home decor http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11479/all en-US How New Homeowners Can Furnish Their Place on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-new-homeowners-can-furnish-their-place-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-new-homeowners-can-furnish-their-place-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_and_woman_looking_each_other_and_smiling.jpg" alt="Man and woman looking each other and smiling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Buying a first home is an exciting milestone. You finally have a space to call your own. But if you moved into a new home from a small apartment, you may feel overwhelmed by having to fill all of that space.</p> <p>Furnishing a home can be downright expensive. You may need new sofas, extra beds, more art for the walls, or even new appliances. While it can be tempting to swipe your credit card at the local furniture store to get everything you need, you should be cautious to ensure that furnishing a home doesn't leave you flat-out broke. Here's how to fill your new home on a budget.</p> <h2>1. Prioritize your list</h2> <p>There's no need to furnish your entire home within a few months of moving in. Likely, there will be rooms that are of higher importance to set up. Take time to go through and rank the urgency of everything you think you need. For instance, it might be necessary to purchase a new appliance before you purchase a guest bed.</p> <p>This is a great way to prevent yourself from overspending. It also helps to make a list of everything you need so you can keep an eye out for deals and clearance sales for the items of higher importance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-find-cheap-good-looking-new-furniture?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Places to Find Cheap, Good-Looking New Furniture</a>)</p> <h2>2. Bargain shop</h2> <p>Buying new is nice, but it can get very expensive very quickly. Luckily, there are more resources than ever to help you find gently used or antique furnishings.</p> <p>Craigslist is a reliable place to find steals on home furniture and even some decor. And now, apps like OfferUp, LetGo, and Facebook Marketplace connect you with local sellers. You may be surprised at what other people are willing to sell for cheap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-buy-used?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Things You Should Always Buy Used</a>)</p> <h2>3. Consider hand-me-downs</h2> <p>Chances are, you have family and friends with a lot of extra stuff lying around, and who would love to give it to you. While you may feel obligated to accept their generous gesture and take all that they have available, it's a good idea to proceed carefully. Only say yes to things you actually like. Otherwise, you risk having a mishmash of decor in your home, some of which may not be useful, and it'll be an added source of stress trying to figure out what to do with it.</p> <h2>4. Ask for a cash discount</h2> <p>Big ticket items such as couches and mattresses are likely to get more use than anything else in your home. Since you'll spend so much time on them, it makes sense to purchase a high quality, new item that's built to last. The last thing you want to do is to buy a cheap couch that is uncomfortable or will start falling apart after a year or two.</p> <p>If you choose to buy new, keep in mind that most stores will allow a little room for negotiation, especially if you show up with cash in hand. Stores love when you pay in cash, because they don't have to go through the process of financing and they're guaranteed to get their money today. Plus, using cash works for you as the buyer because it prevents overspending when you walk in the store. You can sleep even better knowing that your brand-new mattress is paid in full.</p> <h2>5. Do it yourself</h2> <p>Are you a crafty person? If you enjoy making homemade items, then your house is the perfect place to showcase your creative works.</p> <p>Whether you choose to paint pictures to hang on the wall, build furniture from wood scraps, or sew blankets and drapes, all of these are fantastic options that will save you money. In addition, you can customize your projects to be exactly what you want. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think?ref=seealso" target="_blank">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-new-homeowners-can-furnish-their-place-on-a-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520New%2520Homeowners%2520Can%2520Furnish%2520Their%2520Place%2520on%2520a%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=How%20New%20Homeowners%20Can%20Furnish%20Their%20Place%20on%20a%20Budget"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20New%20Homeowners%20Can%20Furnish%20Their%20Place%20on%20a%20Budget.jpg" alt="How New Homeowners Can Furnish Their Place on a Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rachel-slifka">Rachel Slifka</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-new-homeowners-can-furnish-their-place-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-know-before-you-start-a-home-improvement-project">10 Things to Know Before You Start a Home Improvement Project</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-do-now-to-prepare-your-home-for-summer">5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-new-grads-can-save-on-moving-costs">6 Ways New Grads Can Save on Moving Costs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quiz-am-i-really-ready-to-buy-a-home">Quiz: Am I Really Ready to Buy a Home?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring">9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Home affordable furniture decor tips first home home decor home decorating tips homeowners Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:30:10 +0000 Rachel Slifka 2127518 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save Big on Indoor and Outdoor Greenery http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-on-indoor-and-outdoor-greenery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-big-on-indoor-and-outdoor-greenery" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/flowers_in_pots.jpg" alt="Flowers in pots" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Indoor and outdoor greenery make a home feel homey, but plants, even fake ones, can put a sizable dent in your decorating budget. Add a little life without subtracting too much from your cash stash with these money-saving tips. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Surprising Ways a Houseplant Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>DIY air plants</h2> <p>I recently visited a nursery where air plants in seashells were being sold for $13 a pop &mdash; an outrageous price point if you're familiar with what each of those items cost separately. Air plants alone retail for less than <a href="http://amzn.to/2FZXzHp" target="_blank">$4 on Amazon</a>, and seashells are free if you pick them up on a relaxing walk along the shore. Air plants don't require soil to grow, but they still need water, sunlight, and TLC. You can buy a pack of them and give them all the care they need for under $10. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring</a>)</p> <h2>Reuse food and decorative jars as planters</h2> <p>Instead of tossing my used candle jars in the trash or recycling bins, I clean out the leftover wax residue by setting the jars in boiling water for about a minute and then wiping out the excess before hitting it with soap and warm water. The more decorative candle jars make excellent planters.</p> <p>You also can use old food jars as planters, and I highly recommend the new <a href="http://amzn.to/2u47gmZ" target="_blank">Oui by Yoplait yogurt jars</a> as mini planters. I love these small jars because they don't have lids but rather foil coverings, which eliminates the need for grooves at the top of the jar. In my opinion, they don't look as cheap as regular jars when used as planters.</p> <p>Also, be advised that some plants don't like to sit in too much water, so keep that in mind if your planters don't have holes on the bottom to provide drainage.</p> <h2>Repurpose deep dishes and wooden boxes</h2> <p>Before you send your old dishes and wooden boxes to the trash or local donation center, look at them as potential planters. For instance, I have a couple deep, high-sided modern dishes from CB2 that I've chipped and don't want to use for entertaining anymore, so I turned them into planters. I keep the chipped edge to the back so no one can see it. They look great on coffee tables and mantles.</p> <h2>Take a walk through the woods</h2> <p>Mother Nature provides us access to all her bounty, and there's no reason you can't take advantage of this by collecting seeds or identifying plant species from unrestricted wooded areas that will survive in your indoor or outdoor gardens. Dig 'em up and replant them at home &mdash; sparingly, of course. You can easily research types of plants with the help of apps or nature books.</p> <p>No trespassing on private land, and don't even think about taking cuttings from protected areas, like state and national parks. That's a big no-no with even bigger fines if you get caught.</p> <h2>Snip from your parents' or grandparents' plants</h2> <p>My grandmother had this spider plant the whole family would snip from to propagate spider plant babies of their own. You can <a href="https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamental/a-reference-guide-to-plant-care-handling-and-merchandising/propagating-foliage-flowering-plants/" target="_blank">use this method to start new plants</a> from a variety of species, as detailed by the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a>)</p> <h2>Check Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Letgo</h2> <p>While you're out there trying to save money on plants to spruce up your joint, others are tossing theirs out.</p> <p>&quot;Looking on sites such as Craigslist and in the 'free' section local Facebook groups can sometimes land you a gorgeous house plant that could need a little love,&quot; says Vicky Popat, owner of PlantOGram.com, which delivers fully grown plants, like Cotton Candy Mango trees. &quot;If you live in a city, sometimes you could even spot a potted, ready-to-go plant just sitting on the curb. Before bringing any of these plants home, ask or check for pests.&quot;</p> <h2>Shop the clearance sections</h2> <p>Like everything else, plants go on sale, too. Poke around your local nursery or even your local big-box hardware store to see what kinds of deals they have. Don't be afraid to ask an associate either; they may know where the discounted goods are hidden if you can't find them. If available options aren't the most beautiful of the bunch, consider if you can clean them up, or if replanting in a more decorative planter will help. Many times you can just trim off the dead parts, wipe the dirty leaves with a washcloth, and feed with plant food until the plant is happy again.</p> <h2>Plant herbs</h2> <p>Herb seeds are cheap, but full-grown herb plants (often available at your supermarket) are quite affordable, too &mdash; in the $3 to $7 range. These plants will give your space, either indoors or out, the green punch you're looking for. You'll also save money over time on buying fresh herbs since you can snip from the ones you've cultivated. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Decorative Plants You Can Eat, Too</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-save-big-on-indoor-and-outdoor-greenery&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Save%2520Big%2520on%2520Indoor%2520and%2520Outdoor%2520Greenery.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Save%20Big%20on%20Indoor%20and%20Outdoor%20Greenery"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Save%20Big%20on%20Indoor%20and%20Outdoor%20Greenery.jpg" alt="How to Save Big on Indoor and Outdoor Greenery" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-on-indoor-and-outdoor-greenery">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring">9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup">11 Home and Houseware Upgrades That Prove You&#039;re Finally a Grownup</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-prep-your-garden-for-winter">10 Easy Ways to Prep Your Garden for Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-long-does-it-take-to-break-even-with-solar-panels">How Long Does It Take to Break Even With Solar Panels?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home Shopping buying plants gardening tips green thumb home decor home items plants saving money shopping for plants Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:30:21 +0000 Mikey Rox 2124571 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things to Know Before You Start a Home Improvement Project http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-know-before-you-start-a-home-improvement-project <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-to-know-before-you-start-a-home-improvement-project" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_couple_in_new_apartment_dream_and_plan_interior.jpg" alt="Happy couple in new apartment dream and plan interior" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When done properly, home improvement projects can add resale value to your home. In fact, Angie&rsquo;s List estimates the <a href="https://www.angieslist.com/articles/remodeling-projects-highest-roi.htm" target="_blank">return on investment for kitchen</a> and bath renovations to be as high as 85 percent. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-home-improvements-that-add-thousands-to-your-listing?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Easy Home Improvements That Add Thousands to Your Listing</a>)</p> <p>On the other hand, these projects can bust your budget if you fail to map out supply costs and get multiple quotes from contractors. Get the job done right the first time so you can cash in big later with these 10 tips for starting a home improvement project.