Are you one of those gardeners who carry a plastic bag and a pair of secateurs with you when you take your dog for a walk, though not necessarily to pick up the dog manure for the garden.
Do you drool over those plants that are just out of reach across someone else's garden fence? Or do you go for walks around your community just to see what's in flower at the moment in everyone else's garden?
Do you glance around to see if someone is watching at dusk, then assist the unknown homeowner by helping prune off a branch that just happens to get in your way while you are walking along before kindly help them "rubbish 'for them?
The fact that the prunings just happened to end up composed into a pot of quality propagation mix with a coating of root forming hormone spilled onto the open wound has nothing to do with it.
Or that the composed material is quite often treated with more care, attention and loving devotion than the spouse of yours sitting indoors, really has nothing to do with the end result that the pruning suddenly develops into a plant of it's own.
But do you realize that this practice is not only illegal, but many times it may even be hurtful to the garden owner, or even damage the plant or even contribute to the plant contracting a variety of diseases either through the secateurs or the open wound.
Yet many of these gardeners would be only too pleased to give you a piece of that plant if you were only to ask them nicely.
They generally take it as a compliment, that you so admire a particular plant that they are growing, that you would want to grow it in your own garden. Many times they will even be able to give you an already directed division or sucker or even a seedling of the parent plant.
While you are already there talking to the garden owner, it is also good opportunity to find out more about the plant, and the required growing conditions it requires. For me this has led to many acquaintances who I talk to on my walks, and yes, even friendships have been formed this way.
But at the same time I would have to say that I am no saint on this charge myself, yes there have been times when I have acquainted plants and cuttings without permission. Usually in waste ground around properties, or at commercial sites etc.
But I am getting better, 'Plant-aholics is helping'; but unfortunately I do not think I will ever be totally cured. I can only take it one day at a time, and I also expect that every so often I will slip back a step or two.
So what about you, do you have the strength to admit to being a plant-aholic and a fenceline harvester.
Do you have the guts to take the first step and go and …
Even though so much of today's furniture is made from plastic, there is something about wooden dolls house furniture that adds an air of realism. The warm hues of natural woods create an inviting, homelike atmosphere better than resin or plastic ever could. If you are creating a miniature home as a collector's item, wooden furniture is a must for adding value and an antique appearance.
One of the most important aspects of realistic wooden scale-model furniture is the wood it's made from. Hardwoods are generally more durable, more richly colored, and less likely to splinter than softwoods. Quality wood furniture may not be cheap, but the mini variety is a lot more affordable than its life-sized counterpart. If you're designing a dolls house you hope will last several generations, these woods are well worth the investment. Some of the most popular high quality hardwoods for miniature home furniture are:
As nice as quality woods are, they are just not practical in every situation. A prime example is when you are choosing furniture a small child will handle. No matter what, those charming little tables and chairs are going to get scratched, dented, stained or lost under the fridge. Safety is also more of a concern.
In this case, cheap yet sturdy maple furniture is your best option. Maple comes with an attractive tan color and smooth finish that's gentle on little fingers. Obeche wood is also popular among craftspeople who create miniature furniture. This wood can be dyed to imitate other woods and is generally free of splinters. Pine is another good option, although it tends to splinter more easily than hardwood.
Attention to Detail
Quality craftsmanship is critical for both durability and a realistic appearance. Minimalist furniture designed for young children can still look all right even when mass produced. If fact, that's part of what keeps the price down.
Detailed-rich hardwood furniture, on the other hand, looks best when handmade. If you're a stickler for detail, you can buy a dolls house furniture kit and do the job yourself. Otherwise, look around for miniature home artisans who handiwork appeals to you. Naturally, artisan furniture is little pricier, but worth it if you're creating an heirloom piece.
Planning by Furniture Period
Wooden scale-model furniture is designed in American Colonial, Victorian, Edwardian, contemporary and a number of other period styles. While it's not an absolute must, using one style through the house gives you a better chance of achieving a realistic look. If that sounds a bit too restrictive, try choosing a style for each room or section of the house. An eclectic mix can also work well, but plan your purchases carefully so you do not end up pieces that clash.
Detailed, scale-model furniture is what really makes a dolls house look like a true miniature home. Genuine wood furniture adds and even greater feeling of homeliness. So, before you buy, take a little time to shop around and find …
Are you getting tired of how your kitchen looks? Why not try to paint your kitchen cabinets? This not only revitalizes your kitchen but also creates a whole new atmosphere for your kitchen. You do not need to hire professional services to have your kitchen cabinets painted. You can do this on your own. If it sounds complicated, do not be afraid, easy steps can be followed on how to paint kitchen cabinets.
