Decorating Frugally

Written by Rachel Paul

The trend these days is to discover extremely innovative ways to decorate interiors on a budget. The tips provided below are just a few ofrepparttar many ways one can inexpensively achieve a truly original look for a room.

Borders on a wall are an elegant way to changerepparttar 100132 look of a room. The easiest way to do this is to paint two parallel lines either at eye level or about a foot aboverepparttar 100133 floor. Deciding on what motifs or designs to paint or stencil between these two lines will depend entirely on whorepparttar 100134 occupants ofrepparttar 100135 room are. For example, if it is a childís room then you could diprepparttar 100136 childís hands in paint and make hand prints betweenrepparttar 100137 lines at regular intervals. I am yet to find a kid who doesnít enjoy this activity thoroughly! Also, kids love to display their school art projects on their bedroom walls. Try hanging up these projects on their room walls and watch their eyes light up!

Another option for border design is block printing using vegetables or fruits. Capsicum, okra and apples when cut in half horizontally, dipped in paint and stamped ontorepparttar 100138 surface produce readymade floral designs. String beans can be used to print tiny leaf designs. Use your imagination to cut up a design on potatoes or carrots. Then use this as a homemade stencil to reproducerepparttar 100139 design.

Here is another great way to add design to your walls. Choose any old toy car or truck in your childís toy basket, diprepparttar 100140 wheels intorepparttar 100141 paint and roll it alongrepparttar 100142 surface to create parallel lines; or you could zigzag them for a cute effect!

Step outside for a walk. Pick up a few leaves that appeal to you. Now diprepparttar 100143 leaf surface intorepparttar 100144 paint and press it ontorepparttar 100145 wall to create a naturally stenciled leaf design.

For a genuine work of art, try this. Dip an old toothbrush into paint. Holdrepparttar 100146 brush close torepparttar 100147 surface you would like to produce this effect on. Now pull backrepparttar 100148 bristles and release them gently so that a fine spray effect is produced onrepparttar 100149 desired surface. Test outrepparttar 100150 spray action on a piece of paper before trying it on a wall. Sponge painting is another surface painting method to create special effects inexpensively. Sponged-on designs actually let you personalize your space with minimum effort, cost and time. All you need is a plain wall, some cheap acrylic paint, a sponge and lots of enthusiasm! If you canít affordrepparttar 100151 expensive sea sponges, then donít fret yet, there is help. Just get any old/new sponge, randomly pinch out pieces so you get an uneven plucked out effect. Now hold this piece of Ďpersonal artí comfortably in your hand and dip it intorepparttar 100152 paint. Then dabrepparttar 100153 paint-soaked portion onto a scrap of paper, just to getrepparttar 100154 excess paint out. Proceed to applyingrepparttar 100155 sponge ontorepparttar 100156 wall at regular intervals. Stand back and view your artwork before touching uprepparttar 100157 design. Have fun!

Remodeling Tips Should You Do The Remodeling Yourself?

Written by Judi Singleton

When we decide to remodel often we have tastes that outway our budgets. We have a vision of just what we want, then we getrepparttar bids fromrepparttar 100131 contractors, they are far beyond what we can afford. So we suddenly see ourselves as do it yourself contractors. We can saverepparttar 100132 labor costs and do it ourselves we think.

But should you dorepparttar 100133 work yourself? Well we have to look at a number of things. Do you haverepparttar 100134 skills or can you aquirerepparttar 100135 skills, do you haverepparttar 100136 tools and safety gear? Can you rentrepparttar 100137 tools and safety gear and still save money? What about your time can you takerepparttar 100138 time it is going to take to completerepparttar 100139 job? What is your time worth in dollars and cents? Do you really want to dorepparttar 100140 labor? We have to look at these questions and decide an honest answer to each one before taking onrepparttar 100141 tasks at hand.

Unless you are a highly skilled do-it-yourselfer, avoid taking on jobs that may be dangerous, particularly difficult, or where a mistake can be quite costly. Some jobs simply are not worthrepparttar 100142 risk. For example, think twice before doing:

Unless you are a highly skilled do it yourselfer then you should avoid jobs that could be dangerous or that take a lot of skills because mistakes can be more costly than hiring someone else to dorepparttar 100143 job righ inrepparttar 100144 first place.

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