Pinteresting Picks for March

Slowly but surely, we’re easing our way into spring. According to our Pinterest followers, some home maintenance is underway and a little summer planning is starting flower in our minds. Here are our Pinteresting picks for March.

Lodge-log-shelvesWhy put up a regular shelf when you can put up a log shelf? Give your home a cabin feel without ever leaving the city with the Lodge Log Shelves. The realistic look of chopped wood that adds a touch of nature to any home.  They’re sturdy enough to hold books or any of your rustic treasures.

turtle-stepping-stonesKeeping critters in your garden can help keep your plants safe. These adorable Mosaic Stepping Stones come as a family of turtles or a family of frogs. Each piece is set with glass mosaic chips that reflect the sunlight for an eye-catching effect. While they’re lovely to look at they also give walkers a place to put their feet so they won’t damage your flowers.

Easy-change-artwork-framesGranny and gramps will be so excited to have a special frame to show off work from their little artists. It’s easy to change the art and there’s a built-in mat to keep to work straight. The wooden frame is inscribed with sentiments and has enough space for about 42 pieces behind the display.

floating-water-barFloating the water never tasted so good. This Floating Water Bar lets you bring the party in the pool — it even comes with floating chairs so it’s like being in a bar only better! It’s perfect for lounging on a sunny afternoon or it can be a great addition to your next party.

Do It Yourself Kitchens: How to Install Your Own Granite Countertop


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Granite countertops are a luxurious and functional addition to any kitchen or bath. In the past, installing granite was a job for the pros, with custom fabrication and installation costs running to thousands of dollars. Now, however, several companies offer do it yourself granite countertop kits that you can install yourself, achieving professional results at a fraction of the cost. This step-by-step installation guide will help you get expert results with your granite countertops.

Measure and Order Your Countertops

Before you start, make sure your cabinets are level, and securely anchored to the floor and walls. If your walls aren’t square, you’ll need to make allowances in your measurements. Use craft paper to make an exact template of your countertops, including lines for the sink and any other custom cutouts you need. Be sure to include a one to one and a half-inch overhang for the edges facing the cabinets. Select your granite color, and place your order based on your template.

Prepare Your Cabinets for the Granite

You’ll need to install a ¾ inch sheet of plywood on your cabinet tops to support the weight of the granite. Cut the plywood so that it lies even with the edge of the cabinet face; you do not want any overhang. Make sure wood is square and level. Screw the plywood in place using pilot holes to prevent cracking the wood.

Working with the Granite Slabs

Find a safe place to store the granite slabs upright while you work, and find a partner to help—granite is very heavy and breakable. Carefully set the granite in place to make sure the pieces fit properly. Trace the sink hole and any other custom cuts onto the plywood sub-counter. Remove the granite, and use a drill to create a pilot hole in the marked sink cutout. Using a jigsaw, cut out from the pilot hole to create a hole for the sink. Drop in and install the sink.

Replace the Granite and Prepare to Glue

Place the granite slabs on the counter, and press any seams tightly together. Fine-tune the leveling, since all the seams must be absolutely level before gluing. Use 1-1/2 inch screws beneath the plywood to make minute adjustments to the height of the granite, and measure continuously until the seams are smooth and level.

Glue the Granite in Place

Have your helpers lift the granite up, and apply silicone around the edges of the plywood using one-inch dollops every six to 12 inches around the perimeter. Lay a bead of caulk around the outer edge of the sink, and another bead on top of the sink to seal the granite side. Lower the granite slabs into place and make sure they are level and the seams are tightly matched.

Glue the Seams

Tape around either side of the seams with blue painter’s tape. Choose at least three colors to match the granite, and mix a little of each into separate dollops of resin. Mix with a putty knife, continually checking the resin color against the granite. When you have three satisfactory shades, add hardener to a mixture of three percent hardener and 97 percent resin. Using your putty knife, work quickly to dab and smooth the resin into the seams; you will only have about five minutes before the resin starts to harden. Start with the medium-hued shade, and then add dabs of the lighter color, using the darkest color last until you have a natural-looking match.

