How to Repair Solid Wood Doors

How to Repair Solid Wood Doors

If you have ever experienced solid hardwood doors, you know they can’t be beat in comparison to hollow doors.  They really are more quiet, absolutely more sturdy, and if given the choice most people would pick solid wood doors over their counterparts. If you don’t have solid hardwood doors and are looking for a way to repair your hollow doors, give this a try. I did use it on one hollow door, and it should still work for you.  Just be careful when sanding because solid wood doors withstand a…

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DIY Bathroom Vanity – Dry Sink to Real Sink

DIY Bathroom Vanity – Dry Sink to Real Sink

Where to begin on this one…. There was a bathroom vanity in my house that HAD to come out.  Was it ugly?  Not really. Was it too small?  A little…but it wasn’t a big deal.  So, what was the problem?  Apparently, a dog had resided in that bathroom and lifted it’s leg frequently to urinate on that vanity.  When I say frequently, I can’t even imagine how often it happened, but it was enough to make people gag walking by the room. I can’t think of anything much more disturbing…

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How to Update an Old Coffee Table – From Old to New – Homemade Chalk Paint

How to Update an Old Coffee Table – From Old to New – Homemade Chalk Paint

When I was younger, a big mistake I made was assuming I couldn’t decorate my home nicely due to funds.  It struck me most recently that I never even really tried.  I spent years raising children and just living in a house rather than enjoying the house where I was living.  Having four children can tie up a lot of time, and it DOES put other things that aren’t so important on a back burner (as it should be), but I still didn’t think to find inexpensive ways to decorate….

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Repairing and Painting Crate Furniture

Repairing and Painting Crate Furniture

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed furniture, didn’t have matching furniture, or maybe needed some furniture to stage a home?  For years, I made do with second rate furniture or furniture that was given to me after it had been used by someone else for years.  If you think this is a bad thing, think again.  You can create old furniture into something new and fun by using your imagination.  When you’re managing a family and funds, you do the best with what you have, and…

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What to do with an Old Fish Tank Stand – From Trash to Treasure – When Neighbors Throw Garbage in Your Yard

What to do with an Old Fish Tank Stand – From Trash to Treasure – When Neighbors Throw Garbage in Your Yard

When you own a bit of property, it seems that surrounding neighbors often look at it as an opportunity to dump trash into it.  When my husband caught one of the neighbors throwing all of the brush from his yard over the rock wall, the neighbor’s response was, “It’s just leaves and branches!”  They don’t want it in their yard, yet it’s okay to throw it into ours.  Another neighbor dumped part of her well into our yard after she had to have a new well dug and told me,…

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Inexpensive Furniture and Making Your Furniture Match

Inexpensive Furniture and Making Your Furniture Match

In my twenties, I was married with two children and BROKE.  We didn’t have Internet access like today, and I literally would call my bank nightly to see what checks cleared and what the remaining balance was in my account.  It was a nightmarish way to live, but it taught me a lot. Today, I was telling my older two girls about how I would use my talents to get what I needed (or to save the day from checks bouncing).  I knew how to sew and make crafts.  Craft…

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Repainting Heaters – It Makes a World of Difference

Repainting Heaters – It Makes a World of Difference

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about having to turn the heat on – at least those of us living in the Hudson Valley!  However, every state has it moments, and those of us with radiator or electric heat might be staring at the heaters thinking how disgusting they look.  Yep, not the kind of thing you want to have when your company arrives for the holidays. Those of us who bought neglected fixer uppers might even have a little more work on our hands.  If you’re…

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Antiquing a Mirror Frame

Antiquing a Mirror Frame

Sometimes, things are just meant to be in life.  My husband and I purchased a couple of bar stools for our kitchen through Craigslist.  They matched two others we had, and what were the chances that we ever found a matching pair? While at this woman’s incredible home to pick up the bar stools, she had a couple of mirrors in the corner.  She asked, “Would you like to take these?  I don’t have a need for them.” “Sure,” I replied.  At that moment, I didn’t think I’d have a…

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Gaudy Chicken Lamp – From Old to New

Gaudy Chicken Lamp – From Old to New

My husband laughed as he steered me toward a hideous chicken lamp at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.  He knows I love chickens, so the peeling silver chicken sitting on an old sugar bucket struck him as amusing.  He was correct.  I thought it was tacky myself, but I couldn’t resist the idea of possibly making it look a little better to put a little fun into our house. He laughed as he took it to the counter and asked, “How much will you pay me to take this away?”…

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How to Make a Window Screen

How to Make a Window Screen

When an adventurous kitty decided to use the screen as a launching device, I was sure I could just easily replace the screen itself. The problem was that the frame fell apart and was in sore need of replacement.  Furthermore, there was never a screen that fit the window completely.  The window had a half screen. I decided since the window was a custom window, and I wouldn’t easily find a screen to fit that I would just make a screen.  This can be done for any window. What You…

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