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DIY Used Books

If you are like me, then it is an inconceivable idea, and I don’t want to think about getting rid of your books. I am personally attached to all my books, and I’ve annotated all of them, even the ones I hate (Jane Austin’s Emma, I’m talking about you here). Books are hard to get rid of because you might be emotionally attached to them because they took us on a journey, and for me reading is my form of escapism. Most of us bookworms have a big bookshelf with books that we love but haven’t touched for eons. However, if you are moving to college to out of your parents’ home, then you ought to go through your books and decide which books you’d like to keep and which you’ll like or rather books you can get rid of. So, without further ado, let’s get in the way in which you can upcycle your old books.

Wrapping paper

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If you have a lot of comic books, mangas, and graphic novels lying around that you no longer use, then one thing you can do with them transforms them into wrapping paper. The holiday season is right around the corner, and this could be the perfect wrapping paper for your weeb friends. The picture from your graphic novel, comic, or manga is the perfect wrapping paper and is a sign that you’ve gone out of your way to beautifully embellish the gift you are giving to your loved ones. It makes it looks like you’ve made a lot of efforts to wrap your gifts when in reality, you are saving money on wrapping paper, and you are upcycling things you no longer use. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me.

Book headboard

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Books are really nice for aesthetics, and who doesn’t want a rainbow headboard with fairy light? This is what dreams are made of if you are me. So, if you love books, you might consider them for the décor of your place because as a bookworm, you’ll find that books are very versatile. You can use your old bookshelf or even stack your old books on top of each other and make them look like a headboard. The best thing about crafting your perfect headboard is that you can personalize It yourself, and you can pick and choose which book to display, and this is a great conversation starter. Because how many people do you know that have a headboard which is made of used books.

Secret book hideout

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Do you have a beautiful hardcover that is just lying around? Then you can turn it into a secret book storage. You can hide your most valuable items in them, and it is a simple way to transform an old drab book into the perfect storage box. You simply have to carve out the pages and make them look like containers. Personally, I have several secret book storage that I use to store money, my cigarettes, and even letters and things that matter the most to me in my head; if a thief breaks into my home, they won’t touch or rampage through my books. Thus my personal belonging will be safe. Now, you have to figure which book you will use to create your perfect storage box. If you are a bookworm like me, then you take all the precautions in the world to not crack the spine of your books or crease and distort the papers of your books. For me, gutting a book is almost like gutting a human being because I love books so much, and it is difficult to damage books, except if it is a Jane Austin book because I hate her. This may be because I was forced to read her books at school and college and hate them to the core. But if you don’t know what to do with your books, then you can always donate them or give them to someone else.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you are like me and hate to get rid of books.

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DIY sweets

If you love sweets as I do, make sure you read this article because I’ve listed three of my favourite sweets, that you can make from scratch.

I am a great fan of candies since childhood, and I’ve always jumped at the chance to go grocery shopping as I knew I would be able to stock up on chocolates and cakes. But since I have discovered that I can DIY them I rarely go to the store these days. If you want to make your own candy too… read this article.

Lollipops

How can we start a list of candies without mentioning lollipops? With this recipe, making homemade lollipops couldn’t be easier. You’ll need a lollipop mould, or if you don’t have one, use a baking tray (it may not have a nice shape, but it tastes just as good) and a packet of sweets.

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius and break the sweets into small pieces; they should be almost dusty. I recommend you separate the colours when you crush them.

Put the dust in your mould or just place them in sections on the baking sheets (make sure you keep a space between them), and don’t forget your lollipop sticks. Bake them at 175 degrees Celsius, about 5 minutes for thin candies and about 10 or more for thicker ones. Let them cool completely before removing them from the tin or taking them off the tray.

Chocolate bars

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DIY sweets

Have you ever thought of making your own chocolate bars at home? It’s a real treat because you get lots of chocolate bars, and your kitchen smells so good.

For this recipe, you will need a can of condensed milk, vanilla extract, icing sugar, coconut flakes, toasted almonds, and chocolate (I prefer milk chocolate, but that’s a matter of taste). Prepare a baking dish by lining it with aluminum foil and non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the vanilla extract and condensed milk. Stir in the icing sugar and coconut until everything is well mixed.

