House Hunters International Episodes by Country


A list of every House Hunters International episode by country. Now you can binge on House Hunters International episodes by location with my handy House Hunters episode guide! Enjoy!

Antigua and Barbuda

Canadians in the Caribbean

Anticipating a Home in Antigua


Bound for Buenos Aires

Bienvenidos a Buenos Aires

Romantic Barrio in Argentina

It’s Raining Mendoza


Permanent Summer Down Under

Family Moves to Brisbane

Beach Life in Melbourne

Rivalry on Stradbroke Island

Sunshine Coast Beach Towns

Settling in Sunny Townsville

No Worries in Mission Beach

Mossman with Bossman

Happiness in Perth, Australia

Leaving Mass. for Sydney

Taking a Risk in Port Douglas

Escaping Brisbane to Kin Kin

Stargazing in Rocky Point

Chasing the Sun to Kawana

Adventures in Australia

Living the Wild Life in Oz

Tropical Oasis in Newell Beach

Adventure in Port Douglas

Surf or City in Sydney

Young Tennis Pros On the Move

Finding Paradise in Cairns

Home on the Gold Coast

First Australian Adventure

Girls in Alexandra Headland

Bosom Buddies’ Surfside Dreams

Ed’s Magnetic Island Adventure

Mutiny on the Daintree

Returning Home to Brisbane


Rediscovering Roots in Vienna

Seeking Nature in Austria


Navigating Nassau, Bahamas


New Beginnings in Brussels

Interning in Leuven, Belgium

Space vs. Price in Brussels

First Purchase, First Project

Staying in Brussels


Retiring to Belize

Canadian Biologists in Belize

Belize City for a Beau

Island Dream in Belize

Jungle Love

Family of Six in Belize


Time Out in Tarija, Bolivia


Getting Grounded in Gaborone


Buying a Bar in Salvador

Cape Verde

Brits Seek Cape Verde Condo


The Red Hot Chile Painter

Back to Nature in Panguipulli

Pursuing Soccer in Concepcion

Easter Island

Easter Island, At World’s Edge


A New Start in Bogota

Bachelor Pad Colombian Style

Joining Family in Colombia

Costa Rica

Following a Dream to Tamarindo

A Taste of Tamarindo

They Just Want to Play

Costa Rica Beach Home Search

Beautiful Setting in Tamarindo

A Couple Retires to Costa Rica


Hong Kong

Moving Up to Hong Kong

High Flying Hong Kong

Embracing Roots in Hong Kong


From Florida to the Andes


Apartments in Croatia


Curacao Calling


A New Address in Aalborg

Coping in Copenhagen

Domesticity in Denmark

Starting Fresh in Denmark

Cultures Collide in Copenhagen

Happy are the Danes in Demark

Settling Down in Copenhagen

Family-friendly in Hellerup

Soccer Transfer to Copenhagen

Modern Homes in Odense


Longing for Caribbean Living

Dominican Republic

Cohabitating in Cabarete

Dominican Republic House Hunt


A Relaxed Life in Cuenca

Puerto Cayo Paradise

Second Home In Ecuador


Apartments in Ancient Cairo

El Salvador

Taking a Risk in San Salvador


Furry Friends in Finland


A Better Life in Nantes

Higher Learning in Lyon

Foraging in France

Moving up in Paris

A Family Together in France

Common Ground in Cannes

Finding the Charm in Burgundy

Stepping into Strasbourg

Perusing Paris

Every Little Girl’s Dream

Coming of Age in Paris

La Vie En Paris, France

A Passion for Fashion in Paris

Nothing Toulouse

400 Years of Fixes in France


Seeking Calm In Cannes, France

Planning a Future in Paris

A Taste For Paris

Dreams of Paris

Healthy Living in Paris

Returning to Europe

Back to the City of Light

Stylish Pied a Terre in Paris

Investment Property in Paris

Starting Over in Paris

Raising the Budget in Paris

Vacation Home in Paris

