Building elements of home by ourselves gives a unique satisfaction. Lately the trend has turned to that side, to be able to manufacture something with our hands with a certain quality and give your home the space it deserves. A Mason jar may be enough.
Leather furniture can absolutely change from pretty to gorgeous the look and feel of any home; as upholstery material, leather works wonder at making any space looks elegant and comfortable. However, this excellent material can sometimes be subject to more abuse than it is able to handle; crack and eventually peel are two of the main damages you can notice in your piece of furniture over time. Continue Reading…
When we talk about rustic, we are not necessarily talking about losing style, but that we print our own, which we like the most. If it is ours to opt for something more summery and looser, the word rustic must be printed on either side of the house to which you look.
Vinyl flooring usually has preserve its common presentation, such as single in rolls of large sheets, however time also has reward vinyl in matters of style and nowadays vinyl flooring is available in more practical, much easier to setting up formats.
At Finish Build vinyl flooring tiles are always recommended for commercial uses. Due to the lack of weight FinishBuild vinyl flooring products are usually purchased in 12-inch squares that feature adhesive backing. The thicker the tile is, the better it will hold up over longer periods of time, but what we really think it is important is the acoustic properties this material owns. Installing tile is an ideal project for DIY eagers, particularly in smaller rooms or in this case fashion shows ramp.
Nevertheless, it is important to purchase all tiles from the same lot because, while other lots may be labeled as being the same pattern and color, slight differences in shade may occur. When it comes about setting your chalk lines, starting in the center of the room is what we usually recommend. After removing paper backing, press tiles into place. Keep into account that trimming your tiles at the walls and other edges. Subsequently we suggest you to roll tiles in both directions to set them steady.
What FinishBuild recommends:
When it comes to installing vinyl planks, let me tell you is perfectly doable. Since vinyl flooring planks come with an easy interlocking system, you can easily jump on the journey of actually doing it yourself. At FinishBuild we are here, once again, with the purpose of helping you on do the first moves.
First of all let’s clean the room. Before starting, empty your room of all furniture and make sure that the surface of the room is perfectly smooth by removing nails, debris and scraping up any old adhesive. Take into account that your sub floor needs to be dry as well as be smooth and as even possible because every lump, bump and crease may appear visible. Make a template of the floor using felt paper.
Materials you would use:
- Tape measure
- Vinyl cutting knife
Once we have a clean surface, there is an important move you should definitely consider if you are aiming for outstanding results: Level your subfloor, generally vinyl planks flooring products can be install onto existed flooring surfaces. Therefore check the condition of your subfloor, if a surface is in poor conditions, you may need to substitute it. You can drill in a plywood underlayment with screws fairly easily, nevertheless it is important to screw heads below the surface of the wood. If you install an underlayment over your existing subfloor, make sure the surface is level. Afterwards, sealing is our next step. Paint a coat of sealant onto your subfloor. Protect the bottom of your walls or cabinets with strips of masking tape to avoid splash. Once the floor is sealed, let it cure for as long as required before you start laying your vinyl planks.
Now is time for you to make an important choice. Decide on which direction you will lay your vinyl planks. Subsequently, measure the floor to work out where the middle of your middle row will sit. This is your middle line. In order to be double extra sure, I personally suggest (and if you have the time) to face vinyl planks on the floor to get a clear idea of how can tiles adjust to the space. This also can help you to get a visual plus of the vinyl planks you might have to cut in order to fit edges. Next, hammer a nail at each end of this line and then tie a string chalk line between them. Snap your string chalk line to mark your center line on the floor.
Now proceed to set each plank by laying the first row of vinyl plank flooring, whether is by peeling them off on the back for each plank (in the case they are the adhesive type) or by assemble them if they come with the interlocking system. Subsequently flatten them it into place, over the top of the center line and remember that each vinyl plank has a directional arrow on its backing paper. At FinishBuild we strongly suggest that in order to obtain the finest visual result, lay all your planks facing the same way.
Lay the second row of vinyl plank flooring next to the first. Stagger the second row so the end of each plank lines up with the middle of the plank in the previous row. When laying the third row of planks, use your combination square to make sure its joins line up with the joins in the first row and try to maintain this staggered pattern going the whole way across the floor.
On this phase you must let go the extra vinyl material. Some of your vinyl floor planks will need to be trimmed to fit around the floor corners. Take into account that in phase 2 you can be aware of how much material is not going to be longer needed however, this phase allows you to measure and mark out your lines on each plank and make your cuts with a trimming knife. In order to get finest results, go over the cut line two or three times instead of trying to cut all at once. When your trim is finished, remove the backing paper and stick the plank in place hoping for the best. We recommend you (in case you have adhesive type) to curve and bend the board as you lay it down, visualize that when installing part of the vinyl plank would be against the floor while the part yet to be placed is in the air. Successively, roll the board down and onto the surface of your floor. The aim with this procedure is to avoid the development of air pockets, however you can also help yourself with a piece of fabric on your hand to press the boards to the ground.