Finishing Touches

Immediately remove the tape so it doesn’t dry into the resin. After about an hour, smooth out the seams using a seam stone. Rub the stone in small circles using firm, steady pressure until the seams are sleek and smooth. Wipe the countertops down with warm soapy water to remove any grit. Protect your investment with a stone care system like Rock Doctor.

Use only granite-friendly cleaning products, and don’t expose your countertops to extreme temperatures. Granite countertops are a beautiful, durable way to update your home.


Signs Your Lawn is Toxic

You might not think of something as benign as your lawn in terms of being toxic or not, but the truth is that it can very well be the case. A lawn can be considered toxic for a number of reasons, but the results are always detrimental. Here are signs your lawn is toxic and what to do if it is.

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Sleepy Grass One reason your lawn could be toxic is due to a type of vegetation known as sleepy grass. It’s found throughout the Midwest and in southern states like Texas and New Mexico as well as Hawaii. Sleepy grass prefers to grow in dry soil.

While it doesn’t look problematic, sleepy grass has a fungus in it which contains ergoline compounds. Lysergic acid amide is a good example of this. Scientists believe it is this fungus that causes the sedative effects in any mammals that ingest it. As the name suggests, they literally fall asleep.

Bermuda Grass Bermuda grass is another example of a type of grass you want nowhere near your lawn, although it looks plain enough. The texture of Bermuda grass is indistinguishable from other common varieties. It has a grayish green color and a short build.

The plant isn’t actually from Bermuda. It’s an invasive species there and has caused all kinds of problems. Because it’s believed the grass traveled from Bermuda to America, it was given the name of the island.

This grass likes warmer environments, meaning it’s quite at home down south. It grows quickly and it’s extremely tough. Bermuda grass is great for sports fields because it can take damage and quickly recover. However, it’s also believed that Bermuda grass is quite toxic and, if you don’t like the way it looks, you’ll have a hard time ridding yourself of it. This is a very common type of grass in the south and Florida — a lawn care program in Pinellas County is a must! West central Florida is right off of the gulf and the weather stays warm all year yet we have plenty of rainfall which allows this plant to grow very rapidly.

Organochlorines Unfortunately, sometimes you’re to blame for your yard being toxic. You add certain substances to your yard with the best of intentions, but these chemicals end up being the last thing they need. In the end, your yard becomes toxic.

Organochlorines are a good example. These chemicals include toxic compounds like aldrin, DDT, chloroform, tetrachloroethylene, PCBs, heptachlor and dieldrin.

These chemicals can have positive effects in terms of lawn care on a short term scale. However, over the long term, their presence can be destructive to all forms of life. If you have pets that enjoy your lawn, they’ll be especially at risk. Even you and your family can suffer the consequences of these chemicals. Your symptoms could include nausea, anemia, lung damage, convulsions, central nervous system damage, hypertension, and even cancer.

Solutions Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do. First, learn to recognize the aforementioned toxic grass. The first step is knowing if you have it. Keep in mind, depending on how much of a lawn you have on your property, you may not notice either type as an invasive species.

So one way to deal with it is simply to dig it out and remove it altogether, replacing it with a healthier, more natural form of grass. But this invasive method is very expensive. Instead, try using an all natural product on it that can kill it off. You can also use all natural methods like mowing and irrigation to dry out the toxic grass and only the toxic grass, leaving everything else just fine.

When it comes to toxic chemicals that could be in your lawn, your one and only solution is to switch over to a non-toxic alternative. There are many ways to handle your lawn without using harmful chemicals. This includes conditioning it long before it can become an issue. Take the proper steps prior to your growing season and you’ll have a much better lawn to look forward to.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably a bit surprised by what can be lurking outside your front door. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to catch the problem before it becomes destructive or dangerous. Just look for the above signs and follow an organic regimen to rid yourself of the problem.

>Pete Kontakos is a certified wrestling coach and has experience in the retail industry and restaurant industry as a General and District manager.

Ideas to Make Your Garden Shed Unique

It’s time to think about spring home improvement projects to beautify your home for summer.


