Guest Groups: 20 Fab Outdoor Finds, Practically All Under $100

Catch your flip-flops, because it is time to upgrade those outdoor spaces which are faded and worn out of the harsh winter elements. The most cost-effective way to do this is by simply including a few new outdoor furnishings and accessories for your current patio or deck furniture. With the addition of bits with vibrant colors, modern clean lines and earthy textures, your screened porch, deck or patio will appear clean, updated and ready for warm-weather entertaining with family and friends. Check out my cheap picks for upgrading any outdoor space, plus they are (nearly) all for under $100! — Jane from Finding Fabulous

Cost Plus World Market

Spicy Orange Classic Adirondack Chair – $99.99

Adirondack chairs are timeless. I love them in vibrant colors, and World Market conveys several colour options including turquoise, red, apple, green and more.

Pillow Perfect Opal Outdoor Flamestitch Corded 18 1/2-Inch Throw Pillow Р$52.79

Pillows are a great way to add colour to any outdoor space or patio. I love these daring corals, greens and blues. And also the ikat pattern is such an enjoyable fad right now.


Worchester Rectangular Bordered Patio Rug, Chestnut/Sand – $69.99

Insert this great outdoor rug into your screened porch or terrace. I love the chunky border and the fantastic price.


Tidore Planters – $79.95

I love the clean lines of those brownish planters that are Tidore. They are tall and thinner in scale, which makes them perfect for smaller patios and decks. They also look great in a grouping of two or three.

Pottery Barn

Branch Coral Embroidered Outdoor Pillow – $49.50

Proceed coastal and add a pop of color and texture to any outdoor seating area with this embroidered pillow out of Pottery Barn.

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White Lili Punched Drum Stool – $59.99

Every outdoor space wants a garden stool. They are not only pretty, but versatile too. They may be used as extra seats, and operate as side tables that were small as well.


Helix Lanterns – $34.95

I love the feel and functionality of those votive candle lanterns. They are perfect for adding a soft evening glow into any outdoor dinner party or get-together.


Round Pulley Patio Umbrella, Orange, 9′ – $74.99

Outdoor umbrellas are both functional and beautiful, and they’ll keep sunlight off your mind when dining outdoors. I love the tangerine shade.


Threshold Outdoor Seat Cushion Set, Neutral Chevron – $29.98

These chevron patterned chair cushions are a steal. Perfect for upgrading an present deck or patio table, their neutral tone will match just about any decor.

West Elm

Ombré Colored Glassware Р$32

These are really fun! I love the beachy blue hues in this collection.

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Green Paisley Antigua Plates – $8.98

All these melamine plates are great for outdoor cookouts and dinner parties. The vibrant colors and paisley pattern will add the perfect dash of colour to any table setting.

Big Rectangle Lacquer Trays – $59

These large lacquer trays are great for spring and summer entertaining. Clean modern lines and cool colour hues make them functional and fabulous.

Pier 1 Imports

Woven Water Hyacinth Round Metallic Placemat – $7.95

I love the natural grass texture of this placemat. Additionally, it is coated with a silver metallic finish, so it is going to add a little shimmer and glow to your next outdoor dinner party!

Outdoor Bamboo Ottoman, Burnt Orange – $80.99

This outdoor ottoman is so fun. It would be great for extra seating or as a footstool. Insert a few to your kids on a patio or deck, and they could lounge in fashion.


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Casbah Chair, Ocean – $139.95

Want an excess seating area in your deck or patio? A few of them will do the trick. I love their smaller scale and clean lines, which teal color is just beautiful.


Garpen Bar Table – $99

Check out the Garpen pub table from Ikea. It’s a great spot for cocktails and appetizers when entertaining guests. And I love that it is made from black rust-proof aluminum.

Modern Outdoor Cushions And Pillows – $20

Every seating area requires a few lumbar pillows for comfort and back support. I love this green colour, and cabana stripes are all so fun.

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Blown Glass Hurricane Candleholders

Dine outdoors by candlelight with these hand-crafted blown-glass candleholders out of World Market. I love them!

West Elm

Marbleized Planter, Ledge – $34

This planter out of West Elm is a great pot for succulents or shade-loving plants. I love that it looks like concrete.

