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The Joys of Buying an Older Home

My dream home was not new construction in a planned community. It was a rambling old structure in a neighborhood that was beginning to recover after years of decline. I got the place for a song and started in on all the tasks associated with restoring it to new glory. I soon found there was a lot to do. While the house was sound, it needed to be fumigated after several years of standing vacant. All the tile needed replacing, and the floors cried out for refinishing. Little by little, I got the place ready for me to move in. Today, I like to think it is the nicest home on the block. If you are thinking of buying a fixer-upper, try my tips. From redoing the wallpaper to choosing the right pest control service, what I learned will save you a lot of time and trouble.



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Take Your Halloween Décor To The Next Level By Creating A Curtain Covered In Bloody Handprints

Decorating for Halloween can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very expensive. If you want to decorate your home for the holidays, but don't want to spend a fortune on the décor, consider creating your own. The following guide walks you through the process of creating curtains that look like they are covered in bloody handprints.

Choose the Curtains

The first thing you want to do is choose the curtains that you want to use for the project. It is best to use a light, flowy style of curtain because it will show the red handprints well. Be sure to choose curtains that are long enough to cover your entire window from top to bottom to create a finished look. Visit Cover Up Designs if you're looking for curtains.

Wash the Curtains

Next, you want to be sure to wash the curtains before you start to add the handprints. This will open the fibers of the curtain so that the dye sets better. Allow the curtain to air dry when you are finished.

Tape down the Curtain

You need to be sure that the curtain is as flat as it can be when creating the handprints. Lay the curtain on a piece of cardboard and pull it taut over the edges. Tape it into place so that it will stay smooth and flat when you go to add the handprints.

Create the Handprints

Mix red ten tablespoons of red fabric dye with a teaspoon of brown dye. This will make the red a little bit darker so that it better simulates the look of blood. Pour the mixture into a small casserole dish and then dip your hand into the dish. Allow the excess dye to drip from your hand and then press the print onto the curtain. Start at the heel of your palm and gently roll your hand toward your fingertips pulling up and away from the curtain as you roll. This will create a smooth, even print. Repeat the process until you have covered that section with prints. Once the prints have dried, you can remove the tape and move the cardboard to the next section you want to add the handprints to.

Once you have finished adding the handprints, you need to remove the dye from your hand right away. Pour rubbing alcohol over your hand and scrub it with a sponge. You then need to mix some dish soap with baking soda in equal portions to make a paste to scrub away any leftover dye. Allow the handprints to dry overnight and then hang the curtain the way you normally do.