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4 Types Of Damage That You Don’t Have To Worry About When You Have Solid Surface Counter Tops

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Types Of Damage That You Don’t Have To Worry About When You Have Solid Surface Counter Tops

If you are looking for the perfect counter top solution for your home, you might have seen the solid surface counter tops that are made out of man-made acrylic. This is a gorgeous counter top option that is actually more affordable than many of the alternatives, and another thing that you’ll love about it is the fact that solid surface counter tops are actually quite durable. These are a few problems that you don’t have to worry about if you choose this type of counter top for your home. 1. Moisture Some counter tops can actually be affected by standing moisture, but this is not something that you have to worry about with solid surface counter tops. These types of counter tops are actually moisture-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about water causing damage or the growth of mold or mildew. This is a good thing when you’re splashing dish water around while in the kitchen. 2. Heat Even though you might strive hard to put down a trivet or pot holder before placing a hot pan or baking dish on your counter, you do still have to worry about your counter top coming in contact with heat. With many counter tops, heat can cause the surface to warp and become discolored. However, solid surface counter tops are actually resistant against heat, so yours won’t be any worse for the wear. 3. Stains The last thing that you should have to worry about when whipping up your favorite spaghetti sauce or using your hand mixer is staining your counter top. Some counter tops can become easily stained, however, even after hard scrubbing. Your solid surface counter top will be easy to clean and should not stain, even if you choose a counter top in a lighter color. 4. Sunlight You might love keeping the blinds open so that you can enjoy the sunlight in your kitchen, but you might be worried about it fading your counter top. Unlike some types of counter tops, however, you do not have to worry about your solid surface counter top becoming faded from the sunlight. This means that your counter top will stay vibrant and beautiful for a long time to come. As you can see, solid surface counter tops have a lot of benefits. If you do not want to worry about these four things when enjoying and using your new counter tops, solid surface counter tops might be a great option. Contact a counter provider, such as Plastic Line Mfg Inc, to find out more about your counter top...

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Creatively Frugal Decor: A Few Tips To Enliven Your Space On A Dime

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creatively Frugal Decor: A Few Tips To Enliven Your Space On A Dime

Regardless of the type of dwelling you live in, whether a small one-bedroom apartment or a large four-bedroom home, you don’t have to run your checking account into the negative just to create a beautiful space. Although it may seem as if the economy is bouncing back, you may still need to be a penny-pincher for numerous reasons. Regardless of your situation, you can have a beautiful interior that is creative, unique and inexpensive. Here are some ideas to help you get started: Getting Creative with Art Grab some of your old greeting cards that you’ve been saving with little to no words on the front and place them in a frame. These can go on the bathroom counter, on the dining room hutch or on the living room walls. Take last year’s black-and-white (or colored) landscape calendar and create some inspirational artwork for the walls. Cover pieces of small blank canvas with mismatched, yet complementary patterns of fabric. You can do four of these and then place them on the wall in a square or a line with an inch or two between one another. You can also do this with regular picture frames instead of canvas to be even more frugal. Adding Visual Appeal with Accent Pieces Instead of using curtain tiebacks made from metal or plastic, consider using a piece of satin ribbon in a complimentary, eye-popping color. Head to the flea market to pick up some bright-colored books (that you’ll probably never even read) to place on your bookshelf. While you’re at it, look for some plastic animals to paint with a bronze or metallic color to use as bookends. Take a bulletin board and cover in a piece of patterned fabric or paper. Then glue or tack flowers or pictures to it. You can even use it to leave notes to family members and to hold your grocery list instead of the fridge. Making a Creative Movement with Furniture Get your hands on a vintage suitcase from an old thrift store or from your grandmother’s stuff that you have packed away and use it to create an end table or a coffee table. All you need to do this is four inexpensive table legs that can be painted to the colors of your choosing, but try to make sure they somewhat match the surrounding decor and/or the suitcase. Turn your bookcase into a beautiful display by taking the shelves out, installing patterned or brightly-colored wallpaper along the back of it, and putting the shelves back in. Take an old dresser and make it new with some paint. You could take an entire paint chip card and use all of the colors to really make a statement piece. If you choose to do this, choose either the top or bottom color to be the main piece and then use the remaining colors on the drawers. It’s completely possibly to decorate your home creatively on a budget. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have some amazingly great décor. However, if you want a professional opinion on a room that you just don’t even know where to begin with colors and decor, contact an interior designer in your area. He or she can help point you in the right direction and can...

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Make A Unique Light Fixture Using A Wooden Shutter

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make A Unique Light Fixture Using A Wooden Shutter

