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24th Jul2013

Redecorating Living And Dining Spaces

by Dinah Wulf

Creating smooth transitions in open floor plans between kitchen, dining room, and living room enhances the appeal of the home when redecorating. Some of these changes are structural, such as making seamless transitions from living room to dining room flooring that incorporates counter space on the open island of the kitchen beside the two. Some of these changes relate to décor.

There are a few steps to creating this pace in the home:

  1. Choose color scheme
  2. Match cabinet with furniture
  3. Select neutrally universal décor

Following these steps will help create a smooth transition from one room to the next, making them all connected in the flow of the room instead of separated from each other by design.

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Choosing Color Scheme

The first step to blending the spaces is to take a look at color scheme. Look at the floors first since they are the most costly and time consuming to replace. Dark woods with light carpet is nice, but it separates the rooms from each other. Consider switching one or the other to match in darkness or light so that they do not contrast with one another. Flooring is the foundation of the color scheme.

Next take a look at the walls. The days of transitioning colors between the two rooms are behind us. In order to make the rooms seem as if they are one choose a color to paint all of the walls. These colors can either contrast with the flooring or compliment it, but you don’t want them to blend together. 

To set off living spaces a little, paint one wall of the living room, opposite the other rooms, a contrasting color. Usually softer hues on all walls but the one is acceptable. The different colored wall should be the main focus of the living room where the fireplace or the TV are mounted and the furniture is facing. If it isn’t don’t paint it a different color.

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Matching Cabinets with Furniture

After the floors and walls are taken care of look at the living room and dining room furniture. Do they match with each other or the colors of the kitchen counter and cabinets? If all three rooms are combined it may be necessary to reupholster or purchase new furniture for one room or another. 

Choose your personal style and decorate both rooms as if they are one. That means if you love your dining room table and the leather seated and backed chairs that go with it, consider getting leather sofas to match. The days of expensive leather furniture are behind us and they are now in the same range as fabric upholstered furniture. If there are bar stools for the kitchen space get matching leather and upholster them yourself.

Don’t forget the kitchen space. If you just spent money on a more modern kitchen make sure that the cabinets and countertops match the color of the tables in the living room and dining room, and that the upholstery smoothly transitions with the countertops.

Selecting Neutrally Universal Décor

The finishing touches are just as important as the foundation. Select visually appealing décor that can be used in all the rooms smoothly. That means if you have metal hangings on the wall in the dining room they should be used in the living room as well; if you have paintings in the living room add a couple to match in the dining room. A floor vase in the dining room should match the end table vase in the living room.

Creating transitions between the rooms should be done from the ground up. Using these three simple steps will enhance the comfort and unity of the home. 

17th Jul2013

How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve wanted to paint stripes on, my daughter, Mia’s wall for the longest time. Thanks to 3MDIY.com, who sponsored this post, I was able to do so! 

Initially, I was worried about bleeding, because I have painted many walls in the past and have had issues.  Believe it or not, I managed to paint PERFECT stripes with ZERO bleeding! Woo hoo! With that said, here is my tutorial on how to paint stripes on a wall.

Before we start, here is a 90 second video I did for 3 awesome tips for painting perfect wall stripes.

Materials:

For Holes:

To Paint:

  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint pan
  • Step Stool
  • ScotchBlue heavy duty non-slip drop

For Stripes:

Protective Gear:

  • Safety glasses
  • 3M face mask

Here is Mia’s wall BEFORE.

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Instructions:

First, patch any holes using 3M Patch Plus Primer and a putty knife.  Sand the hole smooth with sand paper.  Next, using a yardstick and pencil measure the distance between stripe width across the wall.  My stripes were 13” apart on an 8’ wall.

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Use a level and a straight edge to ensure straight lines.

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Apply the ScotchBlue™™ Painter’s Tape and create your lines, using your pencil marks as a guide.

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Use a credit card or a clean putty knife and apply pressure to the painter’s tape to ensure the tape is flush to the wall to prevent bleeding.

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Tip: When painting stripes, I marked arrows with a pencil to ensure there were no mistakes on which stripe to paint.  This helps especially if other people are helping you.

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Use a paint brush to paint the exterior of the stripes. Use a paint roller to fill in the middle of thick or wide strips.

