Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

Garden Lights

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

A lot of houses have gardens. It makes the house cooler with green surroundings. The air also have the smell of fresh flowers. People take care of their garden which always looks good even at night. The outdoor garden lights make the path to the house, aside from the hedges and flowers, visible at night. The lights also decorate the garden making it beautiful even at night. There are even lights that can be placed beside flowers making a beautiful effect that makes the flowers seem to glow at night.

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Books

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

There are a lot of books about home improvement and of course DIY textbooks. If you are wanting to create some shelves or do some work at the house, these books will help you with the basics. Of course there are also books that would give something a bit more advanced but for the average user, the basics are enough. If you are a handy guy, it would be easy for you to follow some instructions for maybe replacing a door or putting up some new cabinets. It would be fun especially if you like the work. It may also give you some new ideas on how to work on something if you’ve done that type of work before. Some of the books will also give ideas on how to design the house or where to put the furniture.

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Practical Paint-Based Faux Finishes

Monday, November 30th, 2009

If you have the luxury of time and a huge budget, it’s better to have genuine surface materials. However, if you’re a little low on cash or can’t wait for a time-tempered natural finish to occur (antiquing, for example), take heart, a little cheating won’t hurt. Faux finishes are almost as good as the real thing!

Don’t know where to start? Check out these paint-based faux finishes below.

Antiquing and Verdigris

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This mimics the patina that metals acquire over time. The natural greenish-bluish tones of verdigris can be duplicated when a piece of metal or plastic is exposed to heat and combined with acids. The trick is to apply the layers in uneven arbitrary patches for a more natural look.

Marbling

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This age-old classic finish emulates various natural marble veins, including carrara marbling which involves dipping a thin brush in black gaze and sweeping a softening brush in light, random strokes to create the characteristic marble pattern. Serpentine marbling, on the other hand, is achieved by rubbing oil paint on a surface using a tissue paper.

Faux Bois (Fake Wood)

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The subtle grains and lines of wood furniture or surface can be easily recreated. If done well, you can even replicate the book matching veins and knots of expensive wood veneers.

Paint Spattering

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This easy and popular finish employs tiny paint dots in a variety of colors for a rich yet effortless-looking surface accent on walls. The “spattering” effect is achieved by thumping a loaded paintbrush (or old toothbrush against a screen for small surfaces) against a stick to spatter it in different directions.

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Do Magic by Painting your House

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Give new life to old things with a coat or two of paint.

paintbrush canIn these lean times, many of us are looking for ways to save money. But cutting costs shouldn’t stop you from making your house beautiful. There are many hidden treasures around your home just waiting to be discovered. All you need is a paintbrush in one hand, a can of paint in the other, and a weekend to complete any of these instant makeover projects.

Go over your house, room by room, and gather the knick-knacks you’ve collected over the years. Don’t toss them! Now instead of letting them collect dust, paint these all in sophisticated white and display it freeform-style on a bookshelf or small side table. You’ll be surprised at how these items (even the tackiest ones) will look interesting again!

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Creativity Stimulating Hues for your Kids

Monday, June 8th, 2009

To stimulate a growing kid’s mind and encourage creativity, paint his/her room with bold, bright primaries—punchy red, sky blue, lime green. Get your kids’ creative juices flowing with hefty dose of red. Red is associated with passion, desire and creativity, and is often very attractive to kids, regardless of gender.

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Lime green accents are a fun addition. Bring some yellow to further stimulate your kids’ minds. Yellow according to color therapists, is the color of creativity and communication because it activates the brain and nervous system.Hues

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