How to design a classic kitchen


A classic kitchen will always be in style and look as good in 10 years’ time as it does today, but how should you go about getting a look that will stand the test of time?

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Keep it simple

A neutral colour palette will ensure your kitchen does not date; for example, white or cream cupboards in a simple and unfussy Shaker-style are a real classic that always look contemporary. Keep away from ornate door styles, instead opting for something that is not too modern and won’t date as quickly. A Shaker door with a bead moulding can add some interest and keep it from being too traditional.

Ideal Home Magazine advises choosing units, flooring and paint in various shades of cream to create an open and bright space. Using muted colours means your kitchen will withstand the tests of time. Muted colours do not have to be boring; for example, you can add accent colours with accessories and soft furnishings, or try a soft grey or pale blue for more interest.

Glass door cabinets

Try mixing and matching wooden doors with glass ones, which will allow you to display your favourite dishes and open up your kitchen.

Good flooring

Getting the flooring right in your kitchen is essential to achieve a classic look. Wood and tiles remain very popular, while cork is a relatively new trend that is growing in popularity amongst those who want to be more eco-friendly. Cork floors are a very sustainable option that can look great and add style to any classic kitchen. If you are not sure what cork flooring looks like, browse sites such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/what-is/cork-flooring to see how it could fit in with your classic scheme.

White marble or black granite countertops

White marble looks stunning and can make a classic kitchen stand out beautifully, while black countertops add a timeless touch. Although marble can be expensive, it is a material that always remains in style.

When planning your classic kitchen, the most important factors – apart from achieving the right look – are a functional layout that is easy to work in and plenty of storage. Kitchens are expensive; therefore, you want to ensure yours has a long lifespan that will suit you and your family for years to come and keep looking good.

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 clean-up (I used a broken-down cardboard box).

Getting Started:

We will start by painting the frame first, then finish with the chalkboard paint. Begin by taping the glass that is immediately surrounding the frame. Next, sand the frame with the sanding block. Be sure to sand until the frame has a rough texture so that the new coat of paint will stay on. Next, prime the frame with the primer and a paintbrush (depending on the original color, you may need 2 coats). By using a paintbrush, you can ensure that you are getting inside any grooves of the frame. Priming keeps the original color of the frame from showing up underneath the new paint color. Let any coats of primer dry completely.

Painting:

We are going to paint right on top of the glass and on top of any picture that might be hiding underneath. Ensuring that the glass is still taped from the priming steps, we will begin painting the picture frame. Since we are using such a small amount of paint, it is not necessary to pour the paint into a tray. Dip your 1″ paintbrush into the pint of paint and dab away any excess paint on the rim of the container. Paint the frame using long strokes, and be sure that your paint is being applied in just one direction (do not go side to side when you paint the frame with upward and downward strokes). By using a paintbrush, you can be sure that any nooks and crannies are seeing an equal amount of paint as every other spot on the frame. You will probably need at least two coats (let the coats dry completely before continuing).

Applying chalkboard paint to the glass:

Once the frame has completely dried, remove the tape from the glass. Next, you will need to tape the edges of the frame nearest to the glass to ensure that you do not get chalkboard paint all over your newly-painted frame. Next, you will need your chalkboard paint. You can buy chalkboard paint in a spray can or in a paint tub (I do not have excellent spray-painting skills, so I bought a quart of chalkboard paint). Pour your chalkboard paint into a paint tray and get your paint roller. Begin by rolling the chalkboard paint on the glass in long strokes (be sure that the paint goes on in just one direction). Let the first coat dry completely before adding the second. I like a very dark chalkboard so I painted a total of three coats onto my glass, just make sure that the coats are even. Once the chalkboard paint is dry, remove the tape from the picture frame.

There you have it! This homemade chalkboard cannot be any easier to make! Begin enjoying your new chalkboard by writing a creative welcome message, or displaying the dinner menu, or any fun message that you desire. If you wish to hang the chalkboard, hammer a couple of nails in the wall, hang the picture hooks on the nails and “Viola!!!” All done!

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 collected rainwater into the downpipe is called a gutter outlet, and this is usually straight in shape. However, homes with over hanging eaves sometimes need the installation of a special double bend gutter outlet known as a swan neck.

