5 Ways In Which You Can Make Simple Changes To Your Home Decorating

Written by Bonnie P. Carrier

5 Ways In Which You Can Make Simple Changes To Your Home Decorating

Home decorating, ever wanted to try it, but hesitated because of time constraints or budget concerns. The following ideas will not only give instant results, but more importantly fit into any budget.

1. Changingrepparttar Look of Your Walls

Adding a new color or changingrepparttar 116262 texture, can giverepparttar 116263 room a completely new appearance and that may berepparttar 116264 only decorating change that is necessary. The easiest option is to paint, and withrepparttar 116265 color choices available,repparttar 116266 possibilities are endless. Another consideration would be wallpaper;repparttar 116267 only problem you may have is choosing a design. If onrepparttar 116268 other hand, only a little something extra is needed a simple stencil design might just dorepparttar 116269 trick. Any of these ideas can be used either individually or in combination with each other.

2. Look to Your Windows For a Whole New View

Changing your window treatments is probablyrepparttar 116270 easiest of any home decorating projects. The choices range from styles that include drapes, tab-top, cafe and shears, backgrounds of solid colors, floral and stripes, fabrics that include silk, cotton, lace or velvet. The most economical is ready-made; they are very affordable therefore giving yourepparttar 116271 opportunity to make changes more often.

3. Accessories Make Your Decorating Complete

Some ofrepparttar 116272 more common are area rugs, wall art, lamps, pillows and cozy throws. Items forrepparttar 116273 kitchen make beautiful additions, for example; canisters, dinnerware, dishtowels or decorative bottles filled with oils and vinegar. Add a little whimsy with oversized ceramic figures like roosters, orrepparttar 116274 adorable pigs holding chalkboard menus. Bathrooms are another area for pretty accessories like decorative soaps placed in a bowl or basket; towels come in so many colors and designs now that they alone make great accessories. Last but not least do not forget candles and bowls of potpourri

Wood Panels and Humidity

Written by Dave Markel

Coping with wood movement

All wood workers need to be aware of wood movement when building furniture projects. Failure to consider this important factor can cause wood panels to crack or split.

My high school biology teacher comparedrepparttar structure of a piece of wood with a bundle of straws. The straws representrepparttar 116261 cells and capillaries ofrepparttar 116262 wood. When a tree is growing water and food are transferred up throughrepparttar 116263 cells and are carried throughoutrepparttar 116264 tree.

Once a tree is fellrepparttar 116265 free water inrepparttar 116266 wood is lost rather quickly butrepparttar 116267 bound water trapped inrepparttar 116268 straw like cell is slower to dissipate. Asrepparttar 116269 level of bound water is reduced these straw like cells get narrower in diameter but maintain their length. This isrepparttar 116270 fundamental reason that wood expands and contracts across its width but has almost no expansion length wise.

When working with wood it is very important to allowrepparttar 116271 wood to expand and contract with changes in humidity. As humidity risesrepparttar 116272 straw like cells expand in diameter withrepparttar 116273 opposite effect occurring asrepparttar 116274 relative humidity falls.

Ways to accommodate expansion

Lets use a cutting board forrepparttar 116275 first example. A solid wood cutting board with a bread board edge secured with a tongue and groove joint. One edge hasrepparttar 116276 bread board edge secured on both ends with a dowel throughrepparttar 116277 tongue The other bread board edge is secured withrepparttar 116278 same tongue and groove joint but this end only has a dowel inrepparttar 116279 center ofrepparttar 116280 piece.

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