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Do It Yourself Recipes For Glowing Skin

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As wonderful as summer weather is, all that sun really can take a toll on skin. In a few days, fall will officially arrive, and with it will come cooler days. I hate to say it, but the dryness of winter will soon be upon us, too. There’s no need to dread it, though.

Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be expensive in terms of money or time. I’ve got a few do-it-yourself home dry skin remedies that will see you through the worst of fall and winter. The bonus is that each of these recipes is quick and easy to make. No mess, no fuss, and especially no noise from the range hood fan!

This first recipe, oats and honey, is one of my favorites. It’s been my go-to skin moisturizer for a very long time. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Oats & Honey Skin Moisturizer

Mix equal parts pure honey and plain, rolled oats. Stir until the mixture forms into a thick paste. Smooth the mixture gently over your whole face and any other part of your body that needs moisturizing. Rinse off completely with a soft cloth and warm water. Store whatever remains in an airtight container, and place in the refrigerator.

Coconut Oil & Peppermint Extract

My poor feet suffer from dry skin more than any other body part. The fault, I’m sure, is completely mine since I don’t give my feet anywhere as much TLC as my face or hands. I always have coconut oil in the fridge because I make my own coconut milk. Once I’ve strained out the solids, I’m left with a spreadable mass. I take about a tablespoon of coconut oil and stir in a drop or two of peppermint extract. Then I rub it into my feet. Because the coconut oil doesn’t always dissolve cleanly into the skin, I like to put on a pair of socks so that the bed sheets don’t get soiled.

What are your favorite homemade skin remedies?

July Blog Hop Post #3: Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash

Can we get a drum roll, please? Range Hoods Inc would like to announce the publication of the third post within the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop! This contribution comes from Bill Buyok at the Tile Talk blog. Bill contributed Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash; this post should guide you through choosing tile for your kitchen backsplash.

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Don’t forget that in addition to reading the blog post contributions, you have only 3 days left to enter for the drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Enter here for a chance to win; we hope the funds help you throughout the summer in your DIY projects and home improvement goals.

Tile Talk is the blog at Avente Tile, a company that specializes in ceramic, handmade tile for interiors and exteriors in elegant home design. In his blog hop contribution, Bill explains how artisan tile can complement your kitchen within the backsplash. As you can see in the photos in Bill’s blog post, artisan tile pops in the back of the kitchen and gives personality and character to the space and the kitchen design. Click the link above to learn more and learn how to choose backsplash tile for your kitchen.

You can find each contribution from the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop Here:

5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen on Artful Kitchens

Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks on Snazzy Little Things

Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash on Tile Talk

The Blog Hop Giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card ends at midnight on August 31st, 2015. Visit our blog post (Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card) to enter for multiple chances to win by visiting the Facebook pages of the participants above. It’s easy and fast to enter.

Thanks for reading, and stay cool! We wish you the best in your Summer DIY & Home Improvement endeavors this year.

July Blog Hop Post #2: Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks… By Snazzy Little Things

For those of you following the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop event, we’re excited to announce that the second post of the campaign is live on the Snazzy Little Things blog. You can follow the blog hop and past blog hop posts here on the Range Hoods Inc blog. (If you haven’t been following, don’t worry. You can still go back and read the previous posts and you still have time to enter the giveaway.)

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The Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop is celebrating Summer DIY & Home Improvement through a collaboration of blog posts with other bloggers, as well as a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card. We hope this blog hop inspires you in your DIY and home décor projects as the summer goes on.

We’re excited to read Jeanette’s contribution to the blog hop, which you can find here: Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks on the Snazzy Little Things blog. Jeanette is an experienced DIY-er, lover of vintage décor and the host of the #30DayFlip on Hometalk.

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Don’t forget to check back to the Blog Hop this month as more people post their blogs, including a contribution from Tile Talk.

Also, throughout the Blog Hop, you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card up until midnight on July 31st, 2015. Enter here; you can get multiple chances to enter by visiting the Facebook pages of the Blog Hop participants. Just follow the instructions in the link. Please let us know if you have any questions. Good luck and happy reading!