Teenage Dreams in Paris

Michigan to Paris


Beach Rentals in Martinique


Renovated Flats in Cologne

Wanderlust Leads to Dusseldorf

Broadening Horizons in Munich

Trading Prague for Nuremberg

Newlyweds – Stuttgart, Germany

Creative Awakening in Berlin

First Time Buyer in Berlin

Back to Berlin

Beach for Berlin

Rediscovering Roots in Berlin

A Bachelor Buys in Berlin

Renovated Flats in Berlin

Jumping Off From Germany

A Whiff of Cologne

New Digs in Dortmund

Getting Away in Germany


Colonial Homes of Guatemala


A Dream Home on Roatan

Reconciliation in Roatan

Maryland Couple Buys in Roatan


Historical Hungarian Home


Down Home for Down Jackets


Seeking Peace in Bali

Building a Business in Bali


Fashion Divas Take on Tel Aviv

Entertaining in Jerusalem


A Very Rome-antic Love Affair

Hitting the Books in Bologna

Adventurous Couple in Naples

A Fashionista Moves to Milan

Picking Back Up in Pisa

Italy in a Hurry

A Return to Rome

A Stationing of a Lifetime

Culture Shock and Cannoli

Renovating in Manciano, Italy

Rome, If You Want To

Platonic in Puglia

A Romantic Retreat in Italy

From One Coast to Another

A Vacation Home in Calabria

Countdown to Gaeta

Second Home in Italy

Savoring Italy’s South

Scientific Home Search Rome

Getting Back to Sicilian Roots


To Cork with Luck

An Adventure Starts in Dublin

Living a Dream in Dublin

Dublin Size Matters

Town Center or River Views

Going Home to Dublin

Put a Cork in it!

Starting Over in Dublin


Kicking It in Tokyo

New Home in Okinawa

Living like locals in Misawa

Fresh Start in Tokyo


Apartment Hunting in Nairobi


New Yorkers take on Luxembourg

Uber Modern in Luxembourg


Penang or Bust

Job Transfer to the Tropics

Family Reunion in Penang


Island-Hopping to Mauritius


Baja-liday Road

Peaceful in Puerto Penasco

Profiting in Puerto Vallarta

Playa Con Dios

Empty Nest In Puerto Vallarta

Quintana Roo

Searching for Keys in Cabo

Hola, Mexico!

Leaving Las Vegas for La Paz

Starting Fresh in Los Cabos

Moving to Mazatlan

Escaping to Puerto Escondido

Salt Lake To Puerto Escondido

Olympian in Puerto Escondido

Vacationing in Puerto Vallarta

Seeking the Sun in San Carlos


Classic Palaces in Marrakesh

Spreading Wings in Rabat


A First Home Together


Urban Versus Rural in Nepal


Following Dreams to Amsterdam

Back to Amsterdam

Never Again in Amsterdam

An Amsterdam Adventure

Come Sail Away

High Hopes in the Low Country

A Second Chance in Amsterdam

Raising a Family in Rotterdam

A New Home in Amsterdam

Village Townhomes of Tilburg

Newlyweds in Amsterdam

Marked for Maastricht

Back to the Netherlands

Relocation to Amsterdam

Dutch Dreaming in Delft

New Zealand

The Weird Quirks of Wellington

Awestruck by Auckland

Casting Anchors in Auckland

A Family Moves to New Zealand


Simple life in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Beach Communities

Fair Trade in San Juan del Sur

Escaping to San Juan del Sur

Risky Beach Business in Leon

Nicaragua’s Fantasy Island


Returning to Norwegian Roots

Oslo Can You Go


Leaving Cape Cod for Oman


Flash in the Panama

Coronado, Panama

La Vida Bocas


In Love in Lima, Peru

Downsizing in Peru


Helping the Children of Manila


Finding a Home In Bydgoszcz


Return to Portuguese Roots

Settling Down but Not for Less


A New Adventure in the Azores


Discovering Doha, Qatar

Qatar’s Arabian Riviera


Kigali Style in Rwanda

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Loving Every Bit of St. Kitts