</p> <h2>1. Before contracting anyone, consider the value added</h2> <p>No matter what project you plan to start around the house &mdash; from the bathroom to the backyard &mdash; it&rsquo;s important to ask two all-important questions: How much will this cost you, and how much value will this add to your home? For those answers, you&rsquo;ll need to talk to a couple people, mainly a contractor for the former and a realtor for the latter. If your project bumps up your home&rsquo;s value significantly, it&rsquo;s probably not a bad idea to dive in, especially if what you plan to upgrade is long overdue. If you&rsquo;ll only see a small return on investment, however, consider the consequences. There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with pursuing a vanity project if it&rsquo;ll make you happy in the long run, but you need to reconcile that with yourself and your wallet before you make any costly decisions. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/architect-designer-or-contractor-who-should-you-hire-for-your-project?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Architect, Designer, or Contractor: Who Should You Hire for Your Project?</a>)</p> <h2>2. You will most likely be inconvenienced</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning a major renovation, you&rsquo;ll likely be inconvenienced by not being able to use those rooms while the project is ongoing, and that&rsquo;s something you need to think about before starting. Consider not only how you&rsquo;ll manage without these facilities, but also the time of year and how uncomfortable you may be during construction. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-renovations-that-could-hurt-your-homes-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Home Renovations That Could Hurt Your Home's Value</a>)</p> <h2>3. Not all contractors are created equal</h2> <p>You won&rsquo;t have trouble finding a contractor to bid out your work, but finding the right contractor will take some time.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the planning stages, interview multiple contractors,&rdquo; says Kylee Della Volpe, an editor for Mortgages.com. &ldquo;Ask them about their costs, communication style, and to provide references. This will help you choose a professional who can help keep the project running smoothly for you.&rdquo;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a bad idea to ask your friends and family for recommendations, as well. Before I blindly search online for a contractor, I always consult those in my network whom I trust. Look at past results, too. Ask the contractor for photos and/or videos of recent projects. Those who know what they&rsquo;re doing and run a solid business will have no problem showing you what they&rsquo;re capable of. Experience counts here.</p> <p>The Better Business Bureau also advises that homeowners find out if a contractor is a member of a professional association, which has standards or a code of ethics.</p> <p>&ldquo;All BBB Accredited Businesses have agreed to uphold BBB standards for ethics in the marketplace,&rdquo; says Lisa Schiller, director of investigations and media relations for BBB serving Wisconsin. &ldquo;Homeowners also should check with BBB to learn how long a contractor has been in business and if the firm has been responsive to any complaints filed with BBB. In addition, BBB reports can tell you how long the company has been in business, show complaint detail, and show posted reviews &mdash; positive, negative, and neutral &mdash; as well as any known government action.&rdquo; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-and-hire-a-reliable-contractor?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Find and Hire a Reliable Contractor</a>)</p> <h2>4. Original blueprints of your house will move the process along faster</h2> <p>If you have the original blueprints of your home, plus any plans that include home improvements and additions over the years, offer them to the contractor. You&rsquo;ll save time and possibly money if he or she doesn&rsquo;t have to start from scratch.</p> <h2>5. Make sure there&rsquo;s a contract that covers the scope of work</h2> <p>Before starting any kind of work that&rsquo;s going to impact your finances, you should have a contract in place. If the contractor is unwilling to provide one or acts shifty when it&rsquo;s suggested, you should absolutely consider this a red flag. Do not work with anyone who doesn&rsquo;t want to draw up a contract for your plans.</p> <p>The contract should include the company's name, address, and phone number, and have start and completion dates, plus estimated cost written into it.</p> <p>However, if you sign the contract away from the place of business, the Right of Rescission applies &mdash; which says you have three legal business days to cancel. If you enact this right, be sure to put the rescission in writing, mail it so that it&rsquo;s postmarked by the third business day, and make a copy for yourself. Also, keep a copy of the contract and the warranty for your records, as well.</p> <h2>6. Permits will most likely be required for major work</h2> <p>You may need permits for your work. The contractor should provide the costs for all permits in your estimate, and usually the contractor is responsible for pulling the permits from local offices unless you agree otherwise. Home improvements that may require permits include new windows, fences; structural changes, like building a deck; and plumbing and electrical work. Your city council office will have information for improvements and projects that require permits.</p> <h2>7. Get an itemized estimate to help you plan your budget</h2> <p>When a contractor bids out your work, ask for itemized billing opposed to a lump sum fee for the scope of work. The latter doesn't provide you with a transparent view of where you&rsquo;re money is going, but that&rsquo;s information you need to know in order to choose the right person for the job, or if the job is even worth it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-home-improvements-you-should-always-negotiate?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Home Improvements You Should Always Negotiate</a>)</p> <p>&ldquo;Before you start a project, you should be sure to get estimates on everything, including the permits and any money you spend if you can't use parts of your house, like the kitchen or bedrooms, then do some research to see how much that particular improvement adds to the value of the home,&rdquo; Della Volpe says. &ldquo;If it adds more value than it costs, go for it. If it doesn't, it's time to evaluate how much you'll lose in the process and whether that amount is worth it to you in terms of comfort in your home.&rdquo;</p> <h2>8. Never pay in full or up front</h2> <p>You should solicit at least three bids from prospective contractors based on the exact same specs of the full project, including materials, labor, and time needed to complete.</p> <p>&ldquo;Homeowners need to discuss bids in detail with each contractor, making certain they understand the reasons for any variations in the prices and not automatically making a decision based on lowest price,&rdquo; Schiller says. &ldquo;Cost differences may include issues such as material quality, craftsmanship, and subcontracting for specialized labor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Never pay in full or up front. Any contractor who requires this is most likely scamming you. Only pay the balance once the work is completed and to your satisfaction. One-third down payment should be sufficient to start &mdash; if you must put anything down. Then pay one-third when the project is underway, and the balance upon completion. Don't pay in cash, either; BBB suggests paying with a credit card whenever possible.</p> <h2>9. Your contractors must be insured</h2> <p>God forbid something happens to one of your contractors on the job and you&rsquo;re held liable or just plain S.O.L. You don&rsquo;t want that headache, which is why their company should be bonded and insured against worker&rsquo;s comp claims, property damage, and personal liability in case of accidents. Don&rsquo;t just take the contractor&rsquo;s word for it, either. Ask for proof or call to verify insurance coverage by asking for the name of the agency and carrier.</p> <h2>10. Don&rsquo;t bite off more than you can chew if you&rsquo;re DIYing</h2> <p>If you think you&rsquo;re handy enough to handle a home improvement project yourself, more power to you. Just be realistic in your capabilities and what you can handle given the scope of work. You don&rsquo;t want to bite off more than you can chew, which in the long run will not only inconvenience you, but could end up being costlier than if you&rsquo;d have hired a contractor from the beginning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-top-10-diy-jobs-homeowners-should-avoid?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Top 10 DIY Jobs Homeowners Should Avoid</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-things-to-know-before-you-start-a-home-improvement-project&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Things%2520to%2520Know%2520Before%2520You%2520Start%2520a%2520Home%2520Improvement%2520Project_0.jpg&amp;description=10%20Things%20to%20Know%20Before%20You%20Start%20a%20Home%20Improvement%20Project"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Things%20to%20Know%20Before%20You%20Start%20a%20Home%20Improvement%20Project_0.jpg" alt="10 Things to Know Before You Start a Home Improvement Project" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-know-before-you-start-a-home-improvement-project">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-do-now-to-prepare-your-home-for-summer">5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-new-homeowners-can-furnish-their-place-on-a-budget">How New Homeowners Can Furnish Their Place on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-and-easy-ways-to-update-an-old-home">19 Frugal (And Easy) Ways to Update an Old Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-winterize-your-home-for-maximum-savings">How to Winterize Your Home for Maximum Savings</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Home contractors home decor home improvement home improvement projects Home repair renovation Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 2033607 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Home and Houseware Upgrades That Prove You're Finally a Grownup http://www.wisebread.com/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-519998537.jpg" alt="these home decor upgrades prove you&#039;re an adult" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your home says a lot about you. Are you still in an adolescent phase, barely keeping things together with take-out containers all over your futon, or are you ready for some real adulting? Impress your friends and prove to your parents that you're a grownup with these easy and affordable home decor upgrades.</p> <h2>1. A quality chef's knife</h2> <p>You know you're a grownup when you have a knife you love so much, you're willing to get it sharpened in order to keep it in tip-top shape. When you've cooked enough at home, you know having a <a href="http://amzn.to/2wIX7cS" target="_blank">quality chef's knife</a> is a must.</p> <p>Don't worry, a quality knife doesn't have to put you in the poorhouse. Yes, the Wüsthofs and Shuns of the world may be the ultimate standard, but the truly savvy adult knows that top quality can be had from slightly less pricey brands, such as Victorinox, or less-expensive lines from the top brands, such as the <a href="http://amzn.to/2vMerR6" target="_blank">Wüsthof Pro</a> line. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-essential-kitchen-tools-all-frugal-cooks-need?ref=seealso" target="_blank">31 Essential Kitchen Tools All Frugal Cooks Need</a>)</p> <h2>2. Blackout curtains</h2> <p>Sure, when you were in your college days, any old thing that could keep the light out when you were sleeping off last night's &hellip; study session &hellip; was fine. A sheet tacked up over the window was plenty for your needs. But now that you're a bill-paying adult, it's time to get some nicer window dressings.</p> <p>You can pay a pretty penny for quality <a href="http://amzn.to/2xOX8fC" target="_blank">blackout curtains</a>, but you can get some surprisingly luxurious and grownup looking ones from places like Target, World Market, IKEA, and Amazon. And instead of paying through the nose for custom lined curtains, clip some blackout lining to the back using curtain clips and rings. After all, you need your beauty sleep for all the adulting you'll be doing early in the morning.</p> <h2>3. A table centerpiece</h2> <p>Nothing says you've made it to adulthood like a centerpiece for your table. A nice vase, or a tray with some candles on it tells the world that you've settled into your home.</p> <p>The cheapest place to get vases and knick-knacks is the thrift store, where you can find an abundance of pitchers, vases, baskets, and trays for a couple bucks each.</p> <h2>4. Framed prints</h2> <p>Throw away those music festival posters, or at least frame them so they look like art. Framed prints make a home look so much more put together.</p> <p>And if you want to go with custom framing, you should know it's a bit of a splurge. If you must custom frame something, make use of coupons at craft stores or promo codes for online custom framing retailers like Framebridge. Cheaper alternatives include shopping for already-framed art at discount stores like TJMaxx, or framing your own art with ready-made frames &mdash; IKEA has some lovely inexpensive options.</p> <h2>5. Houseplants</h2> <p>It takes some real adult skill to keep a houseplant alive. I should know, I've killed plenty. That's why I now invest in succulents and air plants.