To sum up, after installation, clean adhesive from tile surfaces with wet cloth. Fasten trim and moldings to the wall, not the flooring. In addition, avoid heavy traffic on the new installation for at least 72 hours while adhesive sets. If you are interest on see more about vinyl interlocking systems installation, we invite to check this video:
How To Install A Floating Vinyl Plank Floor
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Did you know that 10 million household items are sent to landfill every year? It is really a pity that (for a variety of “reasons”), many people ignore that 3 million of these items cab be repair and reused; of course not all furniture you find is necessarily eye- catching, however with a proper repairing plan, right tools, a little bit of patience and creativity you can bring back shabby pieces of furniture; even the ones that were passed on from your relatives and you thought were not chic anymore.
There is not denial that the furnishings in our homes are common targets of a considerable deal of stress and strain, for instance legs get wobbly, surfaces get dinged, dented or even scratched. This is mainly due to the rough and tumble that is life in any home. Nevertheless, in most cases damages are reversible with little expertise, and fortunately you do not need to be a seasoned carpenter to make long lasting repairs that allow you to save money. Actually, whether if you are a beginner or a pro executing DIY project that improve your home’s appearance, then this post has been made for you.
Arm Yourself with the Basic Toolkit
Since you will execute simple DIY repairing, you do not need a lot of expensive tools to make your furniture projects real. For instance:
Hide glue is one of the most essential tools you will need; this adhesive choice can make or break the long term success in your repaired furnishing. This amazing adhesive which is made from the skins of animals will dissolve when hot water is applied directly to it; this makes reparability easy and success. Modern synthetic glue is also another great item you can consider, it seals the surface of the wood and thus guaranties that no glue will ever be able to be used on top of it again.
Glue brush will be another item to include in your basic toolkit since hide glue is water- based; you will need it to spread the glue once you apply it for gluing joints and veneer. Generally a 3/8” wide brush will be more than enough to accomplish a good performance.
A 24oz dead blow mallet is a handy tool you need to have because they’ve got sand or lead shot in the head, which really helps giving a proper and direct thump where is needed.
West system epoxy syringe will be essential to get hot water into a joint. Sometimes you will need to apply small amounts of this liquid directly to the joint line to let it seep in. Small syringes are the perfect choice for this.
A fine rasp will be a great tool in case you will to clean up glue residue inside mortises before you re- glue the piece of furniture.
Scratches on Wood Furniture
Sometimes furniture polish and orange oil just do not work on helping you eliminate scratches on your wood furniture. To solve this problem and make your furniture pieces look much better, you may try taking a kitchen rag and mix about 1/cup of vinegar with ½ cup of olive oil (quantities might change, depending on how big the surface is), once mixed you need to dipped it in and rubbed it on. Make sure to spread the mixture over the entire piece of furniture, you will immediately start noticing the transformation. Try this and you will surely see differences that not only make your now usable furniture surface better but also will add a silky smooth and clean look.
Fixing Chewed Chairs
Even though you have bought a bone, a toy or a piece of wood for your dog to chew in order to keep him away from chewing you chairs’ legs, your pet just find it enjoyable chewing them. Unfortunately, chew marks ruin the look of the furniture and most of the times also affect its structural integrity. To repair this problem you will need:
- 220- Grit sandpaper
- A putty knife
- Fan bush
- Auto body filler
- Mineral spirits
Start this fixing by taking a look of the damaged area and clean it up, this way it is ready to be repair. Using the utility knife, scrape away any frayed edges of wood that stick out from the surface. What you should do next is to apply the auto- body filler on the chewed area; you might need to do a few applications more in order to build up the area so it will be level with the surrounding area. Once it dries, it is time to sand it down to the final shape. To accomplish a smooth sanding, use a 150- grit sandpaper on the filled area; sand both the edges where the filler meets and the non- damaged areas to feather it all together. Now you need to add color to your furnishing and a good tip is to mix the tone you have chosen with a little white to lighten, or black if you need to darken the color. In addition, colors like red, yellow or orange may help achieve the proper wood tone you would like to have. It is also important to make notice that once the acrylic paint is dried, you need to spray a couple of clear lacquer coats over the area, make sure the coats are light and start with a sheen that is slightly shinier than you need.
Scratches and discoloration on the surfaces of your furniture are just some of the damages your items are vulnerable to, but this does not mean you have to throw them away. Luckily, there are many of these problems that can be fixed by you; I think that learning some tips on how to repair your furniture will go a long way on inspiring your creativity, grow your patience and of course will save you money you can invest on another home improvement ideas. In few and easy steps you can find in the full blown DIY craze, repairing or refinishing what you used to call ugly and old furniture is possible, believe me! This is something that thousands of people are doing. Just by following a couple of key principles, you will be set on the right path to repair your furniture, you should also remember that any time you are thinking about removing original material or replacing parts, you need to be sure that it is completely necessary; of course this will not be a concern for a professional furniture conservator, but as you would like to repair your own furniture, it is important for me to remind you this.
