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10 Ways To Get the Canopy Look Without Buying a New Bed

10 Ways To Get the Canopy Look Without Buying a New Bed
Maybe you love the look of a canopy bed, but can't afford to buy new furniture. (Hey, beds are expensive). Or maybe you really like your current bed, but want to give it a bit of a romantic makeover. An easy way to get the canopy bed look is to hang curtains from an L-shaped drapery rod that's been mounted to the ceiling. Here are a few more variations on this look. There's also the option of hanging curtains only over the head of the bed. From Better Homes and Gardens: drape a piece of fabric over two swing-arm curtain rods, mounted on either side of the bed, for a super-easy canopy. You can mount a single hoop or curtain rod to the ceiling in the middle of your bed and drape fabric from it over the ends of your bed. The Antique Drapery Rod Co. has diagrams showing all kinds of different canopy arrangements, and the hardware you'll need to create them. From Country Living, a clever idea for bedrooms with sloping ceilings. And now that you're full of ideas...time to get crafting. Related:  Home,Garden,Car

Yes, You Can! How to Remove Wallpaper from Unprimed Drywall Is there anything more satisfactory than removing a strip of wallpaper in one long piece? When we bought this house, we didn’t notice how many rooms were covered in wallpaper. “Oh, it’s only a few walls…” When it came time to actually do something about it, we couldn’t believe how much wallpaper we were looking at. I pulled a sheet of the original forty-year-old wallpaper just to see what we were dealing with. The top layer pulled away easily, but it left the soft paper underlayer, and under that was unprimed drywall, which is exactly what I did not want to see. Before you apply wallpaper you’re supposed to first paint a priming layer over the drywall so the wallpaper can be removed later. Was I doomed to spend the rest of my summer pulling tiny strips of wallpaper off the walls in the back bathroom, just to end up having to spackle over all the gouges in the walls? I just could not do it. I thought it would take the crew a long time to remove the wallpaper, but they did it quickly!

Top Ten Spring Cleaning Tips Yes it's that time again! Unless you took your 'van out at Easter then you'll be looking at the occasional sunny day we've had recently and getting ready to tour. Cleaning a caravan isn't something that many of our readers will need detailed instructions for; our top ten tips are more of a handy list to act as a reminder. If we haven't covered your favourite cleaning tip, drop us an email and we'll do a follow-up article if there are enough responses. 1. Washing the outside Use non-abrasive shampoo for cars or caravans and make sure you've got a step-ladder and a long-handled mop. Dry with a chamois and check the surfaces as you go - one of the good things about cleaning is that you get a chance to spot any problems before they get serious. 2. Once the caravan exterior is dry, polishing with a good quality car polish (or a specialist caravan one) is well worth doing. 3. Use a proprietary cleaner for plastic windows and dry carefully. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

benjamin moore's color chats Image: Flickr Between the mental check list of repairs, the anticipated expense and time, not to mention choosing the best colors, painting the exterior of your home can feel like an insurmountable task. Whether you are a DIY-er or hirer of others, you will need money, patience, the right products, and inspiration.… Continue reading Images: (top); (bottom) Stop! Too late. Image courtesy of Frank de Biasi Interiors Pink for Guys ( was one of my favorite blog posts, and I felt the time was ripe for a sequel. The shades-of-gray living room of fashion designer Jason Wu (aka, ball-gown creator for FLOTUS), who considers gray “the most soothing color of all.” For a while now, gray has been the It color, the plucky “new neutral” in design speak.… Continue reading

6 Unusual Gallery Wall Ideas You Haven't Tried (Yet) The gallery wall still sparks the imagination as one of the most fun ways to add a little personal touch to your home. Perhaps the best thing to hit the world of art arranging since….anything, ever, there have been tons of iterations of frame presentations playing off this delightful trend. As many gallery walls as you’ve already seen floating across the web, the newest takes on the concept are making these displays feel fresh all over again. Check out the latest unusual gallery walls ideas visualized by moodboards made on nousDECOR, and get inspired to create a fresh look for yours. Instead of a wall, why not try a corner? Jamming art so that it meets at an angle in the wall is an unexpected perspective for viewing a gallery of images. An unusual gallery wall idea is to only use only works with human subjects—a collection of art ranging from vintage photo stills to illustrations of people is captivating and different. Using art is the obvious choice when creating a gallery wall.

