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...]

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...]

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...]

Two-Color, Solar Powered, SunJar-Like Lamp Review

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With summer fast approaching, I know I am looking forward to warm evenings spent out on my porch... maybe a good brew in hand as well.Now as the light fades off into the night, wouldn’t it be great to have a lamp to set the ambiance that you could turn on that wouldn’t waste energy?Yeah, I think it’d be pretty cool too. … [Read more...]

Green DIY Project: Transform An Old Tomato Cage Into A Funky Outdoor Lantern

With the new year, brings some chilly weather outside, at least where I live.If you’re looking for things to do while bundling up and keeping warm inside, why not work on creating something for those warmer months?I’m talking about repurposing a tomato cage into a funky, personalized outdoor light. How cool is that?Even though it seems like spring and summer are far away, time has a tendency to sneak up on us and eventually it’ll be that time of year.With your personalized light … [Read more...]

Save Energy and Money With a Timer for Your Christmas Lights

With Thanksgiving right around the corner,I know a lot of us are starting to get the urge to pull those Christmas decorations out of the attic....Or maybe you already have them up.Even though money can get tight this time of year, we still hang Christmas lights on and in our homes that are going to make our energy bills a little higher. How much sense does that make?Luckily, there is a quick and easy way to make your Christmas lights save you money this year... and you can just as … [Read more...]

Turn Your Old Sneakers Into Funky Solar-Powered Lights

If you’re like me then you probably have an old pair of shoes lying around the house that you just can’t part with. Why not turn those beloved old shoes into something that you can use or just help add style to your casa, solar-powered street lights. I know you’re probably wondering “how in the world did a company think to merge these two things and come up with such a cool product”. … [Read more...]

Make Wall-Mounted Vases From Empty Wine Bottles

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What's the one thing you're sure to have in ample supply after the various Christmas festivities and New Year's Eve parties? Empty liquor bottles. Sure, you could send them on their way to the recycling station, but I'm a much bigger fan of giving old things new life through some simple DIY. Back in August we showed you 4 DIY ideas for empty wine bottles (which went on to be one of our most wildly popular posts of 2009), but today we're adding one more idea to that list. The project: … [Read more...]