Ultimate Guide to Summer Home Improvement

Summer Home Improvement Guide

Summer's here and it's the perfect time for DIY projects! Need some inspiration? You've come to the right place. We've pulled together a few dozen of the coolest summer projects ever. Read on to find amazing ideas to improve your home this season. Spruce up your interiors with these fantastic ideas. Try your hand at this surprisingly simple stenciled wallpaper from The Lovely Cupboard. The project takes very little materials and costs only $15. It does require both precision and patience, but as you can see, the results are totally worth your investment. Create a one of a kind painted glass table top with this tutorial from Kara Paslay Designs. Got blank walls? Leigh Dusek wrote a great guide on how to fill a large blank wall on a budget. And over at style list.com, you can … [Read more...]

How to Make Stainless Steel Shine

Cleaning stainless steel naturally

How to Clean Stainless Steel With Olive Oil & Vinegar When you bought your beautiful stainless steel appliances, the helpful salesperson probably didn't mention that within minutes of installation they would look like they'd been licked by a hound dog and wiped off with a piece of buttered toast. Well you can have bright and shiny stainless steel in your kitchen - without the overpriced stainless steel cleaner you'll find in stores. First, pour a little olive oil on a rag. Wipe the stainless steel surface all over with the oil. You'll be amazed at how it effortlessly lifts fingerprints and shines your appliances. Then dampen another rag with white vinegar and rub over it again. This method not only cleans and shines your stainless steel, but it will keep it smudge free for … [Read more...]

How to get Sharpie Marker off the Wall

sharpie on the wall

Four Ways to Get Sharpie or Permanent Marker off a Wall Few things are as difficult to remove from the wall as permanent marker. But when junior marks up your foyer with sharpies, don’t fear; it can be remedied. Here are some things you’ll likely find around the house that you can use to remove the so called permanent marks from the wall. • Hand Sanitizer Gel • Rubbing Alcohol • Acetone Nail Polish Remover • Hairspray All of the above solvents are pretty harsh and will also remove the paint from your walls if you aren’t careful. … [Read more...]

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Clean your wood floors with ease.    Image Credit: Mirage Flooring Hardwood floors are absolutely lovely in a home. They look great with almost any décor and can make a small space seem much bigger. In the winter, they stay a bit warmer than tile floors. They are more hygienic than carpeted floors and more durable than linoleum. For all the positive traits of wood floors, they do have one tiny drawback. They can be tricky to maintain. In order to keep them looking their best, wood floors need to be cleaned often and cared for without the use of harsh chemicals or abrasive tools. Here’s a little guide to help you keep your wood floors in tip top shape – without a lot of hassle. Choose a mild cleaning solution. Supermarket shelves are laden with a variety of wood floor … [Read more...]

Butterfly Feet – A Craft You Can Make With Your Kids

Butterfly footprint craft

An Easy Craft for Kids – Butterfly Feet! Here’s a remarkably easy craft that makes a delightful gift for grandparents, or a great decoration in the house. It’s a butterfly – made from your child’s footprints. Here’s your supply list for this craft: two baby feet washable, nontoxic, poster paint old rags or sponge thick cardstock or canvas newspaper or tarp to cover work area< Instructions: Wash and dry your child’s feet. Designate a work area and tape down some newspaper or a tarp – this could will get messy. Lay out your cardstock or canvas and determine where you’d like the prints to go. Get some damp rags ready and keep them very close by for quick clean up if things get out of hand. Apply a thin layer of paint to one of your … [Read more...]