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Ideas for a feature wall!

The feature wall should be the focal point of the room.

Such as the wall with:

  • TV, 
  • Fire Place,
  • Behind the headboard of your bed.

Feature walls can be created with many options,

Such as:

  • Paint,
  • Wallpaper,
  • Wood,
  • Stencils,
  • Wall Decals
  • Tile
  • Fabric
  • Shelves
  • Bamboo blinds

And many more. Follow a theme so everything flows. The wall you choose should ideally be a space where your eyes are drawn to.

So try picking a color or design that is complementary to the existing wall colors, lighter or darker, textured or not.

Create that optical illusion you've always wanted!

 

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Created 07/22/2021

Painting your Bathtub

If your bathtub and tile are in good condition but need a facelift, try painting them with a tub & tile paint Kit or a brand of your liking from any home improvement store.

  • Follow the kit's instructions 
  • Start by prepping the area 
  • Remove the caulk
  • Thoroughly clean your tub (get all mildew & soap scum)
  • Sand the entire tub (400 or 600 grit sandpaper)
  • Rinse everything and clean it again
  • Allow drying
  • Use painters tape to cover knobs and faucet
  • Wear a respirator mask ( open windows and use a fan)
  • Use a spray gun, high-quality paintbrush, or foam roller
  • Paint, let dry, paint again.
  • Make sure to read the instructions before re-caulking.

When everything is dry, enjoy a nice hot shower!

 

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Created 07/21/2021

Herb Garden

There's nothing like fresh herbs for cooking.

Most herb gardens need a good amount of sunlight, so a kitchen windowsill is sometimes ideal for a small herb garden. And it brings life to your space.

Herbs that are commonly planted together are:

  • Sage,
  • Rosemary,
  • Thyme,
  • Lavender,
  • Marjoram,
  • Oregano

 Maintaining your Herb Garden:

Sunlight! From 6 to 8 hours each day, and Water ( scheduled watering is best so you don't overdo it) Overwatering can lead to root rot disease.

Also, Harvest Often. Herbs will thrive if you trim them often.

Tip:  Don't cut more than 1/3 of the plant when you harvest.

Make sure to check daily to see if they need watering, especially in the summertime. They may tend to dry out. Also, it's good to feed them every week or two with plant food. to keep them living and producing for years to come.

 

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Created 07/14/2021

What to look for when buying a home.

 

Such as:

 

  • Attractive price
  • Curb appeal (maintenance requirements, if any)
  • House size
  • Bedrooms size
  • Basement (finished or unfinished)
  • Garage (separate or attached)
  • Neighborhood Safety
  • Local Public Schools
  • Commute

 

Important things to get looked at by a professional

 

  • Attic (Damage to the roofs structure, animal droppings, and insulation)
  • Roofing (signs of leaks)
  • Foundation (cracks in the walls or door frames)
  • Siding (rotting wood or decay)
  • Bathrooms (leaks, mold, water pressure, plumbing & water damage)
  • Kitchen (same as the bathroom)
  • Electrical (check light switches and connections )
  • Heating and cooling systems (either it is central air conditioning or AC unit )

 

Buying a new home can be overwhelming, so you want to be certain and satisfied with the expensive purchase and long-term commitment you choose. 

Remember there are pros and cons to each house you consider.

 

 

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Created 07/13/2021

How to reupholster a headboard

Tools you'll need:

  • Fabric of choice
  • Quilt batting
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples
  • Scissors
  • Hammer (if needed)

Steps:

  • Lay your fabric out on a flat surface,
  • Evenly lay your Quilt batting on top of your fabric,
  • Then place your headboard on top of your Quilt batting (Facedown)
  • Make sure that you have enough fabric and quilt batting to have excess length around every side of your headboard to reach where you need to staple.  
  • Pull batting and fabric tightly around each side and staple (Pull both fabric and quilt together)
  • At each corner, pull and fold like your wrapping a present and staple
  • Continue this process until fully covered
  • Cut off all excess fabric and batting

 

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Created 07/07/2021

How to refinish hardwood floors!

