help! how should I reupholster this chair?

You know that chair-rehabs are one of our favorite projects! We have done some ourselves — both by hand, and by hiring others. It can be difficult or expensive, but the results are oh so amazing. It all starts with a vision. So, this reader writes in asking for your suggestions for this gem-in-the-rough above. What do you think?

I read your blog every day and thought someone there might be able to give me some reupholstering advice. I would like to reupholster a large chair that’s almost completely covered in fabric. Pictures attached. I don’t even know where to start (I realize this will be a time-consuming project!) and thought you might be able to suggest a good tutorial for this type of chair. I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks! — Sarah C.

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what's a house without a mouse?

Here’s a sure sign that seasons have changed: the mice have moved indoors. Our weekend in Catskill was partly spent cleaning mouse poo out of cupboards. Gross! Somehow a bit of baker’s chocolate wrapped in foil got stashed under the sink, and there was one lucky, fat mouse going to town on it for a couple of weeks. We caught him in an old fashioned trap and a dab of peanut butter. Poor little guy. At least he was living well until the end. The folks at D-Con sent over some Bait Paste pouches to try, but I’m not sure how I feel about poison. Even if it’s tucked away, I have fears about it ending up in the wrong place (i.e. the cat’s mouth). We recently heard a great story on This American Life that featured an interview with the world’s largest manufacturer of wooden mouse traps, and he said that you can’t build a better trap. Does anybody have any good mouse catching techniques? I figure it’s par for the course with owning an house — am I wrong? — Angela M.

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what’s a house without a mouse?

Here’s a sure sign that seasons have changed: the mice have moved indoors. Our weekend in Catskill was partly spent cleaning mouse poo out of cupboards. Gross! Somehow a bit of baker’s chocolate wrapped in foil got stashed under the sink, and there was one lucky, fat mouse going to town on it for a couple of weeks. We caught him in an old fashioned trap and a dab of peanut butter. Poor little guy. At least he was living well until the end. The folks at D-Con sent over some Bait Paste pouches to try, but I’m not sure how I feel about poison. Even if it’s tucked away, I have fears about it ending up in the wrong place (i.e. the cat’s mouth). We recently heard a great story on This American Life that featured an interview with the world’s largest manufacturer of wooden mouse traps, and he said that you can’t build a better trap. Does anybody have any good mouse catching techniques? I figure it’s par for the course with owning an house — am I wrong? — Angela M.

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help! my floor is so noisy


I knew my hardwood floors were noisy, but last night I finally recognized just how loud they really are. There is a loud creaking nearly every step of the way from one end of the apartment to the next. Is it possible that since they switched on the heat in my building, the floor boards have gotten creakier? Is there anything I can do? –Erica P.

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it's the little things: a painted door

The first thing we did when we bought our house was to remove the door to our basement that was not only made of rather ugly hollow-core, it was hinged the wrong way so that it blocked the hallway when opened. And then, whaddya know — a new puppy, and suddenly a basement door became necessary to keep her from getting into tools, laundry, the cat boxes… So we bedgrudgingly put the door back up (hinged to open the other way) as a stopgap, though we didn’t relish the thought of looking at it. Then I remembered the many samples of wall paint we’d accumulated. A certain shade of turquoise was just too much on our walls, but on a whim I tried it on the door. And the result, surprisingly, we just love. Still a kind of tacky door, still need to fix the door frame, but absolutely love the burst of color. This is a stopgap we can live with. –Mary T.

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