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Member Since: 12/2/13

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RevitalP, my grandmother used to put a dish of ammonia in the oven and leave it for a few hours; when she opened it, most of the gunk just wiped out.

Reader Recommendations: Simple Cleaners That Really Work Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/26/14 03:19 PM

For things that smell of mildew - Cheeeeeap vodka in a spray bottle - truly amazing. I've descented a whole basement playroom that way; also leather boots left in a basement closet and assorted clothing. It also kills the gremlins that grow on shower curtains.
When I lived in Eugene, Oregon, (mold central) I gave monthly applications to just about everything and had an almost mold-free home. The really nice thing about this treatment is that it doesn't smell - at all.

Reader Recommendations: Simple Cleaners That Really Work Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/26/14 03:16 PM

One of my favorite side tables is a drawer from discarded kitchen cabinets. The wood ones (or composite) generally have an applied front. It's a simple DIY project.
1) remove all hardware from drawer;
2) remove applied front and cut down to make inside shelf;
3) paint whole drawer and shelf;
4) apply tile, or other cover in place of front panel;
5) drill 4 holes in other end, at corners;
6) attach 4 drawer pulls, as feet and stand upright.
If you want a drawer, you can generally find a square basket that will slide onto the shelf..

You now have a small, tile-top table with a drawer.

10 Unusual Things to Use as a Nightstand
2/15/14 12:31 PM

I would be most likely to make my own.

Splurge, Save, or Steal:
Navy Round Nailhead Ottomans

1/23/14 12:21 PM

A person could design a whole environment around that chair.

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12/16/13 01:18 PM

I lived in an old hunting camp in New Hampshire for almost thirty years. After the first five years, I was on my own and did almost all the work myself (including jacking up and replacing the back sill and sistering some of the kitchen floor joists. I was SO proud of my hand finished, barn loft board floors, and the cabinets I had reclaimed from all over the place and trimmed out and finished to match each other. I left a space to put a small work table, topped with tile my mother had hand painted and fired in her kiln. The whole thing was the prettiest country kitchen you could want.

The fly in the butter appeared when I attempted to sit at my charming work table. The average 6-year-old would have fit nicely - me, not so much.

Tell Us: What's Your Biggest Kitchen Design Mistake?
12/11/13 06:10 PM

I spent three years as "temporary" owner of an old sad mobile home. It needed EVERYTHING, but the price was $2000 with space rent of under $100 - nowhere could I rent something for that. When I turned on the vent fan, it caught fire, smoking out the rodents nesting in the vent. I replaced it with the cheapest recirculating one I could buy and when I sold the place (for the same price I paid) it was still doing a very adequate job.

Tell Us: What's Your Biggest Kitchen Design Mistake?
12/11/13 05:56 PM

Did you find the right sofa? I hope so, but if you're still looking, take a look at the Ekornes Stressless "Space. I is available in three-seat and two seat, low back and high back.

Ask a Good Question
12/11/13 05:42 PM

Hey, @Textiles, here's a cure for the mold and/or mildew on your plant pots and anywhere else. Put some inexpensive vodka in a spray bottle and spray the pots regularly - it kills the mildew, removes the odor and won't hurt the plants. This works on a variety of things that have suffered from exposure to mildew. My favorite pair of suede boots were left in a bad place for several months and literally stank (not to mention the patches of mildew showing on them). This treatment eradicated the smell and, combined with gentle brushing, the stains, and I could handle them without sneezing and coughing. After treating them, I moved on to do the closet where they had been left and killed the problem there, too.

Small Space Bedroom Hack: Queen Bed Gains Extra Storage
12/2/13 01:26 PM

Years ago, in my first apartment, the landlord allowed NO alteration to anything. My room-mate and I made slipcovers for the kitchen cabinet doors - fabric envelopes, the size of the door surface, into which was inserted a piece of posterboard. Elastic at the corners slipped over the corners of the doors and held the fabric plaque in place. Yes, they did get greasy in the kitchen, but were easy to slip off, remove the posterboard and toss into the washer. the bright colors added a custom look to the place.

On a large white wall, we also used bright fabric, hemmed on four sides with reinforced grommets at the corners we hung it from cup-hooks at the corners of the wall, stretching it just enough that it didn't sag. When we moved out, we patched the tiny hook holes and the apartment was left pristine. The landlord even commented on how clean we had kept all the surfaces.

Ideas for Basement Rental Kitchen That Needs a Facelift? Good Questions
12/2/13 01:03 PM