July Blog Hop Post #1: 5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen by Artful Kitchens

We’re happy to announce that the first blog entry in the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway has been posted. The July Blog Hop, hosted here on the Range Hoods Inc blog, celebrates blog posts about Summer DIY & Home Improvement.

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Gloria Graham-Sollecito has contributed a fantastic blog post on the 5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen. Read the post on her blog here. We are so happy to share Gloria’s article with you, which walks you through five important elements that go into designing a graceful and beautiful kitchen. Maybe it’s time to update your kitchen or make a few changes, and Gloria’s blog can help inspire you and/or give you ideas.

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Don’t forget to check back as we post updates to the July Blog Hop event, including posts coming soon from the blogs Snazzy Little Things and Tile Talk.

We’re hoping these blog posts inspire you to make those home improvements you’ve been pondering about throughout the years. The summer months are a great time to get working on some DIY projects.

Also, remember to enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card here. You can get up to 4 chances to enter by visiting the Facebook pages of the participating blogs. It’s fast and easy; the gift card can help the winner as they work on home improvement projects this summer. We’ll announce the winner here on the Range Hoods Inc blog on August 3rd, 2015.

Making an Old Kitchen Look New

A kitchen remodel can be expensive, but you don’t have to completely remodel your kitchen to make it look new or to give it some fresh updated looks. Get the luxury kitchen you want for a smaller price tag with some fun, do-it-yourself projects. These projects will be a fraction of the cost of major renovations and remodeling. Another plus to updating your kitchen is the opportunity to personalize your space to your taste and your preferences.

Get up-to-date with kitchen trends while making some modern adjustments to your kitchen in the following areas:

Appliances

Ideally, we would all buy brand new appliances when ours become outdated. However, the reality is that buying new appliances is very costly. Fortunately, you can use a small budget to dress up your current appliances without having to replace them or buy new ones.

Build a DIY Custom Range Hood for Under $50 | The Rozy Home featured on Remodelaholic.com #kitchen #diy

http://www.remodelaholic.com/2013/12/diy-custom-range-hood-how-to/

In this project posted on Remodelaholic, Jill of The Rozy Home figured out a creative way to cover up the boring microwave range hood and brown cabinets in her kitchen. Visit Remodelaholic for the before and after photos, and you won’t be able to believe it’s the same kitchen.

First, Jill painted the brown cabinets white. She pulled out the microwave and replaced it with a hidden range hood. She took out the cabinet above the range and covered the range hood with a creation made of different pieces of wood, liquid nail, lattice and trim pieces. She sanded it, primed it and painted it. The result is an elegant range hood and a kitchen that looks brand new. All of this was accomplished for the cost of paint and a small amount of wood.

Buying a new fridge may not be in the cards, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with a fridge you’re unhappy with. If you’re tired of your fridge, you can dress it up with chalkboard paint, stickers, removable wallpaper or anything your heart desires. Give the fridge some personality and cover up any yellowing areas or stains.

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In a post on Apartment Therapy, Megan and Kit needed an update to the old fridge in their apartment. With their landlord’s permission, they painted the fridge with a chevron pattern with Rust-oleum chalkboard base. The result is a beautiful fridge with multi-colored chalkboard paint in a fun and trendy pattern. This project beats buying a new fridge, and it helps add style and personality to a kitchen.

Backsplash

The backsplash goes all around the kitchen; giving it a fresh look can make a big impact in the whole room. Don’t overlook the possibilities. There are so many directions in which you can go with a kitchen backsplash. When it comes to backsplashes, there’s a never-ending list of materials you can use and ways in which you can use them. You can re-tile your backsplash inexpensively with sheets of tile. Alternatively, make a mosaic on the backsplash above the range for a personalized focal point in the kitchen design. Make your kitchen look one-of-a-kind. Another inexpensive alternative to replacing the backsplash is using tile decals to add decoration to the tiles that are already there. Think about how great your kitchen can look with a DIY backsplash above granite kitchen counter tops.

http://www.thelovelyside.com/2014/02/6-renter-friendly-backsplash-diy-ideas.html

The picture above is from Jessica’s post on The Lovely Side. Jessica explains how renters can dress up their backsplashes with temporary options. These methods are also affordable. The above option is a temporary metal backsplash. Jessica also recommends removable wallpaper, fabric, place mats, chalkboard decals and vinyl tiles. Make sure that any adhesive used can be removed when you move out of the apartment or house.

