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As a homeowner, you don’t need to have a large budget to give your home a remodel look straight out of the home and garden magazines. Any motivated do it yourselfer can redecorate a room and have it looking sleek and fashionable for under $1000. Remodeling with a budget in mind not only saves you money, but also increases the resale value of your home.
You can change the mood of your house just by painting and changing colors, especially uplifting your spirits during the cold winter season. Painting your house is a simple to do home improvement project that’s easy on your budget if you do it yourself. Don’t go after the most expensive paint you can find.
Expensive doesn’t necessarily always mean the best quality paint. A good rule of thumb as to how much you will spend painting just one room around 300 square feet will be less than $200, including necessary supplies of rollers, paint roller tray, duct tape and paint brushes.
Other materials such as a drop cloth, paint bucket, or rags are optional. You can use old blankets that you don’t mind getting paint on, or use cardboard. Rags can be replaced with old towels or damp paper towels, and paint buckets will only be necessary if you plan to mix paints for faux finish painting.
Using wallpaper is another way to change the look of a room without breaking the bank. Proper wallpapering can suit anyone’s need and budget, and can help to change the mood as well as adding elegance to a room. You can make a room appear larger or smaller just by choosing the right wallpaper, giving an illusion of height for rooms with lower ceilings. Using wallpaper can also add a design and pattern that is very difficult to accomplish with paint unless you are a talented artist.
The average price for a single roll of wall covering is about $12. The price is affected by the type of wall covering, how elaborate the design, the exclusivity of the design, and if it’s made by a famous designer.
Faux finishes are all the latest rage and are really easy to do. Almost anyone with just a little desire and some simple practice can create attractive faux finishes. Just get a simple guidebook to get you started and you will be creating beautiful faux finishes in no time.
Some people will tell you that sanding is the best thing to do while refinishing hardwood floors. However, that is not so. The fact is that your hardwood floor has a particular character that it has developed through decades, and sanding destroys most of it. Some of the wood is also removed, and the floor becomes thinner as a result. And all the dust that sanding creates will prevent you from applying a new finish smoothly. So is there another way of refinishing hardwood floors? Yes, there is. And a better one at that. This alternative is inexpensive too, apart from being much easier to handle. The floor’s protection is renewed, its character is preserved, and you retain all the wood. Now what could be better?
Start refinishing hardwood floors by making necessary repairs. Add new wood if required. Try to match the grade, species, and the age of the new flooring to the existing one. If you feel it’s needed, sand the repair area lightly. Vacuum the room before you go on to the next step.
The Process Of Chemically Refinishing A Hardwood Floor
Use a mild Trisodium Phosphate solution or plain water to wash the old floor, taking good care not to wet any part of the new wood. Leave the floor to dry for a day. Next, use a wax remover on the old portions, and leave it for another couple of days.
Here’s a list of all the things you need in refinishing hardwood floors. Visit a paint shop to get all of these – lacquer thinner; denatured alcohol; and a corrosion- resistant, screw-top container that will hold both of these. You also need a quality oil finish that matches the current color or is very similar to it; some chemical resistant refinishing pads; a floor polishing stick; a chemical resistant pan; and a floor polishing machine with steel wool pads to fit it.
Make a half-and-half mixture of the lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol in the large can, pour some of it into a glass dish, and start working the floor in parts, staining the new wood to blend them in with the old floor. Leave the floor like that for two or three days. The last step in refinishing hardwood floors is sealing the floor. Polyurethane is the most popular choice of sealant. Applying three coats is the best way to go. So by the end of it, you have a hardwood floor as good as new.