So, remember when I had to swap this Rebel Wilson gif for a Tim & Eric gif in that stain removal post? It was because I had a loftier purpose in mind for Rebel…
thisoldapt is creeping toward 50,000 followers. When we started this thing we weren’t expecting to connect with so many of you crazy-amazing DIYers but we’re so glad that we did.
So now we want to give you a bunch of stuff. Editors tend to accumulate (hoard) random things over time, so have at it! What’s “it”?
This from the good folks over at Hoover:
Maybe this thing here from IKEA:
Maybe a little of this action:
Some of this right here:
Ugh. All kinds of great stuff. All you have to do to qualify in this celebration of Oprah proportions is submit an apartment vignette or a photo of a cool upgrade from your apartment.
Once we get your submission (which we may or may not feature here at the blog) we’ll send you a list of possible love-presents (mucho limited quanities of randomness, while supplies last), you’ll pick, we’ll send it.
So, let the countdown to 50K begin. And, you guys, thanks. -ts
DAILY FIND: Sometimes the Internet is a crappy place full of crap. But today I’m reminded that it’s an amazing trove of free information from reliable sources: The University of Illinois Extension has created a searchable index of every stain known to man and stain removal solutions for each. The tool will even tell you what your window of stain-treatment time is to achieve optimal results.
This is nerd GOLD, people. Use it in good health. -ts
Editor’s Note: Sorry for the sudden Rebel Wilson gif swap. I need her for something else. Stay tuned. She’ll be back. -ts
Every month, TOH master carpenter Norm Abram answers reader questions and shares his best tricks of the trade. We’ll share them with you here because
Tying two short ropes together
Q: I don’t always have a rope that’s long enough. Is there
a way to securely, but temporarily, tie together short lengths of rope?
—William Wildman, Marlton, N.J.
A: Knots that join ropes together are called bends. My favorite one is a sheet bend, which is easy to tie and won’t slip. Unlike the commonly used square knot, sheet bends are especially handy for joining ropes of different diameters, and they’re easy to untie after being under a lot of tension.
Illo 1. Bend the end of one rope (A) into a loop, called a bight. Feed the end of the other rope (B) up through the loop and behind both its legs.
Illo 2. Lead the end of rope B so that it goes across the top of the bight and then under itself. Tighten by pulling both standing ends. Leave at least 1 inch of rope B beyond the bight.
Stop what you’re doing for a second and listen to what I’m telling you right now. Whether you’ve inherited ugly furniture or picked something up off the curb…YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE WITH UPHOLSTERY THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO VOMIT. You can reupholster, of course, but if you’re too
lazy busy for that, you can use a dab of your favorite paint and a magical thing called fabric medium to transform just about any piece of furniture.
Check out this tutorial from Hyphen Interiors. It’s a favorite of mine. -ts
Vegetables. YAAAACK. Let me tell you: The guy at the corner market is gonna flip all the way out when he sees me buying celery for this project…instead of my standard jumbo bag of Lay’s. Paint idea via Maureen Cracknell Handmade. -ts
If you think washi tape is for wimps, you might want to consider lifting your vinyl flooring off the ground. See the full how-to from East Coast Creative. -ts
Crown molding is pretty. But your shoes are prettier. Install as shown to hang your heels where you can see them, or (since all I see with this installation is NYC germs raining down on me) put a row near the floor in your closet, OR just tack a strip close to the ground on the wall behind your entry door as a subtle alert to guests the you enforce a no-shoes rule. Because, like I said, STREET GERMS. Read more. -ts
DIY Dollhouse Skeleton Furniture Tutorial from Greenleaf Dollhouses. For DIY miniatures of all kinds go here.