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Peel off your painter’s tape and see perfect stripes!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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11th Jul2013

The Windows Are the Eyes to the Room

by Dinah Wulf

The Windows Are the Eyes to the Room

The windows are the eyes of a room is a cliché but, like all clichés, it is based in truth. The windows are the portals that let the people inside the house see out and, when the blinds are open, let the people outside the house see in. It’s natural to want to do something special with them. I am a landlord and have been for several years now.  My husband and I just had a conversation with one of our renters about their blinds and it inspired this post.

What you do with your windows and their treatments is completely up to you. You can be as creative with your windows as you want. If you are renting, though, it gets a little bit trickier. Your landlord probably has blinds already installed. There are probably strict rules that you have to follow if you want to change the blinds or put up curtains. Still, there are creative ways to dress up your windows without breaking your lease.

Switch Out Your Blinds

Even if you have to follow a set color scheme, choosing your own blinds can be really fun. For instance, you can choose wood instead of plastic; you can switch horizontal blinds for vertical blinds; you can go for fatter or skinnier slats. There are ways to be creative, even if you’ve got boundaries that must be respected.

Consider a Window Film

Window films are a great way to dress up a window without having to make any permanent changes. The film in thin enough to let light through, but solid enough that people probably won’t be able to see through it. It’s a great way to give yourself some privacy in areas where your windows look directly into someone else’s windows (urban apartments are famous for this uncomfortable reality). The films come in lots of different colors and patterns and, best of all, are easy to remove when you are ready to move out.

Should You Have Curtains?

Your landlord probably provided blinds and might even require you to have blinds in your windows. If you aren’t careful, adding curtains over the top of that can look cluttered and messy. The trick is to add sheer curtains that complement your apartment’s color scheme as well as the color and texture of your blinds. This way you don’t have to worry about installing what will undoubtedly look like a giant patch over your windows while still adding some personality to your space. Plus, you can always simply keep the blinds pulled all the way up and use the curtains instead.

There are lots of different ways to personalize and dress up your windows—even when you are a renter who has to adhere to strict rules (or risk losing a security deposit). These are just a few of the options that are available to you. With some creativity and designer zeal, you can undoubtedly come up with plenty of others.

03rd Jul2013

Simple Curb Appeal Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I wanted to give a big thank you to Home Depot for sponsoring this post.  My husband and I really wanted to look for some quick and easy projects that we could do over the weekend.  We found two simple curb appeal ideas perusing down the aisles of Home Depot; 1) a decorative garage door hardware kit and 2) house numbers.

I’m not going to lie; envious of the neighbors, I’ve wanted a garage door hardware kit for a few months now.  Here is a photo of our garage door before.

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We first started out by washing the garage door with soap and water. Well, my husband did as I took photos…

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We purchased two kits for our two car garage.  The directions were simple and easy to follow.

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We measured where we wanted each piece and attached them with a drill.

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When it was time to attach the handles, the screws that the kit came with were a little too short so we had to head back to Home Depot to get longer ones.  They didn’t have them in black, so I ended up spray painting the screw heads. To easily spray the heads only, I punched each screw into an old cardboard box.  It worked beautifully.

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Here is the after photo.

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Our second project for the weekend was to add house numbers to the house. I know! I Know! There weren’t any on the house when we moved in a year ago.  This kit was great because it came with cut outs so that your numbers would align perfectly.

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I added each number one by one removing the adhesive strips on the back.

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Ta dah! Perfect alignment in seconds!

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We attached it with the screws included next to our front entry.

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Thanks again to Home Depot for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

27th Jun2013

Organizing Your Bathroom with Command Brand

by Dinah Wulf

I wanted to make a big THANK YOU for Command Brand for sponsoring this post.  I am actually a very big fan and have been using Command Brand for years.  I have hung my family photo collage with them and I have also hung my tribute wall to 90’s grunge wall with Command Brand strips (I know, I know, it was for my husband’s birthday last year). I’m really excited to share with you some helpful tips for you to stay organized in your bathroom.

Command Brand is introducing a new line of bathroom organization to help keep towels razors, loofas, and other toiletries off the floor and the counter.  These work much better than suction cups.  I used a medium bath hook to hold my hand towels near the sink.  I found this to work better than the towel rack.  We have overnight guests come often and the towel rack is needed to hang their bath towels.

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I used another medium bath hook behind the door so that my guests could hang some clothes while taking a shower or bath.

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The toothbrush and razor holder works well in my guestroom shower.  Although we have a built in shelf, this little caddy comes in handy for small items to keep them out of the way of the shampoo and conditioner bottles.

