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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. 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
  3. Pay It Forward

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    A basket on the floor of the closet collects clothing donations for a local charity and is a reminder to donate regularly.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  4. Kitchen to Closet

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    A pair of paper-towel holders mounted on the inside of one closet door organizes scarves or ties and keeps them wrinkle-free. A kitchen-utensil rail proves to be ideal for belts: Each gets its own S hook.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  5. Garden-Variety Gift

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    A flowerpot filled with garden supplies, such as a spade, shears, seeds, and gloves, makes a good gift for any friend with a green thumb. As a bonus, attach a gift tag made from decorative paper embedded with wildflower seeds; the recipient can plant it after reading your note. On the tag's front, draw a hint of what's to come.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  6. How Much Paint?

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    You've picked your color, but how many gallons will you need for your room? Calculate the wall area of the room; you'll need one gallon for 450 square feet. 

    To determine the wall area, multiply the height of each wall by its width (don't subtract for doors and windows unless they take up more than half the wall); total the figures for the walls. Add 10 percent for future touch-ups. For two coats, double the number.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2009
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