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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. Ivy Topiaries with Andrew Beckman

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    Formal but not at all fussy, ivy topiaries are living decorations that appeal to just about everybody. Andrew Beckman, gardening editorial director for Martha Stewart Living, showed how to assemble one on "The Martha Stewart Show."

    For step-by-step instructions, see our Ivy Topiaries How-To.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009
  3. Martha's Greenhouses

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    When it is winter and most plants outside are dormant, Martha loves to spend time inside her two greenhouses, which are packed full of beautiful plants on her property in Katonah, New York.

    The greenhouses hold her tropical plants (plants that live outdoors in the summer but need to come indoors during colder months), larger plants such as Australian Tree Ferns, citrus plants such as Kumquat trees, topiaries, cacti, succulents, and several types of vegetables and herbs.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010
  4. Plant Swatch

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    The next time you make a trip to the nursery to fill a gap in your garden, take along a bundle of clippings from the surrounding bed (bind the stems with a piece of twine). Having samples of your plants will help you choose new flora that fits right in.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2010
  5. Good Thing

    Supply-Securing Cord

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    Use bungee cords to keep items from tumbling off freestanding shelves. The cords are especially helpful in high-traffic areas, such as the garage, where shelves might get jostled. Hook a cord across the front of a shelf, or use an extra-long one to wrap around the sides as well. If the cord isn't taut, wrap slack around the leg, then hook the cord to itself.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2006
  6. Family Organizer

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    Setting up a bin in the entryway for each member of the household is a good way to keep this busy space tidy. And with umbrellas, hats, and sunglasses near the door, leaving the house will no longer require last-minute searches. Use an existing wall-mounted coatrack to make this custom organizer. To start, drill a hole in the end of each of two 1-by-4-inch wooden rails to fit the coatrack pegs. Paint rails to match rack; let dry. Hang rails from pegs. Attach evenly spaced wire baskets using screw hooks.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2006
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