Next, move all the smaller items out of the room and move all bigger items into the center of the room if they cannot be moved out. Now, you’re ready to get started with prepping the walls. First, wash them down because you’ll then be able to see any flaws that need to be repaired. Check the tops of the baseboards to see if they are pulling away from the walls. If so, apply some latex caulking to fill in the gaps. If you have any larger holes in your walls, then you will need a drywall patch which you can pick up at any paint retail store. To repair the hole, simply place the patch over the hole and then spread the spackling paste over the patch with a putty knife. In fact, at this point you can sand the walls completely to ensure a smooth finish. If you are planning on using a good quality paint from a paint retailer such as Benjamin Moore of Sherwin Williams, you may be able to get away with only spot priming the places where you’ve applied the spackling compound and caulking. One final tip, if you’re not planning on painting the baseboards, you should apply painter’s tape to the top of the baseboards so that any splatter from rolling the walls does not get on them.
If you are designing a traditional living room in the fashion of colonial or Victorian times, be sure you begin with the right foundation – only then can you design a truly exceptional room. Then, select a large rug to cover the middle of the room. Avoid solid colors or contemporary designs as these are indications of casual or modern rooms. You might hang a chair rail molding over wainscoting. Pictures in gilded frames of still-life, portraits or country scenes could be hung centered inside the picture frame molding. Windows in your traditional living room should be treated with wooden blinds or shutters. You should then hang full draperies complete with a liner and heavy panels at each window. Select and Arrange FurnitureOnce the floor and walls have been arranged, it is time to assemble your furniture. Traditional living rooms had more than one seating area, so create another area for conversation in a corner or by the fireplace with two arm chairs or straight-back chairs facing each other over a small table. As you arrange your furnishing, be sure to leave walkways along major traffic areas. In fact, these rooms were often a showplace of any manner of items, so feel free to feature your treasures and keepsakes on the mantle or in the curio cabinet.
Clear The PathObviously, when you are painting the inside of any home it is necessary clear a reasonable path so that the painting crew can have sufficient space to do their job. Next, the crew will cover the flooring with drop cloths so as to protect it from paint spillage. This insures that the surface that the paint has a clean and smooth surface to be applied to. Stroke Time!Now the actual painting begins. Get a clear idea of what they intend to do and what charges will be incurred for what services If you are working with an honest company, they will have no problem in mapping out this information for you. Don’t settle for the cheapest.
Here are 8 areas you need to consider whether you are thinking about just freshening up, or completely renovating your bathroom. The great thing about this list is you can choose to do 1, 2, or all of them in any combination, and still make a big impact on your bathrooms usability and look. CabinetsThe first thing you are going to notice when you walk into your new bathroom, are the cabinets. New cabinets will improve your bathroom almost instantly. But, you can usually find something quite elegant for a reasonable price if you shop around. It is amazing how a nice set of hardware will make even a mediocre cabinet look high end. You don’t want to put modern fixtures in with elegant old fashioned cabinetry and hardware. Another popular option is linoleum, but if you can find inexpensive tile, it will definitely have a bigger impact, for probably a similar cost. Bathrooms never seem to have enough storage, but by building a storage wall, you can get small items out of your way, and create an attractive display. Second, it will make your small bathroom look larger. LightingIf your bathroom is bright, it doesn’t matter if it is small. They will fit into any spot where an existing tub exists, and often even where there is an existing shower. But, if you want to freshen up your bathroom, these are the 8 areas you need to think about. A bathroom remodel, whether small or large, will make your home a much more enjoyable place to be.
Most chemical stains are a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid, and acid-soluble metallic salts. They work by reacting chemically with the hydrated lime in the stain producing color in the concrete. When acid stain is applied to a concrete surface it creates a mottled, uneven, translucent color. This coloring process gives the surface a look similar to weathered stone, slate or marble. Acid Staining unlike paint is not a coating. Since acid stain is translucent cracks and other imperfections in the slab give a weathered look of character. Almost without exception the home owner will show concern during the ugly stage, but will smile with delight once the process is complete. The price for acid stained floors is a fraction of natural stone. Acid stained concrete is generally less expensive than carpet or tile. The floors will last for the lifetime of the concrete and are absolutely gorgeous.
