How To Refinish A Bathtub

gtjtrjyrjRefinishing a bathtub is the easiest and cheapest way to bring new life to your very dated (or very dirty) bathtub. Those of you who don’t have the time or patience to clean your tub often or want to restore your old, unique tub you don’t see nowadays will greatly benefit from a bathtub refinishing, also known as reglazing, project.

Fortunately, bathtub refinishing doesn’t cost more than $142 and can be completed for less if you choose to take it on as a DIY project. Nevertheless, by comparison to a new tub, refinishing can save thousands.

Now that the major benefit is out of the way, it’s time to get to work. See how to refinish a bathtub below.

Refinishing Bathtub Costs

As most reglazing projects are done without pros, the costs tend to stay below the $100 mark. According to our cost guide, the average minimum cost of tile or bathtub reglazing is $17 and the maximum is $142. If you are eager to take this project on by yourself, there are plenty of refinishing kits at

DIY Tips For Mounting A Flat Screen TV

cvnfgmgh,As sad (or great depending on who you ask) as it is, Americans are watching more and more TV each and every day. After a long day of work, it’s hard to want to accomplish anything other than clearing your DVR. Well, I am here to make your TV viewing experience even more enjoyable by showing you exactly how to mount a flat screen TV.

Mounting a TV does not fall under the DIY category. This is a home project that all homeowners need to know. Mounting a flat screen TV to your wall can make the room look cleaner and save valuable space. Therefore, no matter how big or small your home is, one must know how to install a flat screen TV on the wall.

Below, I will share the exact steps all homeowners must take while installing their flat screen TV. I will also discuss ways to hide those ugly wires. Bear in mind, this tactic involves a bit of DIY experience.

Note: The size of your TV or specific wall mount has no effect

Garage Storage Is the Key to a Better Looking Garage

fmhfm,fykFor most homeowners the garage is the black hole of their home’s universe. Unwanted items from all other areas of the house are pulled in, stacked and forgotten until one day you open the door, look in and realize you can’t see from one side to the other. If this sounds familiar to you, a garage storage system could transform your dark abyss into an attractive, orderly space that you might even enjoy spending time in.

Storage Should Be a Multi-Pronged Attack
The art of storing things in your garage is first and foremost an organizational issue. The reason most garages look so trashed is that there simply isn’t anywhere to put anything besides stacking it against the wall. By taking advantage of all available space and introducing a number of efficient storage solutions, you can literally transform the state of your garage overnight.

Start with Cabinetry
The most popular place to start is by installing a cabinet based garage storage system. Cabinets serve several purposes. For starters, they have shelves, and shelves mean you’ve now got homes for your tools, paints, camping equipment and whatever else

Make Your Home Look More Expensive On A Dime

It’s normal to want your home to look classy and current, but it’s not always easy to get the look when you’re strapped for cash. We all dream of having fancier items in our home or working without a budget, but why dream when you can make it a reality?

Price isn’t always the indicator to gauge if something is nice or not, but that’s what we’re trained to think. We’re going to prove to you that there are other inexpensive upgrades and adjustments you can make to your home to create anelegant and luxurious look. See how you can make your home look more expensive on a dime.

 

Hang Curtains High

Before you even think about hanging your drapes, spend time picking out a pair that will look elegant and make a statement. There’s no sense investing time and money into blah curtains, just so you can have something to cover your windows. If hung right, curtains can not only make the room look better, but they can visually widen a window and draw in more light.

Hang your curtains high because it will give the illusion of height. It’s advised you mount the curtain rod four to six inches above

Ways To Design Around Bad Carpet

Carpet, while soft and cushioned on top, can sometimes wear both on your feet and eyes. When it comes to the touch, there is little you can do to bring it back to its original life. With sight, there is plenty you can do to draw attention away from the carpet that was so vogue 10 years ago.

Despite relatively cheap carpet cleaning prices, many homeowners are finding new ways to design around the carpet they can’t stand. While some ideas below are costly, all of them take the focus away from your dated carpet to a more pleasant design in the room.

 

1. Remove It

The first option you must consider is removing the carpet altogether. Looking at current flooring trends, more and more homeowners are choosing hardwood over carpet and tile. As opposed to carpet, hardwood is easy to clean and offers a wide array of options. Then again, it doesn’t offer that homey feel we all seek in our bedrooms. For a full comparison, please see Carpet & Hardwood Flooring: How They Compare.

2. Cover It Up

Going the less drastic route, you could always just cover the carpet with a large area rug. It’s not only the fastest and easiest

Electrical Projects You Can Do Yourself

Electrical wiring scares a lot of us. After all, some projects literally involve life or death (many do not by the way). Nonetheless, there are certain home remodeling projects that involve electrical work you can handle without a professional electrician.