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If you’re thinking about adding to your garden or improving it, a great way to dress up or create new focal points by adding a garden shed. Other than the small structure holding all your gardening tools, it can become a showpiece. It doesn’t take much time or money to create anything from a cute dollhouse or an eye-catching central point. 

By the addition of windows, window flower boxes and shrubbery, a garden shed can begin to look more elaborate. Go rustic by planting a climbing vine to cover part of your shed; it’ll add some country charm. To give your shed more class, use tastefully colored paints to create a very enchanting cottage.


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If you don’t want to put too much work into a shed you already have, a splash of paint can dress it up. With an earthy red and blue or green highlighted trim and a greenish yellow door, you can make it energetic or toned down. A new coat of paint can always create a new look without breaking the bank.  If you are the artistic type, start with a beige building and paint on vines or floral decorations. But if you don’t have the knack for free-hand painting, you can always use stencils and get the same result.

Adding a lean-to with inside access for a small greenhouse will make a garden shed both elegant and functional for your delicate plants. Or, if you organize the contents of the shed, your garden shed can also double as a playhouse for your kids.


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Not only can a garden shed be a versatile and practical building but also can create an ambiance encompassing your gardens. Best of all, it does not have to cost a bundle!

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

The snow is finally starting to melt and we’re thinking about summer!  Here are our product picks of the week to shed a little sunshine on the winter that won’t end.


The Portable Cabana is the ultimate poolside accessory. Along with offering shelter from the sun, it also gives you a little privacy to change at the beach, pool or campsite. The huge striped umbrella and screen set up and fold down in minutes. The side screen can be pulled back for an open view, left partially open to provide a doorway or completely closed. Or, detach it to use just the adjustable-height umbrella.



This set of 2 Glow-in-the-Dark BBQ Skewers gets a modern upgrade with glow-in-the-dark handles fit for outdoor cookouts after dark. Perfect for use at a grill or around a campfire, the handles glow in the dark after they’re exposed to light, which makes them easy to find after dusk.


An Animal-Shaped Bird Feeder is outdoor decor with a purpose–adding to the beauty of your landscape while feeding your feathered friends. It features a metallic finish that glistens in the sunlight and mesh sides that the birds can grip to get at the food. When a bird jiggles the feeder, it rings the bell that dangles beneath.


Great for outdoor events, the set of 4 Mesh Food Covers helps prevent bugs from invading your dishes at picnics and barbecues. The large cover shields community trays or multiple bowls and containers. The 3 smaller covers are ideal for individual plates. A pull string on the top opens each tent-style cover for use and collapses it for flat, space-saving storage when you’re done.


50- LED Solar Rope Lights are an energy-efficient way to light up your porch, patio or landscaping. Because they do not require a power outlet, you can place them anywhere for decorative lighting right where you want it.



7 Easy Accent Pieces That Instantly Transform Your Bedroom

Feeling like your bedroom is particularly drab of late? Want to break out of the boredom rut and spice things up a bit? Here are seven easy accent pieces that can be added to your sleeping quarters with little effort—but with big results!

Throw-pillows1. Throw Pillows

Adding a few throw pillows to your bedroom is a fast and inexpensive way to incorporate a fun pop of color. Consider what mood you are hoping to set, and then choose your color pattern accordingly. For example, if you are hoping to give the room an energetic feel, look for throw pillows that have orange in them as orange tends to evoke feelings of enthusiasm and excitement. Conversely, if you are looking to make things a bit more serene, consider using greens and blues—they evoke feelings of balance and peace.

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Bedroom-curtains2. Curtains

Curtains are a seamless way of giving any bedroom a complete look. They can enhance the room with a glamorous appeal or give it a fun look that mimics your personality—the possibilities are endless! Be sure to get curtains that are the right size (otherwise the window treatment looks unfinished). And pay attention to details such as what type of header style you want (like pinch pleats or swagged) and what kind of curtain rods and finials look best.

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Chair3. Sassy Seating

Incorporating additional seating in the bedroom both gives some stylish flare and adds an extra lounge spot. Consider creating a cozy reading nook or ideal location for slipping on your shoes with a corner chair or tasteful bench at the foot of the bed. This does not have to be financially taxing—you can even just reupholster a chair you already have!