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Right outside the shower door, I hung the large towel hook, which holds up to five pounds.  This will come in handy for guest towels or clothes when getting in and out of the shower.

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Finally, I used the large shower caddy inside the cabinet door right under the bathroom sink.  I’m using to store cleaning supplies because it holds up to seven and a half pounds.  It’s nice because it freed up a lot of cabinet space for other things.

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I hope these tips help!  My guest bathroom is now ready for visitors.  Who’s coming over??

Thanks again to Command Brand for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

10th Jun2013

Etched Glass Laundry Detergent Container

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve always thought that all rooms in the house should be beautiful and well organized.  This includes rooms like the laundry room. Being a busy work from home mom, it’s important to me to love my home because I’m here so much! Today I wanted to share a tutorial on how to make a pretty etched glass laundry detergent container as well as 3 tips to help save you time in the laundry room. 

Here is what you’ll need to make your laundry detergent container:

  • Glass container with a lid
  • Glass etching cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint Brush
  • Tide Liquid HE

Instructions:

Step One: Make sure your glass container is clean and dry.  Apply the adhesive stencil to the glass. 

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Step Two: Using a paint brush, generously apply the glass etching cream and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. 

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Step Three: Rinse the cream off with water and remove the stencil.  Fill your container with Tide Liquid HE.

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Although laundry is a chore, added touches like a pretty etched glass container or a well-organized laundry room makes it seem a little less like a boring routine.  Here are 3 tips that I use to save time in the laundry room and make this task a little less mundane.

Tip #1: Sort as you go. Sorting is my least favorite thing to do when it comes doing laundry.  I use a hamper that has three compartments.  I separate my laundry by lights, darks, and delicates.  It makes it easy to just grab each bag to throw in the washer without having to sort it first.

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Tip #2: Separate small items.  I use a mesh bag for all small undergarments.  Also, sock clips come in handy so that you don’t lose pairs.  You can keep a container of clips near your washer for easy access.

Tip #3: Organize your laundry space.  Have your Tide Liquid HE, dryer sheets, and mini trash can within arms-reach.  That way, you can quickly add your detergent, throw in a dryer sheet, or clean out the lint trap with ease.

Hopefully this quick etched glass craft and my three laundry tips will help make your laundry time fast and fun!

This is a collaboration between Tide Original Liquid HE and the AOL Lifestyle Curator Network. Compensation was provided by Tide Original Liquid HE via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Tide Original Liquid HE.

31st May2013

Four Budget Kitchen Renovation Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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When it comes to renovating a home, everyone can agree that the kitchen is one of the most important places to begin, but it can also be one of the most expensive rooms to decorate. Still, not only will an upgraded kitchen make you feel more at home, but it’s one of the things that will boost the resell value of your home the most.  That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money, however – there are a lot of inexpensive upgrades you can employ in your kitchen. Here are some great budget kitchen renovation ideas to consider.

Clean Up and Create a Plan

After you’ve cleaned up your kitchen and moved everything into a local storage unit, do a little bit of research and study the design trends.  Having a plan for your new kitchen will save you not only money but also a lot of headache since you’re no longer trying to do it on the fly. This is also a great time to see if there’s anything from your kitchen you no longer need.  Selling it could bring you quite a bit of money you can use toward the kitchen upgrades.

Look at the Layout

With the kitchen cleared out, look at the layout of it.  This is the time to decide if you really need to change the foundation of the room or if it will work as it is.  Most times kitchens have been designed a particular way because of mobility or functionality and you’ll find you probably don’t need to rip up the counters.  It could just be a matter of changing around the appliances and if that’s the case, you’ve just saved yourself hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Energy Efficiency is a MUST

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If you’ve decided to upgrade your appliances, make sure that they’re being replaced with energy efficient models.  Not only are these kinds of upgrades usually available for tax credits for the next tax year, but they’ll also save you a lot of money in utilities each month, helping you pay off other bills and debts.  Plus, those homes that have energy efficient kitchen appliances have a much higher resell value than those without and that’s a trend that isn’t looking to go away anytime soon.

Look for Alternatives

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Before you drop a ton of money on new counter tops, consider if you can get a cheaper alternative.  There are a lot of laminate versions of your favorite counter top designs nowadays and they mimic the look of concrete and stone quite nicely.  Most people won’t be able to really tell the difference and it will save you a lot of money. 

