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...]

Your 3 Green Lighting Alternatives When Replacing Old Incandescent Light Bulbs: LED, Halogen, And CFL Lighting Explained

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A little while ago, I wrote about the green lighting alternatives that have been coming to light (no pun intended) since the ban against some incandescent light bulbs took effect on January 1, 2014.For the record, the Incandescent Light Bulb Ban essentially does away with 100-watt, 75-watt, 60-watt, and 40-watt bulbs. At this point, low- and high-watt incandescent bulbs, decorative, and other types of specialty lighting are not affected.Many homeowners are feeling the pinch because the … [Read more...]

The Incandescent Light Bulb Ban: 3 Alternative Light Bulbs To Choose + Light Bulb Myths You Should Know About

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The incandescent light bulb ban that affected Americans in 2012 (when the 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out) and 2013 (when 75-watt incandescent bulbs went dark) is now about to take effect on the biggest part of the lighting market: 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs.As of January 1, 2014, it's illegal to manufacture or import traditional 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs.This law effectively turns out the lights on the most popular light bulbs in the United … [Read more...]

30 Fun Ways To Reuse Gift Wrap: Creative, Practical & Downright Crafty Ideas For Reusing Wrapping Paper

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Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or meandering through the wintertime holiday season, if you’re surprising loved ones or friends with gifts, then your shopping list most likely includes gift wrap.That may beg the question: how can you reuse gift wrap? Why would you even want to reuse gift wrap?Think of it this way: in addition to being expensive (you can easily spend up to $10 per roll these days for fancy wrapping paper), wrapping paper also consumes a lot of natural resources, … [Read more...]

Fun New Uses For Old Photographs: 3 Creative Ways To Reuse Your Old Photos

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Ever thought about how to recycle or reuse old photos?Not only am I a history buff, but I also have authored a 128-page pictorial history book about my hometown. So – as you might imagine – old photos are something I take very seriously!When I was compiling the more than 200 photos for my history book, I met with dozens of community figures, many of whom are descendants of the pioneers who helped to establish my community. Many of these folks had incredible, early photos of the area. … [Read more...]

3 Unique Ways To Reuse Plastic Garden Pots Inside Your House

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I’ve got a little bit of a green thumb, so I tend to wind up with a bunch of plastic pots from the nursery that just got stacked in a rear corner of my garden shed.I started scratching my head on ways that I could reuse those plastic garden pots -- because I wanted to make more space in my very cramped storage area, but didn’t want to put all of those pots in the trash. … [Read more...]

Reusing Old Bedding: 4 Fun & Practical Ways To Reuse Bed Sheets

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If you’re like me, you probably have about a half-dozen old bed sheets that haven’t seen the light of day for years.I've been trying to find some creative (and practical) ways to reuse those sheets -- some of which have a few small holes and tears, or the occasional bleach stain or two.Sure, you may wonder why I don’t just toss out those old sheets. But, the “waste not, want not” adage that rang through my ears during my youth from dear grandma and mom has dissuaded me in my adulthood … [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...]