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Transforming Your Home With Creative Custom Window Coverings

Creative custom window coverings.

Curtains are one way to make a room look new and refreshed. Surprisingly, the price of new curtains may give you sticker shock. If you don’t have the budget for brand new pricey curtains or you don’t want to use traditional window coverings at all, here are some creative custom window coverings to help you get the look you want while sticking to your budget.

Beaded Curtains

Beaded curtains were quite popular in the 1960’s and they are now making a comeback in the world of Feng Shui decorating. It is believed that putting a beaded curtain in your window will bring in positive energy when the wind blows through. We could all use some of that!

You can make beaded curtains easily and inexpensively. Measure fishing string to the desired length, tie off the end and string your beads on. Tie the top to a circular hoop similar to the ones used on shower curtains and place on a curtain rod. It is so easy to find beads and baubles to match the décor of your room. The look will be quite unique.

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Create a Cool Teen Room Using Bargain Store Decor

Creating a unique and comfortable room for your teen does not have to be hard on your wallet with the use of bargain store decor.

A teen room needs to be a reflection of her personality, so it is only fitting that the bulk of the decorating should fall on her shoulders. You should help with the initial discussions and planning stages, but once the decisions have been made, your teen needs to take over. Of course, you don’t want the project to turn into a money nightmare so set limits from the get-go. Go over the budget with your teen, and come up with the cheapest way to get the right look. Your best bet is to use lots of paint and bargain or thrift store decor items—then let your teen go wild.

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Eight Difficult Projects You Should Never Do Yourself

Electrical work is one of those difficult projects that you should hire a professional for.

Homeowners often take on a lot of do-it-yourself projects in order to save money or just because they can. There is a line between chores you can do yourself and difficult projects you should never do without the help of a professional, however. Some of these items are potentially dangerous or could end up costing you more time and money than it would just by hiring a professional in the first place.

Plumbing Problems

While unclogging a sink can be a DIY project, most plumbing projects are not. Water can leak and go virtually anywhere. It can seep between cracks and even through nail holes moving into other areas of the home, which can cause a lot of damage very quickly. Simply too much can go wrong by doing your own plumbing. It is best to save yourself the trouble and a potentially huge mess as well as subsequent expense, by hiring a professional plumber instead.

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Floor Restoration: Replace or Repair?

Black and white tile floor.

Many times an all-out floor replacement is not necessary. You may be surprised to learn that many types of flooring can be repaired and made to look just as good as new. You can literally bring your floors back to life with floor restoration; make them look new, for a fraction of the cost over totally replacing the floor.

Floor Restoration Options

Hardwood Floors

The very best candidate for floor restoration over replacement are hardwood floors. Over years of use, hardwood can become scratched and damaged. Sometimes older homes have had the hardwood floors covered over with carpet. To bring them back to their former glory takes a lot of work, but the cost will be less than total replacement. It’s best to hire a professional to restore and repair hardwood than to try this project yourself. The results will be well worth it.

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Smart DIY Storage Ideas

Having a small house doesn't have to mean sacrificing DIY storage opportunities if you learn smart storage ideas for small spaces.

All the rage these days seems to be downsizing and going with a smaller home. Gone are the days of the McMansions. But with that also means less storage for your belongings. Just because you have less square footage in your home doesn’t mean you have to lose storage though. You just need to learn and implement smart DIY storage ideas for your home, attic, and basement. Here are the secrets to smart storage and making the most of the space that you have.

Furniture DIY Storage Ideas For Small Spaces

Having stylish furniture that also doubles as storage spaces is a great solution. Ottomans that can be used as seating or a chair, but also gives you a place to store belongings is a great solution. Search for multi-function furniture that can double as storage places.

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