I also tried a few ideas that I've had that didn't work out. I thought I'd share them with you, because some of them are funny:
This lady painted some chairs with Rit dye! I can do that!
I tried it on the big green wing chair that I brought home a couple of weeks ago. I didn't have Rit dye, but I had a ton of India Ink lying around from my calligraphy studies. I've actually used it on fabric before, so I knew that it would stay put, not run or fade, nor rub off on my clothes when I sat in the chair. I decided to try it in a tiny area on the back of the seat cushion where it wouldn't show, and I'm really glad I did.
Apparently the stain-treating chemicals in the chair are really good at their job. The ink didn't soak in, it just dried on the surface of the chair, into this gross, crusty mess that blackened my fingers the second I touched it to see how it was coming. FAIL.
Several months ago, Kress' mom left us some of those plug-in air fresheners with the oil bottle that you pop in, that fill up the house with this nasty, cloying, putridly-sweet, disgusting fucking smell that gives me migraines and makes me sick to my stomach. She loves them, and it was sweet of her to buy them for us, but, um, EW NO. I saw this on Pinterest:
Essentially, you take the air freshener apart and refill the bulb with your own blend of essential oils. Not one to waste anything, I tried it. And I really should have tried it with gloves on, by the way, because after scrubbing my hands with soap, dish soap, vinegar, orange cleaner, and finally BLEACH, the residual smell on my hands is STILL making me sick as I sit here typing this. *barf*
Needless to say, it didn't work. Maybe it works with some other types of air fresheners, but on the kind that I had, the wicks broke while I wast trying to get them back into the bulbs, so the whole thing was just a waste of time, effort, and expensive essential oils. FAIL.
Here's another one from Pinterest, although I originally got the idea from a friend who did this and had great luck with it:
That's right, bubble wrap window insulation. My bedroom gets HOT in the Summers, y'all, and not in that fun way. The idea here is that the air in the bubble wrap insulates the windows and keeps some of the heat from coming through, without blocking light. It's not terribly attractive, but behind curtains? No big deal. The cool part is (wa waaaa get it) that it works - I've seen it in action, and I know it works.
I, however, didn't have any bubble wrap, and that crap's expensive. What I did have was leftover foam underlayment from back when I put new flooring into the craft room and guest room. It's light and clear, and should do the same job, right? I never got to find out, unfortunately: when I went to put it up on my bedroom windows I realized something I'd forgotten. There are big, red manufacturer's logos stamped all over the damned things. The foam itself wouldn't have shown behind the white sheers in the bedroom, but the logo sure would have. FAIL.
Tomorrow's another day, though, and I have lots more small things to catch up on. For the moment, I'm going to go saw my hands off now, because the bleach (or the devil air freshener oils!) is making my hands peel and burn.
In the meantime, everyone have a safe, happy Memorial Day...and remember to stop and say "thank you."