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Display Name: BarbieQ
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Do it. I have painted with and without permission several times. I always primed and repainted nicely upon leaving. Only one landlord was a problem (on many levels) and he claimed the fresh paint had toxic fumes and that he couldn't possibly rent the apartment for weeks. Never mind the lead, asbestos, and mildew...inherent in a 150 year old building...or that adjacent renters smoked like crazy. We shut him down by giving him $200.


Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/15/14 04:42 PM

I am spoiled now with laundry in home...but lived without for 20 years. I too, have had the dryer opening/no restart issue and had my dryer load dumped and time usurped. Gotta just wait it out. Commercial dryers also seem to only have 2 settings 'no-heat' and broil, choose carefully and pull delicates out for rack drying. Another issue is bleach spills...lost many an article to bleach (which I dont use myself)...no real strategy other than watchfulness on that. ergh.


Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 01:09 PM

I am throwing in with with tile first...and a cautionary tale. 2 weeks after completing a total master bath reno, my mother visited...she overflowed the tub running an inch of water across the bathroom floor. "Gosh, that filled up so fast!" If we had stopped tile at cabinets...we would have had a ton of water run under...into walls and basement.


Should I Install Floor Tile or Cabinets First? Good Questions
7/14/14 01:46 PM

Ugh...dealing with the public slays me. Another pet peeve is moving merchandise around--so the merchant has to constantly be on recon and reset duty...or carrying it around for 30 minutes then just leaving it on the counter. I get being indecisive, but how about just general courtesy?


5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Flea Market
7/14/14 01:22 PM

I am an owner...and I feel "meh" about it. I have rented all over the world, and only bought when I moved to Detroit because it was affordable. I have enjoyed putting my own touch on my place, and the private space...but I am kinda bored? Not for lack of spendy projects...but more so because I have usually moved every 3 years or so for decades! The upkeep work is pretty crazy--sometimes I would just like to sit in the yard and not fret over the weeds and pruning...or wonder if I need to clean the gutters! I also am a skeptic about the equity...the market has been all over the place in the past 10 years...so, to me owning is equivalent to renting--at least until [if!] I have a check in hand when I sell. This weekend, I was just talking with a big group of singles and couples who are local home owners and all of us were open to the idea of roommates or communal property...which is kind of interesting. We agreed, our parents have values/notions where home ownership really suits them...they are much more private and entertain more formally, have more structure in their routines, they tend not to get bored as readily as we do with style, neighbors, the whole routine...etc...


Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/8/14 11:14 PM

If it is an option (can't see extent of your yard), I say consider a nice, sturdy canopy gazebo thingy from the likes of Costco. Many have solid side panels and mosquito netting. Privacy and bug/weather protection. Also, portable to your next digs. if you have to make patio work...I'm a swing fan...could be hung from deck or on a frame. Get couple of little tables and maybe a grass roller shade for privacy?


Design Solutions For Outdoor Space? Good Questions
7/2/14 10:46 AM

Seriously, it takes 30 seconds to scoop the box every morning. Honestly, I only do a full change every 3 weeks...using Buffalo Blue Multi Cat Clumping (the walnut shell stuff). I don't find it any grosser than walkin the dog. It might be more of an issue if you have the box in your living space in a small home...but I still think it can be handled in less than a minute purr day. I spend less time ckeaning their toilet than mine!


The Scoop on the ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe Tech Test Lab Review
6/24/14 10:45 AM

Ha! Not 1000 year old bungalow...more like a 100 year old bungalow...


How Much Does it Cost to Install a New HVAC System? Reader Intelligence Request
5/10/14 10:18 AM

^pellmell...I have that in my 1000 year old Spanish bungalow here in greater Detroit. All duct work (installed when radiators were removed in early 1940s) is wood and returns are gaps in the joists, like you mentioned. Of course, ducting right around the units is metal...but it transitions to wood in the basement ceiling. It is surprisingly efficient...so I have not changed it. I had a new HVAC installed...Lennox AC and 96% gas furnace for 2000 sq ft. capacity in 2013. Needed new furnace vent and had to replace pad for AC unit. $6600, with $1500 in state and fed tax/energy credits. I think I got a pretty good deal, because I wasn't in a hurry, did it off-season--and the HVAC place was free to schedule, so they cut me a few $100 off the labor.


How Much Does it Cost to Install a New HVAC System? Reader Intelligence Request
5/10/14 10:16 AM

Ha! i just realized, we have that exact same brown/salmon tile in the bathroom at work...3/4 wall of tile...1 inch b/w floor. so, very similar. Here it is paired with a very neutral slate blue, brushed nickle fixtures...and it looks very high end. Tho, I think you could find some pretty amazing wallpapers that coordinate...as I prefer to make more of a bold statement in bathroom design...