Pour the mixture into your baking tin and press together to form an even layer. Before placing the tin in the fridge, press the almonds onto it, making sure they are evenly spaced. Put the tin in the fridge for at least an hour. When the time is up, cut the sweet into several pieces.

Place the chocolate in the microwave. You can add a little butter, but it is not necessary if it is melting chocolate. I recommend taking the chocolate out of the microwave every 30 seconds to see if it is melting, give it a good stir so that you avoid burning it.

Use a fork or toothpick to stick the coconut bar into the chocolate. When the bar is ready, place it on a baking tray and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Peanut butter caramel

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Okay, the previous recipe was a bit tricky, but now I’m giving you a recipe that can be made in less than 5 minutes, and you only need 3 ingredients; sound easy? Let’s go. You’ll need unsalted butter, creamy peanut butter, and icing sugar. Line a pan with parchment paper. Use extra paper to hang over the edge and make it easier to remove the fondant. Place the butter and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl, microwave for one minute, and stir; repeat this process until the mixture is completely smooth. Add the icing sugar and stir until smooth. Transfer the dough to the lined baking tray and press down either with a spoon or with the palms of your hands. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then cut into pieces with a sharp knife.

With these three recipes, you can save money and enjoy good sweets. Let us know in the comments which one you would like to try…

Never Ever Buy Nail Polish Again – Make Your Own!

Never Ever Buy Nail Polish Again – Make Your Own!

Are you a major nail polish fan? And, like me, do you have hundreds of eyeshadow palettes full of colors you’ve never used (and definitely won’t in the near future)? If so, why not attempt this simple DIY nail polish tutorial?

What Materials Will You Need?

What Materials Will You Need?

With some perseverance and some luck, you can find the following materials. Wait, what the hell am I talking about? These are very easy-to-get materials, which can be found in your bedroom itself.

So, here’s what you will need:

  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Eyeshadow (base coat or top coat)
  • Paper funnel (optional)
  • Cuticle pusher

Steps Involved In Making DIY Nail Polish

Steps Involved In Making DIY Nail Polish

Step 1 – Squeeze out some clear polish: To apply the eyeshadow, you’ll need some additional space in the bottle. As a result, if you’re using a brand new bottle of clear nail paint, you’ll need to empty out at least 1/6 of it. However, if it has been used a few times and there is some space at the top, you do not need to follow this step.

Step 2 – Crush up some eyeshadow: Choose an eyeshadow that you don’t intend to use again. It is entirely up to you which color eyeshadow you want to use to create your nail paint. Let me tell you that you can even mix a few eyeshadow colors together to build your own bespoke shade (although if you’re like me and can’t trust yourself to make the proper color selections, I recommend you don’t do it since it may result in a jumble of colors).

Once you’ve decided on an eyeshadow color, I recommend using a cuticle pusher to softly crush the eyeshadow powder. There is no need to use considerable force since they will readily separate. Remember to crush the eyeshadow until it produces a fine powder, removing any huge lumps.

Step 3 – Pour the crushed eyeshadow powder into your clear nail paint: Once you’ve crushed and powdered your eyeshadow, it’s time to pour it into the nail polish. So, to complete this step, you may either use the same cuticle pusher you used previously, or you can build a little paper funnel.

Here’s how to construct a paper funnel if you’re worried about making a mess:

  • To begin, fold a rectangle of printer-size paper in half and then again, creating creases in the center both vertically and horizontally.
  • Keep the paper folded this way and cut off the corners in a curved motion from corner to corner.
  • Then, open up the oval you have created and cut off 1/4 of it along the creased lines.
  • Try overlapping the two straight edges you just produced and pulling the outside edge toward you until you have the desired cone form.
  • Apply tape to the exterior of the cone to attach it securely, and then snip off the tip.

And there you have it: a paper funnel.

When it comes to how much nail shadow to apply to the paint, it’s entirely up to you whether you want a light or deep and dark hue.

Step 4 – Shake the bottle to mix: As you add the powder to your clean nail paint, you’ll see it settles towards the bottom of the jar. After you’ve added the desired amount of eyeshadow powder, tighten the cap and thoroughly mix it up. Your recipe will be ready in a matter of minutes, and you will have your own DIY nail polish ready to use.

