Monthly Archives: June 2016

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

DIY bathroom remodeling is not only a popular trend going around the U.S., but it’s also one of the most valuable. In fact, on average, bathroom remodeling projects yield a 60% return on investment. As such, you may not only get to enjoy the luxury of using an updated bathroom, but the monetary return as well.

Nevertheless, bathroom remodeling is not easy. To make a difference, you need honest advice from the pros. As such, we rounded up six common DIY bathroom remodeling projects and the steps to complete each without a pro.

If you feel some these are biting off more than you can chew, be sure to contact aprofessional bathroom contractor near you.

Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Before we dive into each project, we must cover the average costs. According to ourbathroom renovation cost estimator, the national average for a bathroom remodeling job is $7,920. This price includes hiring a professional. Therefore, expect your DIY bathroom project to be much less expensive (expect longer completion time though).

DIY Bathroom Planning

Before you start your DIY bathroom remodel project, you must ask yourself six essential questions. By asking and answering all six, you will know if this bathroom project is not only worth your investment, but time as well.

The six questions you need to ask yourself before every DIY bathroom remodeling are:

  1. What is in the bathroom remodel budget?
  2. What do I need & what do I want?
  3. Who will be using the bathroom & what is its function?
  4. How long can the family function without this bathroom?
  5. Do I want to install energy efficient products?
  6. Do I need more bathroom ventilation?

For more tips and guidelines into this six questions, please see DIY Bathroom Remodel Planning.

DIY Bathroom Ideas Painting

Time to jump into your DIY pants. I am going to start off with the easiest and most prevalent DIY project around the house. Believe it or not, new paint can transform your bathroom from 1980s drab to 2010s fab. Whether you go bold with dark blue or casual with stripes, new paint will not only give new life to an outdated bathroom, but make it feel larger as well.

Making your small bathroom feel large is not as hard as it sounds. There are easy, proven painting tips that can make your small bathroom feel like the lavish master bath you deserve.

  • Use light colors
  • Keep all same tone
  • Blend tile color & wall color
  • Paint ceiling & wall same colors
  • Paint vertical stripes to make it seem taller
  • Paint horizontal stripes to make it seem wider
  • Use light colors on doors, windows & molding
  • Color unexpected accents
  • Paint a statement or accent wall

How To Paint Look Like a Patterns

Painting is one of the most popular DIY projects around the house, but it can also be one of the most frustrating. That’s because many homeowners do not fully understand the amount of work that goes into a simple painting project. Likewise, if you go bold and forgo the standard one color per wall method, different patterns can complicate things.

Fortunately, thanks to our good friends at MyFixItUpLife, there are a few easy ways and tips to paint professionally looking patterns in your own home without kicking the wall in.

Tools Needed

  • Paint Brushes
  • Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Painting Tape
  • Pencil
  • Paint Bucket
  • Edge Tool

 

Tips for Painting Patterns

  • Start with reliable paint brushes from your local hardware store.
  • Use your level and tape measure when adding the painting tape.
  • Stay inside the lines.
  • Remove tape after you are done painting, but before paint completely dries.

 

Conclusion

Painting can be time-consuming, but it’s a doable project that fully transforms a room for very little cash. Before calling a painting professional, take a shot yourself and follow Mark and Theresa’s handy tips above.

Tips for Hanging Pictures

images-26Hanging a picture is perhaps the most simple and common DIY home remodeling project. Nonetheless, hanging pictures can go wrong if you don’t have the proper picture hanging hardware or steps needed to hang pictures straight and at the proper height.

Mark and Theresa ofMyFixItUpLife are back showing you how to properly hang a picture, no matter how small or large that photo or mirror may be.

  • For DIY art, a clip and wire hung over a nail or screw is recommended.
  • For heavier art, use a picture hanger to accommodate extra weight.
  • Picture hangers do the least damage to the walls.
  • Try to hang your picture 60” from the floor.
  • Use a torpedo level to make sure the picture is straight.
  • You can use a laser level to make sure pictures are equal heights across the room.
  • For items heavier than 50 Ibs., use professional picture hangers.
  • Professional picture hangers hold up to 100 Ibs.

 

Conclusion

Hanging a picture is not difficult, but without proper techniques, one can damage the wall. Keeping the above tips in mind will ensure that all pictures are hung evenly, looking just as if a pro stopped by.

Great ideas lighting for your home

download-4Holiday lighting installation is something many of us look forward to each and every year, but sadly, many homeowners run the risk of hurting themselves or their loved ones as they hang lights throughout the exterior of the home.

There are always safety precautions one should take before hanging holiday lights, but more so, a helpful guide, including tools needed and step-by-step instructions should always be referenced before attempting a new DIY project.

Continue reading to see all you have to know about installing Christmas and holiday lights.

Recommended Tools for Holiday Lighting Installation

Like any home improvement project, there are tools one needs to complete the project and tools one could use to make your lives easier. Below are all the tools you should consider purchasing (or borrowing) before you hang holiday lights.

  • Drill
  • Staple Gun
  • Hammer
  • Light Clips
  • Gutter Hooks
  • Extension Cords
  • Christmas or Holiday Lights (LED lights recommended)
  • Timers
  • Remote
  • Ladder

Tips on Lighting Materials

You can purchase many of these items at The Home Depot or any local hardware store. Before you go spending, make sure you take an accurate inventory of the materials you already own.

First, check out how many lights you own and the condition of each. If any are cracked, chipped or stray wires are present, throw those away as they present a safety concern while lit. Believe it or not, those lights can cause a fire. Also, before you get in the car, test your lights. Make sure you know exactly how many new lights you need to purchase.

While at the store, make sure you are purchasing outdoor lights. Indoor lights are not safe for the outdoor elements, such as rain or snow. They can also blow a fuse or start a fire.

You will most likely need multiple extension cords made for outdoor use. It’s a safer bet to go with a three-pronged extension cord, as they are safer outdoors. Also, make sure you plug them into a GFCI outlet. These types of outlets shut off when they detect a short circuit. You can even buy a GFCI to plug into a regular outlet. Either way, there should be weather protection around the outlet.

Next, and perhaps the most important piece of information I can give you, is to buy a very stable ladder. This is not a time to play acrobat and extend a reach you don’t have. Your ladder should extend at least six feet higher than the highest point of your lights.

How to Hang Christmas & Holiday Lights

As long as you follow the simple safety recommendations and precautions above, you should be able to hang your Christmas lights without any issues.

As time has evolved, more and more homeowners are moving away from staple guns and nails and instead, using light clips and gutter hooks. After all, roof repairs are not cheap, so you should always look to minimize the wear and tear on the most valuable part of the your home. If you do go with nails, make sure you attach them to fascia board.

Before heading up, make sure your ladder is firm and fully opened. To be safe, have friend at the bottom, holding the ladder in place. While it goes without saying, never place the ladder on ice or water.

If you are using hooks, now is the time to attach the gutter hooks. Do not try to carry all your lights and gutter hooks up the ladder at once. This is not a race. The gutter hooks should easily attach to the gutter. You should hear a snap once they are installed correctly. Once you have three to four feet of hooks attached, have your friend hand you the holiday lights and hang them from the hooks. Once again, do not rush. Conversely, if you are using light clips that attach to the roof, you can install those just as you did the gutter hooks.

It’s as easy as that. Then again, you could really step up your holiday lighting game like the family below.