Homemade Chalkboards

sAfter spending several hours scrolling through Pinterest DIY pins, I decided that I wanted to make my own chalkboards! What a cute, simple task that allows me to personalize my own home and test my creativity at the same time! I wanted 2 chalkboards: one would be used in the entryway of my house, the other would be used to display what is for dinner in the kitchen! In this tutorial, we will make the chalkboards from framed pictures without having to take apart the frame and the glass and then reassembling it.

Here is what you will need:

– Framed glass picture (I found mine at Goodwill for about $3 a piece)
– Painters tape
– Latex gloves
– Sanding block
– Primer
– Pint of desired paint color (for frame)
– Chalkboard paint
– (2)1″ paintbrushes
– Small roller brush
– Paint tray
– Newspaper, tarp or cardboard (for easy clean-up)
– Chalk

Optional (If you wish to hang the chalkboard):

– Nails
– Hammer

Preparation:

Start by taking all of your supplies outside or to some open area. Lay down the protective material you selected for easy

How Do Rainwater Drainage Systems Work

rFor anyone living in a region with a damp climate such as the UK, a rainwater drainage system is essential. Providing valuable protection against heavy rainfall, a rainwater system that is properly installed can save thousands of pounds worth of damage being done and ensure the comfort and safety of the homeowner and their family.

The rainwater drainage system is made up of a number of important parts, each contributing a valuable role that ensures the optimal functioning of the entire system. So, what are these parts and how do they ensure the protection of a property in heavy weather?

As many may be able to imagine, guttering is one of the key parts of an effective rainwater drainage system. When rain falls on a property, guttering is the first in line to catch water and channel it safely away as it falls on your roof.

The guttering directs water to downpipes, which are the next essential part of the rainwater drainage system. These channel water down and away from the home making way for the next volume of water that the guttering collects.

The part that delivers

4 Ways to Give Your Garage a Finished Look

gA finished garage can add value to your home. It will make the interior of the garage look more spacious and it will make going out in the garage to retrieve something you’ve stored or to use your workbench much more pleasant.

Here are 4 things to do for a garage with a finished look!

    1. You might want to start with the walls since they are the most visible part of the garage – if you haven’t stacked so much stuff against them that they can’t be seen, but we’ll get to that later! One quick fix for the walls is simply nailing up peg board to the studs. It looks good and it will give you a place to hang tools, garden equipment and even bikes. If you want to raise the level another notch, you can probably do-it-yourself. Use drywall screws to secure drywall to the studs and smooth out the area between boards. You can stop here and paint with a semi-gloss or glossy paint. Choose them over a flat paint as they’ll be easier to clean and will reflect light to make

Summer Friendly Tips For Your Screened-In-Porch

sedScreened-in porches offer the perfect balance between indoors and out. Enjoy sitting in your home’s extension without the sun beating down, the rain moving you indoors, or bugs getting in the way. As the school year begins and the days start getting ever so slightly shorter, here are some ways to keep your screened-in-porch full of the signs of summer:

– Give the area a good scrub. Summer brings pollen and dust, which can affect your screened-in-porch as much as a porch that’s open to the elements. Vacuum the cushions, wipe down the walls, and sweep and mop the floor to instantly brighten the space and make it feel like the beginning of the season again.

– Opt for warm, late-summer colors. Late summer is the perfect time for rich corals, teal blues, and sunflower yellows. Add extra throw-cushions, a new rug, or a set of new vases to add dimensionality and reflect the warmest days of the season.

– Use mirrors. You can add light to your porch without adding extra lamps. Decorate with mirrors to reflect the existing light in the space. Mirrored trays and

Handy Tips For Redecorating Your Home

2wLike our wardrobes, from time to time our homes need a new look and whilst this can be achieved by adding some art to the walls or a new rug in the lounge, there are other times when nothing but completely redecorating a room will do.

Along with adding a new look to your home, redecorating is also a great way to increase the value of your home, with it being estimated that a redecorated home can increase in value on average by nearly 3%.

So whether you’re looking to sell your home in the coming months, or you’ve decided it’s time to freshen up your walls, we’ve provided some handy tips to wallpapering and painting.

Wallpapering:

Stripping Wallpaper:

We’re not going to lie to you, stripping wallpaper is a tedious job and it’s one which can be hard work as well as time consuming. But it’s also a must if you want to ensure your new wallpaper sticks to the wall and looks good.

