Manasa Reddigari


Manasa Reddigari is a freelance writer with a passion for the home and garden that she enjoys sharing with others. Her design philosophy is, if you can dream it, you can DIY it!

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JUNE 19, 2018 | TUESDAY
The Best Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

Longevity and luster make stainless steel a popular choice material for appliances, countertops, and other fixtures. But the metal is notoriously prone to greasy fingerprints, smudges, an...

JUNE 18, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! The Rules for Painting Over Oil-Based Paint

Q: I’d like to repaint my kitchen cabinets, which had been done with oil-based paint. Must I use oil-based paint for the project, or can I use up some water-based paint I have left over f...

20 Amazing Places You Aren’t Allowed to Visit

Helen Keller once said, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart." That's necessarily the case now for many awe-inspiri...

Buyer's Guide: Garage Floor Paints

A garage floor sees a lot of wear and tear between the traffic in and out—people, cars, bicycles, even push mowers wheeled in for storage—and the types of do-it-yourself tasks that take p...

JUNE 11, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! The Best Paint for Trim

Q: I’m about to start a painting project and have noticed that paints labeled for use on trim seem to be pricier than other products. Why is that? Are these the best paints for trim, or d...

JUNE 5, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Paint a Radiator

Radiators have been keeping homes toasty for about 150 years. While yours probably doesn’t date back that far, it may well bear signs of age—rust, chips, or an original color that doesn’t...

MAY 30, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
15 Famous Houses You Can Rent for the Weekend

Most homes exist in relative obscurity, playing host to ordinary lives and notable only to those who reside in them. Others, however, have attained legendary status by virtue of their ill...

MAY 30, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Attract Owls to Your Yard—And Why You Should!

If mice, voles, or spiders have taken up residence on your lawn or in your garden, consider befriending their enemy: the owl. A host of small mammals and insects are on the menu of these ...

MAY 24, 2018 | THURSDAY
15 Saltbox Houses Worth Their Salt

Popular in 17th- and 18th-century America for its ability to accommodate large families, the saltbox house features a catslide roof that extends below the eaves, creating one story that j...

MAY 24, 2018 | THURSDAY
Buyer's Guide: Surge Protectors

If you’ve ever spotted flickering lights, tripped circuits, or prolonged overheating of certain electronics in your home, you may have experienced a power surge.  This is a sudden and bri...