Posted in DIY, Goodwill Hunting, Our House, tagged cleaning, clown, dining room, dust, dusting, Goodwill, light switch, living room, oversized plate, sanding the wall, trellis on March 5, 2012 |
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We got a lot done this weekend. We told the kitchen cabinet-maker to get real (more on that later), did some cleaning and even a few DIYs. A few days home will give a girl some energy.
First, our house was crazy dusty. It was sick. The Mister sanded the walls in our kitchen and had someone put drywall on the ceiling in our kitchen. (These things happened a few weeks ago.) So, the dust was plentiful. For example, this was The Mister after he sanded the walls.
He looks like a clown with his skin being pink from under the mask and everything else powder white.
Our dining room had the most dust due to its proximity to the kitchen and had become a holding room for kitchen essentials. These were our shelves.
So, we dusted the entire dining room and Windexed everything we could. Then, vacuumed and I mopped the wood floors. It feels pretty great. This week I’ll tackle the living room. I understand I’ll have to do this a few more times to really rid us of the dust, so I didn’t style the shelves and they’re acting as a pantry still, but it’s worth it. The Mister was so inspired he told that the light switch by our front door bothered him and he purchased an oversized plate for it.
Obviously, this is a temporary fix and we’ll have to sand the walls in our living room too – someday. We had to do it in our master bedroom and we’ll have to do it everywhere we repaint. Speaking of painting, I painted these recent finds from Goodwill.
I’m not sure what they were originally, but they will become trellises for some ivy. They were $3.99 and $5.99 at Goodwill. Score! I’ll share them later. Did you do anything fun this weekend? The weather was pretty great here, unusually warm, hence me deciding to spray paint.
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Photo from here
To deodorize your garbage disposal place half a lemon and a handful of baking soda into it. Turn on cold water and the disposal, of course take the appropriate hand removal precautions and the unit should clean itself.
We recently got rid of ours, but it was a grimy mess. I purposefully do not have photos. We used lemons to clean the inside of it before we donated it to Goodwill. Here is what we did:
Squeeze half a lemon into two cups of water inside a microwave safe bowl. (I leave squeezed lemon inside the bowl, but this is not necessary.) Run your microwave on full power for approximately 3 minutes, until the water boils. Leave the bowl and lemon water mixture inside the microwave to sit for approximately five to ten minutes. You want to let it sit to let steam continue to build inside your microwave. Keep in mind, the bowl and contents will be very hot. After your wait time, carefully remove the bowl and use a clean rag to wipe the inside walls of your microwave.
If you have copper bottom or solid copper (lucky) cookware you can use a lemon to remove spots. Simply cut a lemon in half, sprinkle some baking soda or salt to the exposed cut area, and rub the lemon slice on your copper cookware. Then, rinse with water and dry.
Lemon can be used on countertops to deodorize and to naturally bleach out stains. Simply squeeze lemon juice onto the countertop to do both. Let the juice sit on top of the stain and cover with baking soda, then scrub the countertop off.
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