Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mrs. FIXIT's 25 Days of Christmas

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Holiday Decor on a Dime

Christmas decorations are part of the festivities for the holidays. But those baubles can add up to a big price tag. Well I have some ideas for decorating on a budget on a budget.

1. Get some holiday ribbon and use it to tie some bows around throw pillows. It adds a quick festive touch and the ribbon and can be used year after year.

2. Take last years Christmas cards or copy pages from a holiday book and cut it up, frame it up and hang it up for holiday artwork with a big impact. Use frames you already have and just layer your holiday art over the existing art and the cost is next to nothing.

3. Sugared fruit is really expensive, but you can make your own, just lay out some newspaper, place the inexpensive faux fruit on the paper, spray it evenly with adhesive and then dust it with glitter.

4. Drape a winter scarf over a side table as a festive table runner.

5. No centerpiece? No problem. Lay a wreath or fresh greens flat on the table. Add some ribbons and ornaments and put a candle in the center. Boom you have an instant eye catcher for the table.

6. You can also add Christmas balls or fruit in a large jar or vase for some added sparkle. Hang small wreaths fashioned from backyard greens in windows and on mirrors for a bit of the unexpected so you don't have to spend a lot to make a big impact this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nail Pops

If your lumber wasn't properly dried when your house was built, it may cause the heads of nails to "pop". If this is a problem in your house there is an easy solution!

1. Make sure you use wallboard screws to repair your nail pops. These screws have a threaded shank that not only holds the wallboard securely, but also will resist popping in the future. The best thing to do at this point is to remove the popped nail, but this may cause damage to your wall. If you don't want to risk the damage, just drive it back into the wall leaving a slight indentation.

2. Secure wallboard in place by pressing up against it so you're sure it is snug to the studs and drive a wallboard screw into the wall about two inches above the existing nail just deep enough to leave an indentation.

3. Repeat the process with a fastener two inches below the pop.

4. When the repair is finished, use a putty knife to fill the dents with spackling. Let it dry thoroughly. Then sand it down and touch up with some paint.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kitchen Catchall

Have you ever found a solution to a problem that you thought, why didn't I think of that sooner? Well, I have some kitchen tips that will fit that bill.

1. You love those fancy pressed sandwiches from your favorite restaurant, but you don't want to spend a fortune on a press, no problem! Grab a heavy cast iron pan, set it on top of your sandwich and it will press it into the grilling surface just like those expensive presses. (You could also use a plain old brick wrapped with a couple of layers of aluminum foil).

2. If you heat a brick in the oven it can also be used in the bottom of a breadbasket to keep your rolls toasty warm, just make sure you use an oven mitt.

3. If you're sick of your green food turning brown, a little vitamin C powder will keep basil, spinach and avocados a beautiful green. Just sprinkle it over the freshly chopped veggies.

4. Have you ever gone to empty your food processor only to have the blade crash into the bowl? If you put your middle finger in the hole in the bottom you'll hold the blade in place!

5. That does it, some easy solutions to some kitchen frustrations!

Shampoo & Shower Caps

Both shampoo and shower caps can be used all over the house, not just in the bathroom.

1. Use shampoo to clean your hairbrush. Fill your sink with hot water, add two tablespoons of shampoo and let your brushes and combs soak for an hour or so. Then just rinse them clean.

2. If you have greasy looking spots on your clothes left behind by liquid fabric softener, dab the spots with a little shampoo and then wash in cold water.

3. If you run out of dish soap, squirt a little shampoo in the sink.

4. If you're going to be away for a few days, water your plants and cover them with a shower cap. This will create a mini green house and keep the plants moist.

5. Attach them to the bottom of hanging plants when you water them to catch drips.

6. If you run out of plastic wrap, pull a shower cap on the dish, and seal the freshness in.

7. You can also use them to cover food in the microwave; no more splatters.

Green Cleaning

Green cleaning is all the rage, and for good reason who wants to breathe in those nasty chemicals. Believe it or not it's the cleaners I've been telling you about for years that are your greenest bet! What's in your green cleaning kit? White vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will take care of most household cleaning jobs.

1. For all kinds of floors from tile to wood, grab the white vinegar. A quarter cup of vinegar mixed into a gallon of hot water will break through dirt and grime and it won't leave behind any residue like some other cleaners!