Will you try your hand at manufacturing your own nail polish? Oh and please don’t blame me if things don’t go as I’ve predicted. But, you can still share what went wrong (just go with decent and civilized words in the comment section below). 

 

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DIY face mask: Turmeric

If you are a second-generation Indian American individual like me, then you know turmeric as the yellow paste or powder that your mom puts in her dishes. You most likely also drank turmeric milk whenever you were ill or had a fever, well turmeric has medicinal properties, and this grandma’s recipe has a lot of benefits. Now, there is a trend going around of making your face mask using turmeric, and let me tell you, it works wonders for your skin; this Indian spicy will give you the glow-up of your dreams and will leave you with smooth skin. Come along with us and learn more about turmeric, its medical properties, and how you can make your face mask using it at home.

What is turmeric?

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Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa, is a plant native to Asia and has been used in Indian cuisine for a long time and has also been used in traditional medicines. It is known for its medicinal value and its fabulous yellow tint. Found mostly in Southeast Asian dishes, it is deeply rooted in Indian/Tamilian culture and ayurvedic medicine. It is used in Indian cuisine mainly to flavor curries and gives them that traditional organic yellow color that makes a curry, a curry. When dried, it is deep orange-yellow in color and has a warm and bitter taste with an earthy and mustard-like odor.

Benefits of using turmeric

    • Antioxidant power
    • Helpful for acne (cysts, nodules, papules, pustules)
    • Quells skin irritation
    • Reduce irritation and inflammation– this is why it is the ideal material to use as a base for your face mask
    • Reduce hyperpigmentation
    • Reduce swelling
    • Reduce wrinkles

How to make your turmeric face mask

Turmeric skincare products are gaining popularity nowadays because we are going back to using more organic and healthy products to take care of our skin. Turmeric is becoming king in the beauty world because it helps address specific skin issues. The ingredients you’ll need to make your face mask can be found in your fridge and pantry. All you need for this is:

    • Bowl
    • Organic apple cider vinegar- 1 teaspoon
    • Organic honey- 1½ teaspoon
    • Makeup brush
    • Turmeric powder- 1 teaspoon
    • Yogurt (you can substitute it with milk if you are out of yogurt)- 1 teaspoon

Step 1

To your bowl, add your yogurt, turmeric powder, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Mix all the ingredients well until it has a paste-like consistency; this will make it stick to your face without causing any major drippage.

Step 2

Before using the mixture on your face, remove your makeup and wash your face thoroughly to remove any impurities. Pat your face dry, and now you are ready for the next step.

Step 3

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Using your makeup brush, apply the mixture in a thin layer on your face without any visible skin showing. Avoid your eyes as the mask might irritate them. You should also wear an old t-shirt or dress because of turmeric stains.

Step 4

This is the waiting game; let the mask sit on your face for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Go on Instagram, scroll on Tiktok or read a book; this is your 15 minutes of relaxation. You deserve this time to relax, sit down and enjoy the moment; you can even have a glass of wine if you want.

Step 5

This is the final step of the process, congrats. You are almost done. After the mask has sat for 15 minutes, rinse your face with warm water. You can always use a facecloth to wash your face here, but you have to keep in mind that it will stain. So, you can keep a facecloth that you use every time you put on your turmeric mask.

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If you are on the paler side, your face might get stained with the turmeric pace, and you might have a yellowish tint, but don’t worry, this is only temporary, and it will fade in a couple of hours. If you have to go out after using the face mask and you see that your face has a slight yellow hue, you can always use your cleansing oil to remedy this.

This is a simple way to make your turmeric face mask using items you might already have in your home. Remember, don’t overuse the turmeric face mask every day because there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you want to try a turmeric face mask.

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DIY face mask: Coffee

Coffee is a very versatile ingredient and can be used for so much more than just your morning coffee. Now, don’t get me wrong, I need my morning coffee to wake up and properly function, and without it, I am grumpy all day, but there is so much more than you can do with it. As a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, I can guarantee you will see coffee in a different light after reading this article. You can not only use coffee to bring out the chocolate flavor in your chocolate cake or brownie, but you can also use it to make a face mask at home, which will cost you less than an actual face mask and leave you with glowing skin. Coffee is an all-around key component to keep your mind, soul, and body in good shape, and trust me, once; you start using this coffee mask, you will never go back. Come along with us and learn more about the medicinal properties of coffee and how you can use it to create your homemade mask.

