Throwback Thursday: Let’s Go Back To 1982

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  • It’s 1982 and we look awesome!  
  • In 1982 we had the first day of the Weather Channel, EPCOT theme park opens at Walt Disney World, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated, The Commodore 64 is released and Time Magazine’s Man of the Year is given to the first non-human, the computer!
  • In 1984 Honda was really getting its stride with fuel efficient, reliable value oriented vehicles, hmmm doesn’t sound too unlike what Honda is doing today.  The Honda Civic was getting gas mileage in the 50s and all of the other manufacturers were trying to come up with an answer for the beloved Honda Accord and Civic.  As soon as the competition was starting to figure it out, Honda would raise the bar once more.
  • Check out some of the Honda Ads that were running back in those days.
  • Joan Jet & The Blackhearts had a it with – I Love Rock n Roll that came out in 1981 but hit the top of the charts in 1982

  • M*A*S*H was a Hit Television show as were Great American Hero, Magnum P.I,  Three’s Company, Knight Rider and so many more!

  • The largest cash robbery in History occurs in New York when $9,800,000 is stolen from an armored car
  • First CD player sold in Japan
  • 1982 also saw some great t.v. commercials including these

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was

We hope you enjoyed your trip back to 1982… what do you remember about 1982?  Tell Us on our Facebook page or Twitter!

 

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DIY Thursday! Recover those old chairs and make them awesome

DIY Projects from Buckeye Honda in Lancaster OhioNew desks for the Girlies… now we need chairs!

A couple of years ago my wife and I made our own headboard by taking a large piece of wood and covering it with batting and fabric.  I got to use my staple gun – yeah tools – and it was a pretty easy and straightforward project.  We still have the headboard and it is still hanging in the exact spot we hung it.  The great thing about projects like that is the idea that if we want to change the theme of the room or color scheme I can recover the headboard with relative ease and give the room some more pop.  This is the idea behind our upcycled chairs.

We wanted to get mini-desks for our daughters to have in their room.  This would be a place for them to work on school work, craft projects, reading a book or ??? We found what we were looking for pretty easily.  Putting them together was relatively easy as well but now we needed chairs.  We had two choices – #1 Buy new chairs X3 or #2 was to use folding chairs that we already had.  Well buying three new chairs can get a little pricey and all of the ones we looked at were a little big for the space but the problem with using the folding chairs that we have is that they are B-O-R-I-N-G!

So we decided to upcycle them to make them more fitting for the space and allow the Girls to give them some personality.

Here is what we did, maybe you can come up with your own project based on this idea.  We would love to hear about it if you do.

  • Purchased a can of spray paint for each chair – Each girl chose her own and we had to make sure that it would work on metal.
  • Purchased fabric to recover the fabric that is already on the chair – Each girl chose her own.
  • Removed the padding from the back and bottom of the chair.  – The padding is typically a cardboard base with a cotton or batting wrapped in fabric and then attached to the chair.   Our padding was attached with rivets so I had to use my circular cutting tool to remove the base of the rivet and then put it through with a tool.
  • Once the padding is removed “DO NOT REMOVE THE FABRIC” we covered right over top of it.  This is much easier and give the fabric some rigidity.
  • Using a staple gun we affixed the new fabric and POOF it was done.
  • Next we gave the girls their can of paint, put them in the yard and let them spray their chairs.  They had an absolute blast and the next time the grass is mowed the evidence will disappear.
  • Once the chairs were 100% dry, we waited a day or two and we glued the pads onto the chair.  This was done in two steps so the chair could be laid down flat.  Choose a glue that is rated for metal and fabric and try to stay away from something that foams a lot.

Now we have chairs that fit each of the personalities and look great in their rooms.  If one of them “outgrow” the design we can just redo it.

 

 

Magnetic Message Boards – DIY Thursday

DIY Projects from Buckeye Honda in Lancaster OhioWelcome back to DIY Thursday at Buckeye Honda in Lancaster, Ohio.

Today we are going to show you an idea for a message board that is not only easy but also can be up-cycled later if you don’t want it any longer.

I actually got this idea from a friend of my daughters – Thanks Mary!  Now there are a couple of ways to do this and I would assume that Mary’s is way cooler and more vibrant than the one I made.

You need a cookie sheet, some magnets and ribbon or screws.  Optional fabric or spray paint will take it up a notch.

Now for mine I took the ribbon and put it through the hole and then attached my magnets.  – Poof it is done!  Most cookie sheets already have a hole in it so this is super easy.

Now if you want to take it up a notch you can spray paint the pan in a number of ways, you are only limited by your imagination.  You could also wrap it in fabric to give it a softer look.

Other than the painted ones you could always just wash them off and make me some cookies if you didn’t want to keep it any longer.

Uses:

  • Use it to post a To-Do List
  • Use it to display children’s art projects
  • Highlight School papers.
  • Display family photos
  • Use it as an inspiration board

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The uses are numerous.  If you get a chance to make something like this let us know how you are using it.

 

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DIY Matchbox…errr Jar. DIY Thursday

DIY Projects from Buckeye Honda in Lancaster OhioIt’s Thursday at Buckeye Honda and that means time for a little DIY project.

This project is super duper easy and super duper useful.  It could be used to spruce up your kitchen or garage, it could be for that guy that loves to BBQ and Grill in the backyard… guy sounds familiar….hmmm anyway.  Tt also makes a great gift from the kids for that guy that likes to cook in the backyard especially if one of his other gifts is a new grill or smoker!  Now for those of you that don’t fit this category it is always a good idea to be prepared for a storm induced power outage or maybe a zombie apocalypse or something like that.

