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    April 16, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Color Pop = New Life To Thriftstore Finds

    Photo from Indulgy


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    April 11, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Spring Cleaning! Window Screens
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    An easy way to thoroughly clean old window screens if you have a kiddie pool laying around.


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    April 8, 2014
    Corner Shelf DIY

    I love shelves that are creative or hidden away. At my parents’ house, the upstairs has some really cool shelves that are built right into the wall. I’ve never seen shelves like these at the House of Rose blog. They’ve built shelves into the corners of their rooms. I especially love the bathroom shelving! (Pictured). This post by Mandy has an entire tutorial on how to copy her corner shelving. Be sure to check it out! It has a list of materials, a video, and very specific instructions as well as some beautiful photos.

    Photo Credit: House Of Rose 


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    April 4, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Upcycled Old Furniture Ideas
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    Some furniture that has been thrown out can be saved with some cleaning, sanding, painting, and TLC.


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    April 2, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Repurposed Steps As Bedside Table

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    March 31, 2014
    Using Metallic Paint On Furniture: Dos and Don’ts

    If you want to try out a new look for your furniture, metallic paint is a bold choice! Depending on your mood, it can either give your home a funky, bohemian vibe or a modern sleek one. However, it can be a little risky if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. This article at Painted Furniture Ideas will put you on the right track:

    Know What The Final Finish Will Look Like - There is a huge difference between what silver colored spray paint looks like on furniture and what silver-leafing looks like. 

    Know Your Options  Are you going to use spray paint, metallic latex paint, or real silver or gold leafing?

    know how to get the look you are going for before you start.  Look at dried samples of your paint, before you decide.

    Photo Credit: Elne 


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    March 25, 2014
    Erase Paint From Metal Fittings

    Painting can be a messy business. If you’re not extremely careful, paint will go everywhere that you don’t want it to. A particularly common victim of getting-paint-on-it-accidentally are metal fasteners and fixtures– door hinges, locks, knobs, drawer pulls– anything tiny and hard to paint around. It’s hard to avoid GETTING paint on them, unless you extremely gifted with painter’s tape, but it turns out it isn’t too hard to remove the paint– without the use of harsh paint strippers. This guide by The Family Handyman explains how- All you need is a slow cooker! Just give the fixtures a bath:

    If you want to strip paint from metal without the nasty fumes and mess of chemical strippers, just fill a slow cooker with water and set the dial to high. The heat and moisture will soften the paint, and often it will fall off as a single piece.

    Photo Credit: Fabio Coatti 


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    March 21, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Take Apart A Pallet
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    There are so many different projects you can do with pallet wood. Here’s how to disassemble one!


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    March 19, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Repurposed Trunk

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    March 14, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: DIY Plastic Bag Dispenser
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    I re-use plastic grocery bags ALL the time, but they usually just sit in a wadded up ball in my laundry room. This dispenser is an eco-friendly alternative to make them a little more organized!


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