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    June 25, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Illuminated Bookshelves

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    June 19, 2014
    Painting Over Paneling

    Growing up, my grandfather’s house was COVERED, wall-to-wall, with wood paneling. Personally, I liked it. He had a cabin in the country, and it always felt very cozy there, and it brings back some great memories just thinking about it. But, if you are not someone’s grandpa with a country cottage, wood paneling is probably not the look you’re going for. It’s honestly a bit dated (although I’m sure there are ways to make it work). One way to “get rid” of it without completely gutting it is to simply paint over the paneling. Check out this guide by Angie at Postcards From The Ridge for an extremely in depth tutorial:

    -The first thing to do is evaluate the type of paneling that you have.  Is it textured or smooth?  Glossy or flat/matte?  This will be important in determining the right primer to purchase.  

    -Before you prime it, clean it.

    -Once you’ve cleaned, caulked, and allowed the caulk to dry, then you’re ready to prime. 

    -After the primer dries, you’re ready to paint the paneling.  

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    June 18, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Bottom Of Stairs Bench

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    June 10, 2014
    Simple Paint Projects That Add Big Impact

    There are tons of tiny home improvement projects out there that you can do RIGHT NOW, without spending any money (provided you have an extra can of paint and some basic cleaning supplies lying around). It’s a great way to refresh your home, or bring a fixer upper out of the dumps. Most people wouldn’t even think to paint things like these, and if they did, they’d have no idea how. Check out this round up post by Virginia at Live Love DIY for some easy projects, with tutorials on all of them:

    -Paint your trims

    -Paint tiles

    -Paint old furniture

    -Scrub or paint over old grout

    -Create an accent wall

    Photo Credit: Orin Zebest 


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    June 3, 2014
    June Home Maintenance

    One of the hardest parts about owning a home is the upkeep. Unlike living in an apartment, you don’t have a maintenance guy you can just call up when your toilet gets clogged. No, you have to handle all that crap yourself (pun very much intended). And there are tons and tons of maintenance necessities you have to handle. Not that it should discourage you; repairing and maintaining your own home is very rewarding. It can just sometimes seem like a lot to juggle. Well, luckily for us, the lovely folks at Houzz provide a “home to-do checklist” for each month of the year, so you know exactly what needs to be done. Here are a few essentials for June:

    -Paint the home exterior while the weather is dry

    -Check for cracks in the foundation

    -Clean the gutters

    -Get the outdoor gear ready

    -Lighten up the decor- use lighter fabrics and brighter colors

    Photo Credit: Bob Mical 


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    May 29, 2014
    Things You Didn’t Know You Could Clean With Salt

    There are tons of recipes out there for DIY, natural cleaners. Most of them use vinegar or baking soda, which works for almost everything. But, there is another natural cleaner sitting in your kitchen- table salt! Sea salt will also work for most of these. It’s a great exfoliator and will help you scrub almost anything back into shape: including most metals. Check out this post by Heather Schisler at Passion For Savings:

    -Remove Soap Scum – Remove soap scum from bathroom tile by mixing salt and vinegar (about 1 part to 4 parts) and scrubbing. Wipe clean with damp rag.

    -Remove Rust from Metal - Make a paste from salt, cream of tartar and water and apply to the item. Let sit in the sun (if possible) until dry and then buff clean.

    -Add Shine to Chrome – Shine up sink faucets and other fixtures using a mixture made from 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Apply to fixture and then buff with a rag. Rinse with water and wipe dry.

    Photo Credit: Karyn Christner 


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    May 26, 2014
    Happy Memorial Day

    Happy Memorial Day


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    May 23, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Smelly Crawl Space Fix
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    Yuck, right?! Sometimes it happens, though. And if it does, this video will be tremendous help.


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    May 21, 2014
    Wordless Wednsday: Breathtaking Bath

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    May 16, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Painting Furniture To Make It Look “Distressed”
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    Easy tutorial for unique looking furniture!


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