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    May 19, 2015
    Spray Painting Furniture

    I’m more than a little challenged when it comes to painting- walls, furniture, or anything else. I always feel like I miss giant spots, drip it on everything, and just generally make a mess. Me and paint brushes just aren’t friends. That’s why I love spray painting. It’s fast and easy, and you can’t really mess anything up as long as you paint outside. Some types of furniture are much more suited to spray paint than others. If you want to give any pieces in your home a quick spray paint makeover, check out this post by Painted Furniture Ideas. Spray paint is perfect for:

    -Side tables, end tables, night stands.

    -Bar stools, chairs.

    -Coffee tables, small console tables.

    Photo Credit: Jocelyn Durston 


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    May 15, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Repairing Stucco
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxhq43d

    Watch this video for help if you are “stucco”. :)


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    May 14, 2015
    Hook Hacks

    Plastic hooks, like Command hooks, are so versatile and awesome. They have so many uses beyond just hanging up bathroom towels and canvas art! I love household objects that you can use over and over for different projects. Check out this post by Melanie Pinola at Life Hacker for inspiration on using Command hooks for organization in your home:

    -Hide cables behind furniture

    -Hang headphones on a computer monitor

    -Hang curtain rods

    -Keep garbage bags from slipping into the trashcan

    -Organize pot lids

    -Hang a wreath

    Photo Credit: Timmons Family Lemonade Blog 


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    May 13, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Bathroom Organization

    Photo from Life of Pikes


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    May 8, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Essential Power Tools
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox5ncdw

    When you first move out, you probably don’t know what kind of tools you will need for repairs in your new place. Check out this video for help!


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    May 6, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Abandoned Manor

    Photo from WuhWild


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    May 4, 2015
    DIY Toilet Cleaner

    I’m a huge fan of making my own household products. Usually, the ingredients are very cheap and you can make the products in large batches. An added bonus is that you know exactly what you are putting into them. That’s why I love this post by Sara McFall at My Merry Messy Life! Here is their recipe for all natural homemade toilet bowl cleaner:

    1/4 cup liquid castile soap 

    1 3/4 cup water

    2 tablespoons baking soda 

    1 teaspoon of essential oils to kill bacteria and freshen

    Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. or larger squirt bottle and gently shake or swish.
    Squirt in the toilet bowl and use a brush to scrub it clean.

    Photo Credit: Laura Ritchie 


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    April 29, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Modern And Rustic

    Photo from Pinterest


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    April 28, 2015
    Updating Your Home For Sale

    Some people have it in their heads that in order to sell an older home, you have to completely gut the place and remodel a few rooms. However, this is simply not true! Barring any major safety repairs, the best (and most budget friendly) way to update your home is simply by restyling it with easy cosmetic fixes. Check out this post by Kim at Thrifty Little Mom for ways to give your home a fresh look, without the financial commitment of remodeling:

    -Paint! It’s one of the cheapest things you can do, but has one of the biggest effects.

    -Cover old counter tops with specialty paint

    -Replace old lighting fixtures and ceiling fans.

    -Add new faucets to all sinks

    Photo Credit: Kate Ter Haar 


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    April 22, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Quirky Bathroom

    Photo from Jones Design Company


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