Thankfully there are two ways in which you can make the stripping of wallpaper easier and quicker.

Steam Stripper:

We’ve made no secret of the cleaning powers

How to Effectively Install Your New Rainwater Drainage System

efThe good news is that installing a rainwater drainage system is a relatively easy project, especially if you have some DIY knowledge around the home. Ideally you will get someone to give you a hand, this will speed up the installation process and help you get the correct lines to ensure the water flows properly and eliminate the risk of leaks or overflowing in the future.

One of the biggest problems for homeowners these days is issues with their rainwater drainage systems. Once installed it is imperative that you get up on a ladder on a semi-regular basis, removing leaves and debris to allow the water to flow freely at all times.

Installation is a detailed process and the steps need to be followed to ensure the rainwater drainage system is installed correctly and effectively to provide years of use and eliminate the need of replacement in a short period of time.

The first step to the installation process is the positioning of the drain. This is probably the most complex part of the process, but once you have identified this, the rest is quick and easy

Where to Find Waste Pipe Products for DIYers

3xFor many DIY enthusiasts, carrying out maintenance in the home after a pipe has sprung a leak, or even renovating an entire room according to your specific needs and requirements, is a pleasure as much as it can be a great deal of hard work. Unlike professional tradesman, you do not necessarily have access to all the products and equipment that you need to do the job easily.

One of the biggest issues for many DIYers is not obtaining the support they need in carrying out a task, and also not knowing which products are the most suitable for them and where they can find them.

For those who are looking to find waste pipe products – whether they are looking for a push fit pipe or a solvent waste pipe – one of the best places to begin the search for information is online. There are many reputable sellers now operating on eBay as well as those who have independent online stores, all of whom offer a wide range of products that can meet your needs.

There is also the major advantage that there is a

Designing Your Perfect Man Cave

27Guys, sometimes you just need an escape from everything! A sanctuary within a sanctuary where work, chores and, (ahem) your significant other is pushed to the wayside.

That place of paradise is commonly referred to as the man cave.

The man cave is a wondrous place, where relaxation and enjoying the finer things in life (TV, games and copious amounts of alcohol) take precedent over everything else. But constructing a room of such epic magnitude can be difficult to get your head around. That is, if you don’t have this very guide to accompany you on your journey.

From funky chairs to jukeboxes, here is the 5-step process you should follow to design and create an awesome man cave.

1. Get the basics done

This is a man cave. It is going to exude extravagance on a very manly scale.

However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the basic concepts of room design. First things first, make sure your floor and walls are designed to your specifications. Because once your room is complete, these are among the hardest things to convert for obvious reasons.

You will also need plenty of shelving

3 Affordable DIY Window Decoration Ideas

iyGiving the window areas of your home some life doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

Why not add some little features in obvious areas? You can beautify your home with these window treatments without the usual expense…

Tie-backs

An often overlooked but very easy way to personalise your window decorations, the tie backs that curtains usually come with tend to be fairly boring.

So why not replace them with…

  • Antique door knobs. Only basic DIY skills required here. Add some boutique doorknobs to pull your curtains back behind. Stylish, and affordable.
  • Gold or silver chains. But without the cost of the real precious metals obviously! Buy some heavy chains to use as ties, and spray them the colour of your choice.
  • Leather belts. Use some old leather belts – as long as they’re not too frayed around the buckle. Or in fact, even if they are! It all depends what look you’re going for.
  • Neck ties. Got a whole bunch of gentleman’s ties knocking around? Here’s a possible use for them. This can be a great option because there are lots of patterns readily available.

Valance

If you’re not down with your curtain-related

DIY Projects You Can Do At Home

fDo-It-Yourself projects are fun to do. From simple things you can find at home to something more useful and fun, it could turn to be an instant home decoration spree that everyone can admire and follow. Moreover, Do-It-Yourself projects can bring out your creativity and resourcefulness. Engaging yourself into this kind of activities also hones your skills, making you improve in the craft that you are inclined to do.

What is good about Do-It-Yourself projects is that you can customize and make it more personalized depending on your preference. You can improve your creative skills and make use of the materials that are no longer useful at home. You get to recycle and create something from the things that are left unnoticed inside your home.