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Rather than spending the cash to install new cabinetry, consider just painting the ones you have and adding new handles and hardware.  If the wood is looking worse for wear, a simple coat of wood stain will fix that right up and shiny new hardware can go a long way to making your kitchen look fresh and new.  If you do want to install new cabinets, considering forgoing the custom made models and instead search for base models that will fit well into your kitchen.  Check places like Habitat for Humanity Restore that offer a wide range of different cabinet options, most of which look just as nicely as those custom-made ones.  And they’ll end up saving you quite a bit of money.

It’s no secret that kitchens are one of the most valuable places to renovate inside a home simply because of the incredible resell value they hold, providing you with a potentially huge financial sum if you decide to sell.  But it doesn’t need to be an expensive upgrade to get all the benefits.  With just a few tweaks, you can save a lot of money and increase the value of your home while still having an amazingly renovated kitchen.

23rd May2013

My Crafty Toolbox

by Dinah Wulf

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I have a bag that I carry around all the time… my crafty toolbox, if you will.  If my purse is large enough it goes in there, if it isn’t I bring it with me in the car.  I decided that I wanted to share it with you because I use it SO much and it really comes in handy.  I use it around the house, or if I’m out thrift shopping I can easily measure my new find to repurpose or refurbish.

Here’s what I have inside:

One: This mini hammer has come in handy.  I’m always rearranging or hanging new frames and pictures around the house.   It has a screwdriver attachment that conveniently screws into the bottom as well. 

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Two: Screwdriver with both a Phillips and flat head attachment.

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Three:  I found this baby in the dollar bin!  I use it ALL the time for fixing glasses, opening battery covers, remote controls, etc.

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Four: Measuring tape, Sharpie, and a pencil. A small measuring tape is perfect for when you’re out thrift shopping or going to garage sales.

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Five: Scissors and a straight edge.

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And it all fits in this bag that is small enough to carry around or fit in a purse.

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That’s it!  I hope you found this useful.  It’s just so convenient for me that I thought I’d share!

Do you have a crafty toolbox?  What’s inside? Is there anything you think I should add???

 

20th May2013

Creating a Family Backyard Retreat

by Dinah Wulf

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TIKI Brand®. All opinions are 100% mine.

My family and I spend a lot of time in our backyard.  We didn’t used to because when we first moved into our house a little over a year ago, the patio was the first thing that needed to be worked on.  It was leaning to one side and had been damaged over the years.  Because having a big back yard was new to us, we knew wanted to do our best to create a family backyard retreat.

Here is how it looked before.

In a few weeks we were able to enjoy our ideal outdoor space with a seating and dining area.  We tore down and built a new patio with lighting and a built in ceiling fan.  We added a few small extra decorative touches as well that made a big difference including decorative outdoor pillows that I made.

Since sitting outside during the cool evenings here in warm Southern California is one of our favorite things to do, our TIKI Brand Glowing Torch and Table Torch helped create a beautiful ambiance.  They are a MUST HAVE!

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The TIKI Brand Flame & Solar Torch is a 2-in-1 torch that also has the options of a traditional flame plus a solar LED.  It automatically turns on at night and a full charge lasts up to 8 hours!  The LED flickers like a natural flame and produces 2X larger flame than a standard torch.

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Here is a short video I made sharing five great tips for creating a family backyard retreat. Enjoy!

 

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02nd May2013

DIY Pedestal Bowl

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my thrifty obsessions is to walk through the local Goodwill shop on the weekends, particularly because of the half off sale.  Throughout the day, they announce a color and the price tags labeled in that color are half off.  It never fails, each time the make the announcement they assure you that you will find that color label in every department.  Naturally, you will always find me by the home goods and furniture section.  This trip I found a nice white ceramic beaded ramekin and a short pewter candlestick all for less than three dollars.   I had to marry the two together and make a DIY Pedestal Bowl.

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I’ve made something similar to this for my daughter’s birthday party last year.  For her cupcake decorating station, I made party platters made out of plastic serving trays and candlesticks.  I still have them today and have used them several times since then.  This project is quite simple and doesn’t really need too much explanation, so here are just a few tips that may help you out.

Tip #1: When looking for candlesticks, look for the shape you want.  You can always paint them.

Tip #2: The wider the candlestick the sturdier.

Tip #3: Consider wine glasses or champagne flutes instead of candlesticks.

Tip #4: Use a strong bonding agent like E6000 and let it dry for 24-48 hours.

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Tip #5: Consider spray painting them to fit your theme or décor.  Protect the surface with a doily or decorative paper if you are using it for food.

