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The Super Handyman: A simple welcome mat

A personalized welcome mat can cost quite a bit, but you can make one yourself from a plain mat and a stencil and some paint. Find a stencil with your initial, place it on top of the mat and press it into place, and then use a dabber or a short paint brush to apply some paint over it, putting your personal stamp onto the plain mat. This is a great way to welcome your guests in style.


Dear Super HandyMom: We bought an old dresser at an estate sale. It’s a nice piece, but pretty old. The outside of the dresser has a great stain and what looks like a clear finish of some kind. The problem was that the drawers were sticking. I thought it might be because they were old, but I didn’t want to do anything that might take away from the authenticity of the piece. I sanded them smooth along the edges of the glides and then applied an even coat of paste wax. This really helped them glide smoothly. – B.D.

Super hint

I’m not sure why file cabinets – the good metal kind with locks on them – come in beige only or black, but they usually do. I think painting them with some spray paint made for metal is a great way to jazz them up and make them more presentable in the average home office. It’s practical, too!


Dear Kelly: You’ll love this. My son is playing soccer now, and we decided to make him a goal to practice with. We got some PVC pipe and a net, and made a goal from them. It’s not regulation, but it’s great for him to practice with. He’s actually getting pretty good. – C. & H.G.


Q: My refrigerator looks OK on the outside but not very good on the inside. What can I use to clean it, especially stubborn, sticky stuff on the glass shelves? – K.I.

A: It’s OK to use laundry bleach, diluted with plenty of water, as long as there’s no food around that could be contaminated. Baking soda is a good material that you can use with the bleach to scrub off the tough stuff. You can soak a paper towel in the liquid, place it over the grime and let it sit for a while to loosen it up. You can use shelf covering on these shelves to protect them once you get them clean. They even make these just for your fridge now.


A Tip From the Super HandyMom: We don’t get to have out-of-town guests very often, but when we do, I love to pamper them. Our guest room is simple, but I have a basket that I always place on the bedside table. I choose a book to read, some hand lotion, a sleep mask, hard candies and other treats for our guest. It lets them know how much I care and how happy I am that they have come to visit our home.

Shop talk

If you no longer want to have that magnet collection on your refrigerator (but still like to use the magnets), you can create a magnetic wall with Rustoleum’s Magnetic Primer. You just paint it on, and it turns a plain wall into a wall that magnets will stick to. It can be applied to wood, metal, masonry, drywall and plaster. Once it’s dry, you just paint the regular wall paint over it, and your magnets will stick to it. Create a message wall or a place to put up all of your photos. It’s great for hobby and craft rooms, not to mention kids’ rooms. To find out more, just go to You can find it at your paint store, home center or hardware store.

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