Keep your Home Smelling Fresh using your AC Unit

 

 

 

 

Most of us use some sort of plug in freshener or candles in our homes to keep it smelling fresh and inviting. But there are limits to areas receiving these fragrances. Why not allow fragrances to enter into your AC’s main return vent. This will distribute them throughout your home, where ever ac vents blowing. Lets give it a try.

Step One:  Clean your return vent and be sure your filter is in good order, if not replace it.

Step Two:  Add an Essential Oil Diffuser near the return vent. You could also use any fragrance dispersing device.

**An easy method would be to periodically spray your favorite scents directly onto the filter, or add a dish sponge, with the oils or scents absorbed, between the grill vent and the ac filter.

Step Three: Vuala! Enjoy.

30 DIY Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome

30 DIY Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome This Spring and Summer




As the warm weather approaches we are thinking about our projects for the spring and summer to get our yards ready for relaxing and hosting. Here area a few ideas to get to get you inspired. ideas. It’s time to get your backyard awesome!

Recommend tools and materials:
Outdoor Commercial String Globe Lights
LP Gas Drop-In 2 Burner
Movie Theater Projector Screen
LED Video Projector 1080P

 

 

 

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DIY Ways to Bring Spring into Your Home

12 DIY Ways to Bring Spring into Your Home

Now that April is finally here, and we’re a couple of weeks into spring, it’s time to add some color and life to your home’s decore. Warm up your home with some colorful DIY projects. Add some color to your space with some indoor plants behind your sink or on top of your fireplace. Spruce up the couch with some colorful throw pillows or blankets. Don’t forget the walls, perhaps some colorful pieces of artwork using your child’s school works or glued puzzle with a picture frame.

 

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DIY Ideas

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34 DIY Spring Projects Roundup

34 Spring Projects Roundup

Spring is here and everyone is looking for some great projects to do both outdoors and indoors to get your home ready. So why not check out these 34 DIY Spring Projects Roundup. There are so many projects to choose from and no matter what project you choose you will not regret it I promise you that.

DIY Ideas

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25 DIY Tips And Tricks For Spring Cleaning

25 DIY Tips And Tricks For Spring Cleaning

Still behind on the spring cleaning this year? Whats great about these 25 DIY Tips And Tricks For Spring Cleaning is they are all great methods and ideas that turn this huge chore into a basic house cleaning session one day at a time. Plus all the ideas make sure you do not forget any areas in your home. Check them out!

DIY Cleaning Ideas

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8 DIY Bird Bath Projects

8 DIY Bird Bath Projects

Bird baths are always fun to create and they are also worth every hour and penny you have invested when all those beautiful birds come to your yard this spring/summer season. So get your tools out and go check out these 8 DIY Bird Bath Projects. Than sit back and relax on your patio and enjoy the bird bath show.

 

DIY Ideas

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27 Easy Ways To Spring Clean

27 Easy Ways To Spring Clean

Spring cleaning season is always difficult because there are so many areas you have to clean and only a limited supply of products and ways to clean. So check out these 27 Easy Ways To Spring Clean and ramp up your spring cleaning this year properly. So many ideas to help you get all your spring cleaning done in a limited about of time.

Cleaning Ideas

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DIY Spring Cleaning 101

DIY Spring Cleaning 101

Here are some really great ideas to get you in gear with spring cleaning. There are so many ways to get that house, garage and yard clean but the question is how efficient are you methods and are they quite simple or very time consuming. Click on over and check out the DIY Spring Cleaning 101 as it is totally worth it.

Cleaning Ideas

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Place some potted plants around your room to add a bit of nature

Place some potted plants around your room to add a bit of nature

Looking for a way to redecorate your dorm or bedroom? Here are some of the best 26 cheap and easy ways to have the best dorm room ever! Your room should make a statement of who you are so make your space into your own and and check out how to place some potted plants around your room to add a bit of nature!

Here is the link to potted place around room.

Potted Plants to add nature

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Get rid of dead and dying plants

Get rid of dead and dying plants

Today’s real estate market can be crazy. But improving your curb appeal can help you get the price that you want for the house that you are selling. Here is another great way for improving your curb appeal on your home. Get rid of dead and dying plants.

Here is the link.

Get rid of dead and dying plants

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31 Home Decor Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

31 Home Decor Hacks That Are Borderline Genius
I love these 31 cheap and easy decorating ideas! Who would of thought using such simple and basic concepts can make decorating so fun and extremely easy on the wallet. Check out all 31 of these decorating ideas that are borderline genius!

