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By Brett McKay

Mandal Headboard Wall Hack

Materials: 2x MANDAL headboards, 1/4" plywood with a finished surface, 2" x 4" lumber, at least 8ft long, brackets, wood screws, black paint, wood saw, screwdriver, drill to make starter holes for screws Description: I like the MANDAL headboards, except for three things: 1. A single headboard looks too short above the MANDAL bedframe. 2.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Haircut Edition

I love the feel of a simple haircut. I love the sensation of the hair leaving my head. I love running my fingers through my newly-shortened hair. I love the sense of wind blowing through the shortened hair, causing a sensation on my scalp that I haven’t felt in a while. It’s really the simple things that make life worthwhile. Should I Get a Prenup? Yes!

The 10 Words That Will Make Any Freelancer Wealthy

There are ten simple words that can make you a wealthy freelancer. That is, if you take them seriously.

Frankenkia TV Wall

Materials: (2) Tobo TV panels, 1 Tobo Storage unit, (2) Benno CD Towers Description: (2) Tobo TV Panel with Media Storage (2) Benno DVD Tower #1 - We built the Tobo Storage unit and attached the metal brackets from the TV panel. Usual stuff, followed the directions. So boring but that's it.... Now the fun part. Click to read more>>

The Many Ways to Know and Control the Flow of Your Dough

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. How do you know what it costs to be you?

Filling the Void: Thoughts on Learning and Karma

Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Photo: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. -Viktor E.

10 Ways for Workaholics To Slow down and Enjoy life

With our hectic lives and severely over-packed schedules, we often find ourselves lost somewhere along the way. We work so hard to live passionately and abundantly, yet that same work so often becomes nothing more than a time crunch that creates scarcity and a lack of zest for life. Luckily for us, we don’t have to stop working entirely to reclaim our excitement for what is around us.

Custom IKEA bar with storage and prep area

Materials: EXPEDIT shelves, NUMERAR Countertop, CAPITA Brackets, VIKA BYSKE Leg Description: I needed a versatile bar for my balcony and this is what I came up with. It has customizable storage and a tucked away prep area. It is also easy to get in and out of because of the single leg.

Man Knowledge: 15 Cool Spy Concealments

In a previous edition of our Man Knowledge series, we discussed the fascinating history of invisible ink.

Bleached Chevron Rug

Materials: Ikea rag rug (not avail now), Bleach, Masking Tape, Spray Bottle, Tape Measure, Towel Description: I took an old solid green rag rug from Ikea and turned it into a groovy chevron pattern to be used as a runner on a table or floor of a mudroom. 1. Lay out pattern on rug. 2. Tape off design. 3. Spray Bleach. 4. Remove Tape. 5. Beat, dry in dryer, wash, dry again. 6.

Is Your Home an Investment?

Monica writes in: Some personal finance books seem to treat a person’s home as an investment. Others don’t treat it that way at all. I’m confused as to whether I should look at my home as an investment or simply as a living requirement.

The Advice Andrew Jackson’s Mother Gave Him Before She Died

Andrew Jackson said that these were his mother’s last words to him: “Andrew, if I should not see you again, I wish you to remember and treasure up some things I have already said to you: in this world you will have to make your own way. To do that you must have friends. You can make friends by being honest, and you can keep them by being steadfast.

Under Stairs Pantry

Materials: Kitchen Cabinets Description: Pretty simple really, as you can see from the picture, I just modified one short and two tall cabinets to fit under our stairs. I think it came out well. ~ Brian Ledig, Sebastopol, CA

Art of Manliness Movember 2011: Halfway Mark Update!

As you all know, the Art of Manliness is taking part in Movember, an annual month long fundraiser, where men grow mustaches and raise money for men’s health issues–specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and male depression. We’re halfway through the month and I just wanted to give an update on how the AoM Movember Team is doing so far. Total AoM Team Members: 515 Total Amo

Success Happens When You Find Your Niche

Nicole Ouellette’s journey from full-time employee to small business owner isn’t atypical of many other young entrepreneurs.