I've been on a green-cleaning kick lately. By "green" I mean natural, but also "green" as in money-saving! While paying four or five dollars for a bottle of cleaner might not feel like a big deal, it is when you consider how easy it is to create a similarly effective cleanser for a few cents a bottle. In an effort to convert all my cleansing products to homemade, I've recently whipped up a batch of homemade window cleaner that works just as well as the store-bought variety, and without streaking!
Is there a "right" option for curtain lengths? That depends on who you ask, and often just asking the question can leave you more confused than you were before. The long and short of it is (no pun intended): it's up to you. But we're here to help as you answer the question, "How long should curtains be?" We'll be taking a critical look at curtain lengths, tall and small. What side are you on?
I'll be the first to admit that making roman shades as not been my forte. My last two attempts were nothing short of disastrous. The shades looked great when completely let down. And that's all they did, because I was so confused when sewing them that I did things wrong and they never pulled up correctly! I think I might go the "no-sew" route and try this faux version!
This spring, I had a chance to tour the manufacturing facility at Andersen Windows Corporation in Bayport, Minnesota. Bayport is a small town (about an hour from Minneapolis) on the banks of the scenic St. Croix river. It's a beautiful setting, and one Andersen has enjoyed for a hundred years. Preserving the river is really important to the company, and one reason they take great care to produce their windows and doors in an environmentally-conscious way. Read on to see what I learned about how windows get made, and watch my video tour!
A few months ago we moved into a tree house. Well, not exactly. It's a real house, but it has more windows than a zebra has stripes. We love them (windows, and zebras), but grew tired of accidentally showing off for the neighbors at night. We needed a barrier between our house and the 'hood. Read on to find out what we ended up with ...
The windows are the best thing about our new house. They are old and many need some repair, but they're full of character and they bathe us in natural light all day long. I can't tell you how many people have told us the place feels like a tree house, with all the natural light. We totally agree.
But after we lived here for a few days, we realized there's one problem with tree house living ... there's no privacy. So after a few nights of...
I'm on a quest to find new window treatments that are affordable and stylish and, well, affordable. What we have now are some discolored, plastic "wood" blinds that have ceased to open properly. I love the look of Roman shades, but hate the typical expense associated with having them custom made. So, what's a girl to do? Make her own! Without sewing a single stitch!
It's no secret: custom window treatments are EXPENSIVE. Excessively so, it seems. That's why I flipped my lid when I spotted this tutorial for making your own DIY cornices (those fancy box-like things at the top) for about $15 a piece. Yes, fifteen dollars.
I hate to be the one to tell you, but it's September, and that means window-cleaning time. So, we're excited to collaborate with the folks at FishFoam, who offered to let us give away three cases of their premium foaming glass cleaner to three lucky Curbly readers. FishFoam is a professional-grade, ammonia-free cleaner that won't leave streaks or haze.
Each case retails for $42, and contains 12 19-oz. cans of cleaner, so you'll have plenty for all your windows, and maybe your neighbors', too.
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Yesterday I painted my front door. It has 9 divided lights; such things can make a paint job tricky. I've painted enough window frames in my lifetime to have a definite opinion as to the taping versus scraping question. For me, it's scraping. Let me tell you why. I find taping hugely time consuming, plus, getting the tape just right--especially in the corners--is a pain. AND every time I've taped, I always seem to do some scraping anyway. So, scraping it is. What I like about this method
This entry door is--hands down--one of the most interesting I've ever seen. Makes you wonder what the rest of the facade looks like, no? Well, here it is:
Okay, I have been looking EVERYWHERE for an example of this idea since I saw it in High Fidelity (I believe it was in the apartment of the Lisa Bonet character.) As soon as I saw it, I
MWT and I are in the throes of constructing a garden shed (more on that later...much later). We're building it for storage and to add interest to our property, but if we were in need of a greenhouse, I'd totally want to make one out of reclaimed
Curtain hanging can become such a dilemma that some of us just give up and opt for blinds.
This Young House tackles the problem in the bedroom of eight year old, Olivia. As you can see, the trio of windows combine to make an architectural statement that you wouldn't want to cover up behind drapes. However, a girl needs her privacy.
It took Cheft about $300 bucks in materials and a year and a half to gather the cast-off windows used to make his very own backyard greenhouse.
The Pop-up Card Designer is a Windows application, which generates unfolded patterns of pop up cards. Using this software, you can print out a pattern and use it to create your own pop-up card.
Why the manufacturers of 303 Aerospace Protectant™ don’t make it available in every big box and hardware store in the country, astounds me. It is the absolute best way to give new life to vinyl. Around the house that includes vinyl windows, doors, shutters, patio furniture, spa and pool covers and the like. To illustrate 303's extraordinary ability, take a look at my in-law’s sun-bleached front door before an application of 303, which consists of...
Is this the most exciting two minutes and thirty-six seconds of video you'll ever watch? No.
But it's better than a sharp stick in the eye. And it'll keep your house warmer, too.