Pottery Barn

PB Launched Glass Buoys – $59

I love that these buoys are made from hand-blown glass. They’ll make a great centerpiece for any outdoor dining table.

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Tour the Space to Get a Newly Modern Seattle Home

Four and a half an hour. That’s how long Mary Hurlock-Murphy husband Grant Risdon, their three children, two dogs and a cat lived in an 800-square-foot, three-bedroom, 100-year-old farmhouse at Seattle before undertaking an remodel.

The couple — she works at electronic agency Razorfish; he works in biotech — adored their desired neighborhood of Queen Anne homes, and moving into a nearby home wasn’t an option, because demand had priced them from the area. So they decided to stay put and make the most of their small house and lot. Architect Chris Pardo of Elemental Architecture provided a light in the end of the tunnel. By casting the job as a remodel, regardless of the renovations being so extensive that the home would be nearly a new construct, they were able to steer clear of new house setbacks that could have yielded a ridiculously slender 5-foot-wide house.

Instead, Pardo built up and up as far as possible, doubling the square footage to 1,600. He turned two amounts into four adding a rooftop deck in a partial-daylight basement, an in-law studio apartment, which the homeowners now rent out to offset their mortgage. Pardo also fulfilled a lifelong dream of Hurlock-Murphy’s to have a home library. With such limited space, Pardo Gently divide the library into three custom-built sections throughout the home.

Despite it being a “compact home,” Pardo states, the couple is happy with their four bedrooms; this is actually the first time in years they haven’t slept on a Murphy bed.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Mary Hurlock-Murphy, her husband Grant Risdon, their three children, two dogs and a cat
Location: Seattle
Size: 1,600 square feet; 4 bedrooms
Budget: $165 per square foot

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

This is only one of the library markets Pardo used to divide the homeowners’ book collection. The seats directly in front of it are covered in linen toile and filled with down. An sofa seat is faced by them.

Sofa: G. Romano

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

Since the home is very close to its neighbors, Pardo built up and picked to get a reverse floor plan that place the living spaces on the third level to maximize views and light. It also gives solitude from passersby.

Cost saving was a big issue, so Pardo had to get smart with his design decisions. To give the exterior the commercial glass-storefront look he pictured, he designed a cruder variant of 2-by-4 posts wrapped in aluminum cladding. The commercial system could have run around $96,000; Pardo layout price $18,000. “It was among the biggest cost-saving items for us without diminishing the layout,” he states.

To honor Pardo’s job, the homeowners chose for their doorway color the same hue as Elemental Architecture’s emblem: Pantone 144.

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

The master bedroom is via the doorway. “If you’re hungry in the morning, it ends up,” says Pardo. Minerit panels, also located on the exterior, constitute the floor of the dwelling spaces. Carrara marble was used for the countertops, kitchen island and the connected dining table. The Burke seats were purchased via Craigslist; they are modeled after the original designs in the starship Enterprise, with “late-’60s, early-’70s Brady Bunch gold cushions,” the homeowner says. The cabinets are walnut.

Chandelier: Design Within Reach; artwork: Todd Karam

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

The all-glass wall and spacious floor plan permit for leafy views of the neighborhood and nearby University of Washington.

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

Boxed tubular steel treads onto a steel beam produce a spine-like staircase. More Minerit panels constitute the floor.

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

A very simple bed and graphic yellow bedspread — both from Ikea — brighten this kids’ space, as does a midcentury swivel chair with a burgundy Naugahyde design.

Artwork: Todd Karam

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

Bamboo floors, a blue Ikea mattress and an opaque confetti-patterned vintage chair make an original look in another kids’ room.

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

Pardo wanted something fairly minimalist for the toilet, with a wall-hung cupboard and glass tile to reflect light from a skylight.

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

The claw-foot tub was original to the previous 100-year-old house. The homeowners had the once-rose-colored tub restored everywhere.

Chris Pardo Design – Elemental Architecture

An outdoor staircase contributes to a rooftop deck. The structure gobbles up the majority of the lot, so the deck is a means of having outdoor living room, with views of the University of Washington.

