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April 2016

Ikea Kitchen Cabinets Installation sticking To A Schedule

Ikea Kitchen CabinetsAre you now waiting on the delivery of your Ikea Kitchen Cabinets? Or you have you kitchens right in-front of you and are ready to start creating your masterpiece kitchen Cabinets? Just before you eagerly jump right in, there are a few strict rules you MUST follow that will save you making a mistake that could end up jeopardizing your kitchen project and costing you a lot of money.

The biggest advice here, especially for people who have never ever made a cabinet or installed a kitchen is to have a solid plan and schedule before you do anything. Have a realistic time frame and week by week plan and stick to it. There are certain things you can do to help and guide you along and these are….

1 Create A Written Plan

A very smart move is to create a schedule for yourself, including a step by step plan that will keep you on track. Write down move by move, when you plan to do this, how you will do it and how long approximately it will take. It would be wise to build your Cabinet boxes weeks before you start your installation so it will be quicker when you start to dismantle your old kitchen.

2 Building Your Cabinet Boxes

It should only take about 20-30 minutes to assemble each Ikea Kitchen cabinet. Before you start, take the time to learn how to assemble them correctly by following an Ikea kitchen remodeling manual. Just multiply the amount of cabinets that you have to install by 30 minutes and this will give you a rough estimation of how long it will take to build the cabinets excluding the time added for doors and drawers that you add at a later time.

3 Cut Into Sections

Again, part of your written plan. Before you start to tear in and demolish your kitchen, plan to tackle the kitchen in sections say in to 2 sections, where you can still have one section of the kitchen available to you and your family (don’t want to be starved) and as you finish one section you can start on the other.

Cut it in to say two weekends where you may take on the fridge side of the kitchen and the following weekend the sink side taking extra time because you will have to deal with plumbing. If you need to knock out walls or change the plumbing be sure to add this as extra time to your plan .

Most people these days that purchase and install Ikea Kitchens want to save money with out getting in a contractor and also want to enjoy the challenge of been their own interior designers, and most have never made a cabinet box or installed kitchens but think that the free Ikea Kitchen Planner will be enough, but this can be a mistake and with out the right advice and guidance can end in disaster.

It can take weeks to install these cabinets especially for people who have jobs and have to create special time to take on their project, so it is very important to be prepared, get help with an Ikea Kitchen Remodeling Manual and together with your scheduling plan you will have installed you Ikea Kitchen Cabinets in no time, properly and like a professional.

Budget Tips For Your Next Diy Remodeling Project

Next Diy Remodeling ProjectMoney always seems to be the biggest obstacle when it comes doing any construction in or around your home. I can relate to that because I myself like to save money anyway I can when I’m planning on a DIY remodeling project.

Sure you can pay someone to do the work for you and may seem like the easier option, however contractors can cost a lot of money for the simple fact that most of them run their own business so they have to charge a significant amount so that they can survive.

If you’re on a tight budget then chances are you’ll be doing things yourself which means you still need to have the right tools and resources in order to do things properly.

Preparation is key so with that in mind the first thing to do is find a decent software program to help you organize, they’re very inexpensive these days and most of them are very good quality not to mention user friendly.

I can tell you it’s better than buying a hard cover book that you’re only going to use once.

Once you have things planned out then it’s a matter of getting the materials.

Now one of the ways to save money is let’s say you know someone who is getting rid of some lumber or tiles that would benefit you in your next project. Isn’t that better than having to pay for it?

I have a friend who is getting rid of a pellet stove and let me tell you I was jumping for joy when he said you can have it for nothing, just come and pick it up. Not to get off topic but you see where I’m going with this.

Another option would be a lumber store.

For example if you were looking to replace a couple of windows or doors, a lot of times they’ll have some that were on special order but unfortunately got slightly damaged as they were being unloaded and now the customer doesn’t want them. So the store will sell them to you at a very reduced price to get rid of them.

You might take one look at them and see that it’s not that damaged at all and might be exactly what you’re looking for. I have done that myself so I can say from experience that doing a little shopping around like that is a huge score on a tight budget.

You can consider that winning as Charlie Sheen would say.

Anyway like I said before the preparation is the most important so find yourself a good software program and do some investigating, the bargains are out there. I hope these tips have been helpful to you.

How To Paint A Ceiling With A Designers Eye

Paint A CeilingWhat’s the most neglected wall in your house?

Think about it. An average room has five walls. Can you name the fifth?

Aha! Most of us can’t. That’s why it gets neglected.

The fifth wall is the ceiling, of course!

Most of us don’t think much about our ceilings. When we decide to paint our rooms, admit it, a color (sometimes two) is chosen for the walls, then we automatically purchase white paint for the trim and ceiling. The poor, boring ceiling, always dismissed with a perfunctory slap of white paint.

When I suggest to my clients that they invite their ceilings to the party, I get glassy stares of total bewilderment. Ceilings have to be white. Don’t they?

The problem lies in the next question: If not white, WHAT? After all, Mom and Dad always painted the ceiling white. And so did Aunt Gladys and Uncle Al, and Nana and Gramps.

But I ask you, WHY? Who said ceilings must be white?

Lie back and stare at your ceiling for a few minutes. Notice that this “fifth wall” is perpendicular to the other walls; the 90-degree angle throws it into shadow. Even the white has a gray cast due to the angle. This is an important factor in choosing a paint color for this “wall”.

Thus, Tip #1: When choosing a color for the ceiling, stick a patch of it up on the ceiling and observe it in this “shadow” position. From there you can adjust it accordingly.

