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Tricks to use when painting a bathroom

Paint is an excellent surface choice for a bathroom. Painting is a great way to add character and charm to any bath. However, while painting is a wonderful option, it can also be quite tricky in bathrooms. Many bathrooms have cramped and close corners that make it hard to fully cover the walls . A bathroom may also host other items in the room that can make it harder to do a professional job. Hard to reach areas in the room such as large mirrors and existing closet racks can be difficult to paint. Fortunately, a few tips and tricks can make this process much easier. Professionals know how to paint a bathroom here are some easy tips to help you follow their lead and get the look you want in your bathroom with far less.

The Start
The first thing to do is remove as much as possible from the bathroom. Take down all pictures. Remove all shower curtains. Place your linens, toiletries and other items in another room. While you may be tempted to put everything in the middle of room, keep in mind that the smaller area of the bathroom makes this inadvisable. You will need to have room to work as you paint.

Toilets
Toilets are a delicate item. They're made of porcelain. It can be surprisingly hard to remove paint from porcelain and it can be just as difficult and time consuming to move the toilet as a whole. Therefore, you will want to protect the toilet as you work. Place an old blanket around the whole unit and let it fall behind the toilet to completely cover it. Butcher paper is also easy to use and can be placed against the back for a further layer of protection against paint spills.

Use Tape
Tape is your best friend when you're painting the bathroom. Use tape to protect the other items in the room as you paint. You want to tape all the items that you can't
remove. This includes the room's baseboards, to toilet paper holder and your towel rings. Tape lets you get a crisp, professional edge as you paint. It will also protect the surfaces in the room from any accidental drips. However, when placing the tape be sure that the tape line is slightly overlapping the existing paint line as to completely cover any old paint.

Put The Mirror Away

Mirrors are an integral part of any bathroom decor. But a mirror often has a highly detailed frame that can easily be damaged by painting. The best thing to do is remove the mirror before you start to paint. If the mirror is closely attached to the wall, it can be difficult to remove, you may just need to cover over it as you work. Mirrors can also be protected with butcher paper and tape.

The Right Roller
It is a good idea to have all the tools you need for the job on hand before you begin. Don't overlook the need for rollers in varied sizes. Larger rollers are useful for big areas. However, the smaller rollers will make it easy to get paint in awkward corners and get the polished look you want.
With careful attention to detail, it's easier than ever to paint your bathroom. You can get a great look in the room with only a few simple tricks.

Caryl Anne Crowne is a contributing writer and media relations specialist for Re-Bath.

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5 Benefits of Moving Out During Renovations

If you are planning a home remodel, one of the first things that you need to decide is whether you are going to live in the home during the renovation or if you are going to stay with friends or family members or at a hotel. If you are planning a minor renovation that can be completed in a day, you can stay home. If your renovation is going to take two or more days, you should think about moving out until the work is completed. There are a few reasons why moving out is your best option.

Plumbing and Electricity

If your renovation involves cutting off the plumbing or electricity in your home, it can be impossible to stay in the home. Without electricity, your heating system and your air conditioner won't be able to function. Also, you will have no lights, and you won’t be able to use any of your appliances. You also won’t use of your appliances, and you won’t have any internet. If the plumbing is turned off in the home during the renovation, you won't be able to use your sinks, showers, and you won't be able to flush your toilet. If you are having plumbing work done in the home, the crew won't be able to turn the water back on before they leave for the night.

Open Walls or an Open Roof

If you are going to be adding or replacing windows or extending the size of a room, the wall may need to be knocked down. This can make it very hot in the home during the summer and very cold in the home during the winter. If it rains, your only protection would be a large tarp. The same is true if you are having work done on your roof. This can also pose security issues for your family at night. The best way to be sure that your family is safe and comfortable is to relocate during the renovation.

It Is Easier On Your Pets

A home renovation can be very upsetting for the pets that live in the home. Chances are, the crew is going to be in and out of the house. Each time the door opens, there is a risk that your pet can get out. Also, the noise of the crew's tools can be very upsetting to your pets. If you relocate your family and your pets during a renovation, the whole process will be much easier on them.

Safer For Your Children

A construction site is no place for children to be. This is especially true if the construction site is inside your home. At the end of the day, the crew will leave behind tools and other equipment. These are things that children will be curious about and if they play with this equipment, it can be dangerous. You also don’t want to worry about dangerous fumes or accidents that may happen because

You Can Stick To Your Normal Routine

Renovations are always going to create some disruption, but there are options that will help you keep some level of normalcy. This is especially true if you are doing repairs after some kind of disaster. Your insurance company will help put you up in other accommodations. Even if you are paying for it yourself, it may be a good idea to find an apartment or suite that you can rent for a short period of time. Most larger cities have short-term housing that can be used for this purpose. This will allow you to have all the amenities of a home, without worrying about the mess of your renovation.

