How to Dye Drop Cloths for Patio Curtains

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Use Fabric Dye to Customize Drop Cloth Curtains

Store-bought drop cloths are big and inexpensive. Add some fabric dye and you’ve got custom curtains perfect for hanging inside or outside on your patio!

Materials

Rit has color formulas for just about any color under the sun! Select your desired color and they tell you how many bottles of each color you’ll need!

Why Drop Cloths

Drop cloths are relatively inexpensive when compared to curtain panels of the same size. And that’s important since they’ll be outside in the weather they will likely need to be replaced every few years.

But I love that they are the exact right size for the opening on the patio we’re working on without any sewing from me! And since they’re durable and washable, it’ll be easy to keep them clean.

Prepare Your Curtains

You’ll want to use hot, hot water for all steps in this process! I used buckets to pour water onto my curtains. But if you’re doing this in a bathtub, you can eliminate the buckets!

After the curtains are thoroughly wet, remove them and set aside. (On second thought, the buckets would come in handy for this

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5 Alternative Uses for Canvas Drop Cloths

Drop cloth with paint on it during home renovation
Canvas drop cloths aren’t just good for catching paint — you also can use them to enhance your home. (DepositPhotos)

The humble drop cloth doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

These canvas sheets protect floors, appliances and furniture from paint, dust and debris, and they’re destined to be spilled on, rolled up, reused and thrown away.

At least, that’s one option.

Drop cloths are one of the most versatile home improvement items because you can use them to keep job sites clean, or to make everything from curtains to room dividers.

And best of all? They’re affordable.

Here are five alternative uses for drop cloths to enhance your home’s décor and function.

Puppy sleeping on sofa with slip cover
Don’t want Fido messing up your sofa? Cover it with a drop cloth! (DepositPhotos)

1. Pet Covers

People love their pets just as they do any other family member, but each day, they face a dilemma.

They know upholstered furniture isn’t cheap, and they don’t want to replace or repair theirs anytime soon.

At the same time, they want Fido or Fluffy to feel right at home, and wouldn’t want to police their fur babies whenever those paws hit the upholstery.

Fortunately, there’s a happy medium: Cover your

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3 Green Alternatives for Your Next Home Renovation

Home renovation; interior under construction
When you plan a home renovation, consider environmentally green construction alternatives. (DepositPhotos)

With Earth Day approaching, many people are asking how they can make a difference when it comes to their effect on the environment — especially if they’re planning a home renovation.

According to a recent report, the typical U.S. household’s
carbon footprint is over five times the global average. Food, housing,
transportation, apparel and other personal services are included in this
household consumption statistic.

There are plenty of ways you can change your behavior to be
suitable for a more sustainable lifestyle. Energy consumption, water usage and
the types of materials used are all areas of home living of which you can be
more conscious.

So, the next time you’re undergoing a home renovation, consider some of these green
alternatives to ensure you’re doing your part to be environmentally friendly!


Discussing home renovation financing options
Home renovations aren’t cheap, but numerous loans are available to finance them.

Financing Your Efforts

Since housing is one of the main factors influencing your
carbon footprint, choosing green home renovations is a good place to start to reduce your
environmental impact.

However, the high cost of these renos prevents many people
from moving forward with them. Fortunately,

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Lawn Doctor Review (2020) | Today’s Homeowner

Lawn Doctor Review: Stethoscope on green grass
In this Lawn Doctor review, learn how the prominent nationwide provider of lawn care services stacks up against the competition. | Photo Credit: Adobe Stock, © Elena Blokhina

Even the most ambitious DIY-er needs a little help from time to time. If an appliance breaks or wears out, you can check out the latest home improvement videos to learn how to fix it. But your lawn is a living thing, and it often requires more than some elbow grease to restore to full health. You might only need a little fertilizer, sure, but do you know whether that stubborn brown patch is the result of an overzealous dog or a developing anthracnose infection?

Whether your lawn needs a complete overhaul or just some freshening up, hiring a professional lawn care service can save you time and effort while also giving you the peace of mind that experts are on the job. 

Of course, there are many lawn maintenance services. Choosing the right one for your lawn can feel like a daunting task. Lawn Doctor is a viable option, a trusted lawn care provider with 50 years in the business. In this Lawn Doctor review, the reviews team has researched the

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Your Complete Guide to Lawn Care Services

Green lawn lined with stepping stones and manicured hedges and flower beds
Everyone wants a gorgeous, green lawn — but not everyone has time to do their own lawn care. This guide to lawn care services can help you choose the right team for your property. | Shutterstock, © aimful

Caring for your lawn can cost you time, money and stress. From mowing your lawn to removing weeds, comprehensive lawn maintenance can be a pain. Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle your lawn care alone.

If you want a healthy lawn without having to take all of the time and effort to make it look its best, you may want to consider hiring a professional lawn care company. Just make sure you do your homework on which company you go with. Not all lawn care companies are the same, and the services they provide aren’t all equal.

The reviews team understands that you only trust the most reliable companies with your lawn. The team has researched lawn care services across the United States, considering factors like price, customer satisfaction, services offered and more. 

In this Article

Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency,

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4 Easy Ways to Make a Small Garden Look Bigger

Small garden, fenced in, with dog in backyard
The secret to an inviting small garden is to keep it simple but picturesque. (DepositPhotos)

Taking in the
sights and smells of a small
garden can be relaxing. The trick, however, is creating the feeling of a
vast expanse, especially with limited space.

So, what’s the
magic formula? Here are 4 tips to enhance any small garden’s appearance.


Decluttered small garden with hardscaping
Mixing landscaping and hardscaping, such as this stamped concrete patio, is one way to declutter a small garden while keeping it visually pleasing. (DepositPhotos)

1. Declutter Your Small Garden

Remove any features
in your garden that use up a lot of space; having too many large features ends
up making your already limited space look and feel cramped.

Maybe you’ve
installed outdoor seating for 10 people — how about reducing that seating to
serve four? The idea is to get everything you don’t need off the floor, if it’s
a balcony, or your lawn, and to see more of the ground.

To that end, if your garden hose doesn’t have a proper home, and it’s just curled up like a snake on the ground — a wall-mount garden hose reel will free up considerable floor space for you! And it will make

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