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DIY Furniture Refinishing Tips and Ideas

DIY Furniture Refinishing Tips and Ideas

When you are ready to remodel your home, you can buy paint and change the colors of the walls, and buy new Roman shades to change the look of the window treatments, and buy new furniture. Wait, why buy new furniture if you do not have to? You can refinish your old furniture and create a new look for very little money.

The wood portions of furniture can be stripped and then painted, or varnished to create a new look. The upholstered portions of furniture, or the cushions, can be recovered in other materials. You can even buy furniture covers that you can throw over the furniture to create an instant new look.

To begin the process of refinishing you will need to move the furniture to your garage, or to a well-ventilated area. The chemicals used in stripping paint and varnish from wood can be very harsh and cause breathing complications if you use them inside your home without adequate ventilation.

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DIY Tips for Using Epoxy to Repair Rotting Wood around Window Sills

DIY Tips for Using Epoxy to Repair Rotting Wood around Window Sills

Epoxy is a wonderful product that you can use to repair rotting pieces of wood on hard to get to places like window sills, door jambs, and exterior molding. When Epoxy hardens it can be sanded and then painted so that it leaves your area repaired with no sign of damage.

Your first step to repairing wood is to examine it closely and determine how extensive the damage to the wood is. You can take a screwdriver and dig at the rotten wood section to see how deep the rot goes. If the decay is too extensive, you might have to replace the item rather than repair the wood.

The Epoxy will come in many different brands, but they will all come with two parts that you must combine together to create the filler. When you open the different parts take a permanent marker and clearly mark the lids of the containers so that you do not confuse the two parts. You also want to clearly label the wooden stir sticks that you use to dip the portions out of the containers with so that you do not inadvertently mix part A with part B and contaminate an entire container. You should always mix these solvents outside so that you have plenty of fresh air ventilation. If you have to be indoors with this, you should have on an OSHA approved organic Vapor respirator and have plenty of fresh cartridges on hand for this respirator.

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How to Add Pizzazz to your Home with Curtains

How to Add Pizzazz to your Home with Curtains

Although window treatments including shades, valences and curtains, are the last one to be added to a room, they make an awesome statement.  In most instances, the window becomes the focal point of every room; hence, whatever curtain you place on them dictates the mood of the entire space.  Besides, adding some beauty, they also act in sheltering the components of the room, from direct sunlight, while allowing some light to filter in.  Curtains also add some warmth to the room and especially during the cold months. Here is how you can decorate each room in your home with curtains.

Let us start with the bedroom; this is your haven after a rough day at work. Hence, it must be decorated to appeal and offer the comfort that you need.  Placing curtains behind the bed’s headboard makes it a point of interest. However, ensure that the material you choose marries with the room’s décor.  For a formal bedroom, silk, satin or velvet will be excellent options.  Fabric adds softness into the room and collects all the murmurs that you make in there. In addition, choose darker colors to prevent peeping toms. In the dining room, it is fine, if you install wall-to-wall curtains.  Use satin or velvet to give the room a sophisticated look.  Where satin is your choice, its capability to reflect light will merge well with glaring dining room chandelier. If you are not working with a budget, you can consider bringing in metallic curtains. They too work excellently with chandeliers, making the room to look elegant and inviting.  However, choose a color that will go well with the furniture and anything else there in.

Most of us spend a lot of time in living rooms and it is where we entertain guests. Therefore, it should look nothing but the best. Curtains here should not only be on the windows but also behind sofas to create a soft background.  Where your seats carry some patterns, choose one color and coordinate it with the curtains.  Overall, avoid using patterned curtains if the upholstery on your seats, also features patterns. If a room has only one window, it is possible to create a false window with curtains. You only need to hang a curtain on the place, where the other window should have been. This will create balance on that wall. To ensure that nobody notices that one of the windows is pseudo, use blinders to shelter out sunrays. This way, each of the curtains will look the same.  Remember to hang curtains slightly above the window frame, to make the walls to appear taller.

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Best DIY Ways to Decorate Using Rugs

Best DIY Ways to Decorate Using Rugs

Rugs and carpets are known to bring in some glamor to our living spaces. Nevertheless, they do more than accentuating the room. First, they provide warmth to your feet, if your flooring is made of wood or tiles. To your little ones, they offer a safe spot for them to play. If anyone falls accidentally on the floor, the rugs minimize the impacts.  In addition, they are inexpensive and come in various sizes, shapes, designs and colors. With these benefits, you cannot afford to miss a rug in your home. However, where and how do you place them? Let us find out.

Tips on how to use area rugs

Use rugs to define areas. For instance, some rugs are suitable for the living room whereas others can do great in a dining area. While at it, ensure that the rugs vary in size that is if you decide to use more than one rug in a room. Otherwise, the same sized rugs give an illusion that the room is divided into two.  Another thing, ensure that the rugs used in a certain room, complement each other in style. If you have too many patterns in a room, they might eliminate the sense of harmony in the decor. Where you have a favorite rug, use it to determine the color theme of the room. However, when you buy the rug after you have bought the furniture, you can use it to blend in with the existing colors. It would also interest you to know that rugs can make a room appear quite or loud. If your wallpaper or upholstery features an ornate pattern, choose a subtle area rug. On the other hand, when the upholstery is plain, get a rug that will add interest to the room.

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DIY Ideas for Transforming your Bathroom

DIY Ideas for Transforming your Bathroom

A bathroom is one of the rooms in your home that you are frequent much. It is one place everybody in your family, will usually pay a visit throughout the day.  Therefore, transforming it into an awesome space, where you can get some relief after a hard day is the dream of every homeowner.  Regardless of whether you got a small space or large master bathroom, you can use DIY ideas to make the room as a spa-like getaway.

To start with, updating your bath cabinetry can go a long way into adding pizzazz into your bathroom.  You can do this, by substituting the old hardware with new one.  These items can be found in a retailer shop in your neighborhood at a reasonable price. Nevertheless, before you fall in love with any of the hardware pieces, be it a knob, handle or pull; make sure it will fit in perfectly in the existing bath cabinets. Hence, it is important to measure the hole prior to the purchase of a new hardware and remember to check the finish of the handle so as it does not wear out quickly.

In addition, you can add some fresh paint on the walls. A can of paint will be more than enough and in particular, if your bathroom is not large.  If you are not so sure of the colors to use, try black and white. It has been used in the kitchen decor, but it is slowly making its way to the bathroom.  However, be sure to shop for quality paint, one that will not peel off with time.  Overall, the color you choose will depend on your taste and the components of your bathroom.  Adding a furniture piece in the room, can change the look of the room.  You can bring in a vanity table and a mirror. In addition to this, you can install a TV set, preferably 15-inch and waterproof remote to go with. This is for anybody who does not want to miss on news or an ongoing program while in the bathroom. Actually, when it comes to DIY bathroom decoration ideas, you can let your imagination run wild, and make the space however, you want.

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