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Here’s How You Can Take Advantage of the Only Cleaning Tool With a Built-In Timer

Here’s How You Can Take Advantage of the Only Cleaning Tool With a Built-In Timer

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Saturdays often come with a deep-seated feeling, maybe from long-ago instilled childhood habits, that some cleaning should probably get done. Maybe your first weekend morning is regularly sheet-washing time, or maybe you relish eschewing the designated chore time now that you’re an adult.

Either way, if you’re up for a weekend project, this one’s fun and easy. We’re going to take one Magic Eraser (or a generic melamine sponge—they’re the same thing) and “erase” smudges and dirty spots all over the house until the Magic Eraser is all used up.

The payoff is twofold: By using the Magic Eraser until it’s “finished,” you’ll be motivated to keep scrubbing long past your usual stopping point, tackling some areas that rarely get cleaned. And you’ll also save yourself from the awkwardness of storing a half-used, dirty-looking sponge. You will have used one to its absolute full potential—and you’ll have some spotless areas around the house to show for it.

Read more: How Do Magic Erasers Work?

This Weekend: Use one whole Magic Eraser.

The challenge this weekend is to go around and clean things that you didn’t realize were as dirty as they are. Here are some suggestions for how to use your Magic Eraser:

If you’re not a Magic Eraser user, you can still take this one on. Just grab your normal tools—a sponge, rag or scrub brush—and set a timer for an hour or so, cleaning everything you can until the timer stops.

You can catch up with weekend projects right here. Share your progress with us and others by posting updates and photos on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #atweekendproject.

Remember: This is about improvement, not perfection. Each week you can either choose to work on the assignment we’ve sent you, or tackle another project you’ve been meaning to get to. It’s also completely okay to skip a weekend if you’re busy or not feeling the assignment.

Published at Fri, 29 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000

Before and After: A $3,000 DIY Bathroom with Ritzy Spa Vibes

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Your bathroom can make or break your morning routine, nightly unwind, and at-home spa days. If relaxed is the last feeling that comes to mind when you think of your bathroom, it very well could be those fluorescent bulbs or shoddy tiles. Sometimes a quick paint job just isn’t enough, and a full DIY bathroom reno is in order—and you don’t have to be a seasoned pro to take it on. Take homeowner Sarah Tack, who took on her bathroom’s full remodel with the help of YouTube videos and a little patience. “Our bathroom was the epitome of 1997 builder grade,” Sarah says. While they loved the light and view that this bathroom’s window offered, “everything else had to go,” she says.

“The room definitely did not live up to its surroundings, but I wanted to spend all of my time in that bathtub!” says Sarah. She and her husband saw the potential in this space, and wanted the new space to focus on subtle details. “My husband and I had never had our own bathroom apart from our two boys, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to create an escape space in the middle of being stuck at home all the time,” Sarah says.

The couple managed to do the whole reno in just a month, totally on their own—and for around $3,000. Along the way, they gained tons of new skills. “The biggest set back for us was definitely removing all of the mastic under the ugly, old tile from the house’s cement slab,” says Sarah. They tried to use a big floor buffer but couldn’t get the results they wanted, so ended up chiseling off all the old glue by hand before installing new Moroccan-inspired tile from EliteTile. “I’m so happy it worked out, because the new floor is one of my favorite elements,” Sarah says.

The couple kept the walls white (Sherwin Williams’ Snowbound), choosing instead to put color on the ceiling. The deep green (Clare’s Current Mood) has a rich, dramatic feel overhead. A new vanity, from Home Depot, feels way more elegant thanks to its raised profile and delicate hardware. Instead of a plain builder mirror above, Sarah installed a pair of beveled mirrors from Wayfair. A new vanity light with a black metal finish complements the vintage vibe.

The same old bathtub is in place, but looks brand new thanks to a clever fix. Rather than replacing the whole thing, Sarah and her husband wrapped the side in beadboard for an elevated built-in look. “Oddly the side of the tub before was a different color than the tub itself, and made it look dated and cheap,” Sarah says. “With some inexpensive materials, we were able to make it look special and custom fit to the space.”

In the end, Sarah’s biggest piece of advice is to just go for it. “We were so surprised as we went along at how manageable everything was for us. By watching a few YouTube videos we were able to complete so many tasks that seemed beyond our skill level,” she says. Another pro tip is to meticulously plan out your entire process, no matter how boring. “Keep a bookmark folder with every detail planned out, and a list of all planned expenses to stay on budget and schedule. Nothing is worse than holding up a project for a minor, but critical, missing component… and all those little things add up in your budget as well.”

Inspired? Submit your own project here.

Published at Thu, 28 May 2020 22:30:00 +0000