MaryAnne Petrella

10 Ways to Remove Cigarette Smells from Furniture
Get rid of any smoky smells that are lingering on precious pieces of vintage furniture.
Nov 27, 2023
Stink-Stopper: How To Clean Up Cat Urine
Whether you own cat has had an accident, or the neighborhood Toms have decided to leave their calling card, that awful smell of cat urine is something that you don’t want to linger. Save yourself from the olfactory assault with this trusted and true household product. That’s right, Vinegar to the rescue once again! This inexpensive miracle product is by far the best at tackling tough cat-related odors.
Dec 16, 2019
Convert Storage Boxes Into No-Sew Seating
If you live in a small space that is short on closets you may find yourself surrounded by a variety of “storage solutions.” Unfortunately, the visual appeal of giant plastic boxes is pretty low, so why not convert your rubbermaids to a relaxing reading nook?It’s amazing what a quilted bedspread, a couple of throw pillows and a faux fur rug can do!
May 7, 2019
Before & After: IKEA LACK Side Table Ottoman
At $7.99 the LACK table from IKEA is a popular purchase. Supremely simple in design, this piece looks great in the living room or even as a minimalist beside table. Alas, like all things, the surface inevitably shows signs of wear—and there is only so many times you’ll want to reposition a potted plant or stack of books to strategically cover up scuffs or stains. It’s good to know that there is light at the end of tunnel when its life as a table begins to look LACK luster!
May 6, 2019
Before & After: A Cheery Chair Update!
My Mum has owned her mismatched set of reproduction Georgian dining chairs for just about 35 years. Over that time the seats have been recovered in all manner of fabrics, but until recently they retained a rather traditional air. A little white paint and a bright, bold fabric turn these chairs from formal to funky!First off, you probably noticed the after shot does not feature the exact same chair, but as mentioned, the dining set in question contain chairs of the same era with slight variation.
May 6, 2019
Seal the Deal: How To Save Space With A Vacuum
With winter well behind us in most parts, it is once again time to stow away all those bulky blankets. Here is a dead simple tip on how to save loads of space with nothing but a vacuum, a garbage bag, and a rubber band!Bulky blankets, pillows, linens, clothing, you name it!Vacuum with a hoseGarbage bagRubber band 1.Fold the blanket, winter coat or whathaveyou. Stack several on top of each other if desired.2.Place the folded material into the garbage bag.3.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Small Space Vanity
With a little convincing, a close friend recently converted her tiny front room into a fabulous walk-in closet. Because of all the natural light it was also an ideal spot for a small vanity, but finding one the right size was nearly impossible. As luck would have it, an old side table and a little problem solving went a long way. See the perfectly pretty transformation here!The table was selected because of its diminutive scale, which was absolutely necessary in such a tight space.
May 6, 2019
A Simple Green Fix For Creaky Doors
image:dee4e56cb3af5157f50825ff131859019e98e9f2 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Though not quite as bad as nails on a chalkboard, creaky, squeaky doors can still be incredibly annoying. Usually, a petroleum-based lubricant is used to silence the issue, but why not try this common household product instead?Stop the squeak with one the most versatile products in the pantry: olive oil.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Easy Revamped Pendant Light
A couple or years ago my Mum did a fantastic modern kitchen renovation incorporating all kinds of bargain finds.
May 6, 2019
8 Tips For A Cool Night’s Sleep (Without the AC!)
After a collection of heat-wave-days getting a good night’s sleep can be almost impossible. Even if it cools down in the evenings, some homes remain infected with a lingering warmth, making dream time a bit of a nightmare. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up to help me cope, but please share your own —for the summer has only just begun!Clearly, there is no A/C in my humble apartment, so scratch that from the list.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Fence Facelift
My sister moved into a great little fixer-upper a couple of years ago and this past spring our Mum joined forces with her for a three-week landscaping caper. One of the most striking changes was this fantastic fence project.Even though the old fence had seen better days, the next door neighbors weren’t ready to replace the structure outright. Rather than just sprucing up her side with some paint, Big Sis designed a modern facing to glam up the area beside her deck and patio.
May 6, 2019