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In thIs IssuE!


2 home organization: Check out these

cheap ideas and clever solutions for minimizing the mess in your home’s challenging areas.

5 plumbing 101: Here’s a super-easy way

to fix this annoying problem yourself!


6 Super Bowl entertaining: Follow

these tips for a stress-free game-day party — you’ll maximize time with your guests and minimize fuss.



winter Survival Kit for your Car: 10 items you should keep in your car for emergencies.

12 winter Storm prep: Get ready for winter weather with our tips.

14 Kitchen remodel: Continuation of

the Bungalow Remodel Project by Lu Samu.


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Organization home

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try our clever solutions for minimizing the mess in your home’s chAllenging AreAs. these ideAs will help you evAluAte whAt you hAve, decide whAt you need, And finAlly put things AwAy.

Busy Rooms

Create a Calm Kitchen

As the busiest room in the house, the kitchen needs careful organization to rein in the chaos. Start by utilizing the space you have. Use freestanding stacking units to create levels of storage within your cabinets. Under-shelf bins that slip onto shelves can also help reduce wasted space.


Take advantage of the inside of cabinet doors. A sheet-metal insert turns the interior door panel into a handy storage system with the addition of magnetic hooks, clips and containers. Keep a notepad handy to jot down anything you need to purchase at the grocery store.

Tea Party

Arrange all your needs for morning coffee or tea on an attractive tray. It creates a pretty presentation and makes getting your cup of joe fuss-free. 2

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Declutter the Closet

The most private and personal space in your home, your bedroom closet, should be organized in a way that works best for you. But a few generalities and guidelines apply. Most of your closet space should be devoted to things you use often (at least every week). To maximize space, Keep out-of-season clothes and special-occasion garments in another closet if possible.

Food Files

Store magazines or take-out and catering menus in magazine files. Line them up on an out-of-theaction corner of your countertop.

Love your Laundry

Seasonal décor is easy with these items.

spectacular storage

Looking for extra kitchen counter space? Create bonus work and storage space with a rolling cart island. Purchase an unfinished or vintage dresser or buffet, then give it a custom look with your choice of color and hardware.

An organized and attractive laundry room can elevate a dreary chore into a satisfying accomplishment. Start by corralling cleaning aids in tidy containers within reach, and keep several laundry baskets at hand for sorting. Buy front-loading machines if you’re in the market for new appliances. It’s a great way to be efficient with space, allowing for a work surface above the machines for folding and storage. And hang shelves to make everything easier to organize. Store-bought shelving is fine, but you can add a bit more personality Winter 2014 • Aubuchon At home


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with salvaged or adapted shelving. Even a large old window box or two mounted on the wall will serve your purpose.

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Use every available inch of space, including the insides of doors. Create a jewelry organizer you can hang on your door. Hang bracelets and necklaces with small S hooks.

Divide & Conquer

Use dividers to keep drawers from becoming jumbles. Paint an old soda bottle crate or cut down a cardboard bottle carrier for sorting socks, hosiery, belts or ties.

Box Basics

Look for boxes and bins that are just the right size for holding folded sweaters or T-shirts. Dress them up with a coat of spray paint, if necessary, and tuck in sachets for added freshness.

Hanging out

Install hooks on the wall to hang laundry bags and totes. This is a great way to keep dirty clothes off of the floor and out of your way.

sew Cool

Make a pretty sorting organizer from an egg carton. Dress it up with a quick coat of spray paint and fill it with all those little things that come out of the dryer, such as coins and buttons. Add a made-tofit pincushion, a needle, and small spools of thread, and you have an instant mending kit.

Basket Case

Handy Holder

Create a spot for everyday essentials and mementos with a handy vertical organizer. This divider keeps notes, writing utensils and sewing scissors at hand. 4

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Use baskets to store bills, recipes or miscellaneous notes. Designating a place for random papers will prevent them from being scattered on your countertops. n Used with Permission. Š Copyright 2013-14, Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

pLumbIng 101

Toilet won’t stop running? hERE’s a supER-Easy way to FIx thIs annoyIng pRobLEm youRsELF!


he most common cause of a running toilet is a leaky old rubber flapper. To check things out, take the top off the back of the toilet tank and look down to the bottom, past the chain, to where the flapper sits on the bottom of the tank. Flush the toilet, and while you’re looking inside, make sure the flapper isn’t getting hung up on the chain

as the tank fills (that’s a jiggle-thehandle fix!) If everything seems right, but the toilet still runs, chances are you need a new flapper. With the top still off the tank, drop a couple of drops of food coloring into the tank water. Wait a few minutes, and if water in the toilet turns the color of the tank water, that’s a sure sign you have a leaky flapper.