There are several uses for this easy project.  Use them for displaying desserts or appetizers for parties and entertaining.  Use a small pedestal bowl for jewelry or a larger one to hold toiletries in your bathroom.  You can also use them to display flowers or favorite collections.  Make several in different heights and group them together for a unique display.

 

24th Apr2013

How to Remove Wax from Glass

by Dinah Wulf

I cannot tell a lie.  Sometimes I purchase items because of the container it comes in.  There.  I said it.  In particular, candles are a splurge for me because they are often “expensive”, so I have to wait until they go on sale.  One thing I CAN count on is that I KNOW I will reuse the glass candle container for other things.  I searched online for how to remove wax from glass and the one I liked the most was from Aunt Peaches.  She had a fantastic tutorial (and funny too) and it worked great!  Here is my version of how to remove candle wax from glass.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Used glass candle containers
  • Boiling water
  • Plastic utensil
  • Paper towel
  • Warm soap and water

Here are the glass containers I started out with.  Don’t worry about the label and soot,  I’ll address that too.

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First, boil water in a teapot and pour it into your container.

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Next, wait.  Wait until the remaining wax floats to the surface. And the water cools.  I am approximating about 45 minutes.  It will look something like this.

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Next, take your plastic utensil and scrap off the wax and wick base onto a paper towel and discard.  That’s it!! Easy!

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To remove the label and soot, I soaked the containers in warm soapy water and gently scrubbed until they were clean.

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Here is what they look like after!

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I’m using these particular vases for craft room storage, but consider using them for flowers in a centerpiece or holding make-up brushes or toothbrushes in your bathroom.

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Make sure you check out Aunt Peaches original post on this because she has some other great tips and tricks!

 

19th Apr2013

4 Tips to Redo a Small Bathroom

by Dinah Wulf

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The bathroom obviously needs to be an efficient, comfortable and functioning unit of your home. And it should be treated that way. By focusing on the right things and by using effective decorating techniques/storage ideas, you can get the most out of your bathroom regardless of how small it is. You can actually have everything you need in there to create a soothing/relaxing spa-like atmosphere by fully effectively utilizing the available space.

#1: Go for the Right Colors

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One of the things that you can work on is the current colors of your bathroom. It’s a fact that light colors help in creating the illusion of more space in a small bathroom. By using soft pastels such as blue, green and pink you’ll not only make the bathroom look/appear larger than it is, but you’ll also be able to create more soothing atmosphere since such colors are relaxing.

In case you want to go for the contemporary look,  go for neutral colors for your bathroom walls. Besides that, you can also add some color with “decorative touches” such as counter accessories and towels.

#2: Focus on De-cluttering

Most of us try to de-clutter our homes during the spring break. But what when you want to do it specifically for your small bathroom? The purpose of de-cluttering is to make the most out of the space by taking the regular approach and by using innovative, creative ways to get results.  For example, by removing some of that clutter from the bathroom counters it can help you get rid of the “cramped feeling” from the room.

You can also consider eliminating shelves from your bathroom walls and storing any of your extra towels in your hall linen closet in order to make more space in the small bathroom. Although the pedestal vanity for your bathroom sink could be taking lesser space, it still fails to offer you the storage needed to keep the bathroom free from clutter. So go for one of those bathroom vanities that have an under-sink storage area where cleaning supplies and extra toilet tissue rolls can be stored.

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#3: Work on the Shower Stalls

An easy and effective method for producing the “illusion of space” in your small, compact bathroom is to get rid of the bathtub and instead create a nice stand up shower stall. By removing the bathtub, you get more space for standing when showering.

Try and use glass doors that are clear enough to allow the eye to look in the direction of the shower stall so that it gives out an illusion of a larger bathroom. Avoid using solid type shower stall doors as they tend to break up the space, invariably making the bathroom feel smaller. Another good way to create this same illusion is to use one of those clear shower doors/curtains if your bathroom has a bathtub.

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#4: Use Large Mirrors

In order to enhance the appearance of size of your bathroom, have a large mirror over the sink. Also, the reflection in this large mirror can and will capture some of the bathroom’s decorative elements, enhancing the illusion of space. In case your bathroom has a low ceiling, it would make sense to use vertical mirrors in order to create an effective illusion of height. The more smartly you make use of mirrors in a bathroom, the better it is.