Daybed: Restoration Hardware; blue table: Ikea; Eames-style seats: Craigslist

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Guest Groups: Mugs to Suit Every Taste

There’s nothing like a cup of herbal tea or cocoa, especially when the snow is falling out. Since I’m still in the holiday mood, I piled up a couple fun mugs for winter. The traditional white mug is still my favorite, but the variations I found will keep things interesting. — Brittany from One Charming Party


Oregon Coffee Mug by Daily Grinder – $15

Are you feeling nostalgic or are only a fan of where you reside? This mug is available featuring every country, and you can also customize it to have your favorite town in bold.


Gold Monogram Mugs – $9.95

This mug was a gift from a friend, and it’s rapidly becoming a favorite. I love the gold detail and personalization of the monogram. Plus, it holds a complete cup of hot cocoa.


Solaria Mug – $12

All mugs do not have to be white. This cup gets rave reviews and can be a bit of art all by itself.


Monogrammed Mugs – $8

A traditional black and white monogram is always in style.


Custom Mugs by Brooklyn Rehab – $65

These custom made shape mugs are personalized according to your image. They are the ideal his-and-hers gift.

West Elm

Heart Mugs – $8

These dainty mugs are much more adorable in person. With hearts as adorable as these, they’ll be used yearlong.

Tiffany & Co..

Fifth Avenue Mug – $35

There’s something about this particular mug from Tiffany & Co. that grabbed my eye. It is whimsical and chic all at the exact same moment.


Fantastic Morning Beautiful Coffee Mug by Love Toast – $18

Who wouldn’t wish to wake up to this mug?


Graphic Red Stripes Mug – $4.95

A traditional red stripe changes from Christmas to Valentine’s Day, then back again.


Cafeware II 16-Piece Dinnerware Set – $49.95

These are, hands down, my favorite dishes, so I could not only incorporate the white mug. I have had this set for a decade and counting.


Hayes Mug – $7.95

I love this cozy gray mug. Is it wrong that I wish to keep it in the bathroom to hold my toothbrush?


Martha Stewart Collection Dinnerware Lisbon Black Mug – $12

This black and white mug by Martha Stewart is a immediate classic. I adore this design’s elegance and simplicity.

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Chalk Talk Mug – $3.99

Chalkboard mugs are all the rage. You can even make your own using unique paints. There are tons of tutorials out there.

Contemporary Mugs – $6

The small white bird perched on the handle is a sweet addition to this simple white mug.

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Mason Jar Mug, Set of 6 – $26

Mugs do not have to be used just in the winter. This Mason jar has just the right amount of old-fashioned allure.

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Yellow Pig Mug – $7.99

I’m not typically a fan of cutesy cups, but I can not resist this clever little yellow pig.

West Elm

Enamelware Mugs – $24

I love, love retro enamelware. This black and white mix from West Elm is perfection and makes me want to snuggle up near a campfire.

Pottery Barn

Cambria Mugs, Persimmon – $32

Just for fun, I thought I’d throw in an unconventional colour. This mug has deep fall hues that are fantastic for early spring too.


Julfint Mug – $4.99

This inexpensive mug doesn’t disappoint. The gray design appears like snowflakes or flowers, depending upon the season.


Threshold Stoneware Decal Mugs With Gold Zigzag – $15.99

No collection would be complete without bold mugs in a golden pattern. These striking cups will bring out the hipster in everyone.

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How to Restore Antique Frames

Should you chance to get an original Monet or Rembrandt, any damage to the frame is priceless proof of the job’s history and should be preserved — not restored. But less auspicious old frames are not so valuable and will gain in attractiveness, not lose value, when you restore them into appealing condition. As soon as you’ve determined it’s secure to restore your antique frame, consult with an expert framer for a costly heirloom, or choose the appropriate repair method for this fantastic old frame from the loft.

Loose Joints

An antique frame is old — a little loose at the joints and worn around the edges. Clean up it carefully, to avoid further damage, by draining the frame with a clean paintbrush, then wiping it down with a soft cloth dampened with nonflammable solvent. Test the cleaner on an unobtrusive part of the frame first to be sure that you won’t damage or remove the finish. Label the parts of the frame and then gently disassemble it so that you can scrape off the dried, useless glue, reapply clear carpenter’s glue and fit the pieces back together. Measure to be sure the frame is perfectly square; frame straps will maintain the corners in place as the adhesive dries. Heavier frames may require metal corner braces to reinforce them — brass won’t discolor the old wood.

