Yes! You Can Paint a Ceramic Tile Floor

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-07-27

When we bought our house many years ago, one big problem was the big front entry and hallway. They were tiled in a mauve-y purple thick ceramic tile. Mr. Mod had just put down hardwood floors in the large great room and we had them stained and finished by a professional (at that time we lacked DIY know how), and we were tapped out. 

created at: 2009-07-27

Contrary to the advice of every single paint store person I interrogated, I...

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Before and After: A Punch of Aqua Goes a Long Way

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2010/01/21

Fabric cording? Nooooo...it's aqua vinyl! When you pick the right color, there's no going wrong. Take a look at what three coats of delicious aqua paint will do when paired with a large, modern, graphic, floral fabric. It's fresh, modern, filled with hi grade upholstery foam and as comfy as can be. If you love it, it's on etsy right here. Now take a look at Cinderella before the fairy mod home ec teacher paid her a visit...

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Star Lights from Manila Envelopes

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created at: 2009/12/17
Let's just imagine you've got some free time on Saturday morning and you're having friends over Saturday night. Jeesh, that takes some imagination for cryin' out loud! Well, lucky for you, Ben has given us a pattern to make FAB star lights out of manila envelopes to cover your basic white lights. This would definitely be a great Christmas Eve look, so relevant, so pretty!

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15 Bundled Gift Combos to Keep Everybody Busy and Happy

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009/12/17

The best gifts are the ones you get to fiddle around with all day long on Christmas day and beyond. After figuring out this brilliant formula for gift giving success, it almost seems too easy. Whatever the interest, buy a gadget, a book, and materials or tools to go with it. You get tons of mileage out of one theme and the recipient can't help but get completely engaged in the activity it provides. Check out tons of links

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Easy No Sew Daybed Bedskirt

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009/11/08

It may look like this smart, pleated bedskirt (dust ruffle) was custom made for this daybed bedding ensemble, but oh no. This simple, single pleated fabric panel is attached with velcro to the front bedspring rail. It can be removed and replaced easily for lots of under the bed storage.  KidSmartLiving.com gives you step by step instructions to make a sewn, and a no-sew version of this bedskirt. All you need to get

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Elegant and Eclectic Thanksgiving Tablescapes You Can Do Yourself

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-11-04

Photo Images: Bobbi Fabian

Look, Thanksgiving deserves its three weeks of November all to itself. Nobody's horning in on Christmas' time. Thanksgiving is a less stressed, better version of Christmas. It's like the delicious appetizer before Christmas. The decorating and preparation is calmer, more understated, elegant, dignified and poised. Erinn Valencich over on HGTV shows us that Thanksgiving decor has gone way beyond pilgrims and turkey statues. If you want to get in the mood, just take a look at these sophisticated tablescapes that will inspire you to get Autumny creative.  I'm doing the top one with the white pumpkin.

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Vintage Typewriters in Design

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-10-21

Photo Image: LuphiaLoves

Can you think of anything unappealing about the design of vintage typewriters?  They evoke feelings of long, arduous hours of thinking and rethinking brilliant ideas, plunking along until the last page is yanked from the rollers with satisfied uncertainty. It's old school at its best.  Even if you're not a writer, you can't deny the coolness of a vintage typwriter sitting there all "I still look so good, even if you prefer a boring keyboard". Grab one or two before it's too late. Plus, it's a darned clever way to add a splash of color...

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Kickin' Back at Dunder Mifflin

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-10-21
 

Makes me wonder if Darryl has been getting in touch with his inner designer down in the warehouse. This furniture gives minimalism a whole new meaning. But, oh so NOT comfy. However, I am  diggin' the whole minimal thing Swedish Architechtural firm TAF  has going on.  Can you say "thinking outside the box?" 

The website is so chic-ly uber-minimal, it's hard to even discuss their designs. I guess you just have to see design, not explain it. 

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DIY Thanksgiving: 15 Early House Prep Tips

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-10-20

Don't get caught like this--table centerpiece is ready and the wall is still being painted--Yikes!

We're not even to Halloween and, from past experience, it's time get my Thanksgiving (House Projects) To Do list in order. Every year I'm caught at the last minute trying to spruce up the joint and make the most outstanding tablescapes (in the words of Sandra Lee) the world has ever seen.

We're five weeks out. There's plenty of time, if well planned, to whip the house into an entertaining mecca that will meet even your highest expectations. 

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A-Z StainBuster Guide

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-09-04

Who was it that gave me the go-ahead to install nearly white carpet throughout the upstairs? Oh yeah, I told myself that if I liked it, I should just do it.  You should see it eight years later.  A spilled glass of milk by a man who loves cold milk with his warm chocolate chip cookies late at night is the latest catastrophe.

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