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    March 14, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: DIY Plastic Bag Dispenser
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    I re-use plastic grocery bags ALL the time, but they usually just sit in a wadded up ball in my laundry room. This dispenser is an eco-friendly alternative to make them a little more organized!

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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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    March 6, 2014
    Home Upgrade Investments

    Home maintenance and upgrading can be a pain. It’s time consuming, and is never easy on your bank account. However, there are some home improvements that can save you money in the long run. Some will even pay off big time if you plan on selling your house! Check out this post by Anna Williams at the Learnvest blog for smart home upgrades. The list also includes what each of these are, and how they help save you money in the long run. Check it out!

    -Fiber-cement siding

    -Cellular PVC trim

    -Quartz countertops

    -Solid vinyl fencing

    -Fiberglass entry doors

    -Paler paint colors

    Photo Credit: Images of Money 

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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

    Photo from Luxury D3sign Tumblr

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    February 20, 2014
    Spring Cleaning: Garage Organization

    Spring is just around the corner! It’s time to open all the windows, get rid of the stale air, and dump all the winter clutter. A good place to start? The garage! It’s an area that accumulates mess really easily. The pros: it’s a really big area, and you’ll have a huge sense of accomplishment. Plus, it frees up space for storage (and maybe even a car!). Cons: …it’s a big area, and it might take a while. So where do you start? Well, this post by Jenetta at A Lazy Girl might help:

    -Remove the cars

    -Take care of large items first- organize, trash, or donate.

    -Work on smaller items- shelves and cabinets are your friend!

    -Organize the tools

    Photo Credit: Rubbermaid 

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    February 19, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: DIY Circular Bookshelves

    Photo from PhamHannah 

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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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    February 5, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Fireplace Aquarium

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    February 3, 2014
    Best (and Most Fun) Way to Clean a Paint Roller

    Paint rollers are really great for painting large areas at one time, but the second you set it down, they’re ruined forever. Trying to switch colors? Forget about it. Leave it out too long without washing it? Ha! They turn into hard, matted, gross blobs that are unusable. Or so I thought! Apparently, there is a way to get paint rollers as clean as new, but it’s a bit messy. This tutorial from Kelly at View Along the Way is amazing and life changing:

    1. Without removing the paint roller from the… uh… paint roller tool thing (also called a paint roller?), soak it with a water hose.
    2. Now use the water hose to get the paint roller spinning until the water and paint start flying off the roller like friggin MAGIC.
    3. Continue until all the paint is gone. It’s seriously miraculous, guys.

    Photo Credit: Gary Cycles 

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