It is important for every homeowner to check on a regular basis that the guttering and downpipes are working effectively. If water is spilling over the sides of guttering or leaking from a downpipe, this may be a sign of a blockage somewhere in the system. Clearing this blockage will make sure that the entire rainwater drainage system will start functioning as normal again.

The standard size of guttering that any home should have is at least 100mm wide. This size is normally sufficient to handle atypical heavy downpour of rain. On the other hand, property owners in areas that suffer with particular heavy rainstorms may consider investing in a high capacity rain water system to better meet their needs.

High capacity guttering and downpipes are larger in diameter and will be better able to cope with the increased volumes of water they need to carry. A professional will be best placed to advise you on the particular needs of your property in order to ensure maximum protection of your home in heavy weather.

After the water has travelled through the guttering, gutter outlets and downpipes, it is disposed of via a gully. This part of the rainwater drainage system is a drain at ground level which delivers water into underground drainage pipes.

Gullies can unfortunately suffer from blockages as much as guttering and downpipes; this is usually a seasonal occurrence caused by falling leaves in the autumn or other debris blown there by the wind. Similarly to other parts of the rainwater drainage system, gullies should be checked regularly for blockages and measures taken to unblock them if necessary.

There are a few materials that are commonly used to manufacture a rainwater drainage system. The most common material is PVCu, which is a relatively inexpensive and efficient option for the typical homeowner. Older properties may have cast iron rainwater drainage systems, and although these can be more attractive, they usually require more maintenance.

Another option is installing an aluminium rainwater system. This is considered the most efficient choice due to its durable and low-maintenance nature, although it is more expensive making it possibly unnecessary for homeowners with smaller budgets.

These are the basics of any rainwater drainage system. With a few main components that work efficiently together, and available in a variety of materials, the rainwater drainage system is an essential solution for protecting your home against the worst of bad weather conditions.

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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 the space look bigger and brighter. If you want to go all the way, consider texturing the walls before you paint. Spray on texture is available.

 

    1. Look up – the ceiling might be next. Is it insulated? If not, you can do it. The cheapest way to do this is to add fiberglass insulation. You’ll want to wear goggles and a mask so it doesn’t irritate your body. Install drywall over the insulation for a completed look. If you’re serious about keeping out the cold or the heat, consider having a professional spray insulation to seal all areas.

 

    1. Spiff up the floors. How do you use your garage? If you’re parking your car and want to save money, clean the floor with a power washer and paint! A much better look and not too hard. If you’re using the garage as a workspace or, even, using it to entertain for children’s parties or large gatherings, consider buying some outdoor carpet that you can roll down as needed in whatever area you choose. Looking for something more permanent? Have epoxy flooring installed professionally. If you’re a talented do-it-yourselfer you may be able to handle project but follow all steps carefully.

 

  1. No matter if you park your car in the garage, have a workshop area or even a man cave, you are probably using it for storage. Quit stacking boxes on top of boxes. You can nail shelving to the studs or add stud-mounted cabinets, drawers and counters. Or, you can go quick and easy with rolling shelves and stand-alone, wheeled cabinets that can be moved out of the way for garage maintenance.

These four projects are going to make your garage more useful and more attractive. But, no matter how you use your garage or how neat you keep the interior, make sure your garage is safe. Your garage door should have yearly maintenance from a garage door company to make sure the door will open and close correctly, the auto reverse works and the springs and cables are secure.

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 wall hangings all can create a feeling of brightness, even when the sun isn’t at its highest point.

– Get the fan going. Install a fan or keep your existing fan running to cool the area to a comfortable temperature. If you close your eyes at dusk, you may feel the similarity between a good fan on a summer night and the wind coming in off the ocean on a beach.

– Add some curtains. Linen is the ideal fabric for screened-in porches. Add a flowing, beachy charm to your screened-in porch with a few sets of curtains strategically placed around the porch. Keep them open for a purely aesthetic appeal or close them when the weather gets too warm or bright.

– Install a new feature. Looking for extra natural light in your space? A skylight can add more brightness to the interior of the space and bring in the warmth of summer throughout the year. A fireplace is another year-round addition that can make cool summer and autumn nights relaxing and inviting.

– Build on a theme. Whether you choose beaches, gardens, or other summery design themes, add elements of the design in connecting rooms in the home to extend the flow of summer throughout the home.

