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Fantastic Rust Remover Update

I want to share with all of you a really awesome product. Now you know I don’t usually do any reviews for products. This is no exception. I was given this product to try. I just happen to really like it!!!!

I inherited 2 white outdoor chairs . They rock and will be perfect for my front patio. But first, before I paint them, I needed to remove the rust . This is what they looked like


The feet were worse…

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This product comes in a spray bottle. You spray it on, and watch the rust dissolve right before your eyes! After 10 minutes, if the rust didn’t go away completely, you spray again. No scrubbing at all on these chairs. Look at the difference:

The arms:

The back:

Isn’t that awesome! But if you know me, I am very skeptical so I decided to try on some of my garden tools.


My trusty shovel…..this is what it looks like when the product is dissolving the rust:


I just sprayed the two shovels and two clippers once. The straight edged shovel was so crusty….on really crusty items like this…it’s best to take a wire brush to it first…then spray with this. Look how well everything came out with one spray…


I can see the gold on the clippers again….My trusty shovel is looking great. The other shovel needs just a little brushing with a wire brush, then spray again. You can see what was left on that shovel…I wish I took a before picture.

Be sure to thoroughly rinse off the product when your done. If not, your new paint will brush right off.

Did I tell you I found the shovel underground when I was laying the patio pavers…no wonder it was so rusty.

So the product I used was this:


…and the best part is you can purchase this for under $6 at Walmart! This is a new product that isn’t out everywhere yet.It removes rust from aluminum,chrome, galvanized surface, iron, and steel. Doesn’t harm your hands, or concrete when spraying. Protects Bare Metal Up to 12 months.

This is what it looks like now!!!!


I am no longer going to discard any rusty tools, etc that I see at garage sales!!!

I am still working on the chairs….



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Home Bar Designs

These bar designs were made by readers of Handyman. I wanted to share these with you, as some are so easy for anyone to do….


$12 Wall Wine Storage

“12 dollars’ worth of cedar boards and some stain, 2 hours of work and this came out mint.” – submitted by Facebook fan Timmy Bean. The finished wine rack measures 31″x24″ and holds 16 bottles of wine.


This is a wonderful bar cart! If it was going in my house I would chalk paint it!

A Rolling Bar Cart

Facebook fan Kevin Bailey shared this rolling bar cart he created, complete with wine glass storage and a bottle opener on the side. The wheels allow it to roll from room to room easily, so you can take it out for a party and stow it away after the party ends


Isn’t this so cute! You can purchase the bamboo fencing in the outdoor garden dept at your home improvement store. Usually come by 6′ x 15’…inexpensive too!

Backyard Tiki Hut Bar

Nick Brennan shared his homemade tiki bar photo with us on Facebook, a fun and tropical way to serve drinks at a backyard party in the summertime. Great job, Nick!


Long Bar With Steel Siding

“Here is a 14′ bar with stools completely built out of pallets and some steel siding.” – submitted by Facebook fan Chris Jensen


Simple Wooden Bar

Zach Weaver shared this handmade wooden bar with us on Facebook. The bar features unique rounded edges with hidden storage in the back. Nicely done, Zach!


This is so pretty! Don’t you love the tin tiles on the bar!!!

Mid-sized Home Bar

This home bar, shared with us by Craig Oren on Facebook, is the perfect size for a small basement or rec room, and it features a decorative side panel, which gives it some great character.


Marble Top Home Bar

Scott Clements installed this bar in his dining room and shared the finished photo with us on Facebook. The bar features a marble top, glass-front cabinets, floating shelves, and plenty of personality.


A Blackhawks Bar

“‘Hawks Cave’ bar. 100-year-old Chicago brick with a white pine ‘live edge’ top.” – submitted by Facebook fan Scott Korona. This bar and basement nook truly showcases Scott’s dedication to his favorite hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks.


Guitar Wine Rack

This woodworking project might look like a guitar, but it’s actually a clever wine rack! Neville Ronald Smith shared this project with us on Facebook, which he made for a friend who plays in a band.


Repurposed Entertainment Center

“Repurposed old entertainment center, ready to party!” – submitted by Facebook fan Paul Grgurich. What a clever way to repurpose an old piece of furniture into something fun and functional!


