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The wallpaper trend is everywhere and this trend isn’t going anywhere! Unlike papers of the past that were were too cutesy or too frilly, fun and contemporary wallpapers that both parents and kids will love are now easily accessible. In appropriate projects, the effect of a whole wall in a pattern or graphic is stronger than that of a piece of art, and it helps capture the parents’ intended feel and energy for the space
We all have that attitude that owning your own place brings out the home improvement itch in us all. Sometimes time just requires us to do necessary repairs and maintenance tasks. Here are some advice that will help you to improve your home. Assess your home A wish list item could be upgrading to granite countertops, while a necessity item could be leaky plumbing pipes that have to be replaced as soon as possible. Determine the current state of your home and what ideas you want to implement.
How long you will stay If you’re just planning on selling your home this year, your budget for improvements may be different from your neighbor who’s only lived in their home for a year. To get your return on investment, ensure you upgrade the parts of your home that home buyers are interested in.
Know your budget Money actually makes you more anxious, and delaying the money portion might help you price out materials, labor, and the time it will take to complete the project. Try saving money for you to have budget on renovating your home.
Proper permits Doing a home improvement project which requires electricity, plumbing, structural or other trades that may involve permits, seek these out in advance. Try asking to your local officials if you’re not sure about the building permits to be issued on you.
Use safety precautions Follow instructions on power tools, and seek out tutorials or advice from tool rental store associates for help, before you start your project. Home improvement project involves a level of safety to ensure your home and yourself do not get hurt.
Ask for help early Start early in asking for help and what expertise area your help can provide. By doing these you can save money and take less time on finding some experts.
WARMER BEDDINGS Prepare now your warmer weather beddings and down comforter or wool blankets. It will feel you extra comfort and warmth at night.
WARDROBE CONVERSION Change your wardrobe of stored sweaters, and packing up your shorts and tank tops.
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS Go to your roof and get rid of all the buildup and any blockages to the gutters. Or if you can’t go to the roof you can hire an expert to do it for you.
REPLACE OUTDOOR GEARS Find time in scrubbing down all your patio furniture and either cover it or store it away. PREPARE YOUR WINDOWS Cover up small holes or other entrance that might cause the entrance of the cold air. Upgrade to heavier curtains in anticipation, or seal up windows with one of the many temporary products designed to increase energy efficiency.
PREPARE YOUR FIREPLACE OR WOODSTOVE Find time cleaning out last year’s ashes, and stock up on new wood for the winter.
WINTER ESSENTIALS As soon as possible prepare your snow removal gear and salt. Because the snow and ice will be here before you know it
PEST PROOF YOUR HOME Rodents, spiders, cockroaches, and other pests also seek shelter from the winter elements and unfortunately our warm homes make the perfect so find time to keep those pest at your house cause they will cause you headache.
For houses with limited space, they find it hard to decide putting up a staircase for it will sure eat a lot of space in the house. But another problem will arise, how will they reach the upper level of the house? Now, putting a staircase in your house is not a problem anymore. Here are some ways where you can minimize the space covered by staircase.
Load up your brush with paint. Start applying at the top of the wall. Paint down each corner, and across the bottom.
Start applying the paint from the bottom to the top and spread it out. For even finish, keep the roller loaded. Use a roller extension pole to reach the top of the wall.
Tile adhesive Iron
Mineral Spirits Putty knife
Rolling Pin Rags
Warm the tile with a preheated iron. Heating the tile with warm iron will loosen any adhesive that still holding the tile. Avoid forcing out the tile, because this could break. Using the putty knife, lift out the loose tile from the center to the edges on all four sides. Set the tile aside. Dissolve the adhesive on the floor using a rag dampened with mineral spirits. It’s best to dissolve the adhesive. Scrape away the old adhesive, using the putty knife. Be sure to take it all out before applying new adhesive. If there’s a stubborn spot, warm the adhesive using the iron, then, scrape it out. Make sure not to damage the surrounding tiles. Apply new adhesive to the floor and to the tile. Put the tile in its position. Using the rolling pin, roll and press the tile hard to get rid of any air pockets. Use the rag dampened with mineral spirits to clean up excess adhesive around the edges of the tile. Weigh down the tile with any flat and heavy object for up to 2 days.
