How To Refinish Wood Floors

How To Refinish Wood Floors

Wood floors make the interior of a house look beautiful. The best part of having wooden flooring is Wood Floorsthat you don’t necessarily have to carpet them. In fact, the wood floors look spectacularly beautiful.  However, you may have to refinish the wood floor from time to time.

The wood floors are usually finished soon after fixing them. But, you can refinish them as and when required. The process of wood floor refinishing is simple and can be done by anyone. It is always best to do your research to make sure you fully understand the process, and how it relates to the exact wood floors that you have in your home. (more…)

Interior Painting Tips For Beginners

Painting the interiors of the house may seem like a tiring task. It can be made fun and action thrilled with the right painting strategies. Every painter has his/her own method of painting. For a professional, painting a house may be a piece of cake. But for beginners, it can be an extremely exhausting job. A neophyte can find it difficult to paint around windows, switch plates and more. These hurdles, however, can easily be overturned with simple interior painting tips discussed here.

The interiors of a house have many obstacles when it comes to painting. These obstacles can be the furniture, window coverings and more. The furniture of the house should either be removed or covered with cloth to avoid any paint stains.  Interior painting, in fact, calls for greater attention and care.


Quality Furniture: Buying Lounge and Fine Bedroom Furniture

Quality Furniture: Buying Lounge and Fine Bedroom Furniture

The benefits of quality furniture such as fine bedroom furniture and lounge furniture lie not only in its durability, but also in the way people perceive you when they visit your home. You may have done it yourself when visiting: looked at the furniture and drew an opinion on your hosts according to their choice.

Your furniture states who you are and how you live, although, while choosing quality furniture can enhance your status, that is not the main benefit of purchasing it. The craftsmanship of a high quality suite covered with leather is not just in the leather, but primarily in the way the structure of each piece is crafted and put together – the leather is only the cosmetic coating on the quality framework.

Quality Furniture is built to Last

Quality furniture is built to last. Notwithstanding that, fine bedroom furniture, or any type of high quality furniture in fact, can be damaged just the same as any laminated flat-pack furniture – and sometimes they are even easier to mark.

Most people believe that chain stores will sell them quality furniture, but that is not necessarily so. Generally, the old saying that you get what you pay for is true, and a fair number of these stores will also sell laminated particle board and plywood pieces at economic prices. For genuine quality furniture such as fine bedroom furniture crafted from solid wood, you must buy from a craftsman.

Quality Furniture Stores

There are several stores that will sell you genuine quality living room furniture, and fine bedroom furniture made from solid hardwood, such as oak or teak, or with a hardwood base but a beautiful walnut veneer. Rosewood is another beautiful wood, as are maple and the beautiful deep red mahogany. Some prefer pine which is softwood with a clean, fresh natural look, and while not as resistant to damage as hardwood, many prefer it for kitchen and bedroom furniture.

Search for manufacturers such as Stickley Furniture, American Craftsman, Sherrill furniture, The Custom Shoppe and south wood furniture or any of a number if similar firms that you can find online, and you can be sure of purchasing high quality furniture that will last as long as you will. You should never be in a situation where you think a piece of furniture looks high quality, but are wondering whether or not it is in fact just chipboard, particle board or plywood with a glued veneer or laminate. If reputable firms such as those above offer that, you will be informed of the veneer and the base wood – no attempts to trick you!

An online search of what is available on the internet is an excellent way of finding good quality custom furniture. Look for fine furniture manufacturers, or companies that distribute their work. You will not find high quality furniture in flat-pack format. When you purchase fine bedroom furniture, each piece will be delivered in its correct form and not put together in your home with screws and plugs, many of which might be missing!

Installing Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Installing Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Installing new cabinets in your kitchen to a great extent can enhance the look and usefulness of your kitchen. At the present time, customers and clients have been giving their homes extra attention since they know much more about houses and their interiors now in comparison to earlier times. The clients and customer visit the furniture showrooms equipped with some specific things that they want for their custom kitchen cabinets. Even if your kitchen design needs help from an expert, installing cabinets can be done by yourself and at the same time will help you to save a lot of money. The next step is the installation of kitchen cabinet. You must always install hanging cabinets before installing the base cabinets. It is much easier to work on hanging cabinets with no base cabinets in the way. Installation of kitchen cabinets can be easier than you would think. The cabinets can be installed by yourself or you can hire a professional contractor to do the installation job for you. Installation for both wall and base cabinets can be easily done if you are familiar with the instructions for their installation. Some very simple steps must be followed to make your installation an easy task.