Saint Lucia

Luxury Home In St. Lucia


Aussie Abroad in Belgrade

A Rural Renovation in Serbia


Seychelles Islands Homes


Downsizing in Singapore

South Africa

Market Jungle of Johannesburg

Renovation in South Africa

Country vs. City in Cape Town

South Korea

Seoul Searching


Buying a Dive Shop in Spain

Working for a Vacation Home

Reconnecting with Grenada

Living Carefree in Tarifa

A Homecoming in Granada

Leaving Pennsylvania for Spain

It’s All Negotiable in Grenada

City or Sea in Andalucia

Giving Back to Granada

Building a New Beginning

Barcelona Dream/Reno Nightmare

Escape to Barcelona

A country escape in Andalucia

Hitting the Note in Valencia

Seeking a New Life in Madrid


Success in Stockholm

A Swede Pad In Stockholm

Freezing Assets in Lulea

Switching to Sweden

Something Old, Something New

Moving for a Masters

Renovated Homes in Malmo

Uprooting to Uppsala, Sweden

Newlyweds in Stockholm

Pay Now or Pay Later in Malmo


Transferring to Taipei

Seeking Success in Taiwan


A Family Safari in Tanzania

Couple Braves it in Tanzania


A Simple Life

Taking Root in Hua Hin

Returning to Thai Roots

Thai One on in Bangkok

Trinidad and Tobago

From Texas to Trinidad

United Arab Emirates

Dubai or Not Dubai

United Kingdom


Reigniting Love in Anguilla

Grand Cayman

Grand Living in Grand Cayman


Texans Relocate to London

English Cottage Revivals

Setting the Stage for London

Trendy or Family Friendly

Creature Comforts in Blackburn

London Calling for a Reno

Commuting Conundrum in London

A Fairytale Home in England

Seeking More Size in Cambridge

Manchester Reunited

Settling Near Family in London

Old or New in Surrey County

New Opportunities in London

North Ireland

Belfast and Furious


Country or Burbs in Scotland

Getting Schooled in Scotland

Study Abroad in Scotland

Glasgow is Where the Heart Is


United States

Puerto Rico

Coming Ashore in San Juan

Virgin Islands

It’s a Dog’s Life on St. John

Renovation Debate in St. John

Managing Paradise in St. John

First Time Buyer in St. Thomas


Family Heads Home to Uruguay


Living in Ho Chi Minh City

House Hunters Episodes by City/State


A list of every House Hunters episode by city and state. Now you can binge on House Hunters episodes by location with my handy House Hunters episode guide! Enjoy!

 Alabama (AL)

Huntsville, Alabama

Southern Charm in Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Fresh Start in Alabama

Arizona (AZ)

Phoenix, Arizona

Finding a House in Phoenix

Scottsdale, Arizona

Buyers Want it All in Arizona
Downsizing in Scottsdale
New vs Old in Scottsdale

District of Columbia (DC)

Disagreement in D.C.
High-Rise vs Row House in D.C.
Looking for History in D.C.
Single and Picky in D.C.
Just Right in D.C.
Three Bedroom Digs in D.C.

California (CA)

Carmel, California

A Million-Dollar Compromise

Corona, California

California Bachelor Pad

Eureka, California

Baseball Backyard in Eureka

Folsom, California

There is No Place Like Home

Fresno, California

Five Days to Decide in Fresno

Los Angeles, California

Ready to Own in Los Angeles 
Finding a Family Home in LA
Former New Yorkers Buy in LA
Single Mom House Hunts in LA

Napa, California

Napa Valley Dream Home

Orange County, California

Putting Down Roots in the OC
Agreeing to Disagree in the OC
Something Unique in the OC

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs Paradise
Hollywood in Palm Springs

Sacramento, California

Searching Sacramento With Sis

San Diego, California

Finding a House for Triplets
Seeking a House in San Diego
Vintage Cottage By the Bay

San Francisco, California

Victorian vs Modern
Bay Area Battle

Colorado (CO)

Breckenridge, Colorado

Million Dollar Log Cabin

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Couple Seeks Home in Colorado 

Denver, Colorado Metro

Colorado Culture Clash
Duplex Dilemma in Denver
Projects vs. Turnkey in Denver
Denver Derby Doll House Hunt
Newlyweds Buying in Denver
Outdoorsy Denver House Hunt

 Ft. Collins, Colorado

Antique-Obsessed House Hunter

Connecticut (CT)

Fairfield, Connecticut

Renovation in Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut

Too Far from Hartford

New Haven, Connecticut

Relocating to Connecticut
Rockin’ the House in New Haven

District of Columbia (DC)

Homebuyers Hunting for History
Putting Down Roots In D.C.
Looking High & Low in D.C.
D.C. Pro Football Cheerleader

Delaware (DE)

