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Tips on Painting Ceilings with Texture

It can be challenging painting walls and requires experience in doing so, and even then, walls that stretch afar can have corners that show that tape was used making itRead More >

How to Finish a Wooden Spiral Staircase

Finishing a wooden spiral staircase greatly improves the aesthetic of the rooms that are facing the staircase. Note that improving the old staircase requires the use of new paint andRead More >

Home Designs for Easter Sunday Gathering

Easter is just a wink away. If you’re still unsure how to go about it, there’s a lot of ways to prep your space for a much needed gathering. WhileRead More >

2018 Color Ideas for Your Home

Trying to bring more luck into your home is one of the best ways to welcome the New Year. It’s not actually surprising to rearrange the overall layout of yourRead More >

Tips on Painting Ceilings with Texture

It can be challenging painting walls and requires experience in doing so, and even then, walls that stretch afar can have corners that show that tape was used making it inelegant. Just imagine painting ceilings which is more difficult. Because of such factors, most residential homes’ ceilings that feature drywall have textured finish that are able to keep its flaws from being too visible by deflecting light on it. These days, textured ceilings are normal in most homes and there are a number of things that you should consider in case you have plans on painting your textured ceiling.

Textured Celing

Preparations: Before you start painting, it is always important that you tape off existing walls with painter’s tape that has lightweight rollout plastic drop cloth. The tape goes along the upper corner of the adjoining walls while the plastic rolls out to ensure that the walls are protected. Make sure that you also turn off the electrical breaker in the room where you are planning to paint and use alternative light sources instead. Use extension cords if needed. Remove ceiling fixtures if possible and cover the floor with a canvas drop cloth and remove all furniture inside the room.

Painting Options: Before you paint the ceiling, pick your painting medium. Most ceiling texture is done by applying joint compound to the ceiling and then spraying commercial texture on it, trowel using your hand or a texture slap brush. There are different kinds of compound-based texture. There are flat to nearly ½ inch stalactite-looking peaks with defined tips and valleys. Smooth ceiling textures which appear like an orange peel can be painted using a roller with an extension pole though note that for larger textures, sprays can cover more areas.

Rolling/Spraying the Ceiling: If you will be using paint rollers, make sure that you wear a hat or cover yourself with a disposable paint suit. Using an affordable paint-grid in a 5-gallon plastic bucket lessens the mess you create while on the job. If you decide to use spray paint, you may want to rent it from a construction rental store than buy a cheap spray paint that is likely of low-quality. On the other hand, there is also the option of employing the services of expert painters.

Painting ceiling texture is not a walk in the park and requires a lot of preparation and skills on your part.

How to Finish a Wooden Spiral Staircase

beautiful spiral staircaseFinishing a wooden spiral staircase greatly improves the aesthetic of the rooms that are facing the staircase. Note that improving the old staircase requires the use of new paint and the need to follow these steps:

Paint Selection: Selecting the right paint when it comes to painting your wooden spiral staircase is vital and you can do this in two ways; pick a paint that will conceal the staircase’s underside or you can simply use stain or varnish to rejuvenate the wooden characteristics of the stairway.

Preparation: Before you start painting you have to remove the old paint through the use of either a heat gun to soften the old paint and strip the already softened paint using a liquid paint stripper. You also have the option to remove it by using sandpaper which is necessary either way because sanding the wooden staircase will make it more susceptible to paint. The next thing you need to do is to clean it with the help of a vacuum cleaner so that there are no dust or dirt residues on it. Wiping the wooden surface comes next.

Priming: Like with every painting job, you have to apply primer paint on the conditioned wooden spiral staircase through the use of paintbrushes and or rollers. If you are unsure as to how to go about it or you have no experience when it comes to paint jobs then you can always read the manufacturer’s instructions on the back of the primer can. After priming the stairway, let it dry for at least six hours before starting to paint it with enamel.

Painting: You are free to paint the wooden spiral staircase using the same painting tools you utilized when you were priming the staircase. It is recommended by professionals to start painting from the top to the bottom of the spiral staircase. Once you are finished, let it dry and then apply a second layer of coating. Applying sealant on the painted areas of the wooden spiral staircase will protect the staircase from damage and make sure that you apply three layers of sealant. Make sure that you read the manufacturer’s instructions on the sealant’s container so you know how it works.