</p> <p>The clearance section of the Home Depot garden center is where I've found a lot of my succulents and plants. I've also gotten a lot of cuttings from a friend for free, and actually had success propagating some of them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Surprising Ways a Houseplant Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>6. Supportive pillows</h2> <p>You know you're getting older when you buy a pillow specifically for its neck or back support. The most important thing about a pillow is that it holds your head in a neutral position. Side sleepers need a thicker, firmer pillow (such as <a href="http://amzn.to/2j3xOis" target="_blank">memory foam pillows</a>), whereas back sleepers need a pillow that supports their head without disrupting the natural curve of the neck.</p> <p>It can be hard to find the perfect pillow for you, and I honestly think this is one purchase that is worth the investment. Look for pillows that have a money-back guarantee so you can try it out risk-free, as it takes a few nights to determine if a pillow is a good fit.</p> <h2>7. Multiple sources of lighting</h2> <p>A ceiling light can do the job of illuminating a room, but decorators agree that multiple sources of lighting are more soothing and pleasing to the eye. One upgrade that can make your home feel much cozier is buying a few floor and table lamps to diversify your lighting.</p> <p>Discount stores like TJMaxx are great for finding affordable lighting. If you'd like to save a little more, you can also look at architectural salvage stores like the <a href="https://www.habitat.org/restores" target="_blank">Habitat for Humanity Restore</a>, or thrift shops.</p> <h2>8. A proper filing system</h2> <p>It might seem boring, but it's so essential to keep track of bills, medical records, receipts, tax returns, and other important documents. After a while, throwing them all in a drawer (or piling them on the dining table) and hoping they'll sort themselves out just doesn't cut it anymore.</p> <p>IKEA has some sleek looking file cabinets for under $100, and check online on Overstock and Amazon for some basic options. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Essential Documents You Should Keep in Your Safe</a>)</p> <h2>9. Guest-friendly bathroom amenities</h2> <p>When your friends come over, is there enough toilet paper? How about a place to dry their hands that isn't the bath towel you used this morning? Put a little thought into what guests might need if they use your bathroom.</p> <p>You don't need much, just a few hand towels, a soap dispenser, and a toilet paper holder. There are endless budget-friendly options at home decor or major department stores. Make sure you tuck your toiletries out of sight and bam! You've got a grownup bathroom.</p> <h2>10. Matching dishes</h2> <p>Having matching dishes on the table is definitely a step towards being an adult. White dishes are always practical and can always be accessorized with other colors.</p> <p>You can dish out a lot for matching dinnerware at department stores, but go to Amazon, IKEA, or Target and you can get a serviceable set of matching plates and bowls for a super affordable price. A set of eight will usually be enough for dinner parties and guests.</p> <h2>11. A slow cooker</h2> <p>Whether it's a basic <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-slow-cookers" target="_blank">slow-cooker</a>, or one of the uber-popular electric <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressure-cookers" target="_blank">pressure cookers</a>, having an appliance that cooks your dinner for you while you do other stuff is one of the marks of a busy adult.</p> <p>For the cult-favorite <a href="http://amzn.to/2eLGCbz" target="_blank">Instant Pot</a> or other appliances, put a price alert on the Amazon listing using <a href="https://camelcamelcamel.com/" target="_blank">Camel Camel Camel</a> so you'll be notified when they have their periodic sales, which are the cheapest way to get one of these appliances (unless you lucked out by finding a brand-new Instant Pot at the thrift store, like I did).</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520To%2520Know%2520Your%2520Finally%2520A%2520Grown%2520Up_0.jpg&amp;description=11%20Home%20and%20Houseware%20Upgrades%20That%20Prove%20You're%20Finally%20a%20Grownup"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20To%20Know%20Your%20Finally%20A%20Grown%20Up_0.jpg" alt="11 Home and Houseware Upgrades That Prove You're Finally a Grownup" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-on-indoor-and-outdoor-greenery">How to Save Big on Indoor and Outdoor Greenery</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">How to Find the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring">9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cheese-graters">The 5 Best Cheese Graters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-old-kitchen-tools-you-can-flip-for-cash">9 Old Kitchen Tools You Can Flip for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping adulting apartment decor appliances bedroom decor home decor kitchen items kitchen tools saving money Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Camilla Cheung 2017491 at http://www.wisebread.com Colorstrology and 3 Modern Décor Trends That Will Fit Any Budget http://www.wisebread.com/colorstrology-and-3-modern-d-cor-trends-that-will-fit-any-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/colorstrology-and-3-modern-d-cor-trends-that-will-fit-any-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_and_woman_dreaming.jpg" alt="Man and woman dreaming" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Changing the look of your home doesn't need to cost much. You can clear the clutter and use items you already own to completely change the feel of your space. Here's how you can breathe new life into your casa with these affordable modern décor trends.</p> <h2>Colorstrology</h2> <p>Colorstrology is a hybrid of astrology, numerology, and <a href="https://www.pantone.com/colorstrology" target="_blank">Pantone colors</a>. Astrologist Michele Bernhardt created a calendar and corresponding book, <a href="http://amzn.to/2tWZWs8" target="_blank">Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says about You</a>, with a different Pantone color assigned to each day of the year, as well as one for each month. The colors are chosen based on ruling planets, sun signs, and other important dates and numbers. While there is quite a bit of science and success backing the new colorful trend, a lot of it is psychological.</p> <p>As an example, <a href="http://goop.com/better-than-a-horoscope-what-your-colorstrology-profile-says-about-you/" target="_blank">Bernhardt told Goop</a> that if you're looking for help with your relationship, &quot;You might go to October's color, which is a light blue that is very peaceful and gentle; it helps bring harmony and balance. Or February &mdash; a high vibration purple &mdash; is a great color for people who are intense, and trying to learn how to be more detached and collaborative. Lilac and lavender can help us love without being too clingy.&quot;</p> <h3>How to use the colors</h3> <p>Incorporating these colors into your décor can help bring about positive energy. For instance, you can add a splash of color to any room by painting the trims or one accent wall with a shade in your birthday month color. You can also move certain items into different rooms so they are more color-coordinated, based on the shades you select.</p> <p>Along with using these colors throughout your décor, you can also wear these power colors throughout your clothing, accessories, or makeup each day to capitalize on the positive vibes. Mindful color selection like this might require some time to get organized, but it should cost you very little money to execute.</p> <h2>Minimalism</h2> <p>Minimalism is about more than just cleaning and decluttering the house. It's about focusing on clean design, neutral or muted colors, sharp lines, and simple furnishings and décor. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ease-into-minimalism-with-some-simple-steps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Ease Into Minimalism With Some Simple Steps</a>)</p> <h3>Choose quality over quantity</h3> <p>Create a cohesive look by concentrating on one simple design and complementary accent decorations. This can be accomplished by paring down to one or two accessories per room, and you can you use things you already own. Also, be sure to keep and utilize furniture that serves double duty as storage or that takes up minimal space.</p> <h3>Keep it simple</h3> <p>Once you have gotten rid of anything that you aren't excited about and narrowed your items down to just the essentials, it's time to concentrate on your personal style. Simplify your color scheme and choose textures in similar tones. Adopting a minimalist style also means easier cleanup (less to dust), and you might even make some money selling those excess items that you no longer want.</p> <h2>Maximalism</h2> <p>While minimalism is about &quot;less is more,&quot; maximalism is about &quot;more is more.&quot; Maximalism has no set rules; you can even layer different colors, textures, and styles. Things like bold wallpaper and clashing patterns are acceptable with this affordable trend. This means that you can show off your latest vintage finds or eclectic paintings with pride.</p> <h3>Use mirrors</h3> <p>If a room appears small, add a mirror to make it appear larger. If you don't want to hang a mirror, consider propping a large framed mirror against a wall. It can create drama and brighten the space instantly.</p> <h3>Display everyday items</h3> <p>Take a look around for posters or cards you already own that can be framed, unique items of clothing or shoes that can be displayed, or antique pieces that can serve as the focal point of a room.</p> <p>And if a room doesn't feel cozy, Better Homes and Gardens recommends adding a colorful throw and pillows.</p> <h2>Natural elements</h2> <p>Use items you find outside your home in nature to decorate your space. Birch tree limbs and pine cones can be spray painted in white or gold for decor. Rocks, shells, and leaves can also create beautiful (and free) art pieces or table scapes.</p> <p>This trend also encourages adding lots of greenery. If you don't have any greens of your own, pick up some inexpensive seeds to plant, or ask a friend to divide up one of their plants for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Surprising Ways a Houseplant Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fcolorstrology-and-3-modern-d-cor-trends-that-will-fit-any-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FColorstrology%2520and%25203%2520Modern%2520D%25C3%25A9cor%2520Trends%2520That%2520Will%2520Fit%2520Any%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=Colorstrology%20and%203%20Modern%20Decor%20Trends%20That%20Will%20Fit%20Any%20Budget"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Colorstrology%20and%203%20Modern%20D%C3%A9cor%20Trends%20That%20Will%20Fit%20Any%20Budget.jpg" alt="Colorstrology and 3 Modern Décor Trends That Will Fit Any Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/colorstrology-and-3-modern-d-cor-trends-that-will-fit-any-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-problems-you-can-solve-with-duct-tape">13 Problems You Can Solve With Duct Tape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend">19 Fun, Cheap Projects to Try This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-home-diy-projects-you-can-do-in-one-day">10 Home DIY Projects You Can Do in One Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag">10 Things You Already Own That Can Be Turned Into a Tote Bag</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home colorstrology decor trends DIY home decor home goods how to maximalism minimalism Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1981391 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Affordable Home Remodel Tips for Pet Owners http://www.wisebread.com/6-affordable-home-remodel-tips-for-pet-owners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-affordable-home-remodel-tips-for-pet-owners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_embracing_her_dog.jpg" alt="Young woman embracing her dog" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A pet can bring unbridled joy and unconditional love to your life. However, they can also leave stray hair, furniture damage, and other messes behind. Here's how you can keep your home beautiful even when you have a four-legged fur-baby shedding all over everything. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-pet-costs-you-dont-see-coming?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Pet Costs You Don't See Coming</a>)</p> <h2>1. Opt for hard flooring</h2> <p>Install floors that can stand up to scratches and dirt. Hard flooring like vinyl, laminate, hardwood, and tile offer easy maintenance and pet cleanup, along with a great value over time. Ceramic tile is also great because it's particularly resistant to animal stains.</p> <h2>2. Choose the right carpet</h2> <p>Carpeting can be very difficult to clean, particularly with accidents and excessive hair. It can also harbor stains and make your pet allergies worse.</p> <p>If you do decide on carpeting, look for a synthetic blend option with low pile that won&rsquo;t absorb as much hair and is easier to vacuum. Also consider modular carpet tile or inexpensive rugs that can be easily picked up and cleaned or replaced.</p> <h2>3. Select washable fabrics and concealing patterns</h2> <p>Choose washable fabrics for cushion and pillow cases whenever possible so you can easily throw them in the washing machine. Fabrics with patterns can help camouflage old stains. Avoid tweed fabrics that can trap hair between the fibers.</p> <p>Look for items in colors that match your pet's fur. For instance, you wouldn't want to purchase a black couch if you have a white cat; the stray pet hair would be abundantly obvious.</p> <h2>4. Use semi-gloss wall paint</h2> <p>Flat finish paint is nearly impossible to clean. Semi-gloss paint in satin or eggshell finishes is easy to wipe down, making it more pet-friendly.