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Door Knob Makeover

I know door knobs aren’t usually at the top of your “to buy” list, and frankly you probably don’t even notice the ones you have after about a month of living somewhere… but in essence they REALLY can make a dramatic “fresh & new” impression! I have always been a fan of the curly scroll knobs and OF COURSE those are the most expensive!

When we moved into our new house, almost ALL of the fixtures were brass. When I say ALL I mean (door knobs, faucets, switch & outlet covers, knobs, shower doors, EVERYTHING!). No matter what the cost, when you start counting up all those suckers, you will be shocked at how quickly it can all add up. Oil rubbed bronze door knobs for example: Round – $8, Swirly – $12… and we have 17 doors!! That just WAS NOT going to fit into the budget. So I chose another route: SPRAY PAINT!

 

These are the brands I used from Lowe’s Home¬†Improvement

Door Knobs

All I did was remove each door knob (and don’t forget the plate that catches the latch), sprayed 1 coat of the paint, let that dry, that sprayed 1 coat of “satin” acrylic sealer. If you buy the glossy sealer, it will turn out really shiny and glassy.

I know you must be wondering how they paint holds up? So far we have had ours painted for 4 months and they are still in perfect condition. I have hung several hangers w/ clothes on the closet door and swung it open for days… and still no scratches! ūüôā I also did my bathtub fixtures, and they have held up through the frequent water and cleaners!

Homemade Laundry Soap

I discovered this recipe over a year ago, have shared it with MANY friends, and those who have tried it are ALL still using it today! I like a strong smelling soap, so I add “Downy¬†Unstoppables” to every load and so far I have NEVER had a problem w/ stains or my clothes not coming out clean!

My first batch lasted a little over a year! Mind you, it is just my husband and I, but considering the gym clothes and multiple times we change in a day… it could easily be assumed that a family of 3 or 4 could get by with this recipe for close to a year!

I copy/pasted the detailed instructions below to share from:   

http://beingcreativetokeepmysanity.blogspot.com/2010/11/homemade-laundry-soap.html#comments

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Sick of buying laundry soap?? Me too. This stuff is awesome because it is way stronger then the store bought laundry soap. You only have to use 1 Tablespoon per load. This recipe makes a huge cookie jar full of soap and is going to last a life time, well maybe not quit that long. I originally made mine in July and I still have a ton and I do at least 8 loads of laundry ever week. So I am thinking it will last me almost a year. 1 year of laundry soap for less than $20, have I got you sold yet? I love not having to buy laundry soap all the time anymore.¬†This laundry soap also works just fine in¬† HE washers.¬†Update: **I just ran out of laundry soap and it is March. So July to March that’s 9 months of laundry soap for $20 bucks. I am pretty happy about that.**
Here is what you need:
1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle
1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle
1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle
3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)
2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store.

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I know that does not seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.**This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it is not over powering. If you love a strong scent you may have to add a fabric softener or laundry crystals to each load. You can find laundry crystals in the detergent isle.

Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha soap just like cheese. You can use a food processor or just use your hand held grater, what ever you have. Those of you with an HE washer may want to run the mix through the grater again to get an even finer mix.
**Don’t worry the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in your washer even if you only use cold water like me.**
Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. This part makes your whole house smell great. Once everything is mixed store soap however you like. The recipe makes
about 2 gallons worth of detergent. Walmart has large glass jars in the kitchen department.
I used a jar that my sister gave me a few years ago from a little home good store. Then used my Cricut to cut out the word Laundry to put on the front of the jar. I keep it above my washing machine, I also got a little scoop that is about 1 tablespoon to keep inside. Wasn’t that easy? Sure was! Enjoy your soap.

 **If you are going to copy my recipe and blog about it please add a link back to my blog. Give credit where credit is due. It would be very appreciated. Thanks:)**

**Update** I have had a lot of repeat questions so I though I would answer a few here.

-This detergent is safe for HE washers and should be added to the barrel instead of the dispenser.
-This detergent is safe to use on sensitive skin.
-It does not have a strong scent, you can add laundry crystals to the batch to add fragrance.
-Some of my followers have used other bar soap instead of Zote or Fels-Naptha. I have personally not tried it but from the feed back I get it sounds like any bar will work.
-Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load.
-Walmart has nice big glass jars in the kitchen department!
-This is not safe for cloth diapers because it contains baking soda which affects how the diaper is able to soak up liquid.
-I am not sure if this detergent is safe for a septic tank or not, you may have to research it and do what you feel comfortable with.
– I used my Cricut to cut out the vinyl letters for the jar. I used the Story Book font

Window Wrapping Paper Rack

This is one of the most functional and thrifty projects I’ve ever done! Yet another $10 window, and here’s how I did it!

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What you will need:

  • Window
  • Wrapping paper or fabric for backing
  • Spray Adhesive
  • 8-12 cup hooks
  • 4-6 ¬†dowel¬†rods (size 7/16x36in)
  • Picture mounting hardware (or just use the lip of the window for hanging)
  1. First clean up the old window (I hosed mine down outside) and brush a fresh coat of paint on.
  2. Measure & cut out fabric/paper to fit each window pane.
  3. Use spray adhesive on the back side of each window pane and place square cut outs face down.
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  5. Screw cup hooks on each side 5-8 inches apart.
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  7. Insert dowels with wrapping paper, and viola!

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