If you ask any contractor, they will tell you that they prefer that families move out of their home for multi-day renovations. There are plenty of options, from hotels to short-term apartments that you can use. Moving out temporarily will also be easier for you and your entire family.

References:

Jaworski Painting

Bob Vila Home Advice

St Louis Corporate Housing

Safewise

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Useful Tips for Repainting Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you want to change the appearance of your kitchen without devoting lots of time and money to a significant renovation project, how about repainting your kitchen cabinets? The actual process of repainting the cabinets is not very difficult, and when you use quality products, the finished work will be quite impressive.

Different Materials, Different Methods

One of the first things you want to do when you're going to repaint your kitchen cabinets is to determine precisely what type of material the cabinet surface is made of.

Flat wood surfaces are very easy to repaint, as are metal and wood laminate surfaces. If your cabinets feature plastic laminate surfaces, however, the process can become more complicated, and the work should be done professionally.

Paint Choices

When you're choosing a new color for your kitchen cabinets, it's usually best to select a color that works well with existing furniture and appliances. You will also have to decide if you want to use an alkyd-oil based paint or an acrylic-latex base paint.

Remove and Organize Cabinet Hardware

All of the door hinges, handles, clips, magnets and other pieces of hardware related to the cabinets must be removed before the painting prep can begin. When the equipment is removed, keep the parts from each cabinet labeled and separated. Labeling is a way to avoid confusion.

Clean and Sand

Cleaning the entire surface area of the cabinets is an essential part of the re-painting process. Whether you utilize a mild soap or a stronger cleaner, when you use quality products you will achieve better results.

Every bit of the areas that are to be painted must be sanded before any paint is applied. Although you can sand the cabinets by hand, it's a lot easier to rent and use a handheld electric sander.

Prime and Paint

Before you apply the paint to your cabinets, you really should use a coat of primer, preferably an oil-based primer. When it's time to paint, make sure there are plenty of drop cloths covering the whole work area, and have fun. As for applying paint to the cabinets, you have your choice of utilizing brushes, rollers or spray.

It's impressive to see how much of a positive impact the re-painting of your kitchen cabinets can have on the overall appearance of the room. No matter if you do the work yourself, or have it done professionally, your painted cabinets will bring your kitchen to life.

Sources

SOLLiD Cabinetry

HGTV

DIY Network

 

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Why and How You Should Declutter Your Home Before Serious Renovations

A serious home renovation is a big undertaking that has the power to transform your space and your lifestyle. Your new home will become more functional as well as more aesthetically pleasing. But because of how substantial the planned work may be, it is essential to prepare properly ahead of time. One of the best steps that you can take to prepare your home and belongings for the experience of renovating is to declutter.

The Importance of Decluttering

Your contractors generally need to have a clean slate to work with. This means that all furniture, home décor, and other items need to be removed from the work area.

In many cases, you will be able to store items in your garage or in a spare room; however, there may be cases where it is necessary to rent out a storage unit for your furniture and other possessions. If you decide that you do need a storage unit, make sure to get the appropriate type for the items you are storing. Salt Lake Stor-N-Lock explains, “If you plan to store items that are susceptible to fluctuating temperatures, such as family heirlooms, electronics, wood or leather furniture or important paper documents, you will want to search for storage units with climate control.

When you spend time decluttering, you can eliminate the number of items that need to be moved, packed, and stored. You also eliminate the number of items that need to be unpacked after the renovation project is completed. While this saves you time and energy, it also can save money by reducing the size of the storage unit that you need to rent as well as the number of boxes and storage bins that you need to buy.

How to Declutter

To declutter your home, you need to essentially sort through all of your items one by one. Only keep items that you will have a need for after the renovation is completed. For example, you may not need all of your home décor if you plan to redecorate after the work is done.

When you begin the process of decluttering, decide whether each item should be kept, thrown away, donated, or sold. It can be hard to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Rachel Jones recommends that you “Look carefully at the items in front of you. Pull out just the ones that you know you absolutely want to see them in your new home. These are things that you use regularly or love.” When that’s done, look at what’s left. If the items in front of you don’t seem worth the effort of packing and moving, then it’s time to let them go.

If you plan to keep items, ensure that you pack them smartly and safely. This means packing items together that belong in the same room, and wrapping delicate items in protective bubble wrap or wrapping paper. Place the heaviest items in the bottom of each box or bin, and place the heaviest boxes and bins at the bottom when stacking them. Be sure to clearly label all boxes and bins using detailed descriptions about what the contents are and where they belong. This will come in handy, because there is always a chance that you may need to access some of your stored items before the renovation project has been completed, and because it will make moving your items back inside that much easier.