</p> <h2>5. Set up a pet station</h2> <p>Convert an area by the door into a pet station. This will be for hanging leashes, walking shoes, towels, doggy bags, and anything else you need to get your pet out the door quickly. This will also come in handy on a rainy or snowy day when you need to wipe your pet off before they run around the house with wet or dirty paws.</p> <h2>6. Hide the litter box</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2t80yrw" target="_blank">Hidden litter boxes</a> look like an ordinary nightstand or planter on the outside, but have the litter box housed inside. Keep the litter box in a private area, away from feeding areas, so your pet can feel safe and comfortable.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-affordable-home-remodel-tips-for-pet-owners&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Affordable%2520Home%2520Remodel%2520Tips%2520for%2520Pet%2520Owners.jpg&amp;description=6%20Affordable%20Home%20Remodel%20Tips%20for%20Pet%20Owners"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Affordable%20Home%20Remodel%20Tips%20for%20Pet%20Owners.jpg" alt="6 Affordable Home Remodel Tips for Pet Owners" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-affordable-home-remodel-tips-for-pet-owners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/colorstrology-and-3-modern-d-cor-trends-that-will-fit-any-budget">Colorstrology and 3 Modern Décor Trends That Will Fit Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-prevent-brown-lawn-spots-from-dog-urine">3 Ways to Prevent Brown Lawn Spots From Dog Urine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home furniture home decor home remodel how to pet care pet owners pets Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1969594 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-596059078.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you enjoy a can or two of beer or soda, you may want to think twice before throwing your empties into the trash or recycling bin. The humble aluminum can has a multitude of uses, and can save you money on the most surprising things. All it takes is a little imagination, and a few basic tools. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Make Friendship Bracelets</h2> <p>An empty can has a great shape to turn into a bracelet that easily fits on a wrist. Of course, you'll have to do a little work to make it safe to wear, but the results can be stunning. Simply use a box cutter or pair of kitchen shears to cut off the top and bottom of the can, and then cut it into segments that work for you. You may want a <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/148970700153802524/" target="_blank">very wide bracelet</a>, or a bunch of smaller widths. About an inch is good for starters though. Make sure there are no sharp edges, and then decorate it by wrapping ribbon or cloth around it. If you have someone with a particularly large wrist, you can cut it, but make sure you wrap those edges carefully, or round them off. If the can already has a really great design, you don't need to wrap it at all!</p> <h2>2. Make a Beer Can Stove</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ui8t3pivqtk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you do a lot of camping, or like cooking in the outdoors, you don't have to buy a portable stove. You can make one out of an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui8t3pivqtk" target="_blank">empty beer or soda can</a>, and it works incredibly well. All you need is something to cut the can with, and some fuel (rubbing alcohol works beautifully). The best part is, if you leave it behind, or it gets thrown in the trash, it costs nothing to replace.</p> <h2>3. Organize Your Stuff</h2> <p>Pens. Pencils. Screws. Hair Ties. Batteries. Cutlery. There are hundreds of different items at home that can be <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/444660163179816887/" target="_blank">organized inside empty cans</a>. You just have to cut the top off the can at the height that works best for you. If you have a junk drawer, cut them just below that height, and you can quickly organize all those little bits and pieces that clutter it up. For the garage or workshop, you can make them different sizes for different items. You could even screw them to the wall.</p> <h2>4. Create a Beer or Soda Can Lantern</h2> <p>Creating a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Beer-Can-Lantern-DIY-Tutorial/" target="_blank">lantern out of a beverage can</a> takes a little skill and dexterity, but if you can follow a pattern, and work with a few basic household tools, you shouldn't have any problems. Simply cut an oval in your can, and spray paint it any color you want. Then, create a stencil of your favorite subject matter, and use it to cut a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Put the two together, add a light, and you have something very fun and decorative. You could even use these at Halloween in place of pumpkins&hellip; and they don't wither and die.</p> <h2>5. Make Your Own Jewelry</h2> <p>If you have the time and the patience, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Aluminum-Can-Flower-Jewelry/" target="_blank">beer can jewelry</a> can really set those tongues wagging. It will be unique, unusual, and not available in any stores. Some people simply cut out parts of the empty can's design into interesting shapes, like teardrops or ovals. Others go the extra step, adding imitation gemstones, glitters, and other adornments. Take some inspiration from these <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/154087553/craft-beer-can-earrings?utm_source=Pinterest&amp;utm_medium=PageTools&amp;utm_campaign=Share" target="_blank">earrings selling on Etsy</a> (yeah&hellip; you could make money!).</p> <h2>6. Plant Seeds and Cuttings</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-QGBGe7kjJ8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>An empty beer or soda can is a great vessel for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QGBGe7kjJ8" target="_blank">starting your garden's plants</a>, flowers, and herbs. All you need to do is remove the top of the can with a can opener to give it a clean, safe edge. Then, spray it your favorite color. Add soil, seeds or cuttings, and a little water, and you can save serious money on planters you would buy at a home improvement store or garden center.</p> <h2>7. Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal</h2> <p>Do you have a poor Wi-Fi signal in your home? You could fork out a lot of cash on a signal booster, or a Wi-Fi router upgrade. Or, you could take one of your empty cans and <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Wi-Fi-Booster-Using-Only-a-Can" target="_blank">make a booster</a> that will take you from two bars to four. It should take you less than 10 minutes from start to finish. Just make sure all the edges are safe, especially if you have kids in the house.</p> <h2>8. Make Some Impressive Chainmail</h2> <p>If you are into historical re-enactments, attending Renaissance Fairs, or want to make some extra cash on the side, you can use the pull-tabs from your <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Genuine-chainmaille-from-pop-tabs/" target="_blank">beer and soda cans to create chain mail</a>. Not only does it look really authentic, it can be done with just the pull-tabs and a few simple tools. If chain mail isn't your thing, you can use the same techniques to make <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/explore/soda-tab-crafts/" target="_blank">lampshades, belts, bowls</a>, and several other creative ideas.</p> <h2>9. Create Unique Gifts for Friends and Family</h2> <p>The material used to make a beverage can is not as thick as it used to be. While this means you don't get a lot for the scrap, it means you can do some very cool things using tools you will find around the house. The material is so soft that you could actually draw into it with an empty ballpoint pen, and punch through it with a nail and create some beautiful <a href="https://snapguide.com/guides/make-hole-punch-signs-with-pepsi-tins/" target="_blank">personalized punch designs</a> Just make sure you clean out the can thoroughly, and find something suitable on which to mount your finished piece of art.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag">10 Things You Already Own That Can Be Turned Into a Tote Bag</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-brilliant-ways-to-reuse-an-empty-milk-jug">37 Brilliant Ways to Reuse an Empty Milk Jug</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend">19 Fun, Cheap Projects to Try This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink beer beer can DIY empty cans diy projects home home decor recycle soda can upcycle Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:10 +0000 Paul Michael 1898050 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_plants_succulents_537868672.jpg" alt="Woman getting no-fuss plants to brighten her home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This time of year, it's nice to bring something green home to help pass the gray days. Houseplants are a living reminder that spring is on the horizon. You don't need to be particularly good at keeping stuff thriving to enjoy them, either. Here's a list of some low-maintenance plants that are cheap or, in some cases, free! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-hardest-to-kill-houseplants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Hardest-to-Kill Houseplants</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pothos</h2> <p>You can pick up a gorgeously green, 10-ounce pothos plant for less than $4 at Lowe's. If you're worried about it being high maintenance, don't fret. Chances are, you'll have this plant for the long haul. Even people who have green thumbs explain that this plant will withstand a hearty dose of &quot;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/golden-pothos.aspx" target="_blank">benign neglect</a>.&quot;</p> <p>And if your friend just happens to have this plant, you may be able to get one for yourself for free. Simply cut an existing plant into some individual segments above the leaf by about half an inch. Take 10 or so of these cuttings and place them in a pot (don't forget to water them) for about six weeks. Each cut should eventually make a vine that will turn into a full plant.</p> <h2>2. Spider Plant</h2> <p>The only plant I have ever had in my own home is the spider plant. And amazingly, it has withstood the test of time and countless messes along the way. Talk about indestructible. What about cheap? Yeah, it's that, too. This plant produces seemingly unlimited babies that you can either inherit or pass along to your friends with virtually no work involved on your part.</p> <p>Here's a tip: spider plants can sometimes get a &quot;burned&quot; look on their leaf tips. This is as a result of too much fluoride accumulation. If you want to avoid this tattered look, try using higher grade fertilizer and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/spider-airplane-plant.aspx" target="_blank">skipping tap water</a> when watering. It's a great excuse to try your hand at making a rain collection barrel.</p> <h2>3. Aloe Plant</h2> <p>Want a plant that does more than just look pretty on your shelf? Grow aloe! You can use its gooey center to ease irritation from cuts and burns. A 10-inch aloe vera plant costs only $4. Care is easy. Water well and then let the soil dry&nbsp;<a href="http://www.almanac.com/plant/aloe-vera" target="_blank">one or two inches</a> before the next watering.</p> <p>Another option is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/Aloe-variegata-tiger-02-26-2016.aspx" target="_blank">tiger alloe</a>. It is one of the smaller plants in the aloe family and only reaches about 10 inches tall. As a result, it fits well on coffee tables or other areas in compact apartments. Oh, and it gets some spikes with orange flowers in the middle of winter to help shake the cold-weather blues and add a burst of color into your life.</p> <h2>4. Jade Plant</h2> <p>Jade plants can last <a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/jade-plant.aspx" target="_blank">100 years or more</a> with proper care. It is a slow-growing succulent, so it doesn't need to take up a lot of space and can survive even if you forget to water it regularly. You can grab a jade of your very own for around $4 or $5.</p> <p>If your jade picks up mealybugs &mdash; a white, cottony mass &mdash; you can treat it with some rubbing alcohol.</p> <h2>5. Cactus</h2> <p>My neighbor bought a tiny Christmas cactus plant for around $5 a few years ago. It now sits proudly in her bay window and blooms late each fall with some really pretty flowers. You'll want to place this plant in a well-lit area and place it in a well-drained pot. You only need to move it to a new pot every year or so. In the summer, you can move it to your patio &mdash; just make sure to give it some shade during the hottest time of day.</p> <p>This plant is often called a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/holiday-cactus.aspx" target="_blank">crab cactus</a> in Europe. And in its native Brazil, the &quot;Christmas&quot; part of the name would be relatively meaningless, as its blooms in spring there (because it's in the Southern Hemisphere).</p> <h2>6. Mother-in-Law's Tongue</h2> <p>While a mother-in-law's tongue (otherwise known as a snake plant) may sound like something you'd want to stay away from, this plant is excellent for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality?ref=internal" target="_blank">indoor air quality</a>. It filters anything from formaldehyde to trichloroethylene to benzene out of your home's atmosphere. It's relatively cheap to boot. You can pick one up for around $15 at your local big box center. Experts recommend you place this plant in your bedroom because &mdash; get this &mdash; it can convert exhaled CO2 into oxygen.</p> <p>The best part? This plant is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/mother-in-law-tongue.aspx" target="_blank">super hard to kill</a>. They don't need much light either. Just some love, and little water, and an occasional dusting.