You can use a number of containers for this project.  Baby food jars work well, just make sure the lid can remain tight so you don’t get any moisture inside to mess up your matches.  Water = Bad especially if you are raising Gremlins but that is for a different article.

You will need:

  • Container
  • Strike Anywhere Matches – They make strike on box matches… DO NOT BUY THESE THEY WILL NOT WORK… you want strike anywhere matches.
  • Sandpaper
  • You might need some glue
  • Cute labels and ribbon if you are into that stuff

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  1. Clean and dry the jar
  2. Cut out your sandpaper to fit your lid
  3. Glue sandpaper to lid
  4. Fill Jar with matches
  5. Put on cute labels and ribbon
  6. POOF YOU ARE DONE

Much better looking than that old cardboard box that you had them in, am I right?  You know I am… go ahead admit it… if you don’t I’ll feed your Gremlin after midnight!

O.K. in the theme of full disclosure I feel it necessary to mention that the matches that you see in the picture are the wrong ones.  Those are strike on box matches.  Again, you need strike anywhere matches.  Never send a Gremlin to do your shopping!

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Back To School on DIY Thursday

DIY Projects from Buckeye Honda in Lancaster OhioIt is Back-To-School time at my house so I figured we could make a Back-To-School craft project.

 

These make a great gift for a student’s desk or a teacher gift.

What you need:

  • Box of crayons
  • Ribbon
  • A can, glass or cardboard cylinder
  • Tacky Glue

What you do:

Glue the crayons to the cylinder, making sure to glue them straight up and down so when you get to the end you have room for the last one.

Attach the ribbon around the middle of your crayons and glue it into place.  you can also do as I did and put the ribbon at the bottom or top or wherever it works best for you.  Have fun with it.  Another option would be to make a bow with your ribbon and include it in the middle or maybe a heart with a childs name.

Next add in some pencils, pens or markers and **Poof** It is done!

From all of us at Buckeye Honda in Lancaster OH, have a great and safe school year!

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DIY Thursday: Let’s Play With Duct Tape!

DIY Projects from Buckeye Honda in Lancaster OhioWell school is almost back in session and for some this is a relief and for some they are wondering where the carefree long days of summer have gone.  For some they are just trying to keep the kids occupied until they can get them on the bus and back to the books.  Well here is an idea sure to keep them busy for awhile and not break the bank.

Bring On The Duct Tape!

Now before we get started I want to say that there are a number of ways to make these and you areduct only limited by imagination or supplies that you have on hand.  I made this one with only one duct tape roll but if you had two or three that coordinated you could really do some cool stuff.  You could also add in some beads along the way to give it a little more pop.  I need to make one of these for my little Superhero fan maybe with Spider-Man duct tape and then some coordinating colors, using the Spider-Man tape as the final piece as well as part of the braid.   We would love to see what you come up with… make one or ten and send us a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram… if you are in the area swing by and let us see it but most of all have some fun!

What you need:

Duct Tape:  You can use the plain metallic colored (boring) tape or get some of the really funky prints.  I had some mustache print left from our Father’s Day project so that’s what I used.

Scissors – You can just rip it if you have mad awesome skills… like me!

Beads or ??? to add to the braid. (optional)

Put it together:

  1. Cut a strip of duct tape about 8-10 inches long. Note that you may have to get a longer piece or a shorter piece, depending on your wrist size.
  2. Cut the duct tape into thirds lengthwise. You should now have three, long, stringy pieces of duct tape.
  3. Stick two of stringy pieces on a nearby surface so they don’t get tangled. Once they are safely away, take the third one and fold it in thirds so that most of the sticky side is inwards. You should now have a usable, almost non-sticky piece of duct tape.
  4. Repeat the above step with the other two pieces.
  5. Cut off a little piece of duct tape. It should be about a quarter of an inch long.
  6. Take all three of the strings and tape all three ends in a bunch (just like you would knot the strings before braiding).
  7. After you have that done that, begin braiding them together. To do this, repeatedly twist the left and right strings over the middle string as if you were braiding hair.
  8. Once you have finished braiding, use another little piece of duct tape to fasten the other end of the braided strings together. Think of it as tying the end of the braid off with an elastic band, only you’re using duct tape.
  9. Test the size on your wrist or ankle, then take another little piece of duct tape and tape all of the ends together so that it forms a continuous loop. Finished.
  10. Now this bracelet may not be for everyone as the level of awesome that you need is quite high to pull it off but I think you can do it and if you can’t I bet your kids can!

DIY Thursday: Coffee Candle Awesomeness!

DIY Projects from Buckeye Honda in Lancaster OhioWelcome to Thursday and Do-It-Yourself Thursday at Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio, where we are more than just a car dealership!

So who likes the smell of coffee?  How about hazelnut? ummm  french vanilla?  You know you like one of those and so do we!  So here is a Super Duper Awesome, not to mention easy way to warm up your place and make it smell fantastic!

What you need:

Some Ramekins/Bowls/Small Jars (with wide mouths)

Tea Lights 

Whole Bean Coffee – When choosing this pick out the flavor you like the best, it is available in a number of coffee smells but you can also find French Vanilla, Hazelnut and others.

What to do!

  • Wipe out the bowls
  • Pour the coffee beans into the bowls (leave a little room at the top)
  • Place the tea lights into the beans
  • Light the candles and enjoy!

After lighting the candles the oils in the beans will start to heat up and fill the air with their wonderful aroma!

If you make a set of these let us know, we would love to see a picture!

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