– Get a swing. A swing is the quintessential piece of any porch layout. A glider or swing offers a relaxing space for napping, reading, or enjoying the sound, smells, and views around your home.

– Add height. Summer evokes a feeling of airiness and warmth. If you want to keep that feeling throughout the year, consider raising the height of the ceiling to add more flow or opening more of the space with a door replacement to let in more light throughout the home.

Summer is a good time to experiment with new designs and decorations for your screened-in porch. Turn it into a place you love spending time with fun, simple, and transformative changes.

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 offered by steam, but it can also be utilised to great effect for stripping wallpaper, and using such a DIY tool is straightforward.

    1) Perforate the surface of your wallpaper with a Stanley knife, being careful not to damage the plasterwork.
    2) Work the steam stripper methodically across the wall, starting from the top and working your way down. Allow the steam to soak into the paper.
    3) Use a wallpaper scraper to remove the wallpaper as you go. If you’ve got any strands of wallpaper left after steaming and scraping, go over them again. Safety Warning: When using the steam stripper make sure you’re using it with an RCD adaptor, and never use it close to switches or sockets

Warm Water:

If you don’t have a steam stripper, the easiest way to remove your existing wallpaper is to use a bucket or warm water with alum, and apply this to your wall using a sponge. It’s recommended to use 2 tablespoons of alum – which can be purchased from the chemist – for every pint of warm water.

Simply apply the mixture to the wallpaper, allow it to soak in and then scrape off using the wallpaper scraper.

Whether you’re using a steam stripper or applying water manually, once the paper has been stripped we recommend you give your walls a scrub – using an abrasive pad and hot soapy water – to remove any glue residue.

Prepare The Wall:

Once the wallpaper has been stripped from the wall, more work needs to be carried out before you’re ready to hang your new paper – and the key is to prepare the wall. This can be done in a number of steps, including:

    • Using a flexible knife to remove any flaking paint or plaster which may be present
    • Smooth the wall by sanding it down, either with a sanding block or electric sander
    • If the wall is showing signs of any defects, from loose / cracked plaster and holes in the wall to signs of damp, these must be treated. To treat mould, we recommend you wash it away using household bleach before covering with a sealer coat of anti-damp paint.

If you’ve had to use filler on the wall, you’ll need to smooth it over again with your sanding block.

Hanging Wallpaper:

Hanging wallpaper is a DIY task which you need to take your time doing, particularly if you’re using a patterned paper. To help you hang your wallpaper to perfection, make sure you follow these handy tips…

    • Measure and cut the wallpaper correctly, key to this is to measure twice and cut once. We also suggest when measuring and cutting the wallpaper you leave an extra 2 inches at the top and bottom for final trimming.
    • Pasting the paper is key to it sticking correctly, and to get this right you’ll need to allow the paste to soak into the paper for the designated period of time (this can vary from paste to paste). To help make pasting cleaner, consider pouring the paste into a paint tray and applying using a paint roller.
    • To hang your paper, if you’re using a plain design start in the corner behind the door and work your way around the room, taking the time to measure and cut each piece of wallpaper as you go. For bold designs choose a focal point and start from the centre of this area, before cutting the next piece you’ll also need to make sure the pattern matches with the previous one.
    • When carrying the paper to the wall from the pasting table, it’s recommended to carefully fold it, once you’ve placed the top of the paper onto the wall you can allow the folds to drop and carefully stick the rest of the paper to the wall.
    • Make sure you use a wooden or rubber roller to press down the wallpaper as it dries, as this will help to remove any blisters – which if left can become unsightly and ruin the aesthetics of the room.

Painting:

Painting your walls may sound like an easier option to wallpapering, but to achieve a stunning finish you’ll need to do more than purchase a pot of paint and slapping this onto the walls. Instead, to get a perfect painted finish on your walls, you’ll need to take the time to clean and prepare the walls.

Clean & Prepare:

As when wallpapering, if your walls show any signs of having a defect you’ll need to resolve this – whether it’s filling holes, removing damp patches or patching up plasterboard. In addition to fixing any defects, we also recommend you sand the wall down with a sanding block to achieve a smooth surface.

