Decorating FrugallyWritten by Rachel Paul
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To go in for a really coordinated design scheme, you can use same effects you used on walls of room on furniture or other accessories in room. For example, if your kitchen walls have leaf design, then you can use same design on cupboards, tabletops, and refrigerator door and bread box too! I hope that was a fun set of frugal ideas to spruce up your walls this summer. But before you rush off to start, make a note of following tips too: 1.Make sure surface to be decorated is clean and dry. 2.Keep your supplies [sponge, paint, rags, scraps of paper or tissue, stencils, vegetables or fruits etc] on an old newspaper so you donít have a messy floor to contend with at end of your project. 3.Use acrylic craft paint instead of oil based stencil paint because it is brighter and easier to clean. Now that just reminds me, there are a whole lot of people staying in rented homes who arenít allowed to paint their walls! Guess what? You can still decorate with any design you want! Hereís what you do: Using any of tips given above, paint, stencil or block-print designs you want on cheap sheets or old bed sheets. Make sure you use good quality fabric paint.
Let it dry thoroughly. Then cut out these designs and soak them in a solution of liquid starch and water [2 tsp starch to one cup water]. Now place them on walls wherever you want. They can be peeled off easily when you get tired of them or when itís time to move!
Rachel Paul is a busy at-home mom and an avid interior decorator who loves to find genuinely innovative ways to perk up her home in the few free moments she finds between caring for her family and pursuing home study writing courses as well. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remodeling Tips Should You Do The Remodeling Yourself?Written by Judi Singleton
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I recently did part of work in remodeling my bathroom myself. Then hired a contractor to finish it. I tore out a wall. Then removed old bathtub. I tore up old flooring and tile. I hired a plumber who installed new tub, toliet, and sink and green board around tub, plus tub surround and faucets. I hired a handy person to put down subflooring. Then I hired a professional installer to install tile. I preped all walls and put on two coats of undercoat on walls. Then hired a painter to finish job. The original bid I got for all work with materials was over $5000. by buying all materials myself and doing part of work I did whole job for about $1,500 dollars. That figure included permits. That was a big savings and by time I figured out what my time was worth I saved even more. I also ended up with a very professional job.
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