Small Apartment Wine Rack

Facebook fan Zack Marcotte shared this DIY wooden wine rack and bar cart with us, which he says was his first DIY project. This miniature bar has lots of storage but takes up a minimal amount of space, perfect for a small apartment.


A Wine Room

If a home bar or a bar cart isn’t enough for you, how about a wine room? Facebook fan James E. Frye II shared this photo with us of a wine room he created, featuring ample storage for wine and an island for enjoying a glass or two

DIYers and pros share their design and how-to tips, with photos of reader-built home bars. Learn how to build a classic wood bar top, install a beer tap and more.

Let me know if you try any….thank you for visiting!!!



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More Paintstick Wall Art

A while back ago I made my first decorator mirror with paint sticks…. https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/10/10/sunburst-mirror-2/     Well….here is another one with paintsticks:

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This one was made just like the other one…same principal. The only difference is the edges are cut at a angle, and the center is brown paper (from paper bags) rolled.

Pretty awesome that the only supplies you need to purchase, is perhaps hot glue!


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Window Privacy

Hi everyone! I am so excited to share this project with you. I have a long window next to my front door. I don’t like having to put a heavy curtain there, it makes the room so dark. If I put up a sheer, it lets in the light, but anyone can see into the house.

So what can I do to the window so I can see out of it  when the doorbell rings? I want to be able to see out, but people not see in….and let the sunshine in!

This is the before:


This is the window by my front door. Right now the sun is on the other side of the house, but in the morning the sun comes brightly through this window. So what did I do??? How did it turn out??


Wow what a difference!!! Here is what it looks like from outside looking in:


Do you see how from the outside…it just shows reflection of the fountain, not inside!

So what did I do? I applied this…


I ordered 2 8 FL. oz bottles of Gallery Glass from Amazon it takes you to the least expensive value. Under $7 a bottle. All together with shipping….less than $20.

So…how did I do it?? How do you apply it? Well it is sooooo easy! Can you fingerpaint swirls? Then you can do this.This is the first time I ever had tried this product. It is white, but dries clear.

I started by pouring 1 bottle into a glass bowl. I covered the floor area and window seal with a old sheet. I used painters tape all around the sides of the window.  Now this is where it gets fun….yes, I said fun! Starting from the top, start spreading on the stuff with your fingers. Yes, I said your fingers! I just did little swirls with my fingers, like fingerpainting. If you glop (Is that a word?) it on…be sure to work it in. You don’t want any heavy glops. Just little circles all around. This is a up close look….


This is what it looks like from outside….so far:

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Do you see how with just the first coat how you already can’t see in very well? When I was finished with the first coat, I went back added more but smaller circles this time.

I know what your thinking….yes it looks a mess!


At this point, I was nervous…but you know me by now…that doesn’t stop me!


This is what it looks like from outside!

I am so happy with it!! I can see out…they can barely see in, very obscured.

I was thinking…a friend of mine spent loads of money on his side window by door. He got the waterfall look, or rain look. It would be interesting to try that. But alas, my home is Mediterranean style, not mid-century modern.

So what do you think?

another great feature…dries fast…after a couple of days…you can clean using windex!
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Beautiful DIY Burlap Projects

Burlap….a very popular material, with so many craft possibilities. If you are  looking for the rustic look…this material is perfect. I have researched the internet and found some really awesome projects that you can do to beautify your home.

Burlap Canvas

This is a great project that is perfect for keeping photos or even notes. You can hang it in the kitchen and use the clothespins to hold notes about schedules or important events. You need to purchase a canvas, which you can probably get at your local Dollar Store and you’ll need ribbon or other fabric trim to hold the clothespins which hold your photos or note cards. You can actually put this entire thing together in less than an hour and it’s great for holding recipes or just anything that you want to put on it.
DIY Instructions – Akadesign


