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May 17

Where can I fiind this table?

I've been Maria Kondo-ing, and found this photocopy in an old decorating folder. It's old (I must have seen it before we got a color copier at work) and my searches don't turn up anything. It was painted primary colors with black borders. Anyone ever seen one? I didn't see anything like it on the Sugar Hill site.
posted by Marky at 9:26 PM - 3 answers

Why is topsoil specifically "NOT FOR CONTAINERS"?

I'm trying to buy some dirt to fill holes in my yard, and multiple products on that are marked "topsoil" have specific warnings that say "NOT FOR CONTAINERS". Why would that even be a thing? Does something awful happen if you put topsoil into a container?
posted by mccxxiii at 5:58 PM - 8 answers

Can I compost this? reclaimed woodfilter

Hey mefi, I'm getting rid of old furniture and want to break some of it up and use the wood for gardening. I have an ~25 year old wooden box spring frame that isn't glossy and has a single spot of green spray paint on it, no stamps indicating treatment. Is this safe to repurpose as a compost box or is it toxic?
posted by moonlight on vermont at 5:22 PM - 1 answers

Babyproofing this old house

Our wonderful old house is a danger zone for our upcoming baby. How do we fix it? [more inside]
posted by donut_princess at 4:09 PM - 14 answers

How do I commission a Medusa door knocker?

I live in an apartment building with dramatic 8 ft wooden doors, and almost everyone has a unique door knocker. I want to up my game and have a slightly ominous door knocker that nods to my love of mythology, and have found this image. (This is also awesome, but I kind of prefer Medusa pre decapitation). [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 12:19 PM - 16 answers

Can I eat (what I cook in) it?

Chipped out spots in cast iron pan -- does it matter? [more inside]
posted by ojocaliente at 11:16 AM - 5 answers

May 16

Creating a built-in dresser out of an ugly tiny coat closet

I have a tiny little closet - 25" wide, 24" deep and about 7' tall in my bedroom. Rather than having an ugly and not very functional closet, I was thinking about converting this into built-in drawers. What is the easiest way to attractively accomplish this? I was hoping for it not to look like a cheap Ikea organizer stuffed into a closet.
posted by arnicae at 3:24 PM - 11 answers

Pond my pool!

I want to convert a disused unground pool into a pond. What are the best resources for tackling this project? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 3:13 PM - 2 answers

May 15

Umbrellas, and pergolas and sun blocking, oh my!

We recently moved interstate and have a 2 year lease on a house in the Washington, DC area with a great deck and backyard. We also have 7.5mo old twins. And it's maybe, finally, about to be eventually warm enough to be outside on a regular basis (well, except for ALL of next week, arrrggghh) . Give us your non-destructive shade advice! [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 1:47 PM - 9 answers

"clean all the things"

Now that I'm home all the time, I'm either (a) cleaning constantly or (b) leaving messes to accumulate and then cleaning everything in an hours-long frenzy. Neither is ideal. What are some ways to make cleaning less onerous and keep my home at an acceptable level of cleanliness all the time? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 12:03 PM - 19 answers

Creating a curtained off space in a loft...?

I would like to build something similar to this in my loft. However, I'd want the curtain to be on a track and it to be a perfect circle. I don't know how to do it or what material to use. Know something about building/construction and/or fabric? Come on in! [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 12:02 PM - 12 answers

Cheap washer/dryer

I'm moving into a new apartment with washer/dryer hookups, which is a first for me (and I'm very excited about it!). I could rent, but at $50/month for a very basic model, it doesn't seem to make sense. Still, moving is expensive so I'm looking at $500-600 for the washer and dryer separately ($1200 max together). [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 10:19 AM - 13 answers

May 14

Pick out my new dishwasher! Please!

We need a new dishwasher and between the "incentivized reviews" and the sheer number of models I am completely unable to make a decision. Please help me. Requirements below the fold. [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 9:09 AM - 27 answers

May 13

Is brand-name Tupperware worth it?

An acquaintance recently had a Tupperware party and now I’m fascinated. Is this really better than generic storage containers? Is this a worthy rabbit hole to go down, or should I quit while I’m ahead? [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 2:43 PM - 31 answers

May 12

What is the best landscaping solution for blocking weeds?

I am wanting to partially redo my front yard that consists of a small piece of lawn (that I'm gonna keep) and then a mulchy/rocky area that encircles it. [more inside]
posted by Forty-eight at 2:34 PM - 11 answers

What's the best place to move near NYC these days?

I was laid off recently from a tech company in Boston, and I'm luckily looking at several job offers, mostly in the NYC midtown Manhattan area with relocation expected after the quarantine ends. I have no idea what the housing market is like these days within a reasonable commute. What are some towns/neighborhoods I should consider? How do I best plan finding a place when I may have months to plan rather than weeks? I appreciate not rushing but I also don't know how to use the extra time. [more inside]
posted by ikea_femme at 12:20 PM - 15 answers

Linens, pillows, all things bed

I'm making over my bedroom starting with my bed! I would like help finding specific links to sheets, duvet covers, throws, etc that will make my bed a lovely place to be. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 11:28 AM - 15 answers

May 11

Can anyone tell what's eating my plants?

Can anyone tell what's eating my plants? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 9:54 AM - 11 answers

We bought a dirt yard! Now what?

As above, we just bought a house whose backyard is fully shaded, although the three will come down in the fall. Both the front and back yards are just sun-blasted dirt and construction dust. How do we even get started here? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 7:21 AM - 24 answers

May 10

Liquid fertilizer directions?

I am wondering if someone knows the answer to this, google has entirely failed me. I have a liquid general-purpose fertilizer (Dr. Earth's). The directions instruct you to mix up four tbsps. with one gallon of water. Okay, fine. But the directions don't let you know how much, say, you would then use for the plants/shrubs/trees you are using it on. Does anyone know?
posted by nanook at 4:01 PM - 6 answers

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