2. Need something with a little abrasive action? Grab your baking soda. Spray water on the surface and then sprinkle with baking soda. Then use a plain old terry washcloth to scour away stains and soap scum!

3. Toilets? Flush the toilet to wet the sides, and then sprinkle with baking soda. After that, spray with soda with white vinegar, let it fizz up and then scrub with a brush. Sparkly clean every time!

4. Hydrogen peroxide is a perfect cleaner for kitchen surfaces like counters, sinks and faucets. It cleans, deodorizes and sanitizes and then evaporates into water and oxygen.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Smart Solutions for Thanksgiving

With cooking and cleaning and getting ready, are we really thankful this holiday? With these simple tips you will be!

1. How many times have you been working on so many things at once your double boiler ran dry? Put a few marbles in the bottom of the pan and then fill it with water. When the water level gets too low, you'll hear the marbles banging around and know it's time to add more water.

2. Running out of something while you're baking is frustrating. Here are easy substitutions. Mix together one and a half teaspoons of both ground cloves and ground cinnamon, and you'll have a tablespoon of allspice. You can get two tablespoons of baking powder by combining a teaspoon of cream of tartar with a half a teaspoon of baking soda. Three tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa and a tablespoon of shortening is equal to a square of chocolate.

3. Keep a few ceramic tiles in the kitchen. When you're getting ready to serve dinner, heat them in the oven for a few minutes. They make great warmers in the bottom of bread and roll baskets.

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Tips!

Thanksgiving, it sounds so peaceful getting together with friends and family. But if you're in charge it can be anything but. Well, I have some ideas to help out!

1. Sit down and make a cooking timeline, write down all of the dishes that go in the oven, the temperature they need and the cooking time. Then group things together so you're not scrambling and overstuffing the oven on the big day.

2. Chop and measure ingredients in advance, you shouldn't make the stuffing ahead of time, but there is no reason that you can't chop the celery and onions and store them in plastic in the fridge. This will save you time and mess on the big day.

3. Do yourself a favor and use a disposable roasting pan. You won't have to worry about the clean up, just remember to put a cookie sheet under the pan to make it sturdier for moving.

4. And finally, for those thanksgiving stains, have some white cloths, some club soda, lemons and shaving cream on hand. Inevitably something will get spilled. And these are all purpose stain removers.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Oversized Ironing Board

If you've ever tried to iron a large tablecloth on a standard ironing board you know it can be anything but simple! Well I have an easy project to make an oversized ironing board that you can use any time you need it.

1. Your first step is to get a piece of MDF or plywood that is large enough to create an even sized ironing surface. I made mine 2 x 2 ½ feet.

2. Wrap the board in some heavy-duty aluminum foil to protect both the board and reflect the heat!

3. Next get one large or two small heavy wool blankets. Your goal is to have two thick nesses of blankets covering your entire board. Your local thrift or surplus store is a great place to find these blankets very inexpensively.

4. Smooth the two layers over the board and then use a staple gun to secure them to the underside.

5. The next step is to cover the blanket layer with a double layer of heavyweight canvas that is slightly larger when wrapped than the blanket layer so you can hit the board with staples. (If you try to secure all four layers the staples may not be able to grip the board).

Drippy Candles

Are you worried about the candles dripping on the tablecloth? If you are I have some tips to get rid of those drips.

1. Plug up your sink and sprinkle two tablespoons of salt in the bottom. Put your candles in the sink and run just enough cool water to cover them. Let your candles soak for a few hours, then just rinse and dry them off. The salt will harden the wax, which makes the candles burn cleaner and longer and their less likely to drip.

2. Another way that you can drip proof your candles is to store them in the freezer. To make sure that they don't get nicked in the freezer wrap each candle in a sheet of tissue paper and then stack the candles in a plastic shoebox. It will keep them neat and drip free! When you need a candle, just reach into the freezer, pull one out, and light when you're ready. This is also a good idea to keep your candles from getting bent and warped in heat and humidity!

3. If you have black soot marks on your candles clean them off with a soft cloth and a little rubbing alcohol.

Paint Applicators

You have your paint, your drop cloth and tape, but what's the best applicator for the job? Well I have some ideas

1. The old standby, a brush. Is still a great choice? They come in lots of sizes and styles, they're easy to use; give you nice coverage and if you buy a good one it can last for years.