Employing professionals is also another option in case you do not have the luxury of time to do paint jobs.

Home Designs for Easter Sunday Gathering

Easter is just a wink away. If you’re still unsure how to go about it, there’s a lot of ways to prep your space for a much needed gathering. While there’s a lot of ways to celebrate Easter, it’s one of the highlights that kids and kids at heart enjoy. If you’re not sure why, it’s because of the Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Sunday is like a prelude to Halloween because of the amount of sweets anyone can get.

Home Design: Happy Easter!

Now that should give you an idea. Most decors for Easter Sunday dwell on an egg theme. But it’s not just the plain white or the drab brown color of eggs you’re going to be using. Easter Sunday is all about bright warm colors that bring bouts of energy to anyone who’s looking. If you’re going to get a party set up, use some bright colored streamers or furnishings of the sort. Make use of round or oval aesthetics to provide a more Easter feel.

For more fun, you can even make use of rabbit themed accessories. If you don’t want to have a rabbit statute, you can make use of some chocolates sculpted into rabbits as an alternative. You can even chow on it at the end of the day.

All in all, it boils down to the approach you want for your Easter Sunday gathering. You can opt for lesser wacky furnishings but still enjoy the spirit of Easter Sunday. If you want it to be a little bit more somber, try to mute down on the colors. But if you want it to be fun and active, throw in some egg painting at the corner so everyone can have their share of fun. You may also want to throw in some Easter Egg hunt which everybody can enjoy with.

2018 Color Ideas for Your Home

Trying to bring more luck into your home is one of the best ways to welcome the New Year. It’s not actually surprising to rearrange the overall layout of your home to accommodate the path for good luck to flow easily into your life. Aside from trying to change the layout of your home, you can also invoke the spirit of good luck by changing the color of your home or even dressing up with these colors. Since we’re trying to bring in more luck, let’s start with trying to identify which colors will work for 2018.

2018 home colors

Luck is a concept which is not new to society. Since it determines a lot of things in one’s own life, luck is an attribute that individuals don’t underestimate. To get things started, let’s look at what kind of year 2018 is. 2018 is the year of the dog. This is a year where earthen colors shine. To get a better picture, the colors that bring the most luck for 2018 are:

–  Earthy colors such as terracotta, brown and dark orange can see their share of the spotlight for this year. If your favorite color falls under this range of hues, you’re in luck. You can paint your rooms with this color. Take into consideration the purpose of the rooms wherein the repainting will be done. It’s best to have cooler tones for rooms meant for relaxation.

– If the rooms you’re going to repaint are for relaxing and trying to ease one’s mind, the cooler spectrum for the 2018 lucky colors are still related to the earth. These colors are green, blue and even black. These colors resound with nature for the water, flora and even the metals that we make use of. If you want to have room for sleeping, it’s ideal to have it in the color blue. Blue eases out the tension and stress from one’s hurly burly schedule.

Efficient Gardening Tools You Shouldn’t Miss

Having and taking care of your own garden is a rewarding hobby. That said, it’s important that you properly maintain it if you expect to reap the fruits of your labor and this means having the essential gardening tools. While it can be confusing to choose from a wide selection of gardening equipment available, here are a few tools that you should not miss:

Shovel 

best gardening tools

You can never go wrong with this one. There are different kinds of shovels such as:

  • Round Point: This works best when you’re digging, lifting, and throwing. The rim above the shovel blade lets you add foot pressure when digging for holes.
  • Square Point: This shovel is great when you’re trying to move dug soil from one place to another. This tool has a larger variant and is aptly called a scoop.
  • Sharpshooter: This small, compact shovel with a long, narrow, and curved blade is efficient in digging in hard clay soil. Furthermore, it can be sharpened unlike a traditional shovel.
  • Kombi: This looks similar to a typical katana or Japanese long sword. It has jagged edges, which is great when you are digging in compacted soil or when you are trying to cut through roots. 

