Recycling A 1980s Kitchen: Green DIY Ideas To Make An Old Kitchen Look (Almost) New

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My fiancée and I just began renting a condominium in Central Florida. We are thrilled to have found a bargain in a great community, but the old 1980s kitchen we are inheriting as tenants of this condo has us feeling like we are living in a time capsule direct from the decade of our births.Our condo was built in 1982, and – let me tell you – this place leaves many clues that it was built in the early 1980s:Brass lighting fixtures with smoked glass globe lighting Dark gray HVAC register … [Read more...]

New Uses For Old Hub Caps: 3 Fun Ways To Reuse Hubcaps

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Back in February 2013, the 1985 Dodge Ram 250 B series van that my family bought brand new was totaled in an accident (thankfully nobody was seriously hurt).Afterward, I began wondering if there was any way to memorialize the vehicle that had spent so many years in our family by finding a way to reuse the hubcaps, which are a signature part of any vehicle.I ended up repurposing the old Dodge van hubcaps, body side molding, interior headliner, and other parts from the vehicle to create a … [Read more...]

Computer DIY: How To Remove An Old Hard Drive & Use It As An External Hard Drive

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Ever wondered how to recycle hard drive parts from your computer?I had to find this out for myself after a very sorrowful incident one night.I had a mug of coffee in one hand and my trusty Dell laptop computer on my lap. I went to take a sip from the mug of coffee, and my right elbow seized up (probably a cramp due to overworking at the computer).Well, let’s just say the computer was about to see its last moments as a functioning piece of equipment, as the cup then titled, and I … [Read more...]

An Effective Natural Weed Killer Recipe That’s Cheap To Make And Easy To Use

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Spring is in the air, and we all know what that means: weeds are in full flourish.Normally, I would just take a couple hours once every weekend and proceed to stoop down and yank these weeds out while tending to my housekeeping duties. This year, though, I've decided to try something different: a natural weed killer.Why did it take me this long to abandon the back-grinding ritual of pulling weeds by hand?Honestly, I don't know! But what I do know is that I didn't care to spray weed … [Read more...]

Green Living: 6 Ways To Build An Eco-Friendly House

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With the ongoing financial recession, along with the global warming, my husband and I decided that it was time for a drastic change. A change for good -- for the good of us as a family, as well as to contribute to the whole Earth's well being.We have always been eco-conscious, not wasting energy, recycling, etc. However, when living in the big city started getting a bit too tough in terms of bills and pollution, we decided that it was high time we did something.Remodeling our current … [Read more...]

4 Cool Ideas For Recycling Glass Insulators From Telephone Poles And Power Poles

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Remember when telephone poles had colorful glass insulators atop their cross arms?These days, most telephone poles have either silicone or ceramic insulators, and many people are recycling the obsolete glass insulators as communications and power companies continue updating aging lines.Old insulators, which are bell shaped and used to suspend phone lines and power lines from supporting poles, have long been a popular item to collect -- especially among many who grew up seeing vivid … [Read more...]

6 DIY Pallet Furniture Tutorials

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It is estimated that 2 billion shipping pallets are in use every day in the U.S. alone, so it is inevitable that some lay abandoned.Why not use them to make something awesome?Following are 6 DIY pallet furniture ideas to add some pizzazz -- and practicality -- to your outdoor living space.Some of these might even enhance your indoor living space too!  #1 - DIY Pallet Furniture Table & Chairs SetView the photo tutorial with all the steps required to build a … [Read more...]

Awesome Recycling Project: Buy an Old Traffic Light and Turn It Into Game Room Décor

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Want to go green with a fun recycling project?How about red, yellow, and green?When I was 8 years old, my dad bought me an old traffic light for my birthday. He and I later painted it, fixed it up, and got it working again. It soon became part of my bedroom décor and almost 25 years later still adorns my home.At the time, he bought it for me because I had a love (and still do) for traffic lights. But, beyond being one incredible birthday gift, it also reminds me that municipalities … [Read more...]

3 Important Considerations For Energy Efficient Remodeling

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Let's face the facts – you are more or less dealing with utility bills that you'd love to see lowered.Thanks to remodeling opportunities, you might have a chance to make things better in terms of efficiency and saving money.The first thing to remember is that your home is a system which operates based on how you have it set up.Some of the remodeling you do will affect the way the house looks, with little to no effect on the overall quality of energy efficiency.However, in order … [Read more...]

Seaweed Fertilizer: A Great DIY Natural Fertilizer For Your Garden

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I’ve been gardening for many years -- both in vegetable beds and using containers on balconies.Whatever the situation has been, one of my annual keys to success is seaweed.It’s true, most other things called ‘weeds’ we’d rather keep out of the yard, but when seaweed is available it’s one of the best kinds of organic fertilizers nature provides.Not only does seaweed supply important nutritional value to soil, it also helps stimulate growth in plants, enhances the dietary value of … [Read more...]