Burlap Tote with Shabby Rose

You just can never have too many tote bags and this one is made completely of burlap, right down to the adorable shabby rose on the side. You can actually put the rose anywhere you want but it looks great right next to the strap. Note that you’ll need fabric to cover the inside unless you really do want it completely from burlap. There is also a bit of sewing required but even for beginning sewers, this is a great little project that won’t take up too much of your time and will give you a beautiful tote that you can use at the beach this summer.
DIY Instructions – Lamaisonreid


Burlap and Lace Table Runner

What a beautiful way to dress up a fall table! This lace and burlap table runner is as easy to make as it is beautiful. You can use it during other seasons but it will be perfect for those fall dinners and even Thanksgiving. It’s such a simple project, too. You just have to cut your burlap and then add the lace. You can make it wider by adding wider lace or just add a thin lace border to make it smaller. You can also toggle the length to fit your specific table length and this would be great even for coffee tables or dressers.
DIY Instructions – Celebrations


Rustic Burlap Vase

This beautiful vase is actually made with an upcycled tin can. You just clean the can thoroughly and then glue the burlap all the way around. You’ll have to cut the burlap to ensure that it fits perfectly lengthwise and then top it off with a lovely satin or lace ribbon. You could also crochet a topper and run the ribbon through that. These would be great for weddings to hold flowers on the table or you could just have a few of them sitting around the house this summer holding lovely wildflowers. A little hot glue will hold the burlap and ribbons perfectly in place.
Available on: Etsy Burlap rustic vases


Erasable Dinner Menu

This menu is certainly going to dress up your kitchen and it serves such a handy little function. You can keep track of all of the meals that you are planning to make for the week. This lets you know that you have everything you need on hand and keeps all of your dinners perfectly organized. The project itself is really easy and you can use whatever color schemes you want so that you can match it perfectly to your kitchen décor. These would also make wonderful gifts.
DIY Instructions – Bystephanielynn10-dinner-menu-frame

Pottery Barn Inspired Frenchy Pillow

This gorgeous monogramed pillow is perfect for any bedroom and comes complete with a lovely bouquet of burlap flowers. If you already have the burlap and filling on hand, this one won’t cost you anything, which is a lot cheaper than Pottery Barn versions that can run nearly $50 with the monogram. You could do these in a smaller version as well to dress up the bed or even a couch if you want and they take very little time to complete.
DIY Instructions – Confessionsofaplateaddict11-burlap-diy-pillow

Burlap Wreath

You can create this lovely burlap wreath and make different decorations for it so you can leave it hanging all year and simply change it a bit to match each season. The wreath itself takes very little time to create and you need very few supplies. You just apply the burlap material to your wreath form, or you could make it from wire if you prefer, and then add whatever decorations you want. It takes several yards of burlap depending on how full you want the wreath to be and you can add wooden lettering or other embellishments using floral wire.
DIY Instructions – Theturquoisehome9

Burlap Fabric Planter

These little planters are easy to make and the perfect way to display your lovely spring flowers. After you have planted your flowers in the coco fiber liner, you simply “wrap” it all up in burlap and add a ribbon or bow. You can sit these directly on the ground or keep them on the porch if you want something to dress up your curb appeal just a bit. They are easy to do and look beautiful when you have several of them grouped together.
DIY Instructions – Themotherhuddle12.jpg

White Burlap Bunnies

Whether you are looking for a really unique project for Easter or you just absolutely adore bunnies, you are sure to love this easy burlap bunny project. Note that you don’t really have to do these in white. If you prefer natural burlap (or any other color for that matter) you can use whatever color you prefer. You just have to cut the bunny form out of the burlap, hand stitch it and remember to fill before you close it up. These would be great for homemade Easter baskets or just anywhere you want a whimsical and really cute decoration.
DIY Instructions – Cottageatthecrossroads14

Anthropologie Inspired Ruffled Lampshade

You only need about a yard and a half of burlap to create this beautiful ruffled lampshade, which would look perfect in any room in your house. You can use an old lamp base that you already have or pick one up for a buck or two at your local thrift store or a yard sale. Then just paint the base whatever color you want and get to work on your Anthropologie inspired shade. You don’t even have to sew this one. You can use fabric glue to keep the ruffles together, making it as easy to create as it is beautiful.
DIY Instructions – Tatertotsandjello19-burlap-lampshade.jpg

