, it may last for years. The placement of our awning is exposed to the wind and it just doesn't hold up. Thanks for stopping by.

Wendy McMonigle

Sunday 17th of March 2024

What wonderful Easter projects you shared this week. I adore your creativity.


Monday 18th of March 2024

Wendy, Right back at you. I appreciate your encouragemnt and inspiration.


Sunday 17th of March 2024

Rachel, that new slate roof looks great! So glad that you and hubby were able to get it all finished. It was a lot of work and the slate tiles were heavy. Hope your hubby's ear is healing.

Your flower pots look like the "real thing"! You are absolutely amazing with everything you do! It's always nice to read your posts to see what all you are doing. You have such a lovely home on such beautiful property with a lake. I know you will really enjoy your home.

Congrats to your daughter! It has been a lot of hard work for her!

Have a great week!


Monday 18th of March 2024

Mary Ann, I really appreciate you for commenting and lifting me up with your encouraging words. I hope you have the best week.


Sunday 17th of March 2024

Hi Rachel! Your new awning was quite an undertaking! I am glad you two escaped relatively unscathed from the project. It looks great! Those black bunny plates are so cute! Thank you so much for sharing my Easter table! Happy spring!


Monday 18th of March 2024

Molly, Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week.