To change the flapper, turn off the water supply, drain the tank, take off the chain and remove the flapper. Take it along with you, so you’re sure to get the right-sized replacement— every toilet is a little different. n

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Directions 1. In a large roasting pan combine pretzels, oat cereal, wheat cereal, rice cereal, and nuts. Set aside. 2. In a small saucepan heat and stir butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce until butter melts. Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture; stir gently to coat. 3. Bake in a 300°F oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on a large piece of foil to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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8 Prepare chili. Cool, store in an airtight container, and freeze. 8 Prepare Crunchy Party Mix. Cool, store in an airtight container, and freeze. 8 Bake Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints. Cool, store in an airtight container, and freeze.

2 days before

8 Thaw chili in refrigerator. 8 Thaw cookies at room temperature.

1 day before

8 Thaw Crunchy Party Mix at room temperature. 8 Prepare Mexican Seven-Layer Dip. Cover and refrigerate.

6 hours before dinner

8 Prepare any chili garnishes you desire — onions, shredded cheese, etc. Cover and refrigerate. 6

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1 hour before dinner 8 Heat chili on low.

The Party menu


Makes: 8 servings Serving size: 1½ cup | Prep 25 mins Cook 20 mins Ingredients 1½ pounds lean ground beef 2 cups chopped onion (2 large) 1 cup chopped green sweet pepper (1 large) 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 15 - 16 ounce can kidney beans, pinto beans and/ or black beans, rinsed and drained 2 14½ ounce candied tomatoes 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce 1 cup water

CRunChy paRty mIx

Makes: 32 servings Serving size: ½ cup | Yield: 16 to 18 cups | Prep 20 mins | Bake 300°F 45 mins Ingredients 5 cups pretzel sticks 4 cups round toasted oat cereal 4 cups bite-size wheat or bran square cereal 4 cups bite-size rice or corn square cereal or bite-size shredded wheat biscuits 3 cups mixed nuts 1 cup butter or margarine ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon garlic powder Several drops bottled hot pepper sauce

2 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed ½ teaspoon black pepper Dairy sour cream (optional) Shredded cheddar cheese (optional) Directions 1. In a Dutch oven cook ground beef, onions, green sweet pepper, and garlic as above. Drain fat. In a 4- to 5 -quart slow cooker combine meat mixture, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, ½ cup water, chili powder, basil, and black pepper. Cover and cook on the low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. If desired, top each serving with sour cream and/or cheese.

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Makes: 16 servings Serving size: ¼ cup dip and ½ cup chips | Yield: 16 appetizer servings Prep: 15 mins | Chill: 4 hrs to 24 hrs Ingredients 19 ounce can bean dip ¼ cup picante or taco sauce 18 ounce container refrigerated guacamole 18 ounce carton dairy sour cream 1 cup shredded cheddar or taco cheese (4 ounces) ¼ cup sliced green onion (2) 2 tablespoons sliced pitted ripe olives ⅔ cup chopped, seeded tomato (1 medium) 8 cups tortilla chips or crackers Directions 1. Combine bean dip and picante sauce; spread into a rectangle about 9-by 5-inches on a serving platter making a layer about 14 inch thick. Next carefully layer avocado dip and sour cream. Top with cheese, green onion, and olives. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. 2. Before serving, sprinkle with chopped tomato. Serve with tortilla chips. Makes 16 appetizer servings (¼ cup dip and ½ cup chips).

