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Nifty move converts bathtub to vanity

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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.

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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.
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    - Anne Warlick
    We needed storage space in the other and I suggested the idea of installing a vanity over the unused bathtub. We bought a door the same width as the bathtub and cut the length to fit and four legs to the desired height and - voila. We bought some cloth at Mary Jo’s to cover the door and drape over the tub. I now have a very nice vanity where I keep a basket of towels, candles, etc. Everything can be easily and quickly removed should we need the bathtub again.
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    - Anne Warlick
    We needed storage space in the other and I suggested the idea of installing a vanity over the unused bathtub. We bought a door the same width as the bathtub and cut the length to fit and four legs to the desired height and - voila. We bought some cloth at Mary Jo’s to cover the door and drape over the tub. I now have a very nice vanity where I keep a basket of towels, candles, etc. Everything can be easily and quickly removed should we need the bathtub again.

The winner: We are seniors living alone with two bathrooms. One has a walk-in shower which we use exclusively. We needed storage space in the other and I suggested the idea of installing a vanity over the unused bathtub. We bought a door the same width as the bathtub and cut the length to fit and four legs to the desired height and – voila. We bought some cloth at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store in Gastonia to cover the door and drape over the tub. I now have a very nice vanity where I keep a basket of towels, candles, etc. Everything can be easily removed if we need the bathtub again. Anne Warlick, Cherryville

New use for paper clip

A large paper clip works wonders for hanging hummingbird feeders from tree limbs. Easy to remove and clean and replace.

Sonia Cohen, Matthews


Pesto, chango!

Simple soup trick

I love the basil tomato soup served at Panera. I buy a can of basic tomato soup, add one can of milk and then add my basil pesto (about a teaspoon) to each serving. The bonus is that my husband likes basic tomato soup so I divide the can and add the basil pesto to my portion.

Sylvia Scoble, Newland

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