10 HACKS YOU NEED TO KNOW
We all love a good hack right!? Well I've got 10 of them that I use on a regular basis and I know you'll love them! Shall we?
HACK #1. PAINT A PERFECT STRIPE (WITHOUT BLEED MARKS)
One of the most frustrating things in the world is pulling back the painter's tape and noticing that your paint bled through underneath the tape. NOOOO!!! The whole point of taping was the get a perfectly clean line right!? The good news is that I've got an incredible solution that'll save the day! This trick works great on walls, furniture, and literally anything you paint. I'll break it down step by step for you.
HACK #2. HOW TO PUT ON YOUR DUVET COVER USING THE BURRITO METHOD
I used to HATE putting on my duvet cover because it's literally impossible to get right. Then I heard about the burrito method. Ummm... you guys this is genius! Watch this video by the Rachael Ray Show to see how easy it is to put your duvet cover on!
HACK #3. CAULK YOUR FLOOR TRIM TO FILL IN GAPS AND IMPERFECTIONS
No house is perfectly straight so if you notice that there are weird gaps or imperfections in your floor trim, just fill it in with caulking! Wait a few minutes to let it dry and paint over it! No one will ever notice those imperfections again!
HACK #4. HOW TO GET A CLEAN CUT (WITHOUT SPLINTERING THE WOOD)
If you're cutting wood or drilling a hole, always put a piece of painter's tape over the section you're going to cut/drill. This will help reduce splintering in the wood and get a smooth edge.
HACK #5. NATURAL REPAIR FOR WEATHERED WOOD
I use this natural mixture all the time! It works well on wood that is slightly weathered or scratched and needs a quick fix.
Mix 3/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup white vinegar in a bowl. Stir and wipe onto wood with a rag. This mixture will give color to the scratched wood which will ultimately make the scratches less obvious.
HACK #6. USE HORIZONTAL STRIPES TO MAKE A ROOM FEEL WIDER
If you have a small space, use horizontal stripes to make the room feel wider. If you have short ceilings and want to create the illusion of taller ceilings, add vertical stripes. This can be done with painted stripes, shiplap, vertical siding, etc.
HACK #7. USE TINFOIL ON GAS STOVE TO AVOID SPILLS + SPLATTERS
If you're working with grease or you're just a messy cook, put tinfoil on your gas stove to reduce the amount of cleaning you'll need to do later! (PS don't put the tinfoil directly above the flame because it'll melt!)
HACK #8. HANG A PICTURE + GET IT LEVEL THE FIRST TIME
HACK #9. USE AN IKEA PLASTIC BAG CONTAINER FOR WRAPPING PAPER
That pile of wrapping paper needs a good (organized) home. These Ikea plastic bag containers work perfectly for storing wrapping paper! Plus the container is under $3 so you no longer have an excuse for your unorganized pile of wrapping paper.
HACK #10. USE LEMI SHINE TO GET RID OF HARD WATER SPOTS ON DINNERWARE
This is less of a hack and more of a life saver! If you have hard water, you know that your dishes quickly get a gross film over them that is hard to get out. Add a little Lemi Shine to your dishwasher before you start a load and you'll never see that nasty film again!
Until next time,
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