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  1. Modern Chair Makeover

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    Wake up a tired piece of furniture by giving the legs a glossy enamel finish. We updated a classic wing chair with sunny yellow oil paint. 

    Sand the legs lightly with medium-grit sandpaper. Apply 1 coat of oil-based primer, followed by 2 coats of oil-based paint. Allow plenty of drying time between applications. 

    If you're not planning to reupholster the piece, protect the fabric well with plastic sheeting; attach it with painters' tape, smoothing the tape into the creases where fabric meets wood.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2009
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  2. One Last Look

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    Two full-length mirrors hidden inside the doors (plus a third along the unit's back wall) provide a tailor's multiview reflection. This area houses items typically donned just before leaving -- shoes, ties, belts, and watches.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  3. Carry and Wash

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    A pair of canvas bags -- one for laundry, the other for dry cleaning -- eliminates sorting later and makes for easy transport. Clear luggage tags on each indicate the appropriate cleaning method. You can also insert your contact information to streamline drop-offs at the cleaner.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  4. Dust Jackets

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    Twenty-inch cloth napkins (or same-size squares of fabric) become protective covers for coats and vests that don't need to be stored in garment bags. Each is pierced in the center and reinforced with a grommet to slide over a hanger.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  5. Clearing the Air

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    Line the bottom of shoe storage containers with tongue-and-groove cedar planks. The aromatic wood helps neutralize any odors and helps maintain a fresh-smelling closet.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  6. Greener Garden-Bed Prep

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    If you need to create a new garden bed but prefer not to resort to chemicals, try this technique. Lay stacks of 4 to 6 sheets of newsprint side by side on the grass, overlapping edges, to mark the desired shape of the bed. Soak paper with a hose, and cover with 2 inches of mulch. You can plant directly in the prepared area, using a trowel to pierce the layers.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
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