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Unique Ethnic Home Decor

Picture frames

Happy pictures of family adorning the walls and side tables of a home is a great way of creating a positive ambiance and boosting good mood. So, why not do it in style? Choose from a range of handmade picture frames available in different shapes and sizes. Embroidered frames encased in dupion silk fabric frames sequined with gold embellishments and gold zari work is just some of the options you have. These are wonderful options to decorate your home as well as to gift loved ones.

Serving Trays

Think beyond the run of the mill ceramic and porcelain trays. Equip your kitchen cabinet with beautiful wooden trays adorned with embroidered Warli art and other ethnic tribal designs. The steel handles add a touch of contemporary elegance to the ethnic design. The best thing about these trays is that they are multi-functional. When you are not serving tea and biscuits in these trays, hang them up a wall and they make a fantastic wall hanging!

Table lamps

Embroidered table lamps can instantly jazz up your space with classic elegance. Available in different

Paint Wooden Furniture

Tools and Materials Needed For Job

  • Brush
  • Foam Roller
  • Sand Paper
  • Wood filler (Putty)
  • Wood Filler Knife
  • Paint-Primer
  • Paint
  • Lacquer or Sealant (optional)
  • Face mask
  • Gloves

Preparing the Home Furniture for Painting Process

Select a well ventilated place and use cloth or plastic sheets to place furniture over it. Clean the furniture and fill the pitted, uneven and scratched areas with wood filler. Apply wood filler and wipe off excessive with a filler knife. Also use wood filler in joints for firm attachment. When wood filler is dried, use sand paper to get smoother surfaces. Now clean the furniture well with a liquid and then with a lint free cloth.

Using Paint-Primer Before Painting

Primer is useful to make the coat of paint to adhere evenly to the wood as well as to get the paint long-lasting. Without primer, paint peel off after few months or a year. Use paint brush on corners and edges and roller on flat surfaces to apply the primer. Don’t worry for the even application of primer, it will be fixed in next steps. When primer has dried, sand it with a fine grit sand paper and then

Maintain Clean Toilet

Below are some of the suggestions on how to ensure a clean toilet:

Always flush after use and encourage all users to also do same always.

Never use bleach to clean your toilet especially for homes with children and pets. This solution is chlorinated, highly acidic and corrosive which has an adverse effect on the health of your household and the finishing of your toilet.

Never flush solid objects or hard paper down the toilet as this can cause blockage along the toilet line.

As a safety measure, put a trash can beside your toilet seat to always remind users that non-toilet friendly materials can be trashed in it.

In order to clean your toilet, you will be needing the following:

Toilet cleaner solution

Toilet brush

Roll of paper towel

Hand gloves

Bottle of distilled vinegar.

Pour a toilet cleaner solution inside the bowl of your toilet seat and allow to dissolve for about 5 mins. Use a toilet brush to scrub the bowl, the sides and under the rim.

Repairing Wall Damage

The first step for wall damage repairs is to ensure that you know your plan of action. There are two ways this can go. You can either aim to get the entire wall retouched, so that you cannot even tell there was a damaged area. Or you can focus on fixing up the area that was damaged, and leaving it at that. If you are doing this on your own, you will opt for the latter. But if you request professional services, the company will ensure that the entire wall looks as it did before the damage occurred.

You will need tools such as a drill, drywall saw and a utility knife. And you will need construction adhesive, drywall tape and masking tape. Depending on the wall and the type of damage that was done, you may need some additional tools and materials. The key part of the process is to ensure that you are covering up any dents or dings that are in your wall. If there is a small or moderately sized hole, you will probably want to fill it with spackle. Using spackle is easy, and the job gets done within a day. Give

Inspirational Wainscoting

Wainscoting can vary in height from 36 inches from the floor to 48 from the floor, basically depending on your ceiling height. You don’t want to go too tall, leave the majority of the sheet rock above the top of the wainscoting. Covering a little over a third of your wall from the bottom up usually gives you the perfect amount for the supportive structure look.