Below, I will discuss the costs and steps of five of the most common projects the average to experienced DIYer can accomplish.

Electric Basics

Even the most experienced electricians need a refresher once in a while. Sadly, if they don’t always have the basics in the back of their mind, serious injury can occur. So, no matter what electrical project you undertake, always make sure the power is turned off.  Whether you’re re-wiring your entire home or just replacing a faulty outlet, go to the control panel and cut the power to the area you’re working on.

 

1. Mount A Flat Screen TV

We are going to start with an easy one. Gone are the days where visible cable wires or bulky televisions dominate your living room. To meet modern design, and it even works with traditional settings as well, one must know how to install a flat screen TV on the wall. While it may seem like a daunting task to some, nearly

How To Paint Patterns

Painting is one of the most popular DIY projects around the house, but it can also be one of the most frustrating. That’s because many homeowners do not fully understand the amount of work that goes into a simple painting project. Likewise, if you go bold and forgo the standard one color per wall method, different patterns can complicate things.

Fortunately, thanks to our good friends at MyFixItUpLife, there are a few easy ways and tips to paint professionally looking patterns in your own home without kicking the wall in.

 

Tools Needed

  • Paint Brushes
  • Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Painting Tape
  • Pencil
  • Paint Bucket
  • Edge Tool

Tips for Painting Patterns

  • Start with reliable paint brushes from your local hardware store.
  • Use your level and tape measure when adding the painting tape.
  • Stay inside the lines.
  • Remove tape after you are done painting, but before paint completely dries.

Conclusion

Painting can be time-consuming, but it’s a doable project that fully transforms a room for very little cash. Before calling a painting professional, take a shot yourself and follow Mark and Theresa’s handy tips above.

Large Bathroom Designs

While many of us have to live with a small bathroom due to cost or space, large bathroom designs give us hope to one day enjoy a luxurious bathroom with a full tub, walk-in shower, plenty of counter space, heated floors or even a 60” TV in our very own master bath.

Forget small. We went big and found eight large bathroom designs we can all dream of. While the average cost is certainly higher than a standard bathroom remodeling project, there are certain designs and tips you can steal and use in your smaller or average-sized bathroom.

 

We have all heard of open concept living rooms and kitchens, but how about an open concept traditional bathroom? That is exactly what they did with this gorgeous bathroom remodel by tearing down a few walls and adding a custom spa tub below a glass ceiling and traditional chandelier. They even went so bold to add an open concept shower with a window above, mosaic tile surround and a rainfall shower head (a must in larger bathrooms). Finally, they added more than enough custom cabinets to store as many towels or clothes as they want.

 

Large bathroom mirrors, as well as glass shower doors,

How To Plan and Execute A Reliable Painting Project

There are a number of factors to consider when you’re planning a home painting project. Whether you intend to do it yourself or decide to hire a professional, most of the same questions still apply. ImproveNet offers excellent advice on the process of selecting a painting contractor, and I would strongly suggest you refer to those articles as well.

If you’re planning an exterior repaint project, you will want to take into account the time of year and the projected weather conditions. Most manufacturers recommend application when the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the conditions stay above the dew point, with no rain expected for at least 24 hours after application. There are some products that can be applied as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Wind is another factor to consider, especially if using a sprayer. To get an idea of some of the options available, please visitSherwin Williams.

If you do not adhere to these parameters, it can adversely affect the quality and final outcome of your project.

 

Prep

The single most critical factor in determining the quality of the paint job you will get is the preparation. You can imagine, for instance, if you paint directly over

Make Your Small Bathroom Big And Beautiful

A bathroom, with its expensive and showy fittings, has turned into a pride and joy of the house. Over the past 30 years, they have almost doubled in size and as a matter of fact, homeowners are splurging a fortune on them. Well, talking about the other side, you don’t have to compromise on the looks of a small bath space, if truth be told; there are endless styling options that will make your bath space appear roomier. If your itsy bitsy bathroom is ready for the redo, then you got to check out these styling tips that will help your small bath space look better.

  • Consider installing a corner sink: Adding a dash of visual interest in the layout, it is one of the efficient and smartest ways to make use of the floor plan. As a matter of fact it can subjugate an odd slot that otherwise would be disregarded. In view of the fact that, corner sinks don’t disband the flow of countertops along the wall, you will have an extended stretch of space in addition.
  • Try floating vanity: Apart from creating a visually appealing space, with floating vanity, your bath space is said to appear bigger, while still

Well Maintained And Quality Gutter System Will Help You To Prevent Problems

Repairs are often needed when dealing with the exterior of a house, especially when it comes to your gutters. Many people take their gutter systems for granted until it starts raining. If you don’t take good care of your gutters, you can cause extensive damage to the inside and outside of your home. It is important to note that these systems help to direct water from the foundation of a house. They’re also important for removing water from the walkways.

