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Improve Your Kitchen

Need To Improve Your Kitchen? Here’s Some Advice!

For many of us, our home represents our greatest financial asset. Although many people believe that home repair is something that only trained professionals are capable of doing, that is often far from the case. Many home repair jobs can easily be done by the average person, with just a little guidance.

Beautiful Kitchen

Inexpensive Kitchen Upgrades

Many tenants who are renting an apartment or home feel limited because landlords do not allow tenants to paint the walls in a different color or take off the wallpaper. A great way to get around this limitation is by purchasing fabric (unfitted flat bed sheets work well) and tacking them in a pleasing design on the wall. This will not harm the unwanted wall covering and adds a touch of personality to your home. Furthermore, it won’t displease the landlord.

Often times kitchens have a window or perhaps a door. You can apply weather stripping to doors and windows to conserve energy in your home for a relatively low cost. This is an inexpensive material that can be purchased at a home improvement store. It seals out exterior cold and hot air to stabilize inner temperatures so that your heater and cooling systems do not need to work as hard. You will quickly notice the reduction in drafts felt on chilly days.

If Painting the Kitchen Is Allowed

Another upgrade for the kitchen is to simply add a fresh coat of paint. Painting the interior walls of your home can be a great way to freshen up your decor. Painting is inexpensive and allows for much creativity, based on your color choices. It’s also easy to change, should you decide to go in a different direction. To add a quick and effective punch to any room just grab a can of paint and go!

Before you commit to a new paint color for your kitchen though, spend some time driving around and looking at homes that you like the look and color scheme of. Paint chips are too hard to imagine, so seeing it in person in another kitchen can help you make a better decision.

Improve Your Kitchen Cabinets

When you are designing your kitchen, think hard about whether you want an open or closed kitchen floor plan. If you like to be able to talk with your family, watch television and generally know what’s going on in the rest of the house while cooking, you may want an open kitchen plan. However, you may prefer the kitchen clutter to stay hidden. If that is true  a kitchen with a door that can be closed might be appealing.

Upgrading or Replacing Kitchen Cabinets

Give a quick update to your kitchen by wiping down the cabinets and either adding or changing the cabinet hardware. Giving your kitchen cabinets a new set of knobs or handles can really enhance the look of your kitchen without costing a lot of money. With so many styles of knobs and handles available, you can change the character of your kitchen quickly and easily.

If your kitchen cabinets are looking a little bland. you can add new cabinet knobs to create a new living environment that sparkles. Kitchen knobs are relatively expensive. Knobs come in a variety of colors, giving you the ability to personalize your kitchen in a very cute way. Additionally, there is plenty of information to help you choose the right style of hardware for your kitchen cabinets. Create a happy home today with new kitchen knobs.

Adding New Cabinets

Before you order you new kitchen cabinets, draw a plan of your kitchen that shows the location of all plumbing, outlets, appliances, windows, and all other obstacles. This will ensure your new cabinets are a perfect fit. Many retailers will develop a design plan for you free of charge if you purchase your cabinets from them.

If you are putting new cabinetry in your kitchen, pull out a level. Begin at the highest point of the kitchen and make a benchmark
line where those cabinets will be placed. This will ensure they are level during installation.

You will need to purchase shims prior to installing any new kitchen cabinets. They are used to keep all of the cabinets level and straight. They are especially helpful if the kitchen floor is not completely level or the wall is bowed. Shims go up to about 3/8 of an inch to completely flat.

Be certain that a cabinet is affixed firmly and securely to the wall stud. Find the wall studs before you start installing the cabinets so you know where the screws need to be placed. An inexpensive stud finder from the local hardware store helps to make this process easy.

Your home is one of your most valuable financial assets, and it is the place where you spend a majority of your time. So the next time you spot something that could use a little maintenance, you owe it to yourself, and to your wallet, to try your hand at fixing up your home!

Travertine Repair

Are you looking for the secret of how to fill holes in travertine? if so, you might be surprised to learn that it is not so difficult to accomplish when you know what to do and which product to use. In this demonstration, a tile professional shows exactly how to correct holes in travertine flooring. The product can also be used to fix cracks and chips in this beautiful natural stone.

How to Fill Holes In Travertine

Filling Holes in travertine is easy if you know what to use and how to use it. This video demonstrates what professional tile restoration companies use to repair travertine floors. The process is easy enough that home owners can fill holes in travertine tile in just a few minutes. By following the procedure shown in this video,  those unsightly “pocks” in a travertine tile gone in no time.

Tenax Travertine Filler

In the video the tile professional uses a travertine filler produced by Tenax and available at Lustro Italiano to correct the issue. For small jobs and to have on hand, you can have whichever color of travertine filler you need for your tile color. The Tenax brand comes in four colors and is available from Lustro Italiano as follows:

Tenax coloring paste adds color to travertine filler to match stone that falls outside of the normal color range. So, if you have some “blemishes” in your travertine tiles, products like the one mentioned here could be a great solution.

DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 8

Series Conclusion and Recap

Well, after about a week of posting, reviewing, and commenting on this project, we have reached the conclusion of the series covering how to install a granite kitchen counter top. This video is basically a summary of the entire project that consists of the previous 7 videos that are listed below. Continue reading DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 8

DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 7

Finishing The Seams and Sealing

During the course of the project we have been viewing in this 8 part series of videos, there have been places where the granite meets the wall or other pieces of stone. These joints and seams need to be sealed up and camouflaged so that they are not noticeable. What should you use? What cautions or warnings are needed? This installment in the series answers those questions. Continue reading DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 7

DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 6

Granite Backsplashes to Match The Counter

In precious videos in this series covering how to install a granite counter top, you have seen a variety of tips and tricks that include cutting, salvaging material, how to handle granite and haul it in such a way that it does not get broken or cracked, finishing harsh edges made from your imperfect cuts and many other techniques. This video continues by showing how to install the backsplash and trim out existing features of the room. Continue reading DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 6