Wilmington, Delaware

Cutting the Commute

Florida (FL)

Anna Maria Island, Florida

Family Buys an Island Home
Coaches on Florida’s Coast

Delray Beach, Florida

Fleeing the Nest in Florida

Destin, Florida

New Life for Air Force Couple
Seeking a Florida Resort Home

Jensen Beach, Florida

Grand Home in Jensen Beach

Orlando, Florida

The Ultimate Deal in Orlando

Palm Harbor, Florida

Detroit to Palm Harbor, FL

Pensacola, Florida

Form or Function in Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Different Styles in Sarasota

Tallahassee, Florida

Two Styles in Tallahassee

Tampa, Florida

We Can’t Agree On a House

West Palm Beach, Florida

Compromise in West Palm Beach

Georgia (GA)

Atlanta, Georgia Metro

We Live in My Mom’s Basement
$40,000 Condo in Atlanta
Anxious to Buy in Atlanta
50s Cool vs. Farmhouse
Sisters With Opinions
A Place to Party in Atlanta

Hawaii (HI)

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu House Hunt

Kauai, Hawaii

Town or Country on Kauai

Maui, Hawaii

Bed and Breakfast in Maui

Idaho (ID)

Boise, Idaho

Family Looks for a Dream Home

Illinois (IL)

Aurora, Illinois

Acting Picky in Aurora, IL

Chicago, Illinois

Condo Hunting in Chicago
Pools and Proposals in Chicago
Cramped Chicago Clan Decramped
Rooftop Oasis in Chicago
Space for Chickens in Chicago 
Chicago Style Battle
Chicago Condo Hunt
Moving on Up in Chicago
Searching the Chicago Suburbs
Picky and Perfect in Chicago
Picky Buyers in Chicago

Morton, Illinois

Do It Yourself in Illinois

Indiana (IN)

Picky in Indiana

Kentucky (KY)

Big Apple Bailout

Louisiana (LA)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Time is Tight in Baton Rouge

New Orleans, Louisiana

Big Problems in the Big Easy

Big Easy Getaway

Maryland (MD)

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Row Home vs. Suburbs

Less is More in Baltimore

Massachusetts (MA)

Boston, Massachusetts

First Home in the Boston Burbs
Buying Big in the Boston Burbs

First-Time Buyers in Boston

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Family Affair in Cape Cod

Michigan (MI)

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Having Fun in Ann Arbor

A Tall Order in Michigan 

Detroit, Michigan

Five-Figure Deals in Detroit

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Young Buyers Hit Brick Wall
Grand Rapids Charmer

Minnesota (MN)

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Two Girls, Twin Cities

Gymnastics in Minneapolis

Secret Passages in Minneapolis

First-Timers in Minneapolis

Indecisive in Minneapolis

Missouri (MO)

Newly Married in Missouri

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Moving Up in Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Space vs. Charm in Kansas City

St. Louis, Missouri

A House in the Burbs for Birds

Searching Suburban St. Louis

Montana (MT)

Boseman, Montana

Big Bucks in Big Sky Country

New Hampshire (NH)

Nashua, New Hampshire

Looking for Fun Town

North Carolina (NC)

Charlotte, North Carolina Metro

Southern Style in Charlotte
Space vs Location in Charlotte
House Hunters Planning Wedding
First Home in Charlotte, NC
New York to Charlotte

Raleigh, North Carolina

Big Wish List in Raleigh, NC

Wilmington, North Carolina

Finding a Forever Home in NC

North Dakota (ND)

Fargo, North Dakota

Seeing it All in Fargo

Nevada (NV)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Luxury in Las Vegas
All-In in Las Vegas
Sunset Trip to Vegas Strip

New Hampshire (NH)

Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

Million Dollar Lake House

Nashua, New Hampshire

Looking for Fun Town

New York (NY)

Buffalo, New York

First Timers in Buffalo

New York, New York Metro

Space Needed in New York City
Manhattan Pied-a-Terre
A Dream Grows in Brooklyn
Compromise is King in Queens
A Million in Manhattan
Manhattan on a Budget

Syracuse, New York

Room for Twins in Syracuse

Ohio (OH)

Cincinnati, Ohio

High Hopes for Cincinnati Home

Cleveland, Ohio

Opinionated in Cleveland

Oregon (OR)