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Art4. Awe-inspiring Art

Adding one or two fun pieces of artwork is one of the simplest ways to incorporate a little creative edge to any bedroom. Consider adding an exciting piece, even if it is a little bit “out there.” This can be anything from paintings to photographs—the sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing how best to decorate the wall space (you could even create something yourself!).

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5. Chic ChandelierCeiling-decor

A chandelier is a great piece to feature in any bedroom space. Not only does it add to the overall décor, but it is also a fantastic lighting technique. Take some time to shop around for the perfect chandelier that sits well with the general ambiance of the room. There are so many from which to choose with options from beaded to Victorian and everything in between!






rugs6. Rugs Galore

A rug is a great way to help define a space. It’s also a great opportunity to link different colors that are used elsewhere in the room. Furthermore, rugs add a feeling of warmth and coziness to a room, especially if the floors are hardwood. With all of this in mind, go out and find that perfect fit for your space—and always remember that there is no rule about having a rectangular rug!

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timeless-item7. That One Fun Piece

Finally, the grand finale to any bedroom ought to be that one fun piece that really stands out and draws the attention of any guest. Ideas include a large globe situated near the desk, a bamboo divider screen between the bed and window, an antique trunk alongside the wall, or a large clock that sits above the headboard.

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The key to vamping up any dull space is incorporating color, patterns and unique pieces that unify the room and make it pop. Whether you are a senior in high school looking at health care schools in Calgary and trying to figure out how best to decorate the dorm or a senior VP at a marketing firm hoping to draw some of that work creativity into your personal life, try incorporating one or two of these accent pieces into your room—they are just the ticket to transforming any bedroom from simply fine to totally fab!

Annie Babbitt is a freelance writer whose interests include entertainment, lifestyle and current events. Annie loves helping promote change and being an advocate for those in need. She most recently has found an interest in writing about issues related to business and education and draws inspiration for her writing from companies such as ABES.

8 Ways to Use Shelves Creatively In Your Home

We love creating shelving! Shelves are an excellent addition to any home décor and storage. They’re incredibly versatile for any room of the house, and with a little creativity, can be essential components to organization and style. Check out these 8 great ways to use shelves in your home.

wine box shelves1. Entertainment Center

Now that televisions no longer weigh a thousand pounds, and most flat screens end up hanging from a wall, you can use a standard bookshelf or any other small shelving unit to make a compact entertainment center. There should be plenty of room to set the television on the top shelf, or if you mount it to the wall, this is a good place for speakers, a basket of remotes and cables, or décor items. Use bookends to separate cubbies for different gaming systems, DVDs, speakers and more.



2. Wooden Wine Box Displays

You may have seen a few of these floating around Pinterest, but they’re great as display boxes for your walls – and they’re practically free! Head over to a restaurant, grocery store, or wine shop and see if they have any wooden wine transport boxes leftover. Or find out when they get deliveries and ask them to set a few aside for you. Then you can leave them as they are, or wallpaper, paint, or stain them and hang them from the wall. They make great bookshelves and shadowbox-like display cases.

3. Floating Book Shelves

A fun way to create your own “floating” shelves is to screw two L brackets into the wall, upside-down. Now all you have to do is place your beautiful books across the brackets and it looks like you’ve got a floating bookshelf! If you want to be really artsy, you can even screw or glue an old hardcover copy of your favorite book to the brackets and just use it as a display shelf for décor items. If you’re a bookworm, check out more fun and creative ways to display your favorite books in your home.

ladder shelves4. Ladder Shelves

This is an adorable and clever way to display décor items without spending a lot of money. Grab a nice wooden ladder and loose shelves from a thrift shop and give them all a little TLC. Then place the shelves horizontally across the open ladder. You can nail them into place and display a variety of items such as pictures, artwork, small houseplants and candles. Another idea is to connect two ladders together with longer shelves, or put this near the kitchen to organize pantry items.

