While in high school I volunteered regularly with Habitat for Humanity. During summers I joined dozens of people on a week-long work camp to raise rafters, paint house exteriors, or drywall. On Saturdays during the year I spackled and painted at a local house.
Although I didn't realize it then, these rudimentary construction projects gave me confidence with the DIY projects I've faced as a homeowner.
Of course, I'm still learning little tricks of the trade. For example, I recently discovered that one Post-It note makes drilling virtually mess-free. Simply bend a Post-It, adhere it to the wall below your drill marks, and catch the drywall dust neatly instead of letting it fall to the floor.
It's foolproof, unless you drop the Post-It and spill the drywall dust that it had so cleverly captured, which is what I did when I recently hung curtains. (Note to self: cradle that Post-It carefully as you move about.)
As for those newly-hung curtains, I noticed that they didn't drape well at the bottom. Because the fabric was lightweight, the edges billowed outward instead of falling straight downward.
I brainstormed how I could fix this easily and inexpensively, and I came up with these homemade weights by stacking a few pennies, gluing them together, and adhering them to a paper clip. Each weight costs only four cents (literally), and they unobtrusively fasten to the curtain's inner hem.
The result is that my curtains now drape beautifully. As an added bonus, if I'm ever desperately short on petty change, I instantly know where I can find a stash of coins.
While you're visiting, check out the before and after pictures from my tray table project, which is one of my final house goals for the summer. It's been a good run.
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