Inexpensive Bathroom Make-Over

Bathroom make-over

Is you bathroom getting old and needs some updating? Or just looking for a change, but don’t have the budget for a full remodel? Just make some changes can make a big difference in how your bath looks and feels.

Simple things like changing out the vanity and sind or painting the walls and new curtains can certainly help, some times you need to go a little further, but you can still do a nice bathroom make-over with out spending a fortune.

This video will give you some great ideas of making some nice bathroom improvements.

Finishing Drywall

finishing drywall

When doing a home renovation project you will most likely be installing some new drywall (sheetrock) and will need to fill in the seams. This is done with drywall joint compound (mud) and tape.

Finishing drywall is fairly simple once you get the hang of it. You start by placing a small amount of mud on the seam, then place the tape over it, press the tape tight to the seam and remove the excess.

You will need a couple of different width blades, as you need to put on a few coats, making each one wider than the last, so the joint “feathers” out and becomes almost flat so you do not see it after it is painted.

 

Paint Like a Pro

You have decided you want to spruce up your home. You have decided on the colors you want. You have done all the prep work. Check out our article on prepping your walls before painting, Click Here!

Now you are ready to paint like a pro. There are a number of tools you will need, these tools come in a variety of grades, from economical to professional. Of course the better grades will accomplish a more professional job, But they usually cost a lot more. It pays to not go with the cheapest tools available. Even if you are just doing 1 or 2 rooms it still pays to upgrade to at least a mid grade quality if you want a job well done.

Here you’ll find all of the information you need to make any painting project go more smoothly and get excellent results.

Paint Surface Preparation Tools

Surface preparation is crucial in painting interiors. It is essential to have a dry, clean, obstruction-free surface before you start to paint. Here are the tools you’ll need:

  • Screwdriver: to remove all outlet and switch covers
  • Painter’s tape: to place on trims, baseboards, uncovered outlets and switches, and any other surface that needs protection from paint stains
  • Paint scraper or flexible putty knife: to remove cracked or peeling paint and to apply caulking compound or putty to cracks, nail holes, and other surface depressions
  • Steel wool or a wire brush: to remove grime and old paints or stains from raw wood
  • Sandpaper: to smooth out imperfections, sags, drips, or runs on walls or other surfaces
  • Tack or damp cloth: to wipe clean surfaces to be painted after using steel wool or sandpaper

Painting Tools: Brush or Roller?

Once you’ve properly prepared the surface, you’re ready to paint. Whether to use a paintbrush or a paint roller depends on the type of paint you are using and the size of the surface to be painted.

Paintbrushes

Although using a paintbrush takes considerably longer than a roller, it is ideal for cutting in, windows, baseboards, and intricate trim work.

  • Nylon/polyester blended brushes: the best choice for all latex (water-based) paints and coatings
  • Natural China bristle brushes: the best choice for oil-based paints, stains, epoxies, and varnishes because natural bristles will soak up the water and go limp when used to apply water-based paints
  • Paintbrush sizes: A 1- to 2-inch brush is ideal for small spaces, tight trim areas, touchups, and detail work. A 2.5- to 3-inch brush is perfect for trim and corner work, and the larger 4- to 5-inch brush is recommended for larger areas like walls or side paneling.

Paint Rollers

Paint rollers make painting go more quickly, but should be used only for painting walls, ceilings, and other large, flat surfaces. They can be used to apply both latex and oil-based paints and stains and do a fine job with both gloss and semi-gloss coatings.

  • Paint roller sizes: The standard roller length is 9 inches. For smaller areas, a 4-inch or 7-inch roller cover may be used. For larger areas like walls, ceilings, and floors, 14-inch and 18-inch rollers will get the job done more quickly.

Here’s a comprehensive list of painting tools and supplies you’ll need to give your interior a gorgeous and lasting paint makeover:

  • Primer and paint
  • Paint brushes and paint rollers
  • Paint paddles
  • Roller trays
  • Mineral spirits/solvents (to clean up oil-based paint)
  • Drop cloths or tarps and cleaning cloths
  • Caulking gun, putty knife, and caulk/joint compound
  • Steel wool, wire brush
  • Tack cloth
  • Painter’s tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper

Article source:http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/interior-painting-supplies

Now that the painting is done and you are cleaned up, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your hard work, Congratulations on a Great Job!

5 Ways to Keep Your Cool During Home Remodeling

Remodel plans

Just the words home remodeling can easily conjure up stress in even the most relaxed individual. As exciting as it is to have a completely renovated space of your dreams, the actual construction process can be quite stressful. By following these five tips, you can keep your cool during the process.

Stay Organized

One surefire way to rapidly increase your stress level is to misplace paperwork. Be sure to keep a project file that houses key documents such as specifications, any drawings or plans, communications between yourself and the contractor, the construction agreement, lien releases, estimates, and any other agreements with third parties. Having a project file keeps these documents all in one place, ready when you need them.

Make a Backup Plan

Establish your primary goals, focusing on what you want to accomplish during the remodeling process. From that list, choose the goals that are most important. Narrow it down even further by selecting the ones you feel are absolutely essential. If time or budget constraints become a factor, you will need to quickly adjust your plans to reduce wasted time and money.

Retreat to the Outdoors or Embark on a Getaway

If you are staying home during a renovation, an outdoor space to retreat to can help prevent undue stress. A comfortable outdoor space can be a spot to relax, an escape from the mess and craziness. If at all possible, plan to be away on vacation or live elsewhere during the project. Doing this prevents your family from the constant exposure to dust and the chaos that comes with a renovation. However, be prepared to have frequent check-ins with your contractor via phone, and be sure that the contractor has a reliable way to reach you at any time.

Take Before Photographs

The finished product will look even more amazing when compared to “before” pictures. Be sure to take several before photographs as well as some photos documenting the process to show how much the space has transformed.

Establish a Storage Area

Rather than having tools and materials strewn about, create a storage area where workers can store tools and supplies. An organized storage area will also prevent potentially hazardous materials and dangerous tools from becoming lost or accessed by children or pets.

By following a few easy tips, you can stay relaxed during the home remodeling process. Choosing contractors and other trade workers that are reputable and trustworthy can also alleviate much of the stress involved. Be sure to find individuals who listen to your ideas, who have experience delivering the kinds of results you’re looking for, and who are focused on open communication. Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page. With open communication about expectations, you can live in the home of your dreams without losing any hair during the remodeling process.

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Home Renovations to Consider!

Bathroom reonovation

Home renovation costs vary greatly from market to market as well as well as from contractor to contractor. If you plan on living in your home for a long time certain renovations make sense based on your needs and desires. If you plan on selling in the next few years, some major projects are best to avoid as you will only recoup a small portion of what you will spend.

There are some large home renovations you can do that will be worth you time and money that even if you don’t recoup all of your investment will help make the house easier to sell.

Bathrooms are the Best

A mid-range bathroom remodel is on average one of the easiest ways to get the most for your money. Mid-range means $3,000 to replace the toilet, light fixtures, maybe add a new or double sink. If you have a bit leftover you can even update the wallpaper. On average, according to Zillow Talk, a bathroom remodel of this type results in a $1.71 increase in home value for every $1.00 spent on the project.

Pay Attention to the Attic

Adding fiberglass attic insulation is the only renovation that gets more than a 100-percent return on your investment according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 data. With a national average investment of just over $1,200, the recoup is around $1,482, a 116.9% return. If you’re willing to go all-out, converting attics into bedrooms is another particularly popular project that also offers a high return, as much as 84.3 percent. Even better? If you have exposed brick, play it up in your listing and you could get nearly 5% above the expected listing price and sell your house 36 days faster.

Check out the other great ideas from Zillow.com that will help you decide on what your next project should be.

 

Need of a New Floor?

Laminate Flooring

Thinking of replacing your floor? Today there are many types of flooring available to make your home look great without doing a major renovation or spending a fortune.

One option to consider is laminate flooring. It comes in many colors, patterns and sizes, making it an ideal and inexpensive way to make an old floor look brand new.

Installing a laminate floor makes a great do-it-yourself project, leaving you feeling proud and accomplished while saving you some money and making your home more enjoyable.

In this video you will see how quick and easy it is to tackle this project.

Once you have installed your new floor you will want to keep it looking new for years to come.

Click Here! for tips on the Best way to clean your Laminate Floor.

 

How to Replace Your Bathroom Faucet

How to replace your bathroom faucet

If you decide to tackle changing your bathroom faucet yourself, here are a few tips to make things a little easier.

One of the toughest issues with changing a bathroom faucet, is trying to work in such a confined space. I always find some big old towels to help cushion my back when I am under the sink.

A few special tools are usually need to remove the old faucet, while most new faucets come with tools designed for that specific faucet.

  • A pair of water pump pliers (channel locks)
  • A basin wrench
  • set of deep sockets

This video will give you some great tips on how to replace your bathroom faucet.

50 Home Fixes that Won’t Break the Bank.

Home Fixes

There are always little things that need to be fixed around your home, the good news is that many of them can be done for less money than a cup of coffee.

Improving your home and your life is easy with these 50 home fixes you will find below, and they cost less than $2!

The wonderful people over at Vibrant Doors, after scouring thru the dollar stores, put together this great list of things you can do around your home.

Just a few dollars and you are well on your way to making those little things around your home better.

 

50 Home Fixes
50 Home Fixes that will make your life better!

Kitchen Renovation Could Be Tax Deductible!

When you are thinking about doing some work on your home, you need to consider whether it will fall under the classification of house repair work or house enhancement. This is a crucial difference since house improvements are tax deductible, whereas house repair services are not.

What constitutes a home improvement? In its basic form, it is any task that will add to the quality and for that reason the value of your house. Such jobs would include installing a brand-new fence, setting up a new driveway, complete kitchen area improvement, extending your house to include more space, adding a swimming pool or garage, constructing a deck or porch, adding insulation, installing brand-new heating or air conditioning systems, replacing the roofing, or re-landscaping your lawn. All of these tasks will need capital expenditure, but will contribute to the value of your property and enhance the equity in your home.

House repair service, on the other hand, is a job carried out to avoid the decrease or degeneration of your home, and a subsequent drop in value. The task is required to preserve your home in its existing standard, without making significant additions or enhancements. House repair services include decorating or repainting, taking care of leaks or damages, fixing cabinets and changing components that no longer function.

Normally expenditure on house repair services cannot be used to acquire a tax advantage. There is a possibility that you could integrate your repair services into a home enhancement task and still get a monetary benefit.

If you need refinancing to pay for your house enhancements, it may be recommended to wait for a drop in interest rates. You will be able to subtract the loan points in the same financial year if you obtain and make use of the capital improvement loan or refinance for house enhancements. If you pick not to use the capital to spend for home improvements, the points will be deducted over the life of the loan. Your possible reduction is likewise proportional if you utilize only a part of the loan for house enhancements. The remainder of the points will be subtracted throughout the term of the loan.

Always consult your tax professional when making these kinds of decisions.