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    July 29, 2014
    How To Fix Ripped Carpet

    I know that most buyers prefer homes with hardwood floors. I understand the classic visual appeal of them: they’ll never become dated, they look high end and polished, they don’t stain, and they’re much easier to clean. For me though, I will always prefer carpet. The thought of waking up in the morning and putting my bare feet on freezing hardwood floors is a huge turn off. Carpet has always felt more “home-y” to me: it’s warmer and more inviting. I don’t want to live in a perfect showroom; I want to live in a home. However, carpet does have its downsides. Like I mentioned before, it’s harder to clean, and can be an absolute nightmare if you have pets- cats especially. My cats never have accidents; they always use the litterbox. What they do have is claws. And they loooove ripping up carpet, no matter how many scratching posts I provide for them. So, it’s pretty important for me to know how to fix rips and tears in carpet. I use this guide from For Dummies. It has a great photo tutorial!

    Photo Credit: Eric Seiler 


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    July 24, 2014
    Storm Safety: Steps To Secure Your Shak

    I love thunderstorms– the rain, the sounds, the rolling thunder, the flashes of lightning– I find it all very calming, and sometimes inspirational. If the power goes off, even better. Now, I love electricity. I love my laptop, the internet, Netflix, Pinterest, playing online games, my GPS, my phone, chatting with friends, air conditioning– I’d be absolutely lost without it all. But, sometimes it can all be a bit draining. When the power is off, you can’t do anything but talk to family, read by candlelight, or think to yourself. And it relaxes me. As long as I’m inside my home! However, as nice as thunderstorms can be, they can also be very dangerous. They can cause a ton of damage to your property if you aren’t prepared. So, always put safety first. Check out these maintenance tips by Bill Gasset at Mass Real Estate News for summer storm weatherizing info:

    -Installing storm shutters can add another layer of protection

    -Secure all outdoor items- furniture, toys, trash cans– anything not bolted down can become a projectile.

    -Trim trees with loose branches regularly

    -Invest in a backup generator for power outages. Keep well stocked with flash lights, batteries, and candles.

    -Keep gutters clean and make sure they divert water away from your home

    -Fill in cracks in basement walls or foundation

    -Consider purchasing flood insurance

    Photo Credit: Ville Oksanen 

     


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    July 23, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Ventilated Cabinet for Fridge-less Veggies

    Photo from My Home Ideas 


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    July 18, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Cleaning Shutters
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox20t5hg

    An easy, inexpensive way to update your home’s look and add curb appeal.


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    July 16, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Pallet Headboard

    Photo from Pallet Furniture DIY


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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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    July 11, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: A New Use For Chalkboard Paint
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    This shows how to create a distressed/ shabby chic look on furniture using chalk paint. I also love the idea of painting the insides of the drawers an unexpected color!


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    July 9, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Stylish Basement Entrance

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    July 2, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Fireplace Bath. Um, yes.

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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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