While white is, in some cases, a good choice for your ceiling, most often it just looks like an “omit”. People generally don’t question the custom because it’s such a common practice. But once you start experimenting with color on your ceilings you’ll be changed forever.

Color for your ceiling can be as subtle as a gentle tint or a bold, in-your-face statement. It all depends on the room, and the effect you want to achieve.

The key is not to go overboard with bright ceilings in every room in the house. The idea is to entice, amuse, and surprise in some rooms, and hold back in others.

Here’s an example to illustrate my point:

Let’s say your home leans toward “young traditional”. Your first floor Powder Room is a tiny space, not very interesting, with a toilet, a pedestal sink, and an ornately framed mirror. There are wide crown moldings, chair rail, and a black and white ceramic tiled floor. This room is presently painted pale beige with white moldings and ceiling.

Your favorite color is red, but while it delights you, it also scares you to death because red makes a bold statement. Besides, you say, the Powder Room is too small for bright color. The beige and white are supposed to make it look larger. Right?

Nonsense. What they make it look is boring.

Here’s our chance to have some fun. You tell me you love gardening, and roses are your passion. Let’s go for a floral wallpaper in there. We then choose a traditional floral with reds, greens, on a white ground. There are some blues and yellows in there, too, in a minor position. We paint the trim and crown moldings in Benjamin Moore’s gorgeous Linen White. Now we have to choose a color for the ceiling. No way are we going to cop out and do a white ceiling in here. Here’s our chance to launch this boat. We paint the ceiling red, in a satin finish. We add brass or crystal sconces on either side of the mirror, thick, luxurious, white hand towels, and fragrant hand soap. The Powder Room is now a destination.

Beige and white, indeed!

Do you know why the verandas in old Victorians traditionally have blue ceilings? It’s such a pretty look. I’ve always loved them. Aesthetically they are very pleasing, but there’s a practical reason as well. The blue ceiling tricks bees and hornets into thinking the ceiling is sky, so they won’t build their hives and nests under them. Apparently the trick has worked well, and the tradition has survived for over a hundred years. Without this practical discovery, veranda ceilings might have been merely painted white… what a waste that would have been!

Experiment in your home with color on your ceilings. If you are designing a Nursery, why not hang a wallpaper with a charming motif on a white background, and paint the ceiling pink (or blue, or yellow) instead of the other way around? Your little one will have something nice to look at while lying in his or her crib. While you’re at it, have an artist paint some delightful motifs on that ceiling! Note: your Nursery colors are never limited to the cliché pink, blue or yellow. You know that. Color is good for your baby’s brain activity, so you can get as creative as you want with it.

Generally, applying color to any ceiling draws the eye up and integrates the room. How about a navy blue lacquer ceiling? Or a gold gilt ceiling?

Suppose, on the other hand, that you like white ceilings, and it’s just not your thing to leap into color up there. Fine. But here’s a tip which will greatly improve your room: Just mix a little of the wall color into the white that you plan to use for the ceiling, to create a “tint”. It could be one part wall color to 3 or 4 parts white paint. Use this tint on the ceiling instead of straight white. This will integrate the ceiling into your room more effectively so it won’t look “alien” and lonely. Use a soft white for the trim.

How Would You Fix A Concrete Apron In The Front Of A Garage Door That Is Deteriorated

Concrete ApronI received a call from a property manager for a large Condo organization in our area. He has a problem with many aprons in front of the garage doors for the units. I went to see him and the first product I thought of is Cerlon for the repair, because salt that was put on the driveways during the winter caused the deterioration of the apron and Cerlon is not affected from winter salt application.

I called Brian the certified installer for the Cerlon product and showed him the problem. We decided that we could repair any of the aprons in the project that needed to be repaired using Cerlon.

The aprons are 18” wide by the length of the door. We snapped a line half the width of the garage door thickness. We then installed a diamond masonry cutting blade on a skilsaw and cut a ¾” deep cut along the chalk line. The next thing we did is every 3 inches we scored the concrete the length of the door ¾” deep.

The next operation was using a hilt chipping hammer to remove all the concrete between the scores down ¾ of an inch so that the Cerlon can be poured at least ¾ of an inch thick. Only a ½” of Cerlon is needed to make the area impervious to the salt, but we figure that we go to ¾ of an inch to make sure the salt will not affect our repair.

Once this is done and the spoilage is removed the concrete has to be cleaned and remove as much of the dust as possible. Cerlon will chemically bond with the concrete so you do not need to put any product as a bonding agent as you do with concrete.

The next step is mixing the Cerlon. This is done in 5 gallon buckets using the buckets that the Cerlon comes in take and pour ½ of the Cerlon in a clean bucket and mix the product half at a time. The most important part of mixing Cerlon is the ratio of water to the Cerlon has to be measured very accurately. A paddle on an electric drill that you use from mixing taping compound or floor leveler can be used to mix the Cerlon.

Mixing the Cerlon with the paddle causes heat to start to build up in the mixture. Heat causes the Cerlon to set. Using a heat gun you need to get the temperature up to about 80 to 90 degrees before you pour it into the area that needs to be repaired. Once it reaches 100 degrees you have only about 10 minutes to finish the patch with a trowel.

You can mix a batch of Cerlon at a time then trowel it because Cerlon will adhere to itself even if it is set without causing a cold joint. Cerlon sets in 10 minutes. Cerlon when setting the temperature reaches in excess of 140 degrees