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Makes: 36 servings Yield: 36 cookies | Prep 30 mins Chill 2 hrs | Bake 350°F 10 mins per batch Ingredients 1 egg ½ cup butter, softened ⅔ cup sugar 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon salt 16 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 3 tablespoons whipping cream 1¼ cups finely chopped pecans ½ cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate pieces 1 teaspoon shortening Directions 1. Separate egg; place yolk and white in separate bowls. Cover and chill egg white until needed. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat well. Beat in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. 2. In another bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until well combined. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or until easy to handle. 3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. In a small saucepan heat and stir caramels and whipping cream over low heat until mixture is smooth. Set aside. 4. Slightly beat reserved egg white. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in egg white, then in pecans to coat. Place balls 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie. 5. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are firm. If cookie centers puff during baking, repress with your thumb. Spoon melted caramel

mixture into indentations of cookies. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. (If necessary, reheat caramel mixture to keep it spoonable.) 6. In another saucepan heat and stir chocolate pieces and shortening over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Let cool slightly. Drizzle chocolate mixture over tops of cookies. Let stand until chocolate is set. n Used with Permission. © Copyright 2013, Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Winter 2014 • Aubuchon At home


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5. matches

You never know when you will have to manufacture heat. Waterproof matches beat rubbing two cold, snowy sticks together, hoping for the best.

6. Bottle of water and a few protein snack bars

You hear of people surviving on ketchup packets that have fallen between the seats, but some planning will yield a better menu under emergency conditions.

7. syphon pump

Winter survival Kit for your Car 10 items you should keep in your cAr for emergencies


iving in New England and upstate New York, we all know how harsh winters can be. Every year we prepare for it, but how many of us actually have a winter survival kit for our cars? If you do, good for you. For everyone who doesn’t, maybe it’s time to start. Here is a list of the top 10 items that can help you be prepared in case you find yourself in an emergency.

1. Blanket

If you are stuck with a car that won’t start and have to wait in cold weather for help, you will want a decent warm blanket as an extra layer.

2. snow shovel

Get a short-handled or collapsible shovel to stow in the trunk in case you need to remove snow from around the wheels of your vehicle.

3. Flashlight

Self explanatory. Keep a good, waterproof flashlight with fresh batteries in case your breakdown is at night. Pack emergency candles too, as a backup.

4. Hand warmers

Smash the bag and the chemical reaction inside creates warmth to defrost fingers that may be trying to change a tire or fiddle with an engine.

If being out of gas is your problem, and you get offered help by a good Samaritan, you want to be able to get a gallon or two of gas out of another gas tank to get you going quickly.

8. Lightsticks

These cost almost nothing and can be used either as a light source or to wear in case you need to shovel snow at night.

9. Flares

These should be in your trunk in all seasons to serve as safety beacons next to your car if you are pulled over in distress.

10. Whistle

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Prescription medications. Like food, it is always wise to have enough to last you a few days. A first-aid kit. You never know what kind of injuries or emergencies will happen, so make sure you have sterile bandages, disinfectant, antibiotic ointment, and over-thecounter painkillers available. A telephone with a cord or a portable cellphone charger. Cordless home phones will not work when the power is out. Many states require at least one wall plugged phone, which receives power from the telephone connection, in all households.

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You should have enough supplies to survive without leaving your house for a few days, as well as tools to help you leave if necessary. Stock up on these necessities: A shovel. Even if you live in an apartment you should own a shovel. You may need to dig yourself out before your ground crew gets in, and they are unlikely to dig out your car. Flashlights and batteries. Make sure you have good-quality flashlights and lamps with fresh batteries.You can also purchase self-powered flashlights and self-powered radios. Some models will also charge your cell phone. Candles. In case your flashlight suddenly gives out or you run out of batteries, you can light your home the old-fashioned way. Nonperishable food. Stock up on canned soups and vegetables, powdered food, and grains like rice and pasta. Make sure you have enough to last your family at least three or four days. Make sure you have a manual can-opener, as well. Bottled water. If you’re worried about the pipes freezing, stock up on


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some water.You can buy it bottled, or simply purchase a few gallon jugs and fill them from the tap. Blankets and warm clothing. You may already have these items, but remember you will need enough blankets to keep you warm without any heat and in adverse conditions. Consider purchasing mittens, thick woolen socks and a hooded sweatshirt, if you don’t already own these items. A camping stove or grill. A gas-powered camping stove is a wise investment for any emergency situation. If you have an electric stove in the kitchen a camp stove is almost a necessity. Be sure you use it with proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, and have plenty of backup fuel. Matches to light your gas range/ camping stove/candles. Do not rely on lighters that can run out of fuel or break down all too easily. A battery operated radio. This way you can get news without wall power. Make sure the batteries are good. It is also possible to buy a motion charging radio, as you can with a flashlight.

