Okay, so we’ve all been there: Standing in the laundry isle looking for that prefect detergent that will do wonders on your clothes, but all you can see is dollar signs! Then is hits you – why not make my … Continue reading
I was in need of a cleaner that smelled good and cleaned well. But it seems every cleaner that you can by from the store costs either an arm and a leg or its super harsh – even when it … Continue reading
I just ran out of laundry softener, but didn’t want to shell out the big bucks for more. So, I made my own! Here is how I did it. What you’ll need: 2 cups conditioner -of your choice. (The Dollar … Continue reading
This is a SUPER EASY recipe for a natural homemade dishwasher soap.
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
2 packs of lemonade FlavorAid ((no sugar)
Use 1 tbs per load and white vinegar as a rinse aid. (The vinegar, also helps with the gross mildew smell that washing units develop over time.)
This was the fastest mix I’ve ever made, seriously 2 minuets- max! This works so much better than the leading store bought soaps and it’s a hell of a lot cheaper! I was really skeptical at first but it smells great and most of all it works FANTASTIC too. If you wanted you could even add in a few drops of essential oil for a touch more of fragrance.
Overall I would say this cost about 7 dollars for the supplies and made roughly 35 loads (about 2qts).
If you do that math (I’m awful at math) this batch costs around .05 cents per load. Talk about savings! I even had PLENTY of supplies left over.
I recently gathered a recipe for a homemade brown sugar scrub, with products you already have in your pantry!
Here is what you’ll need:
Olive Oil/Vegetable Oil
Vanilla Extract (optional – but it smells yummy!)
Sifter (optional – Makes the chucks of brown sugar easier to manage)
Jar – I used an 8 oz canning jar I had left over from Jelly Bellies – jams n jellies (will be available on Etsy soon).
Bowl (I used a large measuring cup, which made it A LOT easier to get the perfect amounts.)
Add the sugars to the bowl at about a 1:1 ratio. I sifted the sugars into the bowl to help with the larger clumps in the brown sugar.
After you’ve put your sugars into your jar, add your oil. It will saturate the mixture.
Stir it until its at the constancy you like. ( Now is a good time to add the vanilla extract or essential oil for that extra KICK of fragrance.)
Clean up the jar and add your lid.
Decorate and enjoy!
My bedroom makeover is slowly but surely coming along nicely. I went with teal, celery, and white as my palette because I wanted something fun, but still light. I find adding fun colors is the best way to give a tiny room a bright and airy feel.
I originally started with plain white tables, that I glued wood decals on to give it character. You can purchase these at your local craft or hardware store for only a few bucks!
Here is what they looked like before the makeover:
A bit plain, but they sure did have potential!
Remember– If you want to eliminate the sanding process use paint with primer in it. Home Depot carries a really good paint with primer that really does the trick. Costs about 25 bucks for a gallon, and boy does it go a long way! I’ve painted dark furniture with it and it goes on with no fuss and with a maximum of two coats.
Another rule of thumb, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t forget your polyurethane varnish as the top coat! I’d have to say that is the most important part to painting furniture that will have a lot of contact- especially tables!
Recommend using a water based, high gloss in clear (to avoid yellowing).
I found a GREAT Pottery Barn table on Craigslist for about 30 bucks. I just had to have it but, I had no use for it until recently. Unfortunately the table wasn’t in the greatest shape when I got it. BUT that’s what paint and a little bit of DIY is for!
This is what we started with:
Since the table was solid wood and pretty smooth to begin with we really didn’t have to do much sanding. To eliminate the sanding option we used the paint with the primer mixed in it, and it worked like a charm! We put a clear wood varnish on as a top coat, to avoid chipping in the paint. If you’re painting something that will have a lot of contact – please don’t forget the last, most important step; VARNISH! (Use a water based clear Polyurethane so there wont be any yellowing.)
If you decide to do this little project I strongly suggest disassembling the item as much as possible. Just makes for less hassle. Plus while the main part is drying you can get the small pieces done to save time!
(My wonderful wife did most of the work -I just “supervised”)
To create this look we used Glidden Duo Paint and Primer in Ice Sculpture (blue), Drizzling Mist (grey), and Celery (green- knobs).
GOOD LUCK! 🙂
Lets face it, if you have gauged ears then I’m sure you know all about that awful smell!
Finally I’ve found a super SIMPLE solution to banish that grossness for good!
In a small dish add one part warm/hot water, one part rubbing alcohol, and 1-2 drops of soap. Swish it around and use the solution to thoroughly clean your ear holes. Then add your plugs. Let it soak for about 10-15 minuets.
After you’ve waited your 10-15 minuets, you’re ready to put your “smell good” plugs back in! (Make sure you dry the jewelry completely, to avoid the mildew smell.)
We had an old rustic corner cabinet built from cedar planks.When we first got it, lets just say it wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world. It was unsanded, black and drab!
If you’re limited on space but have an unused corner, why not put some adorable storage there?
We took this little baby from this:
You will need:
Paint w/ Primer (of your choice)
Drop cloth/ an old sheet
Decal (of your choice)
This was a simple project and didn’t take a million years to complete! Just a few coats of paint (we used the paint with primer already in it, will save you so much time from sanding!). Including drying time I’d say it took us about 3 hours. If you decide to try this don’t forget to let the paint set at least a day or two before putting anything on it. Don’t want any chipping now do we?
The star was already built into the cabinet but they sell metal and wood adornments for only a few bucks at the local hardware or craft store. So, you can customize your cabinet to your style.
Are you sick of the same old look in your family room or bedroom? The solution is simple, SPRAY PAINT!
Here’s the thing, our living room felt like it was drowning in tacky. Nothing had any sense of flow or class for that matter. I finally got sick of the lack of cute going on in here so I ran down to the local Home Depot and purchased a can of Rust-oleum Painters Touch spray paint, in satin “Lagoon”. Cost about 4 bucks!
Since we are renters we cant just go around painting the walls. I figured a great solution is painting the furniture – in this case a random lamp.
Here is what we were working with
This little project only took about 10 minuets tops! Here is the finished product
Have fun making something old into something new and fun!