We do agree with this believe that a happy, beautiful home is a source of confidence and joy in people’s lives. Thinking a new home decoration might stressful in you are boring, to create the ideal interior, you just need to know a few simple tricks. There is no need to begin a drastic repair or make a dramatic rearrangement. T he best part? Those minor updates are usually inexpensive and require practically no effort to complete.
Mirrors give the illusion of space
A colorful print on curtains can refresh any room
Hang curtains closer to the ceiling to create the illusion of large windows
Try to hide annoying wires
Easily build a bed canopy using curtain rods
Use drawers to increase storage space
Dark colors make a ceiling look higher
Hide a bed behind curtains
Play with colors to get the illusion of a high ceiling
Cover outlets and switches with colorful cases
A small bedroom isn’t necessarily a bad thing…. there’s less square footage to clean, it’s cozy and snug and with less furniture, it’s easier to decorate. Still, many people with small rooms want to make the space look larger than it really is. If you fall into that group, there’s no need to call a contractor – with a few decorating tricks, you can make your room look bigger, no remodeling required.
You’ve probably always heard that a small room needs white walls to open up the space. While it’s true that white DOES give an airy, open appearance, it’s also true that dark colors visually recede, making something that’s dark look further away than it really is. Take advantage of that color wizardry by painting your walls a medium-to-dark shade of a cool color like indigo blue, hunter green or charcoal gray. If you don’t want that much drama, paint just one wall in your favorite dark shade.
Careful with Pattern
A small room doesn’t mean you are limited to tiny prints or to no pattern at all. But if you want your small room to look more spacious, it’s best to limit large prints to small accents, such as throw pillows, sheets or lampshades. Use solids or small-scale patterns on your comforter, window coverings and upholstered furniture.
Bare the Floor
Breaking up your floor space with small area rugs is a sure way to make a small room look even smaller. Whatever your flooring choice, if you want your room to look larger, think wall to wall.
That doesn’t only mean carpet — Bare hardwood or laminate floors with a slightly glossy finish are also excellent for visually opening a space. If you want to use an area rug, choose one large enough to fill nearly the entire room.
The right drapes work double-duty to open up a small space. First, choose drapes the same color as your walls. Second, hang them up high, with the rod just an inch or two below the ceiling line, and the fabric hanging to the floor. The lack of color contrast with the wall makes the room look wider, while the long curtains make the ceiling look higher. It’s a double win for a small room.
Let There Be Light
A dim room feels claustrophobic. Dispel the darkness with good lighting – even in a small bedroom, you need at least two sources of light. At a minimum, you’ll need a bedside lamp and a floor lamp across the room. If you have ceiling lighting as well, that’s even better.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
You can’t beat the eye-fooling qualities of a mirror for visually enlarging a small room. And you need at least one large or full-length mirror in the bedroom anyway, or how will you know if those shoes complement that outfit? Hang a large mirror over your dresser, or install full-size mirrors on your closet doors.
Forget the Footboard
While every bed needs a headboard of some sort to balance the large horizontal surface of the mattress, footboards or benches at the bottom of the bed are optional. If your bedroom is very small, and especially if there is little space between the end of the mattress and the wall, skip the footboard. Instead, match your bed skirt to your comforter, or use a bedspread that drapes to the floor. An unbroken line of fabric keeps the eyes moving, making your room look a little bigger.
Color it Clear
Just as a window expands a room by allowing the eye to travel beyond its confines, clear glass or Plexiglas furniture opens up a space by eliminating visual weight in front of the walls. You wouldn’t want a clear bed or dresser, but a see-through bedside table or vanity work perfectly in the small bedroom, and look very contemporary. If that isn’t your style, consider a metal-framed piece with a glass top instead.
When tires are no longer for use for their primary purpose, they can serve as a very beautiful and interesting decoration in gardens, on terraces or yard. With their standing in the yard or behind some storage, old tires will be will be just ugly picture and on that way they will serve just to collects rainwater or as nest of mosquitoes. They can be used in a very nice and interesting way and be very useful. From used tires can be made swings, decorative flower pots, garden table and chairs as a pouffe.
Used tires can be used as mini-gardens for vegetables and flowers. There are several advantages. These mini-gardens require less water, fertilizer and fewer weeds. The black color of tires absorbs more heat from the sun and stimulates the growth of plants.