Spade 

They look similar to shovels except that they are smaller and they have a flatter blade. Like shovels, they come in various shapes:

  • Garden: If you are looking into cutting, digging, edging, and lifting sods, then this is the tool for you. Their square-point shape lets them cut through soil and root, letting you clear a soil area faster.
  • Drain/Trench: These tool lets you work in restrictive spaces thanks to its long and narrow head and handle. They are great for removing bothersome weeds, making them one of the best weed killers. They are also good for digging holes for transplanting flowers and vegetables.

Rakes 

Rakes come in many shapes and styles and have hand-like appearances, which offers hand-dexterity but to a bigger area. There are a couple of them to choose from such as:

  • Leaf: They have a flexible steel or polytines that are good for cleaning yard debris from grass. You can also use them to move leaves, grass clippings, and other litter.
  • Shrub: They make good options for tight and small spaces.
  • Thatch: You can rely on these to scratch into turf and remove thatch.
  • Garden: There are two kinds of garden rakes: Flat and bow. Flat garden rakes have a T-shaped head attached directly to the handle for added strength. A bow garden rake, on the other hand, has its head supported by two curved steels. These are efficient gardening equipment when you are removing debris or working the soil for planting. 

Garden Cart 

A garden cart or wheelbarrow lets you transport gardening equipment or supplies from one area to another. It is easy to move around, letting you save time and energy. This can be anything from saplings, flowers, or vegetables. You can rely on them to help you maintain your garden, especially when you are working on a landscaping project.

Cultivator 

This tool looks like a rake and is made to scratch the soil either before planting or to scratch the area surrounding the plants while they are growing. They come in long and short handles.

Storage Container 

While not necessarily a tool in itself, this lets you keep your gardening equipment safe from the elements. Many of them are made of durable and waterproof plastic material. In addition, this will let you access your gardening tools conveniently, saving you the hassle of looking for misplaced items.

Fork 

They come in a wide selection of styles and with varying numbers of tine sizes, depending on the material you are looking for. There are two kinds of fork available:

  • Hay: This tool has round tines. They are useful for moving large amounts of large materials like compost, mulch, and hay.
  • Spading: This come with flat tines contrast to a hay fork. Its design makes it an efficient tool for turning soil, lifting plants or bulbs, and segregating perennials. 

These are only a couple of gardening equipment that you can use to make your gardening experience more convenient and rewarding. Knowing the options available to you will help you keep your garden looking beautiful and healthy.

 

How to Turn Your Home Into an Eco-Friendly Haven

The home you live in should be safe for both you and the environment. Unfortunately, a lot of the homes built today are the exact opposite. They emit harmful toxins into the air that damage the ozone and the health of its occupants. Over time, it can lead to all sorts of health problems, including infertility and respiratory problems. If you’re on the market for a house or want to make improvements to your home, then you should have eco-friendliness in mind. The following are some of the different ways you can enhance your home into a green one.

Eco Friendly Home

Build with Natural Materials

The materials your home is built with can be made with impure materials that are filled with contaminants like formaldehyde and lead. You need to make conscious buying decisions when renovating the walls and floors in your home. Everything from the plywood to the paint should be eco-friendly and safe for humans and pets. There are a variety of companies that have products that are designed for this very purpose.

Choose Hardwood Over Carpet

Many of the carpets used in homes today are contaminated with chemicals like formaldehyde and artificial dyes. These toxins are released into the air of your home, making it toxic to breathe. Natural hardwood floors like oak, bamboo and cedar can be used for the floors instead. These should be finished with natural products, otherwise your efforts are pointless. Wooden floors can be placed throughout the home, including the living areas, kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms.

Have Plants Throughout the Home

Air purifiers are great, but there’s nothing like having natural air purifiers in your home. Plants act as filters for airborne particles and toxins in the air. Unlike with mechanical air purifiers, also improve the air, providing more oxygen and other benefits. Certain plants can help keep bugs away, improve sleep and help with asthma. Some of the plants you want to consider include parlor palm, spider plant, snake plant and peace lily, to name a few. Place your plants throughout your home, in the bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms and living areas. Make sure they get plenty of light and water.

