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By Mark Shead

Bold painted rug

Materials: Erlsev rug, latex paint, painters tape Description: I wanted to add a bold graphic rug to my craft room without breaking the bank. I bought an inexpensive Erlsev rug and painted a graphic pattern on it. I just used painters tape to create a design, and used regular wall paint diluted with a bit of water to paint on the pattern.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Never lose your lens cap againIt might seem obvious, but it often makes sense for loss-prone items to be physically secured so they won’t end up missing when needed. Review: Real Simple’s 869 New Uses for Old ThingsThe editors at Real Simple magazine have put together a hardcover collection of multi-tasking equipment and suggestions to honor their 10th anniversary.

Online Financial Tools and Security

A long while back (was it really 2008), I wrote an overview of the web-based personal finance tools available at that time. I didn’t really give a strong recommendation to any of them, though I did end up serving as an advisor for a time with Wesabe. Today, Mint.com is clearly the frontrunner in this field, but there are many other services that offer similar financial tools via the web.

Hacker help: Any Ideas on how to replace utby structure?

Materials: Utby Description: Hi, I really need your assistance! I made a project for my kitchen, I have an old marble table 120cm*60cm (weight 60kg) and I wanted to use it over an utby structure to do a "bar zone" with stools in my kitchen.

Ikea hacked coffee table turned upholstered ottoman

Materials: Klubbo coffee table Description: When I first moved into my place, I purchased an inexpensive coffee table from IKEA. It was the right length and height for my sofa, although I was not crazy about the hard laminate top. So I decided to turn it into a ottoman I could put my feet up on. First, I purchased my supplies (which totaled around $60).

Reader Story: Long-Term Thinking Pays Off

This guest post from Heather Roth is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

3 Steps towards Positive Thinking as a Way of Life

The phrase “positive thinking” has become somewhat of a buzzword in a lot of ways in our culture today. So many books and experts suggest “positive thinking” as a solution to low self esteem and confidence issues without ever really exploring what the phrase means. Positive thinking involves much more than just deciding one day that you will change the way you think.

Some Thoughts about Holiday Cards

As November rolls forward, one end-of-year task that starts floating in my mind is holiday cards. This is usually a fairly time-consuming project for us, but I consider it to be a very worthwhile one.

Lack-based wall mounted speakers

Materials: Lack wall shelf - smallDescription: I was looking for some new speakers for my PC, but didn't want to spend a huge amount of money. I already had some old car speakers in the garage and decided to try a cheap Ikea based hack before shelling out on new audio equipment... Because I already had most of the materials required this hack cost me £15 in total.

Copy Cat Shelving

Materials: Hyllis, craft cratesDescription: I saw The Eames Inspired Shelving unit on Ikea Hackers some time ago, and was inspired myself to make something simular to put in my Studio closet to hold art supplies, gifts, etc. I didn't use the APA box in mine, nor put a piece of MDF Birch veneered plywood on the back, but I think I got the same effect.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #45

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Joyce Lock on strengths and weaknesses I’ve become a big believer in the idea that you should work to make your strengths as strong as possible so that they overshadow your weaknesses and eventually overtake them.

Graham Hill: Less Stuff, More Happiness, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Less Stuff, More Happiness by Graham Hill. In this video he makes the case for taking up less space, and showcases compact living spaces, while demonstrating cost savings and lifestyle living alternatives.

The GRS Garden Project: October 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for October 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) This installment was written by Kris while J.D. is traveling in Peru. Our gardening season is complete for 2011.

Lack Tables Tiled

Materials: 2 Lack side tables, 1 small can of primer suitable for laminate surfaces, 1 can of textured spray paint, 7 packs of glass tiles, 1 box of tile setting mat, 1 small tub of grout, 1grout sponge, and 1grout float.Description: 1. The first thing we did was coat each table with 2 coats of primer. 2.

Happiness You Can Actually Buy: The Power of a Pet

There is a general statement of wisdom out there that claims that you simply cannot buy happiness. If you are unhappy inside, buying a new sports car or new jewelry or a new outfit will really not make any difference in the long term.