08th Apr2013

Add a Splash of Class with a Water Garden

by Dinah Wulf

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There are hundreds of little projects that can add a focal point to your yard, but one of the most dynamic is a water garden. Having one will most likely put you in rare company on your block. That’s because people think that installing and maintaining water features are much harder than they actually are. In fact, a fully functioning water garden can be installed in a single day!

Choosing a Liner

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The first major choice you have to make when putting in a water garden is how large you want to go. There are several plastic forms that run from 10 gallons to over 200. If you are not a fan of the forms, you can buy a pond liner and design your own. Liners are more work and require significantly more knowhow than the performed plastic. For most applications, unless you are planning on putting in a Koi pond, a preformed pond is versatile enough for your needs.

Preparing the Site

The location of your water garden will have a great deal of influence on the maintenance required to keep it clear. Try to avoid areas near large deciduous trees that will drop leaves into the area during the fall. Keeping the pond away from trees in general is a good idea. Root systems can grow into the pond liner and rip it.

The entire pond area needs to be cleared out and made ready for a dig. This means that any grass needs to be mowed down, raked and cleared. While it may not seem important, removing the debris prior to digging will keep rocks, sticks and other items from falling into the pit.

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Installation

With a prefabricated pond you need to dig out an area that is one to two inches larger than the liner you have purchased. It should be an approximate match to the liner, including any ridges that exist. The area must be kept level. This is the most labor intensive parts of the job, and depending on the size of your prefabricated pond, could take anywhere from an hour to a full day.

Once the pit is cleared out, add an inch or two of pool sand to the bottom of the pit. This will create a cushion between the hard base ground and the pool liner and allow it to be adjusted and leveled as it is being put in. Wet this sand down and then slid the pool liner into place.

After moving the liner into place, fill the pond with a garden hose. You can install edging around the exterior or plant water loving plants around them – some possible choices are Iris and papyrus. Also consider installing a fountain or pond pump to keep the water circulating and reduce algae build up. These pieces of equipment are easy to install and don’t interfere with the growth of surface water plants like water lilies and water poppies.

Choosing a water feature as part of your backyard makeover can add both visual interest and a sound element that might currently be missing. And you can do it all by yourself, or with the help of a few close friends, in just a weekend.

 

01st Apr2013

Moen: How to Install a Kitchen Faucet

by Dinah Wulf

This post brought to you by Moen, Incorporated. All opinions are 100% mine.

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One of my best friends has lived in her home for many years.  Her husband was born and raised in that home.  Over the years they have been able to make some big improvements like new floors, windows, and kitchen cabinets.  Now, they are able to focus on the details that truly make their house a home.  Last weekend I helped them install a new Kiran Spot Resist one-handle pulldown kitchen faucet.  Oh my!  What a difference a faucet makes!  Here is our journey on how to install a kitchen faucet.

The Moen Kiran faucet can be purchased at Lowe’s.  It has so many great features and was perfect for updating their kitchen.  The Spot Resist™ stainless finish resists fingerprints and water spots for a cleaner looking kitchen.  It has a high arch pulldown design makes it easy to adjust water flow or temperature.  It is equipped with the Reflex™ system for smooth operation, easy movement of the spray head.

Installation time: Approximately one hour

Materials:

  • Adjustable Wrenches
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Flashlight
  • Plumbers putty

Here is a photo of the sink before. It is quite old!

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Step One:

Shut off the water valve.  In our case, the valve was located below the sink.  I turned the faucet to release any extra pressure.

Step Two:

Disconnect the mounting and remove the old faucet and clean the area from any dirt and debris.  As you can see, this was a REALLY old sink!  Yuck!

Step Three:

Assemble the mounting washer to the faucet and put the supply lines through the hole.  Make sure the faucet sets securely on the deck.  Be aware of your surrounds so that you don’t scratch your new faucet!

Step Four:

Reconnect the supply lines.

Note: At this point I had to run to Lowe’s to purchase an adapter because their faucet was so old! Apparently, old tube lines are 1/2 inch, while newer lines are 3/4 inch.

Step Five:

Insert the hose through the spout of the faucet and attach the connector on both sides. Make sure there is a clear path for the retractable hose.

Step Six: 

Attach the faucet head to the hose by screwing it on.

Step Seven: 

Attach the hose weight to the hose in the bottom of the sink and test the water pressure.

Ta dah! What a difference!

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Learning how to replace a kitchen faucet was a lot easier than I thought!  The step by step photos made it easy to understand and follow.  My friend and her husband are so happy with their Moen Kiran faucet.  Join me and become a Moen fan on Facebook!

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