Idea for when we put french door in dining room. Ikea Shelves Into Built-in Bookcases :: I really love this. You could turn any room into a library with this idea. And you don't need ikea for it, either.
How to remove paint from hardware. Hot water in old crock pot paint stripping. Soak painted hardware in hot water to loosen many layers of paint and make cleaning much easier. Works on most paints. Not so on finishes like lacquer.
mix powder with water to the consistency that you need for your repair. Use it instead of wood putty for smaller jobs. It sands beautifully and lasts forever, as you only mix what you need for each job.