Benefits of using coffee as an ingredient for your face mask

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Coffee not only gives you that extra kick that you need to start your day off on the right foot, but it also has a lot of medicinal benefits that most of us aren’t aware of. Most of us drink coffee without even knowing that it provides us with antioxidants and contains more antioxidants than tea or wine. So, don’t let anyone judge your coffee consumption now and tell them that’s it’s good for your body. Aside from that, using it as a face mask also has many advantages like:

    • Acne treatment
    • Anti-aging effect
    • Calming effect- while it is known to boost your energy when ingested, it has the opposite effect when applied to the skin.
    • Cellulite reduction- the caffeine in it dilutes the blood vessels and improves blood flow, which helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.
    • Reduce and help with dark circles.
    • Reduce inflammation

How to make your coffee face mask

The use of coffee in the beauty world is on the rise, and it has a lot of benefits that big cosmetics industries hide from us because if we know what the products are made of, we will no longer buy them, and we‘ll make them ourselves. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered and will tell you some of the ways you can use coffee to make your own face mask and save money on skincare products. All you need to make a simple yet effective coffee mask are:

    • Ground organic coffee- ½ cup
    • Unsweetened cocoa powder (organic is preferable)- ½ cups
    • Whole milk (either dairy or almond milk)- 1 cup
    • Lemon juice- 1 tabelspoon
    • Honey- 1 tablespoon
    • Bowl
    • Makeup brush

Step 1

Add your dry ingredients in a bowl, that is the coffee ground, and the unsweetened cocoa powder and give them a good mix. After both are mixed thoroughly, add your milk and mix until it forms a paste. For a thicker consistency, add less milk; the consistency of the face mask depends on you. Then add 1 teaspoon of honey and lime and mix again. Voila, your paste is ready to use.

Step 2

As with any mask, you need a clean face prior to applying it. Remove all your makeup and wash your face to get rid of any impurities and dirt present in the air. Then damp your face with a smooth towel, and you are ready to apply the mask.

Step 3

After you’ve cleansed your face, you are ready to apply your mask, apply it liberally and cover your whole face with it. You can either apply it with your fingertips or use a makeup brush. 

Step 4

Leave the mask to dry for at least 20 minutes for it to work its magic. This means you can take 20 minutes to relax and scroll mindlessly on social media. I advise everyone who does this face mask to just kick back and relax for this part as it might be one of the only moments of the day that you can allow yourself 20 minutes to do nothing.

Step 5

 

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After 20 minutes, you can rinse your face off, and after 3 to 4 masks, you will notice a difference and have a smoother and clearer skin. The lemon in the mask will tighten your skin and reduce oil production, the honey locks in moisture, the cocoa powder helps against free radicals, the milk helps to smooth your skin, and you can see the benefits of using coffee above.

Try this coffee mask at home, and you will see a clear difference after only 5 applications. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you want to try a coffee face mask.

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Make Your Own Candles at Home: A Step by Step guide.

I am obsessed with candles and spend a lot of money on them each month; I light up a candle to meditate, to read, to relax, to take a bath, if the occasion is appropriate to light a candle, you can bet that I’m doing it. But, my bank account is not happy with all the money I spend on books and candles, so I had to be resourceful and learn how to make my candles at home, which might I say are cheaper but smell fabulous. The first couple of candles that you craft won’t be perfect, but it’s a bit like making pancakes or children, the first one is always a trial, and you never know how they will turn out. Come along with us and learn how to make your own candles in the comfort of your home. Who knows, this may become your new hobby or even something that you profit off of.

What will you need for this craft?

