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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Simple Kitchen Makeovers

There is no need to replace your kitchen cabinets, if they are constructed from real wood. Most people love the idea of natural wood cabinets so instead of replacing them, why not consider updating them? Changing the hardware is a simple way to give your kitchen cabinets an updated look. There are countless styles and designs available, and most of them can be had at extremely fair prices.

Adding a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the appearance of your cabinets. It is simple enough to remove the cabinet doors and repaint them. Be sure to clean them properly beforehand. A light sanding will also help ensure that the new paint adheres properly. There are so many colors of paint to choose from. Consider using one of the antique finishes that have become so popular in recent times.

A quality countertop is another viable option for upgrading the appearance of your kitchen. A marble or granite countertop may seem like an expensive upgrade, but if you are selling your home this simple upgrade could close the deal for you. If you are not in a position to consider marble or granite, ceramic tile is the next best choice. The wonderful thing about using tile for a countertop is the freedom that you have with the design. Mosaic tiles have never been so popular, so don’t forget to let your artistic side run wild.

About Pergo Floors

Pergo Glueless Floors
The glueless floor is the easiest Pergo style to install, but it is also the priciest. The glueless floor is installed by an interlocking groove and tongue system. The edges of the floor pieces have a special sealant that keeps moisture from getting beneath the floor. All the tools you will need for the glueless Pergo floors installment are a hammer, a saw, tightening straps, and a tapping block. Glueless Pergo floors have an adhesive strip located on the bottom of the piece that will adhere to almost any sub floor, except carpeting. If you have confidence in your do-it-yourself skills and the room in your budget, these Pergo floors are perfect for you. You just need a basic knowledge of tools and measurements.

Pre-Glued Pergo Floors
This type of Pergo flooring has glue pre-applied to the tongue of each piece. You simply wet the tongue, and adhere it when the tongue turns lime green. This type of floor will probably take a little more expertise to install, but you do not have to guess where to apply the glue or hoe much glue to put on.

Add the Glue Yourself Laminate Floors
Out of all of the Pergo flooring options, this type is the least expensive. Unfortunately, it is also the most difficult to install. If you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer, you should be able to install it with few difficulties. You will need to know is how much glue to use and how to apply it. Also, you need to make sure the pieces are fitted securely together to prevent warping or gapping in the future. Do not use too little or too much glue on this type of Pergo floors. It could also be the cause of future problems.

Laundry Rooms

If you are lucky enough to have a large laundry room, you can install cabinetry that will hold all your laundry supplies, as well as household cleaning supplies, ironing board, iron, wrapping paper, ribbon, and crafts. A sink for cleaning hand-washables and a wood bar to hang your freshly ironed shirts are just some “perks” that can be added to your laundry room. A counter area for folding finished laundry also becomes a space for craft projects or a gift-wrap station. Utilizing front-loading washers and dryers allows a counter to be used on top of what would normally be wasted space.

If you have a small laundry room, you can still install upper wall cabinets over your washer and dryer. There are many gadgets on the market that you can utilize in a smaller laundry room such as wall-mounted, closeable clothing hangers; storage units that fit between a washer and dryer; and collapsible brackets, which allow you to have a counter for folding laundry, but which folds down when not in use.

With all the decorative baskets and hampers on the market today, keeping your laundry room neat and tidy doesn’t have to be a chore. Paint or wallpaper using light, bright colors will make for a cheery space. If the laundry room adjoins another public room, or can be seen from other rooms in your home, continue your decorating scheme through to the laundry room. Hang pictures or decorative accessories. If you have the room, use decorative containers to hold detergent and other cleaning supplies.

Install Ceramic Tile Backsplash

Gather your tools. When you install your ceramic tile backsplash, it is best to gather all the tools you will need in advance. You will need the tiles, a straight edge, a ceramic tile cutter, grout, adhesive, applicators, a pencil, and other materials. Gathering your tools before you start to install the backsplash will prevent you from needing to make a trip to the store while in the middle of the progress.

Cut the tiles. You may need to cut some of the ceramic tiles before you begin. It is best to cut the tiles before you begin assembling the ceramic backsplash because once you lay down the grout, you’ll want to put the tiles on it immediately. Use a ceramic tile cutter or a ceramic tile jig. When cutting, make sure to wear goggles to protect your eyes. Also learn how to use the equipment properly to prevent injury.

Install the ceramic tile backsplash. After making all the preparations you are finally ready to install the ceramic tile backsplash. First, you’ll want to turn the electricity off for any outlets that you are working near. If you accidentally put a tool into the sockets you could get electrocuted. Then, wash the wall thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Make sure the wall is completely dry before you go on to the next step. Next, spread the adhesive on the wall using an applicator. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Finally, start laying down the tile. Start at the center of the design and work outward. Let the adhesive dry and then apply grout. Follow the mixing and application directions provided by the company that made the grout.