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Keep Your Gutters Debris-Free With Gutter Filler

Keep Your Gutters Debris-Free With Gutter Filler

During a rainy Saturday morning last weekend, my husband and I found ourselves at the hardware store to stock up on picture- and art-hanging supplies, as well as a masonry bit and, the motherlode of all finds – a solution to our window screen situation! More on that in a […]

How To Seal Your Driveway

How To Seal Your Driveway

Before the temperatures start to dip too low, you may want to consider sealing your driveway. Periodically applying a sealant will help protect your driveway’s condition, and is an especially good idea if you live somewhere with hot summers and frigid winters. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause cracks in your […]

Why You Should Buy A Weatherproofing Kit

Why You Should Buy A Weatherproofing Kit

When it comes to winterizing and weatherproofing, some simple materials can make a big difference in your home’s interior temperature — and help you conserve energy, too. Maybe you have drafty windows and can’t afford to replace them. Or, you’re like me and you rent in an older building, so […]

Do One Thing And Save On Your Energy Bill

Do One Thing And Save On Your Energy Bill

As rising energy costs continue to put strain on homeowner budgets (especially as we head into cooler months), saving energy is not only a great idea for the planet — it will help you save money, too. Luckily, saving energy is a lot easier than it sounds. In fact, there’s […]

Top Picks For Fall Paint Colors

With fall quickly approaching, you may have the urge to change something in your home. Personally, I find myself spending more time on decorating, de-cluttering and organizing my abode in the weeks before winter, almost as if I’m preparing for cold weather-induced nesting. If you’re seeking a dramatic change but […]

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Wow, people. Where in the WORLD did the summer go? We can’t believe Labor Day weekend is almost here! And Starbucks will soon sell their pumpkin spice lattes, so, you know, that’s a true sign that the seasons are changing! Moving into a new season typically means that there are […]

How To Make A Hurricane Emergency Kit

How To Make A Hurricane Emergency Kit

As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coast and today marks the 19th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew (not to mention the approaching anniversary of Hurricane Katrina), there’s no better time to think about hurricane safety. If you opt to stay in your home to weather the storm, there are […]

Get Stuff Done During A DIYcation

It’s been awhile since we checked in with our good friend, the fabulous DIY Diva. And when we did, she gave us a brilliant idea: the DIYcation. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? If you have a lot of things to check off your DIY list or want to make time […]

Slide Heavy Appliances with the Help of Windex

Slide Heavy Appliances with the Help of Windex

We are the proud owners of a new Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer from Lowe’s. We had them delivered and stacked, but the problem is, once stacked they become even heavier and more difficult to move. Fortunately the delivery guys offered us a quick tip and had us spray Windex […]

How To Buy a New Matress

How To Buy a New Matress

Last Tuesday marked a monumental day around our humble abode — the long-awaited arrival of our new bed. The glorious piece of furniture (including mattress and box springs) was a wedding gift from my dad and stepmom, and it was an absolute joy to replace the horrible, creaky, warped mattress […]

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal With A New Garage Door

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal With A New Garage Door

Whether you’re considering selling your house or simply want to freshen up your home’s exterior, you can’t go wrong with installing a new garage door. In fact, this project consistently ranks high on Remodeling magazine’s Cost v. Value report. Data from the 2010-11 survey indicates that 83.9 percent of your […]

Should You Paint Your Roof White?

Should You Paint Your Roof White?

During the sweltering days of summer, painting your roof white seems like a fantastic idea. The idea is to make your roof more reflective so that it doesn’t absorb as much heat, which will keep your house cooler–and likely lower your energy bills, too. If you aren’t due for a […]

Keep Your Grass Green During A Heat Wave

Keep Your Grass Green During A Heat Wave

I’m about to make a strong statement: I hate summer. Don’t get me wrong – I love spending time outside, swimming, dining al fresco, going to the lake. But Kansas City (and much of the country) is in the middle of a loooong heat wave, and I’m fed up. If […]

Windows May Be Your Home’s Weak Spot

Windows May Be Your Home’s Weak Spot

When it comes to home security, you can easily invest a lot of money in a high-budget alarm and monitoring system. Yet there are also several budget-friendly things you can do to boost your home’s protection. One of your first DIY home security priorities? Your home’s windows, which are ideal […]

Create Your Own Fertilizer With Weeds

Create Your Own Fertilizer With Weeds

As soon as I saw the title of Garden Rant’s post, “Cool Stuff To Do With Weeds,” I was hooked. Because, after all, there aren’t a lot of productive things you can do with weeds–well, besides kill them, that is. But now you can add another application to your list. […]

The Power Of Pressure Washing: A Before & After

The Power Of Pressure Washing: A Before & After

We’ve talked before about pressure washers on C&H — they can help tackle a variety of jobs and can breathe new life into a variety of products. Take decks, for example. It’s likely that your deck takes quite a beating year after year, especially if you live in an area […]

Secure Your Home With Creative Landscaping

Secure Your Home With Creative Landscaping

Living in an urban environment sometimes means sacrificing some personal space. Houses are closer together, square footage is minimal, and neighbors don’t have to work very hard to be nosy with their windows practically lining up with yours. Privacy fences can be hard to squeeze into the breezeways between homes, […]

Use an Additive with Oil-Based Paint To Ensure Excellent Results

Use an Additive with Oil-Based Paint To Ensure Excellent Results

While working on our epic antique claw foot tub project, we came across a suggestion to help us with our oil paint for her exterior — moreover, to help ensure the paint application went on as smoothly and evenly as possible that we think could help with all sorts of […]

Build Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

Build Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

There’s nothing we love more than a quick DIY project that serves a practical purpose. Summer is a prime time to gather fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden or area farmers markets, but the downside is that the produce can often attract fruit flies while being stored in your […]

Hone Your DIY Skills At The Theatre

Hone Your DIY Skills At The Theatre

There are only so many episodes of home renovation shows you can watch before you get the itch to get your hands dirty. However for most of us, we didn’t grow up with tools in one hand, climbing scaffolding with the other. DIY skills are taught and learned, not innate, […]

A Quick Solution For Wood Paneling? Add Paint!

A Quick Solution For Wood Paneling? Add Paint!

I have rather strong feelings about wood paneling. As in, I hate it. I don’t mean to offend you if you’re a wood paneling fan, but I think it darkens and dates a room. So what can you do if faced with a room full of wood paneling? The obvious […]