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Great job - you certainly got your money's worth!

You should paint over that heinous floor tile too. A halfway-decent job with floor paint will last years - long enough for you to get around to your full remodel.

Before & After: A Bold But Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeover
4/13/14 03:55 PM

Won't sewer gas (and, possibly, vermin) come up the drain pipe if there's no water in the bidet?

How To Hide an Unusable Bidet? Good Questions
3/28/14 11:56 PM

Meh. I think the original was ugly to begin with. Not every MCM piece is worth salvaging - sorry! The trash to treasure ratio was about as bad then as it is today.

The results are functional if not particularly spectacular, but the price sure is right for what appears to be a really solid piece of furniture.

Before & After: A Modern Nursery Staple on the Cheap
2/28/14 04:11 PM

This post makes me want to put on Tapestry and crochet myself a macrame vest...

How To Create Your Own Lush, Winter Blues Beating, 70s-style Indoor Jungle
2/9/14 10:17 PM

It's alright - I'm not sure I care for the color of the refinished wood on the door fronts, and I agree that the stripes actually detract from the shape of the door fronts - it seems a little busy for a modern(ized) piece.

I think I would have just painted it bright, glossy yellow, maybe with a bit of white on the frame or something. I don't even particularly care for yellow, but I think it would play well against the traditional lines of the dresser and make for an interesting, modern piece.

As for those clutching their pearls over the "destruction" of this "valuable" piece? Puh-leeze. This thing was mid-priced, mass-produced product, even back in its heyday. They're a dime a dozen.

Before & After: Karrie's Antique Dresser Rescue
1/26/14 04:36 PM

>But liquid bath products really are your best bet.

Yes and no. They tend not to leave as much soap scum behind BUT they produce gobs of plastic waste with all of their fancy bottles.

I switched back to bar soap. Much better for the environment and substantially cheaper. The minus is a bit of soap scum, but I find that mildew starts to build up in my shower anyhow if I don't clean it regularly, so the soap scum is getting dealt with, anyhow.

Keeping Your Bathroom \"Company Clean\" In 5 Minutes A Day
1/15/14 01:09 AM

Being cold appears to cause the body - even in adults - to produce more brown fat cells, as well as convert conventional fat cells into heat-generating cells which, while not quite as powerful fat-burners as brown fat cells, are still much better to have around than conventional fat cells.

This is interesting, because these cells will continue to consume - instead of store - energy, even when you aren't cold. They essentially raise your metabolism, making it much easier for you to lose weight. There's also evidence they help with insulin resistance and other issues associated with obesity.

Also note that the obesity epidemic in the West seems to at least partly correspond with the mass migration to the sunbelt (in the US) and the arrival of modern insulation and climate control systems.

Being in a cool room isn't gonna kill you. Obesity might.

Does Turning Down the Heat Really Burn More Calories?
11/23/13 01:22 AM

You absolutely need to be sure your filter will remove fluoride.

Right. Because rotten teeth are so attractive.

Beyond Water Pitchers: 4 New Ways to Filter Tap Water
9/29/13 05:42 PM

The max load per-shelf is determined by the strength of the little wooden dowels that hold each shelf in place, though. That says nothing about how much weight the entire shell can support when flipped on its side.

It's not designed to handle compression loads when flipped on its side. Whether or not it can actually do so reliably is another question. I'd probably also use it as an infill piece.

Before & After: A New Side to IKEA's Expedit
9/16/13 11:51 AM

I use CrashPlan, and backup to an external drive here in the apartment (in case my main drive crashes) as well as their servers in Minneapolis (in case the building burns down or something).

Local backup just isn't sufficient anymore.

Under $100: 10 External 1TB Hard Drives for Backup Duty
8/4/13 02:52 AM

I used to get mold or mildew or whatever growing on the ceiling of my bathroom in San Francisco (I like steamy showers - sue me). It wasn't awful - I used to take a sponge mop and remove it with ammonia - but it kept s-l-o-w-l-y growing back.

I finally got sick of its crap. Cleaned the ceiling as usual with the ammonia, rinsed well, let it dry and then mopped a solution of borax - lots and lots of borax - and water onto the ceiling and let it dry.