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Did you know that statistically speaking, garages are one of the most common areas for storing items of any kind? Whether is for dog food, gardening items, tool kits, sports items, or even old paint cans, no wonder why Americans often go for self- storage space renting.
Nowadays, garages are an important part of American households, since they are a vital extension of houses, garages usually tent to pack memories, projects we never dare to accomplish and any other promise with never reached, don’t you agree? We all have a trace of this, and whatever your reasons are, FinishBuild understands that sometimes finding yourself in clutter spaces can affect your mood toward others. Therefore we invite you to check our:
Garage organization draft: Purpose
Regarding sport items you regularly used, we suggest you to place them close to the garage door. Purpose defeat any other argumentation in garage organization systems, therefore in the case of rarely used items try to place them in spots where you rarely look, the highest-to-reach is a good example.
In the Garage, items you use together should be side by side. In order for you to find them without losing time, items such as gardening tools and lawn chemicals, should be stored close to one another, same situation with nails, hammer and carpentry tools.
In the case of bulky equipment such as lawnmowers, wheelbarrow and ladders, try to locate them in corners, where they can stay steady and protect you in case of being bumped or knocked over by your car.
What FinishBuild staff recommends
When it comes to your garage, our number one advice is: avoid items on the floor whenever possible. Since this area regularly provides shelter to your car, you might not want to be way-crowded in case of emergency. Subsequently, you might be surprise on how much freedom and positive aspects can you get from a free path. Nevertheless, the advantages of garage space can be wisely profitable if you consider these ideas:
Set a proper base:
Regarding flooring garage products, we consider that it does not have to be focused on a particularly chic look but a more serene and functional base, for this reason FinishBuild suggests you to try with a more neutral and long lasting material such as sealed concrete floor that can be also colored with some covering products like epoxy painting. In addition, we believe that an extra safety measures are never overrated for these kind of areas, therefore some vinyl sheet to protect high traffic areas can also enhance your household garage.
On the other hand, is highly recommendable not only to seal properly you garage foundations but also any other area that might cause you a future air or water leakage. On this way you might definitely be adding some extra safety measure on minimizing the danger of contaminants such as car drain, paint, solvents or gardening supplies toward other area inside the house or into conditioned spaces.
Set proper illumination:
Garages should be able to provide you a suitable illumination atmosphere in order to allow you to find items you need, or even to provide you a time to time work area. FinishBuild suggest to add white lighting, opt for 4-foot fluorescent light bulbs which work well in cold temps. On the other hand incandescent bulbs are also another options in which you can find the halogen and xenon bulb types. These kinds provide a more focused lighting than fluorescents are highly useful for detailed projects. Even though Halogens produce the brightest most focused light also generate the most heat, therefore we suggest you to consider which is best for you.
Garage would probably not be one of your gathering room first option, this is why FinishBuild encourages you to take advantage of upper space around explore to install some drill shelving units around your upper garage area. In addition, also keep into account that ceiling is an unlimited spot for hanging long, flat items you do not use every day, such as ladders and seasonal sports gear. Thus, make sure that any shelves you hang from the ceiling don’t interfere with your garage door’s operation and that there is enough clearance to avoid scraping the roof of your car.
For easy and quick storage, we advise you to purchase stackable clear-plastic bins with covers, they not only will help you to gather small handy tools but also help you to maintain them dry and ready to go. Try label them in order for you to keep a control of what you own. These clear jars are available in different sizes for sorting hardware and small items. However do not get to excited, buy just the amount you think your garage require, remember that plastics have a wicked influence on Mother Earth. On the other hand, if you aim for privacy, lockable cabinets are also a good choice for storing chemicals products and other items you want to avoid to your kids to get into.
When choosing storage units, you have the last verdict. Open shelves are another viable options for those who prefer direct access to tools and any other items in the garage. These shelves are less expensive, and the absence of swinging doors allow you to scan what you have stored. For some users cabinets with doors give the excuse to stay disorganized because you can hide the evidence, which might apply for some, in any of the cases it is a matter of preference.
For the DIY’s, a tool hanger is the best option for men who are always using carpentry or engine tools on their daily basis, subsequently we suggest plywood drilled structure to hang tools for more accessible and comfortable work.
Adjust big items to the wall:
Even thought we might think of endless solutions to avoid items around your garage, there are some that just not would be able to hide. In the case of well-proportioned items, we suggest to gather wheelbarrows, ladders, and any other big items and even hang them on the wall instead of leaving it on the floor. It does not have to be suspended, with the use of some plumbing hooks screwed to the wall (1-1/2-in. hooks) you can attached them to the wall to maintain them steady.Be wise and drill a pilot hole and then drive in the screw hook to hold the wheelbarrow upright. To release the wheelbarrow, just turn the hook.
Care is equal to love:
Last but no least. Break-ins are common, therefore secure the entry door with a dead bolt and keep garage windows locked. And no matter how short periods you might think you would be away of your garage door, always close it. For more information regarding smart ideas, FinishBuild recommends this creative idea on saving space: http://www.familyhandyman.com/garage/storage/garage-storage-space-saving-sliding-shelves/step-by-step
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