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to think of myself as an equal opportunity pinner. I pin D I Y stuff but Ii pin a lot of recipes too. I probably try more recipes then I do DIY stuff but I probably do more pins than most people too.
When I saw on the pin about placing a shelf above your washer and dryer I thought it was pretty much genius. I also knew it was a easy cheap fix for me always laying across our washer and dryer trying to prevent housefires from all the clothes and and miscellaneous crap that falls behind there. The hubs was pretty happy that this project was going to be easy for him too. Frankly, I probably could have done it myself but I do enough already right?! We picked up the laminate board at Menard’s for about four dollars I think and three cheap L brackets that matched for about $.89 each so all in all a very cheap fix. It took the hubs about 10 minutes to install the board which involved measuring, cutting the board and screwing it in. Now we have a nice looking shelf and I have not had to climb on the washer and dryer for about a month Hooray!
Difficulty – 2 there was a level and power tools involved
Results – 5, effective and easy

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“To hang your display, try laying all of the photos out on a table or floor within an area that’s about the size of your wall space. Rework the arrangement until you are satisfied. Use self-stick notes to number the pictures and make a sketch of the layout. Or, like the photo shown here, cut out paper in the shape of each frame and tape these up on the wall before installing the picture hooks.” ~ from Better Homes and Gardens

So I did this, but still managed to screw up a little. My recommendations:

1) If you have a light colored wall, use a dark colored paper

2) Be really sure about your frame/mat selections before doing the paper thing. After snapping this photo I said, “Oh, snap.” And then switched out the middle frame with another that was matted. It looks much better now. This changed my spacing, but I didn’t move the side ones.

3) Nail up a few frames and then adjust – don’t do it all at once, that way you can fix mistakes (like point #2). That bottom row? It’s now spread out much further – the two ends actually are about 2 cm wider than the top row. SO much easier to do when it’s paper and not nails all over my beautiful stenciled wall.

4) Do the tape so it’s hidden – I kept getting distracted by the BLUE tape and it obscured the edges for lining things up.

Original source: Better Homes and Gardens via a popular Centsational Girl pin.
Difficulty (1-5): 2    You have to use scissors, people. Wear your safety goggles.
Result (1-5): 4    I still had to make adjustments after, but that was user error.

-Britta

It’s a simple recipe.  How could it possibly work?  A friend of mine suggested that I try this homemade bath tub cleaner. She said it rocked her world.  As a homeowner of a 1950’s chateau, my bathtub has seen better days.   Iron rings and scum rings had infested my home and I had high hopes that this simple cleaner would save the day.  Being a teacher, I have the summers off, so I jumped at the chance to clean my tub.  Yes, I literally jumped up to go clean. Ok, this is a rarity for me to get excited to clean my tub, but I did just that.   A rave such as my friend’s, I was sure this would rock my world.

The instructions were very simple.  Take 1 cup of vinegar and heat it in the microwave.  Mix in 1 cup of dawn (any dishwashing soap will work as I used Ajax) and put in the spray bottle.   Spray on your tub and let sit for a half an hour.  After the elapsed time, simply wipe the grime away to a sparkling tub.

My results were just as what was pitched on pinterest.  My tub was visibly cleaner and I didn’t have to scrub at all.  The iron stains were lessened but not completely removed.  But my scum ring was washed down the drain.  It was amazing.  I was so excited I had to send a picture text to my husband.

Overall, I would recommend this pin.  It really did live up to the claims.  In fact, I have since bought a spray bottle to be designated to this new wonder cleaner.  It now has a new home under my sink and is going to be taken out to visit the tub once a week.

Original source: thecraftpatch.blogspot.com
Difficulty (1-5): 1
Result (1-5): 5

-Stacey

You’ve seen those posts for easy sidewalk paint, right?

1:1 flour or cornstarch to water with a little food coloring added in.

Easy peasy. We did this for my 3 year old’s birthday party. Set up an old door and let the kids have at it. Consistency was great and it washed off them no problem.

On June 28, we wrote a message at the bottom of our driveway for birthday guests. I figured the rain would wash it away within a week or so.  Then it didn’t rain again for over a month. Seriously. We’re in a drought and the main river in my state is dry. Like cracking mud dry. Being eco/lazy we don’t water our lawn/driveway and the message remained in place.

I basically baked a paste onto our driveway in 100+ degree heat for over a month. When it did rain, all that was erased was the food dye. This is how it looked last night:

We made a fun game out of scrubbing it away with dishsoap and a hard bristle scrubber. Then it looked like this:

Just a tad lighter, but that could just be the waning evening light. And I’m far to lazy/don’t care what the neighbors think to put any more effort into it. I’m sure we’ll get a blizzard this winter and the combo of sand/shovel/elements will wear it away. I’ll keep you posted in the spring 🙂

Original source: Digthischick
Difficulty (1-5): Wait, which is low? It was super easy. So a 1 or 5 if I could remember which scale we’re using.
Result (1-5): Tops for the day of the party; Bottoms for my laziness

-Britta