It is pretty simple to craft your own homemade candle; you need a few simple items that you can get at your local craft stores like Micheals or even Target. All you need is:

    • A double boiler (to heat the wax)
    • Candle wax
    • Candlewick
    • Coloring (optional, but this gives more personality to the candle)
    • Essential oil (also optional, but this is where your candle will get its odor)
    • Mason jar or container in wish your candle will be
    • Popsicle sticks, chopsticks, or skewers to hold the wick in place
    • Scissors
    • Silicone spatula

#Step 1- Get your container ready

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Before getting in the nitty-gritty of it all, you have to decide on the container in which you will put your candle. For me, this is the most challenging part as I am an indecisive person and want my candle jar to look aesthetically pleasing. You can get a mason jar from Target or use your favorite old candle container if you want to recycle and be more environmentally friendly. Whatever you decide to use, you need to clean it and dry it out thoroughly; before you can move on to the next step.

#Step 2- Choose the right wax

Okay, before you move on to the next step, you have to choose the wax that you will use, and yes, there is more than one kind, and they smell different and have different properties. They are:

  1. Soy wax– This one is our personal favorite and is gaining more popularity among candle makers because it is currently the most eco-friendly wax on the market. As its name suggests, it is made from soybeans, is pretty easy to clean up and is renewable. One pound of soy wax produces about 18 ounces of liquid when it is melted. It also burns slower than most of the other waxes on our list and thus lasts longer.
  2. Beeswax- It might be the wax that gives out the least amount of wax when melted, 16 ounces for one pound of beeswax, but it is the most natural wax out there and is said to have purifying qualities. Unlike paraffin wax, it doesn’t retain color or odors well, but beeswax has its fragrance, so they don’t need additional scents.

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  1. Paraffin Wax– This is the most traditional wax out there and is also the only one that gives out the most amount of liquid when melted, 20 ounces for 1 pound, to be exact. It is the one we advise people to begin their candle journey with because they are the cheapest option out there, are pretty quick to melt, and are easy to scent and color. You should be careful, though, because the chemical it emits when melted can cause skin irritation.

#Step 3- Measure and melt the wax

Put a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface so that the wax doesn’t get everywhere. The wax usually comes in the shape of a brick, and you need to shave it down so that it melts more uniformly. Fill the container in which the candle will reside with the shaven wax and double this amount. This will accurately measure how much wax you need to get a full mason jar’s worth of candle.

Place water in the bottom pot of your double boiler and be careful that the water doesn’t touch the top container; the water should be one or two inches below the latter. Let the water boil, and when it gets there, add your shaven wax to the top container and let it melt, which will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t leave this alone to do something else; you will have to stir it constantly so that nothing burns or sticks.

#Step 3- Add fragrance or coloring to the melted wax

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This is where you will add the essential oil and coloring o your choice, and this all depends on you and your taste. Add only a few drops of each as a little goes a long way, and stir it well for about 30 seconds to incorporate it well. We would highly recommend this step if you use paraffin or soy wax, but you should omit it if you are using beeswax.

#Step 4- Attach the wick

To the bottom of your container/mason jar, add a little bit of melted wax and immediate place your wick and let the wax cool down completely. This will secure the bottom piece of the wick in place and give you a straight wick, allowing the candle to melt uniformly. It will take the wax about 5minutes to harden. If you don’t like waiting and are an impatient individual, you can always glue gun the wick to the bottom.

Step 5- Pour the melted wax.

Prior to pouring the wax, let it sit a bit because hot wax will ruin the previous step; if you have a thermometer at hand, the perfect temperature to pour it in the container is 140 degrees, but you can also do it by feels if you don’t have a thermometer. Hold the wax and slowly pour the wax into the jar, and fill it to the top.

Step 6- Final touches

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To prevent the wick from moving and staying in place, use our trustee chopsticks and sandwich the wax between them. Allow the wax to cool down for at least 4 hours at room temperature, but this may take more or less time depending on the weather of where you live and the season. After the wax has set, cut the wick to your desired length, which should be an inch or less above the wax, and voila, you have your own homemade candle.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you want to make your own candle after reading this extensive how-to.

Beadboard

How to Hide Seams in Beadboard

The most cost-effective beadboard material you can find is 4X8 paneling sheets found at most home improvement stores. If 8′ isn’t tall enough, you have to install multiple pieces and the seam is pretty apparent. Generally, you can hide the seam with a trim but there are occasions when you just want a seamless beadboard. It requires a bit of work to hide the seam but it is possible.