</p> <h2>7. Cast Iron Plant</h2> <p>Don't have a lot of light in your home? The cast iron plant doesn't care. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/in-the-garden/reference-desk/perennials/cast-iron-plant.aspx" target="_blank">shadier, the better</a> for this happy plant. Actually, if it gets too much sun, its leathery leaves will start to burn. Otherwise, it's hearty and easy to maintain. A small cast iron will set you back around $12.</p> <p>If your plant's leaves do end up burning, you can simply cut them off, water well, and place it in a spot with better shade away from windows.</p> <h2>8. Rubber Plant</h2> <p>As one of the world's oldest house plants, the <a href="http://www.ourhouseplants.com/plants/rubber-plant" target="_blank">rubber plant</a> can grow quite tall and take up a bit of space in only a few years' time. But that's good if you want a houseplant as a feature of your home decor. It's also resistant to pests and diseases and can tolerate poor treatment. You can get a rubber plant for around $8 plus shipping costs. Not bad considering how big it will get.</p> <p>My mother-in-law keeps these plants, and she explains that if the leaves turn yellow, it's typically that they're receiving too much water. Back off for a while, and their usual color should return.</p> <h2>9. Peace Lily</h2> <p>Another easy-to-grow houseplant is the <a href="http://www.almanac.com/plant/peace-lily" target="_blank">peace lily</a>. It's quite common in houses across the U.S. and beyond, so you may be able to score one from a friend. Otherwise, you can buy this plant for around $8. Its pleasant white flowers prefer shade versus sun. Most peace lily plants grow to about 16 inches tall and bloom throughout the year. No blooms? Move your plant to a darker room.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-on-indoor-and-outdoor-greenery">How to Save Big on Indoor and Outdoor Greenery</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">How to Find the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup">11 Home and Houseware Upgrades That Prove You&#039;re Finally a Grownup</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-thermostats">The 5 Best Smart Thermostats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping buying plants easy plants green living home decor plant care plants spring Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1894769 at http://www.wisebread.com 19 Fun, Cheap Projects to Try This Weekend http://www.wisebread.com/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_gardening_000053678990.jpg" alt="Couple doing fun, cheap weekend projects at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>By Wednesday, we're grateful to be over the weekday hump. On Thursday, we can sense the impending joy of Casual Friday. And then, it finally arrives: the weekend! Two blissful days free from work. Sure, there are some chores and errands to be done &mdash; but what about &quot;me&quot; time, or &quot;we&quot; time? Here are 19 fun, cheap weekend project ideas.</p> <h2>1. Create a Pallet Headboard</h2> <p>Wooden pallets have become incredibly popular for building all kinds of stuff. My personal favorite is the pallet headboard, which really shows off the rustic look of the pallet wood. This <a href="http://www.thinkingcloset.com/2014/02/24/so-you-want-to-build-a-pallet-headboard/">The Thinking Closet</a> has excellent instructions for selecting, building, and even lighting your headboard.</p> <h2>2. Anything Involving Washi Tape</h2> <p>Have you seen this stuff? Basically, it's a Japanese <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Y85NY4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007Y85NY4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XEYEMV4XUHVHSMYD">decorative masking tape</a>, although maybe it's a little sturdier. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/60-things-you-can-decorate-with-washi-tape">Washi tape decorating and project</a> possibilities are pretty much endless: Decorate the keys of your computer keyboard, cover the outside of your notebooks, use it to beautify the inside and outside of your lampshades, make your own gift wrap, label your power cords, make your own cute coasters, etc. I am currently obsessed with covering clean, empty tuna cans and making cute containers for paper clips, and loose change.</p> <h2>3. Start Your Own Podcast</h2> <p>Have something to share or teach? Why not <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-money-podcasts">make your own podcasts</a>? Apple makes it easy to get started with their <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podcasts/id525463029?mt=8">app</a>, and here is a great <a href="http://www.howtopodcasttutorial.com/seven-reasons-to-create-your-own-podcast.htm">tutorial for making it your own</a>. It's time to share your wisdom with the world.</p> <h2>4. Make Mosaic Tiles</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZWO8zlSZ1rw" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Have old dishes around that you hate to part with? How about bits of jewelry? If you want to &quot;upcycle&quot; them, consider making mosaic tiles for your garden. First, learn to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ro93O0oUsg">smash plates</a> properly. Then, watch this video to learn more about <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ4JleHCKMk">what materials work well</a>. Finally, this lady will show you <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWO8zlSZ1rw">how to make the stepping/paving stone</a>. My husband and daughter made two and they are a great addition to the garden.</p> <h2>5. Whip Up Some Wine Jelly</h2> <p>You needn't be an experienced canner to make <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9492/wine-jelly/">wine jelly</a>. It is very simple and can easily be made in an afternoon. If you don't eat it all yourself, it makes a great hostess gift.</p> <h2>6. Make Energy Bars</h2> <p>Like a snack with your mid-morning coffee? Whip up a batch of these <a href="http://www.hawaiianelectric.com/heco/_hidden_Hidden/Recipes/Energy-Bars">energy bars</a> and you will be set for the week. Hint: Wrap them individually in waxed paper and twist the ends. They will stay crispy and chewy.</p> <h2>7. Learn Meditation</h2> <p>I had one heck of a time learning how to meditate (I usually just fell asleep), until I took a <a href="http://www.chopra.com/ccl/video/oprah-deepaks-21-day-meditation-experience-desire-and-destiny">meditation class</a>. There are many other classes available online, too. It will help with your stress levels and it may also help you learn to focus. I find that I feel refreshed afterward, but not groggy like after a nap.</p> <h2>8. Make Lip Balm</h2> <p>Make sure to round up the ingredients for this project during the week so that on the weekend, you can focus on actually making the lip balm. You'll need <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006WBEGNI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006WBEGNI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZGVI44MOQIYBIES5">tubes</a>, labels, the ingredients, and <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/7055/homemade-lip-chap-recipe/">these handy instructions</a>. Any you don't use can be given as gifts.</p> <h2>9. Learn to Crochet</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BCDA44Sijx4" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>I have given up on knitting &mdash; it's just not in the cards for me. But as it turns out, crochet is very easy to learn and you can actually make a scarf in one weekend. Here's a video to get you started with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCDA44Sijx4">single crochet</a>, and once you've mastered that, move on to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kpC_z8Oc3A">double crochet</a> for the scarf.</p> <h2>10. Build a Terrarium</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Oy6hX0jR8bA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you have a desk job, a terrarium is a good way to bring some nature and tranquility inside. They are an inexpensive craft, especially if you find your container at a second-hand store or use something you have around the house. Since you will probably end up buying bags of pebbles, charcoal, and moss, make several terrariums and ask with your kids or friends to help. Here are some easy <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-terrarium-139860">instructions </a>and a list of materials you will need. This video shows an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy6hX0jR8bA">easy way to build terrariums</a> using paper plates. Chopsticks are also helpful for moving things around.</p> <h2>11. Knot Up Some Macrame Plant Holders</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jDtnNYKZexk" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>These aren't your mom's tacky yarn plant holders. These macrame plant holders use <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IFD5OH8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IFD5OH8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6INTZIJXD3TAMD3J">jute string</a>, and are really rustic and beautiful. They are also incredibly inexpensive.</p> <h2>12. Bake Bread</h2> <p>Even if you own a breadmaker, there is just something about the process of mixing, kneading, and baking your own bread that gives you such a feeling of accomplishment. Taking a bite of warm, fresh-from-the-oven bread with butter is a great incentive. I like this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/6773/simple-whole-wheat-bread/">recipe for whole-wheat bread</a> because it is very uncomplicated and makes three loaves. And there's no need to be flummoxed by the kneading process &mdash; here is a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySOj0fFWo1U">video</a> showing how easy it is.</p> <h2>13. Make a Lamp</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FbSFtoKhxIE" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Real talk: I have some weird items kicking around that I probably should have tossed, but I want to make lamps out of them. And as DIY Debbie explains in this video, you can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbSFtoKhxIE">make a lamp</a> out of just about anything.</p> <h2>14. Try a Rag Rug</h2> <p>Have any old sheets around? If not, don't despair. You can buy them at a thrift store and make one of these <a href="http://www.craftpassion.com/2010/03/recycle-tutorial-braided-rag-rug.html">neat rugs</a>.</p> <h2>15. Construct a Fire Pit</h2> <p>One of our favorite things to do on a starry night is to have a fire in the backyard. It's relaxing for two or for a group. As a precaution, check first with local authorities to make sure you can have a fire pit in your yard. (We are allowed to under the classification of &quot;cooking fires.&quot;) You also need to make sure that your pit is located away from other structures. Here are some <a href="http://www.lowes.com/projects/gardening-and-outdoor/build-a-fire-pit/project">step-by-step instructions from Lowe's</a>, using pavers.</p> <h2>16. Create Homemade Fruit Liqueurs</h2> <p>Oh, these <a href="http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/preserving-fruit-flavors-in-alcohol-homemade-liqueurs/">homemade fruit liqueurs</a> are fun. Right now we have cherry, strawberry, peach and apple. After extensive taste-testing (don't judge), we found that we preferred using vodka over the brandy, and vanilla bean over cinnamon. If you want to give them as gifts, pour them into cute <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B80TJWQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00B80TJWQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2BQT6NBG2SRSMOJR">mason jars</a>.</p> <h2>17. Make Your Own Soap</h2> <p>I am afraid to work with lye, so I was pretty excited to find that there are no-lye soap recipes out there! <a href="http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/how-to-make-soap-how-to-make-homemade-soap/">This one looks easy</a> and I like her suggestions for additions to the soap, such as lavender and peppermint.</p> <h2>18. Build a Garden Path</h2> <p>A meandering path around your yard adds charm and can also be very practical. <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/garden-structures/garden-paths/affordable-garden-path-ideas/view-all">These instructions</a> are extremely helpful. While it points out that mulch is the cheapest material, it does break down over time. So prepare to do a lot of shoveling! The results are really nice, though, and assuming your path isn't too long, it can be accomplished in a weekend.</p> <h2>19. Learn a New Language</h2> <p>Of course, you can't learn a whole language in a weekend, but you can learn some of the basics. There are <a href="http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons">many resources online</a> to help you. I am proud to say I can now ask where the bathroom is and order a <em>Croque Monsieur</em> in French.</p> <p>Some of these projects will require some pre-planning and purchasing of materials beforehand, so make your selection and start planning before the weekend arrives.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite DIYs or weekend hobbies?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/colorstrology-and-3-modern-d-cor-trends-that-will-fit-any-budget">Colorstrology and 3 Modern Décor Trends That Will Fit Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-home-diy-projects-you-can-do-in-one-day">10 Home DIY Projects You Can Do in One Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag">10 Things You Already Own That Can Be Turned Into a Tote Bag</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home DIY home decor washi tape weekend fun weekend projects Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:15:33 +0000 Marla Walters 1608490 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 IKEA Shopping Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/8-ikea-shopping-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ikea-shopping-tricks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ikea_shopping_trip_000040345582.jpg" alt="Family learning IKEA shopping tricks to save big" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Similar to other large box stores, there are ways to maximize your savings and time at IKEA. Here are eight such hacks that'll help you walk out the doors with a great deal on your next visit.