Burlap Utensil Holders

These little utensil holders are the perfect things to dress up your Thanksgiving dinner table. Of course, if you don’t want to wait until Thanksgiving to use them, they are also great for summer get-togethers. They are very simple to make and you don’t have to sew anything. You can put them together with a hot glue gun and then just add the adornments or name tags or whatever else you want to decorate them. A little piece of twine is perfect for adding names or any special message you want to share with your dinner guests.
DIY Instructions – Iheartnaptime


Burlap Wrapped Vase

Just a strip of burlap, a plain glass vase and a little lace will help you to create these beautiful burlap wrapped vases that are great for weddings or for anywhere in the home. You can easily stencil images or words onto the vases with white paint and then use white lace to tie them together. You can cover any vase and even recycle wine bottles or just about anything else that you want to turn into a vase with this project. It’s quick and easy and costs very little – nothing at all if you have a little burlap and other supplies on hand.
DIY Instructions – To-be-charmed


Earring Display

This great earring display is made from burlap and set in a picture frame. It’s really easy to make and you can pick up picture frames for around a dollar each so it’s also very inexpensive. You just have to staple the burlap to the frame’s matting and then paint the frame whatever color you want. Earrings that have fishhook closures will slip right into the burlap and you can put other types of earrings in here as well. Take some time to customize it just a bit and this would make a wonderful gift for someone who has more earrings than they know what to do with.
DIY Instructions – Cucicucicoo18.jpg

Burlap Covered Kitchen Chair

Give an old kitchen chair a great makeover by covering it with burlap. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience in reupholstering, this is a fairly easy project. You just have to cut the burlap and then attach it to the seating area, covering the old fabric or you can remove the old piece first. If needed, you can also add a bit more padding to make the chair much more comfortable. This is a great weekend project, particularly if you want to recover all of your kitchen chairs in burlap. For just one chair, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours.
DIY Instructions – Boyohboyohboycrafts19.jpg

Pocketed Burlap Corkboard

Whether you have an old corkboard that you want to cover up or you want to pick one up at your Dollar Store (they’re about a buck each), this is a great project that gives a little boost to an ordinary memo board. The burlap is folded in certain areas so it will perfectly hold photos or letters, whatever you need to put in there. You can use thumbtacks to hold things on it as well so it really works to help you keep organized and the little pockets are very convenient for those on the go.
DIY Instructions – Uncommondesignsonline20

Burlap Bunny Bag

A cute little tote bag complete with a purple bunny (or you could do whatever color you wanted) will look great this Easter. You can use this for Easter egg hunts or carry it as a purse if you want. It’s a relatively easy bag to make and you can even add a cute little cotton tail to your bunny to make it really adorable. This project calls for a burlap bag that is already made but you could easily make your own and even do these in different colors of burlap to give away as gifts.
DIY Instructions – Thecasualcraftlete


Burlap Banner

Decorate this fall (or spring, summer or winter) with a lovely burlap banner that you can easily make yourself. You just have to cut the pieces for the banner, stencil in whatever you want to say and then glue some jute or twine to each piece to hold them together and hang them. This would be really nice as a Christmas or Thanksgiving banner or you could easily turn it into an Easter banner with bunnies or anything else you want to add.
DIY Instructions – Iheartnaptime


Rustic Burlap Ottoman

If you have an old ottoman that you need to reupholster, why not do it in burlap? This is a great look that matches virtually any living room décor and is actually much easier to do than you may think. You just have to remove the fabric from the ottoman and then replace it with enough burlap to cover it and have a little extra to tack down on the sides. If you don’t have an old ottoman, you can probably get one pretty cheap at a yard sale or your local thrift store.
DIY Instructions – Lizmarieblog


Burlap Laundry Sign

This burlap sign will look great in the laundry room and it’s so easy to make that you can finish it in less than a day. You’ll need a frame to hang it and you will also need to print off the cute little laundry saying directly onto your burlap. Believe it or not, printing on burlap is really easy and you can do it with a normal printer. Once you learn this handy little trick you’ll want to be printing all sorts of things onto burlap. When you have finished with the printing, just frame the saying and hang it in your laundry room.
DIY Instructions – Domestically-speaking