A simple chair rail piece is simply not enough to give the effect. Adding a 6 inch or 8 inch baseboard and changing the paint color between the two to a heavier darker color is relatively inexpensive, but delivers a very drastic upgrade. Depending on your choice of paint color this can take on a wide variety of visual appeal.

While there are quiet a few to choose from a preferred #luxury inspired wainscot is the heavier style 8 inch tall base boards and ½ plywood for the wall between the bottom and top piece. Staining of all the wood will definitely take the level of #luxury up about 10 notches incorporating judges panels will put the icing on the cake.

The style we like to call #Southern Living

Basic Home Maintenance

1. Resealing: Nearly every driveway, uses some sort of paved surface, and most rely on blacktop, because it works well, and is relatively, cost – effective. This tar – based, surface, is what, nearly every road, uses. Because of weather changes, chemicals (such as salt, etc), we generally witness, a degree of wear – and – tear, which begins with slight cracks, and irregularities. Rather than let this go, and hope for the best, or try to ignore it, an effective, cost – efficient way, to proceed, is to seal, this area, on a regular basis. In areas, where there is a significant difference in weather, and temperatures, on a seasonal basis, especially, doing this in the fall, will often prevent further damage, etc!

2. Leaves: Commit to regularly clearing, and removing leaves, both, from ground surfaces, including gardens, lawns, and other surfaces, as well as from roof areas, including leaders, and gutters! Doing so, significantly reduces greater challenges, and potential expenses, such as deterioration, and damage to leaders and gutters. Depending on one’s comfort level, this can be done, by the homeowner, himself, or, by hiring someone, to do it for you!

3. Paint chips:

DIY Murphy Beds

Piston mechanisms are used to operate them by using two of them. The less common use air pressure to raise and support in order to lower the bed frame. It has the ability to lock when the bed is vertical up hidden in the wall. This lock is a safety feature, however a very accurate installation must be achieved. Old traditional Murphy bed systems use steel springs. Springs are the only mechanism that the Murphy beds should use because they are heavy duty and bring measured balance. These make the lifting and lowering of your wall bed lightweight.

So let’s talk about the benefits of owning a Murphy bed. To name a few:

  • More space available instantly for your bedroom
  • More free floor area
  • Different decor for your room
  • Choose from different styles – horizontal or vertical
  • Simplify your life, less time making up the bed
  • Many options such as, bedrooms, den, living room, tiny houses, guest houses, vacation homes, rental homes, shipping container homes, houseboats, cottages, etc.

Save lots of money by building your own Murphy bed. A ready to install Murphy bed could be more than $2,000 easily. On the other hand, a DIY Murphy bed is going

Interior Colours

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

When setting up your space what do you consider as the easiest option when cleaning up and tidying up after a project? Do you use a bucket of soap and water or do you chuck everything in the bin? By the use of the right cleaning agent, you will prolong your brush life span so that it is not an additional cost on your next DIY and how can you save money when buying your resources? Colour mixing is a great way to cut cost as combining two shades can give you a completely different feel for your next room. If you have three areas you

Remove Old Wall Anchors

It is important to gather all your items and supplies before you start. The gloves will protect your hands from scratches or blisters, while the towel can be laid on the floor below to manage any drywall mess. It is also important to choose the correct drill bit size for the best results. If you do not have a full set of drill bits, simply purchase one that is a couple sizes larger than the opening in the wall anchor. Keep in mind that if you plan to paint the wall you are working on, you will first need to prime the patched areas where the wall anchor holes were. And if you are planning to install new drywall anchors, be sure to buy ones that can be easily removed for future convenience!

Step One

Remove the screw from the wall anchor.

Step Two

Place the bit inside the center hole of the wall anchor and begin slowly drilling. Use a drill bit that is two sizes larger than the width of the center hole of the anchor. The bit should sit perfectly outside of the edge of the hole, without slipping inside.

