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Choosing how to paint your child’s room can be a lot of fun. Working together to paint the room can be a bonding experience for all family members. One of the fun ways you can paint the walls is through sponge painting. Sponge painting is fun and easy and you really don’t need a lot of extra materials or brushes. You don’t need to hire a professional to produce work with a great finish. In this article, you will learn simple steps on how to sponge paint your child’s room.
Step 1. Gather all the materials needed before you start. For this kind of project, you will need 2-3 large sponges. Two different kinds of latex wall paint. You can choose to have subtle sponge design or you can also choose to make it bold. As a tip, if you would like to have it in subtle colors, choose paint colors that are in the same hue. For example, you may want to choose old rose and carnation pink. If you want it to bold and contrasting, you can choose yellow and red. You will also need the following: scissors, gloves, paper plates, painter’s tape, sheets to protect the floor, and water.
Step 2. Using scissors cut the sponges to remove any hard edges. You may shape them in any form that you like.
Step 3. Put tape on the walls or any part of the surface which you do not want to sponge. Place the protective covering on the floor. After all, you want to enjoy the room as soon as possible. After painting you wouldn’t want to spend extra hours removing paint from the walls or floors.
Step 4. Put the darker color of paint on a paper plate. Wet the sponge and wring it so that there is no excess water. For another insightful tip, if you would like to have a better finish, you can also mix the paint with glaze. In addition, the glaze will also allow you to work with the paints for a longer period of time. If you decide to paint with glaze, you can use a 60/40 ratio.
Step 5. Take the sponge and dab it in the darker color. Dab the walls keeping the edges of the sponge close together so that the shape of the sponge will be unnoticed. Try to work within a small area so that you can get a good finish. You will want to dab over much of the base color but still allow for the base color to show through.
Step 6. Let your work dry when you are satisfied with your work.
Step 7. Put another color of paint on a different paper plate and start the process once again with a clean sponge.
Step 8. Continue the process with a different colored paint. If you would like to mix the colors together, you can begin sponging with the new color even if the first color is still wet. This will allow the colors to mix together therefore producing another color.
A gazebo makes great architecture in your garden. Not only will it be able to provide you some shade, but you can use the area to entertain guests, a place for a wedding ceremony, as a stage, and more. The functions of a gazebo are limitless. They are also very beautiful to look at. There are many types of gazebos; and sometimes our excitement to have one in order to complete the look of our garden or yard can easily confuse us in our decision making. As homeowners, we want to make the best choice. Read this article if you want to learn basic steps in choosing a gazebo that is right for you and your garden.
Step 1. Identify the area in your yard where you want to place the gazebo. Think about the surroundings and the ground. Are you putting it on rocky ground or in soil? The answer to this will determine what kind of materials you want your gazebo made out of. Choose a spot that is far away from structures or trees that may obscure its beauty or pose potential problems to its erection.
Step 2. Decide on how big or small you want your gazebo to be. Think about the kind of function you would like for it. Do you plan to host parties for many guests? Or do you want it to act just as a shade for your afternoon reading? Perhaps you would like it to be your small getaway room?
Step 3. Pick out the kind of design you would like for your gazebo. There are many kinds of designs, but some of them are Oriental, Enclosed, and Monterey. An Oriental gazebo gives off an Asian flavor with its thatched or tiled roof while an Enclosed gazebo may have screens or glass windows. An enclosed gazebo is like an extension of your room but outside. A Monterey design is one that is flexible to suit any garden.
Step 4. Choose the kind of wood you want your gazebo to be. There are different kinds of wood available but you must keep in mind how to maintain them against termites, weather, and rotting. The best wood choice is cedar but there is nothing wrong with using cheaper wood. You just need to understand and know how to maintain it.
Step 5. Although you may have picked out a design as mentioned above, you still have the freedom to choose the shape of your gazebo. You can choose to have it in a rectangle, square, or octagonal. The shape that you choose will also affect how the seating will be arranged.
Step 6. Decide on the color you want for your gazebo. Many gazebos are in natural colors or are white, but the choice is solely yours. You can always change the paint color whenever you want to.
Just keep in mind that each step you take in choosing a gazebo will affect its total design and function. Enjoy each step and give it thought thoroughly so that you will have a gazebo in your yard that you will love visiting.