1. If you need an easy way to hang a curtain rod, use Command hooks

2. Repurpose your old rhinestone necklaces to make curtain tiebacks for a bohemian-inspired home

3. Easily switch out seasonal plants by placing your potted plants IN pots

4. If you have an exposed closet or clothing rack, use colored tape to prettify your hangers

5. Use a hollowed out book to hide an unsightly router

6. Use a sharpie and draw a design on a light bulb to cast a neat shadow when the light is turned on

7. Use an upside down Command hook on the backside of a door to hang a wreath

8. Jute rope is a cheap way to add a rustic/nautical touch to any window dressing

9. Cut an inexpensive duvet cover in half to make curtains — the fabric will be doubled, creating its own “lining”

10. If you’re looking for a subtle pop of color, paint the sides of your door

11. Painting the sides of a dresser adds a delightful detail to a child’s room

12. Place a can under a candle in a large vase — you’ll use less filler AND the candle will sit straight

13. Put your mouthwash in a decanter

14. Light an array of candles in an unused fireplace

15. Update an unsightly fan with ribbons and tape

16. Coat the inside of a lampshade with glitter to create a cool reflective light effect

17. Half-painted walls will give the illusion of higher ceilings

18. Tie shower curtains on with bows instead of metal rings that rust

19. Poke holes in a dark lampshade for a starry effect

20. For a statement wall hanging, Staples does oversized prints called “engineer prints”

21. Use removable contact paper to pre-arrange your photo gallery before drilling holes

22. A slim floating bookcase is a nice, clean way to add storage to dead space

23. Use embroidery floss to weave a welcome message onto your screen door

24. Use a paste of water and cornstarch to make removable wallpaper out of fabric

25. Paint your unsightly vinyl or laminate floors

26. For a space-saving lamp, hang a lightbulb on a cord off of a wall-mounted shelf bracket

27. If you’re hanging something heavy on your walls, use tape to measure the distance between two holes

28. For a cheap and classy alternative to bookshelves, use stair treads and corbels

29. Transform a boring window roller blind by covering it with pretty fabric and attaching it with hot glue

30. DIY Fabric Floorcloth

31. This handy website lets you see how your room will look with different paint colors

Creativity Station for Kids

13. Creativity Station for Kids

Here is a nice kid station to their creativity on. Ikea fixtures and some things you already have at home. Organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. Create your own creativity station with this inspirational set up. Lets see if you can top this with your own style and creativity. Article provided by jamonkey.

 

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Multifunction Desktop Organizer

52 Ways to Improve Your Homes Curb Appeal

52 Ways to Improve Your Homes Curb Appeal

Today’s real estate market can be crazy. But improving your curb appeal can help you get the price that you want for the house that you are selling. Here is a list of 52 great ideas for improving your curb appeal on your home.

1. Hide your Garden Hose in an Attractive Planter

2. Reface Your Foundation

3. Update Your Address Numbers

4. Repave Your Driveway

5. Add a Pathway

6. Add Shutters

7. Add Personalized Planters

8. Add a Trellis Above the Garage Door

9. Buy a New Front Door

10. Add Window Boxes

11. Camouflage Eyesores

12. Add Mulch to Your Existing Garden Beds

13. Paint Your Front Door

14. Cover an old concrete stoop with pavers

15. Create a Container Garden

16. Update your Mailbox

17. Create a Seating Area in Your Front Porch

18. Put in a Fence

19. Update your Front Porch Light

20. Replace Your Garage Door

21. Paint your Garage Door

22. Add New Hardware to Your Front Door

23. Add Hardware to your Garage

24. Add Interesting Pieces to your Yard like an archway or bird bath

25. Add Symmetry to Your Front Door

26. Add Cute Welcome Mat

27. Paint the Exterior of your House

28. Add an Arbor

29. Paint your Trim

30. Power wash the Exterior of your Home

31. Clean your Windows

32. Plant a Tree or Two

33. Add a Door Knocker

34. Pull Weeds

35. Tile your Front Porch

36. Replace or Repair you Gutters

37. Upgrade your Porch or Deck Railing

38. Dress up your Dormer

39. Add Windows to your Garage

40. Add Molding to Your Front Door

41. Edge Your Driveway

42. Add Light to your Walkways

43. Window Treatments that Compliment the Exterior of the House

44. Paint your front stoop

45. Build a Berm

46. Replace Door Threshold

47. Get rid of dead and dying plants

48. Clean Your Roof

49. Replace Damaged Shingles

50. Pruned Landscape

51. Cute Patio Furniture

52. Manicured Lawn

DIY Boat Bed – Beds With Storage

DIY Boat Bed

Need a new bed with storage design in your home? How about a bed that looks like a boat? Your kids will love this idea. Check out this DIY Boat Bed tutorial and make a bed in your home look exactly like a boat. Yes it has all the storage compartments you want and it is perfect for a small bedroom. Incorporate one of these beds with storage into your home!