Cabinetry

As pointed out in Jill’s range hood project in the first section of this blog, painting the kitchen cabinets is an affordable project that can make a kitchen feel new. A new coat of paint can drastically improve the look of the cabinets without having to replace them, which is very costly.

10 steps to paint your kitchen cabinets the easy way - an easy tutorial anyone can use!

http://www.livelovediy.com/2013/04/10-easy-steps-to-paint-kitchen-cabinets.html

The cabinets pictured above are from Virginia’s post on Live Love DIY. Virginia walks you through how to paint your kitchen cabinets. Her cabinets look amazing with a fresh coat of paint and brand new hardware. Read Virginia’s guide on painting kitchen cabinets to figure out everything you need to buy and everything you need to do. In essence, you will be removing all doors and hardware, sanding the doors and frame, filling holes with wood filler, sanding the wood filler, caulking the seams, priming, painting, sanding again, finishing, putting the doors back on and installing new hardware.

Don’t forget, you can also add crown molding around existing cabinets to make them look custom made.

Paint

Why stop at the cabinets? A new coat of paint can do wonders to a room. While getting ready to repaint your kitchen, you can decide if you want to paint an accent wall. Go crazy and paint the ceiling a unique color. Or you can just freshen up the paint color you have now for a nice, finished look. Don’t forget chalkboard paint. You can paint an entire wall or the entire fridge. Use the chalkboard wall to write down recipes, menus, doodles, notes for one another or create a calendar and schedule for the whole family.

http://honeywerehome.blogspot.com/2012/08/diy-kitchen-chalkboard-wall.html

Megan of Honey We’re Home used Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint in the color Summer Nights to create the beautiful accent wall pictured above. Now her son can write on the wall while she cooks. When there’s no chalk on it, it looks like a regular wall inside an elegant kitchen design.

Faucet

You will be surprised at how much of a difference simply changing out the faucet can make. Change out older faucets on your kitchen sink. You might even want to go with touch-free technology, which is more hygienic and makes working in the kitchen faster.

Lighting

The same logic above about the kitchen faucet holds true for the lighting in your kitchen. Change out old lighting fixtures for updated and contemporary designs. If it’s in your budget, you can also install task lighting. Several layers of lighting make a big impression in the kitchen and make preparing food easier.

Storage

Adding storage space to your kitchen can help cut down on clutter and clear your counter tops. This will definitely make your kitchen look more appealing and make it more functional. Kitchen storage can be added with a few DIY projects. Build your own kitchen island, add open shelving to the walls and design a pull out pantry. The possibilities are endless. The following are some examples of kitchen DIY storage.

Purchase a kitchen cart. These are inexpensive and create more space for storage and preparation in your kitchen. When you’re not using it, it will fit nicely into a corner.

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Recycle an old door like in the project above from C.R.A.F.T. Jaime was renting and needed kitchen storage that didn’t require putting holes in the wall. She spray painted this door and added some Command hooks. Now, she can store utensils, pot holders, spices and dish towels on the door, which frees up her drawer space.

Diy pots and pans pegboard

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/01/diy-kitchen-pegboard.html

This kitchen peg board project comes from Emma at A Beautiful Mess. Emma added storage to her kitchen by purchasing a peg board, painting it and mounting it to the wall with bracing wood. She also used a white paint pen to outline the items she decided to store on the peg board.

To increase storage space, also consider installing a pot rack. This will open up space in the kitchen cabinets for appliances and other items.

Lastly, you can upcycle old furniture in your home or that you find at the thrift store and turn it into something new. For example, turn an old dresser into a DIY sideboard by sanding it, repainting it and decorating it with new hardware.

Making an old kitchen look new can be fun and easy with the DIY projects we covered. Just remember that your kitchen should be a place where you enjoy spending time and preparing your meals. Don’t let a small budget worry you; design a kitchen you can love.

