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    June 25, 2015
    How To Get Nail Polish Out Of Anything

    I live in a house of women. Me, my sister, my mom, and my grandma all live under one roof with my dad. Even all our pets are females. I also love painting my nails, and have a pretty impressive collection of nail polish, if I may say so. Needless to say, accidents happen. I’ve spilled nail polish on carpets, sheets- basically no surface is safe. That’s why I depend on articles like this one by Taylor at Stain Removal 101. Here’s how to get rid of nail polish stains from any sort of fabric:

    Washable fabric and clothing: Blot the fabric with acetone. Rinse with cool water. Repeat as needed until no more nail polish comes up. Then pretreat the area with a stain remover and throw it in the washer.

    Upholstery: Blot off as much as you can without further spreading it. Apply acetone using an eyedropper. Immediately blot with a paper towel or white cloth. Repeat as needed. If more remains, use a dry cleaning solvent.

    Photo Credit: Gerry Lauzon 


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    February 10, 2015
    Building an In Home Bar

    While it may not pay off if you are selling your home, an in-home bar is a lot of fun. If you entertain a lot, and have friends that like having a drink and hanging out at your house, a bar might be the perfect project for you. They’re great for sports buffs, TV and movie nights, and other get-togethers. If you are interested in creating your own home bar, check out this post by Gordon at Milligan’s Gander Hill Farm for a full tutorial. The post has an extremely detailed, photo-centric tutorial, so I don’t think that pasting any of it here will do it justice. Be sure to check it out.

    Photo Credit: Matt Scott 


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    February 2, 2015
    Saggy Sofa? How To Update It!

    I feel like everyone has it: the 10+ year old, beige, microfiber sofa. It has stains of indeterminate origin, maybe some kind of sticky black mark (gum??), and saggy, deflated-looking cushions. If you don’t have one, you know someone who does. If it IS your couch, never fear! Making them like-new again is actually fairly easy. Instead of spending hundreds on a new sofa, you can simply perk yours up for less than $30. Check out this tutorial by Tonya at Love Of Family And Home if your sofa is looking slouchy:

    -The first thing I did for this makeover was wash all of our couch cushion & throw pillow covers! Let me just tell you, I had NO IDEA how filthy those things were until I washed them!  It was unbelievable!   

    - I bought a 10lb box of Poly-Fil at our local Walmart store for $20.00 and used it to add more stuffing to the back cushions and throw pillows. I just unzipped the cushions & stuffed! Easy peasy!! 

    -As far as the seat cushions go, I perked them up a bit using some Poly-Fil Quilt Batting ($9).

    Photo Credit: kishisaka 


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    January 12, 2015
    Upcycling Idea: Ladder Shelf

    I absolutely love the whole “shabby chic” design trend. I think it just makes the home look cozy and lived in. But, my favorite décor style is bohemian! Flowy fabrics, rich colors, plants living in the house, mismatched throw pillows and rugs- it’s the absolute epitome of maximalism! Which I am all about. That’s why I love this project by Donna at Funky Junk. It incorporates the best of both worlds, while also upcycling an old piece. Check out her stepladder shelf tutorial here:

    -Select boards for shelves, wall supports, and something to connect the ladder to the wall.

    -Lean the full ladder against the wall at the desired angle. Attach ladder to the wall with top brackets. 

    -Mark how long you desire the boards to be, then cut to size.

    -Paint or stain boards if desired

    -Attach supports to wall, add boards.

    Photo Credit: My Latest Obesession 


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    December 22, 2014
    Cool DIY Ideas For Your Home

    I’m always on the lookout for easy home upgrades that I can do- that don’t take more than five minutes. I love the idea of having a totally personalized, put together house, but I usually lack the skills to make all my DIY ideas a reality. I don’t know much about electricity, wiring, carpentry, plumbing, or even painting (I’d rather call a professional for those services) – but I’m all for throwing a little glitter on a dollar store item to make it look like a million bucks! That’s why I love this Buzzfeed article by Peggy Wang- it’s packed full of ideas that will make your home stand out, without having much technical knowledge on repairs:

    -Paint your old vinyl or linoleum floors

    -Make your own curtain tie backs

    -Hide television wires in a shower curtain rod

    -Add a large picture frame around your flatscreen TV- or add frames around light switch covers

    -Cover an air vent with a doormat

    Photo Credit: Curb Alert Blog 


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    November 11, 2014
    Drilling Through Tile…Without Breaking It

    Installing lighting and other electrical equipment yourself can save you tons of money (though, there are many cases when a professional is needed! Know your limits!) But, what if you need to install something into your bathroom, and you have tile walls? If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can shatter the tile (which is not a good look). For a great tutorial, read this post by Nate and Michelle at Decor and the Dog:

    Choose the correct drill bit.  - Regular drill bits aren’t strong enough to drill through tile.  Tile is made to be strong and hold up to a beating but these qualities make it hard to drill into.

    Mark the area with painter’s tape to keep the drill from slipping

    Use light pressure on the drill.  It’s tempting to want to drill fast.  Drilling through tile takes patience. It took about 5-10 minutes for each hole drilled.  Be sure to keep the drill bit cool!

    Photo Credit: Nachans 


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    October 27, 2014
    Dishwasher Cleaning Tips

    If your dishwasher is full of icky bacteria, it’s not going to do a very good job of getting your dishes clean. It’s easy to forget about, but it’s extremely important to clean your dishwasher periodically. But, how do you do it? You’d think that just running it would take care of it, but that’s not always the case. To kill bacteria and get rid of built up food and grime, read this post by Cheryl at Tidy Mom:

    -Start with an empty dishwasher. Remove all parts

    -Use paper towels to remove debris and gunk

    -Using paper towels, remove debris and food gunk (I’ve even found hair??) .

    • Use a damp rag that’s been wet with vinegar water to wipe down inside and edges of door, use a toothbrush or q-tip to get in tiny places. 

    -Add 2 cups of white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher and turn it on to Energy or Low Wash. Stop the machine in mid-wash, so the vinegar can set on the bottom and work. Let it stand for about 20 minutes, then turn on to finish cycle.

    Photo Credit: brownpau 


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    September 19, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Cleaning Dried Out Paintbrushes
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxg55xb

    Left your paintbrush sitting out too long without washing it out? No problem! Don’t waste your money buying tons of new paintbrushes when you have these simple techniques.


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    August 15, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Install Doorknobs
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxgqgc5

    A quick and easy tutorial!

     


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    August 8, 2014
    Friday Fun Videos: How To Install Pocket Doors
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxkjdo7

    These are pretty funky; I’m not quite sure how I feel about them. We do have them as our closet doors at our house, and they do the job! Also, these would be useful if you were trying to build a secret passage / room :)


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