Level A Floor Before Tiling

Before starting your floor levelling project, it is important that you have the proper tools, materials and techniques available. Ensure you have the following before starting this project:

  • Floor leveling compound
  • A Four-foot level Nylon String
  • A Trowel
  • A Drill and Mixing bucket
  • A Five-gallon bucket

Step 1

Identify the high and low spots by using a level. Mark out any low spots using a pencil by drawing wide circles around them.

Step 2

Mix up some floor leveler in the bucket (according to the levelling compound instructions). Usually this involves a bucket being filled with two inches of water. You then pour in enough levelling compound to cover it. You then mix the compound with the water until you have a consistent texture. The levelling compound instruction will tell you the water to powder ratio. Remember that your climate can change how well your levelling compound mixes. You may have to make adjustments.

Step 3

Keep adding levelling compound and water until you have a full gallon mixture. The mixture should have the consistency of the thin soup.

Step 4

Pour your mixed levelling compound batch over low spots that you marked

DIY Storage Ideas

The simplest and easiest way to save space is by keeping boxes or containers under other furniture. That space never gets used and what better way to keep toys, books and shoes tucked away. Put wheels on these containers for easier handling.

Artists, children, craftsmen and project makers always have stationery lying around. These handy home tools also tend to get lost in the depths of drawers or between stacks of paper. To solve this problem, all you need to do is put that stationery inside empty tins. Tins are the most versatile recyclable material and you could decorate them too. You can also keep cooking utensils in tins decorated with a kitchen theme.

Are you the type of person that has millions of shoes that just lie all over the place? You can easily fix this problem by stacking plastic piping together or use an old wine rack. By doing this you never have to worry about shoes falling out of your cupboards.

Showers don’t have a large area of space. So it would get annoying if you constantly have shampoo and soap bottles falling on you or around your feet. It is well

Create Outdoor Meditation Space

Distance doesn’t have to be in linear feet. In this context, it means separation. To find real relaxation, you should remove yourself from the sights, sounds, and smells, yes smells, that trigger your daily stress. The barking dog, the dishes that need to be put in the dishwasher, the bleeping smart phone. These are distractions that make up your daily life, but that intrude on your moments of meditation. One of the best ways to escape these is in your yard. A pergola or gazebo is a great place to find peace and distance. If winter won’t make these feasible, a cabana or pool house could give you the right amount of shelter and solitude. Whatever space you have or choose, the point is to create a space where your worries and cares of the day are just plain not allowed.

One really cool concept is from ancient Japan and China and it’s the garden bridge. The symbolism is that when you cross the bridge, you cross to a peaceful place. Install a garden bridge, even if you don’t have anything that needs bridging, to give your mind a barrier that changes your outlook once you walk

Natural Slate Flooring

There are many companies currently importing flooring slate into the UK at the moment, far too many to list here and the main countries that they are exported from are India, Africa and China. Each continent has its own particular geology and colour/type varieties that have made their way to the UK and have become established as very fashionable and popular flooring materials – widely used in Kitchens, Hallways and Conservatories.

For flooring purposes, there are two basic types of slate – diamond sawn and chipped edge. The diamond sawn varieties are formats that are cut into varying sizes using water cooled diamond saws to produce tiles that have clean straight edges and are useful for more formal installations, the others are chipped edge formats which tend to be softer and have a very rustic hand trimmed edge to them – lending themselves to more rustic installations.

Slates also come in calibrated and uncalibrated thicknesses – if heights are an issue, calibrated varieties are the best to choose as they are more uniform in thickness and are less tricky to lay level and true – uncalibrated are exactly that and there can be as much as

Upcycling Tricks

When searching the Internet, set yourself some rules. It is so easy to go on and on, clicking through this link and following that link. This is when time gets wasted. Below are the four rules I give myself:

Give yourself a time limit. This ensures you don’t waste time, it focuses your mind on the task and if you haven’t found anything to get your creative juices flowing by the time you reach your limit, then it quite possible that you need a break from it anyway.

When looking for ideas, keep it to two or three. You can always look again another day.

