Quick Tips on Refurbishing Your Staircase


Are you planning to refurbish your staircase? Maybe, you want the carpet replaced or have the stairs repainted? Whatever your plan is, it would always be good to have yourself and all the materials you need ready.

Remove the carpet. If you have a stair carpet, start by removing it. How? Firstly, lever up the carpet using a pry bar.  Using a sharp knife cut it from the back to divide it into manageable sections. Remove protruding nails and staples with a claw hammer, pliers or nail extractor. If you can’t pull them all out, just hammer them right into the wood and cover up any marks afterwards with wood filler.

Sand the stairs. It is best to sand the stairs if you are planning to stain or paint your stairs rather than lay a new carpet on them. Use a coarse 40 or 60 grit sandpaper and working your way up to fine 120 or 240 grit paper for a smooth finish. If you have budget, use a random orbital or belt sanding machine for the larger surfaces such as treads and risers, and a detail  sanding machine for corners and small stair parts.

After sanding, vacuum the stairs from end to end to remove all dust and debris. Using a large sponge,  wipe it with water and a mild detergent – liquid floor cleaner is ideal, as long as it doesn’t contain bleach. Rinse thoroughly and leave to dry for at least a day.

Fill in the cracks. To conceal nail holes, cracks and dents, apply wood filler or wood putty in as close a shade as possible to the color of your stairs. The compound will probably lighten as it dries out, so test it on an unobtrusive area first. Overfill the holes slightly because filler tends to shrink as it hardens. Sand lightly when dry to level the surface, and wipe with a damp cloth.


Quick Fixes That You Can Make Around Your Home

Are you looking for things to improve in your house? Check out this short list that I have prepared. It includes small renovation issues which you might be overlooking.

Squeaky / problematic door hinges –  Try spraying a bit of WD-40 on it. You can also rub a bit of petroleum jelly on the hinges. If these methods don’t work, you can elevate the pings of the hinges about halfway and then lubricate them with a small quantity of oil.

Squeaky floor – Sprinkle a little talcum powder on the area that makes noise and then sweep it into the floor cracks. This shall resolve the sound issue for the time being. Remove the traces of powder so you can refinish the floor.

Worn caning – Wet the bottom of the caning with lukewarm water. Then, let it dry overnight.

Dusty chandelier -Turn it off and let it cool down. Wear a pair of gloves. Dampen one glove with glass cleaner. Next, you should wipe each of the prisms with the damp glove and then the dry glove.


Stained tub – Create a paste with equal amount of baking soda and cream of tartar. Add a few drops of lemon juice in the paste and then mix the whole thing. Then you can use a soft cloth to rub the paste on the stains. After an hour or so, you should rinse with water.

Stuck sliding windows – Use a bit of silicone spray lubricant to grease the skids. All you have to do is spray the lubricant on a piece of rag and then use the rag to wipe the tracks.

Slamming door – Use some peel-and-stick weather stripping on the doorstop. Alternatively, you can use a rubber band around the knobs of the door on both sides. Leave the latch uncovered.

How to Protect Patio and Outdoor Furniture

While most outdoor furniture are made with materials that can stand all types of weather, it would still be wise for their owners to do the necessary measures to keep them in good condition for a long time. Here are some tips you might find helpful.

  • Brush them to remove the dust since most patio furniture are exposed to all forms of the pollution.
  • Check for any damages.
  • If there are frames and upholstery, remove them to them clean them separately.
  • Cover wicker furniture with a hose when cleaning them. Clean wooden and metal furniture with a sponge.
  • Use a cleaning solution which is specific to the material of your furniture to avoid possible damage.


Upholstery Protection

The upholstery of the outdoor furniture defines the beauty of the furniture and they are sensitive most of the time. Hence, they should be washed properly. Use the right materials when washing your upholstery. Make sure to dry it properly to avoid the formation of mildew. It would be best to let it dry under the sun. If this is not possible, use blowers or electric dryers. Dry it until moisture level reaches zero. Apply a fabric protector which won’t damage the fabric. Apply it every now and then to bring more life to your furniture.

Frame Protection

Look for an Outdoor furniture protector which negates the bad effects of weather – sun’s UV rays and rain. For wooden frames, apply a normal paint. Pigments in the paint can protect furniture from heat and water. Do this periodically to avoid chipping and withering. Use gloves and masks when applying the frame protector of your choice to avoid any accidents or potential health problems.

Weather Resistance

A small stain can damage the appeal of the furniture. So, apply a stain and water repellant for every two years. The water repellent prevents the water from reaching the bottom layers of the wood and also fastens the evaporation process. Avoid using repellents, which have a high oil content.

Things to Consider When Buying Cabinet Hardware

Selecting the best hardware for your cabinets is a way to express your personal style and taste. Whether you choose beautiful ornate handles and knobs, or a sleek and simple design, your cabinetry becomes immediately transformed by the kind of hardware you choose.

Price – The price of cabinet hardware ranges considerably and depends on many different factors including design, quality and materials. Figuring out how many pulls and knobs you need, setting a budget, and looking for options within your price range is a great way to start identifying your options.

Style – While the budget decision may be the first step in the process, you cannot forget the overall style and look you are going for with the hardware that you choose. Selecting your options based on the complimentary styles of your cabinets and flooring will help eliminate unattractive pieces. With so many unique options to choose from, style has become a defining factor in the kitchen hardware industry.