Installation of wall base cabinets

Step 1

Before placing any order for your kitchen cabinets, you must very carefully examine the requirements for your cabinets such as what should be the size, shape, color, design etc. of the kitchen cabinets. This step is very important because of the simple fact that a kitchen cabinet without a required proportionate size or shape is of no use.

Step 2

Determining the right position for the kitchen cabinets is a very important aspect of installation. It is an utmost requirement that you mark an exact level position with help of pencil. It will help a lot and make your installation easier when you know in advance the level and position where kitchen cabinets are to be installed. The level and position of the cabinet should be such that you can easily reach into them without any stress.

Step 3

Installation of wall cabinets must be given the highest priority when installing kitchen cabinets, because of the simple fact that they will provide you good deal of space and also they do not occupy a lot of space. You can use the other empty floor space for installation of lower level kitchen cabinets.

Step 4

Search for the studs in the wall. Mark the position of wall studs once you have located them. With help of a pencil you must mark the position an inch above and 6 inches below where the installed custom kitchen cabinets bottom would be. The stud finder can help you in locating each stud.

Step 5

For the wall cabinets the first thing you must do is to attach a temporary supporting bar the size of the cabinet’s length. Attach rail’s upper frame parallel to cabinet’s bottom edge and then attach a support to the wall with the help of screws.

Step 6

Prepare several single cabinets and then combine them together by placing them on a horizontal surface. Always be conscious about the height difference and proportion of the cabinets because it may create gaps or rigidness between them.

Make a sub-assembly. Attach each single cabinet together by placing them backside up on a flat surface.

Step 7

Once you have fixed the cabinets to a flat surface and attached it permanently with help of screw and screwdriver, then you have to secure the overhead cabinets. At the back of cabinet you can find the hanging strip where you have to pierce the nails. Beside the stud you also have to relocate the hanging strips within the cabinet. With the help of a drill you must drill pilot holes and then fix the screws. With everything attached you can then attach the cabinetry to the wall.

Get the Most from Your Carpeting Investment

Get the Most from Your Carpeting Investment

Few things can make a house feel more inviting or add a dramatic flair to a room than carefully chosen carpeting. Today it’s something most of us take for granted, but that hasn’t always been so. Before the 1950s, wall to wall carpet was considered an expensive luxury reserved for the wealthy. That all changed with the post-war building boon in the middle of the 20th century. With new advancements in carpet fibers, manufacturing methods, and an expanding market, wall to wall carpeting was suddenly within reach of a growing middle class.

Sixty years ago, fiber, texture, pattern, and color were limited, and vacuum cleaner technology was in its early stages. As a result, carpet life was short. Today, choices are nearly unlimited. A wide range of price points and carpet exist for nearly every room and application. Even moderately priced carpet can bring years of enjoyment to your home.

In spite of these advancements, carpet for a household can represent a significant investment. If you are planning to stay in your home for years to come, having carpet installed that will be durable and stand up to years of use in an important consideration. To achieve that, there are some steps to take that will ensure you get the best value for your investment. Here are some factors to consider.

Padding: Keeping carpet looking its best for many years begins even before you look at the first carpet sample. It all begins with the carpet padding. When it comes to carpet padding, it may be tempting to go with the least expensive option since it’s one of those “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” materials. The reality is quite different. Carpet padding is the first line of defense in extending the life of carpet. Of course it gives carpet that nice spring and cushion under your feet, but it’s primary function is to reduce the friction generated by footsteps between a carpet’s backing and the hard flooring material over which it’s installed. Without proper padding, years on constant grinding and carpet squirm will take years off the life of a carpet. Consult a carpet professional to be sure you select the pad best suited to your application.

Use: When you begin looking at carpet samples, be clear on where and how the carpet will be used. Not all styles, fibers or weaves are well suited to every room. When you begin to shop for carpet, bring a detailed description of the room where it will be installed. How much foot traffic will there be? Are there outdoor entry points? Does the room get direct sunlight? Do you have pets? Will this room be used regularly by children? Knowing these answers will make it easier to work with a carpet professional to be sure you purchase carpeting that is best suited to your needs.

Color: The color of the carpeting can really set the mood for a room; from elegant to cozy, and even dramatic. Lighter, neutral colors give a feeling of openness and space and work well with bold colored furnishings, walls and accessories. For a warm cozy feel, more color in the carpet may be something to consider. In casual spaces like family rooms, play rooms, and children’s bedrooms, today’s carpets offer a variety of textures, styles, and patterns that range from fun to funky to practical. When selecting carpet, bring as large a sample as possible home so you can see what the color will look like in the lighting and surroundings where it will be installed. A little patience and care can prevent some serious buyer’s remorse after the carpeting is installed.