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
‘I’m So Clever’ book
Send your clever tip, address and phone to email@example.com 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 www.charlotteobserver.com/clever for just $5.99, plus shipping. Also available at Park Road Books.
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less