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Tips For Painting Cabinets

I thought when you are done painting your house that would be the end of it. I mean it will be forever, you don’t have to change it. Oh well, this is before when I don’t have my own house yet, so much with being so independent. On the other hand, once in a while, we need to change the paint’s color of our house, bedrooms, cabinets. So if you noticed that the paint’s color is already fading or it got a lot of stains or it is already unattractive.  I am telling you, it needs refreshing. If you are being careful, a DIY will do the trick, so that means to say you don’t have to spend more. You how inflation affects everything right, so if you can save grab the chance. Nonetheless, with DIY, you can get the chance to have the cabinets professionally spray-painted.

Now this is how you do it

If you want to get the high-quality result, you may need to prepare to work it. And that involves the following:

  • Clean the surface with Trisodium Phosphate. Trisodium Phosphate helps to remove that greasy that has been accumulated through the years. And this would vaguely incise the surface for the new paint to stick to.
  • Acrylic Latex Primer is perfect for anything. But it is highly suggested to apply a shellac-based sealer first for prevention for the problem area, stained spots from bleeding through the topcoats.
  • Lightly sand the surface after the primer dries

After you prepared the surface, you may have to decide for a brush to use:

  • Pick a high-quality brush, not a roller because roller leaves stipple marks. Foam applicator can also be an option. A high-quality brush may cost too much but if you compare the cost of hiring someone to do it, you can still save some buck for an expensive brush. Most often than not, a high-quality brush would definitely give you better results now if you clean the brush very carefully after you use it, it will serve you even years.
  • Now since we already decided a brush for the paint. Brush should be appropriate for what kind of paint you are applying to the surface. For the latex, use a nylon-bristle brush and for the alkyd paint use a natural-bristle brush.

Apply the topcoats of paint in this order:

For The Raised Panel Doors

  • The first step is to paint the panel
  • Secondly is the horizontal rails
  • The last should be the vertical tiles.

When you are painting both sides of the door, you will have to use long smooth strokes, because if you cut it short it may leave brush marks.

  • If you think that you can just do the stokes anywhere with the drawer then you absolutely doing it wrong because you need to do the edges first, then along the front faces.
  • Now if you are painting the insides of the cabinets, apply your paint to the back panel, second is the top, then the side and lastly the bottom.

Now the last but not the least, paint the following accordingly:

  • Face frames of the cabinet boxes
  • You may have to start with the verticals
  • The finishing will be with the horizontals

For a solid finish, you may need at least two top coats.

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Transform Your Home for the Holidays in Three Easy Steps

Decorating for the holidays does not have to be a chore. In fact, it should be fun. The biggest mistake homeowners make during this special time of year is to think they must drape every inch of their house in Christmas finery. By focusing on only three areas within your house, your interior will look like it has been fully decorated by a professional.

The Tree

Decorating the tree used to mean hours of assembly followed by more hours spent on stringing the lights through it. By the time you got around to hanging ornaments, the fun was gone. Consider one of today’s modern trees. They are pre-lit, and they often have only two or three sections to put together. You can even find ones with enough berries and pinecones already attached that ornaments are not necessary.

The Dining Room Table

If you are like most people, you will have a steady flow of guests gathering around the dining room table throughout the holiday season. Dress your table with a red, green, or gold runner. Place a Christmas centerpiece on top, and finish the look off with holiday chargers, napkins, and glasses at each seat. Battery powered lights can be added to the centerpiece for some extra sparkle.

The Fireplace

As adults we admire an elegant fireplace during the holidays while children focus on this area as Santa’s big entrance. When decorating for children, hang coordinating stockings for each family member. Place a candy garland across the mantel, and hang a portrait of the big guy himself above. For a more grown-up look, use a pine garland and hang a matching wreath. Consider a decorative fire screen in place of stockings.

Once you have decorated the fireplace, your tree, and the dining room table, the entire house will look amazing. By having these three simple focal points ready for Christmas, your guests will think you have done a wonderful job decking the halls.

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Finally, It Arrived!

Finally, last Saturday after 3 weeks of waiting, the door in the living room finally came. Yes I have it changed since the old one was having attack with termites. It has lots of hole that I can’t even contain to see. Maybe this improvement is not much at all to some of you but for me since it came from my hard work in blogging, this mean so much to me.

This color is only temporary, I am aiming for another color, maybe a chocolate brown paint?

Good thing they put design on it as a bonus, I really thought it was only plain since I didn’t give extra for the design but because of the delay, this design is free of charge. The wood they used is the Mahogany, which is according to them it’s very durable. They also applied a protection from termites, so hopefully this door would live longer.

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3 Garage Door Considerations

If your home consists of a garage, the kind of door you opt to maintain or install determines a number of things, like convenience and costs. Adding an automatic opener to your door is a nice future time-saver that provides a convenience for those who would like to stay dry in rainy areas. Since automatic garage door openers require a system that makes them work, they also require proper maintenance. A Genie garage door professional can service the system as necessary and find parts that may not be sold locally. They can keep it in top shape so it does not fail suddenly and make improvements as they become available.

For your garage, if you are considering an upgrade or maintaining as is, here are three things to consider.

Type

Garage doors are available in four main types. They can roll up, slide from side to side and swing out as well as up. Each door provides a set of benefits. The door type you can install, however, may depend on a few factors, like space and current structure. Those who are trying to raise their property’s value and would like something out of the ordinary may opt for a door that swings out. Roll up doors are a good option for those who do not have the extra space to safely open a swing out door. For a roll-up door, you will have to do some measuring so that the tracks are set up well. Garage doors that open side to side are also practical space-savers.

Material

Once you have chosen your garage door-type, you will want to consider the material they will be manufactured from, next. Most garage doors are made from wood, steel or aluminum. Wood doors add a decorative touch and can be found in a wide price range. They do require re-painting every so often, though, due to normal wear and tear from the weather and environment. Steel doors require less maintenance and are fairly inexpensive. Aluminum doors have improved over the years that can be found in sturdier and budget-friendly versions.

Style

The door-style you choose should be the one that makes you happiest. Ideally, it will complement your home, be the right size and operate within any constraints that may be present at your property.

If you are considering upgrading your garage’s door, consider the type, material and style.

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