In accordance, here are some of the best and must-try Do-It-Yourself projects you can try at home:

Wall Art

In putting up your own home wall art, you can make use old artworks framed beautifully or even make your own frame depending on what complements your wall. You can also hang some old photos of your family members or places you have been

Hardware Store Workshops: Helping Kids Learn How To DIY

3aGetting kids active takes work. Helping them learn a skill they can use the rest of their lives can be even more difficult. Thankfully, by checking out your local hardware store, you may find some classes for your elementary schooler to help them learn these important skills.

Teaching Them New Skills

Most schools no longer teach kids how to handle tools safely. These hardware store workshops pick up where schools have failed. By teaching younger children the skills they need to handle tools safely, fewer accidents can occur.

However, these handy workshops are not just about teaching kids how to safely use the everyday tools they may see around the house. It is about teaching them do-it-yourself skills that will last them throughout their lives. Kids get a sense of accomplishment from finishing their projects, even if they do not look perfect. Most stores hand out certificates when the project is completed, giving them even more to be proud of.

Getting Involved

Hardware store workshops know that it is important for parents to be equally involved. That is why they encourage parents to stick around for the class and

16 Green Ways to Recycle Old Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

3qMost memory foam mattress toppers have a lifespan of only 5 years. After that the foam loses the ability to regain shape and gradually start to sag. A lot of people change mattress topper after this period, that means there is quite a bit of waste out there. Instead of increasing your carbon foot prints what can you do something more eco-friendly? The most opted option is to recycle the foam as it can be 100% recycled. Some manufactures also take used toppers, so that’s another way.

But instead of just throwing them away I have some unique ideas that will convert your old memory foam mattress topper into something completely new and eco-friendly.

1. Stuffing for toys

Why not? They make an excellent stuffing material for toys. Cut them into small pieces and use them to stuff toys for your kids. Also you can make toys out of them and even sell on eBay or Etsy!

2. Bean bags

A bean bag can be made more comfortable by filling half of it with pieces of memory foam. Or you can sew a new bag and fill it completely

So What Are Teplo Ties

tiWall ties are an essential element in the strength and stability of cavity walls, but by crossing the cavity they act as a thermal bridge between the internal and external leaves. Generally speaking, the wider the insulated cavity, the more substantial the wall tie needs to be and the greater the effect the tie has on the u-value of the wall.

The teplo tie is a wall tie which is made up of a composite material based on basalt fibre and this composite is resistant to corrosion whilst also being alkali resistant. This particular wall tie is a lot stronger and lighter than the stainless steel wall ties. In addition to this and perhaps the most important is that improvements can be made to the thermal insulation of walls because the teplo tie is twenty times less thermally conductive than stainless steel and thus can remove the thermal bridges which are created by the stainless steel wall ties.

Teplo ties improve the thermal insulation of walls through removing the thermal bridges which are created by the traditional stainless steel wall ties. Customers, architects and contractors have

DIY Interior Colours Made Easy

coInterior walls have a unique purpose in either brightening the environment or it can give you a warm feeling of comfort. In choosing the right colours it is important to know the different variation of colour tones such as your analogous from monochromatic shades, complementing undertones that go well in your living rooms, bedrooms and other areas. A few great ideas for those who can’t quite afford to hire a professional, why not seek out interior designing schools and request for their students? They will be eager to assist with some fresh new ideas and usually come with a fraction of the cost or even offer to help for free on their uni project.

As you start to research the many themes and look that will sit well with your personal style, have an idea of what you are inspiring to achieve and work your way through each individual rooms and decide if you are going to blend the elements or have each room play out a different story. Colours are all about bringing life to an environment so choose from the thousands of colour

Air Conditioning Repair Tips – Do It Yourself

spIt might seem like a coincidence that your air conditioning unit fails to work only when you need it the most- during the scorching summer season. With a few fine motor skills, some technical knowledge, a bit of logical thinking and some common sense you might be able to correct some of these issues.

#Issue 1: My air conditioner does not cool well.

#Solution:

This is the most common issue that every AC owner faces. Here is the list of things you can do about it.

Make sure the thermostat is set to the right temperature.

Check for the circuit breaker. The issue could be as small as a tripped fuse.

Check if the outlet’s voltage meets your AC’s requirement.

Switch off the AC, remove the filter and get in cleaned. A clean filter allows easy air flow.

Clean the compressor and condenser unit with a damp cloth. Do not use a water faucet.

Make sure that the compressor is working. If it is working you will be able to hear the outdoor compressor and the fan will be turning. If not then it is the time to call your technician.