Step 1: Design and Materials

I’m not much for making a real exact drawing of what I build. I tend to just go for it. So for this project I did a basic sketch (on paper) with the mattress dimensions, finished height, and the space I had to work with. Then I just used my tape measure and eye-balled the shape I wanted. Another big design factor was that I wanted to be able to take it apart easily if I end up moving in the next two years. So that made it a little more difficult. As I went along in the project I had to make a few minor adjustments in my original dimensions to allow for plywood bending and for the tools I had on hand.

I up-cycled a lot of materials from other projects (crib) and stuff I had on hand. I did buy one sheet of 5/8″ ply for the mattress to sit on and 2 sheets of 1/8″ to cover the boat. The structure is made mostly from 3/4″material. Plus paint and Polyurethane. Nails, screws glue…all the basics.

Tools used:
Circular saw
Jig saw
Router
Cordless drill
Hammer
Rasp
Palm sander (random orbit)
Japanese style pull saw
Various drill bits
Tape measure
Quick clamps

Step 2: Build the frame

I drew the profile of the side of the “boat” full size on some poster board material and used it as my pattern(pic 1). This is the exact profile on the rear of the boat. I then cut out four of those, two for each side. These are the rear most uprights. As they get closer to the front they needed to be taller for the gentle curve from aft to prow. So I moved my pattern up 3/4″ for two more and then an inch more for the final two. I glued and screwed them to a 1×4 that is 2 inches longer that the mattress.

Then I drew the pattern on to some 1/2 inch ply I had (crib) and figured the width of the bed/boat based on the mattress width. I temporarily screwed that to the back to Hold the sides up(pic 3). I cut one for the front also but based on the uprights on the front.

I then put a 1×2 on top of the notch I had planned out on my pattern. Glue and screw everything.

You can kind of see in the pics how I progressively figured out the shape of the boat.

Step 3: Put on top rails

Rip your top rail to overlap the 1/8″ plywood sheeting. Then I used a 5/16″ drill bit to counter sink where I would screw straight down into the uprights. Pre drill everything so you don’t split anything. Glue and screw.

Nice curve. right?

Step 4: Start the Prow

This was a bit tricky. I had to kind of just eye-ball where I wanted the prow to end up without making the boat too long in overall length for my sons room. I also wanted it to be big enough for storing a comforter. First I laid a piece of 1/2″ ply on the ground.

Then I held the 2×4 up at an angle to see where it should go and then marked and cut it. Then I got a better idea of where it would end up. I then sketched the curve on to the ply that is sitting on the ground for the bottom of the prow and cut it out with a jigsaw.

After I made sure the curve was nice I screwed the 2/4 in through the bottom.

Step 5: Finish top of prow

I had to then figure out where the top of the prow should be so I bent a board from front to back with an approximation of the curve of the rails. Then I cut it on that mark.

I then used two 1×8’s from the front of the rails to the prow. I clamped them in place and then freehand drew the curve on to the top side. Then I cut out one with the jigsaw and tested it on both sides. Once it fit well I flipped it over and traced out onto the other board, cut it out, and then fit them into place.

I flipped the prow over on to a work bench and fit the 2×2 uprights into place. Once it all lined up good I used a quarter round bit and routed all the edges.

Step 6: Cover the sides

I used 1/8″ plywood to cover the boat. My dad built a kayak out of 1/4″ ply so I figured this would be plenty strong for a fake boat. Once it was all glued up and dry it was surprisingly strong and light.

For the side panels I wanted 4 “boards” to run up the length of the boat. I divided the front and back uprights into four equal parts which would be the bottom of each board. Then I ripped the ply with the jigsaw because I wanted kind of a rough old boat look.
Starting at the bottom I glued and nailed the ply onto the frame, gluing along the entire length of the overlap also. The overlap didn’t want to stay tight together so I used a couple of 1″ screws to hold it together until the glue dried. Later I removed them and filled the holes.