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Material – Cabinet hardware is made from a huge assortment of materials. This includes stainless steel, pewter, porcelain, brass, glass, stone, wood, bronze, crystal, copper and marble. Make sure you choose a high-quality material that looks great with your cabinetry and also offers just the right look and function you want.

Shape – Whether you like square, rounded, oblong, rectangle or some other original shape, cabinet hardware comes in many different forms. Before settling on the first option that you like, explore different shapes to find just the right hardware for your cabinetry. And make sure to test out function too. You don’t have to compromise ease-of-use for an original look.

Durability – When you invest in new cabinetry for your kitchen or bathroom, you expect it to last a long time. Similarly, you want the hardware that you choose to be every bit as durable and long-lasting. Investing up front in kitchen hardware that you truly love will be an investment that rewards you time and again.

Installation – A final element to pay attention to when selecting your cabinet hardware involves installation. Before you make a purchase, be sure your selected pieces actually fit your cabinetry and that installation requires minimal effort. You don’t want your remodel to hinge on this one issue.

Quick Tips to Maintaining an Impressive Bathroom

clean small bathroomBathrooms are one of the most significant rooms in your house because it’s a place where you begin and end your activity within the day. Even though your bathroom is  small in terms of space, you can easily make it attractive and interesting through putting up unique designs, materials, and decor. Keen to know how? Read the rest of this post.

Observe cleanliness. This is the most basic and most important thing to remember. Regardless of the type and size of your bathroom, always keep it clean. Well, your house as a whole must be clean as well. Always.

Maximize the space.  Though it is the smallest, there are numerous ways to make it look bigger. One of these is choosing the right accessories, perhaps a pedestal sink that will add floor space, or open shelves that will help maximize your storage space, or a huge mirror that will double the visual space in your bathroom. It also helps to remove unnecessary items especially those that are space consuming.

Play with colors. It is easier to experiment with various colors because of its size but make sure that the colors will complement your accessories and decorations. However, the best color choice would still be something that will make your half bathroom space look bigger.

Consider the cabinet and drawer space. It is your choice whether to put a cabinet and drawer inside your guest room. Supposing you want one, the first thing you need to do is to sort things out on what necessities you have to put inside the cabinet. This way, you’ll be able to choose a cabinet that is enough for your storage and space.

Avoid clutter. Since there are numerous decorations and accessories available in the market these days you might put all that you want which will then cause mess in this small room. Just remember to avoid clutter therefore, put only those things that are needed and matches the design of your bathroom.

Quick Tips on Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home

Do you wonder why houses need windows? Apart from ventilation, windows provide a perfect means to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home. They allow the sunlight to brighten the different parts of your house on gloomy days and the breeze to cool your summer nights. There are few considerations which you must make when choosing the right windows for your home. They are the following.windows

Define the purpose of your windows. Windows will be installed in the different parts of the house. Hence, their purposes will differ from one another. Wide windows, for example, are needed in the dark areas where you will need more natural light to set in. The pantry and the living room become beautiful and more useful when there’s enough natural light.

Take into account the exterior design of your house. Your windows must match the architectural and overall style of your house. They also serve as wonderful house accessories and so you must consider their color and materials well.  Use a style guide for your window selection to avoid expensive mistakes.

Take into account the amount of ventilation you need. Ventilation involves the movement of fresh air inside your house. If your house is in great need for ventilation, you have to choose operable windows. These windows can be closed and opened when needed. Fixed windows, on the other hand, don’t allow so. Fixed windows are often installed in houses or buildings which are full air-conditioned. Health experts suggests that a house must have a combination of the two windows to ensure the well-being of the people living in it.

Why Choose Wood for Your Home and Furniture

The market is now filled with wonderful plastic pieces of furniture and other items. Many people choose them over wood products because of their perceived durability and beauty. I’m quite biased towards wood because I  like it more than anything else. Let me share some of my thoughts on this.

Every  piece of wood is beautiful.  Every piece of wood is nature’s unique creation. No two pieces are very much alike. They differ in color, fiber, structure, etc.

Wood is durable. Compared to plastic and other materials, wood delivers more strength in proportion to its weight.

Wood is renewable. There sustainable timberlands which are managed to provide for cities’ need for wood. Wood in these areas are renewed through reforestation.

Wood products don’t harm the environment. Wood has low impact on the environment compared to aluminum, concrete, plastics, steel and vinyl. The production of these materials involve the use of non-renewable resources like petroleum and other carbon-intensive resources.

Wood is biodegradable and recyclable. Wood products decompose. Hence, they naturally return to the environment. Plastic, on the other hand, are made of materials which don’t decompose. These materials can stay in landfills for thousands of years unchanged.

Wood products are reusable. A wooden table, for example, can be chopped and made into smaller wooden products when it gets out of style. The same can be done with a wooden door, chest and other items. This may be done with plastic but the process it involves might damage the environment. wooden furniture

Wood is a natural insulator. Wood insulates against heat and cold inside the house or any infrastructure. This allows you to save energy. Statistics show that wood is 400 times more effective than steel and 1800 times more effective than aluminum in terms of insulation.