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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 3/26/2021


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Circa 1965, having beautiful wood paneling was the envy of the neighborhood. It was like bringing the outdoors in. But 50-60 years later, it usually just makes a room seem dark and dated unless you live in a log cabin. In most cases, you can remove the paneling and paint the drywall underneath. Here's what you'll do.

What you'll need

  • Primer
  • Brushes
  • Paint rollers 
  • Painter's tape
  • Plastic floor protection
  • Paint pan
  • Putty knife
  • Spackling paste for nail holes
  • Safety goggles
  • Screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Pry bar
  • Hand sander

Step one: make sure there's drywall under there

Some home builders simply hung the panels directly onto the studs. Others hung drywall first. Then they nailed the paneling over it. Before you begin this project, you need to know what you have. 

*Pro tip* Find out if you have drywall by removing the outlet and light switch covers. Then peer into the wall with your flashlight. You should be able to see the rough edges of drywall in there. If not, don't proceed unless you also want to hang the drywall. It's not that hard. But it's a two-person, multiple weekend job for the average DIYer. We want you to know what you're getting into. If this is more than you feel comfortable with, contact a professional.

Step two: remove the paneling

Put on your safety goggles. Insulation, nails or a piece of wood could go flying during this job.

Next, use a pry bar to remove any molding or trim, carefully if you plan to reuse it. Now, you'll see the edges of the panel. Pry it off panel by panel. It will be nailed into the studs, so you'll need to put some upper body strength into it. Break boards to get it off the wall. But try to keep the drywall underneath as undamaged as possible.

Step three: repair the drywall

You'll definitely have nail holes to fill after removing the paneling. You may also have small gouges. They are easy to fix. And you'll need to do that to have a smooth painting surface.

Apply spackle to the holes with your putty knife. Then allow them to dry before sanding the surface smooth. You may need a second coat. But know it doesn't have to be perfect. That's what primer is for.

Step four: prime the wall

Primer helps fill small imperfections and smooth the painting surface in preparation for painting the wall. Lay down your plastic and apply painter's tape where needed. Then roll your wall with primer. Use the paintbrush to get corners and crevices that a roller won't reach. 

*Pro tip* If you take a break, put the end of your roller and paintbrush in a large freezer bag and seal it as well with tape or a rubber band. If the primer or paint dries on the brush, you may have to replace it. That's an extra expense you can avoid.

Let the primer dry on the wall. Then use your flashlight to see if there are any thin spots. Apply more, as needed.

And you're all ready to choose your paint color. Goodbye, paneling. Hello, 21st Century. For more home projects to update and improve your home, follow our blog.




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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 10/23/2020

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Your kitchen is the ultimate workspace, but only if it has the lighting needed to properly illuminate your work area. Without the right lighting, you could end up fumbling through your tasks, failing to complete them to the best of your ability. Thankfully, resolving that problem is as easy as installing LEDs under the cabinets. Here’s what you need to know about this awesome lighting solution for your kitchen.

Types of Under-Cabinet LEDs

When choosing under cabinet lighting for your kitchen, the following types tend to work best.

Pucks

Resembling hockey pucks in size and shape, LED pucks allow you to shine light wherever you need it. As a standalone lighting option, these typically use batteries for power, giving you virtually unlimited placement options. But remember, if you choose this design, make sure you have plenty of batteries on hand to avoid losing light when you need it most.

Bars

Available in a variety of sizes and shapes, LED bars are the most popular under cabinet option. These lights securely fasten to the bottom of whatever cabinet you like and plug right into a nearby outlet for power. Since these use a plug, you are somewhat limited in placement options, depending on your kitchen design.

Strips

For a little more flexibility, you may want to consider LED strip lights, which come in a variety of lengths and sizes. These strips are typically plug in, though some run on batteries instead. Their extra length can make it easier to place them in hard to reach areas that are far from an outlet.

Once you decide which LED light design you favor most, you can pick up as many as you need to create the task lighting of your dreams.

Key LED Light Features for Under Cabinets

Under cabinet LED lights have a large price range, which is largely built around the standard features included with each unit. At the high end of the price range you might find lights with dimmable bulbs, motion sensors, and even color-changing features. At the low end, you just get basic lights that can be turned off and on with the press of a button.

To find your ideal options, take a look at your expectations, budget, and kitchen activities. If you frequently need extra light while cutting up meat, for example, you may want motion sensors to have light on demand without having to flick a switch.  

Installation Tips for Under Cabinet Lighting

Whether you choose strips, bars, or pucks, there are a few things to remember when installing these lights:

  • Perform a mockup to determine if their placement will provide the light you seek
  • Check that the lights function properly before installing them in your desired location
  • Measure your installation points to accurately line up the lights where you want them
  • When you take the time to select and install your LED under cabinet lights, you can transform your kitchen into a truly effective workspace. So, get started in planning this smart upgrade to treat yourself to a well-illuminate space to complete all your kitchen tasks.




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    Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 10/2/2020

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    Have you ever walked into someone's home or office space and instantly felt that it was positive, welcoming and peaceful?  It means more harmonious work with customers and clients and a more peaceful attitude at home.  Imagine walking through your front door and the stresses of the day melting away.

    A good design, including color, layout and lighting can help create that environment for you or your business.  Read on to learn more!