Extensive damage can be caused by leaves and junk that build up in the gutters and downspouts. This can result in expensive home repairs. Cleaning them out might not be on the top of your fun things to do list, but it’s important to do this regularly. This task should be done at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. If you have never cleaned them before or if you’re just too busy with other things, you should consider hiring a professional. In order to work properly, gutter systems must be kept free of dirt and debris. Rust can also be a huge problem. Keep your gutters clean if you want to slow down the rusting process.

Taking the time

The Dish on Dining Room Decorating

Dining room decorating or formal room makeover is one household task where it’s okay to get a little formal. The dining room is, after all, meant for more elegant entertaining than a living room or den. It should show off the best your home has to offer, but still remain comfortable enough for company to feel at home. The best dining room decorating is definitely about appearances, but it’s also about eating. Keeping a balance of these two functions will ensure great everyday meals and include enough flash for any special occasion.

Dining Room Design
Well-planned dining room design is essential for the room to be its best. What you can do will depend heavily on the amount of space you start with.

In a larger dining room, you have a lot more leeway as to where everything should go and what items should be included. Here, you’ve got the space for a buffet (when entertaining, probably the most convenient piece of furniture you can put in a dining room, other than a table and chairs). There’s also room for a china cabinet, which will both look nice and be convenient for service as well as storage.

Dining room design is difficult

Work from Big to Small

You know what good home office organization looks like. It doesn’t include piles of books and file folders on the floor, papers strewn about the desk, half a dozen pens hiding underneath those papers. You look at your office, see the state it’s in and decide to do something about it. You probably hear the clichés: start small, one step at a time, create a new habit, stuff like that. You try it and maybe see it work for two or three days. Once you see improvement you lose the motivation to keep at it. The truth is all the good habits in the world aren’t going to help you if your office isn’t set up to facilitate good home office organization. You can spend countless hours working on habits that might transform themselves naturally if you dedicate one weekend to remodeling your home office with an eye looking specifically at organization.

Your Office Desk
Take a look at your desk. Is there enough shelving for everything? Do you have an open space for paper trays? If you have papers lying around everywhere, you’re probably a person predisposed to having things lying around at your desk. This isn’t a bad thing.

Paint to Impress Home Buyers

First impressions make a huge difference when selling a home. One of the best ways to make your house shine is to apply a fresh coat of paint inside and out. New paint gives the home a clean look and tells buyers that the house is in “move-in” condition. It could quickly pay off in the faster sale of your home— possibly at a higher price.

Before putting your house on the market, consider these tips for freshening up your abode with paint:

Select neutral colors
Neutral colors harmonize with almost any décor. For exteriors, keep it simple with white or another neutral color. Now is not the time to awe the neighborhood with your unique taste.

Use the appropriate paint
Pick the type of paint that’s right for the job. Exterior projects require different paint than interior work. For example, paint manufacturers offer many paints for special uses such as covering vinyl siding and protecting high-traffic interior spaces.

Prepare the surface
A properly sanded and cleaned surface will make paint look better and last longer. Wash the walls with water and detergent, patch cracks and nail holes with spackle, and sand the walls smooth, as appropriate.

Finish all the painting
Your

Exterior Paint Provides Good Looks and Protection

It doesn’t take long after one of the neighbors springs for a new exterior paint job that everybody else can soon be seen standing out in front of their homes with paint brochures and color swatches. Why? The answer is simple. A good exterior paint job transforms the appearance of your residence. It’s like getting a new home almost overnight.

Why Is Home Painting So Important?
House painting is important for many reasons. Obviously, a good paint job beautifies and adds character and personality to your home. Just for that reason it’s important to take sufficient time planning which colors, shades, and paint styles you want to decorate your home with. But paint also serves as one of your home’s primary lines of defense against weather, insects and other damage, so it’s an important aspect of home maintenance to keep up on as well.

When to Paint
There isn’t any set timeline when you should plan to re-paint your home. It varies depending on climate, the quality of paint that was previously applied, how thoroughly your home was prepped beforehand, and whether you hired a good painter. A poor paint job can last as little 3 years before it needs

Organize Your Closet Organize Your Life

There are various ways to organize your space. You may have a professional consultant come to your home to suggest ways to create more space in your area, or you can provide your own measurements and other information to help the designers create a plan for you. Some companies only do the whole project to control quality and honor their guarantees; others will allow you to choose between professional installation or installing their products yourself.