Gouged, Chipped and Cracked

A frame fancier than a wedding cake, with a couple of bits missing, demands prosthetic assistance. Create missing segments in sculpted and carved frames with gesso or tape glue. Materials a crack or a lost chunk with the compound, and copy the detail on the undamaged part of the frame. Use a toothpick, painting knifeor your fingers to mold the new piece. Once it dries rock-hard, a fine nail file smooths off any rough edges. You are able to replace a larger missing section by making a silicone putty mold of a similar, undamaged piece of the frame, filling the mold with resin and then gluing the resin replicate into the gap.

Straightforward Scratches

Do not tear the frame apart and reconstruct it if it’s just scratched or dented a little bit. Simply touch up it — evidence of wear is part of its charm. Dust and wash out the frame, and then dab on fitting wood stain or a liquid scratch remover on any distress to the varnish or lacquer. Use a fine artist’s brush or a cotton swab to apply the correct; cover your own finger with a sterile cloth to wash off excess end. You may require a touch-up with some glossy or matte varnish so the repaired segment mimics the glow of the remaining part of the frame.

Dirty Gold

Gold leaf is fragile and tricky to use, but you are able to wash an antique gold leaf frame that period has dimmed with a half-and-half mixture of ammonia and water. Proceed carefully, working the solution to cracks, corners and carvings with a delicate brush. Shake the frame above a trash bin to release any dirt. Proceed over the cleaned place with a different brush and plain water, and then shake it again. Rubbing gold foliage could remove it from the frame, so allow the washed framework dry naturally. Dab wax gilt finish from the art supply shop on any scratches to cover them. Extensive scratches may require a reapplication of the golden leaf, likely a job for an expert. If you’re able to handle it yourself, make sure you match the antiqued quality of the gold colour as closely as possible with fresh silver foliage.

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Water Stain Removal for Knotty Pine Paneling

Knotty pine is known for its bold grain and vibrant knots. Pine paneling has light undertones that reveal stains badly. A little water stain can ruin an whole walls of paneling if left untreated. There are lots of procedures for removing water stains from your paneling. The method employed for fixing the stained area depends upon the kind of stain that you have in your knotty pine paneling.

Iron Method

For white or muddy spots in your paneling that haven’t penetrated all the way through the timber, a hot iron can be used to improve the overall look of the spot. Fold a clean, soft, cotton cloth and place it over the spot. Plug in and turn onto a household iron to its greatest setting. Position the hot iron over the water stain and press firmly. Permit the heat to permeate through the cloth into the finish for at least 60 minutes. Remove the iron and cloth. Visually inspect the spot and reapply the iron needed.


Another method of applying heat to snowy or hazed water stains from pine paneling is to use a warm atmosphere source. Two okay tools to supply heat to the area are a hairdryer plus a woodworker’s heating gun. For a hairdryer, place it to the highest setting. For a heating gun, set it to low. Start the gun and point it in the area from a few inches away. Apply heat to the area for a minumum of one minute. Permit the area to cool, then visually inspect the stain. Reapply the heat as needed.


For deeper stains with discoloring, a light abrasive such as toothpaste can be used to polish the stain from the finish. Apply a small amount of toothpaste into the affected area and rub it in with a sterile cloth. Polish the place with the cloth to buff out the water stain. Use a clean cloth to wipe the the toothpaste in the surface. Reapply the toothpaste as needed to finish the stain removal process.

Strip and Bleach

For severe stains which have ruined the paneling’s finish and penetrated into the timber, stripping and refinishing are often demanded. Tape off the area and employ a gel stain with a soft brush. Permit the stripper to work for the time recommended on the package label. Use a nylon scraper to scrape the stripper and old finish by the taped-off location. Rinse the area with sterile mineral spirits. Allow it to dry. Sand the area lightly, using a rotary tool with a sanding tip accessory or sandpaper. Apply an all round stain and clear finish in a walnut color which matches the surrounding area, using a soft brush.