5. Creative Dresser

Extra bookshelves are perfect for making a creative and organized dresser. Grab a few mismatched baskets from the thrift store and organize your clothes in a unique way! This is a great way to see how many of a specific item you have. If you can’t fit all your socks in one basket, it’s time to send them off to Goodwill! The best part is that you can pull the entire basket out when you’re looking for an article of clothing and you won’t have to worry about putting the wheels back on the track as you would with dresser drawers.

vertical garden6. Vertical Garden

Looking for a more creative way to display your ivy, decorate a wall, or grow your own herbs? Creating a vertical garden is a unique way to get a little more greenery in your life, and can be planted both indoors and outdoors, depending on your climate. For outdoor use, there are lots of plants that need partial sunlight and partial shade to thrive, so the shade of a covering shelf can be perfect for this. This style is great for things like lettuce, herbs, and many flowers. And doesn’t it look great?


7. Rolling Storage Bench

It’s normally pretty easy to find a piece of wood with wheels attached, and with the help of a few wire baskets on their sides and a top shelf, you can create a storage bench that rolls out of the way when you don’t need it. If you add a cushioned top, it makes for a nice extra seat around the TV or out on the patio.

8. Food Pantry

Not everyone has a large kitchen with a walk-in pantry to work with. If you’re struggling for space, organizing with shelves can be a lifesaver. Using a combination of canisters, waterfall displays, and a lazy Susan or two, you can have an organized pantry in even the smallest shelving areas.

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Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks For The Week

Happy Friday! We’re here to highlight some of our favorite LTD Commodities product picks for this week. Enjoy!

Battery Storage Boxes

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It might not seem like much, but having a battery when you need it can be a lifesaver! Maybe you’re trying to DVR a show but your remote’s battery is dead? Or what if the battery dies in your baby monitor in the middle of the night? You never know when you might need batteries in a pinch. Keeping a few different styles of batteries on hand is a smart and safe idea for any home, which is why we love these organized battery storage boxes. Batteries stay neatly organized, and you can mark one segment as “not dead yet” batteries that are running low on juice, but not quite gone completely. These boxes also make it easy to save on batteries – cause now you’ve got a place to store them if you buy in bulk!



Sentiment Wall Quotes

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Looking for a way to add a little extra oomph to a bare wall? We love these sentiment wall quotes in various places throughout the home, especially for high-ceilinged rooms and large empty spaces. Choose the quote that fits your home best – life, love, or blessings, and then remember the inspiring words through daily life.






Cool It Freezer Packs

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Did you make a resolution to eat healthier and save money? One of the easiest ways to do this is by packing and bringing your own homemade lunch to work. Frozen diet entrees and deli sandwiches will barely make a dent in your health goals, much less your appetite! With these small freezer packs, you have no excuse not to pack yourself a healthy lunch, no matter what your job might be! This pack of four is great for shoving in your lunchbox for work, and you can send them along with the kiddies as well to keep their juices and perishables nice and cold.




 Under Cabinet Storage Racks

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This is one of the most useful storage ideas for any home. Whether you’ve got tons of space or every inch counts, this storage rack is an easy way to make the most of any storage cabinet. With a drawer for items like towels and toilet paper and a shelf for spray bottles and paper towels, we love how this rack keeps everything off the bottom of the cabinet so it stays clean and dry. You can also use it to organize your hair and make up supplies, or to keep bath time baby toys all in one place. This is especially great for under-the-sink cabinets in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry areas.




Easy Grip 5-in-1 Cutter/Slicer Set

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One way to make healthy eating easier is to have the right tools at your disposal. We love this easy-grip 5-in-1 set for coring apples, slicing tomatoes, chopping potatoes, dicing onions, and more. You can make decorative shapes and designs, or just make life easier when you’re preparing an early morning green smoothie!

Home Staging Tips and Tricks to Help Sell Your House

Sell-your-homeIs your home currently on the market or will be soon? There are certain home staging tips that will help you to make your residence as attractive to prospective home-buyers as possible. Read the simple tricks listed below and learn what you can do to make your home easier to sell.

1. Remove all clutter

• First and foremost, get rid of clutter. This includes removing excess items in your home that might make rooms look smaller and too busy. Do not leave newspapers or magazines lying around, keep your floors free of toys and other items, and organize closets and drawers.

