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    July 14, 2014
    Spray Paint Surface Info

    Spray paint is my favorite way to paint- it’s fast, it’s cheaper if you have less space to cover, and there’s less mess if you know what you’re doing. Plus…. you can spray paint just about anything- furniture, thrift store finds- anything you want to give new life to (as long as you can get it outside! Never spray paint indoors.) Check out this post by Virginia at Live Love DIY for more spray paint information:

    Spray paint is super versatile and can be used on tons of different surfaces, for example: wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, tin, ceramic, mirror, glass, masonry, plaster, concrete, terra cotta, canvas, MDF, laminate, and particle board. 

    You can use spray paint on most items used for decorative purposes, but it shouldn’t be used on surfaces that comes into contact with food or beverages. 

    Photo Credit: Daniel Naish 

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    June 30, 2014
    Fixing Broken Cement Steps

    I’ll admit it- I know next to nothing about cement. It’s uh, a rock? You build stuff with it? Sometimes it’s wet? It’s gray? That is literally all I know about the stuff. Naturally, if a cement structure on my property suddenly crumbled, I’d have no idea where to begin. Unfortunately, it happens- especially to cement stone steps. Crumbling stairs look bad, bring down your curb appeal, and, worst of all, can be a serious safety hazard. It’s best to get it fixed ASAP. If you have broken cement stairs, check out this super easy tutorial by Jeff at Home Repair Tutor. It’s super user friendly, and has lots of helpful photos.

    Photo Credit: Shannon Kringen 

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    June 27, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Build A Nail Polish Rack
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    I LOVE this! It would make my life so much more organized.

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    May 23, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Smelly Crawl Space Fix
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    Yuck, right?! Sometimes it happens, though. And if it does, this video will be tremendous help.

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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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    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 10, 2014
    Getting Rid of Laminate on Cabinets

    Having laminate on your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is okay at first, but after a few years of use (or of having destructive kids), they can get tired and peel off easily. Wouldn’t it be easier to just paint your cabinets the color you want them and be done with it? Well, this post by Kristen at kfddesigns will help you out! It includes a detailed tutorial on how to remove your cabinet doors, peel off all the laminate, and paint them! Check it out, plus some great photos of the finished result:

     it took quite a bit of ripping, slicing, scraping and sanding to get it off!

    thankfully, it peeled off pretty easily, and we got most of the fronts off within about 2 hours. as you can imagine, the surface underneath was perfect for applying paint – rough and fairly porous. Use paint that self primes and has a glossy finish!

    Photo Credit: kfd Designs 

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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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    January 16, 2014
    Low Tech Home Security

    Maybe expensive security cameras, high tech lockdown devices, and gated communities make you sleep safer at night, but there are simpler measures you can take to deter the average burglar. As it turns out, the old school techniques that your grandpa uses tend to work pretty well. It’s pretty simple: burglars will avoid places that look like they’re occupied and don’t have anything worthwhile to steal. This post at Mom Prepares will help you beef up your home security, without spending a penny:

    -DON’T leave spare keys hidden in obvious places – under flowerpots and doormats, or even above doorjambs. 

    -DO conceal electronics, valuables and other items that might be attractive to thieves by keeping your blinds and curtains closed.

    -DO make it look like someone is always home. have your neighbors pick up your mail when you’re out of town, or buy a timer for your lights and TV.

    -DON’T leave notes on your door telling friends, family or delivery workers that you’re not home. 

    Here’s my own tip: if you are leaving the house empty for an extended period or vacation, DON’T post about it on Facebook or other social media until you get back. Make sure someone knows where you’re going, but advertising “Hey, my house is going to be empty and unprotected for a week! Come steal my stuff!” on Facebook is generally not a good idea.

    Photo Credit: Jamison Judd 

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