With the walls ready, you can begin thinking about painting, and along with selecting the colour(s) you’re after, you’ll also need to consider the tools you’ll need for the job.
We recommend you have the following:

    • Dust cover to protect your flooring and any other areas you don’t want painting
    • Masking tape to section and cover the area where two colours will meet.
    • Paintbrush, paint pad or roller – each have their own benefits and drawbacks, but if used correctly all can help you to achieve a professional looking finish to your walls, woodwork and ceiling.

Painting:

With your walls prepared and tools to hand, you’re ready to paint. But this isn’t just about dipping your painting tool of choice into the paint and then applying it to the wall, instead for a professional finish without the price tag follow these steps…

    1) Paint in sequence – start with your ceiling before moving onto the walls and finishing with the woodwork.
    2) When painting, do all the cutting in and edges first, this will not only help the decorating go quicker but will also produce better results. You should also always make sure you start from the top of the wall when painting and work your way down as this will help reduce the risk of drip marks appearing.
    3) Start by the window first and work your way round, and although painting can be time consuming if you do need / want to take a break, wait until you’ve reached a corner as this will give you a great starting point when you come back to painting.
    4) If you’re painting an area where two colours meet (i.e. ceiling and wall), turn to your masking tape and cover the area where the two colours meet. Alternatively, if you’ve got a steady hand you can use a technique called beading.

Simply add a little paint to your brush, turn it edge on and press it flat against the wall, a short distance away so bristles are slightly splayed – this will create a bead of paint.

Taking your time when decorating your home and following the advice outlined above, will help you add a new look to your home, without having to splash the cash.

 

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 and you can complete the project in one day with ease.

You will want to run the plumb line for the gutter outlet, this can be one once you have identified the positioning of the drain. Ensure the fascia is level before you continue, this will save you energy and time as you continue through the process. Carrying on at this point without confirming the fascia is level may result in you having to undo all your hard work and start from scratch, the last thing anyone wants to go through in any DIY project.

The next step is to start at the furthermost end and fit the support bracket for your rainwater drainage system. With the bracket secured in place, place the pipe in the bracket to ensure you have it at the correct level. From here you will need to remove the pipe and then fit the next bracket approximately one metre away. You will want to continue with this process until you reach the final bracket, where you need to fit a stop end.

You are half way to installation your new rainwater drainage system. Slip the pipe into the brackets. This is where two people come in handy to make this process a little easier. The good news is that rainwater drainage systems are often made of plastic, which is very lightweight and easy to lift and manoeuvre as needed.

Now you will want to fit a pipe clip to the bottom and then work two metres apart, working your way up to the drainage system. Once this is completed, you can insert the pipe and ensure it is held tightly and securely in place, reducing the risk of it coming loose or falling out when the first heavy rain of the season hits.

The final step of the installation process is that once all your adhesives have dried you will want to perform a test. The best way to achieve this is to stand at one end and open up the host pipe, allowing a strong volume of water to flow down the rainwater drainage system. You want to check for leaks and ensure a good water flow. If all is in order, then you have completed the project successfully. Leaks can be fixed with some silicone to seal the area and ensure that the leak is eliminated.

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 larger choice that there is likely to be in your small local hardware store, meaning that you can take your time to browse a much larger selection and choose exactly the right product to suit your particular requirements.

As with all online shopping experiences, however, take your time to find a reputable seller that not only has a range of products that you want but also has great customer feedback. This can be evident when looking on sites like eBay where reviews are provided by former clients, but search the net for the retailer in any case in order to carry out a background check on their credibility.

Once you have created a shortlist of a few reputable suppliers that seem to have a range of supplies that meet your needs, it is critical that you get in touch with their customer support team in order to benefit from the free advice that many of these companies give.

As you are a DIYer doing the project yourself, obtaining the advice of an expert can make the difference between failure and success. Checking with a number of suppliers to get a second, third and fourth opinion on your renovation intentions and how you want to install that solvent waste pipe is therefore critically important.

Another place to looking order to find the right products for you is in major outlets that specialise in plastic building supplies. Whereas generalist local DIY stores – or even some of the large national chains – will have products that are likely to meet your needs, choosing to go to a retailer that offers these products exclusively can give far more choice and a higher level of expert help.

This information can again be obtained by going online and searching for the names of companies that specialise in plastic building supplies. You can then travel to their nearest outlet in order to make your selection from a huge range of products and receive the face-to-face help you need in planning your project.

