Most Popular Do It Yourself Home Improvements

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When it comes to decorating you home, the main hurdle that stops you from making the whole ‘decorating’ part actually beautiful is the budget. You want every corner and untouched parts of the room to be accommodated with such things, which are not only good to look at, but also useful and most importantly, affordable. This is where quick and cheap do it yourself improvements come in handy.

Let’s look at some of the most popular and easiest home improvements of this type:

Beautiful books: Books, without a doubt, make for some of the more elegant and decent looking decorative pieces. Make simple bookshelves out of wood and arrange colorful books in the right order of size and color. Experiment with the shape and orientation of the bookshelves. Maybe you can make them like a triangle, star, staircase or anything more imaginative.

Wonderful Wire Baskets: Wire baskets can be hung in the outer areas of the home like balconies or porches to be chandeliers or hanging plant holders. You can have a few candles or bulbs beautifully arranged or plants like a money plant or other flowering creepers planted in them.

Free plant boxes: You surely buy lots of food products in tin boxes. You can use these boxes as plant pots in your garden. If used wisely they look very beautiful and cost nothing. These tins come in various colors and thus can be arranged in order of the colors and sizes.

Framed table: If you have a picture frame which is deep enough to keep some small things inside it, you can glue it onto a stool or table which is of a similar size and then put small things like dried flowers, photos and other things that are parts of your memories in it. Make sure that the glass is strong enough and then you can use it as a normal stool in your drawing room.

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Glasses come alive: You can use old glass tumblers or wine glasses as transparent pots of miniature foliage. You can have small creeping plants, flower plants or any other small breed plant which may be growing along the boundaries of you home. This not only looks good but also gives a very fresh feel to places like the kitchen or windowsills.

Mirrors make it bright: Use small sized mirrors by placing lots of them like a grid in a room to make the room look bigger with the reflection. The space between the mirrors gives a very retro look to the room. Also, the small size of the mirrors will have the cost under control.

Old calendars useful again: Remember that calendar from last year with a beautiful painting for every month. Well those are not totally useful. You can cut those out, frame them and use them on non-decorated parts of the wall. Cut out the images from the entire calendar and you will have 12 of them, which can be arranged in a composition.

CD cases make good frames: CD cases are of just the right dimension to make for good frames. The open and close and so you can cut your favorite pictures like the ones from the calendars in the last point and place them anywhere.

Gift Wrap papers finally useful: Some gift-wraps are so beautiful you want to use them somewhere, but you can’t figure where. A sensible way to use them is to get them laminated and use them as table mats.

Light holders come alive: You can use you old bulb holders or industrial light fixtures as fancy looking pots for plants like cactuses and other dry looking plants. These look shiny and modern, matching well with the simple look of the cactus.

Refinishing Hardwood Floors On A Budget

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If your hardwood floors are in dire need of refinishing, get a few estimates from professionals. You may be surprised at the figures. You’ll want to sit down when they tell you it will cost you $1200 to have your living room redone. You could carpet over it for less, but doesn’t carpeting over beautiful hardwood floors seem, well, wrong?

Contrary to what you may have heard, the finish doesn’t take days and days to dry. Its quite simple actually. Go to your favorite local home improvement store.

Rent a sander

You’ll need a drum sander, a belt sander or both. They will explain to you how to use the machine and tell you what kind of sand paper to purchase. They will also tell you what kind of stain and finish to get. Make sure you also pick up some dust masks because you will have saw dust everywhere.

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The sanders are very easy to use. They’re a bit on the loud side. The key is to keep it moving at all times. Do not stop or you will get a divot in your wood. Think of it like a clothes iron. You need to keep it moving or you will burn your clothes. Same deal with the sander. It creates a lot of heat and you will burn or dent your floors if you hesitate in one place too long.

You will feel like a Zamboni driver smoothing out your surface. Word of caution, you do need to maintain control of the machine at all times. It is self propelled, like a lawn mower or a basset hound on a leash. When you power it up, hold on to the machine tightly. Don’t be afraid of it and after a few passes, you’ll start to even have fun.

Redoing your floors is like redoing your fingernails. First you need to remove the old finish, base-coat, color, and top coat. You may opt to forgo the color (stain) and just use the nature color of the wood. You will still need to apply a finish to it.

There are basically two types of floor finishes: one is oil-based and the other is water-based polyurethane. Oil-based is available in a satin, semi-gloss or gloss finish. Satin works well on floors because it hides small flaws and lets the natural beauty of the wood show without a bright shine. Oil-based also produces a warm amber look that gives you the traditional glow of wood floors. Water-based polyurethane dries clear and resists yellowing. Water-based also dries quicker.

Make sure you let each coat thoroughly dry before applying the next; same as you would nail polish. Give your floor at least 24-36 hours before moving furniture back on it. It will continue to harden in the first couple of weeks.

Don’t be overwhelmed. Instead of looking at refinishing your hardwood floors as a humongous job, look at it as giving your room a manicure, one step at a time. You’ll also save yourself as much as $1,000 by doing it yourself.

Popular Home Improvement Projects

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There are many people who spend sufficient time in designing and building their own home according to their individual choices. This is because a home provides you the kind of privacy that is quite unmatched anywhere else. It is your personal world and you can choose whom to allow or not allow into your personal domain. A home is a place where you get to enjoy some of the best moments of your life. At the same time it is a place where you can enjoy all the comforts of modern day living. Nowadays, many people are opting for home renovation plans. A home renovation program is all about utilizing the spaces of your home in a very effective manner. It is about making sure that there is sufficient light and air in the rooms and at the same time make sure that your home is energy efficient.

Many a times you may come across people whose aspirations keep changing quite frequently. Such people prefer to incorporate the latest trends into their homes. In these kinds of situations renovation is the only option you have, to incorporate all the latest trends into your homes. There are many popular home renovation programs that will help you. Some of them are kitchen renovation, renovation of the living room, bedroom renovation, adding a new deck and adding one more floor to your existing building. Let us take one of these home renovation projects and see how they affect the overall look of your home.

Let us start with the kitchen. It is a well known fact that a well designed kitchen enhances the overall value of your home in the local market. As per a few surveys, the recoup value for a well done up kitchen is more than eighty percent which is really very good! Thus, it makes a lot of business sense to ensure that your kitchen is not only well designed but also is very appealing to the eyes. When you opt for renovating your kitchen completely, it is suggested that your kitchen designs include space for kitchen appliances, kitchen cabinets, chimney, cooking range, kitchen tops, etc. You can opt from a wide range of colors to give your kitchen a very contemporary look and bring a lot of style into your kitchen.

There are a few advantages of renovating your kitchen completely. The biggest advantage is that it provides a lot of space which can be used for storing purposes. The good thing about a modern kitchen is that you can actually get them in prefabricated form or you can get them built according to your budget as well as your requirements. Kitchen renovation allows you to move around more freely than earlier. The best thing is you can choose the colors and designs so that they match the décor of your home. A newly renovated kitchen actually adds a completely new look to your home.

Finally, whatever home renovation project you undertake for your home, make sure that the design and décor fit in perfectly with the rest of the home.