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Display Name: Jeoffry
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These days, we all have so much to be anxious about: terrorism, identity theft, the economy---you name it. Most of those things are outside our control, but by golly we can be super-protective about our children and control their surroundings and activities.

So maybe we need to back off and ask ourselves where these fears are coming from, and how justified they are, and whether we really need all these precautions if our children are reasonably normal.


Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 11:00 AM

A big round shallow basket that your cat likes. The cat will locate the basket in no time, and go up there to take naps, looking as decorative as all get out.


What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/23/14 11:19 AM

Disagree with suggestions to paint or wallpaper the backs; that will look as though you are trying too hard. Leaving them white will help them recede.

Agree with all other suggestions to use the spaces for items you already have, both decorative and useful, balancing them out to maintain a pleasing arrangement.

An enviable problem! So many of us don't have enough shelves!


Ideas for Lots of Empty Built-In Shelves? Good Questions
7/23/14 11:16 AM

Nice in every way except for the final coat of poly. It's much better for wood, and helps it retain its woodlike character and appearance, to finish up with oil or wax.


Before & After: A Dixie Dresser Gets a Dramatic Upgrade
7/22/14 10:06 AM

If your boyfriend is a chef, then he knows how he moves around in a kitchen, and he is your first authority on how to arrange the space, and probably on choice of surfaces as well. Colors etc. are for the two of you to decide on together -- get what makes both of you happy.


What Can I Do with $2000 to Update This Kitchen? Good Questions
7/22/14 08:38 AM

I have a Haier portable washer. So far, so good.


Have You Ever Tried a Portable Washer? (Plus 4 To Consider)
7/22/14 08:31 AM

Original poster, you are Not Guilty of the first charge: concealing the awfulness of the piece in the before photo. You are Not Guilty of the second charge, painting it in a color that might conceivably not be true to the vintage of the piece (the horror!) Finally, you are most definitely Not Guilty of posting this piece as bait to the paint-haters. I am horrified by that last accusation; it's worthy of some of the present international troubles, but not of this little community.

I think you have done a wonderful job in seeing the potential of this piece, persisting with your original plan, revising your plan when the first became impossible, and coming out at the other end with a lovely original piece that you will enjoy for a long time.


Before & After: Nightstand Nightmare No More
7/21/14 06:03 PM

Ivor, don't forget the scraper for the shoes. Plate is acceptable, but sterling is better.


How To Set The Table Properly
7/21/14 02:21 PM

This may be so simple as to be laughable, but I'll risk the laughter. Can you get a single sink the right width, get a set of drawers the right width, and marry them with the countertop?


Does Anyone Make a Double-Size Vanity for Only One Sink? Good Questions
7/21/14 08:12 AM

Very nice -- and refreshingly free of fad treatments that would look dated next year.


Before & After: A Vintage Dresser Goes From White to Wow!
7/19/14 11:20 AM

After you've been inspired by all these excellent suggestions, request that your landlord (who surely doesn't want the building or door to be damaged by an intruder) bear the expense of installing your chosen device. If the landlord balks, you will then be shocked---shocked!---by such a negligent attitude.


How To Make My New Mail Slot Burglar Proof? Good Questions
7/17/14 09:57 AM

After you've been inspired by all these excellent suggestions, request that your landlord (who surely doesn't want the building or door to be damaged by an intruder) bear the expense of installing your chosen device. If the landlord balks, you will be shocked---shocked!---by such a negligent attitude.


How To Make My New Mail Slot Burglar Proof? Good Questions
7/17/14 09:57 AM

It can take up less space as a wall hanging if you conceal part of the material behind the piece. Fold the top back above the central design, fold the bottom back below the design, stitch the top and bottom edges loosely together by hand, press, and run a rod through the top fold for easy hanging. If you ever wish to undo this arrangement, it will be easy to unpick your hand stitching and press everything flat.


Way To Display Antique Pram Cover in Modern Nursery? Good Questions
7/15/14 08:24 AM

I can easily do without a duvet. Too complicated.

I cannot do without a top sheet. In summer it's all I need for cover. In winter it protects me from the blanket and the blanket from me, as others have pointed out so well.

I can also do without one of those measuring spoon thingies that are a single large spoon with a sliding baffle that slithers back and forth to make 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, etc. It's supposed to save trouble. Sounds like massive trouble to me.

I can do without a microwave oven. Make coffee in a French press, tea in teapots or cups. Reheat food in double boilers, which are multitaskers already and take up little room.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 12:54 PM

Too funny, Usbek de Perse.


Caravaggio Gets Funerary Park Design News
7/10/14 07:41 PM

Perfect in every way. (I hope the individual who painted this treasure has gone into the witness protection program to be safe from all of us.)


Before & After: An Army Green Vintage Broyhill Goes AWOL
7/10/14 10:22 AM

The cat chair suggestion sounds great, especially if the size doesn't lend itself to adult seating. Cats will not do as they are told, of course, but however else you fix the chair, you could give it a nice comfy cat-friendly cushion, tied around the tops of the legs (thus protecting the vinyl or other finish from claws) and put it where the cat likes to be.


How Should I Make Over This Odd Little Chair? Good Questions
7/9/14 04:08 PM

Painting the vinyl doesn't sound very appealing. Here's a revolutionary suggestion: make a slipcover---maybe even with a skirt! Go all-out grandma with a ditzy floral print, or use a good contemporary print or solid color.

The legs seem long in proportion to the body. Are those extenders on the feet? Can you remove them for a better appearance or even shorten the legs (if you don't make the chair wear a skirt)?


How Should I Make Over This Odd Little Chair? Good Questions
7/9/14 03:25 PM

I didn't know these were hard to find; I've had them for years! They are my standard for morning orange juice and just about everything else--even for wine with a very informal dinner.


Petite Picardie Glasses
7/9/14 10:54 AM

Antique maps (maybe three in a row, or combined with a mirror). Large ethnic weaving. (But please, no chevrons or antlers.)


What To Do with Prominent Blank Wall in My Apartment? Good Questions
7/9/14 10:51 AM