2. Don't like working with a brush? Paint pads give you a crisp edge and a smooth finish; it's a great choice for a novice because it gives you more control. I like using a wide paint pad on furniture, nice, even coverage. The tricky part is you have to work in one direction. And if you have curvy areas a paint pad won't work well, you'll need a foam or bristle brush!

3. If you're trying to cover a big space, like a room, you'll need a brush or a pad to cut in around windows and doors, but I would choose a roller for the walls. It allows you to blend paint easily across the wall so you don't have overlap lines. The key to choosing the right roller is nap, that's the fuzzy cover on the roller. Rough surfaces like stucco need a long nap; choose a shorter nap for smooth surfaces like drywall. Another tip, buy a roller with beveled ends; It'll give you a smoother finish than a roller with blunt ends.

Rust Problems

Do you have rust problems around your house? If you do, I have some easy ways to get rid of it, and some great ways to keep it from coming back! The bathroom is an easy place to get rust. It's almost always moist and doesn't usually get enough circulation.

1. If a shaving cream can is leaving a ring of rust in your bathroom, just scrub the rust with a scouring pad. Dry the can and paint the bottom with some clear nail polish. This will seal it and prevent the rust from returning.

2. How about screws on the back of your toilet? To loosen rusted screws or bolts use some penetrating oil, or a cloth soaked in any carbonated beverage. Just let it sit for about an hour or so.

3. To clean away stubborn rust try a paste of salt and lemon juice.

4. For rust on scissors, tweezers and other metal implements in the bathroom, just soak them in water with a little ammonia for about 10 minutes. Then scrub them with a steel wool soap pad. Rinse and air dry.

Dusting 1-0-1

Here it is dusting 101. My favorite ideas for getting dusting done in less time with better results

1. Put together a little dusting kit. First, the tools, include a dust mop that you won't use for floors, dust cloths, good choices are cotton socks, gloves, diapers or cheesecloth, paintbrushes for getting dust out of crevices and used dryer sheets for quick cleaning and cutting static

2. Then the cleaners, your favorite polish, some lemon oil, toothpaste for removing white moisture rings from wood before dusting, various shades of waxy shoe polish for covering scratches

3. Off to work. Start from the top! Use your dust mop to clean dust and cobwebs from ceiling moldings, and the tops of doors.

4. Use a paintbrush for ceiling fixtures. Once all of the high areas have been hit, pull on the socks or gloves, or grab two cloths. Spray each with some polish and clean doors, casings, and furniture, working with both hands at once will get the job done quickly and you're less likely to miss a spot!

5. Dust electronics with used dryer sheets, the static cutters will help repel dust and keep those items cleaner, longer.

6. Pay attention to areas that are often missed while you're cleaning, like light bulbs, lampshades, baseboards, and pictures.

Dusting 1-0-1!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wash Day Wonders

Does it seem like laundry is a never-ending chore? Well, I have some tips to make your washday woes disappear!

1. When washing a brightly colored item for the first time, add a teaspoon of Epsom salts to the water to keep the material from fading or running.

2. No epsom salts? Soak brightly colored clothes in cold salt water before washing them, it will help set the colors and keep them brighter.

3. When you're washing whites and you run out of bleach, add three tablespoons of peroxide in its place.

4. Peroxide will also remove blood stains on white clothing. Just use a cotton swab to dab some on the stain, wait for it to fizz up and then launder it as you usually do. The stains will disappear.

5. Accidentally wash a wool sweater or blanket? No problem. Soak it in lukewarm water and hair conditioner. A tablespoon of hair conditioner per gallon will loosen those fibers so you can reshape the item.

6. Washing shower curtains or vinyl tablecloths? Add a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle will keep the plastic pliable and lasting longer.

Leather Furniture Care

Leather furniture adds a nice touch to any home, but sometimes knowing how to care for it can be a mystery. Here are some easy ideas.

1. You can clean your leather furniture with some saddle soap and a little water. Clean small areas at a time and use a soft cloth to dry and buff each area.

2. An easy way to polish leather furniture is to combine two parts boiled linseed oil and one part white vinegar. Just wipe it on and then use a soft cloth to buff it off.

