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Quick Fix Friday, Apr 29 2011 

My backyard cottage was in need of a facelift. I painted the cottage a dark blue (Benjamin Moore, Evening Sky) and broadened the white trim (Benjamin Moore, White Dove) around the door. Then I found an old window at a salvage yard and hung it like a picture.  I added a mailbox, some plants, a bench and a doormat to complete the look. The window made all the difference.

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AFTER

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SIDE VIEW

Cottage Side View

Taking Out The Trash Part Two Monday, Jun 28 2010 

You find you still have old electronics, old building materials and hazardous waste to dispose of. What do you do with it? Try these options:

  1. EWaste Collective, TV, VCR and Small Appliance Recycling [Website]
  2. Alameda County Waste Reduction & Recycling [Website]
  3. Appliance Recycling – PG&E [Website]
  4. Contra Costa County Waste Reduction & Recycling [Website]
  5. El Cerrito Recycling Center [Website]
  6. Contra Costa Electronics Recycling [Website]
  7. Marin Recycling Center & Recycling Directory [Website]
  8. Ohmega Salvage, Berkeley: Buy & Sell Architectural Salvage [Website]
  9. Urban Ore, Berkeley: Buy & Sell Used Building Materials [Website]
  10. The Away Station, Fairfax: Donate & Purchase BuildingMaterials & More [Website]
  11. San Francisco Computer Recycling Center [Website]
  12. San Francisco & South Bay Computer, Electronic Recycling, Paper Shredding & Data Destruction Services [Website]
  13. San Francisco Household Hazardous & E-Waste Facility [Website]
  14. Habitat for Humanity ReStore: building material, appliances, furniture [Website]

Taking Out The Trash Part One Friday, Jun 25 2010 

You’ve sorted, cleaned and organized and now you are left with a pile of clothes, small appliances and furniture that you no longer want. What do you do with it? There are several options, please follow the guidelines at the various places as to what they will and will not accept. Here are a few options to get you started:

  1. The Salvation Army will pick-up items or you can find a drop off location near you: [Website]
  2. Donate clothing, small appliances & furniture: [Website]
  3. Donate Business clothes: [Website]
  4. Donate prom dresses: [Website]
  5. Donate coats & warm jackets: [Website]
  6. Donate bicycles in San Francisco: [Website]
  7. Donate bicycles in Marin: The Re-Cyclery, San Rafael, San Rafael, CA, 415-458-2986
  8. Donate cell phones: Green Festival 415-255-9319; Marin Abused Women’s Service (MAWS) 415.457.2464; Oakland Zoo 510-632-9525 x124
  9. Donate blankets & towels to animal shelters and rescue organizations. See the Tips on ‘Pets’ & ‘Pet Adoption’ for the links for the various shelters
  10. Post on Craigslist Free Stuff Category [Website]
  11. Post on Freecycle: a place to match your old stuff with people [Website]
  12. Donate art supplies, textiles, teaching materials, etc. to SCRAP, San Francisco [Website]
  13. Donate art supplies, textiles, teaching materials, etc. to East Bay Depot, Oakland [Website]
  14. Donate text books [Website]

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