Techniques for Organizing Your Closet
The best way to organize a closet is to stop, think, and create a system. Simply folding your clothes and finding some place for them may “de-clutter” your closet, but it’s not going to organize it. Consider these common techniques for using your closet storage space. Using a combination of well-coordinated techniques will amount to a closet organization system that can save you unseen, unimagined space.

Long and Short Hanging: Closet hanging usually means clothing and clothing accessories, if you decide to hang your scarves, ties, belts, etc. Long and short hanging refers to the length of your clothes and how much space they need to hang. If you’re like most people, you probably have a combination of each. Take the time

Small Kitchen Solutions

Kitchen remodeling ranks among the most popular remodeling projects each year, as kitchens have become the functional and social hubs for many families.

Almost every kitchen has a design flaw or something that can be changed to make the space more workable. However, no challenge is quite as difficult as reworking a small kitchen space.

If you are on a tight remodeling budget, have building restrictions, or own a condominium where you must work with the space allotted, you do have options to transform your kitchen.

Appliances
New appliances can serve to update and unify a room. All stainless steel appliances are becoming more popular, and not just in contemporary homes.

Energy efficiency is a key factor to keep in mind when purchasing home appliances, but the energy efficiency of similar appliances can vary significantly. It is usually more cost-effective to purchase household appliances with high efficiencies.

Built-in ovens, microwaves and storage for small appliances will make your kitchen appear less cluttered.

For homeowners who entertain regularly the kitchen wine refrigerator has become very popular. These appliances can accommodate from 12 to 300 wine bottles depending on the model. There are even countertop fridges to keep just a few bottles at a time properly chilled.

Counter Space
Even large

The 5 Most Useful Kitchen Additions

1. Wall Ovens
Practically every publication that deals with cooking (Food & WineBetter Homes and Gardens, and The New York Times, to name a few) has something to say about wall ovens. So, what makes having an oven in the wall so special? When it comes time to baste that turkey or check on that pie, working with an oven that’s high enough to access easily is a difference serious cooks notice. There’s also something to be said for the extra elbow room that comes with having a range located away from the oven if you plan on preparing several foods at once. Another bonus: Wall ovens with more than one compartment can make baking multiple items at different temperatures far more convenient (and with the convection, steam, and rotisserie options available, possibly faster or even healthier, too!)

2. Cabinet Organizers/ Lazy Susans
Cooking at home is a great way to reduce your budget and bring the family together. However, when accessing the things you need to get the job done becomes a project in itself, the daunting task of cooking an entire meal can easily be dismissed in favor of a trip to the closest restaurant. If the Better Homes and

Find the Right Remodeling Recipe

There are a wide variety of improvements and upgrades that can bring beauty, value, and performance to your home. However, when it comes to a difference your family will be sure to notice, kitchen updates are the cream of the crop! Kitchen updating is one of the best (and most popular) ways to improve appearances while simultaneously making your home more efficient. From low-budget to high efficiency eco-friendly updating, just about every homeowner will find a project that will fit not only his or her wallet but lifestyle and aesthetic taste as well.

Low-Budget Kitchen Updates
Let’s face it: many of us are simply not able to spend of ton a money on high-end kitchen remodel upgrades. Fortunately, there are many small, inexpensive projects that can make a world of difference in just about any kitchen space! If you have tile counters, floors, or backsplashes, a simple re-grouting job can go a long way for a very meager investment. Another popular low-budget kitchen upgrade is painting or staining cabinetry. While it won’t do wonders for how your kitchen functions, a little sanding and a fresh coat of stain or paint can breathe new life into nearly any kitchen!

Low-cost kitchen upgrading is,

Kitchen Makeover Ideas

In older homes, a room makeover is often necessary not just to improve appearances but to increase functionality as well. A room makeover can spruce up the look of a dingy den, but it could also make a living room or study more technology friendly. In no place in the home, however, does a room makeover make more sense than in a kitchen. Older kitchens often lack the space and storage that the modern kitchen requires, not to mention the amenities that many new homeowners take for granted.

Kitchen Makeovers for Appearance
When you already have all the things you want and need in your kitchen, a skin-deep change is often all that’s necessary.

Countertops are one place where a kitchen makeover can have a very noticeable effect, without the need to pull anything up or tear anything down. After years of use, countertops can look pretty sad; getting stained, stabbed, and sliced for decades can really take its toll. Many different countertop materials can be installed directly over the existing countertop in an hour or two. The measurements are taken, the material is decided upon, then the new counter is fashioned to slide right on with no mess or hassle.

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