A serious home renovation essentially requires you to empty the work area of all personal items. You will need to move everything out of this space just as you would if you were moving into a new home. With this in mind, it makes sense to thoroughly declutter before packing up your belongings.

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Unique Bathroom Designs that Give Your Home Character

When creating your dream home, it may not cross your mind to focus on the design of your bathroom. After all, who wants to spend a ton of time in a bathroom? On the other hand, you want to be able to relax in your bathroom, especially if you are taking a long bath after a hard day. Instead of going for generic, turn your bathroom into a statement room in your home. Here are a few unique designs that will give your bathroom some character.

Relaxing Spa Retreat

Everybody seems to want their bathrooms to look like their dreamed-of posh vacation spa resorts. To transform your bathroom into a more relaxing spa retreat, you need to make sure you find the perfect tub. This will be the focal point of the room, so you need to find this first. Select one that has enough room for you to stretch out and enjoy a luxurious soak. Adding a high-end tile backsplash, and faucets in an accent color that speaks to you. Finish the look with lots of fluffy towels, matching toiletries, and light scented candles.

Elegant Victorian Look

If you are looking for something a little more stripped back without getting rid of the elegance, try looking at a variety of Victorian elements. Bathing was an important ritual, so it makes sense that that aesthetic can really make your bathroom stand out. You can have the elegance and glamour of a freestanding tub, without having to worry about hauling the water in to fill it. When choosing a sink and toilet, keep it simple. Indoor plumbing was new during the Victorian era, so it shouldn’t be flashy. Wooden accents and bare plumbing can do a lot for conveying this look.

Nature Paradise

If you have a favorite part of the world, you can style your bathroom to fit that climate. To mimic a nature paradise bathroom design, look for authentic materials and hues that could be seen outdoors. Tubs in cool sage greens, wooden plank floors, and copper fixtures combine to create an outdoorsy paradise to be enjoyed indoors. Add some fun plants and use frosted windows to let natural light in without compromising your privacy.

These are only a few of the many options available to you when designing your bathroom. Remember to pick materials that appeal to your soul. Your new bathroom should feel like your haven. Create a stunning bathroom that can offer serenity while providing functional uses as well.

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5 Secrets to Make Your Home the Best on the Block

So you finally are in a home that you love and want to take the time in making it stand out- but how? There are a lot of home improvement tips out there, and it can be a challenge when finding out where to start. What makes a home a good home? Here are the top five secrets to make your home the best on the block!

Everyone Loves a Garden

Incorporating garden in your front yard can change the entire look of your home. You can choose to plant whatever you want as long as the plants are in season for your area. Add flowers for a burst of color or start an herb garden for both aesthetic and functional use! Not only can this help your home, but gardening can also serve as a great stress reliever. No one is going to get upset with you for digging up the weeds!

Light it Up

You'd be surprised at how big an impact new lighting fixtures will have on the overall look of your home. With the utilization of home automation accessories, you can control them with a dim-switch and adjust the lighting based on the time of day. Proper lighting outside can also improve the security of your home, so don’t forget to light up more vulnerable areas, such as your garage.

Add a Fresh Coat

Even if you choose the same color, re-painting your home will make it look brand new. If you want to change it up, choose a new color! Neutrals are usually recommended for outdoor paint but if you want to go for a bold look, consult a designer for color ideas. You can also add a fun accent color to the trim for a less expensive alternative.

Pay Attention the Little Things

Tiny changes can lead to big results. Deciding to add new doorknobs, update the moldings around windowsills, or getting a new garage door are good ways to throw people off. They just won't be able to figure it out- what did you do to make your house look so different? See if they can guess!

Wash the Grime Off

Using a pressure/power washer to clean your house can make the old paint look like new as it will remove stains you didn't even realize were there! You can also use it on the sidewalk and driveway. Pressure washers are available for rent, or you can go ahead and purchase one yourself for future use.

Anyone of these tips will contribute to making your home stand out from the rest. The key is to have fun and do what you like so you can enjoy your home as you've always wanted to.

Be More Self-Reliant by Learning Basic Home Maintenance

Be More Self-Reliant by Learning Basic Home Maintenance

The average homeowner can save themselves thousands of dollars each year by learning how to perform basic home maintenance. Fixing minor repairs will also help you become more self-reliant. There is power in knowing you don't have to depend on service providers (or shell out a couple hundred bucks) each time you need a repair. Here are a few basic repair tasks that you can master in minutes.