Make Sure Beads and Grooves Line Up

When installing multiple pieces of beadboard vertically, the most important thing is that the grooves and beads line up as perfectly as possible. There can be a difference from one sheet to another, so take some time to select beadboard panels that match.

Attach Beadboard Firmly to Surface

When attaching beadboard to the cabinet, wall or another surface, in addition to nails, use caulk as adhesive. It may not be necessary to use adhesive on the entire panel but apply it to the area where the seam is being created. The objective is to prevent future movement and to crack in the wood putty and reveal the seam.
Make sure the beads and grooves line up as perfectly as you can get them and drive nails wherever you need them to pull the panel flat against the surface.

Apply Wood Putty

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Beadboard

Apply your favorite wood putty generously, making sure to press it into the grooves. To build up a strong patch over the seam, spread on an ample supply of wood putty. Then use a wide putty knife to feather it out, spreading a portion of putty both above and below the seam. Feathering it out and applying the wood putty over a larger area will help hide the seam.

Clean Wood Putty Out of Grooves

Use the corner of a putty knife to scrape the putty out of the grooves. In some areas, you may find that this action reveals the seam. If this happens, reapply putty in that area and take less out when scraping the groove. You may have to use your fingers to shape and round the wood putty over the beads.

Sand Face and Grooves

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Wait for the putty to be completely dry before sanding. The flat face of the beadboard can be sanded with a fine grit sanding block or using an orbital sander. Either way, use gentle pressure and only take off a little at a time, so you don’t remove too much putty and reveal the seam.

Beads and Grooves

To create a thin, stiff, and flat sanding block, you can wrap a putty knife in sandpaper. (Start with 120 grit sandpaper followed by 220 grit.) Using a gentle up and down motion, sand all the beads and grooves. You’ll probably have to reposition the sandpaper frequently because there is such a small area of sandpaper surface being used.

Decide if You Can Move Forward or Need to Repeat a Few Steps

Once the whole seam is sanded smooth, look at it with a critical eye from multiple directions. Decide if it looks good or needs another coat of wood putty. If it needs another coat, go back and repeat.

Prime

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Beadboard

If it looks great, prime it. The primer will accentuate any and all imperfections. If any flaws are revealed that you don’t want to live with, repeat the necessary steps to hide the seam to standards you can live with.

Paint

Once you decide the hidden seam looks great, go ahead and paint the beadboard.

Tip: If you see a visible hairline crack after painting, scraping the paint with a one-sided razor blade might do the trick. Hold the blade at close to a 90-degree angle and gently rub across the crack/seam. If the first pass doesn’t do anything, try again with a little more pressure. This trick only works with very small seams.

 

Let us know in the comments below if you have ever tried to hide seams in beadboard.

Candles

Candles to Treat Anxiety.

Whether it was mild anxiety before speaking in front of an audience or severe anxiety that led to a panic attack, we have all experienced a certain level of anxiety at some point in our lives. Either way, it is important that you know how to calm yourself because an accelerated heart rate and difficulty breathing are not pleasurable.

While it is important to seek professional advice, your therapist, unfortunately, won’t be available 24-hour. There are different methods that you can use at home to help you feel relaxed. In this article, we will talk about therapeutic candles that may help you whenever you are feeling a bit anxious.

Candles are known to set the mood, so whether it is at home or in your office, they will help you establish a calm environment.

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Scents For Anxiety…

It is known that you can use grounding techniques to relieve your anxiety. What do I mean by grounding techniques? This technique allows you to stay away from negative thoughts by staying in the present. One of my favourite grounding techniques is using your five senses to resolve unwanted anxiety. Here we are talking about ‘smell’, where lighting a scented candle will help you to stay grounded.

We have listed some scents that are well-known for calming anxiety and stress.

Lavender: Lavender has been well-known to help us sleep, but do you know why? Because lavender actually calms our nerves making more easier for us to sleep. Some use it as bath soaks, others as a body mist. Either way, it is very useful. I prefer it in the form of a candle, as it releases the scent slowly, giving me time to focus on my breathing and immerse myself in relaxation.