Voila! The mold never came back.

Kill Mold Overnight with a Simple DIY Clove Oil & Water Spray
7/17/13 01:19 AM

I trust my credit card company a lot more than I trust some random dot bomb.

Lemon Wallet Replaces the Contents of Your Wallet Daily Tech Find
7/14/13 09:59 PM

Oh, one word of caution regarding the YouCopia SpiceStack units - I don't think they'll do well with heavy glass spice jars. The trays seem a bit flimsy. The cardboard Spicely boxes can get knocked a little off kilter in the trays, but that doesn't seem to hurt anything. The trays work really well with plastic spice bottles.

Small-Space Spice System Suggestions? Good Questions
7/6/13 12:37 AM

I just got one of the large YouCopia SpiceStack units in the mail the other day. I love it! Perfect for storing spices on a high shelf - you can pull the trays out, look for the spice you want, then tuck the tray back into the unit.

I threw out a slew of 10+ year old spices and repurchased little spice bags from Spicely. I then ordered some little 1oz plastic spice containers, which just showed up in the mail today. I plan to clean 'em out, and then store the Spicely spices in the 1oz containers, two of which will fit into each little compartment in the SpiceStack's trays. This one unit should be more than big enough to hold all of my spices. A huge improvement over the double-decker lazy susans I was using before, which often resulted in a spice bottle or two tumbling down on my head.

Small-Space Spice System Suggestions? Good Questions
7/6/13 12:23 AM

It's actually pretty teeny - the footprint is much smaller than the old model. Looks more like a little vase or something.

Apple Airport Extreme Wi-Fi Base Station Daily Tech Find
6/29/13 12:54 AM

What the heck are posts about weddings doing at APARTMENT THERAPY in the first place? This has got zero to do with apartments. Sorry.

If you guys are going to have a slew of completely off topic posts, why not cover the Kepler mission's findings regarding exoplanets, or how the Australian economy has weathered the recession, or maybe Lou Reed's liver transplant? I'd be far more interested in reading about those important (or at least interesting) subjects than more lame tired crap regarding weddings, a topic the Internet is already saturated with, thank you very much.

Against the Grain: Alternatives to Throwing Rice at Weddings
6/14/13 09:13 PM

Looks nothing like Android or the Crayola-ized Windows Phone, with its ugly tiles in loud colors on an inky black background (a hideous style choice shared by Android).

I'm surprised it's not more Dieter Rams-esque. I thought it would be a total Braun-conversion given Ive's fetish for their design, but it looks as though he only went halfway between the look of iOS 6 and Ramsworld with his iOS 7.

Maybe iOS 8 will complete the transformation.

Anyhow, the functionality is much improved and it definitely looks much better. Fall can't come soon enough.

Apple Unveils iOS 7, New Mac Pro, OS Mavericks, MacBook Air, Airport Extreme, and iTunes Radio WWDC 2013
6/11/13 04:37 AM

Wait, they store your cards on their servers? What happens when their servers get hacked?

No thanks!

Lemon Wallet Replaces the Contents of Your Wallet Daily Tech Find
5/28/13 10:51 AM

More fail from Microsoft. They've sunk well north of $30 billion now into their Entertainment division - most of that into the three models of XBoxes - and after years of losing money or just breaking even they're finally making a billion a year or so off of this massive money pit.

They would have been better off taking $30 billion worth of one dollar bills and burning them to generate electricity.

This latest thing has overpriced, intrusive cash sink written all over it. My guess is even the hardcore gamer crowd will end up avoiding it - and Microsoft's grubby, greedy hands - like the plague. No used games = no sale for probably half of all gamers.

Connected Life: XBox One as All-in-One Entertainment & Communication Home Hub
5/24/13 03:19 AM

> The novelty of the college dorm crate style design will soon wear off
> and you will have wasted the resources.

No it won't, and no they didn't. I think if you painted that thing in a high-gloss white it would look sleek and modern for the rest of our lives. It could also be repurposed everywhere from the kitchen to the garage, and unlike a lot of (though certainly not all) IKEA furniture it looks to be practically indestructible.

DIY Project: Make Your Own Slatted Console Table Ana White
5/23/13 06:28 AM