My college-aged son volunteered to help me. Applying paint colors with contrasting trim emphasized the window and door moldings prominent in craftsman style homes. This was to be the first in a long list of compromises between what I had envisioned and what happened during the actual remodel. After removing huge amounts of dead bugs from the sola-tube, I was impressed by the quantity of light it brought in to the windowless kitchen. New paint and bright white trim did wonders to improve the look of the kitchen. A new floor and the addition of craftsman style furniture maintained the feel of an older home. The old house was really starting to look good!A small room addition jutting out from the kitchen would be used as my home office. I was starting to think this old house wasn’t so cute after all! Using liquid cement to level the floor we were able to provide a fairly flat floor base for the installation of wood flooring. I have only recently discovered that the walls apparently have no insulation as this room is the coldest in the house. Our biggest challenge was the guest bathroom. The bathroom had the original orange, cast iron tub from the 1920’s and it was in terrible shape. The cabinet was made from particle board that had decayed several decades ago and the toilet ran constantly. There were also an old series of thin particle board cabinets in one corner that we would also need to remove. Removing the 5 ½ ft cast iron tub took most of a day. We carefully protected the wood floor with a recycled cotton floor protection product and used blankets to help move the old, heavy tub. Once removed, it was apparent that the floor would need to be reinforced as the tub was barely supported. After reinforcing the tub, we finished the flooring with plywood leaving an 18″ access panel for the plumber. Nearly ninety years, and at least twelve different layers of wallpaper were removed from the bathroom walls that were underneath the sheetrock. We then built a thin, 2 x 2 wall in which to insulate the bathroom from the outside wall of the home which had no insulation. We used “greenboard” mold resistant board on the outside of the wall and a layer of breathable house wrap on the interior to the wall so that moisture would escape and there would not be a mold issue again in the bathroom. At this point I was starting to hate this little old house! To keep the tub level mortar was used however the tub was no longer resting on the tile floor, so a disguise to cover the area showing under the tub was necessary. I could see first hand the importance of protecting not only the tub but also the surrounding floor and cabinets. I also determined that from now on, tiling tub surrounds was best left to the pros! Now it was time to install finish pieces and repair the ceiling from the hole the plumber left while installing the shower head. A little drywall repair, some decorative moldings, and a fresh coat of ceiling paint worked magnificently. Trim pieces for the wood cabinets and toe kicks were installed and touch up paint was applied to finalize the room. Somewhere along the way I managed to clog my kitchen drains as they continued to back up into both sinks and my efforts at using a snake to unclog the pipes was futile.
Marble flooring, which is basically a natural stone that is very durable, is actually quite expensive. Although marble tiles can be quite pricey, a lot of people still see it as a good investment, especially due to its different qualities and effect. Regardless of such facts, a lot of people are still willing to spend a considerable amount of money just so they can get the effect that marble tile flooring can give to any home. Prices for marble tiles are generally measured by square foot, which can still vary depending on comparisons of tiles that differ in size and shape. Other factors also help determine the price of the marble tile, factors such as the tile’s edges, customization such as design and patterns, its instillation, and the finishes. One of the most expensive marble tile flooring that people can spend on is the Rosa aurora marbles, which is actually a great material to use for sculptures. Rosa aurora marbles are considered to be the most attractive and charming, pretty marbles in the market today. This type of marble tile possesses the qualities that make marble tiles so sought after and appealing to a lot of homeowners.
Ask about special cleaning instructions before you commit to buying anything, so that you will know how to clean it properly once it is laid in your home. If you are in any doubt about cleaning your hardwood floor, get in contact with a professional cleaning service to see what they can do for you. However, you should take care when you are choosing an installation specialist, as their mistakes may actually void your warranty.
Installing marble tile flooring can also be very expensive. Use a nylon thread or level to assess the slope if there’s any as well as dips. If you’re installing the tiles on a semi-yielding floor, reinforce accordingly with plywood. Mark the middle of the length as well as the width then draw a line across leading to the other end. Use a white chalk for drawing and look for the center of the floor where the two white lines intersect. Also check for any uneven tile layouts. Layout proper. Return the tile on the set mortar where it will be used as the point of origin for other marble tiles being laid out. Starting with the point of origin, you may begin to set more mortar and mark them with a trowel so you will know where to set the other tiles. If one of your marble tiles crack over time, you only need to take the single tile out and even the flooring under it to support it well.
Of course any wood floor can be scratched, but the current factory finishes are much better than 20 years ago. The best option is to find an Acacia wood floor with either an aluminum oxide or combination of aluminum oxide and polyurethane finish. This type of in home finish is not very comparable to a factory finish as a installer cannot duplicate the heat and pressure to the boards the same as a manufacturing process in a factory. Natural is the most common color. The natural Asian Walnut boards will have a wide variety of color ranges from dark to light. This color has slight, red hues to give a classy, semi formal look. Cinnamon is a very rich, deep stain. Smoke stained, Asian Walnut floors have a very similar appearance to another species, Black Walnut. A Smoke stain, Asian Walnut is a nice alternative to it’s cousin, Black Walnut as the Asian version may be priced slightly less. A tip to remember when getting samples of Asian Walnut hardwood flooring is to ask for two samples. Two samples will give you a much better idea of what the floor is going to look like. Another hint is once you have decided to go with a specific color or dealer, buy one box first. A few design and construction notes to consider are the characteristics of Asian Walnut wood flooring. The Asian species of Walnut wood flooring also has a distinct grain pattern. Large swirls and a loose grain structure give Asian Walnut one of the most unique looks of any wood species sold today. This unique grain pattern works very well in large rooms and areas. The tree itself is not a tall growing tree, so the boards tend to be slightly shorter than traditional walnut trees. A final note on Asian, Acacia Walnut properties is that it rates very highly on the Janka Scale coming in around 2,300. The higher the number, the harder the wood.