Whether you have a large or small space in your kitchen, a lazy Susan will make it easier for you to grab what you need plus give your kitchen an interesting look and feel. A lazy Susan is a circular piece of furniture that spins at the bottom. You can put it on your kitchen counter to hold spices and other condiments. Or you can also place it on your dinner table which will make it fun and accessible for guests and family members to pick up the dish that they love. This will also make a great part in your kitchen cupboards as well. One of the great things about a lazy Susan is that it is easy to build and you can create one to any size specification. Continue reading to learn how to build your own simple lazy Susan. Within a few hours or just within an afternoon, you’ll have a finished lazy Susan that you can show off to your wife and friends!
Step 1. Get all the materials you need to build the lazy Susan. You will need wood, jigsaw, and sandpaper. In addition, you will also need the lazy Susan bearing, a drill, felt circles, and paint. For safety purposes, it is best to wear protective eye cover.
Step 2. Identify the area where you would like to put your lazy Susan.
Step 3. Measure the identified area to put circular measurements.
Step 4. With your desired wood, cut it to the measurements you’ve planned out. Once you have the first circular board, you will then need to make another one with half the diameter that you used to build the first. This second circular piece will act as the base for the lazy Susan.
Step 5. Using the sandpaper go over the wood edges until they are smooth.
Step 6. With the first and larger board, turn it over and mark out where you will put the lazy Susan bearings. It might be helpful to place the bearings over the board and remove it once you’ve identified the area that you will need to drill.
Step 7. Drill holes into the marked places. Once that is done, take the first board again and turn it over. Insert the bearings and screw them.
Step 8. Take the smaller board and identify where you will also need to drill holes again. Drill the holes and screw in the bearings. At this point, you will have the two pieces connected with the bearings that you inserted.
Step 9. Paint the lazy Susan in the color that you like. You may also want to consider staining it. Of course, you also have the option of painting the boards ahead of time.
Step 10. Take the felt circles and place it underneath the lazy Susan. There are some self-adhesive felt circles which may save you time and energy than having to glue it on. The felt circle will protect the table or place that you have pointed out to put the lazy Susan.
Rooftop gardens are becoming very popular. The world today has realized all the more the importance of living in an environment of plants and trees. Even cities in other places of the world are making sure that they are incorporating gardens or have room for plants in their skyscrapers or buildings. Anyone can quickly turn a plain old rooftop into something new with dwarf fruit bearing trees, flowers, vegetables or herbs. There’s no better time to start enjoying a beautiful and relaxing natural ambiance than now. Plus, you will also reap the benefits of being able to breathe in cleaner air and perhaps harvest the fruits and vegetables of your labor. You can have your very own rooftop garden just by following these simple steps.
Step 1. Get all the necessary materials needed to start your project. Some of the basic things that you will need include soil, plants, fertilizer or compost, wooden boxes, and water. In addition, you will also need plastic tarp and tents.
Step 2. Check to see if you can start your own rooftop garden. If you are renting, you will need the approval of the landlord. If you are a homeowner, it is also wise to get the advice from a professional whether your roof is stable enough to start a garden. To note, in some communities a special permit is needed for you to have a rooftop garden. It’s always safer and better to create a garden on a flat rooftop compared to ones that are inclined.
Step 3. Identify the area where you would like to put plants and make a design plan. You can always hire a landscape artist, but it is easy enough to make a plan yourself and make your own measurements. Knowing the measurement of the space will allow you to plan out how many plants you need. You will also be able to figure out how much space you will have for the roof to serve other functions. For example, you may want to put out some deck chairs for you to relax in or put a small dining table to use when hosting a few guests.
Step 4. Pick the plants available to you which will grow under direct sunlight. Dwarf fruit bearing trees and vegetables make a great choice. Not all plants will thrive under too much heat. You can set up your tent materials to function as a shade for your plants that might easily wither. To also provide more protection for your plants, use the plastic tarp.
Step 5. Choose what you would like to put your plants in. You can use containers, planters, or wooden boxes. You can even choose to use all three. Each of them has their own positive aspects.
Step 6. Keep up with your garden. For it to grow healthy, take the time each day to water it. Since it is also under direct sunlight, you will need to make sure that you water it frequently enough so that the plants don’t dry up. Trimming and pruning will also be necessary to grow a healthy garden.