Anything else vital to your household. You should always have ample supplies of items like diapers, formula, pet food, and so on before the storm hits. A full tank of gas. You may need to go out before everything is operational. kEEp youRsELF waRm.

Losing heat is definitely uncomfortable, but you can survive it. Here’s what to do: Stop your pipes from freezing. Before you settle into a nest of blankets, go around your house and turn on every faucet so that it’s dripping just slightly. Keeping the water moving through the pipes should help prevent them from freezing. Seal up any drafts. Put towels at the bottom of any doors that have a gap, or around loose windows. If your windows are single-paned, close the curtains or pin a blanket up over them to keep the heat in. Dress in layers. Put on a thin layer of cotton clothing close to your skin, and cover as much of your body as you can. (Think old-fashioned long underwear.) For ladies, consider putting on a pair of tights. On top of that, wear as many layers as you need to keep warm, finishing with one or two pairs of warm woolen socks and a sweatshirt or coat with a hood.

Wear a hood. You lose a lot of heat from the top of your head, so keep it covered. If you don’t have hooded clothing, put on a hat or wrap a scarf or towel around your head. Stay in bed. Put as many covers as you have left over onto your bed, and hop in. Keeping your body heat in an enclosed space will help you stay as warm as possible. Cuddle up. Join forces with a freezing roommate or family member and huddle under the same blankets —you’ll warm up faster. Conserve energy. Don’t run around if you don’t have to. Take this opportunity to veg out and relax.

operated radio, follow national and local disaster agencies (such as FEMA) on Facebook and Twitter. Check periodically for updates. Use SMS messaging if land-line service is down. You can send an SMS via basic text messaging, or through Twitter updates. Get the phone numbers or Twitter handles of all your family members, and make sure they know how to reach you. Keep tabs on your family members. Try to find out where everyone is before the storm and make a plan to stay in a safe location. If you’re going to be separated from anyone, set up a predetermined time and method for touching base again, such as connecting via text message every 12 hours.

stay updatEd.

Having current information is vital in an emergency, so make arrangements to stay informed.

antICIpatE a Long powER outagE.

Watch updates on the news or listen to the radio for as long as you can before power goes out.

Keep the fridge closed. This will help it stay cool despite the lack of power, and keep your food from spoiling quickly. Only open it when it’s absolutely necessary, grab what you need, and close it up.

Use social media for updates. If you don’t have access to a battery-

By preparing, you can make a power outage bearable.

Put frozen items outside. Make use of Mother Nature’s freezer, and put them in a snow bank outside. If temperatures are below freezing, you could also keep refrigerated items in an enclosed porch. Plan some entertainment. It can help you stave off boredom while you wait for the power to return. Play cards. Use a classic deck for games like Blackjack, Poker, War, Go Fish, Crazy Eights or Egyptian Ratscrew. Read a book (to yourself, or aloud for others). Try to pick an engrossing epic that will keep you engaged and entertained for hours, such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter novels or whatever interesting book you happen to be reading. Get artsy. Draw on pads of paper, or do handcrafts like crocheting or knitting. n

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Winter storm Basic Checklist p Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment p Canned food p Can opener (manual) p Battery powered radio p Flashlights p Batteries p Self-powered radio & self-powered flashlight. (Batteries will run down eventually, especially if you live in

a remote area that is iced in. Some models will also charge your cell phone.) p Camp stove or grill p Stove fuel p Blankets p Lots of clothing p Water p First-aid kit p Foot and hand warmer packs

p Matches p Extra hats, socks and mittens p Any necessary medications p Non-electric entertainment: books, cards, board games, etc. p Portable fire extinguisher p Pet supplies: food, litter and water for your pet to drink. Have an emergency shelter lined up (who will take pets) in case you need to evacuate.

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kItChEn REmodEL

Reimagining the small Kitchen continuAtion of the bungAlow remodel project by lu sAmu


erious salvage collectors are rarely the kind of folks who feel the need to justify their commitment to the hunt. Doors, hardware, weathered wood, good brass and hand-forged anything are footnotes on the list of highly sought-after items hardcore reclaiming pros will rarely leave on the roadside. Equally rare is the occasion to renovate a kitchen and put to service the many finds a lifelong collection or obsession can amass. Here is just such a project, uncommon in its originality and enduring charm, made even better by a salvage pro’s commitment to the use of all things found.