1. Deconstruct your cabinets.
Remove all the doors, knobs, hinges and screws that may interfere with your painting job. Place them in an organized manner so no piece will be lost.
2. Clean all the surfaces that will be painted.
You need to make sure that the surfaces are free from grease, food residue, and other substances that may be stuck on them. Clean with the appropriate cleaner mixed with water and allow drying completely.
3. Sand the surfaces to be painted.
Even if this sees such a tiresome job to do, do not skip this step. This can do wonders for your painting job. This roughens up the surface to be painted on, allowing the paint to adhere to the surface more. Remove all the fine dust after sanding.
Now, this is where you need to know how to paint kitchen cabinets.
4. Apply primer.
Primer is needed as a pre-step in painting. This prepares the surface for painting, creating a surface with a higher adherence to the paint rather than painting the surface alone. Warning! You need to wear protective gear for this step. Wear goggles and disposable gloves to protect your eyes and hands from the harmful effects of the primer. Allow the primer to dry overnight.
5. Paint the cabinets.
Choosing the right paint is important for kitchen cabinets. There are a wide range of paintings available. The best bet are the oil-based paints which gives a shiny gloss after drying. Although there are water-based alternatives, these can also be used depending on what you think works best.
There are several painting materials which you can choose from -rollers, spray nozzles and the good old brush. No matter what you use, the most important thing to remember is a couple of thin coats are better than one thick coat. Allow the first layer to dry and sand the surface lightly before applying the next coat. Do this until the last coat. This ensures that the surface is smooth so the paint finishes perfectly.
5. Reconstruct your cabinet.
Now that the cabinet parts are painted to perfection, it would look better if these were all in one piece. When the paint has completely discharged, it is time to reconstruct everything. Replace all the hinges, screws doors and knobs.
6. Thank yourself for a job well done.
Appreciate the work you have done! Do not you think that you have done a great job in restoring your kitchen cabinets? Now, your kitchen looks brand new and you did it! Enjoy your new kitchen and give …
It is quite natural for countertops in bathrooms to get dirty with splatters and splotches of things like shoe polish, hair spray and shampoo. This is why most countertops are made of materials like cultured marble, ceramic tile and plastic laminate that can bear the brunt of this assault as they are durable and easy to clean.
Cultured marble is like real marble, but is more versatile and easy to maintain in bathrooms. However avoid using steel wool pads or abrasive cleaners while cleaning them as it only scratches the surface and makes it difficult to clean it.
Use baking soda for cleaning bathrooms
Plastic laminate bathroom countertops are made of thin layers of plastic that are imposed on craft paper, and then overlayed on plywood or a particle board. This is why you find color in these countertops only in the top layer which may have a glossy, matte or textured surface on them. If required, you could brighten its surface by lightly applying some furniture wax on it.
Plastic laminate countertops in bathrooms should be cleaned using a two-sided scrubbing pad. The fiber side is just abrasive enough to get rid of greasy smears and soil after moistening it. Then the scrubber has to be turned over, and the sponge side used for wiping the countertop surface clean.
Stubborn stains can be removed by sprinkling some baking soda on the spot, and then gently scrubbing it away. If you find no difference with this, the next option you have is to clean it with a polishing cleanser and a wet sponge.
Tips for cleaning bathroom mirrors
Now that you have your bathroom countertop cleaned, you have to move on to the bathroom mirror that faces equal abuse everyday. The best way to clean mirrors is with a clean and dry cloth, along with the following suggestions.
You could also pour some vinegar in a shallow bowl, dip a crumbled newspaper in it and use the paper to wipe the glass. Do this a few times till the mirror is almost dry after which you have to clean it again with a soft cloth or dry newspaper.
Toilets are the most difficult to clean in bathrooms
Cleaning the toilet is the most arduous cleaning job in bathrooms. However fortunately, most toilet bowls and tanks are made of vitreous china and are easy to clean. Read the label of your cleaning product before cleaning your toilet to learn its chemical makeup and instructions for using the product.
Be careful when you mix products with chlorine bleach and ammonia and do not let them remain in the toilet for too long, or touch other surfaces. Always use rubber gloves while handling them. Disinfect your toilet bowl by letting half cup chlorine bleach stand in it for ten minutes.
You then have to scrub using a long handled toilet brush, and flush. Never use chemical toilet bowl cleaners for cleaning the bathtub or sink as they will only ruin its finish.