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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hang a Mirror Tips

Hanging a mirror doesn’t present any particular difficulties, apart from the fragility and weight of the object. Make it an easy job with these tips.

  • Most large mirrors have fixing brackets as an integral part of the frame. Drill and screw – rather than nail – the fixings and match the size of the screws to take the weight of the mirror.
  • You can forget about all the double-sided adhesive attachment options unless you’re fixing a very small, lightweight mirror. Mirrors are generally very quick to put up, but if they don’t hold firm you’ll have a catastrophe on your hands!
  • Use traditional mirror clamps. They come in different sizes to suit the thickness of the mirror. For a decorative mirror, four should be sufficient: two on the bottom and two on the sides – these should be placed closer to the top. However, if you’re installing a full-length mirror, don’t skimp – double the number: two on the bottom, two on each side and two on the top. These clamps are made up of a support that has to be attached to the wall by a screw and a cover that springs back on top.
  • Be careful not to force too much when you screw on clamp covers, because the pressure on the mirror could result in a crack. A clever trick is to insert a thin piece of card behind each screw as a tightening gauge.

Make Wood Paneling look Cool, Here Its Tips

After it fell out of home-design favor a few decades ago, wood paneling is making a gorgeous comeback as it adds warmth and character to your abode. Instead of the oh-so-old 1970s rec-room look, wood paneling is becoming hip again with updated colors, new directions and enviable types of wood. We found some uber-groovy ways to give wood paneling a cool style update.

# A beautiful marriage of modern style and retro wood paneling

Take one look at this inviting combination of old and new home-decor elements and you instantly feel a sense of peace soothe you. Wood is a natural element that lends a cozy, connected feel to this living room. If you have existing wood paneling that looks less than desirable, update it with new stain. The shag rug here looks right at home with the more modern accessories and beckons you to lie down and relax.

# Keep the wood paneling and paint it anew

When you live in an older home, you don’t have to settle for an outdated style. The interior of this 1950s beach house was reinvented by replacing every surface except the wood paneling on the wall. A smart alternative to ripping it out was to paint it a color that coordinates with the new design elements of the living room.

# Redwood gets an update

The wood paneling in this midcentury home is a combination of stained redwood and whitewashed redwood panels, giving the usual wood-panel look a stylish update. Restoring wood allows you to work with the materials you have instead of opting for a drastic and more expensive makeover.

# Take it to the ceiling

In another midcentury home update, the wood paneling in this loft bedroom was extended up the ceiling to give the cozy space a textural change and to make the paneling look like a desired design element. Painting the paneling and the plain walls a light color opens up the room and gives it a clean look.

# A new direction for wood panels

Do you really dig wood paneling? If wood or the look of wood is your heart’s home-design desire, consider an updated approach with rectangular-shape wood panels stained in your favorite hue. This contemporary wood paneling is an inventive way to bring a welcome warmth to the clean lines and tidy appeal of this living room.

#  Make your wood paneling a work of art

Stay ahead of the wood-paneling comeback by transforming your walls into an eye-catching display of wood and lighting. This walnut wood paneling, which is made up of wood boxes, was designed to mimic a 3-D city skyline and give the living room intrigue and warmth. The lighting further updates the wood-panel style and highlights the beauty of the walnut.

Finish Basement Tips

Make the most of existing, underutilized space with a basement remodel. With solid planning, an understanding of potential challenges and some help from the experts, you’ll soon have more square footage that the entire family will enjoy.

First, prepare to face typical basement challenges head-on:

  • Plumbing. Putting a bathroom in the basement can be challenging. Installing plumbing and drain lines, however, typically involves the expense of jack-hammering through concrete, so consult with a professional.
  • Lighting. Since they’re partially or fully underground, basements suffer from poor lighting. Nancy Dalton, owner of Baywolf Dalton, Inc., a design and construction company in Seattle, recommends a mix of can lights and lamps to compensate for the lack of natural light.
  • Walls. Dalton recommends hiring a professional contractor to assess the addition or removal of walls. “There may be load-bearing walls you don’t want to touch or the opportunity to add a beam to make the space more open,” says Dalton.
  • Head room. “When you’re planning your basement renovation, make sure you consult local construction codes to determine the required floor-to-ceiling height,” says Hoarders expert professional organizer John Patrick ofTaskRabbit. “A basement with a short ceiling is best utilized for storage of things like seasonal decorations, paperwork archives and family relics,” says Patrick.
  • Staircase. As your basement is reconfigured, you may find that the staircase, too, does not have adequate head room. If that’s the case, you may have to replace or reorient it. (Pricey!)
  • Mechanical storage. “Leave space to accommodate mechanical equipment,” says Dalton. We’re talking about hot water heaters, furnaces and other boring, behind-the-scenes necessities. And make sure that space is easy-access so you and your repairmen can get to it when you need it.
  • Moisture. “It is crucial to ensure that you have a dry, mold-free environment,” says Patrick. “Ask your home improvement professional for the best ways to seal up any moisture or leaks coming in from outside.”

Make a plan. Think about the different areas you may want to include for your family (and guests). “Dream big and create a design vision board,” says Patrick. On a poster board, display your favorite ideas from home design magazine along with paint chips in exciting colors. (“A bright, cheery color will add lots of personality to your basement,” says Patrick.)

Family room. You’ll want lots of cozy seating and storage for your family’s favorite things. “Multi-functional furniture is the way to go,” says Patrick. “Look for benches with storage, cubicles with baskets and tall bookshelves.”

Entertaining. When guests visit or spend the night, they need a place to sleep as well as a full bathroom. A kitchenette (with a microwave drawer, under-counter refrigerator and sink with disposal) is a great addition for adult and adolescent guests alike.

Office. A basement office provides privacy you might not get anywhere else the house. Consider walling off one area away from the rest of the basement’s functional areas. (Make sure your Wi-Fi reaches or you’re otherwise connected.)

Laundry room. Many families opt to keep this task in the basement and out of the main living areas. Make it an appealing space that will make the chore less dreadful.

Media room. Gamers and movie lovers will appreciate space with a large screen, comfortable seats and exciting surround sound.

Workout room. Putting a home gym in the basement is a great way to free-up the main living area (and it’s a great way to “get away from it all”).

Playroom. Finally! A place to put all of those toys!

Storage. Consider building in closets for seasonal decorations, winter coats, sports equipment and other stuff that’s taking up too much space in the house. And make it easy-to-use so you’ll be more likely to use it!

Make it your own. Work with professionals who take into account your family’s needs, interests and personal style. “Create a livable, well-functioning space that tells a story about the people that live here,” says Erin Davis of Mosaik Design in Portland, Oregon.