A storage bench is a great solution for small spaces. Not only do you get extra seating, you also get a place where you can store extra items, such as books, shoes, or even bed and bath linens. But there is even something better than a storage bench, and that’s when you have the seating upholstered for a soft, comfortable seat. This way, the storage bench can even double as living room or studio apartment seating. Upholstering a storage bench is actually a very simple project that costs relatively little, while giving you great value for a long time to come. For this project, you will need a staple gun, foam, the fabric you want to use, scissors, adhesive, batting, and muslin.
Step 1. Using sharp scissors, trim the foam according to the size of the bench seat. Cut a bevelled edge of 45 degrees on the foam edges to give the cushion a nice rounded edge for when you stretch the fabric over it. Spray adhesive onto one side of the foam and on one side of the backing board. Place the foam onto the center of the board, checking that it stays on center. Allow the adhesive to cure.
Step 2. Stretch one layer of batting around your foam and backing board. Smooth out the batting as you lay it onto the foam, ensuring a good fit. Then, carefully lift up the foam and plywood and spray adhesive onto the bottom of the batting and on top of the foam. Be sure to smooth out the adhesive and allow it to cure.
Step 3. Stretch the muslin over your backing board, batting, and foam. Be sure to leave enough extra over the edges so you can wrap it around the board all the way. Pull the muslin tight, securing it to the back of the backing board using a staple gun. To make a nice, tight fit, staple on the long edge first, right on the center, and then staple the opposite side while putting counter pressure for a firm fit. After that, do the same to the short edges. Keep stapling through the muslin and batting around the perimeter on the back, and trim off the excess muslin while you go along. Ensure a tight fit, working out wrinkles as you go and staple. You can estimate to have one staple for every inch, although you can go for more for a good and tight fit with no wrinkles. If there are protruding staples, lightly tap them in using a hammer.
Step 4. Wrap the “show” fabric over your muslin. With the muslin free of wrinkles, it will be very easy to add the fabric. Staple the fabric to the back of the board the way you did with the muslin. If you are using fabric with a pattern, check that you line the pattern up straight across the edges. Lastly, add the upholstered cushions, nailing the front trim into place. Now you can enjoy your freshly upholstered storage bench!
A built-in closet or wardrobe is a great way to add storage to an overcrowded home. It works just as well when a family is just looking for a way to organize, or even to upsize or downsize their stuff. Instead of having chests of drawers scattered around a room, a built-in closet allows you to stow clothing, linen, and just about anything out of sight while still being within quick reach. While you can also opt for a stand-alone closet, the built-in type has the advantage of utilizing the space from floor to ceiling, and with its being installed right against existing walls, you can be sure it maximizes space the most. For this project, you will need a jigsaw, 2 x 4 lumber, carpentry tools, nails and screws, drywall, closet fittings, sliding doors with tracking, primer, and paint.
Step 1. Draw up plans for the wardrobe with all the dimensions of the wall and the size you want. Alternatively, you can search for blueprints on the Internet and just adjust the dimensions according to your space. Home improvement stores may also have such plans.
Step 2. If you intend to have interior lighting in your closet, find sources for electrical wiring in the wall prior to starting construction, and mark the area using pencil or tape.
Step 3. Mark the place where the two sidewalls and the closet entry wall will go with masking tape or a pencil. A standard wardrobe measures 28 inches in depth, so make sure your measurements are at least 28 inches deep. Construct the side walls using the 2 x 4 pieces of wood. You can either frame up the side walls on the floor, and then raise them to position and anchor them to the wall, or build the frames for the side wall directly. Close the three walls in with more 2 x 4 panels.
Step 4. Make a mark to note the center of the wardrobe. You can make sure everything is lining up correctly by hanging a plumb bob from the marks on the ceiling to meet the parameter lines on the wardrobe floor. Nail 2 x 4 pieces of lumber to the existing flooring and to the ceiling for a finished interior. Also nail some more 2 x 4’s to the front of the wardrobe to make a door frame. Then, tack or tape precut drywall sheets to the side, ceiling, and front walls of the wardrobe to finish its interior.
Step 6. Make a hole on the drywall section that covers the electrical power source. To install a ceiling light in the wardrobe, cut out a section from the drywall in the ceiling.
Step 7. To install the sliding door, first fasten the tracks on the bottom and top of the opening using screws. Then position the doors on the track.
Step 8. To finish the wardrobe, install drywall onto the exterior or sand and finish the surface. Also install the pole sockets inside, where you will hang a clothes rod. If your closet is rather wide, add a center bracket to keep the long pole from sagging.
