Rusty Wringer Washer
Wringer Washer Makeover
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/13/2019 | 1 Comment
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Shortly after we bought our cabin, some of our back-to-lander neighbors gave us a fully-functioning wringer washer that they were no longer using. After several years of doing everything the hard way, they’d decided to buy a modern washer and dryer.

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Repainted Metal Outdoor Furniture
How to Repaint Metal Outdoor Furniture
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/15/2018 | 9 Comments
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I found this vintage metal loveseat at a yard sale last summer for $20, but it sure didn’t look like this when I got it.

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DIY Fridge Shelf Liners
DIY Fridge Shelf Liners
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/04/2018 | 4 Comments
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Wish your refrigerator shelves were easier to clean? Do what I do, and stick some shelf liners in there. I made this set from a set of six plastic place mats that I bought at Goodwill for $1.99.

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How to Make a Solar Chandelier
How to Make a Solar Chandelier
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/11/2017 | 3 Comments
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Turn a thrift store chandelier into a solar chandelier for your garden or patio. I made this one from a $5 chandelier that I found at Habitat.

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Homemade Solar Lantern
How to Dress Up Cheap Solar Lights
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/03/2017 | 18 Comments
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You can buy solar lights for less than a buck, but let’s face it: the cute ones cost four or five times that. My solution? Buy the cheap ones; then, dress them up.

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How to Make a Gel Air Freshener
How to Make a Gel Air Freshener
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/07/2016 | 5 Comments
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Store-bought air fresheners may smell nice, but they’re scented with synthetic fragrances that aren’t good for you. Replace them with these homemade gel air fresheners. They’re scented with essential oils, so they’ll make your home smell nice, without releasing pollutants into the air.

These air fresheners are so easy to make, you may even want to whip up a bunch to give as gifts.

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How to Make Wooden Spoon Butter
How to Make Wooden Spoon Butter
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/19/2016 | 14 Comments
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I’m pretty picky when it comes to wooden spoons, so when I find one that feels right in my hand, I try to take care of it. That goes double for my great grandmother’s wooden spoon. It brings back happy memories every time I use it.

So, I clean my wooden spoons with soap and water, just like you’d expect, but I also condition them. Because when you think about it, wooden spoons take a lot of abuse. They’re subjected to heat, plunged into all sorts of foods and then further submerged in water when you go to wash them. Pretty much everything you shouldn’t do to wood. All of that abuse leaves wooden spoons dried out and stained, and eventually causes them to split.

Whenever my wooden spoons start to feel dry, I apply some of my homemade wooden spoon butter. It’s a paste that I make from mineral oil and beeswax, and it’s just the thing to feed thirsty wood. I used to just use mineral oil, but the beeswax forms a protective coating that keeps water out and food stains at bay, so now I use the two in combination. My wooden spoon butter is food-safe and fragrance-free, and it brings out the natural beauty of the wood.

Want to make a batch so you can try it? Here are the instructions.

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Solar Canning Jar Lanterns
How to Make Solar Canning Jar Lanterns
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/14/2016 | 6 Comments
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Solar. Canning. Jars. Do I really have to say anything else to convince you that you need a set? Yeah, didn’t think so, which is while I’ll skip right to the part where I tell you how to make them.

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Closeup of Rug Pattern
How to Make a Braided T-Shirt Rug
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/14/2016 | 18 Comments
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See that big braided rug? It was my TV project over the last month. I’ve always wanted to make one, and I finally decided to do it. A normal person would have started with something smaller, but I wanted an area rug for the living room at our cabin, so I went big. Really big. That rug is almost 5’x5’. And you know what? It was actually a really fun project. Want to try your hand at rug making? Here’s how it’s done.

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Paper Chain
Make a Mortgage Chain
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/03/2016 | 1 Comment
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We’ve been making a lot of changes to our office lately, and I’ll be talking more about that soon, but I wanted to show you a small change that we made yesterday.

That paper chain that you now see hanging over our office window is our mortgage chain.

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Homemade Wax Melts
How to Make Wax Melts
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/26/2016 | 21 Comments
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I popped into Walmart the other day, and was surprised to discover almost an entire aisle dedicated to wax melts. Wow! I knew they were popular, but I had no idea they were that popular. And here’s the thing: most of the wax melts they were selling were made out of paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances. Those aren’t things I want my family breathing.

But I do like the idea of wax melts. So, I grabbed a cheapy electric warmer (less than $7), and I went home to make my own wax melts. My version cleans the air instead of polluting it, and can easily be tweaked to help with sinus and cold/flu symptoms. Check it out.

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8x8 Pan With Reusable Food Wrap
How to Make Reusable Food Wrap
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/22/2016 | 11 Comments
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Plastic food wrap is a hard product to have love for. It’s disposable, which means you’re buying it just so you can turn around and throw it away; it’s made out of plastic; and it always gets stuck to itself when you try to use it. Annoying!

Well, as of last week, this is one product that I’ve banished from my kitchen. Yep, I’m done with plastic wrap. From now on, I’ll be using reusable food wrap, made from beeswax-dipped cloth. Maybe you’ve seen this stuff, since it’s kind of “in” right now. It’s literally just a piece of fabric that’s been coated in beeswax. The wax makes the fabric waterproof and air-tight, and it gives it just enough body, so that when you press it around the edge of a bowl or casserole dish, it stays put. Pretty nifty. It even folds around a sandwich nicely.

There are actually several companies selling this product right now, but as easy as it is to make, I opted to make my own, which means I also got to pick the fabric.

Ask your grandmothers or your great-grandmothers how they covered food before plastic wrap came along, and you might just find that they used beeswax-dipped fabric. Yep, while beeswax food wrap is trendy right now, it’s far from a new idea.

Ready to banish plastic wrap from your kitchen? Here’s how to make your own reusable food wrap.

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How to Revive Old Towels
How to Revive Old Towels
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/15/2015 | 10 Comments
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When we got married, I registered for white towels. Bad call on my part. I know a lot of people swear by white linens because they can be bleached, but I don’t like to use a lot of chemicals, and I’m not a fan of making extra work for myself.

So those white towels, they got dingy, and then they got shoved in the back of the linen closet.

Now, we use chocolate brown towels, and that’s a much better fit for our lifestyle and my tastes.

Old Towels

But every time I opened the linen closet, I’d see those towels, and think it was such a waste that they weren’t getting used.

Well, I’m happy to say I’ve solved that problem.

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How to Recover a Lampshade
How to Recover a Lampshade
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/22/2015 | 6 Comments
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Thrift stores are full of lamps that are just begging for a makeover.

Thrift Store Lampshade Before

I mean, take a look at this vintage lamp that I found at a thrift store a few months ago. I was immediately drawn to the color and the raised bamboo pattern. It just needed the right lampshade to bring it back to life.

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Kneeling Chair After
Reupholstered Office Chair
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/16/2015 | No Comments
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When we had our yard sale last weekend, my neighbor gave us two office chairs to sell, including this kneeling chair. My youngest daughter fell in love with it, so when it didn’t sell after the first day, she asked if we could keep it. I agreed, and immediately started imagining what it would look like reupholstered.

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