Beautiful Burlap Christmas Angel

Now is the time to begin making those unique decorations for Christmas and this burlap angel is a must if you love the rustic look. These would also make wonderful gifts and they are really easy to do. Wired burlap ribbon is used for the wings and there are a few other supplies that you will need as well. They are really inexpensive to make and you can decorate them in any number of ways so you can make different styles that are completely unique.
DIY Instructions – Uncommondesignsonline30.jpg

Beaded Burlap Napkin Rings

These napkin rings are really elegant and perfect for romantic dinners, weddings or just anytime you want something a little extra-special. There are actually a couple of different ways that you can make napkin rings with burlap and they are all relatively easy. If you like the look of beads, you can just cut the burlap, add the beads and then sew the ends together to create the ring. Sewing will probably work better than fabric glue for this one but you can sew it by hand so no machine is needed.
DIY Instructions – Fabyoubliss31.jpg

Burlap Topiary

You can create these adorable burlap topiaries in all different sizes so they are perfect for indoors and out. Make a couple of rather large ones for standing up outside your front door or you could make smaller ones to create a beautiful centerpiece or table display. You can add them to a really colorful planter to use in spring or put them in white to decorate during the fall and winter. These are great. They are easy to make and you can do so much with an adorable topiary in terms of decorating.
DIY Instructions – Designdininganddiapers33.jpg

Basket Weave Burlap Table Runner

This table runner looks really complicated but it is a very easy project. You will need to be able to create the basket weave effect, which is much simpler than it looks. As you go along, be sure to glue down each piece so that they will stay perfectly in place. This is a great runner for dining room tables or you could make them in different sizes for coffee tables, dressers or just anywhere you want them. Make smaller, squared versions to replace doilies.
DIY Instructions – Taradennis34

French Inspired Magazine Rack

If you tend to have magazines thrown about (in the bathroom, perhaps), then this magazine rack is a definite must. It is really easy to make and will take you less than an hour from start to finish. The burlap is folded up so you just roll the magazines up and slide them right into place. You can decorate this however you want but it looks really good in a French design. It’s so easy you may just want to create one for every bathroom in your house or use it in the kitchen to hold all of your cooking magazines.
DIY Instructions – Thegraphicsfairy35

Burlap Photo Wreath

If you are planning to make a burlap wreath, why not really customize it and add family photos? This is a beautiful gift idea if you are looking for something really unique for Mother’s Day or just make one for yourself. The photos are tied on with bows in coordinating colors and the overall look is simply gorgeous. You start with a wreath form and some wired burlap ribbon and from there, you can actually customize it just about any way you want to make it totally unique.
DIY Instructions – Thistlewoodfarms37.jpg

Burlap Project Bin

What better place to store all of those crafting supplies than in a great DIY burlap bin? This is a really easy project that won’t even take you a day to complete and once you are finished, you will have a wonderful place to store just about anything. A little burlap, some upholstery tacks and some small wooden bins (think the types that oranges come in) and you’re all set to create an attractive bin that could be used for any number of organization projects.
DIY Instructions – Gardenhouseliving36.jpg

No-Sew Stenciled Burlap Pillows

Twine bows are used to hold this adorable burlap pillow together so there really is no sewing involved. It’s a great project if you have a couple of hours to spare and the time really depends on how complicated your stenciling is. If you just want a small picture or message, you can finish this up in less than an hour. The twine around the edges is a really nice touch and it gives it a great country feel and all with absolutely no sewing required.
DIY Instructions – Debbie-debbiedoos39

Coffee Bag Purse

Forget paying hundreds of dollars for a Dior original. You can make this adorable coffee sack purse yourself for less than $10 – depending on the materials that you have on hand. You will need an old book for the supporting frame and then you just have to sew it all together. It’s actually a lot easier than it looks and you will end up with a bag that very strongly resembles Dior’s coffee bag purse only you’ll have a few hundred dollars left over. If you’re not a fan of the coffee bags, just use plain burlap and maybe a few stencils to get the design that you want.
DIY Instructions – Trinketsinbloom40

