It is true that window treatments create the first impression for your home. Just like eyes are the windows to your soul, your house windows are connectors between you, your home and the
world you live in.
If you think about that, it is no wonder that it is the windows that we think of first when we decorate our homes. For a very long time retailers and manufacturers of window covering industry create large variety of accessories for window treatments
I started with our unfinished basement. I had helped a neighbor take down an old 19th century barn. I used oak beams and chestnut posts to give it the old barn feel. I hand built all the
doors out of pine. The door frames and trim are chestnut barn battons. I built the hearth out of western md flagstone and wallstone. The walls and ceilings are stucco done to look like old plaster. The other side of the room is the bar I posted earlier.
Make your own dog shampoo that is better for your dog and inexpensive! These are the three main ingredients: 1) 1 cup generic brand uncolored antibacterial liquid hand soap 2) 1/4 cup glycerin (found in the pharmacy section near the rubbing alcohol) 3) 1 cup white vinegar. Mix all ingredients in two quarts of warm water (I use an empty apple juice bottle) and pour it over your dog. I still use baby shampoo for her face and do not get this mix in her eyes or ears. It pours on, soaks in,
suds up and rinses off much better than any other dog shampoo I have ever used. The antibacterial hand soap kills any bacteria on the dogs skin (which is what makes them smell "doggy"), the vinegar balances the ph in their skin so they don't get flakey and itchy and the glycerine makes their coat soft and shiny. I've been using it for a couple of years and it is the best! As soon as my dog sees me mixing it up she gets into the bathtub and waits for her massage and bath.
Hi! Love the ideas and resources here and I'm really hoping for some advice.
My husband and I have rented a old farmhouse. It's well over 100yrs. old and feeling it's
age. The landlord has had very bad luck with tenants and unfortunately this once beautiful home is now very torn up. My parents were friends with the landlord's parents and I was at this house often when I was a child. It's a shame what it is now.
Anyway we were given the opportunity to rent this place for extremely, extremely low rent. We are losing our house to foreclosure and jumped at the chance to have this since our 3 kids won't have to change schools and we won't have to get rid of our pets. I HATE that we are losing our own home but unfortunately due to lay offs we had no health insurance and my husband suddenly had a tumor come up that was testicular cancer. We lost everything due to it. I am trying to make the best of things and make the best "new" home possible for our children but it's very hard with our limited finances. We barely have money for the paint we need.
So back to the floors. We have skids and skid tops, very good, non chemically treated pine that we can cover the floors with. We had planned to do that and I was either going to stain or paint them...whichever was the least expensive way to go. Now I'm wondering if we just can't patch these holes in the living room and paint the existing floor.
For the hole in the hallway we had planned to patch that all along as it's just one hole and there is already evidence of a hole that has been filled with something in the past. I just don't have any clue what to use to patch the holes! I've done lots of research but I'm still confused about what product to use that will be strong enough. I do not want to have to cut a larger hole unless we have no other choice. We already had to do that in the dining room and jack up/replace the beams and now will have to cover that whole floor with the pine wood we have. Due to time constraints I'm really hoping to just be able to patch and paint these floors.
What do you suggest I use for the easiest, most economical way to fix these?
Thanks! Sorry this got so long. Guess I felt the need to explain.
Commented on Oct 12, 2012
I've "made over" many old homes and one of my favorite economical fixes for holes in the floor
like these is something called Durhams Water Putty - it's a powder that you mix as you need it (no more dried out containers of putty) - it can be stained before or after it is dry, though it tends to stay lighter than stained wood would.
However, if you can't get underneath to block the hole off somehow, filler is no good - in the old days they used to cut pieces of tin (flashing, storage tins, soup cans, whatever), sand or file the rough edges, flatten them with a hammer and tack them over holes with tiny nails. I have used this method myself for a temporary fix if I plan on putting a rug or carpet down or just want to cover the hole for awhile so I stop losing small items down it!