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How To: Make Natural, Homemade Glass Cleaner

by M.E. Gray

How to: Make orange-scented homemade window cleaner

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!        

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Make It: No Sew Roman Shades

by Lexy Ward
diy faux roman shades
Photo: One O

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!

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Behind the Scenes: How a Window Gets Made

by Bruno Bornsztein

Behind the Scenes: How a Window Gets Made

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!

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The Curbly House Gets a Window Dressing Makeover: The Inspiration

by Alicia Lacy

The Curbly House Gets a Window Dressing Makeover: The Inspiration

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...

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Make It: Easy No-Sew Roman Shades

by Capree K
Make It: Easy No-Sew Roman Shades

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!    

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Curbly Giveaway: 3 Cases of Fish Foam Window Cleaner ($50 Value)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly Giveaway: 3 Cases of Fish Foam Window Cleaner ($50 Value)

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.

FishFoam premium foaming window cleaner

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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How to Scrape a Painted Window

by DIY Maven

How to Scrape a Painted Window

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

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Extreme Vinyl Make Over With 303

by DIY Maven

Extreme Vinyl Make Over With 303

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...

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The Fix Its: Shrink Wrap Your Windows For Winter

by Bruno Bornsztein

The Fix Its: Shrink Wrap Your Windows for Winter
Don't let the unseasonably warm weather fool you; it will get cold this year. And when it does, our 94-year-old house will get cold too. So I spent a few hours this weekend putting up insulating plastic film over our living room windows. 

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.  

 

 

 

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