Portland, Oregon

Portland Couple Wants Chickens
Nine is Enough
Rain Lovers Search Portland
Tudor vs Modern in Portland

Pennsylvania (PA)

No More Projects in PA

Downington, Pennsylvania

Demanding in Downingtown

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Style Fight in Philly
Foodies in Philly
Escape to the Suburbs
Big Steps in Philadelphia

Rhode Island (RI)

Narragansett, Rhode Island

Beach Home in Narragansett

South Carolina (SC)

see also Charlotte, North Carolina

South Dakota (SD)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

First Home in Sioux Falls

Tennessee (TN)

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

A Getaway in Gatlinburg, TN

Nashville, Tennessee

A Tall Order in Tennessee
Tight Budget in Nashville
Nashville Newlywed House Hunt
Pickin’ the Perfect Home
First Timer in Nashville

Texas (TX)

Arlington, Texas

Engaged Couple Look for a Home

Austin, Texas

Master Planned in Austin
Fearing Fixer-Uppers in Austin
Vintage Vs. Updated in Austin
Seeking Midwest Charm in Texas
From Tampa to Texas
Stormchasers Seek Texas Home
Midcentury Cool in Austin
Looking For a Home in Austin

Dallas, Texas

Brothers Buy a House Together
Traditional in Dallas

Ft. Worth, Texas

Room for Four in Ft. Worth

Houston, Texas

Reunited in Houston
Home to Houston
Huge Home for Houston Bachelor
Coming Back Home to Houston
Everything’s Bigger in Houston

McKinney, Texas

Living Large in Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Searchin’ in San Antonio

Waco, Texas

A Place to Hang Your Axe

Utah (UT)

Salt Lake City, Utah

Quirky Wishlist in Utah
Out of Storage in Salt Lake

Virginia (VA)

A Family Home in Virginia

Arlington, Virginia

An Arlington Home for a Couple

Fredericksburg, VA

Fashionista Needs Space

Richmond, Virginia

Buying Big in Richmond Burbs

see also District of Columbia (DC)

Washington (WA)

Seattle, Washington

Condo Battle in Seattle
Upgrading in the Emerald City

Limestone Raised Bed



I constructed this limestone raised bed by myself with no prior experience with stone masonry! It’s easier than you would think.

I haven’t seen any DIY instructions or blog posts for a raised limestone bed like this one so I followed instructions from various places, used some common sense, advice from my stone mason brother-in-law (who unfortunately lives too far away to help), and figured it out.

Location - BeforeStep 1. Figure out what size you want your bed, then identify the stone you want to use and do a little math to figure out how many stones you’ll need to make one row. I was aiming for a 4′ x 8′ bed, but I didn’t want to have to cut a lot of stones.  I also didn’t want to meticulously measure every stone before I bought them. They were not all the same length which presented some challenges. Since the stones I bought were (mostly) 14″ long, I ended up with a bed approximately 3.5′ x 7.5′.



Step 2. Buying your stones. Once you’ve figured out how many you’ll need you have two options. You can buy them by weight from a local shop that sells stone, mulch, and media in bulk for landscapers. It’s much cheaper to buy by weight, but it may be more challenging to figure out how much you need that way. Home Depot tells you how much each stone approximately weighs so you can visit them, figure out how much in weight you would need, add a little extra just in case, and then go to your landscaping shop – assuming the stones are the same size approximately. I ended up buying them from Home Depot because I didn’t know that before hand and didn’t have time to make an extra trip. I ended up paying more to purchase per number of stones. (Qty. 42)


Estimate LocationStep 3 (optional) Lay out the bottom layer of stones on the ground approximately where you want them to be just to double check that you’re happy with the location. It’s more work, but you can make sure you aren’t forgetting something important. You can also walk around the bed to make sure you are leaving enough room on all sides. Arguably, with a small bed, you don’t have to leave a walk space on all four sides, but we tend to do a lot of fence repair and I wanted to make sure I had access to it and it’s much easier to reach everything with all sides available. I left a 2′ space between the raised bed and the fence.



Step 4. Stake the four corners of your raised bed area and tie string to create the shape of the area so you can begin to prepare the area. If you add diagonal strings and measure them, you can make sure your rectangle is square if both diagonals are the same length.







