Posted on September 25, 2011
Don't under estimate your ability, grab a paint brush this summer and get out there and paint your house. Over the years I've been tempted to pay someone to do the job but after getting their estimate I decided real quick to do it myself.
If you have vinyl siding painting the windows, trim and doors will give you a chance to be creative. You can design a color scheme by using colors that complement your homes exterior siding.
Below I will give you some pointers on how to go your project.
The time it will take to complete varies on your skill level, size of your home, how much help you have and how many coats you apply.
Beginners will take about 8 to 10 hours
Intermediates will take about 7 to 8 hours
Advanced will take about 6 to 7 hours
When painting trim always use a higher sheen than the exterior siding to help them stand out. Semi-gloss or gloss for windows, trim and doors will look best against a flat exterior. Remember, oil-based paints may have local government restrictions check to see whether there are restrictions on using oil-based paints in your area. And always avoid breathing oil-based paint fumes for long periods of time. Read more...
Posted on June 10, 2011
Furniture is a major investment and, like any investment, you will want to make sure you get the most for your money. If you have been shopping recently you have probably discovered that there are many things to consider when it comes time to purchase new furniture. Fabric, color, style, size and shape are all things that readily come to mind. But it is what's behind the scene (or under the upholstery) that is often the most important factor.
Take, for example, a dining room table. There are several shapes from which to choose including round, oval, square or rectangular, and the choice of finishes ranges from glass to metal to stone to finished wood. But the actual structure of the furniture is very important. Ask yourself these questions; is it possible to expand the size of the table with pull out leaves? Do these pull out leaves alter the shape of the table i.e. a round table becomes an oval, a square table becomes a rectangle? And will that new shape still fit into your dining room? How easy is it to pull the leaves out and replace them? Remember to always measure the height of a table to insure that your chairs will fit comfortably underneath. A dining table is most often about 30" from the ground, allowing a seat height of up to 18" to easily fit. These are questions you will want answered before you make your decision as to which table to purchase.
If you are buying a dresser, buffet, nightstand or any furniture piece that has drawers similar structural questions apply. While the style and finish are important there are other things to consider. Do the drawers have a slide locking system that prevents them from opening all the way and falling out? This is especially important if you have young children or elderly parents living in the home. Can the dresser be mounted to the wall for safety purposes? Does the dresser have easy glide drawers that open and close smoothly? Antique or hand-me-down items will not always conform to safety standards so beware of placing used furniture in a child's area. Read more...