The winner: Our den is small, with little room for guests. Our hearth takes up a lot of space. I picked up a pair of nice bar stools on Craigslist for $30. My hearth is 6 inches high, so I cut 3 inches off the front legs and 9 inches from the back legs to make them a comfortable height. When I first showed them to my wife, she couldn’t believe I cut two perfectly good stools. We’ve had two gatherings, and she’s a believer now.
Here’s one more: We had an odd corner in our attic that an old chest of drawers “almost” fit. I grabbed my circular saw, tilted the blade to match the roof line angle, and sliced off the upper left corner. The chest fits perfectly, and even the drawer still works. Jim Lay, Charlotte
Sticky notes clean your keyboard
Use a Post-it note to clean between the keys of a keyboard. Just slide the sticky part back and forth between the keys and see how much gunk sticks to it. Lisa Buch, Concord