Start With:

  • Remove all furniture from the room. 
  • Spray and Clean the floors with a hardwood floor cleaner.
  • Wipe down the floors with a towel-wrapped mop or terry-cloth mop.
  • You'll need to keep dust contained by closing doors and windows.
  • Prep the perimeter of your room using 180-grit sandpaper, hand-sand paper is best to reach all the nooks that a buffer can't reach.
  • Rub with the grain 4 to 6 inches out from the baseboards. finish dull and let a powder form.
  • Scuff-sand the floor finishing using a maroon buffing pad, (Don't forget a dust mask)
  • Move the buffer in the direction of the grain from side to side, overlapping each course by 5 to 6 inches.
  • You'll see where you've covered due to the powder you'll see.
  • Make sure to keep the buffer moving at all times, But stop every 5 or 6 minutes to vacuum the pad.
  • After your done buffering leave the room for 10 to 15 minutes to let the dust settle.
  • sweep the floor, using a felt-bottomed attachment.
  • work in a line with the floorboards 1st then moves across to get any dust that was left in the creases.
  • Then dry-rack the floors using a microfiber cloth. make sure to push with the grain.

Time to Poly:

Make sure to cover your shoes with booties before starting and Don't forget a mask that has a respirator that has organic vapor canisters.

Strain your finish through a cone filter into a clean plastic can/ bucket then pour the strained finish into a clean spastic container.

Start at the farthest point of the room from the exit door, brushing about a 3-inch-wide stripe beside the baseboards.

Try to move quickly to keep the edges wet, this will help to prevent lap marks, due to the finish drying. It's good to stop every 10 minutes to pour out a 1-inch-wide stripe of finish in line with the grain.

Using a long-hand roller with a 1/4-inch nap cover, rolling the finish with the grain and then across.

Make sure to overlap to keep wet edges. continue until the floor is covered.

Wait 3 hours before recoating and a week before putting back furniture.

     

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Created 07/06/2021

Painting an accent wall!

 

What is an accent wall?

An accent wall is an interior or exterior wall that can have different colors or shades and designs.

Go with a solid wall without windows or doors.

Accent walls look best against solid walls that have no openings.

Don't be afraid to use a bold color, just make sure the rest of the room coordinates with your wall color.

Tools you'll need:

  • Paint & Painters Tray
  • Paintbrush & roller
  • Painters Tape
  • Drop Cloths
  • Joint compound (Drywall Mud)
  • Taping knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Rag

To Start:

Lay drop cloth.

Painters tape where needed.

Prep your wall, patching any holes and sanding smooth.

Begin painting until fully covered.

Let dry!

Apply a second coat if needed, let dry.

Then begin personalizing your room.

Adding furniture and hanging pictures

and maybe a plant or two. 

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Created 06/30/2021

Whitewash a Brick Fireplace!

A great thing about whitewashing is that you can color it any color you want.

Whitewash preserves the natural texture of the brick while bonding tenaciously to masonry or coarse wood surfaces.

 

Materials you'll need:

 

  • Dropcloth for floor and surrounding area!
  • Bucket
  • Rags & towels
  • Painters tape
  • Latex paint,
  • Brush

 

How to clean brick before whitewashing?

 

To start:

Prepare your area with drop cloths or plastic. (COVER EVERYTHING)

Repair and clean brick if needed. Inspect your mortar and make sure there are no gaps or cracks

 

Using a wire brush and soapy water, scrub brick and remove any white deposits or dirt.

 

Tip: If you're having trouble getting the surface clean, you can use a mixture of trisodium phosphate and water (TSP).

 

Prepare the whitewash: 50/50 solution of water and white latex paint, mixture will be runny.

Starting from the top, apply the whitewash with a brush or rag, working your way down.

Try to cover evenly, you can run the paint along the mortar to make them nice and white.

After fully covered. let dry for several hours.

 

If you end up not liking your whitewash!

How to Remove Paint From Brick:

Simply remove the paint from the brink with a gel paint stripper for brick, such as CitriStrip or SoyGel.

This can be used to remove paint from the surface while also containing any lead particles. Apply a thick coat with a disposable paintbrush, following the product's directions.

 

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Created 06/29/2021

How to Design a gallery wall.

Tools you'll need:

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Level
  • Frame's of choice

 

Start your collection by picking a theme, such as favorite drawings, art or family.

Gallery walls have a least 4 to 6 frames.

For a cohesive gallery wall, choose frames all in one color.

Take measurements, and pay attention to spacing and size. 

Decide on a layout that's even or odd.

Start hanging your frames.

Take a step back to admire your work.

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Created 06/23/2021
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