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While the need to remove the vintage cast-iron sink was a heartbreaker (it went directly into storage!), some ten feet of muchneeded counter space was claimed in the reworking of the sink area. Kept shallow to allow for passage into the charming back end, and access to the door to the outside, this simple design tactic simplified the perimeter, while providing for additional cabinets and an open shelf below. The cabinet was built in place, and the door, which was taken from an existing cabinet, was simply trimmed to fit. At the existing classic bungalowstyle “Hoosier”-inspired cabinet, a little planning and ingenuity took the whole space to modern heights. Reclaimed window sashes were fitted as shorter, now inset doors, leaving the bottom shelf of the existing cabinet open to serve as easy storage for everyday needs. Polished and resealed, the statuary marble

counter, original to the 1930s-era bungalow, was left to reveal its age and imperfections and character. The existing wainscoting material was expanded upon, to now include the newly reworked side cabinet wall. Again, salvaged window sashes set up a charming cabinet collection where before a single closet door once stood. The former door opening was closed too, improving the overall flow of the space while making way for a simple 1930s-style service nook. Where the new and the old intersect is indiscernible, thanks to thoughtful paint practices for the finished cabinets. Sanding, priming, painting, more sanding and a final polyurethane finish ensure this kitchen will continue to withstand a busy cook’s lifestyle. The line where old meets new was blurred again in the paint finish on the wall above the new glass tile at the sink. Wallpaper, applied to last, certainly did, and its removal

was a laborious task complicated by a previous leak and the continued practice of a little glue here and a little paste there. So, that which refused to come down was turned into an asset, forming the base for a highly textured, tree-bark-inspired wall technique. Fashioned to make the most of water stains, working the weathered browns and drab antique white of the aging wallpaper remnants into the unique wall treatment lends a period authenticity to the kitchen. The new open kitchen plan still feels true to the house, thanks to the salvaged timber set into the ceiling where a non-bearing wall once stood behind the stove. A modern drop-in range sits inconspicuously enough Winter 2014 • Aubuchon At home


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at the extra-deep counter, which now doubles as a breakfast bar. Salvage hunters never waste anything useful, but slicing or cutting or re-imagining? Well sure, that’s allowed! So for the final stroke of vintage high jinks, the old sheet paneling was sliced into planks with the look


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of reclaimed barn boards. Painting each individual plank in the same varying gray-green palette seen elsewhere thoughout the house, seemed a perfect way to redeem a material that only a committed salvage enthusiast wouldn’t toss in the dumpster. n

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ainted floors always make a statement. For this bungalow kitchen floor, the simplest painted floor technique lends architectural interest and scale to the room. Leaving the alternating 2’ x 2’ black-and-wood check in its original state solved the most common problem old house enthusiasts know

A note about waxed surfaces: It’s important to be sure old hardwood floors have not a trace of wax on them. Paint WILL NOT adhere to waxed surfaces. For tips on how to make sure your floors were not waxed, or for more tips on this project and other projects from the Bungalow Remodel, visit our blog:

well—that there’s a limit to how much sanding a very old hardwood floor can endure. With the worst parts painted in contrasting black, the now freshly sealed original wood reveals

the character and imperfections of age without looking dirty or neglected. Best part? Not a hint of charm was lost in creating this now clean and serviceable hardwood look. Our floor is small, so sanding it lightly with a small hand sander was a snap. After a good scrubbing and washing, we used a 220 grit sandpaper to make sure the surface was evenly clean. The pattern and the size of the 2’ x 2’ grid were worked out on graph paper. The pattern was then measured out directly onto the floor, and the alternating squares were taped using blue painter’s tape. Rubbing the edges of the tape and paying special attention to the corners ensures the pattern looks crisp. We then placed a small piece of blue tape in the squares to be

painted, removing them as we went along. (Nothing worse than getting confused about that!) Using flat black exterior paint, thinned with water just a little bit, the black was painted over the hardwood. Leaving a little miss here and there while painting the black suggests the sort of wear which will eventually show on this finish as it ages. This little bit of inconsistency complements the wear of the original flooring too. Along the edges of the tape, it’s important to keep things sharp and covered, but don’t cover every inch of the painted boxes entirely; some imperfection adds to the finished look. Remove the tape while the paint is still tacky or just dry, pulling the tape toward the painted surface. Allow the floor an overnight dry, then apply three coats of the polyurethane of your choice. We used Last and Last, an oil-based semi-gloss polyurethane product, which will hold up to the super-heavy foot traffic small kitchens endure. n

