The Foolproof Way To Paint A Room In Just A Few Easy Steps — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

Paint is one of the best ways to dramatically change a room, especially on a low budget. It may seem as simple as deciding on a color, buying paint, and getting it up on the walls, but if you want the most professional-looking results (and only want to make one trip to the hardware store), follow these few simple steps. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Best Way to Polish & Clean Silver: 4 Home Remedy Methods Put to the Test — Apartment Therapy Cleaning How To

The table’s set with fresh cut flowers, punchy cloth napkins and a place for every person — you wouldn’t want some tarnished silverware ruining that gorgeous tablescape, would you? Because if you’re busting out the silver, it must be a special occasion. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

How To Clean Makeup Brushes — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

It’s a task that’s too-often overlooked, but cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is so, so important: it’s an easy way to promote healthy skin by keeping bacteria and dead skin cells at bay. It takes just two minutes, and can even prolong the life of your makeup brushes. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

A Pro's Take on How to Avoid Buying Fake Antiques

It’s finally springtime, and if you’re an antiques lover like me, that means it’s antique market season. What a glorious feeling to be weeding your way through Brimfield Market or Les Puces de Saint-Ouen and coming across an alluring oil painting of someone 300 years older than you, or pair of Marcel Breuer Wassily Chairs that are just worn-in enough? It’s love at first sight and you have already begun mentally refinancing your mortgage to bring those babies home. But, buyers beware, everything is not always as it seems. Which raises the question: how can you tell a real from Read More

5 Overlooked Plants That Can Survive In The (Almost) Dark

We’ve talked a lot about hard-to-kill houseplants, especially when it comes to really dark homes that don’t get tons of natural light. You probably know about cast iron plants, the ZZ, and the sansevieria. But here are a handful of often overlooked plants that you might not know do well in low light, and don’t remind you of the doctor’s office. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Living Room Under $100

Shelves. They are versatile surfaces that keep your space organized, create visual interest, and show off your favorite decor. There are very few other ways to really amp up your space for such little money. We’ve gathered up a handful of different shelving looks, along with resources on how to DIY them yourself — all ranging from $10-100. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Dead Battery? How to Jump Start a Car Like a Pro

You run out of the house already late for work, hop in the car and turn the key in the ignition … only to hear a “click click” noise instead of the comforting hum of the engine. Obviously something’s not right. Is it the battery (easy fix), the alternator (more complicated), or both? Whatever it is, it’s not the end of the world. Take a deep breath, because you got this. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

How To Make Homemade Reed Diffusers

I really dislike artificial fragrances, especially those plug-in types of air fresheners that are full of chemicals. Give me essential oils any day. However, many of the nicer reed diffusers are also pretty pricey. Paying $20 or $30 for a store-bought one seems rather silly when many of us have the raw materials to make our own lying around the house. Here’s how to DIY a reed diffuser for a hit of natural aromatherapy at home. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

How to Unclog a Shower Drain Like a Boss

Hair, soap scum, and mineral build-up are all bathroom realities, and at some point in your life, you’ll have to ask yourself, “How do I unclog my bathtub? How do I clear my shower drain? How do I keep them from getting clogged in the first place?!?” These ten methods — listed in order of increasing intensity, from “Keeping Things Clear” to “Renting Power Equipment” — will keep your bathtub and shower truly clean, inside and out. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

6 Ways To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

Most people are aware of the fact that, no matter how new the plumbing might be, it’s a good idea to have a plunger in the house. In the rare instance that you find yourself up a creek without a plunger, we’ve got a few tricks that will keep the, ahem, crap from hitting the fan/floor. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico