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  1. Good Thing

    Bucket Umbrella Stand

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    Transform an inexpensive flower bucket into a nice-looking umbrella stand by painting the bottom of the bucket with glossy oil-based enamel paint. In addition to providing color, the paint will help disguise any rust caused by dripping umbrellas. Mark the bottom third of a tall galvanized bucket (available at garden centers) with painters' tape; prime and paint this area and the bottom of the bucket. Let dry 24 hours before removing tape.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
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  2. No More Slips

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    Swatches of Ultrasuede fabric, affixed to wooden hangers with a bit of craft glue, provide just enough traction to keep delicate blouses, camisoles, and other hard-to-hang garments from tumbling to the closet floor.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  3. Kitchen Tip: Keeping Burners Splatter-Free

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    Here's an easy way to protect the other burners on your stovetop when frying or sauteing.

    Place a rimmed baking sheet upside down over nearby burners to shield them from splatters, which are often hard to clean up. Then simply wash the sheet.

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    Everyday Food, June 2004
  4. Furniture Footprints

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    Before you spend an afternoon rearranging the furniture (or invest in a new set), do a trial run with a set of paper templates -- no heavy lifting required. Measure dimensions of each piece, then transfer them onto kraft paper. Cut out the templates, label them, then lay them on the floor in the intended spots. If you feel like leaving the templates for a few days (to ensure that the new arrangement flows well and is practical), stick them in place with safe-release painter's tape.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2006
  5. Wallpapered Shelves

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    Add a splash of personality to a lackluster work space by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper. Measure the shelf, and cut the wallpaper slightly longer than shelf and wide enough to wrap around it with an overlap. Use wallpaper paste to affix the wallpaper to the shelf, pasting one side at a time. Cut slits into excess paper at ends, forming flaps; fold down, and affix with paste. Let dry completely, and hang shelves as usual.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
  6. Sewing Repair Kit in a Binder

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    Where's an extra button when you need one? Find sewing supplies fast in this three-ring-binder repair kit. Add zipper pouches and a felt needle holder (use spray starch to make felt sturdier). 

    Mini three-ring binder, $16, russellandhazel.com. Zipper pouches, $3 each, containerstore.com (punch new holes as needed to fit binder).

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2011
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