Rosemary: The benefits of rosemary are unlimited but we will focus on its stress reliever benefit. Rosemary essential oil can help you to decrease cortisol, which is the stress hormone in our body.

Vanilla: Who does not love vanilla flavour? It is the basis of everything and you cannot go wrong with vanilla flavour, right? For me, the scent of vanilla reminds me of my childhood when I come back from school and smell the vanilla scent from the muffin my mom baked for me. Vanilla aroma contains relaxing properties, which is why they are often used in bath products as they promote peaceful sleep.

This DIY project will help you decorate your house with candles that will also promote a relaxing atmosphere.

What you’ll need:

 

  • Wax
  • Candle Wicks
  • One of the aforementioned fragrance oils
  • A spatula
  • A heat-proof glass container
  • A pan

Steps:

 

  • Melt your wax into the pan for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Add your fragrance.
  • Put the wick in the heatproof container.
  • Let the wax sit for 3 to 5 min.
  • Pour the wax
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Allow it to set completely for a minimum of 4 hours.

Light one candle up as soon as you come home, but please do not ever leave a candle unattended as it may potentially cause a home fire. Make sure to put your candles in a safe place, far from curtains. You can do some research as there are plenty of other scents known to relieve anxiety.

Be aware that some essential oils are toxic to pets and children so I would suggest you store your essential oils out of your children’s reach.

Aromatherapy candles will help set the mood, to help you relax but if you have chronic anxiety I suggest you go onto therapy rather than relying on aromatherapy candles. Let us know in the comments which scents you prefer…

DIY Home Improvements

9 Easy-to-Ambitious DIY Projects to Improve Your Home

Like many homeowners, you may have contemplated a home improvement project but lacked inspiration or time.
Don’t beat yourself up; nearly half (43%) of all homeowners say their biggest challenge in deciding on a home improvement project is finding time which may explain why the same percentage of people say they have unfinished home improvement projects.
Here’s a selection of projects you can tackle on your own.

Beginner Projects

New Faucets

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Faucets

Attention to detail is key to this project – you don’t want to flood your kitchen because you forgot to turn off the water valve – but no previous plumbing skills are required and a shiny new faucet can generate a lot of day-to-day pleasure for a bit of effort.

Light Fixtures and Switches

Few things can change the mood of a room as quickly as lighting. Replacing an old light fixture with a new one – or an on-off switch with a dimmer – can change the atmosphere for any occasion. Switches use the same wires, so you can handle a switch if you can swap a fixture.

Fire Pit

This is a great task to do with kids. Celebrate once done with a s’mores party. Based to a Zillow analysis of thousands of real estate listings and sales prices, the price premium for homes with fireplaces is 2.8%.

Smart Tech Upgrade

There are countless smart home products to choose from and some require more than plugging in a device or changing a light bulb. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Smart Doorbell/Camera

    The installation is similar to replacing a light switch. To do this, you need to remove your old doorbell and connect the device to your Wi-Fi.

  • Smart Locks

    Do you have a family member who constantly loses their house key? Substituting a traditional door lock with a keyless system that you operate via a smartphone app or touchpad is a simple solution.

  • Smart Lights

    This project is as easy as installing light bulbs. However, the setup requires coordination with a smart home system, as each system has its own controls and requirements. If you already have a home system, make sure the bulbs you choose are compatible. If you are thinking of buying a new system, remember that it must work in harmony with the products you already have.

Intermediate Projects

Cabinet Refresh

Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to involve significant renovations. You can have an entirely new look by changing the door and drawer handles, painting your cabinets or removing cabinet doors to create an open shelving effect. If you have lots of wall space and not enough cabinets, you can also easily create open shelving. A bonus: homes with open shelving sell for 4.2% more than expected.

Barn Door

Sliding Barn Wood Door
Sliding Barn Wood Door

By replacing a traditional overhead door or enclosed slider with a barn door that slides on a rail, you can give your room an eye-catching look, increase the space, and change the furniture arrangement options. And your effort could pay off in other ways, too: barn doors come with a 5% price premium.

Advanced Projects

Board & Batten

You may not be accustomed to the term but you’ve probably seen this classic design element in several homes. Precision is required here and that means you need the right tools, namely a level, tape measure and miter saw. But if you can envision a 3D element on your drywall, you’re ready to go.