    Color

    To create a relaxing and serene impression, consider using pale blues, which many people find calming.  Aqua and periwinkle are also soothing colors.  Want something warmer?  Peaches are a fresh choice to create a feeling that's more energized, yet welcoming and relaxed. 

    For an interesting twist, consider creating a gradated impression with mountains or swaths of gently shifting color either with paint or using wallpaper.  Gradual shifts in color are very soothing to the eye and also make decorating far easier, as it's possible to match with any of the colors present.

    For bedrooms, do consider darker colors such as midnight blue on one wall, especially if the bedroom does not include an office space and is used mostly for sleeping.

    Layout

    One of the decorating maxims is quality over clutter: "buy it once, and buy it right".  If your budget is tight, gather the bare essentials first, and allow yourself a full year to reach the finished, polished look you're going for.  Remember that if it's a home you've purchased, you're going to be living there for years to come: there's no deadline to acquire the perfect look.

    Finally, don't purchase furniture that is oversized in order to 'fit' a larger space.  There are two options for larger spaces that seem empty: include more furniture around the central hub of a room (such as a couch, loveseat and two chairs instead of just a couch); or create two hubs of interest in the room.

    Lighting

    There is little more important to the peace and serenity of a room than natural light!  Be sure that whatever window treatment you use isn't so complex that it takes a great deal of effort rearrange to bring in more light or block it out.  Be careful of overhead lights: they can be overwhelming if too intense.  Finally, concentrate standing lamps in quiet corners that may be used for reading or play.

    One of the best things you can do for a room that seems hemmed-in and dark is to knock out the existing windows and add new, larger ones in their place.  This isn't an inexpensive renovation, but it can change the look and feel of a room entirely.

    Candles, fireplaces, and string lights are the ultimate in soft, social lighting!  Use these to create an intimate atmosphere.

    Living Things

    Every room needs a living thing in it, whether that's a standing plant or a fish tank.  Living things bring a touch of the serenity of nature to your space. Here are a few great ideas for indoor plants.

    Remember the Other Senses

    Keep in mind that the environment where you live and work is not just about looks!  Part of what makes a room feel inviting is texture, scent and sound. 

    To create an inviting look, have a variety of soft things to touch in your room, going for quality in whatever rests closest to the body: use high-quality couch pillows and throws, but skimp on curtains, for example.  

    Be aware that when it comes to the senses, there's a lot of individual variation regarding what's considered comfortable.  When questioning what scents to use in your home, err on the side of caution: it's better your guests not smell your fresh vanilla plugin than that you give a friend a migraine!  Ask yourself if you notice the scent when you first walk in after a few hours away. If it's a strong smell when you walk in, you should probably back off. 

    Unpleasant noise can make a space feel very unwelcoming.  Playing classical or soft acoustic can disrupt irritating noise.  If the outdoor noise is intense, consider getting a white noise machine or asking your home device to play the sound of waves; this blocks out repetitive or unpredictable noise nearby.

    Using these tips and tricks, you can create a warm, welcoming space that comforts you, your family and your guests without words.




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    Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 5/22/2020


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    A fire pit can elevate your yard into a truly enchanting entertainment area, liven up your space and even help enhance your curb appeal. While some home projects are not ideal for the DIY approach, you can make a striking firepit on your own in about a weekend. You'll need to gather some supplies, determine the size and shape of your fire pit and get ready to work your muscles as you create a new focal point for your yard. 

    Create a Fast & Easy Firepit

    Fire pits are surprisingly fast and easy to create. If you can layer stones and follow basic directions, you can create an enduring accent you'll enjoy for years to come. 

    Materials: 

    A fire pit needs a gravel base and surround, stones or concrete bricks for the sides and firepit stones for the interior. You'll also need some basic tools for leveling the ground and finishing the space, including a shovel, rake and a can of spray paint. While you can head right to the DIY big box store, contact your local landscape supply stores as well. You'll need both stone and gravel in bulk and you'll pay far less for it from a landscape provider.

    Choose natural stone if you enjoy working things out and want to take the time to work with raw materials that may differ in size and shape. Opt for uniform pavers, bricks or poured stones if you like an overall look and want the pieces to be easy to stack. 

    Create a Firepit

    • Determine the size and shape pit you want to make -- larger pits make bigger entertainment spaces, but require more rock. You'll need space for the pit and for seating around it, so take these needs into consideration as you determine where the pit should go and how big it should be. 
    • Use spray paint to mark off a shape for the pit. It can be square, circular or just an appealing organic shape. 
    • Dig about an inch down, remove all grass and sod and create a level surface on the ground. 
    • Begin stacking your chosen stones around the edges, within the leveled off area. You will not need to mortar between the stones, but should attempt to stack them evenly, without a lot of gaps. Stack one layer at a time, then move on to the next. 
    • Fill the base with the amount of fire pit stones recommended by the manufacturer -- this can vary and will be printed on the container. 
    • Spread gravel around the outside edges of the pit to create a seating area and to prevent grass from returning. 
    • Light it up and enjoy!

     

    Once complete, a fire pit will be a lasting, low maintenance focal point for your yard for years to come. Use in the summer for grilling and roasting marshmallows, then fire it up for warmth on cooler nights -- either way, you'll love enjoying not only a gorgeous accent, but a piece you've made yourself. 

     




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