3. Water spots will come off of leather if you dab at the spot with some white vinegar. Make sure that when the spot is gone you rub the area with a clean cloth to get rid of any vinegar.

4. If you have an ink spot on your leather, spray the stain with some hairspray and let it dry. Once it is dry, use a equal mixture of vinegar and water to clean away the hairspray and the stain!


Thanksgiving, it means family, friends, turkey, and loads of stress. Well, I hope I can take some of that stress away with a few of these ideas.

1. Start first by cleaning out the fridge early, before you do the grocery shopping. This way you won't have groceries sitting out while you're trying to find room in the fridge.

2. If you're making bread stuffing, buy day old bread from the bakery. You need to let it dry out anyway and day old bread is cheaper than fresh.

3. If you prefer cornbread stuffing, forget the cornbread and buy corn muffins; it will save you time and mess!

4. Waiting for turkey to come out of the oven to make the gravy can put a wrench in your timeline, buy some turkey legs and roast them early in the morning. Use the pan drippings from those pieces to make your gravy. Then the gravy is done when you want it, and you'll have a couple extra legs, which can make for happy guests!

5. Make sure you organize and match up your plastic leftover containers before thanksgiving day, this way when you're full of turkey and stuffing you won't have to dig through the cupboard trying to match up lids!


If you have ever found yourself spending a lot more time on a project than you should, here are some easy time savers that will help you.

1. To mark the same measurement several times, wrap a rubberband around a yardstick.

2. Use a quarter to open a can of paint. Put it in the lip of the can and turn it.

3. To sharpen a dull utility knife, slide the blade back and forth along the strike panel on a matchbox! It will sharpen that knife in no time!

4. If you don't have a rubber mallet, cut a slit in an old tennis ball and put it on the head of any hammer. It will act as a buffer and protect your project.

5. If you stick a magnetic strip to the side of your hammer you'll be able to keep track of tiny nails while you're working.

6. Pull a saw through a bar of soap before you start using it and you won't have to keep stopping to clean the sawdust off of the blade!

Flour Power!

Flour's used for all sorts of recipes, but I have some uses that go beyond cookies and casseroles.

1. Store flour in a grated cheese shaker, it's perfect for dusting surfaces but it also an easy way to keep flour on hand to soak up grease spills or douse grease fires. Simply sprinkle the flour over the splatters or flames for a quick solution!

2. Mix together equal parts of flour, salt and vinegar to make a paste that will quickly clean tarnish from household brass and copper. Simply spread the mixture onto the metal and then buff it to a shine.

3. Squeeze some flour through a squirt bottle onto the back of pantry shelves, and pests won't walk through the flour, which will keep your food safe!

4. If your child is out of glue and you need to get a school project finished, bring a half a cup of flour and a cup and a half of cold water to a boil and simmer it until it's thick and smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and allow it to cool to room temperature. Use a paintbrush or cotton swab to apply the glue to the project!

5. Clean playing cards by putting them in a paper bag with some flour. Then just seal and shake. Dump them out onto a towel and they'll be grime free!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Home Plumbing Kit

A plumbing emergency kit is a great idea for any household; it will get you through a leaky faucet or a clogged toilet with ease!

1. First trick in a plumbing emergency isn't in the toolbox, it is basic knowledge. Know where the shut offs are for each sink and toilet as well as the whole house.

2. A good plunger is a must. Make sure it is made of a heavy rubber and has good suction power. You can get a bulb type plunger or this kind with a fold out head that sits snugly in the toilet bowl.

3. A good quality snake can help free clogs that are deeper in the system than a plunger.

4. Assorted pipe wrenches are also a must. The most common needed for household repairs are ten and eighteen inches. A big adjustable wrench is also a good idea to have on hand.

5. A couple of offset screwdrivers will help you get to hard to reach places behind sinks and toilets.

6. Some tools you might not have thought of; petroleum jelly, cola and a magnet. The petroleum jelly will lubricate sticky threads on an aerator or rejuvenate a dried up valve seat in a toilet. Cola will help loosen a sluggish drain or eat away the rust on a stuck bolt. And a magnet, tied to a string will fish clippers, tweezers and bobby pins out of a drain!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Three Ring Binders

Are you finding it impossible to keep track of everybody's busy schedule? Is paperwork taking over your house? Well what are you supposed to do? Grab a big fat three ring binder. A binder is a great way to keep track of all of the family going-ons. It is self-contained, easy to add on to and available for quick and easy reference.