Choose Non-Lead Paint

If you’re going to redo the paint inside and outside of your home, then make sure it doesn’t contain lead. This is especially important if you have young children. Chipped paint can be consumed by little crawlers, which puts them at risk of poisoning. Lead is known to cause all sorts of adverse affects, so it should be avoided at all costs. You can opt for green paints made by eco-friendly companies. There are more and more color varieties becoming available, so your options aren’t limited.

Add More Windows to Your Home

The winter months can get very cold, depending on where you live in the nation. You can offset your power bill in the cooler months by installing more windows, so that more sunlight can get in and warm up your home. This also adds plenty of natural lighting, which means less lights that need to be operated during the daytime. If you have a smart thermostat, you can use your Microsoft computer or smartphone to create settings so that it doesn’t turn on until right before you come home.

Moving to a New Home: Preparation and Challenges

Before moving to a new home or office, make sure that you have enought time and resources to do so. You should have atleast 8 weeks to prepare for it. While moving can also be done in a shorter period of time, there are other factors to consider to expedite the process.

MovingHave a moving house checklist to help you through the process. This is available online from great relocation and moving services company like Bill Removalists.

Here are some of the things to consider before you decide on the moving date and contact moving contractors:

1. Estimate Cost
How much are you willing to spend for the relocation? Do you have alloted budget for it? These are just some of the questions you have to ask yourselves. When we say cost, we are not just referring to the rate of your new apartment but the amount you are going to spend during the moving process. List all the possible expenses such as fee for moving services, home repair if necessary, and more.

2. Work Schedule
If you or any of the family member is working, moving might have an impact to their current job. Make sure to consider everyone and take note of their schedule. There might also be upcoming important events so always refer to your calendar and plan everthing caarefully.

3. Movers Availability
Choose a relocation and moving services company that can cover your needs. These professionals can help you move safely and on schedule. They can help you with your furniture and appliances. They have padding, wraps and moving boxes to handle them with care. They can help you dismantle and reassemble your possessions.

It’s easier to figure out the best moving date if you will plan ahead. You can also talk to moving professionals so that they can advise you and help you with your concerns.

Different Ways to Protect Your Furniture

Your furniture is as much an investment as your own house is. It is an extension of your home, and is used every single day and therefore prone to wear and tear. So it is only proper that you give them the proper care they deserve.

Garden Furniture

But what can one do to help prolong your furniture’s durability and overall condition to help keep your furniture looking good as new and last for a long time?

Use Wraps and / or Pads when moving furniture in or out

One easy way of dinging and ruining your furniture is when you move them in our out of your home. It can get caught on walls, doors, and other obstructions and can cause marks and scratches on the wood or leather. For small furniture, use industrial wraps (much like the cling wrap you have in your kitchen). For bigger furniture use pads similar to those you see in the gym to wrap your furniture or the surfaces where you’ll be passing furniture through.

Clean your furniture frequently 

No need to use cleansers or cleaning sprays. Just wipe with a dry rag or dust off your furniture once or twice a week, or more frequently if you can. Once in a while when scuff marks appear or when there’s accidental spillage, you can use a mild cleanser or just a plain wet rag or towel to wipe off, then dry off with a dry towel.

Use furniture covers 

Especially outdoors, it is wise to invest in special patio furniture covers to keep your lawn furniture protected from the heat, rain, and pets. Most patio furniture covers come with garters that ensure a perfect and snug fit to avoid getting blown off by the wind. Think of them as insurance for your outdoors furniture.

How to Use Natural Elements to Enhance your Store

Natural elements will help create a store that offers an eco-friendly look and feel. Eco-friendly values are becoming increasingly important to customers and consideration of these is important in the design of your store. Many consumers are seeking a greener shopping experience and will be positively influenced by natural elements in your store’s décor.

  • Discerning Clients

Green design will attract today’s discerning consumers. Research shows clearly that consumers making green choices are on the increase. If your design contains lots of natural elements it will subtly appeal to this growing trend for all things natural. Mainstream retailers are now responding to the trend by integrating green elements into their store design.

