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Traditionally, built-in bookcases are made with solid wood boards, carefully routed to make tight grooves that accept each shelf. But sawn lumber is expensive — enough oak for a 8-foot bookcase, for example, could run into thousands of dollars. Plywood that has a hardwood veneer is not only less expensive but in many cases stronger than solid softwoods like pine. Most lumberyards stock the basics: birch, maple, and oak veneer plywoods. Birch is the best wood to use if you plan to paint your bookcase, and maple lends itself to a variety of stains. But there are also special-order lumberyards...
Have you spotted this trend? Like all things popular there is a life cycle, beginning, middle, and end. Chalkboard paint is having its popular moment now. Some of us are saturated with this one already and some of us still can’t get enough. Wherever you may fall on this popular trend, chalkboard paint is worth looking at. So many uses, all for a quite small investment.Not all of us are artistically inclined but don't let this stop you from thinking about chalkboard paint. Everyone can write out a grocery list or note to a loved one. Chalkboard paint has so many applications and locations for...
It's one of the highest-traffic spots in your house. It's no wonder you cringe each time you open your pantry to reach for an ingredient. Make cleaning and organizing this kitchen workhorse a priority. The good news is that it can be a fast, relatively painless job if you take small, manageable steps. Clean First and Organize Second Here's how to clear the way. Begin by throwing things out. It feels great and alleviates a big part of the task. Start by grouping items in one of two piles. The first pile? Items to throw out - including products that are past their expiration dates, stale...

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