#Issue 2: Water

Four Common Tools Used in Tile Installation

3ddCeramic tile installation requires specialized tools that can cut through the rigid ceramic without shattering it. There are many different types of cutting tools available, each designed for different sizes and types of cuts. By understanding each one, you will be able to select the right equipment for your project.

Electric Wet Saw

Probably one of the most well-known pieces on the list, the electric wet saw is great for cutting notches, bevels, and, of course, center cuts. While this saw is one of the most expensive, it is a necessity if you plan to complete a large tile installation project. Many stores offer these items for rent if you don’t want to invest the money to purchase one.

An electric wet saw uses a diamond-edge blade to make accurate cuts. However, since the blade will quickly heat from scoring the ceramic, it utilizes a tube to feed water onto the blade. This keeps the blade’s temperature at an appropriate level and keeps dust from clogging the machinery.

Diamond Hole saw

For those who need to score tough tiles or drill a hole, the diamond hole saw easily completes

5 Tips to Help You Use LED Lights for Christmas

21For Christmas decorations, you can opt for LED lights. While they cost a bit more, they stand the test of time and utilize less power. if you know how to hang and fix LED lights, you can decorate your home a lot better than other people. Follow the 5 tips given below before using them as Christmas decorations.

Tip 1: Decide on Brightness Level

What brightness level do you like? For brighter displays, you can choose a light string with lights fixed not far away from each other. if you are unable to find this type of string, you can buy 2 light string sets and then put them together to get the same results.

Tip 2: Choose a Color

White LED lights emit light that is a little bit blue. In the same way, the light emitted by incandescent lights is a little bit orange. Hanging different colored lights side by side will be a bad decision if you are after a beautiful uniform color. You can choose any color based on your personal taste.

Tip 3: Know Power Levels

The beauty of LED lights is that they consume

3 Techniques for a Timeless Decor

3ffThe artistry of a flower does not end when it starts to wither. You can actually save your bouquet’s grandeur through drying them up for a lasting home decoration. Even past their heyday, dried blooms still make an ideal gift as they bring joy all year round.

Dried blossoms are a pleasant and inexpensive substitute to crisp bouquets. Some flowers like roses and lavender exude a natural odor and can last for a long time. Primarily, you should harvest blooms at their best. They will not be good for drying if they are already past their prime. You can gather posies from your garden early at dawn or during a cold evening when they aren’t exposed to the sun. If you don’t have one in your backyard, you may visit a local flower shop or simply order flowers online.

The simplest drying method which involves plainly arranging the stalks in a vase with water and leaving the liquid to evaporate does not produce a good result to all variety of flowers. You can apply these drying techniques to your favorite bunch of flowers.

Air Drying

This is an

Set Out Building Work Accurately With a Rotary Laser Level

laRotary laser levels are professional equipment used for different purposes in building. Make sure you choose a reliable brand that sells quality equipment, and remember that although this instrument might be pricy but will turn out very useful for any construction work you are doing. The laser emits a laser beam that covers a round circumference that can be used as a reference for even surfaces or perpendicular angles.

If you wish to install a ceiling, a rail, or any other kind of indoor work, you will need an indoor laser level. Place the laser level on an even surface, turn it on and use the laser beam as a reference. If you are doing outdoor work, you will need a laser level made for outdoor use. The human eye cannot see a laser beam in broad day light, which is why these levels come with a beam detector that indicates where the beam is.

If your laser level does not come with a detector, you can purchase one. Make sure you choose a detector that fits the color of the beam of your level. If

Should I Install Solar Panels Myself

3sSolar installations in the United States have increased year after year and the extension of tax credits for solar panel owners has made it likely that solar installations will continue to grow over the next few years. Buying a solar system and having it installed can be very expensive. Is it ever a good idea to buy a solar system and have it installed independently? The answer is…

It Depends…

What are your goals with solar? Where do you live and what are the conditions of your home? The options available for a homeowner to go solar, varies by location and utility company. Other factors such as available roof space and shading conditions will also impact decisions to go solar.

PPA or Leasing Options

PPA & Solar Leasing Options are great for Homeowners that desire to save money on their power bill without having to spend any cash or invest anything on upfront costs. These options allow free solar installation taken care of by the solar provider. It makes no sense for the homeowner to install the panels themselves and the solar provider will not allow an independent