  • Natural Design

Store - Natural Design
Store owners are choosing natural design principles over more traditional store designs. For great examples of energy efficient construction, click here and be inspired. Natural sustainable design features offer long term savings and improve your bottom line as well as looking good. Using skylights, for example, will reduce your electricity bill and will appeal to clients by offering lots of natural light. Natural light makes people feel good whereas bright fluorescent lights are unappealing and harsh.

  • Natural Elements

The beauty of natural objects far surpasses anything man can make, which is why the introduction of natural elements into store design is becoming such a strong trend. Plants, shells, rocks, sand, water, trees and flowers can add a stunning addition to your store, although placement is an important consideration.

The addition of single striking natural object can become a visual highlight in your store. Look for interesting shapes and textures. A twisted piece of driftwood can become something beautiful to hang necklaces from. Use your imagination. To compliment natural objects you can add cushions, pillows, rugs and fabrics that feature natural motifs.

  • Go Rustic

Good old fashioned rustic simplicity will also create a natural look in your store. Weathered timber tables, old wooden milk crates, aging cabinets, wicker and sun-bleached finishes will help to enhance the natural feel of your store and create a country vibe.

  • Mixing and Matching

When it comes to natural elements it is great to mix things up. You can place shells with river rocks and palm fronds for example. Natural elements combine beautifully and an eclectic collection will look fabulous and create an attractive natural style.

  • It Looks Amazing

Over recent years natural materials and designs have been the focus of much attention by both architects and designers. And the results are amazing. Modern cardboards, recycled wood and glass look more like artworks than sustainable materials. Eco-friendly designs are anything but boring.

  • Creating a Natural, Green In-Store Experience

Using lots of natural elements in your store design will help to create a ‘green’ in-store shopping experience. If they see natural fibres and materials, if they see your tags are printed on recycled paper, if in-store signage is on recycled cardboard, your customers will feel part of the green mission. By spending time in your store and buying your products they will feel like they are doing their bit for the enviroment.

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Take On A DIY Renovation Project

A lot of people are excited about the prospect of DIY projects, but are they really worth the extra effort? Can you afford the costly materials from the local hardware store? And are you sure that online tutorial really taught you everything you need to know? If you’re adamant about completing the DIY renovation project yourself, here are five questions to think about before going ahead from click here .

DIY Project at Home

Is It Safe?
The most important factor in DIY projects is safety. Is there a chance you or someone in your family can get hurt? If so, then it’s probably worth calling in the professionals like Allstate Roofing. If you’re not comfortable climbing ladders or safely operating a chainsaw, call in a contractor who has the skills to safely do the project for you.

Are You Prepared For Unexpected Costs?
Many projects don’t go according to plan the first time round. Because of this, it’s important you are prepared for unexpected costs in case something goes wrong and you need to pay for urgent repairs. Hidden costs can drastically increase your projects budget, and may even cause a stop to it altogether. If you don’t have an adequate fund in place, you should consider hiring a contractors who will be able to take care of unexpected costs should they arise.

Do You Really Have Enough Time?
You might think that DIY projects are only good for saving money, but do you realise how long it is going to take to complete? It is often the case where ‘real life’ gets in the way – such as family outings, football practice, and long afternoons at work. Your time is valuable to you, so it is important to spend it wisely. If you believe your project will interfere with your work or social life, then perhaps it’s necessary to call in an outside contractor to do the
job for you.

Do You Need Any Licenses Or Permits?
A lot of DIY renovation projects require specific permits and licenses, especially those that involve wiring and digging. Before you start your project, you need to make sure you call a professional who can do these jobs for you, as getting permits can often be a hassle, and re-wiring can be dangerous if you don’t have the proper education and experience.

Do You Have The Right Tools?
Most people believe they can complete their DIY renovation projects with the tools in their shed, but most of the time extra machinery is required for specific tasks. A lot of the time these will incur extra costs that will quickly add up and may go over budget. It may be cheaper to pay a flat fee to a contractor who already has the necessary equipment and skills to do the job for you.

Remember – if you’re venturing out into the DIY world, it is important to remember to use the right equipment and stay safe at all times!

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