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When You See Why He Put His Oven Rack In The Bathtub, You’ll Want To Do The Same

When You See Why He Put His Oven Rack In The Bathtub, You'll Want To Do The Same

I always dread the afternoon I set aside to clean my oven. The built-in cycle releases toxic fumes into my home, and I imagine it can’t be healthy for anyone who’s still inside while it’s running. But without it, how else do you get rid of the burnt-on bits from hundreds of meals? Well, all you really need is a bathtub, a towel, some dishwashing soap, and baking soda!

No toxic fumes or need to scrub for hours? This is the best cleaning hack ever!

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When His Wife Left Town For The Week, This Guy Tore Up Their Bedroom Floors

When His Wife Left Town For The Week, This Guy Tore Up Their Bedroom Floors

Redditor pcjames saw an opening when his wife went out of town for a week…

He’d been wanting to rip up the ugly carpeting in their bedroom and replace it with hardwood floors. Now was the perfect time. So with just a few days to get the job done, he got to work!

While it might sound like quite the undertaking for just one guy and a week, it’s actually a lot easier than you think!

First, he tore up the carpet — it just had to go.

He bought half-inch-thick plywood pieces and cut them up into eight-inch-wide strips.

Then came the sanding…lots and lots of sanding.

Before he started nailing anything down, he tried an initial layout. He staggered the planks for a unique look.

It’s gluing time! He used a construction-grade adhesive to glue each board to the subfloor.

A nail gun came in handy for the next step — this went a lot faster than pcjames thought it would.

This diagonal portion by the door was a bit trickier, though.

All that was left was to stain the planks and apply a sealer.

The stain turned out darker than anticipated, but ultimately, pcjames decided to leave it as is.

He applied three coats of polyurethane with a satin finish…then…

The furniture went in! This looks great.

The amazing part about this project is that it cost less than $250 total. How crazy is that? I think I might just go start ripping up my ugly carpet, too!

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What This Woman Made With A Boring Wooden Crate Will Blow You Away

What This Woman Made With A Boring Wooden Crate Will Blow You Away

When mom and crafter Tara of Tara Michelle Interiors was in the market for a new bookshelf, she opted to go the DIY route.

Not only was she working with a smaller space, she also didn’t want to spend a ton, and was after something more unique than boring, big-box options.

What she did next with a bunch of cheap wooden crates might inspire you to follow in her crafty footsteps. The beautiful results of just a few hours of work look positively professional!

First, you’ll need some crates. If you’re lucky, you can find these outside of grocery stores, in junkyards, or if you’re not into hunting, at your local hardware store or Home Depot.

Tara recommends these additional tools and materials…

  • 8 unfinished wood crates
  • a sander or just a few grades of sandpaper
  • 6-8 sponge brushes (she found they broke after one or two crates)
  • rags
  • a plastic tablecloth
  • Minwax stain — 946ml can (choose whichever color you’d like)
  • Minwax paste (optional)
  • drill or screwdriver
  • 1″ screws
  • l-bracket to connect the case to the wall

The crafter recommends testing out a few layout variations. The fit wasn’t right here, so she adjusted accordingly.

Then, using a sander or sandpaper, smooth all the surfaces of the crates. Dust everything off and then stain the crates. You should wipe them down shortly after.

After she allowed everything to dry for at least eight hours, she covered the crates with wax and wiped it off after ten minutes. While Tara says this isn’t necessary, it does help protect the wood from wear.

Here’s the rustic result she achieved.

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Finally, starting with the bottom two crates, begin screwing them together one by one.

Making sure everything is aligned will be a little tedious process, but recognize that it doesn’t have to look perfect. That’s half the appeal of this vintage look!

When all was said and done, this was the beautiful result.

If that layout doesn’t strike your fancy, though, you can always opt for this version.

This is also this beautiful option.

Check out more inspired design ideas on Tara’s blog. You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

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