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3 Easy Home Improvement Projects To Do Without Leaving Your Home

home improvementLockdown so far has been a hard time, millions of us are now hidden away in our homes away from friends and family. So we have a lot of time on our hands and limited resources for what we can do.  To take our minds off everything that is going on, we’ll be going through some easy home improvement projects you can do without leaving your home.

Revamp Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are usually quite dull looking rooms, so why not add some flair to your own bathroom? The first move to make is giving it a nice big clean, slap on your rubber gloves and get cleaning, this gives you a good place to start with a nice and shiny bathroom. Having a proper clean in your bathroom can usually rejuvenate it nicely.

Next step, is to adding some colour,. Tthis can go a couple ways, for example, if you have some bright coloured towels, hang them up over your radiator in the bathroom to bring in some colour. The next option for colour, if you have a window in your bathroom, you can order a new set of bathroom blinds online from DotcomBlinds to bring some colour to your bathroom. Pop in your measurements on their website and they will make your blind and safely deliver it to your door, in line with full social distancing guidelines.

Arts and Crafts For Your Livingroom

At the moment, there are limited options for how you can add some flair to your living room, new furniture is out of the question and likely you won’t be able to get trinkets to place around the room, so it’s time to take things into your own hands. Arts and Crafts materials can easily be found on Amazon or maybe you have some bits lying around the house.

Maybe you can get some knitting supplies and make a new throw for your sofa or something similar, some painting supplies and you can make some art to hang on your walls. The opportunities are endless in what you can make, this will take up some time to keep you occupied and can help you keep your kids busy with fun tasks!

Declutter Your Kitchen

One thing that can make your kitchen look unappealing is having cluttered surfaces, if you just have the basics out like your toaster and kettle, you should be fine. But if you have the whole suite of kitchen appliances: Panini Press, George Foreman Grill, Blender etc, this can cause your kitchen to look messy.

So hide away all the un-needed appliances and you’ll have a much sharper looking kitchen, on the surface it’s not a massive change and won’t take much time out of your day, but it’s a little task to bring a room to life.

Cheap Ways to Give Your Home a Makeover

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With Christmas out of the way, many of us are starting to think about ways that we can give our home a makeover for the year ahead. However, the dent that the festive season left in our finances is probably still a factor for most of us, which means that any home improvements need to be done cheaply, or even better, for free. With this in mind I thought I would look at five ways that you can improve your home on a very tight budget.

Recycle

One way that you can improve your living situation is to go room to room and do a full inventory of all of the furniture and fixings that you have in each space. You may realise that one piece of furniture isn’t working for one room, but with a lick of paint or a rub down it might be perfect for a different space. Our TV unit doesn’t really go with the rest of our room, however we’ve been thinking lately that we might mount the TV on the wall, give the TV unit a makeover with a coat of chalk paint and use as a coffee table.

Freecycle

Freecycle is such an amazing place to get things that you need without spending any money at all. If you want to declutter, giving old items away on Freecycle is a great way to do this as more often than not people will come and collect them, meaning you have to make little or no effort to empty a space. Asking for things on Freecycle is also a great way to obtain the resources you need to transform your spaces. We once managed to get hold of enough laminate flooring to recover the floor of a whole bedroom and it didn’t cost us a penny!

Ebay

Finding things cheaply on eBay can be really easy, although sometimes you may need to spend a little extra time seeking out those bargains. However, one trick that I learned years ago is to search eBay with misspellings. This might sound weird, but sometimes you’ll find things with a low reserve and absolutely no bids because they haven’t shown up in anybody’s search results, thanks to a misspelling in the listing. If you can find these listings, these are the holy grail of eBay and often mean that people can get things for next to nothing if you’re willing to put in the time to find them.

Swaps

If you’ve got stuff to give away you might find that someone else has something that you want and is willing to swap with you. Facebook is a great place to find swaps for your items and you may even find that there is a local event where people take their items for swap seats. Hey, if there isn’t a local event maybe you could organise one, if you have the time!

Plants

If you haven’t got the money to do a full makeover of your home, sometimes adding little touches like house plants here and there can make a massive difference to your living spaces. As well as plants giving a burst of colour to a room they are great for your well-being, help to produce clean oxygen and will make your room look stylish and put together.

How to Add a Touch of Luxury to Your Home

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With house prices on the rise and wages seemingly stagnating, more people than ever are choosing to renovate and extend their current properties, rather than moving elsewhere. There’s scope to add value to your home when making big changes and a lot of this potential lies in the quality of the finish, so with that in mind, we thought we’d talk to you about 5 ways to add a luxury feel to your home:

Bathrooms

Anyone can go and buy a budget bathroom from a massive store and give their washroom a nicer feel, but the luxury possibilities of a bathroom are one of the biggest draws for a buyer. Lots of people will consider buying a house with terrible decor everywhere else, as long as the bathroom has amazing fittings. Insignia Steam Showers are one example of high-end fixtures that will really add value to your home.

