Make sure you have weather stripping around all of your doors and windows. This helps you with multiple problems. It keeps air from leaking out keeping your house cooler or warmer when you?re running your A/C or heat. It can also keep little critters from finding their way in. It?s also good if you?re in an area that floods a lot, to keep water from seeping in.
A great home improvement to make is to add French doors or sliding glass doors. Not only do these doors allow more light inside, but they really can open up an area and make it seem larger. The view of the outdoors increases the apparent volume of the room and modern energy-efficient doors save on heating and cooling costs.
If you can?t stand the smell of wet paint, try mixing a few drops of real vanilla extract into each gallon of paint?so long as you aren?t using white. The lovely smell of vanilla will overpower the paint fumes, so painting a room or piece of furniture can become a much more pleasant task.
Cutting boards are an important asset to your kitchen. A great way to prolong the life of your wooden cutting board is by heating mineral oil in a bowl of hot water and then rubbing it on the scuffed spots with a soft cloth. This should help repair your cutting board for quite a few more uses.
Learning how to remove a sink trap is a valuable skill. It can help you remove anything that has been dropped down the drain which is not an uncommon occurrence. If you do drop something down the drain don?t run water in it until you can remove the trap.
Before painting or staining a wooden object you should use sandpaper to smooth the surface of the wood and then wipe the object off with a damp rag. Sanding the object with fine grit sandpaper will help give the object a smooth finish. Wiping the object down with a damp rag will remove any dust, which will also help to keep the finish smooth.
Create a showcase in your kitchen. By removing cabinet doors, you can display your favorite dishware. Group together by color, similar items or shapes, for a look that will grab people?s attention. If your dishware is white or clear glass, be sure to paint the inside of the cabinet in a color that will show it off.
Consider the payback when adding improvements to your home. The more personally-tailored an improvement is, the less likely it will increase your home?s value to others. Others will not see the same value in your hand-painted kitchen tiles from Italy. Estimate a return of approximately 50 cents for each dollar you put into improvements.
Painting a room is perhaps the cheapest home improvement you can carry out. A fresh coat of paint in a different shade or texture can completely transform a room for minimal cost. If your walls are not in the best condition and you don?t have time to re-plaster them before painting, consider hanging wallpaper instead, to avoid drawing attention to the damage.
To keep your painting equipment from crusting up or getting dry when you take a break, keep Ziploc baggies handy. When you go on your break, put every brush or roller head in a bag and seal. This prevents the paint already on the brushes from drying out before you apply another coat.
For maximum protection from burglary and curious children that could dart outside, make sure that every exterior door in your home has a deadbolt lock installed. Unlike handle locks, these varieties feature sturdier locking mechanisms that cannot be opened with a credit card or other trick. Place them up high for extra security with young children in the house.
This article was written with the hopes of providing homeowners the information to help them realize that they can start the home improvement projects that they are considering. Hopefully you have found the information that you need to get going on that project that you have been considering for some time.
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