Finally, one last solution to finding the right push fit or solvent waste pipe product for you is going directly to the manufacturer of high quality pipe products. If you are a non-professional who has never carried out one of these types of project before, finding a reputable independent company that you know will provide high quality products can be difficult.

Choosing to contact a major brand name of plastic building supplies can therefore assure you of a level of quality that might otherwise be hit and miss with independent retailers. Furthermore, manufacturers overspecialization their own products and will be able to provide you with detailed advice on just what you need to do to install your new household piping system.

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 and storing space. There’s going to be a lot of various belongings in the room, so you should aim to keep everything organized. Clutter is not healthy for the ambience of any room.

2. Set up your perfect entertainment system

No man-centric room is complete without a kickass entertainment system.

Now the TV is a given, but don’t overlook the sound system, video game consoles, and all the other mod cons that make life so sweet.

And to save any heartache in the future, organization – like in the previous step – is important. If you are setting up an assortment of electronic devices, you should aim for a convenient structure that prevents you having to constantly swap and change what is hooked up to your main hub (i.e. television). A component switch box is helpful in that regard.

3. Cool chairs for men: choose one!

Now that you have the main gadgets and gizmos configured, you are going to need somewhere comfortable to sit down.

Admittedly, your average piece of furniture would suffice. But this is your refuge – surely you want something that delivers in both comfort and eye-catching style? If so, funky chairs are the way to go.

Regardless if you want seating that is shaped like a car or has a fridge in the armrest, chances are there is going to be something out there that matches your requirements. And consequently, cool chairs for men – due to their individualistic features – can match your personality accurately.

Plus if this is a room for entertaining guests, a collection of funky chairs can make a big impact among your family and friends.

4. Stand out with a luxury item

Delving deeper into the area of decorating the room with your interests, you want to pick out one or more unique items that make it the ultimate space that is all about you.

If you love video games, get an arcade machine. If you are a music enthusiast, install a jukebox with all your beloved tunes. Or how about a pool table, pinball machine or poker table that can become the cornerstone for your man cave? Something along those lines will really elevate the room to the next level.

5. Adorn the walls with your favorite interests

Fixtures and fittings complete? Check.

Is that entertainment system in place? Check.

Made a funky chairs choice? Check.

Got an extravagant centerpiece? Check.

Well with all those steps complete, now is the time to apply those finishing touches to the room that make it say, without any doubt, ‘this is my space’.

Although we keep reiterating ourselves, your man cave should highlight your interests. This isn’t the place for humdrum paintings that will please your grandparents. So with that in mind, consider the following choices when it comes to decorating your walls:

  • Posters
  • Sport memorabilia
  • Artwork
  • Signs

If it represents you and what you’re passionate about, get it up on those walls.

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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 terminology, “valance” is the decoration that hangs along the top of your frame. It often serves to hide the curtain rail or any other mechanism that you’ve got up there. They’re also sometimes known as “swag.”

Instead of expensive shop-bought valances you can try…

    • Pennants or small flags. This is particularly easy in the US, where most sports team, camps, and societies seem to do their own little bunting flags. There’s no need to sew these together to make a valance. You can simply tie them up in a row, possibly with a little bit of ribbon if they don’t come with attachments of their own. Great for kids’ rooms.

 

  • DIY with fun fabric. This will require some basic DIY skills again. All you really need to do is make a long and flat U-frame to shape the valance. Polystyrene is a good option for a lightweight material to use for this – you can get it in the form of ‘insulation panels’ from most DIY stores. You can pick up some interesting fabric (you won’t need very much after all!) for surprisingly little too. Then all you need to do is wrap your fabric around your carefully measured A-frame and pin it in place. Make sure the pattern is straight!

Curtains

New curtains can be horribly expensive – especially if you’re trying to match existing décor. So why not make your own matching sets for a fraction of the cost of buying them new?

How about…

  • Re-purposing old bed sheets. You’re going to need some basic sewing skills for this one, but the world is then your oyster when it comes to plaits and ruffles.
  • Printing designs on plain linen curtains. Saving you the expense of pricey patterns, is this fun solution. The easiest way to do this is with stencils and spray paint. But you could also make a stamp out of a sponge for easy repeat patterns.