ClearedStep 5. Clear the area for your bed. Remove any grass, weeds, and dig down to 2-3″ below where you plan to lay your first stone. I made sure to remove enough area for the stones in a border shape, but I didn’t remove everything in the center of the bed down to the same level.


Step 6. Level the ground where the stones will be laid. My yard has a pretty good slope so I had to dig out quite a bit at the top of the bed and only just removed the sod at the bottom.




LevelStep 7. Lay out your stones. I went ahead and laid the stones in the ground and made sure they were level side to side and front to back at this point. I also added the second row and then I numbered the stones with sidewalk chalk so that I could put them back the same way. I also marked the last stones on each row that I was going to have to cut to fit.


Pea Gravel



Step 8. After setting aside the numbered stones, pour in 2-3″ of pea gravel and tamp it down with a tamper. I borrowed one from my neighbors and saved $25!







Saw the stonesStep 9. Cut the stones where you marked them. This is surprisingly easy. Limestone cuts easier than wood! I just used a simple hand saw and had a running water hose with a trickle of water to create a bit of a wet saw.





Step 10. Select your mortar. I’ll be honest. I was completely freaked out by this step having never worked with concrete before. One thing that make it tricky was I wanted the mortar/grout to be white, rather than grey because I didn’t want an obvious contrast with the light colored stone (which sort of happened anyway, but it looks fine so whatever). I also didn’t want to have to mix any sand myself, just a simple ‘just add water’ type. I had to speak with several hardware store employees before finding what I needed.  I ended up buying White Masonry Cement by the Alamo Cement Co. at Home Depot which ended up working very well after a bit of practice.

Step 11. Mixing the mortar. I highly recommending mixing your mortar in small batches. Since I have small kids and unpredictable amounts of time with which to work, I mixed batches that were only big enough to mortar about three or four stones at a time. It was a little bit frustrating to go so slowly and have to wash out my bucket and start over so many times, but it was worth not mixing up a huge batch that would harden or dry out before I could finish. It took a bit of searching, but I finally found one page that gave a ‘recipe’ for mixing the mortar. Use a ratio of 2 parts mortar to 1 part water and mix well. When mixed, you should be able to scoop a bit onto your trowel and it won’t drip off when you turn it sideways.


Step 12. Apply mortar. This was my first experience with mortar and I can only offer my limited experience with how to apply. For the bottom row, I just glopped the mortar down in the spaces between the stones trying to fill them up. If you’re going to get mortar everywhere, try to aim the mess to the inside of the bed that will eventually be filled (and hidden). I would also add a bit more on the four inside corners to make them a bit stronger. Since I was working in small batches, I would do three to four stones and then go make another bath of mortar. After letting the mortar set for about 10 minutes, I would go back along my previous work and smooth out the mortar with my fingers removing any excess mortar. It reminded me of working with clay and I would just try and smooth it down so that it would harden without any rough edges. As you’re going, be sure to get up and go look down the length of the row to make sure you are setting them straight and continue leveling as you go. You can use a bit of mortar to make any adjustments. Adding the second row is a bit more tricky. You have to work fairly quickly to slap the mortar on the first row and then set your next stone. If you wait too long, the mortar will already begin to dry out and you won’t be able to set your stone properly. This is why there are no pictures of this part of the process. I can assure you it doesn’t look pretty while you are doing it. Don’t sweat it.

I did have a bit of trouble with one section/batch of mortar where it started getting really crumbly and I didn’t think it was going to set up, but I was wrong, it just needed time. However, if it’s starting to crumble while you’re applying it, you’ll have to make a new batch. I did end up having to re-do a section of one row the following day because I had loosened it a bit trying to see if it was set. I used metal spackle tools to scrape off the old mortar. They also worked pretty good to apply the mortar as well. You don’t need to buy the expensive tools either. Get the cheapest ones you can find.

Don’t forget to go back and smooth down your mortar after you’ve let it set for a little while. If you wait until the next day, it will be too hard to smooth down.

Step 13. Wait. I waited a few days to let the mortar set up and harden before continuing.

Weed Barrier




Step 14 (optional). Add a layer of weed barrier. Our yard is full of bermuda grass and I knew that if I didn’t put down a layer of weed barrier, it would only be a matter of time before my raised bed was full of it. It ran up the sides of the bed as well about 6-8″.