Avoid clicking through links. These are designed to take you away and lead onto the wrong path. Make a note of whatever it is that inspires you, then move on. You can go back to it later and see if you feel the same.

When you have your selection, close the browser.

It’s up to you whether or not you want to put boundaries on your searching. If you are a disciplined person you probably don’t need to. But if you are easily led and prone to procrastination

House Decorating on Budget

Pillows
This is by far my favorite way to reinvent a space. A lot of people will say that decorating with pillows is not inexpensive, but those people just haven’t looked hard enough. Of course if you purchase throw pillows from Anthropoloie they are going to be expensive but I’m here to tell you that the $5 throw pillow from Walmart is just as comfortable. If you already have throw pillows lying around purchase pillow covers; I have found some great ones on Amazon ranging from $2-$10. Pillows are the perfect crossbreed of functionality and fashion.

Light up Jugs & Jars
This is a simple and adorable way to light up a space. You can find the necessary items, a string of lights and a clear jar or jug, nearly anywhere. My favorite place to find jugs and jars is the thrift store, this is where you will likely find one that is more unique. All you have to do to accomplish this fun look is to put a string of lights, floss or Christmas, in the jar then let it glow. This is a great and fun way to light up an area with little expense.

Homemade Chalkboards

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

Making Patio Furniture

If you opt for a metal framed patio set, then you will need to source the same type of metal. This will help you with the structure and the soldering process. With metal you will have to solder the pieces together so that it can be sturdy. To begin the process you will need to measure the parts and cut them to size. Make sure that you measure twice to avoid any mishaps with the length of the parts. Place all the parts in the order that you will join them. Double check this. Once you are sure of each part’s positioning then begin with soldering it together. Once the parts are together and you have all your patio seats, you can paint it the colour you desire. The metal patio set will prove to be hard and cold to sit on. For this you can simply measure the seating and back areas so that an upholsterer can make the cushions for you.

The wood option is usually more popular because it doesn’t rust and it is a cheaper alternative to the metal. In most cases, people find unused pallets and use it to create their own

Paint Furniture

The first step is to sand the wood. This is just to allow a place for the paint and primer to hold on to. This can also take out any blemishes like watermarks, or other imperfections that make your furniture look unsightly. Sanding is still a good idea if your furniture already has a rough feel to it. It will just make a nice, even place for the paint to lie. Also, you don’t need to sand it too much, just enough to roughen it up and be careful not to over sand one area and under sand another. You want it to be even throughout without any hills and valleys in it.

After you have sanded it is time to apply the primer and prepare for the paint. First, apply primer in an even coat over the whole piece of furniture. Let it dry and then wipe it off with a tack cloth. This will make it so that there is no lint or fluff pieces on it.

While painting, use a nice roller to apply the paint in a few coats. Be sure that if you use a latex or oil based primer you

Irrigation Systems

Water and time conservation: The alternative to irrigation systems is a hose or watering cans. If you have used any, you know that it takes time, it’s tiring, and consumes a lot of water. When you invest in an irrigation system, it comes with timers that you can set to your liking. This means that you can go away for a weekend and the unit will work by itself. The unit also consumes only little water which sees you spending just a little of it.

Increase in home value: Simple things are the ones that enhance the value of a home. Of these things is the quality of your lawn. The greener it is, the higher the quality of the house. Due to this, if you are a home seller, you will sell the house at a higher price.

Preservation of soil structure and nutrients: When you water your plants with a watering can or garden hose, you allow a lot of water to seep into the soil. Due to this, nutrients leach out leaving the land with just a few nutrients. It’s also common for the soil to be compacted when you water the plants

Air Conditioning Repair

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

#Solution:

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

Make sure the thermostat is set to the right temperature.

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

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

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

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

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

#Issue 2: Water drips and pools around the base of my AC

#Solution:

Water formed due to condensation and it usually exits the air handler through plastic pipe or a drain tube. Dripping may be caused by a leaky pipe that needs to be replaced o a blocked pipe that