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I can imagine uses for it, just none compelling enough to take up the footprint it would need, without also providing some enclosed storage.

I like the different shades of wood. Wish they were all oriented the same way (or more mixed up than just at one end).

Before & After: A Rusty Reject Gets a Reclaimed Reno
7/24/14 08:06 AM

Found one--interesting!

An excerpt from the U of AZ: " The useful life of many food products—from potato chips to wine, or for that matter any oxygen-sensitive item (even historical documents)—can be extended in many cases when packaged in a modified atmosphere. A “normal” atmosphere contains 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% of other gases like carbon dioxide (CO2). So any atmosphere that has intentionally different percentages (typically with a lower oxygen percentage) can count as a modified atmosphere. The amount and type of gas used varies depending on the application. For example, nitrogen gas replaces the oxygen in potato chip bags for preservation.
Bagged salad producers don’t have worry about adding any gasses, though. The lettuce adds this gas to the package itself. When lettuce is cut, the cells rupture which induces a host of physiological changes, including an increased rate of CO2 release.
Like so many things in life, there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to CO2. The right amount of CO2 will keep the percentage of O2 in the package low. Too much CO2, however, will induce physiological changes in the lettuce that produce unfortunate odors and flavors. So the trick is to keep the right balance of gases inside the package."

5 Tips for Making a Week's Worth of Salads on Sunday Tips from The Kitchn
7/22/14 09:03 AM

No problem with painting wood furniture, in theory, but that blue hurts my eyes.

Before & After: Nightstand Nightmare No More
7/22/14 08:57 AM

"the carbon dioxide keeps the greens crunchy all week" -- I'd love to see some corroboration of this from a credible source. Easy enough to test myself, but I'd like to read about the science behind whether it's likely to be true.

5 Tips for Making a Week's Worth of Salads on Sunday Tips from The Kitchn
7/22/14 08:50 AM

Very attractive!

Before & After: A Hand-Me-Down Desk Is Reborn
7/16/14 09:56 AM

Industrial grunge--how, well, unattractive.

DIY Lighting Ideas: 10 Affordable DIY Projects for Expensive-Looking Modern Lights
7/15/14 08:03 AM

Agree with the disappointment over bait and switch headlines. I was expecting some consideration of the outdoors with, you know, those green things aka plants...

Expecting an oasis and seeing a big box? Yes, it's a nice garage, but ... well ... meh.

Before & After: Backyard Blight Turns Out of Sight
7/15/14 07:56 AM

I like the color, the texture to the bottom shelf and the shape of the new pulls. I most don't like the extreme under-utilization of space, the lack of drawers to keep dust out (I hate cleaning the greasy dust a kitchen attracts), de-stabilizing the piece by removing the backing, and the color of the pulls.

But that's me; it's your piece and your satisfaction with it that counts. I appreciate you sharing the project to spark our imaginations and hone our own preferences.

Before & After: A Boring and Brown Dresser Turns Cool and Clever
7/13/14 08:09 AM

Nice--the changes really pull it together into a cohesive and energizing space.

Before & After: A Corner Work Space Gets a Striped & DIY Update
6/28/14 07:34 PM

Not bad... still,

it can't hold a candle to The World's Most Addictive Sauce (pestled garlic, olive oil, lime juice, fish sauce, sprinkle of raw sugar, red pepper flakes or cayenne)

More than 3 ingredients, but way to delish to care!

(plus, I'd add a little cream to the yogurt concoction to smooth it out some anyway)

3-Ingredient Recipe: Magic Summer Sauce Recipes from The Kitchn
6/27/14 05:29 PM

#1 looks rather, ... um ... v*lv*c...

Garden Design Classics: The Armillary Sphere
6/15/14 01:29 PM


I think I would have painted it and the mantel the same color, and a bright one for playful and colorful contrast.

Before & After: A Quick & Simple Update for an Outdated Bookcase
6/15/14 08:56 AM

I'm not nearly the germaphobe most people are, but this is not only stupid, but disgusting.

Artist Paints Walls with Chocolate Design News
6/4/14 06:51 AM

Get someone in who can tell you what it is and how to get rid of it. Find out what they'd charge. That might be your best option, weighing time, money, aggravation, skills/tools required.

You could try sponge painting, which would disguise the texture somewhat, but my guess is it wouldn't be enough, and the different colors themselves may well bother you.

Once it's gotten personal it's a little harder to find a win-win. Best wishes with the project.

How Can I Hide Horrible Texture on Focal Wall? Good Questions
6/3/14 06:59 AM

Next time just set in on the ground and walk away. lol

An Introvert's Guide to Haggling Like a Pro
5/15/14 08:00 AM

Choosing to feel insulted at ignorance is, well, you can decide how helpful and productive it is.

You feel annoyed at best, the customer may sense your ill will, and no one wins or learns anything.

Of course, compassion and education takes effort, too.

An Introvert's Guide to Haggling Like a Pro
5/15/14 07:58 AM

Pfui. Many sellers do this themselves; I'm not going force this standard on someone else and cost myself more money without first asking a simple question, respectfully.

An Introvert's Guide to Haggling Like a Pro
5/15/14 07:48 AM

Any marriage that's not practical as well as romantic, isn't a's a fairy tale doomed to a "bad" ending.

A Smart, Simple, Successful Petty Cash System for Couples Comment of the Day
5/15/14 07:37 AM

Why don't you each contribute a percentage, rather than a regressive set amount?

A Smart, Simple, Successful Petty Cash System for Couples Comment of the Day
5/15/14 07:33 AM

Second the stripper thought...

Whenever a pic is taken a ways back and with glare on the object, I wonder how it would look up close and personal.

I could swear I still see the O shape under the dark paint...

Before & After: Was Beth Successful in Removing this Painted \"O\"? Good Questions Revisited
5/15/14 07:27 AM