The top “board” of ply has that slight curve in it that runs along the top rail of the entire boat. I clamped that piece of ply where the bottom should go and scribed the back side with the curve. Then I cut it out carefully with the jigsaw.

Step 7: Cover the prow

This was probably the most difficult part of the whole project. Kind of hard to describe how I did it and I was in a rush to finish before it rained so there is only one pic.

Because of the more aggressive curve around the prow I ran the ply across the grain because it bends more readily that way. They also make “bendy ply” that would have been great for this but I couldn’t get ahold of any.

Again I marked all the uprights where the bottom of the board should be. Then I made an 18″ cut of ply and just held up in place more or less and marked the angle along the 2×4. Once the angle was cut then I could clamp it in place and draw the curve onto the back side using my bottom of board marks and adding and inch. I only needed to figure out one side and cut the reverse for the other. Each “board” has a different radius because the prow widens towards the top. I just let the boards run long and trimmed them with a hand saw flush with the back of the prow.

Step 8: Secret panel

I had a rough idea of how I was going to make a secret panel that would lift out when something else was pushed or pulled. I used a thin kerf Japanese style pull saw to cut the top rail where the panel would lift up.

Then I built a basic drawer that served as the panel. It took some trial and error to figure out the mechanics but it’s just basically two eyelets screwed in to the bottom of the 1×2 that has a rope that runs through it. When you push down on the flag pull it pulls on the rope that raises the panel. Simple as that!

Perfect place for a iPad…and some how-to books….

Step 9: Secret drawer

From the beginning I wanted a name plate to have my son’s name on it so I decided to make it open up. I just built a tiny drawer with a back that extended up above the sides so when in place the drawer couldn’t be pulled out to far and fall.

Stained the front. Printed out a font I liked and transferred it on to the wood. Painted it with watered down acrylics. Polyurethaned the whole thing at the end. Added some brass rivets to the front corners to make it look like it’s bolted on the bolt and can’t be moved.

Step 10: Banket storage

I used the space in the prow to hide comforters and large stuff like that. Used another scrap piece of ply from the crib. I trimmed it out and put some hinges and a handle on it. I’ll eventually put something to hold it up while it is open but for now my son isn’t going to be able to open it on his own for a couple of years.

Step 11: Finish

I stained the top rails and the inside of the side where the mattress will sit. Then painted the outside of the boat solid green. Once the green dried I dry brushed dark green and white in that order to give it a weathered look. I also dry brushed white onto the stained wood to also weather it. I used a damp rag to soften the contrast of the white.
Then I painted with the dark green to paint on moss to give it more detail.

Then I sprayed the whole thing with satin finish polyurethane. I didn’t want gloss because…I don’t like gloss 🙂 and I wanted it to look old.

Step 12: Add some trees

Once I installed it it looked kind of lonely all by itself in his room. So I took some dried eucalyptus branches I had sitting around for another idea I had for the bed (was going to make a rustic loft bed but transportability…) And leaned them in the corners. Once I knew where I wanted them I screwed them together so they wouldn’t move if my son pulls on them. Then the sticks looked kind of lonely so I painted some in too. That filled it in a little more.

Then….twinkle lights.

That’s it…Go to bed.

Step 13: Jolly Roger

I added a Jolly Roger flag to the pole to make it a little more fun.
I used a piece of black canvas, white colored pencil and some white acrylic paint. When it was dry I added a piece of grey board to stiffen it a little more on the backside and then tacked it to the flag pole with some upholstery tacks.

All done!

Step 14: Secret compartments overview

Here’s just a review of the secret spaces I’ve included.

1. Hidden panel that raises when flag pole is pushed down
2. Drawer behind name plate
3. Hatch in prow of boat for comforter
4. Panel under mattress lifts up

Thanks for reading!

Laundry Room Organizer – Drawers Between your Washer and Dryer

31. Wicker Laundry Organizer Between Washer Dryer Drawers

Most laundry rooms or areas are fairly tight leaving folks trying to figure out where to put supplies. We found a great solution, if you have a little extra room. Above is great example of an upright drawer organizer for all of you laundry supplies. Its stands about 34 inches and is a little more than 8 inches wide. It sure will will help free up some space and get you clutter into their own home.

Ultra-slim Plastic Chest