Exorcising that Purple Passion! Removing Your Old Wallpaper

Written by Pamela Cole Harris

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Exorcising that Purple Passion! Removing Your Old Wallpaper

What were you thinking? That wallpaper covered with a purple version of what seems to be paisley sperm was once cool. Now it’s just…regrettable! Definitely time for a change! To remove that old wallpaper, follow these tips:

1.As much as is practical, coverrepparttar floor and furniture with drop cloths, old sheets or discarded blankets. It’s a good idea to moverepparttar 100168 furniture intorepparttar 100169 center ofrepparttar 100170 room to make it easier to cover. 2.Start in any corner and try to peelrepparttar 100171 wallpaper off with your hands. Use a putty knife or a wallpaper scraper (you can actually BUY such a thing!). Pray that your wallpaper isrepparttar 100172 easy-peeling kind! 3.Ifrepparttar 100173 paper doesn’t peel off or if peelingrepparttar 100174 paper leaves behind its backing, it’s time to get outrepparttar 100175 serious tools – razor blades. Be really careful not to cut intorepparttar 100176 drywall underneath. 4.The next step is to wetrepparttar 100177 wall paper. You can use plain water, a commercial wall paper remover (wimp!) or water mixed with dishwashing liquid. Applyrepparttar 100178 water with a paint roller, squirt gun (Now THAT sounds like fun!) or a sponge. Just keep wettingrepparttar 100179 wall untilrepparttar 100180 glue behindsrepparttar 100181 wallpaper begins to loosen.

Blinds 101

Written by Lawren Gournay

Shades Shutters & Blinds Product Information

Every thing you wanted to know about blinds, shades, and shutters but were afraid to ask. A beginner's guide for buying window blinds.

by Lawren Gourney


Ever shopped on line for blinds, shades, or shutters and were confused by allrepparttar different products and prices? This page should help. We are currently working on Window Shades 101 and Plantation Shutters 101 to help with your plantation shutters or window shade decisions.

WINDOW BLINDS Grab & Go Blinds vs. Custom made Blinds Grab & Go blinds are simply a name given to pre-cut shades that you buy offrepparttar 100167 self. They are made to common generic window sizes. Because all windows are not exactlyrepparttar 100168 same dimensions and grab & go blinds have to fit windows in certain size ranges, grab and go window coverings do not fit as well as a custom made blind or shade. The widths of a grab and go window blind must be shorter to accommodate as many windows as possible (this usually causes a light gap, or reveal, atrepparttar 100169 sides ofrepparttar 100170 blind or shade). The blind's length also has to fit several different sizes and quite often must be shortened. Grab & go blinds are usuallyrepparttar 100171 lowest priced blind or shade onrepparttar 100172 market. The lower price is due torepparttar 100173 use of lighter weight cheaper materials, lower quality hardware, fewer sizes, colors and lack of a warranty. A grab & go blind has a product life expectancy of 2 to 6 years. Price makes these a good choice for certain applications like basements, garages and attics. These window coverings are available at most discount chain stores, large department stores, and home improvement centers.

Custom made blinds is made to measure. Each window is measured for it's width and height torepparttar 100174 nearest 1/8" andrepparttar 100175 blind is built to fitrepparttar 100176 opening. The light gap, reveal, on each side is about 1/4" andrepparttar 100177 bottom rail (bottom ofrepparttar 100178 window shades) comes right torepparttar 100179 window sill. Custom blinds are made with better materials and hardware. The come from well known companies such as Hunter Douglas, Levolor, Graber and Bali. They are usually warranted for as long as you ownrepparttar 100180 home. The color choices range from several shades of white torepparttar 100181 most common stained wood tones. The material choices are PVC blinds, wood composite blinds, and real wood blinds. These custom made blinds can be purchased at most retailers and internet companies such as Shades Shutters Blinds. They are usually slightly more expensive thanrepparttar 100182 grab & go blinds.

Mini Blinds Mini blinds are made in several slat widths, 1/2", 1", 2". The slats of this blind are made from several different gauges (thickness) of aluminum. Some ofrepparttar 100183 Grab & go mini blinds use plastic slats to further lower their cost. The higherrepparttar 100184 gaugerepparttar 100185 better. Mini blinds were very popular in homes about 10 years ago and are still used extensively in commercial building. Color choices for mini blinds are unlimited. For affordable mini blinds. See Mini Blinds.

Venetian Blinds Venetian blinds is a large category in blinds. The original Venetian blinds were made with wide curved metal slats much like a mini slat. Over timerepparttar 100186 slats have evolved to different materials, sizes and shapes. Venetian blind slats are made from plastics, woods, and combinations of plastics & wood. They are made in 1, 2, 2 1/2, & 3 inch slat widths. Venetian Blind's shapes can be curved, flat or elliptical. Most window covering manufacturers buy slats fromrepparttar 100187 same 3 or 4 companies that produce them. To confuse things further,repparttar 100188 window blind manufacturers have made their own names forrepparttar 100189 same materials, same sizes, and same shapes (a 2 1/2 " composite blinds slat can have as may different names as there are companies using them). Hopefully this site can simplify this for you. We will attempt to break down this mess to 4 basic types, PVC blinds, Composite blinds, and wood blinds. See products. PVC Blinds or Faux Wood Blinds

Faux or PVC blinds are made of a solid or foamed poly vinyl chloride plastic. That's right,repparttar 100190 same stuff milk bottles are made of. PVC s is one ofrepparttar 100191 newer materials being used for blind slats. Slat widths are generally 2", 2 1/2", and sometimes 3". The blind slat's surface can be smooth or embossed with a wood grain. Color selection is limited most often to whites but there are a few wood tone colors available. PVC blinds are starting price point in this category. They are very durable, UV resistant, waterproof (as in whenrepparttar 100192 windows are left open and it rains orrepparttar 100193 sprinklers come on), and easy to clean. The one main draw back to Faux Blinds isrepparttar 100194 weight ofrepparttar 100195 slats. PVC slats are heavier than wood or composite slats and with large windows can make raisingrepparttar 100196 blind a little difficult.

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