Tips for Organizing a Small Kitchen

More often than not, many of us wish we had a bigger kitchen. Cooking in a small or cluttered kitchen can be difficult. It’s hard to move around and find what you need. We previously talked about kitchen organization in our post DIY Kitchen Storage. In this post, we’ll share some pointers for organizing your kitchen. Organizing a small kitchen can really help open up some space and make cooking easier.

The inside of the cabinet door is your new best friend. There’s wasted real estate in your kitchen in the form of the back of cabinet doors and pantry doors. You can add hooks on the back of cabinet doors and use them for hanging small utensils and measuring cups. You can even create a cute display by placing a list of measuring equivalents above your measuring cups. Alternatively, add small shelves to the backside of doors if they fit.

Cut veggies on top of the sink. Use an over the counter cutting board. It will help you take up less counter space while prepping your food.

Give fake drawers a real purpose. Use fake drawers for paper towel storage or modify them to hold items. To make a paper towel holder, remove the front of the fake drawer and install a paper towel rod. Why have fake drawers when you can have real ones, especially when you need more space in the kitchen?

Install a DIY pegboard. Create more storage space using a pegboard. Did you know Julia Child used this method to store her large collection of pots and pans? This method frees up cabinet space by keeping items on the wall. The items on your pegboard will also be easy to reach and take down, and with a pegboard, you don’t have to stack pots and pans.

Say goodbye to wasted space. Add shelves to unused wall space. Adding more cabinetry may be impossible or too costly, but it’s easy to add shelves and hooks. Hang items like pots and pans and hang utensils on the sides of cabinets.

Get to corners. Say hello to the Lazy Susan. These storage devices can turn and make the space in corners more accessible. With a Lazy Susan, you can fit more into the space.

Use magnetic forces to your advantage. Put a magnetic strip on the wall for holding kitchen knives. This saves counter space and drawer space and keeps knives high up and away from small hands.

You can also use magnets to move your spice rack to the front or side of your fridge. Just put your spices in small jars with magnets on the back. This frees up counter space and cupboard space .

Roll-out storage is easier to reach. Add roll-out shelves to your cabinets, pantry and the under the sink space. This helps you store more in those hard to reach areas. Don’t let any space go unused!

Invest in a storage cart. Storage carts are an inexpensive and easy way to add additional storage to a small kitchen.

What storage tips and tricks have helped you get by in a small kitchen? Check out Living Large in a Small Space by Zircon for more ideas.

17 Life Hacks to Upsize Your Tiny Kitchen | Diply

Contemporary Kitchen Design Trends

Summer is finally here! You may finally have the time you need to work on the kitchen remodel you’ve been thinking about all year. As you plan your remodel, or the DIY projects you’ll be tackling, we’d like to take this blog post to remind you of contemporary kitchen trends you can exemplify in your kitchen, including installing a large kitchen sink, picking out an oversized light fixture and more.

White is a classic kitchen color, but gray is trending right now in kitchens. In fact, you can play it safe by painting the kitchen a neutral color and installing cabinets that come in a neutral color. Later, you can accessorize with bold colors. Accessorizing with bold colors also gives you the freedom to change out these colors as trends change, because accessories are less costly to replace than larger kitchen items. Other trending colors include black and white schemes and the mixture of light and dark elements.

When it comes to light fixtures, sometimes bigger is better. Interior designers are going with oversized light fixtures to create a statement and a focal point in the kitchen. Large kitchen sinks and apron-front kitchen sinks are also becoming popular. Remember, pots and pans are easier to clean in large sinks. To really spice it up, install a colored kitchen sink.

As for countertops, some designers are mixing materials, such as using natural stone and wood in the same kitchen island. More realistic look-a-likes are also popular, including laminate that looks like granite. Other popular materials include quartz, which comes in a variety of colors, is heat resistant, resists stains and scratches and is nonporous. One more countertop trend includes adding more space for cooking and preparing food.

The last kitchen trend we want to go over in this post is kitchen tech and smart appliances. These are making a big appearance in contemporary kitchen design. Today, more kitchens include motion-activated lights and faucets. The lights save energy and the faucets are hygienic.

What will you be including in your kitchen remodel this summer, and what are your favorite design trends this year? Good luck with your renovations!

17 Top Kitchen Design Trends | HGTV