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    August 24, 2015
    Ways To Recycle Old Window Screens

    I’m a huge fan of finding ways to recycle and reuse old objects. Just because your screen has a few large holes or tears in it, doesn’t mean it’s done for. Should it still be on your window? Probably not. But there are ways to give new life to these used objects! My mom had two large windows sitting around for the longest time before she gave them away. Too bad she didn’t see this article by Megan Baker at This Old House first! Here are some new uses for old screens:

    -Protect newly seeded grass- lay down a patch of screen over the area to keep birds from eating the seeds.

    -Prevent drain clogs- wad up some screen and put it in a drain to keep debris from getting through

    -Sift unmixed grout- or anything else.

    -Clean your hands- use a wad of screen as a metal scrubber to get rid of paint.

    -Make compost tea, using the screen as mesh. 

    Photo Credit: Bethany J. Brady 


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    August 17, 2015
    Easy Staircase Makeover

    Does your staircase need some love? If it’s anything like mine, it has old, stained carpet and outdated looking rails. When you’re trying to sell your home, buyers are definitely going to be looking at details like the staircase. If your staircase could use a fast, easy makeover, read this tutorial by Diane at In My Own Style. All she did was remove carpet and add a little paint and polish! The results are absolutely beautiful! Check out the post for the full photo tutorial.

    Photo Credit: Brian Moloney 


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    August 12, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Built In Drying Rack

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    August 7, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Wall Art Ideas
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox311jsb

    Have some blank, boring wall space in your home that you’re looking to get rid of? Prepare to be inspired!


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    August 6, 2015
    Basement Makeover: From Dank to Swank

    One thing I really miss about living in Kentucky is the basements. Where I live now, we’re pretty much sitting on a solid sheet of limestone no matter where you go, and there are no basements here. But, we don’t get as many tornadoes here, so we don’t actually need them. Need them or not, basements are awesome. They’re like little secret underground lairs- and some of them are really awesome. I’ve seen basements with game rooms, home theaters, gyms, and even entire separate apartments. I’ve also seen some really, really creepy looking basements that are basically just caves. How nice yours is depends on how much work you’re willing to put in. If your basement is overdue for a makeover, check out this post by the TFH Editors and Experts at Family Handyman for tips:

    -Use a waterproofer like DRYLOK Extreme to stop water seepage in walls.

    -Add some bright paint to bring light into the room. But be careful, all white may give your basement an insane asylum look.

    -Bring in some light fixtures, and consider adding laminate flooring

    Photo Credit: Jeremy Noble 


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    August 5, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Bedroom In The Attic

    Photo from BPC Architecture 


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    July 31, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: How To Clean Pans
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox30a9jn

    This tip will save your sponges!


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    July 30, 2015
    Home Maintenance Cheat Sheet

    Unlike cars, homes don’t come with owner’s manuals. With cars, all you have to do is go in for an oil change and keep feeding it gas, and it’s fine. But, homes don’t have oil changes. If you’re a new homeowner, home maintenance can be confusing. What do you check? What do you replace? When? Well, look no further than this article by Making DIY Fun. Here is their periodic maintenance list:

    -Replace furnace filters seasonally

    -Clean air conditioner grill and register regularly

    -Replace batteries in smoke / carbon monoxide detector yearly

    -Vacuum condenser coils at the back of the refrigerator

    -Check your water heater for leaks / rust

    Photo Credit: Faruk Ates 


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    July 29, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Natural Modern Kitchen

    Photo from Artisign Explosion


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    July 21, 2015
    Don’t Flush That!

    Becoming a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities that you may not have had before. For instance, you repair anything that breaks. It really makes you more conscious of everything you do to your home. You’ll want to avoid costly mistakes as much as possible. One of the more difficult (and expensive) things to repair is plumbing. So, how do you make sure your plumbing systems operate perfectly and remain clog-free? Simple- don’t flush that! The only things that should go down a toilet are water, waste, and toilet paper. Check out this post by Cori at Cori’s Cozy Corner for what you should NEVER flush:

    (Not so) Flushable Toilet Wipes-Flushable wipes while convenient and sanitary may not break down in a timely fashion and can still cause a back up in your pipes. The same is true for most feminine sanitary products.

    Toilet paper is made to disintegrate but facial tissue, baby wipes, and other personal products are not. 

    Photo Credit: Laura Ritchie 


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