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How to Clean Film on Glass Tables

A sparkling-clean glass table provides a clear, elegant look to any room in your home. Over time, however, clear glass may create a filmy or muddy look. Sometimes, you can make the movie wash off more than soap and water. For filminess, you might need something tougher, but you don’t have to rely on chemical cleaners. Many household staples, such as baking soda and vinegar, tackle cloudiness as efficiently as store-bought glass cleaner.

Moisten a microfiber fabric with hot water and a few drops of dishwashing soap. Wipe the table together with the cloth to eliminate debris and mild stains. Wet a microfiber fabric and wash the table to wash it. Microfiber cloths contain fibers that are small, so they attract dirt and dirt better than a rag that is regular.

Blend 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Mist the table together with the option, then wash it off using a sterile cloth. The vinegar and rubbing alcohol option cuts through film and provides glass a streak-free shine.

Make a paste of two parts baking soda and 1 part lemon juice or vinegar. Apply the mixture to the table using a damp cloth. Let it set for 10 minutes, then rub the glue into the glass using a sponge or brush. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth.

Smooth a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the glass. Let it set for one to five times, then wash it off using a damp cloth. Petroleum jelly can occasionally help remove light calcium buildup caused by water spots made by condensation leaked onto the table from glassware.

Spray the table with tile cleaner or carrot peel in case any movie or cloudiness stays after eliminating petroleum jelly. Let it set for a few minutes. Using a soft cloth, rub the cleaner into the glass with small, circular motions.

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How to Paint a Vintage Aluminum Tray

Your menu, such as most items made from aluminum, has a distinguishing all-natural silver colour. If any colour is current, it is usually because the alloy was anodized or abraded to provide it microscopic pores with colored dye injected into them. Aluminum is typically not painted because when it rusts — into a clear or black whitened patina — the rust appears almost invisible, and unless removed or chemically altered, it prevents proper adhesion of paint. If you wish to paint your aluminum prepare it correctly.


Use 280-grit medium-fine wet/dry sandpaper with water to sand each inch of this tray carefully to eliminate traces of oxidation and supply a slight tooth into the surface for paint adhesion.

Follow with 400-grit fine wet/dry sandpaper with water to eliminate the deeper scratches left from the first sanding, while retaining a slight tooth for mechanical adhesion of the paint.

Submerge the tray in a sink or tub of warm water to which you’ve inserted a couple drops of dishwashing liquid, then with a sponge or cloth to scrub the tray and eliminate any remaining grease, oils or wax. Scrub the tray in clean water and allow it to air dry.

Put on your rubber gloves. Scrub the tray, with a disposable rag or paper towelwith a 90-percent option of isopropyl alcohol or 1 part household-strength white vinegar to 3 parts water as the final rinse in eliminating previous oils and finishes.


Lay out several layers of newspaper outdoors on a windless dayaway from pets and kids. Place the tray on a block of wood.

Don all appropriate safety equipment, including safety goggles and the respirator.

Shake the can of epoxy primer vigorously to mix the paintthen spray a light coat on one side of the tray. Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions before turning the tray over and coating the other side. Repeat with a second, and possibly third, light coat until you’ve got complete and uniform coverage. Allow the tray dry.

Sand the surface with extra-fine wet/dry sandpaper, 600 grit or finer, to smooth out irregularities. Follow with wet 0000 grade, or nicer, steel wool before the tray is smooth.

Scrub the tray with water to eliminate paint dust and allow it to air dry.

Spray a light coating of harmonious enamel metallic paint in your colour selection. Spray another coat to cover the tray. Allow it to dry for 24 hours to reach maximum hardness of the paint coating.

Coat the tray with a compatible transparent topcoat to finish.

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The Ideal Approach to Etch a Concrete Garage Floor

Whether you use your garage for storage, a workshop or simply to park your vehicle, employing an epoxy coating to the ground can alter the appearance of your garage while incorporating a layer of protection to the concrete. Before installing a concrete coat, but the surface must be properly prepared to be able to ensure adequate adhesion. Acid etching is the method that’s used to provide the suitable surface for coating applications.

