The Cost of Painting Kitchen Cabinets Depends on These 3 Things

To DIY or not to DIY? That is the question. That is almost always the question. You can certainly paint your kitchen cabinets yourself. As long as you know that it’s a labor- and time-intensive job that, if done wrong, can be a pretty big screwup. I recently redid the cabinets in my newly purchased home, and despite liking to DIY all the things, I paid someone to do it—partly to have it done before we moved in and partly because it would have been impossible for my little girls to keep their hands off the drying cabinets if I Read More

Why I Sold Both of My Instant Pots (and What I Got Instead)

I admit it: I am a kitchen appliance junkie. I have been for more than a decade, since I fell in love with cooking. I want to buy nearly everything that comes on the market, but actually only buy the ones I know I will use on a regular basis. I make sure that the ones I do buy are the best value for the money no matter how inexpensive or expensive they may be. And then I love them to no end. I have a few high-speed blenders (because is one really enough?), one of the best food processors Read More

Hang It: Best Sources for Cheap Frames

This is a problem we always seem to struggle with…finding a way to display artwork without paying huge amounts of money for framing. Since the type of framing we choose usually depends on the artwork, we’re always having to come up with new solutions to the problem. Along the way, we’ve found a few cheap sources for frames that we keep coming back to. Read on to check them out. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Decorating on a Budget: 20 Tips from the Pros

A couple of months back, I gathered some tips from the pros for ways to round off an unfinished room. It seemed to hit a chord with our readers, leading to many commenters weighing in on their favorite piece of advice or offering up their own tips that have worked for them. Since we’re focusing on reining in our budgets this month, lets see what insightful pointers the masters can offer up when it comes to bargain decorating! READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

15 Online Sources Perfect for The Art Lover on a Budget

I wish I had the kind of disposable income that allowed me to walk into my favorite galleries and buy the work that I love right off the walls, but let’s be real, that’s just not gonna happen anytime soon. So instead I will rely on the next best (read: affordable) thing: the Internet. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

10 of the Best Things You Should Make Instead of Buy

Over the years, we’ve shared a lot of money-saving projects, large and small. If you can make something at home easily and cheaply, why wouldn’t you? Save some cash and flex those DIY muscles with these ten ideas for things to make rather than buy, from the Apartment Therapy and Kitchn archives. Your wallet and your home will thank you. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Does Sun Bleaching Really Work? We Tried It

Nothing compares to the smell of fresh laundry that’s been hanging outside to dry. Not only is it a fresh and efficient way to do laundry, it’s also oft-touted as a way to brighten whites without having to use special detergents or harsh chemicals. All you need is plenty of time and sunshine. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

What Size Air Conditioner Do You Really Need?

I’m a huge baby about temperature, and fans sometimes just don’t cut it. So in the midst of a recent heatwave I decided I was going to bite the bullet and get an air conditioner. But when I started researching online, I found myself confused by the various units’ cooling and efficiency numbers, with prices seemingly directly correlated with each. I didn’t really know what any of them meant. Given the size of my apartment, how big of an air conditioner did I need? READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

8 Cheap But Chic Ideas to Refresh Your Tired Living Room

We’ve turned the clocks forward, the days are longer (and hopefully warmer where you are), and time finally feels like it is in our favor. It’s time to shake off the cozy winter decor, and let your home project a new, lighter mood. Change the tone with a little living room refresh, starting with these eight easy, budget ideas. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

6 Super-Quick Ways to Curb Your Spending & Save More Money

Bad spending habits — we all (well, I’d like to think we all) have them. But whether it’s an Amazon addiction, that mid-afternoon coffee habit, or your tendency to swing by Target when you need a little pick-me-up (guilty), there are better ways to spend your time and your money – especially if you’re trying to save more or meet your budget. And because baby steps are always a good way to get started, here are six super simple, super quick ways to curb your spending and change those habits for good. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico