Before you take on a home improvement project you must carefully research all the steps you’ll need to take to complete the project. When doing home improvements, you need to ensure you have all the information you need so you can do the best you can on your house; this article can help.
Hardwood, tile and other smooth surfaces may seem like a good idea in high traffic areas like stairs and hallways, but those same areas can then echo and reverberate throughout the entire house. You wouldn’t want to hear every footstep going down the hallway if you were in a bedroom sleeping.
Cover your door knobs, hinges and other hardware with petroleum jelly before painting. It is an easy way to insure they don’t get covered in paint. All you have to do when you are finished painting is use a soft cotton cloth to wipe the petroleum jelly from the surfaces of the hardware.
If hanging pictures or paintings have caused holes in the wall, then utilize spackle and paint in order to eliminate them and freshen the look of your walls. Go to an improvement store and buy some quality spackle. The spackle can fill the hole if it’s small enough. If the hole is really small, then you can use something as small as a bobby pin to apply spackle onto it. Once the spackle dries, smooth over the hole with something rigid (like a credit card) so the wall is smooth. Put on your paint. Presto! No more holes on the wall.
Remove any excess cord that is hanging from your blinds. Children and pets have both been known to become tangled in these dangling cords, sometimes leading to strangulation. Do not cut them too short, you will need enough length to still use the blinds. Shorten it by tying or cutting before an accident occurs.
If you have wood or faux-wood paneling in your home, consider refinishing it rather than getting rid of it in a renovation. Removing the old paneling requires having it hauled away, while new wall covering must be brought in. Wood paneling can be easily sanded down and the voids filled in with drywall compound.
For a high-impact update that can be completed in less than a day, consider freshening up your front door with one or two coats of brightly colored, ultra-glossy paint. Homes with light-colored brick or siding look best with a bright red or blue door; darkly colored homes do best with a deep, cool color like eggplant or slate blue.
Before you start remodeling or redecorating a room, bring in a professional to check out the electrical and the plumbing, to be sure that it is in good working condition. It is very disheartening having to tear out a new floor or rip into a new wall, to make a repair that should have been done before doing the work.
Do you want an elegant upgrade to your home that doesn’t break the bank? An easy way to revitalize that boring old entryway is to install a new doorbell. A doorbell is one of the first things vistors will notice upon arriving at your home.
If you are painting your home, be sure to clean off your brushes as soon as you have finished using them. Letting paint dry on the brushes can damage the bristles and make them less effective. Also, if you fail to clean brushes fully and then move on to paint another room, flecks of the first paint color may end up in the new color.
If you are trying to remove wallpaper as part of a home improvement project, especially if you are removing wallpaper with paint on top, consider renting a wallpaper steamer. On plaster walls, a wallpaper steamer can greatly speed up the process of wetting and scraping the wallpaper. However, you should take great care when using a wallpaper steamer on drywall, as the drywall is very easily damaged with all the scraping and steam.
You can make niches more aesthetically pleasing by adding accent colors or nice wallpapers to the back wall. If you paint them, you might be able to get by with just a small container of paint instead of a whole gallon.
When painting your bathroom, kitchen, or other area that sees lots of moisture (or kids’ hands), choose a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint. Unlike flat (matte) paints, glossy surfaces are easier to wipe clean and are less likely to show spots when exposed to moisture from steamy showers or boiling pots.
If you are serious about improving your home, then use the information learned as best as you can. The only way you’re going to see your home look as good as it possibly can is if you try these home improvement tips.