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Display Name: tmsquared
Member Since: 11/22/13

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I had a similar one (same color even), but it was a rocker. It was the most comfortable chair ever. I even got rid of my expensive Dutalier glider/rocker in the nursery because I seemed to use my ugly gold rocker all the time. When my baby turned 4, I hauled it Goodwill. That was 10 years ago and I still regret that decision. I wish now I had recovered it and kept it to go in my room.

Should I Keep It: Midcentury Gem or Goodwill Donation? Good Questions
7/30/14 11:56 AM

Absolutey #7. I have literally had tenants that couldn't (more like wouldn't) change a light bulb. I even had one call one day and turns out it was in a lamp that belonged to her. I did not hate to see her go. But, yes, some are annoying and have no clue how to do anything for themselves.

I agree with you on the 2%. That is my standard annual increase and I never increase until after 24 months, so regardless of whether someone signed a one year or two year lease, the price stays the same for 24 months. I have really good tenants in all properties now, so may just eat the cost of insurance and tax increases this year. It always takes another year for the increase to be adjusted on the escrow amount anyway.

8 Ways to Avoid A Rent Increase This Year
7/23/14 03:08 PM

Agreed. I can't stand them because of that very reason. Most don't even have enough room to set a hot curling iron down.

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 07:22 PM

LOVE what she's done, but YES - MORE PICS! I probably would have put the kitchen in the middle so you didn't have to walk through a private area to get to the kitchen. And, would have tried (albeit likely unsuccessfully) to squeeze in a stack unit, possibly sacrificing the dishwasher to make it happen. I can't imagine having to go outside to do laundry in the winter.

Patricia's Converted Garage Small Cool Contest
6/1/14 03:24 PM

Very nice!

Before & After: An Outdated Master Bathroom Goes from Maroon to Modern!
5/18/14 03:25 PM

Such a versatile piece! You could paint it a solid yellow, orange, bright purple, turquoise or lime green for a chic modern look. White or off-white and distressed for shabby chic. Or, go for a deep red with black hardware for an Asian look.

I've painted many pieces from this era and have never done anything more than prime them prior to painting. No need to sand unless there is water damage. They paint up beautifully and aren't as hard to paint as you think. The biggest problem I have with them is 1) they are heavy and 2) hardware that isn't removable was common in this era. Oh, and they usually smell of a weird combination of cigarette smoke and mildew. Just spray the drawers with vinegar and let dry. The paint will take care of the odor on the painted areas.

Advice on Refinishing Ornate 1970s Bureau? Good Questions
5/15/14 02:42 AM

If this had been tiger oak, I would have cringed at the thought of painting it. But, it isn't high-quality wood. It actually looks to be fake pecan veneer. Paint away. I think it looks great. And, I love that she kept the original hardware. I try to do that any time I find a piece that isn't missing any.

Before & After: Orange You Glad Rita Refreshed This Craigslist Dresser?
12/20/13 12:20 PM

For MANY years, I always made my daughter clean out her room before Christmas and I would put everything in a box marked "Goodwill". Then, I would drop the stuff off, but leave the box in the van. That box became the hiding spot for presents. My daughter knew it was there, assumed she knew what was in it, and never looked. And, I just kept "forgetting" to drop it off. So, for a month, I rode around with a box in the back. After Christmas, all I had was an empty box in there that she assumed was full. On my first day back at work after the holidays, it got put in the dumpster at work. Alas - I finally remembered to drop off the donations on the way home. ;)

Gift Giving Guide: Best Hiding Places
11/22/13 12:14 AM