home improvement

10 Ways to Cut Your Energy Costs

This time of year, saving money is difficult. There are Christmas presents to buy and lavish meals to cook. However, it is always good to try to put a little bit back into your pocket. One of the ways you can do this is by finding energy savings around the house. You may think your energy bill is already as low as it could possibly be, but you will be surprised to learn the different ways you can make savings. Here are some of the best ways to cut your energy costs…

Restoring a 94 Year Old Piano – How We Did It! – Part 3

This is the final post on our piano restoration. Click here to read part one and here for part two. At this point, with the outside restored and the inside vacuumed, the piano could have been left as it was. But it was still dirty. We tossed around the idea of getting the piano restrung and having the insides completely cleaned.  Unfortunately, that was not really an option for us due to the cost.  So we went back to our original plan of getting creative and just cleaning it ourselves. Even though we used the vacuum as much as we…

Restoring a 94 Year Old Piano – How We Did It! Part Two

This is a continuation of my previous post on our piano project. To read part 1, click here. Before we even started stripping and sanding, we found out how to slide out the piano keys and clean the inside. Now, I’m sure most piano people won’t recommend this, but since our piano is so old and was so terribly dirty, I wasn’t going to wait for guidance. I couldn’t live with a piano in the house that smelled of smoke, not to mention the dust and dog hair inside of it.  After…

Restoring a 94 Year Old Piano- How we did it! – Part One

When my girls were little, we had a small stage, complete with curtains, in our living room. It was where many memories were made, watching them dance and sing.  As they are older now, we sadly parted ways with our stage, leaving a large open space in our living room.  When discussing the “uselessness” of our living room (“We never use it!”), my husband joked that the room should now become our music “conservatory.” Our eldest daughter has been playing piano since she was 7, and is quite proficient today at 15. After years…