Checking Drains

Drains are important to the overall function of your home. Most people only think about the kitchen sink, but bathroom drains in the sink and shower also need attention on a regular basis. Drains are catchalls for food particles, hair, and other debris. These items can build up and create drainage problems. They can also hinder the effectiveness of your waste removal system, especially if you recycle gray water with an aerobic sprinkler system.

You only need a few basic tools to check and clean drains. A good flashlight will help you look down the drain once you have removed the debris on top. A small screwdriver can be useful in dislodging hair or food. Make an effort to actually remove the debris instead of letting it simply wash down the drain, because Drano won’t come to your rescue.

Draining a Hot Water Heater

This task is very simple, yet it is one of the most neglected chores by homeowners. It should be a part of your yearly maintenance checkup. Over time, sediment can collect in the bottom of a water heater. This buildup of debris can then shorten the life of the water heater by preventing it from functioning properly.

The first step is to shut off the power to your water heater. Most water heaters are on their own circuit breaker. Turn the breaker off. Next, give the water in the tank time to cool down. You should wait a couple of hours at the least. The last step is shut off the water to the heater and attach a hose to the drain valve at its bottom. Most standard garden hoses will serve this purpose. You can then route the water outside. Once you have finished, make sure the tank is filled with water before you turn the power back on.

This is also a great time to check the thermostat settings on your water heater. Cutting back the temperature just a little can result in some savings on your electric bill.

Change HVAC Filters

This is a task that you should be doing regularly throughout the year. A dirty filter compromises the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Over time, poor filter maintenance can also affect ducts and culminate in costly repairs.

Changing an HVAC filter is one of the easiest home maintenance projects. The filter will typically be located behind a small, vented metal door located on the front of the unit. The door is usually held by a couple of snaps at the top. Lift up on the bottom of the door to release the snaps, remove the door, and locate the filter inside the unit. It can be easily lifted out without any tools. Simply replace the old filter with a new one, close the unit, and enjoy your peace of mind. Most people tend to make this a monthly routine.

These are just three simple things you can do. There are hundreds of others. If you haven't done so already, now is the time to assemble a few basic tools. Some screwdrivers, wrenches, and a hammer will be a good start. Add more as the years come and go. You'll find that greater self-reliance and confidence will increase your willingness to tackle other minor repair projects.

 

Jaworski Painting doesn’t just paint your walls — we transform your home. Call us today to update your interior, exterior, or even your cabinets!

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5 Tweaks That Will Revolutionize Your Kitchen

We all love our kitchens to be as functional and beautiful as possible. There's a good reason why, too. Most people spend a great deal of time in their kitchens, and it tends to be a busy place that serves multiple functions. Since we expect so much of our kitchens, it's wise to make the most of them, and even the little tweaks can make a big difference. Here are five of those adjustments that will make a huge difference to the functionality and beauty of your kitchen.

 

Custom Cabinetry

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If you are in the market for cabinets, but you're not sure if you should go with standard cabinetry or custom, seriously consider custom cabinets. With standard cabinets, small spaces are often not utilized to their full potential. When a space in your kitchen is in between two sizes of standard cabinets, the smaller cabinet is installed with a filler piece so that the cabinet looks finished off. The only problem is that the filler piece is wasted space. When someone custom designs your cabinets, they can find the best ways to use all of your space.

 

Brighter Lighting

If you feel cramped and claustrophobic in your kitchen, a fairly simple and inexpensive fix is to change the lighting so that it is brighter. It will make your kitchen feel bigger and more cheerful. It also makes finding the wine bottle opener easier to find. Update your interior paint job to brighten up the room even more.

 

Knobs and Drawer Pulls

If you feel like your kitchen is looking outdated, changing out the hardware on your cabinets is a fairly inexpensive way to drastically change the way that your kitchen looks.

 

Staging

It's the details that matter the most, and sometimes those details are pretty simple fixes. For instance, a small rug or some flowers can make the room so much more inviting. Feel free to look at the magazines for ideas.

 

Pare Down

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One of the easiest ways to create a more enjoyable, functional, and beautiful kitchen is to get rid of things that you no longer need. Many people tend to keep things that aren't serving a purpose anymore. Sometimes, we do this because there's nothing wrong with the item. For instance, if you have forty mugs, it's very unlikely that you'll use them all. Go through and keep the ones that you love. The rest, you can either have a garage sale, give to a friend, or donate to charity.

 

There are numerous small upgrades or even minor changes that will drastically improve the beauty and functionality of your kitchen. You will feel more comfortable and confident that your kitchen is serving your needs in the best possible ways.