Color Ideas to Work with 1960s Bathroom Tile? Good Questions
5/9/14 03:27 PM

A lot to love about my house...but the annoyances are so...annoying! One unexpected thing is that being on a corner (in a leafy, lovely burb)...a lot of people litter from their cars...cig butts, cig wrappers, candy wrappers, etc. All tumbling right up on my lawn. Another is the god forsaken motion lights at a few of my neighbors' houses. (I prefer to keep my house shrouded in darkness, theft-detering, ankle breaking darkness.) Anyhow, must those lights be 10000 watts? And are they universally set to go off when there is a moth or something of that ilk within 30 ft? Insanity.


What's an Annoying Thing About Your Home?
3/30/14 07:02 PM

Ugh. Paying a fair price is cool--through a combo of hunting, patience, and offering a fair price. Being cheap, greedy, and insulting is hideous. I want to punch people who go off on cashiers for discounts.


Bargaining for Beginners: 5 Smart Strategies to Score A Better Deal Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
3/17/14 08:11 PM

I am confounded by alarm clocks...isn't that what the phone is for? My phone has a hundred alarms to choose from...and all sorts of waking apps. Alarm clock...good riddance. I am not a fan of bright digital clocks, so I've turned off all the ones on my audio/video equipment...the stove and microwave still doing their thing, however. Bathroom clock (old school clock--and I mean school, as in an old clock from a school) is key, as we seem to zone-out in there a lot...


How Many Clocks Should I Have and Where Should I Put Them? Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
3/10/14 08:18 PM

I have found command strips remove themselves from plaster walls...even with the lightest load. Slightest change in humidity--and stuff was raining off the walls. Ugh. I have found paint to be easy to cover up...even "crazy" colors if you get the right cover up. I usually had to paint my rentals as I am an old school nail user--so lots of patching and priming to be done anyhow. I haven't had to remove any--but I have installed a lot of the premium grade self adhesive vinyl tile squares, and that glue is something fierce--I'd be scared to use it on a floor that wasn't beyond repair...


How Removable Have Your Temporary Design Solutions Been? Reader Survey
3/9/14 10:43 PM

I am lucky to have a cat room in my basement at the moment. But I have lived with the boxes all over the place with roommates and in rentals. We made some clever screens and such to hide them. I think the flowerpot one is a great idea as long as you are not lazy about cleaning it. The key is frequent cleaning and good litter. I use compostable doggie poo-bags for clean up, so I am not loading up the landfill with kitty poo grenades. I'd like to try LitterKwitter...I have met a handful of people who swear by it.


10 Ideas for Disguising or Hiding a Litter Box Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/8/14 09:47 AM

I have 1950s formica in my kitchen...counters and breakfast nook table top. 65 years and still going strong. I have had to put hot pans on it...I've poured boiling jelly on it...left wine spills overnight...nothing...wipes clean. There are a few divots through the finish...but I could probably mask them with filler if it bothered me. The stuff is amazing. Big weakness--it looks like 1953 (which is a win for me), and you cannot use anything abrasive on it. 3Dogma...a friend has fireslate--the dark finish. Kind of the luck of the draw on exactly how/where it will stain--and it starts to look inconsistent. Unless you manage it with oiling and sanding...the area around the sink will be pretty impacted...and get way more stained than the rest of the span.


Tired of Granite? 8 Countertop Alternatives to Consider
2/12/14 09:58 PM

If you live in a small space, and you fancy a drink now n then...you are gonna have your goods out on display. Keep it tidy, and stocked! I keep an ice bucket on my beverage credenza in my dining room--it has a removable inside bin, that I keep full of ice in the freezer. Ready on a moment's notice! I love it when guests feel free to just belly-up and make their own drink, or refresh their drinks without me having to hover. Having the liquor stored away feels fussy and formal...which isn't in keeping with my design style...


Fun or Faux Pas? Liquor Bottles on Display
2/12/14 09:14 PM

I could totally live like this...I don't...and that makes me love it more.


A Day in the Life: Katie & Soloman's California Homestead House Tour
2/9/14 10:33 AM

Kitchen ceiling is mind-blowing. Love it.


A Modern & Bright All-Over Remodel Professional Project
2/1/14 07:34 PM

Ja! Wunderkammer!! Seriously, I could lose track of time in this space. Captivating.


Tim's Cabinet of Curiosities House Tour
1/15/14 11:09 PM