Burlap Purse with Shabby Rose Decoration

If you want a really easy sewing project and you are in the market for a new purse, this shabby rose purse is a great choice. The rose is made of burlap and in a contrasting color, it really stands out. You can complete this project in a weekend or even in a day if you are quite the seasoned sewer. It would make a wonderful gift for someone who likes things on the unique side or just make it for yourself. It has loads of room on the inside and is much easier to make than it looks.
DIY Instructions – Lamaisonreid41

Barrel Shade Chandelier

While you may not be able to make this entire chandelier, you can certainly make the barrel shade that covers on it. The shade is completely covered in burlap which makes it both elegant and rustic at the same time. You may be surprised at how easy it is to create this look, which would be perfect in a foyer or formal dining room. The entire look will cost you less than $15 and take only about an hour or so to complete.
DIY Instructions – Burlapanddenim43.jpg

Vintage Wire Basket

This rustic looking basket would make a wonderful hamper in your bathroom or bedroom or you could make a smaller version and use it for magazines or anything else you need. You just line the inside of the vintage wire basket with burlap and then add any decorations or adornments that you want. If you are using it for décor, just add a few burlap pillows to the top and you’re all set. You could also use it for a gift basket and fill with various other burlap type décor.
DIY Instructions – Gailsdecorativetouch38

Burlap Tiki Torches

Save those empty wine bottles this spring and by summer you could have several gorgeous burlap tiki torches lighting up your outdoor living spaces. If you paint the bottles before you begin, you could have very colorful lighting or you could leave them clear – whichever way you prefer. Make a few burlap flowers to decorate them and then simply create the tiki torches which you can use on your outdoor table or affix them to poles and stick them all around your yard. Burn citronella oil in them to get a nice glow that also wards off pesky bugs.
DIY Instructions – Hometalk45.jpg

Burlap Baker’s Apron

You can make this really great baker’s apron with no sewing whatsoever. You simply have to cut the burlap (you can use a burlap bag to get the writing that you want) and draw in armholes to cut out. Then just cut out the apron form and use a good fabric glue to attach the black seam. This will also keep the burlap from fraying and it looks great as a contrasting background. These would be perfect as gifts for anyone you know who loves to bake or make one for the special Dad in your life for Father’s Day – he can do all of his grilling in style.
DIY Instructions – Gailsdecorativetouch73-apron

Bathroom Subway Art

Subway art has become very popular and what could be better than printing that subway art onto burlap. This bathroom subway art is a beautiful way to decorate the powder room and you can colored stones that you can find at your local craft store to decorate it a bit. Just print the subway art off onto your burlap, frame it and then decorate around it. It’s really simple and something that will take you literally only minutes to put together.
DIY Instructions – Domestically-speaking46

Burlap Table Bouquet

If you are planning a burlap wedding, these little table bouquets will be perfect for decorating your reception. If you aren’t currently planning a wedding, you can still make these and just use them to decorate around the house. They are simply folded burlap with ribbon tied around to keep them in place and then filled with lovely flowers. You can use whatever flowers you want or decorate them a bit of you want. You can literally make these in about ten minutes each so if you are planning a wedding, this is a really quick way to get those tables decorated.
DIY Instructions – Propcloset88-napkin.jpg

This is a wonderful list of burlap projects. Most of these projects are easy!! I hope this has inspired you to create!!!

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Best Plants for the Bathroom

If your budget can only afford one truly luxurious upgrade: Why not transform your bathroom into a tropical paradise.  Low light bathrooms with small or frosted windows pose no problems for many of these houseplants. And the high humidity in an average bathroom makes it the perfect environment for many tropical varieties. Not only that, but houseplants are nature’s air purifiers—so this is one upgrade that pays dividends and looks great at the same time.


Snake Plant

Sansevieria, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” is one of the most low-maintenance plants you can grow, which makes it the perfect choice for a bathroom. I have grown this in the lowest light situations and it grows wonderfully. Also this plant filters out formaldehyde, common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues—and even some cosmetics.I grew this outside in my patio…spreads fast in the outdoor soil.