Garden Shed

Garden Shed
Garden Shed

If you know how to build a garden shed, you can find numerous instructions and plans on the internet to suit your taste. If you do not feel up to the challenge, you can improve your existing unit or buy a garden shed and design it according to your ideas. First, consider whether you need the shed for storage or additional living or work space and then go from there. Houses with a “she shed” are associated with a price premium of 3.6%.

Heated Floors

This is the kind of project you can attempt if you missed your real job and ended up in a desk job. It’s labor-intensive and calls for the confidence of an experienced handyman (and some math skills), but if you manage to warm up your home from the ground up, you’ll become a hero or heroine in your own home. This project is ideal if you have already planned to replace the flooring in a room and have the opportunity to install a heating element. Houses with this equipment sell 4.9% more expensive than expected.

 

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DIY Home Improvements

DIY Home Improvement Projects to Try While You’re Stuck at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in us staying at home more often. Even if social distancing policies are removed, it is clearly going to be a different summer than most of us were probably anticipating at the beginning of the year. Why not take the opportunity to improve your surroundings with a DIY project? Even if you’ve never tried a home improvement project before, bear in mind that it doesn’t take developed skills or a lot of experience to make a substantial design impact. It’s also something the whole family can get behind. Here are the best DIY projects for all levels.

Swap Out Hardware

Swap Out Hardware
Swap Out Hardware

Anyone who knows how to use a screwdriver can transform a room simply by changing the knobs and pulls on cupboards and drawers. It’s one of the few projects that requires zero skill. A serious kitchen and bathroom game-changer – even renters can do it. Just keep your old hardware and replace it when you move out.
It’s also a great project that can be done on a budget. The gold color is sophisticated and goes beyond the standard knobs and pulls that many of us have in our kitchens. You can also swap out the hardware on furniture, such as media centers and tables, to instantly upgrade pieces. Adding designer pulls and knobs is also an easy way to upgrade an inexpensive piece of furniture.

Install a New Kitchen Backsplash in Minutes

Is your backsplash outdated or old? Peel and stick tiles are an affordable and simple solution. If you can get them applied on nicely, you can probably get the project done. Like replacing hardware, it is also a great idea for renters who feel stuck in their kitchens. You can find a well-curated selection of peel and stick tiles in some of today’s most popular styles, including Carrara marble, quatrefoil and classic subway tiles.
These high-quality tiles are packaged in sheets that can be easily cut with a razor or box cutter. They stay in place without damaging the underlying surface. When you’re ready to move or change things around, just peel them off. No one will be able to differentiate between regular and peel and stick tiles.

Add an Interesting Focal Point With Wallpaper

Tiles are not the only thing you can stick. Peel and stick wallpaper is simple to lay if you have the patience and time. Designers have lots of beautiful options in every style, including Novogratz, Bobby Berk and Cynthia Rowley. Peel and stick wallpaper can be used to decorate an entire room or just as an accent in the bedroom, bathroom or home office. Children’s rooms are great spaces for peel and stick wallpaper because the style will change as they grow.

Paint Walls in a New Way

Lime Paint
Lime Paint

Paint can have a big impact, but lime paint can take a room to a whole new level. This type of paint gives the space a rich look reminiscent of a Mediterranean hotel, with color variations that traditional paint cannot offer. It can be used on a wide range of surfaces, including plasterboard, plaster, brick, cement and stucco.
Remember that lime wash should be applied with a brush, not a roller. Brushing helps to achieve a soft, patchy appearance. Two coats of lime wash should be applied with the brush in overlapping strokes. It is important to keep the edges wet during application to avoid ‘wavy’ lines.
This paint should also be sealed in high traffic areas such as kitchens, hallways or bathrooms.

Paint Trims and Moldings

Another great way to use paint is to skip the whole wall and just paint the trim around the doors and moldings. This can work in any room. It is also a more manageable project than painting a whole wall. Just be sure to use plenty of painter’s tape.
Then choose a semi-gloss paint or a paint specifically formulated for this purpose. You can choose a bright shade like pink, black or blue to make moldings pop and create an entirely different look.

 

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