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updating a worn thrift store bowl

updating a worn thrift store bowl


A worn out thrift store bowl is given a distressed farmhouse style makeover.



See how a worn out bowl purchased for $3 at the thrift store is given a farmhouse style makeover with paint and antiquing wax.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


I have a super easy before and after to share with you today!  As you may know, I'm all about painting thrift store finds and normally turn to white as my color of choice.  But today's technique could be applied to any "carved" item in whatever color fits with your style.  There are some metal ceiling tiles or wood candlesticks out there just calling your name.

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Must Have Gadget for Sharpening Garden Tools

Must Have Gadget for Sharpening Garden Tools


Keeping your garden tools sharp is important for the health of your garden and landscaping.  
Find out about one simple gadget you can use to effortlessly maintain a sharp blade.


Keeping your garden tools sharp is important for the health of your garden and landscaping.   Find out about one simple gadget you can use to effortlessly maintain a sharp blade.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Spring is here and that means time spent in the garden pulling weeds, planting flowers, and pruning branches is just around the corner.  It is not too early to start getting your garden tools ready for the upcoming work.

While it is important to keep your garden tools clean, it is equally important to keep them sharp.  Tools like bypass pruners, spades, and axes should have a sharp edge.  Cuts made with sharp tools are cleaner and allow the cuts to heal more quickly.  It also exposes the plant, bush, or tree to less damage from disease, insects, and weather extremes.  With proper maintenance, your tools will last longer and remain trouble free.



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(Faux) Flower Arranging 101

(Faux) Flower Arranging 101


Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



Having fresh flowers in your home is always nice.  They make your house smell good and add a beautiful touch of nature to any room.  But unless you have a large cutting garden in your backyard, these fresh flowers can get expensive.  And the arrangements only last for a short amount of time, regardless of how good you are about changing the water and adding flower food.


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Cleaning Caddy Essentials

Cleaning Caddy Essentials


Keeping a caddy well stocked with your cleaners, rags, and tools will help make 
weekly home maintenance quick, easy, and painless.   



Keeping a caddy well stocked with your cleaners, rags, and tools will help make weekly home maintenance quick, easy, and painless.  Find out what essentials you should include.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Personally, I love to clean.  I get immense satisfaction from knowing that my house has been scrubbed free of dirt, dust, and grime.  But I also realize that not everyone is like me.  For that reason, it is important to make the weekly task of cleaning the house as painless as possible.  One way to do that is to have all the tools with you that you need for the job.


(Learn 8 tips to make cleaning your house fast and easy.)

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Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies


The perfect recipe for peanut butter cookies that are soft, chewy, and full of flavor.  



The perfect recipe for peanut butter cookies that are soft, chewy, and full of flavor.  Get the recipe at www.andersonandgrant.com



There are so many cookie recipes out there to find in magazines, cookbooks, and on our favorite blogs. But as much as I love trying something new, we all need to have a few traditional cookie recipes at hand.  These are recipes that we know we can make successfully, we likely have all the ingredients in our cupboards on a regular basis, and the cookies are well-liked by each member of the family.


These crisscross peanut butter cookies are one of those recipes.  My aunt shared the recipe with my mom  years ago, and it has become a recipe I turn to again and again.  The quality and taste never disappoint.

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All Natural DIY Glass, Mirror, and Window Cleaner

All Natural DIY Glass, Mirror, and Window Cleaner


Combine just two ingredients together in a spray bottle for a natural and cost effective glass cleaner.



Because many of the traditional cleaning products out there have such nasty chemicals in them, I've recently been trying to use more natural, "green" alternatives.  I'm a huge fan of method, Seventh Generation, and Mrs. Myers products.


But I've also been feeling the push to try making some of my own cleaners at home.  For the most part, they are easy to make, take only a few ingredients, and work just as well as their chemical alternatives.

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10 Ways Paint Can Update Thrift Store Finds

10 Ways Paint Can Update Thrift Store Finds



The most exciting part about thrift store or antique shopping is that you never know what you are going to come home with.  Go in looking for something specific and you're likely to leave empty handed.  But enter the store with an open mind and willingness to look around and you will undoubtedly find a treasure.


Chances are, though, that treasure will need a little work to be something worth showing off.  By far, a simple coat of paint is the easiest way to update just about anything that you'll find.  With just a little time invested and not much money at all, you can have furniture and accessories that are right on trend with what people are paying a lot for in stores and online.

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