</p> <h2>1. Make Your Shopping List Online</h2> <p>A great way to make your next trek to IKEA a faster, and more pleasant experience, is to first create your shopping list online at IKEA.com. Just add items to your virtual &quot;<a href="http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/InterestItemDisplay?storeId=12&amp;langId=-1">Shopping List</a>&quot; and print it out. The reason this is such a great idea is because your list will tell you the exact location of each item in the physical warehouse, right down to the aisle and bin number. You'll end up savings oodles of time as you can head directly to your items without wandering the cavernous warehouse.</p> <h2>2. Always Enter Directly Through the Exit</h2> <p>With your shopping list in hand, enter through the exit. By doing so, you'll end up in the actual warehouse where you can quickly find the aisles and bins of the items on your list, and you'll skip the shiny showroom and all those temptations.</p> <h2>3. Use Lowe's Kitchen Design Service Before Going to IKEA</h2> <p>A kitchen facelift, or full remodel, is easily one of the more expensive home improvement projects you can undertake. A great way to save money on a kitchen remodel is to take advantage of Lowe's <a href="http://www.lowes.com/cd_Kitchen+Remodel_990152822_">free kitchen design service</a> and then use those plans when purchasing cabinets from IKEA. By doing so, you'll get a free professional kitchen design, plus easily save 30%&ndash;40% at IKEA compared to buying custom cabinets from Lowe's, Home Depot, or a cabinet shop in your local area.</p> <h2>4. Shop the &quot;As Is&quot; Section on a Monday</h2> <p>An often overlooked section of any IKEA warehouse is the &quot;As Is&quot; department, which is typically hidden away near the cash registers. This is where they store their discontinued items, damaged products, and returns, and they always sell them for a hefty discount. Try to always shop the &quot;As Is&quot; section on a Monday morning, as <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/woodworking/comments/2ft193/heads_up_ikea_as_is_cabinet_doors/">most returns happen over the weekend</a>.</p> <p>Plus, many of the items are already assembled, which will save you a bunch of time and frustration. Also, you'll get an extra 10% off all &quot;As Is&quot; items every Wednesday if you sign up for...</p> <h2>5. IKEA's Family Program</h2> <p>If you shop at IKEA at least a couple times a year, you should definitely sign up for the free&nbsp;<a href="http://info.ikea-usa.com/FAMILY/?src=ikea_web">IKEA Family Program</a>. Not only will you be emailed exclusive coupons and discounts, but you'll also get 90-day price protection and a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card. Throw in a free cup of coffee or tea on every visit, and the extra 30 minutes your kids can spend playing in Småland, and it's a total no-brainer.</p> <h2>6. Moving Soon? Score a $25 Coupon</h2> <p>IKEA rarely has a coupon available for public use. But if you're <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-savvy-tips-for-a-smoother-move">moving in the near future</a>, you'd be wise to take advantage of their&nbsp;<a href="http://info.ikea-usa.com/moving/">Moving Program</a> which entitles you to a coupon good for $25 off your next $250+ purchase. Simply enter your existing address and your new address, and the $25 coupon is yours.</p> <h2>7. Buy IKEA Items From Amazon to Save on Shipping</h2> <p>Did you know that you can now buy hundreds of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;page=1&amp;rh=n%3A1063306%2Cp_4%3AIkea&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2XOSET5PHIUJ665N">IKEA items on Amazon</a>? If you're an Amazon Prime member, this is a fantastic way to get IKEA items delivered to your home with free two-day shipping. A word to the wise, prices on Amazon are roughly 25%&ndash;40% higher than the physical IKEA warehouse. But in many cases, if you don't have an IKEA near you, prices on Amazon will still beat other local furniture outlets.</p> <h2>8. Missing Parts? Don't Return to IKEA</h2> <p>If you've ever attempted to put together a piece of IKEA furniture, you already know how many parts and hardware come in the box. Inevitably you'll run into a situation where you're missing a part or screw. The next time this happens to you, don't get in the car and drive all the way back to the warehouse as you'll do nothing but add to your frustration.</p> <p>Instead, examine your instruction manual and determine the exact part number you're missing. Then, call your local IKEA and they'll happily mail you your replacement parts. When calling, bypass the operator immediately by asking for the specific department your item is stocked in. Those are the only employees who can quickly get your parts in the mail.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite IKEA items and did you score a deal on them?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ikea-shopping-tricks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring">9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-on-indoor-and-outdoor-greenery">How to Save Big on Indoor and Outdoor Greenery</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-find-cheap-good-looking-new-furniture">10 Places to Find Cheap, Good-Looking New Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">How to Find the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping furniture hacks home decor Ikea warehouse Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:15:15 +0000 Kyle James 1607651 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Smart Household Uses for Rope http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-household-uses-for-rope <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-household-uses-for-rope" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/flowers_rope_vase_000040083826.jpg" alt="Learning brilliant household uses for rope" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thick or thin, long or short, nylon or sisal, there are a seemingly endless number of rope varieties available to you these days. Although we all know the most common uses of rope, particularly in sailing, trucking, and other industrial applications, there are some wonderful ways to use rope around the home. Here are 10 of my favorites.</p> <h2>1. The Rope Tire Ottoman</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rLeBfF3EJ_4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>There are several&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLeBfF3EJ_4">variations of this one</a> floating around on the Internet, and I myself opted for the <a href="http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,20881524,00.html">small side-table version</a> for my bedroom. But depending on the tire, the type of rope, and the other materials involved, this could be good for any room in the house. If you find a really big tire, it could even work as a big table for the man cave.</p> <p>You can read <a href="http://www.handimania.com/diy/rope-ottoman.html">the complete instructions here</a>, but the basic steps are very simple. Take an old tire (or a new one if you're feeling flush), and wrap a long length of rope around and around the tire until it is completely covered. Apply hot glue as you're winding. Then top with the material and finish of your choice. Very easy, super-stylish, and a fun craft project. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-uses-for-safety-pins">12 Smart Uses for Safety Pins</a>)</p> <h2>2. Rope Shelving</h2> <p>A rope shelf can be as simple as two lengths of rope holding a shelf to the wall, <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/242042527/30-swing-rope-shelf-nautical-nursery?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=shopping_us_b-home_and_living-storage_and_organization-shelving&amp;utm_custom1=38dfddeb-6646-4e44-9d24-1e3fdd9db3e7&amp;gclid=Cj0KEQjwnrexBRDNmZzNkf7c4c4BEiQALnlxhcaNMIw3THXpPBD-f83dyFSNeIfvR1djmTV_S0tIqT4aAlW38P8HAQ">like this example here.</a> I like this because it literally takes about 30 minutes of your time, from cutting the holes to hanging the finished shelf. If you're feeling more adventurous, add several shelves and hang them from something simple, like an old pipe of pipe. <a href="https://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod398072">This version is over $300 at Restoration Hardware.</a> You can do the same yourself for less than $50, and all you need to do is learn how to tie the hangman's knot (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJwsJXbS_Ok">which you can do right here</a>). Go for it, and make a stunning set of shelves quickly, and easily.</p> <h2>3. Rope Rugs</h2> <p>With a length of rope, some glue, and a little patience, you can create a study rug for your entrance in no time at all. This <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-rope-rug/">Instructables</a> project will show you the most simple rope rug to create, and it really is easy as pie. If you are feeling like you could go beyond that simple spiral design, try this one over at <a href="http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/298197/How-To-Make-a-Rope-Rug">SuperTopo.</a> It's a real tied rope rug, and requires no glue or cardboard. However, it does need an awful lot more skill and patience, as the author states it takes about two hours from start to finish. It also makes a fabulous gift.</p> <p>You should also check out Martha Stewart's very easy-to-follow <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/269741/braided-doormat?backto=true&amp;backtourl=/photogallery/braided-crafts">instructions for a braided rug</a>, right here.</p> <h2>4. A Floating Bed</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XXiCXDvg0Hc" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Be warned &mdash; this is not for anyone dabbling in DIY. If you don't do this correctly, it could lead to some expensive repairs, and possibly some pretty nasty injuries. Having said that, do it right and it's a terrific way to <a href="http://www.lushome.com/25-hanging-bed-designs-floating-creative-bedrooms/108047">raise the bed off the floor</a> in a stunning and eye-catching way. The most important part to get right is securing the ropes from joists in the ceiling, and making sure the knots tied on each end are very secure. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXiCXDvg0Hc">This video</a> gives you a great insight into the process.</p> <h2>5. A Thick Rope Handrail</h2> <p>Here's a great way to give your simple staircase some personality. All you need is a large length of thick rope, preferable in a material that is not too coarse, and some brackets. <a href="http://stairropes.com/">StairRopes</a> has a lot of ideas and materials for this kind of project. You could buy directly from them, or use materials you have at home, or that you find in the local hardware stores. One of the things you will need to master is the &quot;manrope knot,&quot; which is used to give the handrail a beautiful, ornamental finish. You can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk64Y_aXSqQ">see it being tied right here.</a> And by the way, the Manrope Knot is also a great door handle.</p> <h2>6. A Rope Wall</h2> <p>How do you create a room divider that gives someone a semi-private area in which to work, or relax, and at the same time keep the natural light flowing throughout the home? Well, one of the best ways I have ever seen is the rope room divider. <a href="http://www.the-brick-house.com/2011/05/rope-wall/">The Brick House has detailed instructions</a>, but all you really need to do is build a series of long wooden boxes to house the top and bottom of the walls, and a lot of rope. Then, drill holes in the boxes, evenly along the length, and thread ropes between them, tying a very simple knot at each end. The tricky part is getting the ropes to hang evenly spaced, and taut. But get it right, and it will definitely be a talking point.</p> <h2>7. A Refined Cat Scratching Post</h2> <p>As the owner of two cats, I have gone out of my way to find projects that can help me create cat furniture that is not an eyesore. I don't know about you, but the cat trees available at most pet stores are horribly over-priced, and just as gaudy. DreamALittleBigger was my first port of call. I used a piece of carpet that I actually liked, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DKA3OGO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00DKA3OGO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I4XPJCALTZGZMLP2">100 feet of sisal rope</a> (never use synthetic for a cat). You can <a href="http://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/diy-cat-scratching-post.html">read the instructions here.</a> Once you master a simple post, do a search for some more complicated trees that used sisal rope.</p> <h2>8. Rope Letters</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GX0tH1pheKI" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>When my second child was born, I bought wooden letters spelling out her name, painted them, and hung them in the nursery. These letters were quite expensive. But, had I known about rope letters, I could have achieved the same result on a much lower budget. All you need is a length of rope in the color and thickness of your choosing (jute is good), and some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00178QQXY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00178QQXY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NJVLO5LVBZD3S3QA">Elmer's glue</a> and cornstarch. Lovegrowswild has a <a href="http://lovegrowswild.com/2013/08/how-to-make-rope-letters/">great tutorial for beginners</a>. Give it a try. There is also a variation that uses <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX0tH1pheKI">hot glue and foam core</a>.