s March 2015 - The Kim Six Fix
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DIY Vintage Locker Tags

How to make vintage inspired locker tagsThis whole idea was actually a result of “necessity is the mother of invention.”   In my next post I am going to share a great new project where I needed some vintage aluminum school locker tags.  I didn’t actually have any lying around the house, and because i wanted to get the post done I didn’t have time to order any.  So instead I knew I had to come up with an alternative made from something I had in the house already.
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DIY Chalkboard Arrow (Using a Pocket Hole Jig)

DIY Arrow Chalkboard
Today’s post isn’t as much about the project but the technique I used to make it.  I mean, it isn’t that I don’t think this arrow sign isn’t downright adorable, but these chalkboards signs are everywhere. It isn’t exactly unique.

What is a little more unique about it.. is that it is a great EASY project where you can learn how to create pocket holes.

If you don’t know what a pocket hole is.. here is a quick definition.
Pocket hole

Gold Polka Dot Easter Eggs

Polka dot thumb tack easter eggs
I know not everyone like to go all out decorating or making crafts for the holidays but today I’m going to give you a project that hopefully changes you mind.  If you are like me you want projects that are EASY and CHEAP.  Nobody wants to spend 3 hours of their lives hot gluing wood chips or tissue paper to the outside of a pumpkin.. I get that.

So today I’m giving you a project that will take NO time and cost almost NO money!  (Hey! I aim to please!!)  These gold polka dot ‘blinged-out’ easter eggs using thumbtacks are the answer to your prayers.  They are faster and easier than the cross stitched ones, and easier on the finger tips than these clothesline or twine versions (since no hot glue is involved).

Baker's Twine Stitched Easter Eggs

Embroidered easter eggs

Today is officially the first day of spring!  And of course that means I’m getting fired up for Easter.  I pulling my Easter stuff out this week and realized just how many fake plastic eggs I have. Easily hundreds.  And so I thought I would experiment on a few with my Dremel to see what I could come up with.   This sorta ‘playing’ is exactly how I stumbled across the fact you could etch and illuminate plastic christmas balls and we all know how cool that came out.

How to replace electrical outlets using QuickWire (Push-In) Connectors

When I made over the baby’s nursery I painted the area on the wall below the chair rail white.  Therefore the ratty old off white outlets looked horrible.

Back when I was actually finishing the room what I decided to do was just replace out the switch plate covers and then hide the outlets behind the furniture. (#KeepingItRealwithKimSix) but today I finally got off my horse and decided to suck it up and replace the outlets themselves.

I have to admit they were REALLY bad.. I am pretty sure drunken monkies painted the room or something since they had about 4 layers of paint on them.

Now there are 10,000 tutorials out there on how to replace your electrical outlets.  My personal favorite is from my favorite DIY-guru Brittany. (In fact, I suggest you read HER post and THIS post because knowing more is always better.)  Now, the thing about almost all those tutorials (including Pretty Handy Girl’s) is that they tell you how to use the traditional side screws for hooking up your new outlets.  And that is a perfectly reasonable way of doing it, but I am too lazy for that.

So today I’m showing you the shortcut using the push-in holes (also known as “QuickWire” connectors.)

**Before undertaking this tutorial I am giving you a HUGE warning.  If you are not comfortable working with electricity, or if you are AT ALL unsure of what you are going, please call a professional.  Seriously.. I don’t want you to zap yourself to save $50.  If the wiring looks strange or if you aren’t sure if something is right, don’t assume it will be okay if you just guess.  I’m not responsible if you burn your house down!  Also, be sure to check your local building code. In some jurisdictions, this type of electrical work may require a permit.**

Carrot Cake White Chocolate Cheesecake

Spring Daffodils from K-Cups

Kcup daffodil
Today I’m participating in Stephanie from Crafting In the Rain’s Craft Month from A-Z!

My letter is “K” which happens to be my favorite letter. And since my craft had to be based on that letter, of COURSE I decided to create a spring craft out of KCups.  (Yes, this is starting to become a regular feature with me!)  And I also had to incorporate some old pallet wood, since that is another thing I love to do.

Everything You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Door Hardware

How to replace door hardware
When we bought this house, the entire thing was a sea of brass and golden oak.  I’ve talked about the struggle to update this early 80’s look in lots of posts before and today is yet another step in my journey to rid myself of the shiny gold hardware that was so popular 30 years ago.

Top 10+ St. Patrick's Day Mantel Ideas

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (and because I am a mantel junkie) I have rounded up 10 fantastic St. Patrick’s Day Mantels from other bloggers that will be sure to make anyone feel the luck o’ the Irish!

Please note that none of these images aren't pinnable from my site. Please visit the original source if you want so share them on Pinterest! 

Personalize Sports Helmets with Removable Vinyl Decals

Customize sports helmets with vinyl
Spring is here and that also brings with it Softball/Baseball/T-Ball season in our house. Of course that also means lots and lots of sports equipment.  Uniforms, bats, balls, gloves, bags, shoes, and helmets.  All of which needs to be labeled so it doesn’t get lost.   Typcially we just use sharpie to label their equipment, but their helmets is a different story.   In order to make theml a little more custom, we always add their names and team logo to their helmets.  

How to Organize Your Home's Paint Colors

How to Organize your paint colors
Chances are, unless you have recently moved into a house where every room is still builder beige.. you probably have multiple (often similar) colors of paint to keep track of.  The ability to remember which color you used where along with the brand and finish can be difficult.

So today I’m sharing a quick tip on how to keep track of all the different paint colors you use in your home. This method has a lot of benefits over the “keep the cans in the basement and try to remember” technique that most of us have used.

Did You Miss It? My Favorites from February

I don’t have a brand spanking new post up today, but instead I wanted to go back and highlight some of my favorite posts from the month of February.  I know not everyone is a regular reader, and it pretty likely you may have missed some great stuff, so I’m doing a quick recap for you today.  I’m super proud of all my content last month.  There was definitely no ‘calling it in’ and I’ve been super busy!

My most popular post this month (hands down) was:

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