A Simple Trick for Testing Your Remote Using Your Smartphone

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Quick tricks seem to be a thing this week... and this one is one of those tricks I feel like I should have known for a long time but never heard about until now. But, since there is a small chance that I might be only the second to last person to hear of things, I'm passing this along so that no one else feels less informed than I do! Have you ever thought your remote's battery was dead, or installed a brand new battery in a remote, only to have nothing work? There's a quick trick to see if … [Read more...]

How to Install Floating Shelves On a Tile Wall Using Wall Anchors

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The floating shelves in the laundry room are now painted and finished! They're everything I wanted: wide, solid, long... and not at all chunky. That last part seems to be one of the hardest-to-find elements when it comes to floating shelves, so I'll have a tutorial ready for you on Monday with the full play-by-play and final photos (I'm waiting on the last coat of paint to cure before putting anything on top of them, & then I can take photos). I'm excited to start loading them up and … [Read more...]

How to Turn Favorite Quotes Into Art with a Watercolor Border

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Happy Monday, folks. Thought I'd share a quick DIY with you today while I finish up some updates in the laundry room and kitchen. Remember the #craftnado I mentioned last Monday? I've been trying each month to do a small DIY project that is more on the creative side, and for March, I decided to experiment with some watercolor art that also displayed some of my favorite quotes. Only after this project, I liked the border so much, I can't decide which quote is worthy of this kind of … [Read more...]

How to To Remove Paint from Windows

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Ever since cutting down the pine trees a couple weeks ago, the weather in Atlanta has been somewhat mucky. Rain hasn't always been pouring, but the threat of it loomed for about ten days, which made everything seem even more drab than before. Plus, rain always makes me lazy and choose to stay in bed rather than DIY. So, once the sun was finally going to come out again this weekend (hooray, spring!), I felt somewhat obligated to take advantage of it and get at least something done. That's all … [Read more...]

More Skim Coating Tips

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Several years ago, I was looking for a tutorial that would help me fix my damaged walls in the upstairs master bath. After removing all of the wallpaper, there were imperfections everywhere thanks to torn drywall paper. At the time, I was hoping that there was someone out in the web world who could teach me the right way to fix this problem. I didn't know what "level 5 drywall" was. I didn't know the tools I needed. And I certainly didn't know the lingo. Unfortunately, I couldn't find … [Read more...]

How to Save Money on Large Rugs

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On my last dining room update, I shared a glimpse of the new rugs going into the room: You long-time readers might recall the last rug in this room. Like many budget-conscious decorators, I bought what I thought was a large enough size, but wound up looking wimpy. While budget is still an unavoidable priority for me when it comes to decorating, I've since learned that a 5x8 simply wasn't going to cut it. I needed something larger (according to most design guidelines, I needed a rug … [Read more...]

How to Extend & Fix a Wobbly Outlet

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In a perfect world, I wouldn't do as much assuming as I do before I begin a project.  I almost always underestimate the time a project's going to take... that I have every possible supply I could need already on hand (ha!)... and that I really won't make that big of a mess.  I'll be careful and aware of my surroundings. In other words, I can be pretty stupid. In a perfect world, I would do all of my homework before beginning a project and not just assume that two previous tiling projects … [Read more...]

Giant Baby Steps: Hanging the Stair Handrail

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As a DIYer who does a large number of projects solo, I'd like to think that I've improved in a number of ways.  Sure, the typical DIY stuff can be a challenge (knowing what materials to use, how long things might take, the constant measuring & re-measuring, etc.), but for me, there is an entirely different obstacle:  figuring out how to do something without extra hands involved. It's not that I don't have friends and family who will gladly help if asked.  But, as often happens in this … [Read more...]