Six Ways to Re-Purpose Your Old Furniture

Have you got old furniture pieces? Think twice before throwing them away. With some creativity, you can recondition them into fresh pieces which will serve you new purpose. Read the rest of this post to know what you can do with your cabinets, countertops, doors, dressers and side tables.

Side tables – Old side tables can be converted into useful stools. Take one of them and see how you might put a cushion on top of it. You can best match it with a coffee table. If for some reason, your newly-converted stool is quite short to be used for your coffee table, just make some alterations on its feet.

Headboards – Headboards make good racks. You can make convert headboard into a coat rack by screwing hooks onto it and hanging it on your wall. You can also convert it into a wall cabinet or cupboard.

Old windows – Got an old window that’s still intact and with a lot of character? Consider converting it into a cabinet door. You can do this by looking for a cabinet with a faulty door that needs replacement. Or, you can create a cabinet that matches the size and shape of your old window.

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Chests – Heavy duty wooden chests or trunks can be easily turned into a coffee table. This is because most of them have the right height for tables. You just need a sealer on the top or place a pane of glass to make your chest or trunk look like a genuine coffee table. If you already have a coffe table at home, consider converting it into an artistic garage door.

Chairs – Do you have a chair which doesn’t match your table? Don’t give it away. Turn it into a nightstand. This will come in handy especially when you love reading by your night lamp during bedtime. You can also convert it into a table if its dimesions fit one. All you have to do is cut down the back rest so you can freely use the seat.

Sideboards – A sideboard usually makes an excellent bathroom vanity. Carve a hole on its top for the sink. Make sure there’s enough room for the plumbing. Add a mirror to the wall above it and you’ll instantly have a beautiful bathroom accessory.

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Quality Furniture: 5 Things You Need to Consider

Choosing the right furniture for your home can be stressful. But, it becomes a pleasurable process once it ends with good results. Here are a few different tips on how to make sure that you select the right furniture.

Personality – Your personal style should be reflected in your furniture. It should also match the layout of your home. Look for furniture that stands out with an element of personality.

Construction – Does the furniture of your choice feel sturdy and heavy? Don’t go for light aluminum frames. Stick to solid wood construction. Sturdy wood is known to stand much longer. Moreover, it sets the standard when it comes to fine quality furniture. Just make sure that your chosen wooden furniture is not over-priced.

Silhouette – Are you looking for a trendy piece or a classic one that will stand the test of time? Your answer to this might depend on how frequent your home renovation happens. Anyhow, make sure to choose a furniture which you will not get tired of in a month’s time. In this case, I suggest that you go for classic silhouettes.

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Finish – Apart from choosing the best color, you must also consider the stain and lacquer. Both must be able to withstand frequent use. If a particular piece of furniture which you like doesn’t come in your desired finish, you can always have it re-conditioned so that it will match your personality.

Fabric – Are you going to place your new furniture in the living room? If yes, you will need a furniture that has fabric with lighter color. But if you’re going to use this furniture every day, it should have fabric with darker color so that it won’t show unwanted stains and other imperfections that might fall upon it.

 

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Six Tips on Picking the Best Mattress

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Apart from having a peaceful environment, a comfortable mattress is another important factor in achieving a good night’s sleep. Having the right mattress on your bed decreases the discomfort and pain you feel from a long day at work. Hence, it is worth your time and money to invest in one. Here are some guidelines for you to follow when buying a mattress.

Try it before you pay for it.  Do 20-minute test sleep on the mattress in your normal sleep position. Make a mental note of how it feels. Does it help you fall asleep quickly?

Make comfort your goal. You might be inclined to buying a soft or firm mattress. While such preference is okay, make sure that your body agrees to it. Scientific surveys show that medium-firm type mattresses are best for a comfortable sleep.

Choose a mattress that fits your body. There are mattresses that are designed to distribute pressure evenly across the body and conform to the spine’s natural curve. Bring a friend along while shopping for a mattress. Ask your friend to observe whether your spine remains fairly neutral as you lie on the mattress in your normal sleeping position.

Never buy a saggy mattress. A saggy mattress causes back pain. But don’t settle for one that is too thick, thinking that thick mattresses don’t sag. Thick doesn’t always mean comfortable.

Check to see if the mattress has allergens. If you’re allergic to dust, look for a hypoallergenic mattress.

Look for trial offers or return policy. Mattresses are expensive. Trial offers are always the best way to avoid getting stuck with an uncomfortable mattress. You would not be changing your mattress every other month or every year. So you must look for a mattress that can serve your sleeping needs for eight or more years.

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Three Ways to Keep Your House Immaculately Clean

Most mums and dads want to have a perfectly clean house but they hate the cleaning process. It is because cleaning requires a huge amount of time and energy – robbing them of the opportunities to relax, to spend time with their family or to learn new things.

Do you feel the same about house cleaning? Here’s the good news – you can keep every nook and cranny in your house squeaky clean without spending the whole day scrubbing and sweeping. How? By observing the guidelines below on cleaning your house systematically.