</p> <h2>9. A Rope Chair</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CrDkj5lIr8U" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>If you were to see <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/cb/6d/3a/cb6d3ad160e2e28ed92c1394b15586e9.jpg">this particular chair</a> in a trendy lawyer's office, you'd think, <em>wow, that must have cost a fortune.</em> And you'd be right. That one is very expensive, BUT you can make your own for almost nothing in comparison. With just 50 feet of &frac12;&quot; thick rope (any color), some plywood, threaded bars, and a few other bits and pieces, you can do it yourself and create something that is both comfortable, and stylish. Katie Cordeal's video shows you the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrDkj5lIr8U">step-by-step instructions right here.</a></p> <h2>10. Rope Mirror Frames</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/THe6ulgMMdc" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>If you have some of those standard frameless mirrors that come with the houses, you don't have to replace them with expensive ones from the store. You can create <a href="http://st.hzcdn.com/simgs/3ec13ba9054978e3_4-0481/modern-mirrors.jpg">stunning frames</a> using a variety of different ropes, with different colors and textures. I framed my half-bath oval mirror with black rope, gluing it to the edge with hot glue, and doing it three times to give it some definition. You can choose large untreated sisal rope, or small rope that is 15-20 layers deep, <a href="http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/blogger-image-1110847860.jpg">like this one.</a> Martha Stewart also has a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THe6ulgMMdc">great tutorial for beginners</a>.</p> <p><em>What else have you made with rope? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-household-uses-for-rope">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-problems-you-can-solve-with-duct-tape">13 Problems You Can Solve With Duct Tape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag">10 Things You Already Own That Can Be Turned Into a Tote Bag</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/colorstrology-and-3-modern-d-cor-trends-that-will-fit-any-budget">Colorstrology and 3 Modern Décor Trends That Will Fit Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home diy projects home decor rope rope rug Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:15:12 +0000 Paul Michael 1606589 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Brilliant DIY Light Fixtures http://www.wisebread.com/11-brilliant-diy-light-fixtures <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-brilliant-diy-light-fixtures" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/light_fixtures_000011363892.jpg" alt="Learning how to install DIY light fixtures in your home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why are all lighting options so vanilla? Or ridiculously expensive?</p> <p>Here's something you might not know: You can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-50-or-less" target="_blank">make your very own</a>&nbsp;light fixtures. You don't even need much electrical knowledge. Learn how below.</p> <h2>1. Jar Chandelier</h2> <p>I'm one of those people who's obsessed with canning jars. So, I love this <a href="http://eastcoastcreativeblog.com/2014/01/diy-mason-jar-chandelier.html">mason jar chandelier</a> more than most projects I've seen. Make a ceiling plate from wood. Then, drill holes for wires. Punch holes in the tops of your jar lids. Attach everything together and bask in the warm glow.</p> <h2>2. Concrete Pendants</h2> <p>You can make a whole fleet of gorgeous <a href="http://www.brit.co/concrete-lamps/">concrete pendants</a> with just one $6 <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H0IP9G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000H0IP9G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PVPIYLX2OPXEEGCU">bag of mix</a>. You'll use recycled plastic bottles as your mold &mdash; one large and one small enough to fit inside the large one. After you've set your light, snake the cord through and hang using a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WAPGKIE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00WAPGKIE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XOX7YLLM2H4H6APR">cheap bracket</a> from IKEA.</p> <h2>3. Basket Light</h2> <p>Hunt around at thrift and antique shops for neat old baskets. Then make this simple <a href="http://www.younghouselove.com/2012/08/total-basketcase/">basket pendant</a> by flipping it upside-down. Stick a light kit inside and you're done. If you're looking for a specific finish on your hardware, you can also use a cheap pendant as your base.</p> <h2>4. Can Pendants</h2> <p>Check out these beautiful <a href="http://momspark.net/diy-quart-tin-can-punch-lanterns/">can pendant lights</a>! Buy a couple quart-sized tin cans at your local hardware store. Punch pretty designs in them with a hammer and nail. Then use a candlelight bulb kit to illuminate.</p> <h2>5. Industrial Track</h2> <p>Going for a more industrial look in your place? This <a href="http://www.thegatheredhome.com/how-to-make-fabulous-plumbing-pipe/">plumbing pipe light</a> is sure to please you. You'll need lots of threaded nipples (that's a thing), elbows, floor flanges, and tees. Take the handy shopping list with you to the store and ask for help if you need it. Then assemble the fixture, coat with rubbed bronze spray paint, and thread the electrical.</p> <h2>6. Orb Light</h2> <p>I'm sure you guys have seen those <a href="http://dearemmeline.blogspot.com/2013/03/diy-easy-embroidery-hoop-pendant.html">orb lights</a> on designer websites. Here's a chance to save some cash and make your own. This tutorial calls for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=embroidery%20hoops&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=K4RU7CJFN4QQ35RG">embroidery hoops</a> &mdash; absolutely genius! You carefully connect them, then spray paint them whatever color you'd like. String the light through and enjoy.</p> <h2>7. Modern Pendant</h2> <p>Those of you who dig geometric patterns will go nuts for this <a href="http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2014/09/10/diy-10-light-fixture/">$10 pendant light</a>. You'll spray straws in gold paint and then string them in triangular patterns. Attach them to a basic pendant kit, and you have a smart new light.</p> <h2>8. Doily Lamp</h2> <p>Have a more feminine signature style? Try this <a href="http://emmmylizzzy.blogspot.com/2012/04/doily-lamp-tutorial-finally.html">doily lamp</a> tutorial. Blow up a large balloon. Coat <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQR2EK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000BQR2EK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AJQEBRKQOQYOVCGI">doilies</a> in glue or wallpaper paste. Stick them onto the balloon, leaving a bit of space to later thread a light kit. Let everything dry before hanging.</p> <h2>9. Lampshade Light</h2> <p>Turn your traditional view of lampshades around with this <a href="http://www.hometalk.com/6950857/diy-lampshade-pendant-light">DIY lampshade light</a>. You'll take the frame of two lampshades and attach them together using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=copper%20wire&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=BA4I6S3IKQSLTZNH">copper wire</a>. Spray paint the pendant any color of the rainbow. Then hang with a standard light kit.</p> <h2>10. Chicken Wire Pendant</h2> <p>If you're cultivating a farmhouse style, try making this <a href="http://www.thewoodgraincottage.com/2013/09/05/laundry-room-farmhouse-light/">chicken wire pendant</a>. Again, you'll use some embroidery hoops as your frame. Then wrap in the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=copper%20wire&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=RSFISLNIA7GBPRG7">chicken wire</a> before painting. Stick your light kit through the top hoop and hang.</p> <h2>11. Cloud Light</h2> <p>By now, I think you've realized that if there's a hole in the top of something, you can make a light out of it. These fluffy (and temporary) <a href="http://www.diyhomestips.com/150/crafts/diy-cloud-lights-home-decoration">cloud pendants</a> are no exception to the rule &mdash; but they aren't plugged in. You need <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YQKDE8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000YQKDE8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZWMIKHYSZODMQYBS">cotton batting</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009CDE06G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009CDE06G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZBWMPG3KWSC7NBTH">paper lanterns</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064RFHHO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0064RFHHO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QF2C5MC44HJL7OGF">LED candles</a>, and a hot glue gun. Glue the batting to the lantern and place the candles inside. Then hang using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DDUZ1W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001DDUZ1W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZMDLDKFCCSYPJYCB">fishing line</a>. What a fun idea for a little accent glow.</p> <p><em>What's the coolest DIY lighting solution you've ever seen?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-brilliant-diy-light-fixtures">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/colorstrology-and-3-modern-d-cor-trends-that-will-fit-any-budget">Colorstrology and 3 Modern Décor Trends That Will Fit Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-amazing-diy-lamps-you-want-in-your-house">9 Amazing DIY Lamps You Want in Your House</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-household-uses-for-rope">10 Smart Household Uses for Rope</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY home decor lamps light fixtures pendant lights Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:15:25 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1599960 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Festive Ways to Dress Up Your Property for the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/13-festive-ways-to-dress-up-your-property-for-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-festive-ways-to-dress-up-your-property-for-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_halloween_decorations_000074847411.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to add festive curb appeal to her home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to give your home a seasonal touch this fall and winter? Take a look at these festive ways to enhance your home's curb appeal for the late-year holidays.</p> <h2>1. Adorn the Front Door With Holiday Wreaths</h2> <p>Wreaths are an easy way to dress up your front door in an inviting way. You can buy wreaths for nearly every holiday these days &mdash;I've personally seen examples for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MIE8KYY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MIE8KYY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Z65ORNXHMDVATKC5">Halloween</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013JGO1WY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B013JGO1WY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LNIUALIXMJKTWFLY">Thanksgiving</a>, <em>and </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009A9P3HC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009A9P3HC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=K7JMHGECMHNPHNEH">Christmas</a> this week alone (yep, Christmas starts in September now) &mdash; or you can try your hand at making your own by visiting your local craft store for supplies. Often, the same craft stores host wreath-making classes this time of year, or you can search for them in your area on your local event boards, Craigslist, Meetup, or the NextDoor app.</p> <h2>2. Swap in a Seasons Greetings Doormat</h2> <p>Along with changing my door wreaths for the fall and winter holidays, I also swap out my door mats. I don't buy new ones every year, but rather use the same one from year to year by cleaning it before packing it away <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-january-is-the-right-time-to-start-planning-for-christmas">after the holiday has passed</a>. You can find cool mats with fun greetings at store like Target for around $10 &mdash; totally a steal &mdash; but there are plenty of other places that will have different selections at different prices. Or you can do what I do and wait until after the holidays to snag your mats when they're, like, 75% off.</p> <h2>3. Power Wash Porches, Sidewalks, Windows, and Siding</h2> <p>You can instantly give your house a facelift with a little soap and water by power washing your porches, sidewalks, windows, and siding.</p> <p>&quot;Sometimes a home just needs a good exterior dusting, and the cheapest way to do that is by renting and using a power washer,&quot; says Alexander Ruggie, PR director for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.911restoration.com/">911 Restoration</a>, which specializes in water damage restoration.</p> <p>I recently power-washed my home, and the difference is pretty astonishing. You don't really think about the accumulated dirt until you get all up in there, but I promise you'll be happy with the result once you've blasted away all that dirt, dust, and muck.</p> <p>In addition to renting a power washer, you also can buy one. I found a great deal on Groupon a couple years ago, and I've definitely gotten my money's worth. Something to look into, at least.</p> <h2>4. Dress Up the Front Yard With Tasteful Decorations</h2> <p>The key word here is tasteful &mdash; because it's not really curb <em>appeal</em> if your home is surrounded by a bunch of tired, tacky decorations. That's not to say you shouldn't have fun decorating for the season, but, ya know, use your common sense when deciding what's appropriate for your yard and what isn't.