1. Make a divider tab for each family member; I like dividers with pockets so I can easily stash items that I can't punch and file.

2. Print out some calendars from your computer then file them in the front. At the end of the day, or when you're opening the mail, mark the calendar, punch the papers and file everything in the appropriate section. This system allows you to keep track of your family's schedules, bills, appointments and lives without running around the house the morning a permission slip is due.

3. Some easy ways to keep your piles of paperwork organized and keep the family on track.

Child's Play

Sure kids are fun, but they're a lot of work too. I have some easy tips to make life with little ones just a bit easier.

1. Before you pack a lunch, freeze your child's juice boxes. They'll have plenty of time to thaw, but will be nice and cold when the child is at lunch.

2. Protect a curious toddler by winding lamp cords around table legs. The cord will be less noticeable. Therefore, they'll be less likely to pull the lamp off the table.

3. Need an easy way to clean the mess from under a high chair? Put a shower curtain or vinyl tablecloth under the chair before meals. This will catch all of the mess so it can easily be gathered up and shaken into the garbage.

4. If your little one likes to finger-paint, but you hate the mess, set them up on the inside of the dishwasher door. It's just the right height for a little art table and you can close the mess up inside and run the machine to clean it.

5. If you're worried your older child isn't brushing long enough, but you don't want to stand there beside them, grab your egg timer. When the sand runs out, their job is done.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Turkey Baster

If you only pull out your turkey baster on thanksgiving you're missing out on some great alternative uses for these little wonders!

1. In the kitchen, sure it can baste a turkey, but it will also make filling muffin tins and making pancakes much easier, just suck up some batter and then squirt it right where you need it.

2. If you drop an egg you can use a turkey baster to easily suck up the majority of the mess, then simply wipe up whatever is remaining!

3. If you overfilled the coffeemaker, use a turkey baster to remove the excess water without making a big mess.

4. Fresh flowers last longer when you add freshwater every couple of days, rather than bringing the arrangement to the faucet, uses a turkey baster to get water down into the vase with no mess! It can also help you reach high plants to water them without climbing.

5. If you have a baby in the house, add a turkey baster to your bath supplies for a gentle rinse that won't scare the little one!

Problem Solved

I have some solutions to some annoying household problems, coming up next.

1. Everyone runs into some little problems here and there. Well, I have some solutions that'll help.

2. If you need some targeted light while working in a dark area, attach a little clip on reading light to the visor of a baseball cap. The light will move with you and direct that beam just where you need it.

3. Cleaning the glass of a light fixture that can't be removed can be tricky. Well, once it's cool spritz some rubbing alcohol on a sponge tipped paintbrush. The brush will give you a longer reach and will easily clear the glass inside the fixture. These brushes also work great for reaching tight corners on windows and glass doors.

4. Vacuming and can't find the crevice tool. Well in a pinch, attach one end of a paper towel tube to your vacuum nozzle and flatten the other end. This will allow you to easily reach under your stone or refrigerator or cabinet.

5. Looking for a longer reach? Try a wrapping paper tube.

Carpet Vinaigrette

If you have a carpet stain would you think to grab the vinegar. Well, you should, cause it can cut through some of the toughest stains.

1. Gum on carpets is a nightmare, but vinegar can actually help to dissolve it away. Pour white vinegar directly onto the gum and let it sit for a minute, then use a paper towel to start easily pulling the gum out of the carpet fibers. Follow up with a little soapy water to clean up the vinegar and you're all set!

2. Dried glue on a carpet can also be dissolved with white vinegar. warm the vinegar for thirty seconds in the microwave, then dip a white cloth with it. Lay the cloth over the glue and leave for five minutes. once the glue had softened you'll be able to remove it from the carpet with a spoon and then just follow it up with some soapy water.

3. If you have chocolate stains on your carpet, mix together a half a cup of white vinegar and a cup of water and use that along with a white cloth to blot out any stains. Change the cloth frequently to be sure you don't redistribute the stains. This vinegar and water solution also works great on coffee spills.


Wait a minute, don't throw away those fruit containers, take a look at the packaging, I can show you how to reuse them around your home.

