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7 Ideas for a Quick Bathroom Makeover

Nothing decreases the value and appeal of your home like an outdated bathroom, but you don’t have to break the bank to complete a bathroom makeover. Some paint, a new vanity and faucet, and a few decorating and design ideas can give your bathroom a much-needed facelift, in just one weekend.

Replace the Vanity

Your vanity is one of the most used items in your home and so it can quickly look worn and dingy and make your bathroom look the same. Replacing your vanity can be a great way to make a big impact on your bathroom makeover. Vanities are available in a variety of colors, dimensions and finishes, ranging from inexpensive basic models to designer originals. When you’re shopping for a new one, pay attention to size — you can go a little larger than your existing vanity, as long as the replacement won’t crowd existing fixtures or overpower the room.

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Too Cold to Garden?

How to Start Seeds Indoors for Spring


While it may be cold outside, you can still enjoy your love of gardening by starting seeds inside your home in preparation for the warm weather ahead. Keep reading to find out how to grow seeds indoors, when to start and what you’ll need.

Step 1: Prepare Planters

Timing is critical. If you start your seeds too soon, they may grow out of their containers before spring arrives. Start them too late and they won’t be ready in time. A good rule to follow is to start your seeds about eight weeks before the last expected spring frost. Consult your local weather channel or conduct an Internet search for the almanac forecast in your area.

Choose a starter planter with proper drainage. Get creative! Seed flats, peat pots, plastic cups, egg cartons, even takeout boxes with holes poked in the bottom work well. In general, your planting containers should be at least 3″ to 4″ deep. Fill them to about 1/4″ from the top with soil.


Egg cartons and peat pots need to be soaked in water before adding soil and seeds or they will draw moisture out of the soil.