</p> <p>Zakiyya Rosebelle, lifestyle and interior decorator behind <a href="http://sweetlittleluxuries.com/">Sweet Little Luxuries</a>, suggests keeping it classic. &quot;Accent the front yard with outdoor art or a sculpture made from a natural material such as metal owls, a galvanized pumpkin, or a wooden reindeer,&quot; she says.</p> <h2>5. Tie Large Bows Around Gates, Posts, and Mailboxes</h2> <p>Another simple fix to give you property added flair is to tie large bows &mdash; which come premade or you can make them yourself &mdash; around fixtures in your yard, like gates, posts, mailboxes, and more. Personally, I think bows give homes and yard a tidy-but-festive touch that adds that little something extra.</p> <h2>6. Line Walkways With Seasonal Flowers and Plants</h2> <p>There are several varieties of plants and flowers that are popular in the fall, like mums, turtlehead, sunflowers, and stonecrop. You can find a great selection of these plants at your local farmers markets, flower shops, and big-box hardware stores, the latter of which probably offers the best deal, but not always guaranteed. Line your walkway with these perennials to add autumn color to your yard, or hang a few on your porch to dress up the immediate exterior of your home. After the season, plant them in your garden before the ground freezes and you'll have a new batch of your own every year.</p> <h2>7. Clean the Gutters</h2> <p>While you're up on the roof hanging lights and other decorations, take time to clean out your gutters, too. Not only will you keep the gutters from clogging &mdash; which could lead to a costly incident if left unattended for too long &mdash; but you'll ensure that there's no gunk or trash spilling out that will take away from the seasonal prettiness that you're trying to accomplish.</p> <h2>8. Brighten Porches, Trees, and Paths With Decorative Lights</h2> <p>I love holiday lights &mdash; and they're not just for Christmas anymore. You can decorate with lights any time of year, including Valentine's Day or even the Fourth of July, to give your home a certain twinkle. During the fall and winter holidays, however, you can go all out, hanging lights from trees, wrapping them around your porches and patio, draping them from awning, affixing them to windows, and more. There's an increased expense in electricity, of course, but we can't be misers about everything, right? Let yourself enjoy life a little more this time of year.</p> <h2>9. Hang Ornaments and Decorations on Trees</h2> <p>If you're hanging up lights, why not add a few decorations? These aren't the same decorations that you'd put on your indoor trees (nobody would be able to see those), but rather larger variations, like figures or shiny balls, that will give your vegetation a look of completeness and ultimately add to your curb appeal.</p> <h2>10. Design a Fall/Winter Garden for the Cooler Weather</h2> <p>If you want to be more creative than just lining your walkways and porches with seasonal flowers, perhaps you can create an entire fall or winter garden using the appropriate flora. My grandmother used to change her garden out seasonally &mdash; which was a lot of work (I know, because she made me help several times), but the end result will be something you can be proud of and the neighbors can admire.</p> <p>&quot;Create fall or winter gardens with flowers that bloom beautifully in these seasons such as sweet autumn clematis, sedum, helenium, snowdrop, or winterberry,&quot; Rosebelle says.</p> <h2>11. Paint the Front Doors</h2> <p>I recently had my front porch and door repainted to an upbeat lavender color, and it gave my home a whole new look. It's really incredible what paint can do for a stale palate. You can give your doors a once-over that will last for years, or, if you're adventurous, you can paint your door to reflect each holiday.</p> <h2>12. Trim Trees and Shrubs</h2> <p>If you have the skills a la Edward Scissorhands, try trimming your trees and shrubs into festive shapes. This activity obviously isn't for everyone &mdash; you probably shouldn't work on your <em>front</em> yard if it's your first time &mdash; but if you think you have what it takes, try a bush in the back yard. Plus, whatever mistakes you make will grow back, and if you discover you have a knack for it, your curb appeal can only benefit from your shear genius.</p> <h2>13. Camouflage Unsightly Exterior Hardware</h2> <p>Every home has less-than-appealing hardware on its exterior. To maximize your home beauty and hide its flaws, disguise these items, which can usually be accomplished with paint.</p> <p>&quot;Camouflage your home's electrical boxes, piping, and wires by painting them the color of the rest of your house,&quot; says Natalie Wilhelm, a luxury real estate agent in Southern California. &quot;They are an eyesore when they are different colors and they stand out. By painting them the same colors, it makes them blend into the rest of your house.&quot;</p> <p><em>How do you plan to add seasonal curb appeal to your home this fall? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-festive-ways-to-dress-up-your-property-for-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips">7 Frugal Fall Decoration Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-old-holiday-traditions-we-cant-believe-ever-existed">8 Old Holiday Traditions We Can&#039;t Believe Ever Existed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-diy-christmas-ornaments-that-are-better-than-store-bought">18 DIY Christmas Ornaments That Are Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Christmas curb appeal decorations festive Halloween home decor Thanksgiving Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:02:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1589844 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Frugal Fall Decoration Tips http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000020418359.jpg" alt="Woman using leaves to frugally decorate for fall" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Goodbye, summer. Hello, fall! If you want to get your place festive on the cheap, I have some amazing, super simple, and frugal ideas for you. So, check out these decor tips and feel free to share your own in the comments. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think?ref=seealso">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a>)</p> <h2>1. Use the Harvest</h2> <p>Cornstalks, pumpkins, and hay bales bring the icons of the season back home. These organic decorations give your place rustic appeal and don't cost terribly much. Check farm markets and local farms before heading to big box stores for better prices and quality. I've even found inexpensive pumpkins at discount shops like Aldi and great deals on mums at the Christmas Tree Shops.</p> <h2>2. Take a Hike</h2> <p>Take a walk out your front door and see what you find in your yard for free. This temporary <a href="http://artfulparent.com/2011/10/autumn-leaves-stained-glass.html">stained glass window</a> was created using colorful leaves and clear contact paper. I tried this project in my own home last year and it stayed fresh and bright from late September until the first snowfall.</p> <h2>3. Just Add Water</h2> <p>Hosting a potluck or dinner party? Forget pricey floral centerpieces and <a href="http://www.bhg.com/decorating/seasonal/fall/easy-fall-decorating-projects/?sssdmh=dm17.619277&amp;esrc=nwdc091912#page=8">grab a few twigs</a> with the leaves still attached from your backyard. You can go monochromatic or get a rainbow of shades. Arrange these beauties in a wide vase, add water, and enjoy!</p> <h2>4. Keep It Subtle</h2> <p>You don't need to change around everything in your house to get it feeling fall-ish. Add pops of autumnal oranges, reds, and yellows using throw pillows. You can even sew an <a href="http://jonesdesigncompany.com/tutorial/sweater-pillow-tutorial-2/">upcycled pillow cover</a> using an old sweater. Or toss a warm-toned blanket on your couch. Not only will your living room feel cozy, but you'll also have a functional coverup for when the temperatures start to drop.</p> <h2>5. Get Creative</h2> <p>Try making a <a href="http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/09/07/dollar-store-fall-decor/">DIY wreath</a> for your front door using just a few supplies from your local craft shop or Dollar Store. Choose a base wreath, leaf garland, and other embellishments. Then hot glue everything into place. I like shopping places that offer 40% to 50% off coupons like A.C. Moore and Michael's. Comb their websites for more information and stagger trips to use multiple coupons for more expensive items.</p> <h2>6. Hunt Around</h2> <p>I love this <a href="https://folksy.com/items/3459006-Autumn-Bunting?&amp;cuid=520fb437cf2f990ff7c14d8cbed2e785">autumn bunting</a> made from vintage book paper. Try browsing around local thrift stores, antique shops, and garage sales for nature prints. Craft a quick triangle pattern from cardstock or cardboard. Then trace it onto each sheet, cut it out, and use a punch to make holes. Thread them all together with twine or rope and hang wherever you like.</p> <h2>7. Snack on It</h2> <p>Even some of your favorite fall foods can get in on the fun. Fill a glass jar with sugary <a href="http://puttogetherlife.com/2012/10/16/candy-corn-decor/">candy corn</a> or unpopped <a href="http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/09/the-friday-fluff-up-6-decorating-at-the-dollar-tree/">corn kernels</a> and add a candle or two. Apples and squash are other gorgeous edibles that do double-duty as decorations until you're ready to devour them. Hang everything in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008UP233O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008UP233O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YHFVDBTNFKFMRQH7">three-tiered basket</a> for easy access and sight.</p> <p><em>How do you brighten up your place for fall?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-affordable-ways-to-make-your-home-even-cozier-this-autumn">6 Easy, Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Even Cozier This Autumn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-festive-ways-to-dress-up-your-property-for-the-holidays">13 Festive Ways to Dress Up Your Property for the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fall-cleaning-101-the-spic-and-span-basics-of-making-your-home-sparkle">Fall Cleaning 101: The Spic-and-Span Basics of Making Your Home Sparkle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-home-diy-projects-you-can-do-in-one-day">10 Home DIY Projects You Can Do in One Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Lifestyle autumn decorations fall fall leaves home decor pumpkins Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:00:21 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1555253 at http://www.wisebread.com Cheap Home Furnishing Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-home-furnishings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cheap-home-furnishings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/flowers_000024129743.jpg" alt="Flowers in a vase" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The point of home decorating is to create a space that you can enjoy, so how much more would you enjoy a room if you saved big bucks while making a home out of your house? Find out for yourself by learning how to decorate on a budget and get the most out of your space and furniture. Get inspiration from four do-it-yourself projects that will help make your home uniquely yours.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stretch-out-a-small-space"><strong>Stretch Out a Small Space</strong></a><br /> You&rsquo;ve finally found the space of your dreams, only it&rsquo;s not as spacious as it ought to be. Have no fear. There are tried and true design tips that work, regardless of the size of your room or apartment.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-display-your-art"><strong>How to Cheaply Display Your Art</strong></a><br /> There are so many places nowadays to find good, cheap art, but framing said art can be one of the most expensive aspects of decorating your home. Well, there are plenty of ways to display your art that are still funky, fun, and cheap.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/furnished-for-free"><strong>Furnished For Free</strong></a><br /> Find out how to furnish an entire apartment at no real cost to you, aside from a little bit of time and gas.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-home-decorating-ideas-for-under-5">15 Home Decorating Ideas for Under $5</a></strong><br /> You don't have to break your budget keeping your home fun and stylish.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/decorating-a-living-room-for-you-and-your-money"><strong>Decorating a Living Room for You and Your Money</strong></a><br /> You don't need a professional designer or a steep budget to help you feel good about your living room.&nbsp; Here's how you can create a room you can really live in -- without gutting your wallet.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-a-bed-for-cheap-and-look-good-doing-it "><strong>Build a Bed for Cheap (and Look Good Doing It)</strong></a><br /> Sure, it's easier to buy the various components of a brand new bed from the store of your choice, but with a little creativity and smart investments in the parts that really matter, you can build a bed that feels good, looks great, and costs much, much less!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-live-large-in-a-small-space"><strong>Small Space Survival Strategies</strong></a><br /> Living in a small space doesn't have to mean a cramped lifestyle! Here are 20 suggestions to open up a crowded room.&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-home-furnishings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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