Unique and Fun Ideas For Decorating Your Child's Bedroom

Unique and Fun Ideas For Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom

If you have a child, then you know that their bedroom is one room where it makes complete sense to have fun, be creative, and be bold. But what if you're stuck on how to decorate your child's room? There are plenty of ideas that are cute, but you aren't entirely sure that your child will love it. There are also some ideas that you feel have been done so many times that they no longer hold any spark. If you're not sure how you want to decorate your child's bedroom, keep reading because we have four ideas that you're sure to love.

Chalkboard Paint

We usually hate it when our kids draw on the wall, but with chalkboard paint, you can let your kids draw on the walls of their bedroom all they want. Keep some regular sidewalk or chalkboard chalk in their rooms, and you can watch them let their creativity soar. Try Rust-Oleum Flat Black Chalkboard Paint on a clean, smooth wall for best results.

Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Paint additives that make the paint glow are a way to make nighttime fun, too. Although the whole wall might be a bit much, there are many ways to incorporate it into the bedroom that are more subtle. For instance, you could add it as a decorative trim near the ceiling, or you could even paint a lamp base or other bedroom item with the paint. Amazing Interior Designs has seven creative ideas for using glow-in-the-dark paint in your child’s room.

Fluorescent Light Covers

Did you know that there are covers that can be placed over the lights in your child's bedroom? They come in many fun designs that will appeal to a wide range of children's tastes. Octo Lights makes a wide variety of light covers for an space-themed, flower-themed, or even animal-themed bedroom. And not only do they provide a fun picture to look at, but they also cancel out the negative effects of direct fluorescent light.

Peel-and-Stick Cork Board

12” x 12” self-adhesive cork wall tiles like those made by Widgetco can be cut and arranged in creative shapes and patterns around your child’s room. But the big benefit is that they also allow your child a place to showcase their latest artwork, a postcard from a friend, or whatever else suits their fancy. Outline your child's favorite animal by finding a picture with a solid outline, blow it up, and trace on the back of the cork.

 

Don't be timid when it comes to decorating your child's bedroom. Go bold and be creative, because your child is going to love it.

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5 Ways You Should Show Some Love To Your Garage

Does your garage need a little tender love and care? The garage is often a part of the house that we neglect when it comes to updates and cleaning because the stresses of cleaning the actual house can be too much. We will share some tips today to help you be sure that you show your garage the love that it really needs.

 

Update the Paint

If the inside of your garage is unpainted or the current paint is old and chipping, think about renewing it with a new coat of bright, fresh paint. Whether you choose a color that’s bold or something a little more subtle, this is a great way to show your garage a little love. Depending on the size of your garage, this can be a very cost effective update, too, and one that will add a bit of value to your house.

 

Add Shelves

Adding a shelving unit to your garage is a great way to show it some love and increase the functionality. Depending on the amount of space you have and the quantity of items that need storage, you can decide what size unit is best. If you have a small garage, try to get a shelving unit that maximizes the amount of space you have! Shelving units are available at most stores, so feel free to browse around until you found one that fits your needs. When you combine a shelving unit with stacking plastic bins and hooks, you’ll find that you can greatly increase the amount of storage you can get out of your garage.

 

Update the Floor

The floor of the garage is something that often gets neglected. Installing new flooring in your garage is a great way to update the look of the garage because it will make the whole garage look more put together! This can also be a quick project depending on the type of floor you decide to go with. There are professionals who can install flooring or epoxy on your floor, and when you go with a professional you can expect better quality and results that will be long-lasting. But If you don’t want the expense of letting a professional do it, you could always paint the concrete floor or coat it in epoxy yourself.

 

Establish a Cleaning Schedule

Sometimes the garage can become a "catch-all" for overflow stuff that does not have a place in your home. The shelving units mentioned previously will help to organize your stuff, but having a cleaning schedule will help ensure that the garage is always spick and span! Don’t be afraid to sell or throw out items that you don’t need anymore. By getting rid of things you don’t want and don’t need, you’ll make it easier to store and utilize the things that you do love and need.

 

Update the Garage Doors

A lot of people have old garage doors. If this is your case, consider updating your garage doors to give the exterior of your garage an entirely new look. If your garage door is functioning just fine, but looks a little dingy, there are solutions for that. You can pressure wash it to blast away the grime that’s accumulated over the years, and you can also refresh the external paint to freshen up the appearance of you home from the curb. With small efforts, you can make the garage door look like new!

 

The tips we have shared are easy to implement and cost-effective. Your garage is sure to feel the love when you are finished implementing these tips!

 

Featured image courtesy of Immaculate Garage.