Andreana Lefton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andréana Lefton is a writer and educator, focusing on human rights and creating spaces of refuge—in our homes and communities. As a documentary researcher, she has freelanced with The Guardian as well as NPR- and BBC-affiliates. She’s written for On Being, the United Nations, and many non-profit clients in the US, UK, Europe, and Middle East. All that she knows of garden care and interior design she learned from her artistic mother, Jacqueline. She now applies these skills to her life in Chattanooga, TN, where home is an urban art studio with books piled everywhere. Read more at www.aelefton.org and follow her on Twitter.

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FEBRUARY 5, 2019 | TUESDAY
Solved! How Long Caulk Actually Takes to Dry

Q: My bathtub sealant needs a refresh, and I’ve decided to re-caulk the tub myself. How long does caulk take to dry before it’s ready for use?A: There’s nothing like fresh caulk—a waterpr...

JANUARY 22, 2019 | TUESDAY
The Best Rechargeable Batteries

One of the best ways to save money and protect the environment is to buy reusable products—and batteries are one of the easiest places to start. While reusable batteries cost more than th...

DECEMBER 11, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean Wallpaper

Is your wallpaper looking a little tired? Over time, dust and moisture can discolor, leaving papered walls dingier than the day they were covered. Wallpaper in the kitchen can become coat...

NOVEMBER 16, 2018 | FRIDAY
Stylish, Stain-Resistant, or Both: Which Type of Kitchen Sink Is Right for You?

If replacing a kitchen sink, you’ll think about style, size, and—perhaps most importantly—material. Some materials are highly durable and resistant to stains, scuffs, and scratches, while...

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Clean a Porcelain Sink

Maintaining a spotless porcelain sink will add charm and luster to your bathroom or kitchen—not to mention value to your home. This glass-based ceramic is fired at high temperatures, then...

NOVEMBER 13, 2018 | TUESDAY
Solved! How to Freshen Up a Smelly Fridge

Q: Every time I open the fridge, I get a whiff of sourness that I can’t identify. I’ve already cleaned out all the old leftovers, but this vaguely unpleasant odor remains. What can I do?A...

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 | THURSDAY
How To: Paint Behind a Toilet

The cramped space behind the toilet is a difficult portion of the bathroom to maintain, posing a challenge when it comes time to dust and an even larger one when repainting.  A toilet tan...

OCTOBER 30, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Check and Dispose of Old Antifreeze

Changing your antifreeze is an important part of preparing your car for cold weather. Antifreeze (also known as coolant and radiator fluid) is a liquid agent that prevents your engine fro...

OCTOBER 22, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! The Best Wood for Burning in the Fireplace

Q: My wife and I just bought our first home, complete with wood-burning fireplace. We’re excited—but unsure exactly what kind of wood to stock. What do you recommend?A: Congratulations on...

OCTOBER 12, 2018 | FRIDAY
5 Reasons to Choose the Kitchen Peninsula

The kitchen is a home’s heartbeat, the place where family gathers and guests gravitate, and so it should be welcoming—not an obstacle course of people and appliances. To improve flow and ...