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27 Ideabooks by Meg Padgett
How to Replace Your Kitchen Faucet
Kitchen remodels require a multitude of skills from conception to completion, and ours was no exception. From tearing down walls to replacing floors, we've been through it all — and we're exhausted. Luckily, the very last change was the quickest and...
8 Must-Have Tools for Fall Backyard Prep
Fall is in full force here on the northern Pacific coast. All of this wind and rain have me bunkered down indoors and dreading the work that's waiting for me once the storm clears. Luckily, there's a slew of helpful tools to tackle everything that autumn...
DIY Painting Project: A Colorful Front Door
Temperatures are dropping and days are growing shorter, but that doesn't mean your outdoor projects have to come to a halt — yet. From plantings to quick and easy home updates, autumn is the perfect time to tackle those final exterior projects before...
Get Those Carpet Stains Out: Best Nontoxic Methods for Spot Cleaning
Banish blotches the safe way with pantry staples, to get your rugs looking as clean as the day they came home
Carpets and rugs are comfortable underfoot, but they're also magnets for stains. From holiday gatherings to everyday use, carpets and rugs often take a lot of abuse. But keeping your floor coverings looking their best is easier than you may...
Baking Soda: The Amazing All-Natural Cleanser You Already Own
Fluffy pastries and scrumptious cookies might be the first things that come to mind when you think of baking soda, but this ingredient is far more than a baking staple. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a powerful cleanser that should be a mainstay...
Vinegar and Voilà: Clean Your House the Natural Way
Many homeowners strive for a healthier home — whether that means choosing ecofriendly materials for a remodel or greener products for everyday life. For me, finding healthier, more effective and budget-friendly cleaning alternatives is at the top of...
Beadboard Panels Offer a Shortcut to a Classic Style
Traditional touch: Change up plain bathroom walls with beaded hardwood planks and trim you can install yourself
Beadboard wainscoting has a classic look that never goes out of style. Traditional tongue and groove beadboard can be a serious chore to install, but you can get a similar look with beaded hardboard planks, and the process is relatively easy. Beaded...
Get Grout Magically Clean — Stains and All
Tile — whether it's used as flooring, in the kitchen as a backsplash or for counters, or in the bathroom — has one great downfall: grout. Since grout is porous in nature, unsealed grout absorbs all kinds of stains, from mildew to coffee and everything...
DIY Fix: How to Repair a Broken Glass Door Pane
Don't let broken glass shatter your self-esteem. You can fix it more easily and more inexpensively than you might realize
A moment of cleaning motivation quickly turned to frustration and panic when I made a rookie mistake — as soon as I leaned an old window against my mudroom's old glass paneled door, I heard the heart-wrenching sound of broken glass. A broken glass pane?...
Replace Your Windows and Save Money — a How-to Guide
Reduce drafts to lower heating bills by swapping out old panes for new, in this DIY project for handy homeowners
Energy-efficient upgrades to your home can save you money in utility costs and help attract prospective buyers, too. Our century-old home has a laundry list of items that need attention. But for all the things that need to be updated, we lucked out in...
Sew a Pair of Easy Sag-Top Curtains
Paint may be the easiest way to update the look and feel of a room, but textiles come in a close second. Textiles add color, sophistication and texture to a room and can quickly change the style and feel with minimal effort. I've been on the...
10 Unusual Places for Christmas Stockings
No fireplace shouldn't mean no stocking stuffers — these alternative spots for socks work in any kind of home
Christmas stockings conjure thoughts of joy and cheer as soon as you see them, making them a great and easy addition to holiday decor. Tradition touts, "Hang your stockings by the chimney with care." But luckily, those without a fireplace or mantel...
Tint Your Own Paint for New-Looking Walls
Dabbling in mixology means you can use up leftover paint and give your walls a custom look in one fell swoop
Fix it, sand it, paint it — it seems like our work around the house is never done. And what do many of us have to show for all our time? A lot of leftover paint. So rather than purchasing new paint and adding to your never-ending supply for your...
Lift a Room's Look With a DIY Pendant Light
A variety of lighting options in a room can take it from dull to lively — lighting makes a great finishing touch in a room redo. We have numerous lighting fixtures in our home — numerous so-called "boob lights," that is. I consider these builder's...
Quick Fix: Repair Cracked Bathroom Grout
Banish an eyesore and safeguard your bathroom from water damage in 30 minutes or less with this DIY repair
With any home purchase, there are plenty of positives and hopefully few negatives — and ours was no exception. Our home has great potential and good bones, but with those positives we also inherited many flaws, like banged-up walls, scratched laminate...