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Valid: 12/15/13 - 1/19/14 back-Saver® SnoW ShoveL

292581 reg. retail: $34.99 Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

Save nOw Valid: 12/15/13 - 1/19/14 $ 36” pick Up & grab tooL



131583 reg. retail: $22.99 Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

Save nOw Valid: 12/15/13 - 1/19/14 mini magLite FLaShLight $

hardWood FLoor reviver, LoW or high gLoSS

Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

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Valid: 12/15/13 - 1/19/14

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Valid: 12/15/13 - 1/19/14 padded paLm mechanicS gLoveS

127855, 127856 reg. retail: $13.99 Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

Save later 1/20/14 - 2/28/14 Save later $

Valid: 1/20/14 - 2/28/14


carbon monoxide detector

669711 reg. retail: $26.99

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Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

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Valid: 1/20/14 - 2/28/14

30 OFF

aLL magic SLider FUrnitUre gLideS

reg. retail: $2.49 -$19.99

Valid: 1/20/14 - 2/28/14

Buy 2 Get 1 Free kwik-shot soot stopper

458083 a $2.99 value

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1 OFF pUtty, 14 oz.

250480 reg. retail: $3.49

Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

115107 reg. retail: $25.99

Valid: 1/20/14 - 2/28/14 mULti pUrpoSe Lighter

247718 reg. retail: $4.99

Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

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Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

Save later Valid: 1/20/14 - 2/28/14 oatey StainLeSS pLUmber’S $

15 pc. driLL bit Set

Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

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Valid: 1/20/14 - 2/28/14

Valid: 1/20/14 - 2/28/14 18” aLpine moUntain mover

113950 reg. retail: $22.99 Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

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Valid: 1/20/14 - 2/28/14

soft white double life bulb 40, 60, or 75 wAtt

604290, 110650, 110700 reg. retail: $3.99 Cannot be combined with any other coupon, sale or promotion. One coupon per customer. Limited to store stock only - no rain checks. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited and constitutes fraud.

Winter 2014 • Aubuchon At home


pEt oF thE month

pet of

the Month

share a photo of your pet on our facebook wall! each month we choose our favorite & give them a $50 Aubuchon hardware gift card and a chance to get featured in the Aubuchon At home magazine!







in y! O J da tO

Earn FREE Food! Frequent Buyer PrOGraM Get a Free bag of food after purchasing the required number of bags from nutro or Merrick* Get automatic enrollment into our Home team Program: earn rewards to use on future purchases at aubuchon Hardware (See store for more details.)

See the difference in your pet’s health after feeding them nutro or Merrick * see store for frequent buyer program guidelines.


Aubuchon At home • Winter 2014

$3 OFF Coupon See Page 18


Help protect your floors from Max or... anything else that might damage your hardwood.

Hardwood Floor Reviver refreshes hardwood floors that are worn, scratched, or dull. It is available in both High-Gloss and Low-Gloss sheens. Applying Hardwood Floor Reviver requires no sanding or special preparation, just squirt onto floor, spread with application tool and let dry. Provides care, beauty and protection for your hardwood floors for 3-6 months. Sold at

‘Tis the season for clean carpets.

2.00 off



Manufacturer’s Coupon Expires 02/28/14

(1) 24oz. Spot & Stain Remover Spray *Consumer: For instant redemption ONLY, take coupon to cashier with applicable product to redeem. Retailer: We will reimburse you the face value of this coupon plus 8¢ handling, provided it is redeemed by a consumer at the time of purchase on the brand specified. Coupons not properly redeemed will be void and held. Reproduction of this coupon is expressly prohibited. (Any other use constitutes fraud.) Invoices proving purchase of sufficient stock within the past 90 days to cover coupons presented for redemption must be shown upon request. Mail to: INMAR Dep’t 74999, Rug Doctor, 1 Fawcett Drive, Del Rio, TX 78840. Cash value .001¢. Void where taxed or restricted. LIMIT ONE COUPON PER ITEM PURCHASED. Not subject to doubling. RD-100913-01. © 10/13 Rug Doctor, Inc. ID:118772

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