Painted Formica Countertop Painted Formica Countertop My UGLY formica countertops were just SCREAMING for an Ambush Makeover! But since I could not take them on a plane to the Today Show so Kathie Lee and Hoda could work their magic, ultimately, the responsibility fell to me! Yikes! Here is what I was faced with: Not completely horrible I am totally thinking Nate Berkus would just be brought to tears. Well I came upon this group of people at ThriftyFun.com who had PAINTED their formica to look like granite. Ok, so you can see the before and after pictures, but what about the dreaded “in-between”?? Firstly, I removed the wood backsplash and washed down the countertops so they were very clean. Gray primer just rolled on. Spray painting in the kitchen… BAD IDEA! Just sponging on silver metallic paint – its almost impossible to mess up! Then came the step which had me a little nervous. Envirotek and Martha Stewart Black Onyx Glitter – it’s like sugar dust! I put plastic over the cabinets and cardboard on the floor.

Tips on How to Prevent Mosquito Bites June 07, 2003 | 75,766 views Share Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance--their bites can cause serious complications including the transmission of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, and West Nile virus (WN) to humans and animals. Mosquitoes belong to the Diptera order, otherwise known as the True Flies. While there are many ways to deter mosquitoes from biting you, some are more toxic than others. Use Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets--just wipe on and go. Most commercial insect repellants contain a chemical known as DEET and should be used with caution, if at all. Further, in combination with other chemicals or medications the chemicals could cause brain deficits in vulnerable populations. In the event that you choose to use DEET, although I strongly recommend against it, do not use the products on infants and be very wary of using them on children at all (at least make sure products for children contain 15 percent or less DEET).

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27 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last As Long As Possible Distressing Painted Furniture So I’ve had a friend ask me if I could write a blog on distressing furniture. This is an art that I have come to love, first of all I have always loved the shabby chic/cottage style that it creates, but also because with my somewhat imperfect ( I know, me??) paint jobs, it helps to disguise them and also hides all of the extra “character” that the kids may so sweetly place on the furniture as well!! Seeing as though I love my home to be functional and lived in, I would hate to have to cringe every time a tractor gets driven across my coffee table or a cupboard gets hit with a plastic mallet, you get the point. So, these are Allie’s guidelines to distressing, which I have to admit, I have just experienced and this is what I found….not necessarily professional in any way:) 1.) Also, my table next to it isn’t distressed so I wanted to keep the look. 2.) I fell in love with this blue and bought this dresser at our local Little Red Hen shop, which buys furntiure, paints it, and resells it.

Avoid Mildew-Keep it Clean and Dry Normal weather patterns in Florida include afternoon rains that keep humidity high. Humidity causes mildew to thrive outside; spores are being produced by the zillions. Even if the indoor mildew spore level was low this spring, spores from outside come in on our clothing and hair. Every time windows or doors are opened, in come more spores. Some people are allergic to mildew spores; these allergies are sometimes triggered by continual exposure to the spores. Clean Mildew must have nutrients to grow.

"Summer Social" Guest Project -- Make DIY Concrete Countertops!! {tutorial} <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered wpgb_shadowed"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><img class="enable-pib-img-under" src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon" data-recalc-dims="1"/></div>Thanks for coming by! I try to feature a new creative tutorial every day -- and I'd love to have you follow along: <a href=" rel="nofollow"><strong>subscribe to my email updates</strong></a> or <a href=" rel="nofollow">come follow along on Facebook</a>.<div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> I am thrilled to be guest posting here today and sharing a tutorial on our new concrete countertops! The all important before and after has to come first:) Here is what our kitchen looked like when we bought our house two years ago: And here it is today {with our shiny new counters}: Step 1: Build forms. Lucky for us, we know some people with some big tools.

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