Category: Home Design & Decor

How to Patch Up Your Walls Before Painting

It’s important to patch your walls before you begin painting. This will help make the process much smoother when it comes to applying a particular material to the surface. After you’ve removed all of your items off the wall and covered your outlets, you can begin the process of filling. It’s a necessary step right before you start painting the wall. Here are some tips to patch your wall before your paint job. Starting the Fill Process After you’ve placed the blue painters tape over the trims, you can begin a process called filling. Filling is when you  apply a

Designing a Bedroom Sanctuary

Today’s world is so busy and on the go so when the work day is over most people really just want to go home and relax. Having a haven to come home to is so important for you to recover and wind down, somewhere that allows you to rest and be prepared for the next day. For many people their sanctuary is their bedroom. A lot of people don’t know where to start when it comes to design so today I’m going to provide you with a few designer secrets to help you create a peaceful and luxurious retreat. The

Don’t just Reassemble your Room – Redecorate

Why would you simply put everything back where it came from after you have gone to all of the hard work to paint your room? After painting is the perfect time to re-evaluate your room’s décor and make those subtle changes that you have been dying to make. Here are a few tips to make your redecorating efforts a success. Start with a Thorough Cleaning Before you begin to put everything back into its place, take the time to give the room and its contents a thorough cleaning. Room painting projects are the perfect time to vacuum and dust all

Prepare Your Room for a Paint Job

Prepping your room for a paint job can seem like quite the daunting task. If you aren’t prepared, then that may be the case. However, there are some key steps that will make the process easier. Remember, you want your paint job to be as stress-free as possible while saving time and money from hiring someone else to clear everything for you. Here are some steps to help you prepare your room for a paint job. Remove Your Personal Items and Furniture First and foremost, you want to remove these items so that you don’t damage them. What you can


So many people try to fill in the cracks in their homes that might leak air and even replace old windows and weather stripping but usually what makes the most difference is a proper insulation installation. It’s one of the best ways to make sure you’re not wasting money on your energy bills. Making sure you have a properly insulated and sealed home can make all the difference when you’re working on your budget or even if you just want to make less of a mark on the environment. According to the environmental protection agency, typical homes have so many

Want to Winterize the Outside of Your Home? Here’s How!

A lot of homeowners don’t know as much about caring for the outside of their homes as they should, particularly in adverse weather conditions. But Vince Clingenpeel has put together this video to show how to take care of the outside of your home, and in particular preparing it for the rigors of winter weather. Check it out The first thing that Clingenpeel recommends is that you take a walk around the house and take a thorough look at it. Pretend that it’s not a day-in, day-out familiar sight; look at the house as though you were seeing it for

Fight Back with Natural Mosquito Predators

Mosquitoes are one of nature’s most hardy and persistent creatures. They are capable of breeding hundreds of offspring in only an inch or so of water who will be feasting on you and breeding again in a matter of weeks. These pests are not only an annoyance; they also carry infectious diseases such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, and parasites. Knowing this, what can you do to minimize mosquito infestations and interference with your outdoor activities? Here are a few tips to get you started. Eliminate Breeding Grounds Since mosquitoes require water to breed, the best

Sealing Outlets, Saving Money

Outlets allow you to tap into electricity to power all the things one would need powered in or around their home but many people don’t think about the fact that they can also be one of the main places air can leak into your home. You spend all that time replacing windows so they are energy efficient, sealing up any cracks in the walls and replacing whether stripping around your doors. You even insulated you attic and any other place that seemed to let air through but you missed your outlets. Outlets can cause you to lose heat from your

Energy Efficient Window Benefits

We all want to save money and we don’t always know where we are spending it all. We might know what bill it’s going on but not exactly the process that is causing that bill to cost as much as it does. You can budget and cut back on spending but maybe you don’t need to. It’s a scary thing but most people just can’t see that their hard earned money is literally going out the window. Your windows can have a pretty big impact on your energy bills and I’m not just talking about having them open when the

Want to Winterize Your Bathroom? Here’s How!

A good homeowner takes care of their house all year long, with necessary routine maintenance and careful attention to potential problems. Winterizing a bathroom—or preparing it for a long absence—is an important consideration. Vince Clingenpeel knows a thing or two about taking care of your home. He started out as a bricklayer, later becoming a master carpenter and remodeling contractor who teaches adult education trade classes. Getting started Start over at the main water valve: you’ll want to begin by shutting it off. Very easy to do. But be aware that you’re draining the water above the valve; below it