Fill it up!Step 15. Add media. It’s up to you how you want to proceed. I had originally planned to try lasagna gardening with this bed, but ran out of time. I had seedlings that needed to be planted so I got a 1/2 cubic yard of a mix of garden soil made with composts, soil, composted rice hulls, and decomposed granite from a local nursery for $24.50. The price was significantly less than buying bags and using a shovel and wheelbarrow was easier than I thought it would be. I added 4 cups of Espoma PT20 20-Pound Plant-Tone Organic Plant Food to it as well.


Finished Raised Bed





Step 16. Plant!!!




Reupholstered Dining Chairs

Chair - Before & After

Easy to clean and beautiful too!

Seat - Before & After

The BÖRJE chairs from IKEA with the washable fabric seat covers are great because they are relatively inexpensive, but the cream color is boring and shows dirt so easily! With little kids running around, it’s just not practical to remove and wash the covers frequently enough to keep them looking nice. Why bother with that? Instead, just reupholster them with something attractive and easy to clean.

My first thought was oilcloth, or picnic tablecloth, fabric. However, a visit to the fabric store changed my mind. I had two kids and a husband waiting in the car for me to buy some fabric fast so I was especially lucky to meet an experienced employee who convinced me the oilcloth would wear out fast on the corners and the choices of fabric weren’t all that exciting since I wasn’t really going for a red checkerboard look. She suggested I buy the fabric of my choice and cover it in a thick vinyl plastic. I’m not a huge fan of vinyl, but she said her mother had done the same thing and they lasted through six children. Sold!

I found a pattern I liked with a bit of turquoise in a leafy pattern that would work in all four seasons and it was on sale!


16 Gauge Clear Vinyl (055792054168) $8.99/yard, on sale $5.99/yard
Presidio Water Fabric (400101741831) regularly $29.99/yard, on sale $17.99/yard

Cost: $35 + cost of 5/16″ staples

The receipt is dated March 17, 2012 which means it only took me three months to start this project. Procrastination rating: Moderate.

Before this project, I had zero experience with reupholstering anything. I googled a few tutorials on how to reupholster a chair. One of them said to use glue in addition to staples, but that idea kinda grossed me out and I figured the added layer of vinyl would be enough protection on the cloth so I skipped that step. Here’s what I did.

1. If you are doing four chairs, cutting the fabric is easy. Fold the 1.5 yards of fabric in half and cut along the fold to give you two rectangular pieces. Fold each of those pieces and cut along fold to give you four square pieces. Repeat for the vinyl. To measure for one chair, just be sure that you have five-six inches of extra fabric on each side of your seat.

2. Remove the seat cushion from your chair. In my case, I didn’t have to change the foam, only the fabric.

3. Lay the fabric flat with the design side down and set the seat on top of it, bottom side up. Fold over one side of the fabric and pull tight. Put one staple about a half to one-inch away from the edge of the seat centered along the width of the edge. (This was really a two person job since my staple gun was impossible to fire one-handed. Thankfully, my mom was in town visiting and she gave me a hand.) Fold over the opposite side and put one staple in the center, making sure to pull tight. Repeat for the other two sides.

4. Staple every inch to inch and a half out from the center of each side and pull the fabric tight while doing so.

5. Cut off the excess fabric at the corners (and along the sides if you want), but I left enough that if I needed to start over, I could have enough fabric to pull on.

6. Put at least three staples in the corner fabric while pulling tightly. Try to remove any creases along the edges, but realistically you’ll have one or two. Repeat for all four corners.

7.  Remove excess fabric around screw holes if you’re using IKEA chairs or wherever your seat attaches to the chair frame.

8. Repeat steps 3-7 for the vinyl. The vinyl certainly has more creases at the corner, but you don’t notice it too much on the finished product.

9. Reattach the seat to the chair frame. If you’re using the IKEA chairs and  you’ve forgotten…the sharp screws go into the chair and the flat screws go into the seat.

That’s it! So simple it hardly needs a tutorial, but I am one of those people that likes to have instructions when doing something new. In fact, after I completed my first chair, I found this tutorial on Pinterest that includes information on how to change the foam, batting, and even creating a new seat if necessary. Great tips on avoiding creases at the corners as well.