• You might want to remove pieces of furniture that are not absolutely necessary to have in your rooms. An excess of furniture will make your home appear crowded and also smaller in size.

2. Freshen rooms with paint

A fresh coat of paint on the walls can do a great deal to create a more appealing look. Keep your walls neutral, avoiding bright, vibrant colors that might not be to everyone’s taste.

3. Use flowers to your advantage

You would be surprised how much a bouquet of flowers can brighten up a room. A simple arrangement placed in various locations throughout your home will add a bit of color and make the rooms more inviting and appealing.

4. Turn on lights

When potential home-buyers come to visit and view your home, be certain to turn on the lights. You do not want your rooms to appear dim, dark and dreary. You might also want to increase the wattage of existing light bulbs so that your home will show to advantage.

5. Clean up the bathrooms

• Do not let prospective buyers see your bathrooms in dirty condition. Clean the tiles, floor, shower, tub and sink. You will also need to remember not to leave items on your vanity that will make your bathroom appear cluttered, especially if it is small in size to begin with.

• Your master bath should be attractive to both men and women, with the use of neutral colors on the walls and nothing that will allow the room to appear as though it is geared toward one gender over the other.

6. Refinish dated kitchen cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets are dated, you do not need to have the entire room redone. You can refinish your kitchen cabinets and/or replace the doors to give the room an entirely new look. You might also want to put new hardware on the doors, dressing up your kitchen even more.

7. Remember curb appeal

Your house needs to look attractive on the outside to invite prospective buyers inside. Your lawn should be well maintained, and power-washing walkways, driveways and decks certainly will not hurt, either. You can refinish your front door or even replace it completely if it has seen better days.

Simple staging tricks can do their part to make your house attractive and inviting to visitors who may well want to make it their home.

Claire Atkinson writes for, a mortgage comparison website that has more tips for homeowners.

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Creating a New Look for Your Kitchen on a Budget

kitchen-decorThe prices of everything are gone up in recent years. Many people find it very difficult to manage their primary and other expenses. But the desire to renovate home is never suppressed. If you want to improve your kitchen with small budget do the following things. I am sure it won’t be heavy on your pocketbook.Just be sure to set your priorities and stick to them.

Change lighting
If you hate the overhead fixture, simply change it. Changing is not difficult; just buy a vintage light fixture at a low price. And also add small lights under the cabinets. You will really fell your kitchen glittering.

Update the hardware
Buy paint and do it yourself on cabinets. Use spray paints for the handles and knobs. It will glorify their look. Spray paint gives smooth touch and is durable.

Clean backdrop
Use small subway tiles for simple back-splash.

Clear the clutter
Messed up kitchen with small stuff on counters will cause your blood pressure to rise. Clean all the clutter and don’t place not in use items on the counters.

Place a rug
If your flooring has gown down and you don’t have enough money to replace it, simply buy a 4’x6’ rug. This will add comfort and decoration at the same time.

DIY ideas
You can do something very easy to give new look to your kitchen.

  • Frame pictures from favorite recipes on canvas and hang them on front wall.
  • Use mason jars to store utensils and cutlery. Paint the jar with your favorite color. But keep everything harmonized.
  • Re-purpose an old table as Kitchen Island. Keep a flowerpot in the center of the island.
  • Use salvaged floors, pottery and pallets to create new furniture.

Use energy efficient appliances
Change your energy consuming devices with energy efficient ones. They will reduce the cost of your utility bills.

Highlight open shelves
Add accent on the wall behind the shelves with bold color. And keep the items tidy on open shelves.

Replace a faucet
This is very straight forward step to remodel your kitchen. You can get a single hand faucet at reasonable price. Make this small investment for the thing which you use many times a day.

Get a big dish rack
Replace your small dish rack with the larger one. Steel rack will be best. It is available at low price.

Cover ugly counter tops
Cover your dirty counter tops with a spared cutting board. You can paint this in beautiful color and make a superb covering.

These are few tips which can save your money as they are not so expensive.

Ramkhan is professional writer. She writes about home decoration ideas with small budget. She also shares her ideas to make your own canvas prints.

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