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Room Decorating Tips


Shower Curtains

Buy a good quality shower curtain, and you won't have to replace it all the time. Keep it clean by spraying it with a solution of water and bleach on a regular basis, or putting it in the washing machine. Just hang it up to dry or you can put it in the dryer on low heat with a few towels to keep it soft. If you get a rip in it, you can try masking it with clear tape. Use the wide kind like you use to wrap packages.

Shower Curtain Draperies

Shower curtains are not just vinyl anymore. They come in a host of colors, patterns and fabrics, and are a good economical substitute for a traditional pair of drapes.


If you have tile in your bathroom or kitchen that is a color that you do not like, you do not have to remove it. Try painting it. You need to use a special primer and paint, but it is much cheaper and less messy than removing it.

Flannel Sheets

Many people like to use flannel sheets, because they keep you warmer, and you can turn the heat down at night. There are a couple things you should know about flannel, so that your prolong the life of your sheets as long as possible. First of all, never use bleach when you wash them. It breaks down the fibers. The other thing is that when you wash and dry them, keep the temperature of the water down, and the dryer heat low.


Buy the best mattress you can afford. If your mattress has a 10- year guarantee, you can almost count on the spring popping through in that amount of time - especially if you don't turn and flip it with regularity. Another thing to remember, especially with children's bedding, is to protect it. Put a vinyl mattress pad below the regular mattress pad. If you buy a good mattress pad to cover it, you will not even know it is there.

Mattress Protectors

Here is an idea for an inexpensive mattress protector. Pick up a shower curtain at the Dollar Store. If you put it under a good quality mattress pad, it won't feel any different. You can cut it to the size of your mattress for a good fit.

Air Mattresses

Sleeper sofas are expensive, and the mattresses usually are not very good. Here is an alternative to buying a new sleeper sofa when yours is inadequate. Buy an inflatable mattress (or air bed) and just place it on top of the worn out mattress on the sleeper bed. Inflatable mattresses are very comfortable to sleep on, but much easier to use if they are not placed on the floor. They don't take much room to store, and your guests will be much more comfortable.

Appliance Paint

Nothing dates a kitchen like an olive green or gold appliance. If your appliance still works, but you dislike the color, buy some spray paint formulated for appliances. You can also find people that specialize in painting appliances. Dishwashers are usually easy, because the older ones have several panels. Just unscrew the colored panel from the front, and see what is underneath.

Counter Tops

If you are living with laminate counter tops that you do not like, you have several inexpensive  options.  You can paint them, either another color or with a spray paint that adds a texture like stone.  If you counter top is in good condition, you don't have to replace it if you want to apply tile.

Pot Racks

Here is a fun project to give character to your kitchen if you have a nice selection of pots and pans. Pick up an old or inexpensive ladder Stain or paint it to match your kitchen decor. Attach it to the ceiling of your kitchen. All you need is some hooks and you can hang your pots pans and save some room in your cupboards.


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