Living in an apartment can often make it difficult for you to be able to decorate your outdoor areas in a stylish and unique way because they are so cramped. Having a patio that has another patio directly above it limits the ability to grow plants or add too much furniture to the area. If you want to give your outdoor patio a bit of a face lift, consider creating unique lighting to hang from the ceiling. This will allow you to create ambiance and style at the same time. The following guide walks you through creating a unique light fixture using an old shutter. Paint the Shutter The first thing you will need to do is paint the shutter. You can choose to paint it a bright, bold color or stick to a color that is a bit more sophisticated and traditional. Regardless of the color you use, you want to be sure that you paint an even coat of paint on the entire shutter and allow the paint to dry a few hours before continuing. Drill Holes in the Shutter Next, you want to measure around the edges of the shutter with a ruler. Make a mark at every inch with a pencil. Use a drill to drill holes that go all the way through the shutter at each mark that you made. Add Hooks Use the ruler to measure in from each corner of the shutter by one inch and make a mark. Use the drill to make a small hole at each mark, but do not create a hole all the way through the shutter. Use a hook that has a screw base on one end of it and screw the hook into the shutter at each corner. String the Lights You want to use battery-operated outdoor Christmas lights on this project because they do not require electricity and can be operated by a remote control. String one socket through each hole of the shutter making sure that all of the wiring will be on the side of the shutter that has the hooks on it. This ensures that no one can see the wiring once the shutter is hung. Once all of the sockets are strung through the holes, add the bulbs to the sockets. Test the lights to make sure they work. Hang the Shutter Get on a ladder and add one hook to the top center of the patio ceiling. Add a chain to each hook that is on the shutter and then pull them all together to hang from the one hook that is located in the center of the ceiling. When you have guests over, you can use the remote to turn on the lights to create a romantic oasis to enjoy one another’s company. If the batteries run out, you can simply unhook the shutter, replace the batteries, and rehang it to use it again and again.   To learn more about shutters, contact a company like The Blind and Drapery Corner. ...

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Four Ways You Can Use Window Treatments To Improve Energy Efficiency

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you want to be able to improve the energy efficiency of your home, there are many things you can do. Improving the windows is one of the ways that you can improve energy efficiency. You can also add window treatments as an alternative to window replacement. Things such as roll up shades, curtains and solar shades can all help you to improve the energy efficiency of your home without replacing the windows. If you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home, here are four ways to accomplish this with window treatments. 1. Using Exterior Window Treatments On Windows Exterior window treatments are a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. These can be things like roll-up shutters and functional exterior plantation shutters. If you live in an area that gets a lot of storms, these window treatments will also help to provide you with storm protection in addition to energy efficiency for your home. 2. Solar Shades To Reduce Heat Gain In South Facing Windows Solar shades allow you to control natural light and heat gain from sunlight. This is a great addition to homes that have a lot of south-facing windows. They can be raised in the wintertime to help heat your home and put down in the summer to reduce heat gain. They will block the UV rays, but can allow you to still have natural light in your home. 3. Plantation Shutters For An Attractive Interior Window Treatment Plantation shutters can be a great addition to the interior of your home. They can allow you to control the light that comes in your home and give you an attractive window treatment. If you do not want to invest in exterior shutters, plantation shutters are a great option that can also help to protect your home from storms. 4. Choosing The Best Drapes And Curtains To Improve Energy Efficiency This is an affordable option that can be added to any window in your home. The benefit of these window treatments is that they can be used with other window treatments. You can use curtains with plantation shutters or other shades with exterior window treatments that you have installed on your home. These are some of the ways that you can improve the energy performance of your home using window treatments. If you need help improving the energy efficiency of your home, consider having some of these window treatments, available from a company like Blinds And Designs Of Florida, added to your home. It is a more affordable way to improve energy efficiency without investing in new...

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How To Replace Tongue-In-Groove Hardwood Floors In An Old House

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Buying an old home to fix up can be challenging. One of the problems you might find is that the old hardwood floors are in terrible shape and beyond repair. Your only option might be to replace the tongue-in-groove boards to return places like the dining and living rooms to their former glory. Here is how you can replace the hardwood floors after you remove the damaged flooring in an old home – be advised, this is a job for a moderate to advanced Do-It-Yourselfer who has at least basic carpentry skills. You Will Need: Sub-flooring New Tongue-in Groove Flooring Measuring Tape Pneumatic Nail Gun Nails Saw Mallet Chalk Line Purchasing New Hardwood Flooring Before you buy new flooring, measure the width and length of the floor and multiply the two measurements together to obtain the square footage of the room so you’ll know how much wood you’ll have to buy. As a general rule, add about 10 percent to the measurement so you have enough wood for mistakes you might make, or for irregular boards you’ll have to cut to fit into tight spaces. Floor Preparation You will need to put down new sub-flooring if the old one is bad. You’ll want to use at least 3/8″ plywood to put over the joist boards on the floor. Nail the plywood into place and then walk all over the floor to check for any squeaking. (Do this even if you don’t have to replace the sub-flooring.) If you hear any squeaking, nail that area of the floor to the joist board underneath the squeaky part. Make sure the sub-flooring is swept clean of any debris, and remove any nails or other obstructions in or on the sub-floor. You should also remove the shoe molding along the walls. Installing Flooring Start at the longest part of the room first – the new flooring needs to be installed perpendicular to the floor joists so you can nail the boards in place. You’ll also need to plan for the wood to expand on hot humid days during the year. For this reason, set the first board about 3/8 of an inch away from the longest unobstructed wall. Snapping a chalk line 3/8″ away from the wall will help you make sure you are keeping the first board in a straight line. Place the groove side of the board toward the wall and drill pilot holes through board, sub-flooring, and floor joist boards. Tap in nails to hold the first row solidly in place. Then, tap the groove side of the boards in the second row into the tongue side of the first row. You might have to use a mallet to tap the groove side into the tongue side, but don’t hit the tongue directly with the mallet. Instead, place a piece of a two by four against the tongue side and tap lightly – this will prevent the tongue side from getting damaged. Use a pneumatic nail gun to place nails into the tongue side to hold the board in place every 12 inches. Repeat this process until you have completely covered the floor with the new tongue-in-groove hardwood flooring. Also, make sure you scatter the seams of the boards on every row so you don’t end up with one seam...

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