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The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture

The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture...

Make a new beauty out of an old piece with a little patience and a good repainting job. Sometimes, our furniture just calls for a new paint job to restore it’s old glory back. It can’t be that hard right? We’ll not if we are expreienced, but for the rest of us, it is a must to know some tips before doing your own repainting of furniture. Now instead of giving you tips on how to do it the right way, I’ll share my mistakes instead so that you’ll learn how to avoid them and do a great job. 1. Not using Sander cause it feels smooth already. Even if the furniture looks dolphin-smooth, chances are, you still need to sand them for better results. There are paints or primers that claims no sanding is necessary, but basically it is a must. When sanding, make sure to control the pressure as your goal is only to smoothen, and not to strip the surface up. You may use a 150-grit sandpaper, or an 80-grit if there is an exisitng varnish already. 2. Forgetting to remove residue. As much as possible, make the surface as clean as can be – which includes removing the residue. It is highly advisable to use a tack cloth instead of a paper towel or lint-free cloth. Tack cloth does the job and you don’t need no other kind. 3. Not Using a Primer. Specially for laminate furniture, never forget t use a primer. It is best to use a mini foam roller and a foam brush for those hard-to-reach areas. Before going to the next step, always make sure to let it dry fully. Once it’s fully dried, just sand away those extra drips and follow it up with a wipe (tack cloth). 4. Rush or Impatient Painting. With the smoothness and cleanliness assured, it’s now time to paint. A mini foam roller would definitely do the job. Make sure apply about 3 thin coats and allow about 6-8 hours in between coats to ensure quality for the paint job. It is also very important to sand in between coats, to make sure everything is leveled and softened up. You may use the same sanding block, but always use a new tack cloth to make every speck of dust is removed before proceeding to the next step. This is one of my biggest mistakes, and I have reach a point of blaming the opened environment, or our dogs for the pieces of dust after painting, but it was in fact because I failed to remove everything with my tack cloth. 5. Forgetting to Apply Protection. Now that you’re almost done, make sure all the efforts last longer with a coat of Polycrylic water-based protectant. Make sure to apply smoothness when doing this process to avoid having bubbles from foam roller use. Once the process is done, allow a safe 72 hour drying time before using the furniture again. This will help prevent it from being...
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Practical Tips on Finding The Perfect Theme For Your Modern Living Room

Practical Tips on Finding The Perfect Theme For Your Modern Living Room...

  Any living room can be converted into a themed room with your own preferred theme. With the right furniture, color, concept, knowledge, and guided information, anyone can turn any room into a personal place of zen or comfort zone. With the variety of choices available these days, achieving the perfect theme for your room – even with a limited budget – is made easy, especially with these 5 practical tips to help you find the perfect theme for your rooms. Choose a theme within your passion I know, I know. This sounds like a very basic tip. But reality is, this is a very important thing to consider knowing that it is both hard and costly to have a change of theme when work has been done or halfway done already. Staying within your passion helps you make sure you will be able to relate with, feel comfortable, and never grow out bored with your chosen theme. When choosing a theme, consider the availability of the supplies and furniture needed. The basic idea is, it is best to select a theme where you can easily shop for supplies locally. It will not only save you a bunch, but it will also make it easier for you to make estimates on your budget, size, and positions of your preferred furniture. If lucky, you may even get great deals out of it from your local market. And this ay, you can enjoy the convenience of warranties (if available) or returns/replacement in case certain unexpected turns comes your way. Your Home’s Surroundings Even the perfect theme will not fit well if it doesn’t match the surroundings of your home. A summer theme can work well if you’re near the beach, or a tropical theme can work wonders in a green surrounded home. Though experimenting can work wonders, it is best to consider your surroundings along when choosing a theme for your room. Make sure your space can accommodate your preferred theme Some themes require more spaces than others, and though improvising can be an option, knowledge of your available space can be an advantage. When picking a theme, it is good to choose one that is withing your preferences and can fit well with your available space. Get inspirations from others, but always consider the difference in space from your inspiration and your current space available. Consider a plan that’s according to your budget Unless you have unlimited funds, always remember that you have a working budget – and as much as possible, try to stay within that budget. You may home to compromise on some areas, but it is highly advisable to ensure comfort over style when compromises are a need. Achieving the right theme for your home is just a matter of matching your interest with a little creativity, and often times, the ability to improvise. Your preferred theme can be achieved in many ways, and it’s just a matter of finding what work with what you want to achieve – in a practical...
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8 Free Ways to Instantly Make Your Living Room Furniture Look a Little Bit Better