Spider Plant

This hardworking houseplant prefers medium light to work its magic—that is, removing impurities like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air. Water it once or twice a week, and you’ll be rewarded with new buds that you can repot or gift to friends. These are so pretty when hanging in front of a window. It is so pretty with the shoots hanging down from the plant.



This most Zen-like plant can grow in almost any light—even without any soil! Just place your bamboo to root in a container filled with a few inches of pebbles, then fill halfway with water, re-watering occasionally. If you’re feeling fancy, spend a few more bucks for the variety with twisted stalks.


Cast Iron Plant

Popularized in the Victorian era, there’s still a lot to love about the so-called cast iron plant, or aspidistra. For one, it’s super hardy and can tolerate neglect, over-watering, and extreme temperatures. For best results, let the soil of this shade-loving plant dry between waterings. Just the name lets you know it is a sturdy plant.



Dragon plants come in a few varieties, but all of them are at risk of brown and dry leaf tips in low-humidity households. That’s just one reason to consider this tropical plant for your bath. The natural humidity of the bathroom will keep it—and your space—looking fresh and flawless.



Some gardeners find orchids a bit finicky but in the right environment, they can flourish. Set yours on a bathroom windowsill. The indirect sunlight will nourish the plant while the high humidity mirrors the environment where orchids naturally bloom.



Ferns naturally grow in the filtered light and high humidity conditions of tropical forests. Luckily, the average bathroom can simulate this environment perfectly. Situate a low-maintenance fern in a corner of your bathroom and enjoy!



If given the opportunity, ivy can climb and scale walls, trellises, or, in this case, the metal pipes framing a tub. Hang it high by the window to save space and let sunlight filter through the leaves.


Peace Lily

Peace lilies are wonderfully low-maintenance and filter household impurities from the air. Want to make sure it flowers? Keep sunlight minimal and the soil moist.


Aloe Vera

This succulent is a perfect choice for a sunny bathroom window. Not only does it bring life to the room, it also doubles as a medicine cabinet unto itself. After washing a cut or burn at the sink, split open an aloe leaf and apply the gel to your skin; it helps heal abrasions naturally.

I grow the Aloe Vera outside in the shade. I do live in the desert and it thrives in filtered light.

I hope you found this article useful…I love all Bob Villas ideas.


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Cleaning Tips for Cat and Dog Owners

I have heard from a few of my friends here how their cats, or dogs, are ruining their furniture…I saw this article  from The Family Handyman and had to show it to you.So here we go…


This may show damage to a door but the same technique to repair is the same as on wood furniture. Mask shallow claw marks and scratches in wood doors with stain and varnish. Gel stains work well for matching the existing finish.

Mask shallow claw marks and scratches in wood doors with stain and varnish. Gel stains work well for matching the existing finish.

Dogs and cats still haven’t figured out how to open doors, but that’s never stopped them from trying. Painted doors can be spackled and repainted to hide the damage, but natural wood doors can be more of a problem. However, if the scratches aren’t too deep, you can usually mask the damage with stain and varnish.

Step 1. Prep the area…Sand the damaged area lightly (Photo 1), feathering the sanding into the surrounding undamaged area. Wipe off all dust.

Step 2. Apply a gel stain- Brush the stain over the sanded area with a dry brush, mixing colors to match the old finish.  fh08dja_mascra_02If you don’t have the original stain or finish, find a matching stain at a paint store. Gel stains (available at home centers and paint stores) work best. Buy a small piece of matching wood and experiment with it first, or bring a photo of the door to the paint store for help. Start with a lighter stain—it can always be darkened. You can also buy a few different colors and blend them or streak them together.

Wipe the scratched area with a rag dipped in thinner to keep the stain from looking blotchy. Put a small amount of the gel stain on a rag, then dab a little on a dry brush. Wipe excess stain on the rag. Drag the brush lightly along one edge and quickly wipe it dry to see how the color looks. Leave the stain on longer, apply additional coats or blend in other colors to darken it

If the stained area looks too dull after it dries, lightly spray the area with clear finish, feathering it into the surrounding a undamaged area. Wipe off all dust.fh030711_001_toucle_09