1. Those yummy little Clementine oranges come in a sturdy wooden crate. This crate is the perfect size for stashing items that need to be moveable, like oils and spices to the stove, condiments and silverware to the table or craft supplies to your work area.

2. Check out the plastic tab that comes on a bag of apples. It's a nice disposable tool for smoothing a caulk line, scraping glue off of a project or scraping paint splatters off of glass.

3. The plastic snap top containers that berry and grapes come in are great for ribbon or string storing or dispensing. Simply line up the spools and thread the ends through the hole in the top. Or how about holding needles, thread, and scissors for a small sewing kit. Its also a great little basket to stash in the sink. If you don't have a disposal, scrape plates and debris into the container, the water seeps out the bottom. When you're finished you can easily dump everything into the trash.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Don't you hate it when someone knocks on your door and you can't see who it is? Why not install a one way door viewer? It's easy to do!'

1. Determine how high you want the door viewer and mark off the height in the center of the door on both sides.

2. Drill a hole straight through the door (check the packaging on your viewer to see what size drill bit you need).

3. Roll some sandpaper small enough to fit the hole, and pull it back and forth several times to smooth out the hole.

4. Insert the door viewer and screw the two sides tightly together.

Broken Bulbs

What do you do if your light bulb breaks off in the socket? Well, don't worry I have a few ways to get that bulb out and a way to keep a bulb from getting stuck in the first place! Always remember to unplug your lamp or turn the power off at the circuit

1. Grab a pair of needle nose pliers. Hold the lamp between your knees so you have both hands free. Then, put the pliers into the broken off base and open them up. Using continuous pressure on the pliers, twist the bulb out of the socket.

2. Another way to get a broken bulb out is to cut a potato in half and push the raw end into the broken glass and twist. It will remove the bulb and keep your hands safe from cuts!

3. Or try a tennis ball. Press it over the broken base and twist, just be careful not to cut yourself when you remove it the rest of the way.

4. Grab some petroleum jelly and coat the base of the bulb before you put it in your lamp. This will keep your bulb from getting stuck in the first place.

Small Appliance Tips

Small appliances are indispensable in the kitchen. If you need some easy ways to keep yours clean and running well, these ideas are for you!

1. To clean and sharpen the blades on your coffee grinder, pour half a cup of uncooked rice into the grinder and then run it for a minute or so.

2. To keep electric and manual can openers turning smoothly, run a piece of waxed paper through the blades.

3. Get all of the food out of your blender by throwing a handful of ice cubes and some lukewarm soapy water into it. Turn it on and let it run on high for a couple of minutes. The ice scours the blades and can get all of the hard to reach areas nice and clean!

Autumn Checklist

Fall, it brings football, crisp cool air and the knowledge that winter is right around the corner. Well I've got a checklist so you don't fall behind this season.

1. Clean and put away your gardening tools, wash them with warm soapy water making sure to get all of the surfaces clean. When the tools are clean and dry coat them with a thin layer of oil or petroleum jelly to prevent the formation of rust while they're not in use.

2. Clean and put away your patio furniture.

3. Have a heating professional come in and check out your furnace before you need it. Annual maintenance makes good sense and taking care of it before you need the heat will save you long wait times later on.

4. Walk around your house and check the caulking and weather stripping. This is an ideal time to remove or replace any that is damaged or missing.

5. Autumn is also a good time to order and stack wood for wood burning stoves and fireplaces.

6. An easy way to help prevent wet basements during the rainy season is to simply install a splash block at the end of your gutter's downspout. This will help keep water away from your basement and help with dampness.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Knob Know How

Don't think of knobs and drawer pulls as simply functional, think of them as jewelry for your furniture. They can transform the look of a piece in a few minutes, and it's a relatively inexpensive update.

1. There are a huge array of replacement knobs and pulls on the market and you can find them everywhere from home improvement centers to superstores to antique stores so look around.

2. To give a piece an eclectic look, use a different color or style knob for each spot. Glass knobs can give a newer piece an antique look for a fraction of the cost of the antiques.

3. You don't have to limit your self to what you can find in the store either, try picking up knobs at your local craft store and painting them yourself for a one of a kind look.

4. For a kid's room try some wooden blocks or small toys for drawer pulls.

*Knobs courtesy of House of Antique Hardware