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    October 8, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Peaceful Gray Bath

    Photo from Remy Meijers


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    October 2, 2014
    Rust Busting Secrets

    To me, metal furniture looks much more sophisticated than plastic lawn chairs. It’s also more durable, and will last you much longer. My entire life, I’ve had metal lawn furniture, and I’ve always loved the look of it. However, it does have its weak point: rain and rust. Now- one little storm won’t render your outdoor furniture useless- but over time, rust can build up. But even if it does- you don’t need to worry! Just read this tutorial by Lane Cummings at eHow and your patio furniture will be good as new:

    -Spray the metal furniture with vinegar until each piece of metal is sopping wet
    -Wait 15 minutes, then wipe off, and rinse with water- then dry

    -Rub the rest of the rust off with a wire brush

    -Sand off any remaining rust, wipe off

    -Apply primer and rust-resistant paint

    Photo Credit: Delwin Steven Campbell 


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    October 1, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Abandoned Farmhouse

    Photo from Erling Sivertsen


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    September 26, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Abandoned Hotel
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox26n1f1

    Exploring abandoned buildings is dangerous and illegal- so don’t try this at home. However, it’s fun watching other people do it!


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    September 25, 2014
    How To Style Bookcases

    I’m always surprised when I go to someone’s house and I don’t see bookshelves; they’re a great way for adding personality to a room. I probably have too many- but where else am I going to put my books? They’re also great for storing (and showing off) all my knick knacks and collections. But, my shelves always look cluttered and full. That’s why I love this article by Justina Blakeney at Ebay- it has some awesome styling tips for making bookshelves look put together: you can use them for staging your home, or giving your room a makeover:

    -Arrange books by size and color

    -Use objects to add height

    -Face good-looking books outward

    -Use artwork on shelves

    -Add plants

    Photo Credit: magicatwork 


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    September 24, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: How To Transfer A Map Onto A Pallet

    Photo and tutorial from The Idea Room


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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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    September 15, 2014
    Energy Conservation Tips

    The cooler months have finally arrived! After a long summer of nearly 90° weather every day, I nearly shed tears of joy when it hit 60° a few days ago. I’m so excited for Fall and Winter! But, unfortunately, with colder weather comes higher electric bills. You can curb them later by making a few simple changes now. Get a jump start on winterizing with these easy energy saving tips by The Family Handyman, with tutorials on how to do each of them:

    -Find and seal leaks in the attic

    -Use foam gaskets to seal electrical boxes

    -Use silicone caulk and foil tape to seal leaks in ductwork

    -Wrap pipes with insulation.

    Photo Credit: thebarrowboy 


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    September 10, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Consider Decluttering

    Photo from Pop Sugar


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    September 4, 2014
    Should You Install A Barn Door?

    I love the look of barn doors inside the home! They have a great rustic appeal, and instead of opening on a hinge, they slide. They can be great statement pieces, or used as a simple way to hide a closet or other unsightly areas. However, if you don’t plan the room design out ahead of time, they can stick out like a sore thumb. If you’re considering putting in a sliding barn door, read this post by Melisa Bleasdale at Houzz first:

    -Always know the structural stability of the area before putting in/ taking out anything.

    -Keep in mind what you’re covering up: barn doors essentially hover over the space, not lying flush like a regular door. Therefore, they may not be ideal for bathrooms.

    -What look are you going for? Make sure that the door adds to the rest of the room, rather than detracting from it.

    Photo Credit: Paul J. Everett 


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