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postheadericon How to Reuse Old Shower Curtains

How to Reuse Old Shower Curtains

A few rips in the shower curtain or the design on it is looking faded and tired? Time to change it for a new one; before you do so, keep the old one to reuse around the house – it probably still has a little life left in it! 1 Wash the shower curtain. Put the shower curtain through a cold, gentle wash cycle to remove soap scum and mold. To use less water, you can also try soaking the shower curtain in a bleach solution, then scrubbing it with…

postheadericon How to Reuse Baby Food Jars

How to Reuse Baby Food Jars

Baby food jars can soon mount up in the house if you’re feeding a baby. They’re a cute size though and if you’ve been wondering whether there is more you can do with them, this article will give you some ideas of reuse that will hopefully inspire more ideas for you. 1 Wash and dry out the baby food jars before any use. They need to be free of any leftover food and dry to avoid bacterial or mold growth. 2 Use the baby food jars to store small sewing…

postheadericon How to Reuse a Water Bottle to Make a Christmas Gift

How to Reuse a Water Bottle to Make a Christmas Gift

This is a cute how to on how to make an old plastic water bottle into a pencil holder/table decoration. 1 First, cut a water bottle in half, where the cap goes and the slanted part are cut off. 2 Next, find a good amount of beads. 3 Cut the beads to where you have a lot of individual beads to work with. Try to have many different bright colors. 4 Put the beads in the bottom part of the bottle that you cut. (You can recycle the other piece.)…

postheadericon How to Reuse and Recycle Old CDs and DVDs

How to Reuse and Recycle Old CDs and DVDs

Three Methods:Using Discs for Decorative CraftsReworking Discs into Household ItemsReusing Your DiscsCommunity Q&A Nowadays, the majority of media has become digitized. Modern technology has allowed us to store massive film and music collections on our computer. Many people struggle with maintaining a large physical copy of their collection. With such a large collection laying around, catching dust, many wonder if they collection can serve a new purpose. Whether you decide to reuse the discs, or use the physical discs and make something new, you can ensure that your collection gives…

postheadericon How to Revamp a Sofa on a Budget

How to Revamp a Sofa on a Budget

If you have aging sofas that look worse for wear, but still have plenty of sitting life left in them, consider a budget revamp to last you through until you can afford to upgrade or have them reupholstered properly. 1 Consider the costs of reupholstering. Often, a good quality reupholster will set you back more than buying a new sofa. If you are seeking to revamp on a budget, having this done professionally is probably outside your current means. It is, however, worth asking because the upholsterer might offer good…

postheadericon How to Resurface an Old Dishwasher with Faux Tin Backsplash Material

How to Resurface an Old Dishwasher with Faux Tin Backsplash Material

Three Methods:Envision Your DesignPurchase SuppliesResurface the DishwasherCommunity Q&A Are you ready to give your ugly old dishwasher the heave ho, but the old battleaxe keeps on working? If your dishwasher isn’t completely ready to give up, but has become an eyesore in your kitchen, you can resurface it to look modern and sleek using resurfacing material. Method 1 Envision Your Design 1 Determine how you’d like your dishwasher to appear. Are you looking for an old time appeal or more sleek and modern. 2 Consider the rest of your appliances….

postheadericon How to Rescue Dying Landscape Plants

How to Rescue Dying Landscape Plants

It’s a shame to see dying landscape plants, shrubs, and trees that sometimes cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, suffering from neglect or poor care. Rather than accept the loss and start over next season, you can save your landscaping investment — with very little effort and cost — over a period of three weeks. 1 Assess your plants’ watering needs. Under-watering is a far more common problem than overwatering. As a general rule, each square foot of the landscape needs about 2-3 quarts of water weekly. Or, about 20…

postheadericon How to Repot Bonsai Trees

How to Repot Bonsai Trees

Bonsai trees, like other plants grown in containers, need to be regularly re-potted. Re-potting keeps the tree healthy by replenishing the nutrients in the soil, regulating root growth, and keeping the soil from getting too compacted. Learning how to re-pot bonsai trees will provide you with an essential skill when undertaking bonsai as a hobby. This learning process will also increase your general understanding and appreciation of your plant’s health. 1 Determine when your bonsai needs to be re-potted. The primary reason for re-potting a bonsai tree is when its…

postheadericon How to Repair a Leaking Roof

How to Repair a Leaking Roof

Four Methods:Fixing ShinglesRoll RoofingDamaged ShakesConnectionsCommunity Q&A Minor roof leaks may be mended without the help of a professional roofer. The following steps will instruct you on how to identify problems and make repairs to flat, shingle and wooden shake roofs. You should try to work on your roof on a day when the roof is dry, to prevent accidents. Method 1 Fixing Shingles 1 Check for damage in the roofing material directly above where the leak is coming in. This will likely be easier to find on a flat roof,…

postheadericon How to Renovate a Home

How to Renovate a Home

A home that needs work can be a bargain to buy, but fixing it up can take a lot of time and money and turn into a huge project. Here’s how to go about it so that it is manageable. 1 Know what you’re getting into before you buy. Take a good look at the house and read any inspection reports you receive as part of the sale. Find out whether problems with the house are structural or cosmetic. Will you need to move or repair walls, or just paint…