I'm currently living in a home that has most likely been painted at least every 2 years since the 50s. The paint-history totally shows on all the door knobs, playing out in accidental swipe marks and drips. If you were to peek behind the knobs you could literally see the years play out in paint layers, with many of those layers ending up on the hardware itself. They say it's the details that create the big picture, and after seeing how sleeker my hardware looks after stripping it, I have to agree. While you might not feel like painted-over hinges and handles are worth the effort of restoring, it's amazing how fresh and new your home will feel. I tried out three different methods of removing old paint from hardware, and am here to tell you what worked. I'll walk you through what I did, what I learned, and what the pros and cons are of each method.
Getting married? Congratulations! Now onto the scary part... paying for the wedding. It's expensive any way you look at it, but there are plenty of areas to cut back. Here are 14 sneaky ways to save money on your wedding.
I've seen this phrase tumbling around on the internet for a while now: "Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady." To that I say, why not both? I only say that because I am a die-hard cat lover who has recently discovered her love of indoor jungles. The good news is you can totally go crazy in both cat and plant departments - you just have to be smart about it. There are plenty of easily-accessible houseplants out there that are non-toxic to both cats...
When I think of "home," I always start with a visual picture: the layout, the colors, and all the "stuff" that makes it so unique. But, of course, my real concept of home doesn't have anything to do with the physical structure or the things that sit inside it. Home is a sense of peace and rest I experience by myself and with my family. And it's the place where I nurture relationships, and build community. And if I'm doing things right, it's the place that helps me stay sane. So this year, I'm giving my home a new commitment, and all my 2017 commitments are actually New Year's resolutions for the home.
Those are just a few things you can expect if you have squirrels or rodents in your attic. Since I’m in the process of evicting several squirrel families from my home (they never pay their rent on time), I wanted to learn everything I could about these little rodents. Hopefully this post will help you keep these freeloaders out of your space! First, let’s find out who we’re dealing with.
Have you dealt with squirrels? Let us know how you dealt with them in the comments below
Who doesn't love to travel? Even if it's for one overnight stay, a quick vacation is good for the soul. There's a common misconception about the cost of travel and that vacationing is only for the wealthy, but you can have a good time for less! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you plan a smashing vacation on a budget!
Throw everything in the junk closet! Just kidding. While that seems like the easier way out when the idea of cleaning your home is daunting, here are a few tricks to help you tackle the job! And in under 60 minutes!
Bookshelves often end up being used more as a catch-all than a place to display beautiful objects and collections. But today we're going to share some simple tips and tricks that will help you turn a boring old bookcase into a stunning focal point.
Do you have a work space? Does it have a designated spot in your home? Or do you have a desk that doubles as something else? We don't live in a very big space so we created a little nook in our kitchen to act as a desk/mini studio for me! And at the beginning of each month, that desk/mini studio is clean, clean, clean! And by the end of the month, it's become a catch-all for anything and everything. How to fight the mess?
Sometimes arranging living room furniture can be challenging when the space doesn't dictate a clear layout. Sure, you can go the easy route... but there are some great ways to set up your furniture in a more dynamic way. I've compiled a set of tips that will have your living room in tip top shape in no time.
My name is Lexy and I'm a clean freak. They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. And I have one. I like things to be spotless. Problem is, I'm getting so busy with work and a new baby that I can't keep up with keeping my house in pristine condition. I used to spend every Saturday deep-cleaning my home and now that I don't have the time to do that, I had to build a few daily habits to help me achieve that spotless...
I hate to be a Debbie-downer, but Christmas will soon be over. After the big day, the pretty ornaments go back to storage for another eleven months. How do you protect your ornaments every season to keep them safe from shatter hazards and little hands?
If you could only makeover one room in your home, which room would you choose?
A few months back, we took a poll over on our Facebook page asking this question and the kitchen was the most common answer -- by a landslide. While kitchen makeovers can be one of the most expensive home improvement projects you're likely to tackle, it is possible to breathe new life into your space without breaking the bank.
So, if a kitchen makeover is next up on your to-do list, check out these five money-saving tips before you start!
Let's face it, most of your guests look inside your medicine cabinet, whether they admit to it or not. Would you be embarrassed if someone saw the inside of yours? Here are 8 quick and easy tips for beautifying this forgotten little space in your bathroom.
Our living room has a pretty established color scheme which could quickly and easily get out of hand. To reign it in and keep things interesting, I try to mix in different textures and patterns! It's not always obvious what will or won't work, but I promise this approach will keep your decor looking and feeling fresh. Here's how!
Just because you have a petite kitchen doesn't mean you can't have big culinary skills. Take for example Deb from The Smitten Kitchen. She's done some impressive cooking/baking in her 80 square foot NYC apartment's kitchen. To put her space in perspective, her oven is 3/4 size and she only has
This Curbly guest post was written by Tiffany McLean of Living Saavy
I love it when my life and house are organized. This month on Living Savvy, I dedicated all of March to organizing my life and space. I attacked anything behind a close door! I also asked a few other organized bloggers to share their own organizing secrets. So, here are seventeen tips from the best of the blogosphere to get your life and home in order.
I have three little girls, two of which are very good at distributing toys, clothes, and books all over the house. After too many days of me chasing after them and cleaning up their messes, it was time to put them in charge of pulling some of the weight around the house. My sanity depended on it.
So, how do we distribute chores among children at different developmental stages? Here are a few tips, and printable helps, to encourage you in the process.
Getting the laundry room ship-shape for spring will be a SNAP with these very clever hacks. There's something for everyone too. Woodworkers can go all out with Ana White's Laundry Basket Dresser plan, pictured above.
If you'd rather keep your tools in their chest, check out this