8 Free Ways to Instantly Make Your Living Room Furniture Look a Little Bit Better...

When it comes to furniture care – we always tend to over-think things and miss the tiny little details that actually make a difference. Little things that can help us save an ample light of time, yet achieving the desired changes. These tips will definitely help if you’re also on a tight budget and looking for alternatives for your living room furniture. 1. Regular cleaning of the blinds, baseboards, and windows All these small spots actually accumulate most of the dust and dirt day after day, but ironically, they’re not the most common cleaning spots that we prioritize. Making sure they are in tip top clean shape more often than usual can really make a difference. Try it, and get to enjoy a fresh and clean feeling. 2. Use vacuum on the seats and cushions Sofas are a dust magnet, but the good news is – a regular habit of vacuuming your sofas can give it a more comfortable feeling. Do this and you’ll be surprised at how they look new for a longer time. 3. Give your lighting an adjustment Sometimes, making changes in your home’s lighting can make the whole lot of difference. It can be as simple as opening your curtains a bit wider, choosing a lighter shade of curtain, adding or removing some of the light sources (bulbs, lamps, etc.), or even changing the colors of your lighting can bring that desired look and feel for your home. 4. Create drama and personality For any size and shape of your space, the opportunity to bring and express a little personality in a small spot is very important. A few rearrangements can bring a certain type of personality to every spot. Try to mix and match several furniture pieces – or try to arrange them by theme. 5. Give your area a new look Change positions, or switch some of the spots and try to see how it looks. If you’re pretty creative yourself, you can even use some of the extra paint you have and create something new for your walls. Bottom-line is, a new look is worth a try. You’ll never know unless you try. 6. Rearrangement Sometimes you can achieve the space you wanted to have with a little rearranging. This goes also true if you want to achieve a certain look and feel to your desired place at home. 7. Add Life This can be achieved by adding a little touch of life to your rooms. You don’t really need to spend much. A simple plucking of an attractive looking plant at home along with a little vase can do the job in no time. And actually, adding accent with the use of tree branches and a little creativity can do the job. 8. Create More Space Without breaking walls or making expansions, you can still make more space in your room with a little tweaking (using the tips above). Proper arrangement of furniture can help you achieve that extra space, or make it seem larger – providing you great comfort as...
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The Best Small Living Room Sofas for Apartment Living

The Best Small Living Room Sofas for Apartment Living...

If you live in an apartment, here is one rule that you can live by: the bigger the couch, the more cramped the room gets. A big sofa in a small room is bound to leave out little space for living. If your sofa pushes the coffee table into the media console, or it crowds out the end table, then it is clearly too big. To get a better sense of space in your home, prepare yourself to forgo the luxury of sprawling in front of the TV. Rather, prop your feet up your coffee table. Be aware of those “apartment couches” that stores call — they are usually too deep and too wide for your charming apartment space. If you are in the market looking for small living room sofas, there are some rules to live by: DO Measure the area that will be your living space. If your room comes with multiple spaces in it, like a living and bedroom or living and dining room, ensure that there is about two to three feet between each space. Once you have established how much room you can spare for your couch, give at least a foot (preferably 18 inches) on either side for standing lamps and end tables. If your space is small, chances are that the couch will propped against a wall. Keep this in mind when buying, and consider if the new couch will block windows. DON’T Do not buy a sofa without measuring and even seeing the space. Also, do not measure right up to the table of the dining area or the bed in the sleeping area. It would be unwise to buy a fat couch, which means that you do not buy anything overstuffed that looks like a La-Z-Boy. Also, do not get a futon. Leave those in places where they belong (like college). Instead, invest in an air mattress. Below are some great picks on the best couches on the market today that are small enough for apartment living: Windsor Loveseat – Espresso by Meadow Décor. This is perfect if you are looking to decorate with a homey, traditional style. Main Street Loveseat – Indigo by Ave-Six. Its indigo color is gorgeous, and would make for a great pop of color in your space without being too overwhelming. Memphis Art Deco Retro Sofa Loveseat by Adesso. This is a more modern piece that would be ideal for modern minimalist apartment...
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Easily Furnish a Small Space with Small Living Room Sets

Easily Furnish a Small Space with Small Living Room Sets...

Creating a livable room that shows off your style is a challenge. But when you are little short on space, it is a little harder because there does not seem to be enough square footage for various furniture and decorative elements. So if you are decorating a small space, come up with a good plan and have the right tools. This is especially crucial in living rooms as this is the place where the whole family converges. And while people say that the sofa is a must in every living room, this does not have to be the case when space is a premium.  With the use of small living rooms sets, you can add some charm to your space with just a loveseat and chair. Rather than trying to stuff an oversized sofa in such little space, opt for a small-scale loveseat and chair for your living room. Their slim track arms should help you save up some extra space while adding to the modern look of the room. We recommend the Grey Eco Leather Love Seat – Black Finish Legs by Office Star paired with a plush chair. An ottoman makes for a great addition in a smaller living room. Tuck it neatly in the corner, and once guests arrive, you can easily slide it out for added seating, extra table or footrest. The Chateau Top Grain Leather Storage Ottoman in Mahogany by Elements Fine Home comes with hidden storage for magazines and extra pillows. Go with oval tables since they are smaller in scale and are easier to move around, especially in tighter spaces. Plus, these tables give small drawers which are great for tucking away books, magazines and remotes. A streamlined console like the Spats 3-Drawer Rectangular Console Table in Espresso Finish by Allan Copley Designs can make for a great home theater, allowing you to do away with the usually large and bulky entertainment centers. Even with its compact size, this unit still offerings drawers and shelves for A/V components, media and accessories. For finishing touches, add a transitional area rug to define the seating area while blending beautifully with the neutral and monochromatic color scheme. You can also go with a vertical wall art to draw the eye up, making the area feel more...