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Enter to Win: A Festive Holiday Tablescape (Worth $1,500) Curated by the Editors of Remodelista

‘Tis the season—for holiday parties, get-togethers, cocktail hours, and other festive occasions. If you find yourself the host of one of the aforementioned fêtes, fear not. We’ve partnered with a few of our favorite makers—East Fork, Sir/Madam, Rough Linen, The Floral Society, Hawkins NY, and Schoolhouse—to curate a holiday tablescape that could just as easily lend itself to any celebration year-round. Entering to win is easy: Head over to East Fork’s giveaway page and submit your email address before Monday, December 10, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Here’s a look at the tablescape you could win (valued at over $1,500): Above:…

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A Primer on Primers

WATER-BASEDBEST FORPreparing previously finished surfaces, including drywall, concrete, fiber cement, stucco, metals, fiberglass, and PVC. PROSLow odor; fast drying; cleans up with soap and water; adheres well without sanding; blocks oily stains. CONSWater will rough up raw wood and MDF, and cause cedar and redwood to bleed. ONE TO LOOK FORKILZ Premium Interior/Exterior Multi-purpose Water-based Wall and Ceiling Primer, $23 per gallon; Lowe’s https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/primer-primers

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A Quick Way to Clean Tarnished Silver

Put silverware in a single layer in a glass baking dish lined with aluminum foil; each piece needs to touch the foil. Cover with baking soda, add a little salt, then pour hot (not boiling) water over it. The dry ingredients facilitate the transfer of electrons from the silver to the aluminum with the water as a conductor, turning tarnish into aluminum sulfide and revealing the silver without scratching or pitting it. Remove each piece with tongs when it looks shiny (from 10 seconds to a few minutes, depending on the level of tarnish), then rinse and pat dry.https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/quick-way-to-clean-tarnished-silver

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Clear Out Old Condiments

When you buy new condiments, add a label noting the first-use date—the shelf life of most items is based on when the bottle, can, or jar is opened. Place your most-used condiments in the door. To keep the rest from taking over your fridge (or getting shoved to the back and forgotten), store on a stainless-steel lazy Susan (like the one at right, $20; The Container Store) or a tiered organizer.Thanks to: Katherine DiGiovanni, professional organizer, Refine Home Concepts https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/clear-out-old-condiments

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Amazon’s Best Last-Minute Gifts | Gift Guide 2018

Amazon's Best Last-Minute Gifts | Gift Guide 2018 3 × Motorized Knife and Tool Sharpener Motorized Knife and Tool Sharpener PHOTO: AMAZON Working with sharp tools ensures that they cut as they're expected to, reducing unexpected slips and making for a safer work environment. $129.95; Amazon 4 × Dremel Rotary Tool Kit Dremel Rotary Tool Kit PHOTO: AMAZON Always popular, this is the go-to rotary tool for everything from engraving to cutting to polishing to grinding to sharpening. About $74; Amazon 7 × Driver/Impact Combo Kit Driver/Impact Combo Kit PHOTO: AMAZON Ergonomic, lightweight tools for everyday jobs. A must in…

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Profile: Jeff Covington, Clean Air Technologies, Richmond, VA

What’s been your path to success?I started in heating and air conditioning as a teenager working summers for a family friend. The initial plan out of high school was to go to college. But I decided to take year off and worked full time in the heating and air field. I learned quickly, moved up the ladder and was earning a really good paycheck. I was intrigued by the business side, but I was seeing that the bottom line mattered more to the companies I was working for than customer service, which I didn't agree with.So I started thinking, "Okay, I have…

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