Wear rubber boots, protective gloves and safety glasses when working with acid etching chemicals.

Wash start the pruning process. Etching solutions do not wash the concrete. They are used to abrade the surface. Sweep the floor to remove all dust and debris. Use a tiny stiff brush or paintbrush to get into the corners where dust can accumulate. Remove in the cement using a solution.

Add the etching solution to water in a container after the instructions of the manufacturer. With a watering can will permit you to pour the solution onto the ground in a uniform way. Use a container made in an acid-resistant material such as polyethylene.

Wet the entire floor using a garden hose with a sprayer. The surface ought to be moist but with no standing water.

Apply a small amount of the etching solution to a test area to determine whether you’ve got the proper strength. It ought to bubble vigorously. If not, add more acid.

Pour over areas of the ground at one time. Scrub the distance using a stiff-bristled broom at a back-and-forth direction. Then repeat by massaging the area going from side to side. Scrub as you move, and squeegee each region.

Scrub small areas at a time until you have etched the entire garage floor. The concrete should have a roughened appearance and feel like rough sandpaper, which will enable coating to adhere properly.

Rinse the floor using a garden hose. Continue rinsing until the water runs clear.

Permit the floor to dry for at least four hours prior to applying a coat to your garage flooring.

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How To Care for Outdoor Glass Top Furniture

While glass-topped furniture designed for outdoor usage is designed to withstand the elements, it’s neither indestructible nor resistant to dirt. Standard maintenance of glass furniture tops entails washing them with non-abrasive cleaners, such as a standard glass-cleaning spray.

Clear, Clean Glass

A glass surface such as a patio table outdoor end table typically attracts more dirt in a indoor glass surface. Rain, pollution and wind add dirt, dust and debris to outdoor furniture, which soon render that once-pristine glass surface to a table in dire need of cleaning. Wipe it first with a dry, soft cloth to pick up loose dirt, then spray along with your favorite glass cleaner, wiping with a soft fabric. Skip cleansers or unpleasant scrub pads which may scratch the glass. The underside of an outdoor glass tabletop also wants a thorough cleaning from time to time, although potentially less often. If stashing the furniture off during the winter, then cover the furniture with a canvas dropcloth or old blanket to stop both dirt and damage.

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How to Get Very Sticky Shelf Paper Away Cabinets

Shelf paper provides a protective and decorative element for cabinet shelves. Its adhesive backing was made to stick so well that there’s no uncertainty of it dropping its stickiness over time, or of corners curling and peeling up prematurely. Due to this, the shelf newspaper could be somewhat difficult to remove when it comes time to redecorate or revamp these cabinets. Warmth, in the kind of water or atmosphere, helps loosen a stubborn adhesive’s grip on the shelf.

Fill a spray bottle with hot tap water. Spray the water over one area of this shelf liner, focusing on a front corner that’s easiest to achieve. Permit the water to sit down for a moment or 2.

Slide the blade of a utility knife or craft knife below the corner of their shelf paper till you are able to hold the substance between your fingers. If the corner won’t appear, slice through the material and pry it up close to the corner with the knife blade.

Grip the shelf newspaper with one hand, pulling the newspaper upward and back over itself to peel it off. Spray water in which the paper meets the shelf to loosen the adhesive as you pull the newspaper, ongoing until the shelf paper comes off.

Wipe the top surface of the shelf newspaper dry with paper towels if it becomes stuck somewhere during the peeling process. Hold a hair dryer set to a warm putting a foot or so away from the shelf newspaper, heating the places nevertheless stuck to the cabinet as you pull in the shelf newspaper with your free hand. Move the hair dryer as you work to prevent melting the vinyl in 1 spot. If the adhesive still has a strong grip on portions of the cabinet, jam a putty knife between the newspaper along with the cabinet surface to loosen the bond. Keep on heating and pulling until the paper comes from the shelf.

Put some vegetable oil to a paper towel or rag. Rub the oil over the sticky residue left behind on the shelf, and let it sit for several minutes. Scrape the residue away with a putty knife or scrub brush. Wipe the oil off with dry paper towels, then clean the cabinet surface with a damp sponge.

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