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

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

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    March 19, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Repurposed Trunk

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    February 27, 2014
    How to Paint a Mini Fridge

    If you’re like me, you hate being surrounded by bland things. I can’t stand just solid white walls, white fixtures, and white appliances. Or gray. Or metal. It’s just so boring! I need color. But how on earth do you add color to things like fridges? This post by Yahoo Lifestyle will brighten up your dorm (or your bar!) in an instant. Here’s how to spray paint a mini fridge:

    -Clean fridge thoroughly

    -Sand the glossy surface

    -Mask anything you don’t want painted

    -Spray paint with color of your choice! (Be safe! Spray outdoors or use a respirator)

    -Wait 20 minutes for it to dry, then add another coat if desired.

    Photo Credit: Angry Julie Monday


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    February 26, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Quirky Bicycle Bathroom

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    February 11, 2014
    DIY “Chevron” Stripes

    Chevrons (basically, zig-zags) are a hot pattern right now. A simple search on Pinterest turns up chevron clothing, home décor, and even wedding themes. And why not? It’s a cute, simple, classic pattern that adds fun to whatever it’s on! It’s easy to understand why tutorials like this one from Casa Cullen are all over the place. Plus, adding them to an accent wall is super easy with this tip:

    Use a square chalk line grid to keep the stripes even.

    Duh! By dividing up the wall into squares first, you can then divide each square in half to create perfectly zig-zaggy chevron stripes!

    Photo Credit: Casa Cullen 


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    December 24, 2013
    Merry Christmas!

    Happy Holidays!

    Photo Credit: Martial Arts Nomad


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    November 7, 2013
    Permanently Straight Picture Frames

    Picture frames that like to remain obstinately crooked are a neat-freaks worst nightmare. If not mounted and secured properly, even the slightest bump can send frames spinning. If you find yourself constantly policing the pictures in your house and adjusting them on a daily basis, then this post is for you. Chelsea at TwoTwentyOne has a wonderful tutorial on keeping your frames permanently straight:

    Are you ready for my secret weapon?

    Cabinet bumpers.

    You simply stick two bumpers onto the two bottom corners of your picture frame, so one bumper per corner. Hang your picture frame.  Slap your level on top.  Adjust until it’s level.  Then give the bottom corners with the bumpers a little push.

    Photo Credit: Robby Van Arsdale 


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    October 31, 2013
    Happy Halloween!

    Photo Credit: Chris Yarzab


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    October 25, 2013
    Friday Fun Video: DIY $10 Headboard
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    Extremely cute and dirt cheap!


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