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Pinterest isn’t just a way to low an entire day (it happens for more often than we’d like to admit!), it’s also become a bona fide interior design online warehouse, chock full of great ideas and inspiring before-and-afters. Whether you want to refurbish an old mirror, an old couch, or an entire dilapidated mansion, build a dog house, find a cool paint trick, or figure out a way to turn your bare backyard into a gardener’s haven, you can find it there.

Here are some of our favorite Pinterest DIYs for home.

Industrial lighting is hot, hot, hot, and pricey, pricey, pricey. Recycle those mason jars and pick up a couple of Edison bulbs for this easy, enlightening project.

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“If you love snapping cool pictures with your smartphone using Instagram or Hipstamatic but don’t know what to do with those square shots, then try making your own canvas print,” said POPSUGAR. Doing it yourself means paying $5 a pop instead of a minimum of $20 for a small frame.


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Rejuvenate an old nightstand. The $10 thrift store find is now a chic piece, and all it took was a little paint and a wall decal.


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Spoonflower.

Go beach chic without going broke with these DIY seashell candles. All of the products needed to make these at home can be found at a craft store like Michaels.


Pinterest via COCO29.Love those metal cage-look tables that can costs hundreds of dollars? Get one for a steal with this easy trick. Take a metal trash, a can of spray paint, and flip upside down when done. Voila: cool, cheap side table.


PinterestOld crate plus rusted out license plate equals a fun, cool way to store TP. You could expect to pay hundreds of dollars for this in a specialty deign store, but can make it yourself for a couple bucks.


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Funky Junk InteriorsThe rustic industrial look is one of the hottest trends around, and you can DIY it…with a little time, effort, and patience. It’s admittedly not a quick and easy job, but the results may be worth it for a wood pallet wall that looks like a professional created it.


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IKEA hacks are some of our faves—for the sheer volume of available options and some great before-and-afters. This tufted banquette may be the best use of the versatile BESTA shelf we’ve seen yet.


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Apartment Therapy

Jaymi Naciri, Realty Times Feature Writer 05/04/2015

Realty Times Staff 05/06/2015Why does one homeowner get more money when they sell their home while another gets little? Why does one home sell quickly while another home within the same neighborhood takes months to be sold or may not even be sold at all? Could it be pure luck or there is something one did to his house to make it more attractive to potential buyers?

Making a few home improvements will go a long way in increasing your chances of selling the house. There are hundreds of homes available on the market and so for your house to be picked out, you to need sweeten the pot. Fencing is one way to improve the value of a home. But how will fencing enhance your home value? Read on.

How much value fencing adds to your home

On average, privacy fences are 4-9 feet tall. Installing a fence in your backyard for privacy purposes will increase marketability for your home with prospective buyers when selling. Homeowners with pets, such as dogs, may require a fence and could be reluctant to purchase a home without one due to the high cost of fencing materials and installation. A standard fence costs $1000 – $5000 to install in many real estate areas; depending upon the materials selected and size of your yard.

This does not mean that using any type of fence will tremendously increase the value of your home. While a chain link fence may be less costly, the resale value obtained with this addition is so minimal. On the other hand, privacy wood fences and solid fences like concrete or cast iron can net a profit of at least 50% of the material and installation costs on resale. So fencing materials play an integral role in determining the overall home value during appraisal.

For a homeowner, the value of a fence may not be monetary in nature. Most homeowners like the added privacy of having a backyard fence, in addition to their decorative benefits which enhance the appearance of the yard and the home as a whole. What having a more beautiful home and more privacy brings for homeowners outweighs the potential loss of profits when selling.

Just like any other factor in home improvements, fence placement comes into play when considering practicality and value assessments. For example, a privacy fence in the front yard may reduce curb appeal of the home but increase value in the backyard. Before fencing your property, you need to consider utility easements and homeowner association regulations before starting the project to avoid any fines from violations.

When it comes to increasing home value, adding a fence that does not match the style and design of your home could be worse than having no fence at all. For example, a sleek, modern home will look weird if you use an ornate wooden fence while a quaint Victorian home will look out of place if you add a high stockade fence. So make sure you match the fence with look of your home in order to increase its value.

Better Recycling

A household recycling bin issued by the local ...

A household recycling bin issued by the local council (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Realty Times Feature Article by Carla Hill

Are you looking for better ways to make your household “green”? If so, you’re part of a growing number of Americans who are demanding green homes, products, and foods.

Green living can be a great way to save money, safeguard health, and respect Mother Earth. It’s truly a win-win-win. Although the EPA estimates that 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable, only about 30 percent is actually recycled. Are you doing it right? Can you do it better?

The benefits of recycling are far reaching. The EPA reports that:

  • Recycling protects and expands US manufacturing jobs and increases US competitiveness. 
  • Recycling reduces the need for landfilling and incineration. 
  • Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations. HouseLogic.com reports that to be a smart recycler you need to know how the process works. For instance, “If you drink from a plastic bottle, remove the twist-off cap and ring. They aren’t recyclable. In fact, bottles that arrive at recycling centers with the caps still on often are trashed. It’s too much work for the center’s employees to remove every cap, so do your part and remove them.” That means all your hard work would be wasted! The good news? It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to be a smart recycler. Here are some great tips on how to be a top-notch recycler in your house:

     

  • Rinse. Be sure to rinse out all cans and bottles before you toss them in the recycling bin. Think of it this way: you are preparing these items for recycling, not the landfill. It might take a little extra time. If you have an item that has lots of food residue you can’t remove, however, then it may be best to just toss it. Residue can literally “gum up the works” at the recycling center.
  • Remove Labels. Take a few extra seconds to remove labels from all bottles and cans.
  • Coordinate. Take a few moments to talk with your local recycling center about what issues they often see, what types of plastics they accept (so you know what triangle symbol to be on the lookout for), and of course what they don’t accept. Every center is different! The average person creates about 1.5 tons of trash each year. Take a few extra seconds each day to prep your recycling and you’ll be going a long ways in reducing your carbon footprint.
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