A closet or alcove without shelves always translates into storage limitations. After all, storage space is already at a premium. Using stand-alone racks inside an alcove or closet may sometimes work at keeping smaller items stored away, but for long-term use, built-in shelves are still more stable and work better at maximizing space. They also save valuable floor space, which standing wire racks tend to take up much of. These shelves also allow for a more permanent place for things, such as for items that are no longer in use but are too expensive or sentimental to throw away. If you wish to install built-in shelves to your closet or alcove, you will need the following tools and materials: an electric drill, an electronic stud finder, a 2” level, circular saw, tape measure, sliding bevel, 1 x 2-inch boards, coarse thread drywall screws, and shelving board or glass.
Step 1. Plan how many shelves you need and how many you can realistically fit into the space. Take note of the thickness of the shelf boards, as this will eat up a considerable amount of space, especially if you want more shelves.
Step 2. Install the shelf cleats, or 1 x 2-inch boards, to the level where you want the shelves to go, starting with the rear of the closet. To install the cleat, hold it against the rear of the closet with the level under it, and draw a pencil over the top edge as a reference mark. Set the wood aside and locate wall studs with your stud finder. Mark the center for the studs on the reference line, and mark that point on the cleat. Drill a pilot hole on the mark, and screw the cleat onto the wall using drywall screws.
Step 3. Cut two side cleats at ½-inch shorter than the length spanning the side wall up to the face of the rear cleat. To make the side cleats look more aesthetically pleasing, you can opt to miter the front edge of both cleats to a 45 degree angle, with the top offering full support for the shelf while the bottom is less visible. Do the same as when you installed the rear cleats, making sure they are level.
Step 4. Before you install the shelves, take note that the interior drywall corners in most homes are hardly ever exact square. As such, you will need to check the corners at the top of the cleats with a sliding bevel. Hopefully, there will be very little difference and you can still cut your shelf out with a right angle on both back corners. In that case, you can just cover up the small gaps with paintable caulk.
Step 5. If the angle of the inside corner is too far from a 90-degree angle, use the sliding bevel to determine the angle and cut the shelf according too that angle. Set the shelf in place. If you want to keep it permanently in place, you can opt to drill pilot holes on each side of the shelf and attach it to the cleats using screws.
Converting a basement into living space is a great way to make an extension to any home. It can serve as extra living space for an aged parent, a grown son or daughter, or perhaps as an extra income source from a renter. Of course, the work that needs to be done depends in much part on the condition of the basement, as well as the size and other factors, particularly natural light, ceiling height, and moisture. As such, a homeowner needs to be realistic enough in considering whether a basement may be converted to living space, as some in holder houses are actually not worth the effort and the extra expense. But if you find that your basement seems to have potential for being converted into an apartment, the following steps should help you get going:
Step 1. Before you even start building, make a critical check of the basement in terms of cleaning needs, ceiling height, and electrical and plumbing needs. Check for moisture, mildew, mold, and rot. Also note if there is any musty smell. You will have to deal with these issues first of all so as to make the apartment livable, as well as healthy and pleasant to live in. Next, measure the ceiling heights across the basement, including those at the bottom of the basement stairs. This is usually a very low point, especially in older homes. confirm that the heights are within limits approved by the local building code, as many require a minimum specific ceiling height for living space approval. Lastly, check for the presence of plumbing and electrical lines, and research how much modification, addition, and upgrading you will need to do for the apartment, to make sure the electrical circuits are enough to run kitchen appliances.
Step 2. Once the preparatory things are underway and confirmed to be a go-signal, the first things you need to install in the basement apartment are a kitchen and a bathroom. Install a kitchen sink into a cabinet with a counter. Also install the toilet and a shower, and if your basement is big enough, you can even add a bathroom sink. When you plumb them in, check if there is a properly placed drain; if not, you can build up the floor with the drain running off to another location. Then, build up walls made of plywood or cement board around the bathroom, and possibly the kitchen.
Step 3. Next, you can work at finishing the walls, ceilings, and floors. Install insulation on the walls. You can use rigid foam, and then cover them up with drywall. To make the space seem larger, you can then paint a light color onto the drywall. Also apply drywall to the ceiling, especially if wires and pipes cover them. You can also opt for a dropped ceiling or exposed beams for added character. You can install tiles or linoleum on the floor. Carpet or other absorbent textiles are best left for other parts of the house, as it will make a basement apartment more prone to musty smells and dampness.
