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A little beadboard dresses up cheap cabinet

I'm So Clever
What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

I'm So Clever
I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: We needed storage for our mudroom. My husband found a white cabinet at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $15. He then bought some white bead board at a home improvement store to cover the three unfinished sides of the cabinet. No painting was necessary. I purchased some fabric and foam cushioning for the top. It fits our room and stores everything we need. Darlene Zupp, Charlotte

Nuke stamp to unstick it

I hate wasting a postage stamp on an envelope that I end up not needing to mail. The last time that happened, I put the envelope in the microwave, put it on quick defrost and ran it for 30 seconds. Voila! The stamp peeled right off and stuck to the next envelope so I didn’t waste a stamp. It was fast, easy and not messy. Experiment with the time and your microwave, as they might vary. Jim Price, Huntersville

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Send your clever tip, address and phone to or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. Each week the best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” book. You can order a copy at for just $5.99, plus shipping. Also available at Park Road Books.

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