1. Divide your home into zones. Cleaning the rooms in your house all at the same time won’t help you achieve more. It will only leave you exhausted and frustrated. Categorize all the rooms into zones according to their function and the type of cleaning they need. For example, bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room can be categorized into one zone because they are ‘wet rooms’ – requiring similar cleaning techniques. Don’t forget to include in these zones the hidden spots you might overlook while cleaning. To learn where these spots are in your house, read this detailed infographic from Absolute Domestics.

 

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2. Create a cleaning schedule. Ask yourself how often you can tackle each zone in your house. You can do this weekly or monthly depending on your availability. Create a schedule and fill it out with the cleaning tasks you need to accomplish on a daily or weekly basis. List the small things you can do every day to keep things from piling up into a huge mess. Tick them as done as you go through each task for the day.

3. Be organized. Make sure that every item in your house has a designated place. Train your family members to put the stuff they’ve used back to their rightful places at the end of each day. This prevent the accumulation of unwanted mess on counter tops, tables and on the floor. Also, this will give your house a fresh look even though you haven’t deep cleaned every part of it.

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Why Shop for Furniture Online?

Shopping for furniture can be stressful and overwhelming. Walking into a furniture store is traumatic to some. It’s because most sales agents always try to sell to customers their newest and most expensive pieces. Do you share the same dilemma with these customers? Yes? The good news is you can now shop for furniture online.

Shopping for furniture online saves your time. You need not travel to the store and wait in line to pay for your furniture of choice. You just have to have a computer with connection. You can browse the website to your heart’s content without hurrying up or waiting. Also, there are no sales agents who will push you to buy an item you don’t really like.

Most online stores for furniture often offer more choices as compared to physical stores. They come in all different shapes, sizes, styles, and colors. What’s more, they usually show tips and tricks on redecorating your place or room with the furniture of your choice. And you don’t have to worry about shipping because it’s usually free.

To add to the simplicity most furniture stores offer free shipping that is delivered to your house instead of having to find a truck or pay the store to deliver it your house.

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However, online shopping for furniture can be a problematic experience if you don’t  prepare for it. So here are a few things you need to do before you make a purchase.

  • Measure out on the floor the size of the item you are buying.
  • Be sure to read the description to avoid purchase mistakes.
  • See what other people have said about the item you like. This will help you make the right decision.
  • If the shipping is not for free, make sure you are paying the least possible for shipping.

 

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Garage Sale – Reasons and Preparations

Are you looking forward to a successful garage sale? Well, you will need to do all the necessary preparations for it. But before I list down all the insights I’ve researched about, here are some reasons why you and other people might want to hold a yard sale.

  • To prepare for a move and earn extra money for moving expenses.
  • To make room for new stuff you plan to purchase.
  • To teach your kids about work, saving and achieving family goals.

And here’s how you need to prepare for the main event.

Gather all the items you plan to sell. The items you might want to sell are those things which you no longer use or you don’t want to use. Go through all your belongings in every room. Put together everything you plan to sell and group them into categories so that they are easier to price.

Have a yard sale kit. You will definitely need boxes, containers, price stickers, markers, scissors, money holders, petty cash vouchers, etc. for a smooth-sailing garage sale. Have them all ready before opening your garage to the people.

Start as early as possible. Do you plan to hold a yard sale in three-months time? Start collecting, grouping and pricing the items you want to sell as early as now. Get your advertisements and marketing campaigns going today as well.

(Note: I don’t own this video; all credits to the owner/publisher.) 

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Must-Grow Plants in Your Vegetable Garden

Do you want your garden plot to be a source of scrumptious produce for the whole year? Take the time to grow these vegetables in it. They are easy to cultivate with minimum investment of your money and time.

Slicing Tomatoes or Beef Steak Tomatoes They grow into medium to large fruits that are often sliced for topping burgers and sandwiches. They are disease-resistant and easy to grow. You can get started with transplants from your local nursery. That’s better than growing them from seeds in packets.

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Sweet and Chili Peppers – Bell peppers are the most common variation of sweet peppers. Paler green and yellow elongated sweet pepper varieties often have a more intense flavor. On the other hand, chili peppers include Anaheims, anchos, jalapenos, cayenne, and habanero peppers, among others. They ripen through a wide range of colors from yellow, orange, purple, and even brown.

Cucumbers – Cucumbers thrive in the heat of summer. Their trailing vines can sprawl across the garden, or they can be trained onto a sturdy trellis. Bush types are excellent for small-space gardens and containers.

Basil – Lime basil, Thai basil and other varieties have flavors ranging form citrusy to spicy with a touch of anise. Basil grows well in the garden and even in containers. It a great plant for the edible landscape too.

Beans – Beans quickly germinate and produce copious amounts of tasty treats. So first time gardeners will never go wrong with them. They are available in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes; some plants produce colorful flowers, pods, and seeds.

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