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    March 15, 2016
    Easy Kitchen Updates

    4254409264_921057e1de_zUsually, remodeling the kitchen can be one of the most expensive rooms in the house. From changing the flooring, to replacing cabinets and counters, to getting completely new appliances- you might as well demolish it all and start from scratch. However, there are plenty of other cheaper, simpler ways to update your kitchen! Check out these easy kitchen makeover ideas from How To Nest For Less:

    Paint your kitchen island in a contrasting color from Infarrantly Creative

    DIY Wood Countertops from Cleverly Inspired

    Pantry makeover from The House of Smiths

    Faux granite countertops from GianiGranite.com

    Glass front kitchen cabinets from Between Naps on the Porch

    Photo Credit: Granite Charlotte Countertops 


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    March 11, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Guest Bedroom Inspiration
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    Decor ideas to make your guest bedroom super cozy!


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    March 10, 2016
    Bathtub Caulking Tutorial

    156273009_6bd8516e5f_zIf you have an older home, or you’ve been in yours for a few years, the caulk in your bathroom is going to start cracking. No matter how clean you keep your bathroom, you are going to get mold and stains if you do not recaulk around the tub. Check out this helpful tutorial by Betty at Hometalk for caulking tips:

    -Use a utility knife to remove the old caulk

    -Spray some Lift-Off Caulk/Silicon remover onto the entire area you scraped off the old caulk.
    -Apply steady pressure to your tube gun as you move along the tub seam.
    As soon as the seams are filled, smooth the caulk with a wet fingertip. 

    Photo Credit: Jason Eppink 


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    March 3, 2016
    Spring Cleaning Time: Yearly Maintenance Checklist

    61864434_df8782cdb2_zFailure to maintain your home can result in costly, sometimes catastrophic, repairs down the line. Avoid that by getting simple upkeep done each year. The best part is, none of it is particularly costly or difficult. This post by Oh Simply has a list of maintenance tasks that every homeowner should complete once a year:

    -Replace old light bulbs

    -Deep clean carpets and rugs

    -Clean air ducts

    -Replace caulk around tiles, sinks, baths, etc.

    -Make sure fire extinguisher is not expired, test smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, replace batteries.

    Photo Credit: Andrew Fogg 


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    March 2, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Rounded Hall Doors

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    Photo from Inside Out


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    February 25, 2016
    DIY Kitchen Degreaser Solution

    14248593989_00a96804d5_zI am not the best cook in the world. My meals consist of pasta, cereal, sandwiches, and fried food. I am also not the healthiest person in the world.

    While frying up some chicken, or pickles, or french fries, or bacon will make you a delicious meal, it’s often as rough on your kitchen as it is your arteries. You leave a thin layer of grease everywhere, and it’s almost impossible to get rid of (unless you stop frying food…which no one wants to do). That’s why I love this article by Jen at Inspiring Savings. Here’s her foolproof way for degreasing kitchen cabinets and counters:

    Kitchen Cabinet Degreaser

    In order to make this process work you are going to need roughly 1 gallon of hot water. Mix the amounts as listed above until completely dissolved. Then get started on cleaning your cabinets. Seriously! What are you waiting for? Go get started now

    Photo Credit: Steve Larkin 


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    February 19, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Choosing The Right Sandpaper For Your Project
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    Not all sandpapers are equal!

     


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    February 18, 2016
    How To Re-Use Those Little Keurig Cups

    7714194636_473315b007_zI am not a huge coffee drinker, but I like the caffeine kick and the comfort it brings every once in a while. I probably have about a cup or two a week, and I don’t drink a lot at once. That’s why I love my Keurig coffee maker (which I got at a yard sale for $20 a year ago)- it only makes one cup at a time, instead of a whole pot that I never finish. However, they also generate a lot more waste than a single coffee filter: you have a bunch of those empty plastic k-cups clogging up your trash and the landfills. That’s why I love this post by Jackie at Happy Hooligans with a bunch of different ways to reuse those k-cups:

    -Use them to freeze fresh herbs

    -A basket of clean k-cups makes some fun building blocks for young kids

    -Use them as seed starters for your garden

    -Plug the hole at the bottom with glue, use them as paint pots for craft time.

    Photo Credit: frankieleon 


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    February 17, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Amazing Loft House

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    February 15, 2016
    Happy President’s Day!

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