Month: October 2018

How to Paint a Bathroom Like a Pro

DIY repairs and remodeling projects are becoming more and more common by the day. There are numerous how-to guides and videos online but even with all the tips and tricks available, you may not be armed with everything you need to know. The one thing you aren’t usually privy to would be the huge number of contractor disaster stories which are often the best-kept industry secrets. If you want to know how to paint a bathroom like a pro, learn from their mistakes!

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Knowing What to Remove

When painting a bathroom, you might be tempted to simply leave everything where it is with the hope of using a small brush to paint around the edges. This is a huge mistake and one that many professional house painters have come to regret. Not only is it almost impossible not to get paint on those towel racks and mirrors, but it is almost impossible to reach behind the toilet to get adequate wall coverage! Some painters, in an attempt to reach behind the toilet, have knocked the tank cover off, resulting in a large crack. That is a costly mistake to make! Always, if possible, remove the toilet so that you can reach the wall behind it. Switch covers and electrical outlet covers should be removed as well.

Why You Should Use Drop Cloths and Painter’s Tape

Another big contractor disaster story arises when they don’t take the time to cover the sealing compound around tubs and showers. That material is easily stained by paint and if you don’t want colored splotches in the sealant, it’s best to cover those lines with securely fastened painter’s tape. While you can usually get paint off ceramic tubs, plastic tubs and showers can be easily stained as well. To avoid any painting disasters, cover the tub or shower carefully and secure the plastic sheeting securely with painter’s tape. This is one step you should never try to avoid because it’s easier and cheaper to cover your tub than it is to have it replaced or repaired!

Avoid Slipping on Floors When Painting

For one final word of advice when painting a bathroom, always use the right kind of floor covering to avoid slipping. Not only are you in danger of getting injured but the paint bucket you are holding can spill everywhere creating a huge mess which may, or may not, be easily cleaned. Professional home painters advise that you use rosin paper instead of plastic sheeting as it is not slippery and will do the job nicely while enabling you to keep a grip.

In the end, it’s important to know what you should remove and what can be safely covered when painting a bathroom. Just remember that if you remove the toilet, it must be reseated once the job is done. However, once you get a look at that lovely paint job, you might even want to get a new water-efficient toilet to complete the new look you are after. …

Five Ways to Boost the Appeal of a Home You Want to Sell

Most people who put their home up for sale want to sell it as quickly as possible for the highest possible price. The chances of a quick sell are higher if a home has a lot of features that will appeal to most buyers. Look at five things you can do to make your home more appealing to potential buyers who are taking a tour.

Brightening Up a Dark Hallway with Paint

Do you have a hallway in your home that needs brightening up? If so, this can be accomplished by painting the walls in a lighter color. For instance, if the hallway walls are brown or dark green, change their color to a beige or even a bright white. You’ll be surprised how much a light shade of paint can brighten up a dark hallway.

Replacing Dark Carpet

A floor of dark carpeting can make an entire room seem dark and uninviting. If you have a bedroom, living room or study with dark carpeting, replace it with carpet in a pastel color. A new floor of bright pastel blue or green carpeting is sure to be appreciated by potential buyers touring through your home.

Repainting Baseboards

Checkout the baseboards in the rooms of your home. Are they bright white? If not, give them a new coat of bright white paint. This is a simple thing to do, but bright white baseboards can bring instant vibrancy to any colors in the room. Even though you are only painting the baseboards and not the walls, be sure to put down dropcloths. These Trimaco products will protect your hardwood or carpeted floors from spilled or splashed paint while you make your way around the border of the room.

Making the Most of the Natural Light

Look at the windows in your home. Do you have dark curtains on them? If you do, replace them with white curtains that filter the natural light. This gives any room an airy atmosphere allowing potential buyers to let their imaginations start to work on how they would furnish the room if they owned your home.

Put New Fixtures in the Bathroom

If the faucet in your bathroom is an older model, put in an updated, modern one. The faucets and sink are the first things a potential buyer sees as they peek into the bathroom of a home. Seeing a gleaming sink faucet will give them an instant favorable impression of your bathroom.
Lastly, with just a few adjustments to the décor you can make your place extra appealing, so a new family can appreciate your home as much as you do.…

The Benefits of Wood Flooring

Wood flooring is a very traditional flooring style as trees were used as one of the main raw materials to build houses and furniture. This was due to manufacturing techniques being limited and wood being one of the cheapest raw materials as stone was hard to source, manufacture and finish which left stone as an expensive option. The current trends have identified wood flooring increasing in popularity due to many households aiming to recreate a more traditional interior design with a country feel. There are multiple types of wood flooring, so here are the positives associated with specific types of flooring.

Solid wood flooring is the most authentic style of flooring as it is 100% natural wood and is manufactured from one cut of solid wood. Most solid wood planks have a tongue and groove joining method, however some new and more expensive products have a click installation method. Installation of a real wood floor is easy and will last a life time if treated correctly. Solid wood floor takes around 5 days to acclimatise and does not cope well with fluctuations in temperature or humidity. However, the main benefit of solid wood flooring is that it adds value to the property, therefore if you are planning to sell your house in the future then the value will go up if you mention the solid wood floor.

A great alternative for solid flooring is engineered wood flooring. This is the cheaper option as the core is constructed using multiple layer of plywood or HDF and then topped with a lamella of real wood. Even though this is the cheaper alternative, do not be fooled as engineered wood flooring is actually designed to withstand fluctuations in temperature and therefore makes the floor more stable than the solid alternative.

One of the main benefits of wood flooring is that if you ever want to change the tone of the board you can do. Unlike a stained carpet which may need replacing, you can simply sand and refinish the stained area of a wood floor. It is always recommended that if you are looking to refinish your floor, make sure you always test the finish on a sample board or on a small area of flooring that is not too visible.

In terms of finishes, there is a vast selection available, however the two most common wood flooring finishes are oiled and lacquered. An oiled finish will seep into the wood to protect the board and creates a matt appearance, where as a lacquer will sit on top of the wood to create a protective layer and create shinier finish. If you are likely to scratch the floor, then an oiled floor would be advised as it is easier to sand and refinish a specific area of the floor. A scratch will become extremely evident on a lacquered floor and you would have to sand and refinish the entire floor rather than just one specific area.

Flooring is a great option and …