When you feel like your living room can use a bit of renovating but you are on a tight budget, there are some things you can do yourself to spruce up the place. Reupholstering a couch is a great way to do this while saving money. After all, no matter how old your couch looks, new upholstery will have it looking like brand new in no time at all, and at very little cost. Also, knowing how to reupholster a couch means that you can actually buy used furniture and reupholstering them to fit the design you want. For this project, you will need fabric, pins, scissors, a staple gun, a tack hammer, pliers, measuring tape, sewing machine, pencil, needles, and matching thread.
Step 1. The first thing you need to do is to make measurements of the couch in all directions. Make measurements of all dimensions you need to cover; this lets you know how many yards of fabric you will need. While you make the measurements, think about the color scheme you want the room to have.
Step 2. Place the couch in a room where will not mind making a mess in. Using pliers, carefully remove the old fabric on the couch, being sure not to rip it off. The pieces need to be left impact, as you will need it to form the pattern for your new fabric. When the fabric is removed, check the padding: if the padding is already worn off, you can add quilt batting to soften them some more. Also confirm that the frame or springs are not damaged.
Step 3. When you go to shop for the fabric, bring something of the color you want to have as a guide. Typically, upholstery fabric should be one that stands up well to wear and tear, although any fabric can actually work; just make sure you pick a durable kind, and in a design that is easy to match. This means that complicated patterns may be more difficult to complement. Make sure you buy one or two yards over what you measured to give room for mistakes. Also think about whether you want matching cushions; in that case, buy extra fabric for the cushions.
Step 4. Lay the new fabric out, and pin the old fabric on top of it; trace the pattern of the old pieces onto the underside of the new fabric. Cut out the new pattern, matching the size and shape of the old pieces.
Step 5. Put the new, cut pieces of fabric onto the correct position on the couch to reassemble. Use the staple gun to attach the fabric to the couch frame, making sure you do so in the same way that that old pieces had been attached. A tack hammer can help to secure the fabric in place. As you do this, be sure to stretch the fabric so you can get a nice, tight fit, keeping wrinkles to a minimum. This will make your couch look professionally upholstered. As an additional task, you can also sew covers for cushions to make them match using the same fabric, sewing three sides and adding a zipper for the fourth side.
There are many reasons why a garage is a good thing to turn into an apartment: some people benefit from the extra income when they rent it out, while others enjoy the benefit of having grown children live close by while still giving them the responsibility and privacy that they need. Still others manage to convert a garage into living space for relatives who need a temporary space to stay for an extended period of time. Whatever your reasons, converting a garage into a cozy apartment is definitely something you can do with just a little extra work. For this project you will need a roll of insulation, a couple of sheets of wallboard or plywood for the walls, wall paint, paint roller, one medium and one small paint brush, hammer, handsaw, nails, floor covering, cleaning supplies, and a mask and gloves.
Step 1. Do a thorough sweep of the floor, following it up with a thorough scrubbing with laundry detergent. For floors that are not too soaked with grease, the broom may actually be used to work up the suds. Rinse the suds off with a few buckets of water, making sure to sweep the water outside. Dry off the floor for a couple of days before you start to install the flooring. While the floor dries, and as long as you can have solid footing by the walls, you can start painting the walls.
Step 2. With your mask and gloves put on, install the insulation into the garage-door space. Over the installation, fit the plywood panels, nailing them to the studs on what used to be the garage door. Install them in a way that you will have a normal-sized apartment door.
Step 3. When the paint dries, install the flooring you chose. Peel-and-stick floor tiles are pretty straightforward to install by just following the directions on their box; you can also opt for woven jute mats positioned where you need them to be, such as in places where you will put the bed or the sofa. You can also opt to paint the floor with matte enamel paint for a tighter budget.
Step 4. Run electrical wirings and plumbing through the exterior wall of the house towards the garage apartment. You can save on costs by placing the kitchen and bathroom closest to the wall shared with the main house. For a large garage, you can then section off different living areas, setting up plywood walls. A one-car garage will typically be better off left as a studio apartment.
Step 5. If the person who will use the garage apartment is actually a family member who can go in anytime to use the bathroom, you need not worry about installing a toilet. But if the apartment will be rented out to strangers, you can opt for a chemical toilet. You can check for a safe as well as legal space for regularly dumping the chemical toilet in line with sanitation and health laws. Camping equipment stores are good places to buy a chemical toilet.
Step 6. Now that you have gotten the necessary things in place, you can now start to furnish and decorate your new apartment!