Curtains

Cheap window coverings might do for a while, but thick, luxurious drapes will make your home feel a million bucks. Opt for soft colours like light grey or mink, which are neutral but elegant and this will give every room the feel of a high-class hotel room.

Ornaments NOT Clutter

While we aren’t suggesting minimalism for your home (it’s not hugely practical for families, is it?), decluttering your rooms and then dressing them with carefully chosen ornaments and other dressings will help to give your house a “put together” feel, rather than making people feel like they’ve walked into a jumble sale!

Kitchen

A kitchen is another huge expense, but you don’t have to rip it out and start again to give your kitchen an update. My gorgeous friend Jen from Love Chic Living, and person I turn to for all of my interiors inspiration, actually painted her kitchen units and replaced her tiles and you wouldn’t believe that it’s even the same kitchen. Read her post to see the completed makeover.

Plants

Plants…well cared for plants, make a room look great. However, if you’re the sort of person who could kill the hardiest cactus from 100 paces, why not opt for some fake foliage? There are some incredibly real-looking fake plants out there these days, and apart from a little flick over with a duster every now and then, you don’t need to do a thing to care for them.

Glazed or Not? Which internal doors are better

Door styles have come a long way over the years, and this versatility and variety have come as a result of the needs of homeowners across the world. Interior designs are different, and homes now have a lot of different themes as well. Keeping with this variety, two types of doors have taken the market by storm and are the most common choices for homeowners, especially for their internal doors. These are glazed and unglazed doors. Another factor to think about is whether or not you want the door to lock or not. Many people like to have locks on certain doors like bathrooms and get a company such as Fast keys to install it.

“Digital locks are a great addition to a home, from mechanical to digital and biometric fingerprint readers.” –  says spokesperson from QuickPick locksmiths a well established locksmith Newcastle company

The choice of door style that will work best for your home depends mainly on the interior design of the house, the architecture and style of the home, and what the owners want from the home design of course. A glazed door offers a lot of different qualities than an unglazed door and determining which one to buy depends on which qualities work best with your home. Here is a short and comprehensive guide on which door will work best for your home.

A glazed door is often considered to be a bit more modern in its design and style and is commonly used by those that want their internal doors to appear and feel light instead of traditional and heavy. They can be used in kitchens, living rooms, and all kinds of hallways to add in more light to the house and to ensure that the different parts of the house are not closed off from each other. They can, however, only be used in parts of the house that do not have issues with privacy. They can primarily be used in darker corners of the house to add more light to those areas without having to install extra artificial lighting sources such as bulbs. These doors are also customizable in terms of how much glazing is needed. You can have entirely internal glazed doors with large panes of glass or medium or half internal glazed doors that have smaller glass panes and offer a bit more privacy from shops like Online Door Store. Internal glazed doors are great for homes that need the extra light and for individuals that can afford to invest in internal doors that are slightly costly.

Unglazed doors, as the name suggests, are doors without the glazing. They do not have large glass panes to add and bring in extra light into the home. It is possible to use any cut-out space to add glass, but it is up to the homeowner to do so themselves. These doors are considerably cheaper than glazed doors, so these are great options for individuals on a budget. If glass panes must be added to these unglazed doors to turn them into internal glazed doors, then this can be done on a budget by reusing old glazing or finding affordable glass panes on your own. Unglazed doors, for that very reason, are great for homes that do not absolutely require a lot of extra light being brought in, and by individuals that may be on a tighter budget.

DIY TV Stand Ideas To Hide Cable Boxes And Wires

Making your own TV stand requires that you get a professional finish that hides all your cables and wires.  You need something that is going to help you hide the TV, store all theDVDs you have bought, and stow away a few extra things from the living room that you do not have any room for.  Use all the tips below to make this cabinet a reality.  You can create something really interesting when you start using the options listed below.  You might not have thought of making this TV stand yourself, but it is possible.  Plus, you could consider adding a couple furniture pieces together to get the results you want.

1.  Add A Storage Box

You could add a storage box to your TV stand, and you will find some cool ideas when you are looking at different sites that provide you with the furniture that you need.  You will find that you can store all the things you use every day with just one box that was made to accompany the TV stand.  You could even put a speak on top of this box to complete the look.  Plus, you can run all your wires behind this box if you need to.

2.  Add An Upper Shelf

You could add an upper shelf that will hold all the cable boxes and DVD players that you have.  Because of this, you can run all the wires to the back of the unit where no one can see.  You can make just one hole where all the cables come out of the unit, or you could use a few different holes that are out of sight to move your cables around.  Make sure that you have closed off these holes with a plastic or metal ring so that they will not tear.  If nothing else, they look really nice.  Plus, you can create a cabinet that is easy to adjust if you add or subtract any items from your setup.

3.  Use A Special Bundle Coil

You could run all your cables through a special plastic bundle coil.  The coil will wrap up all the cables, and they will be much easier for you to access because they are all in the same place.  Someone who is using the bundle coil can push the cables to a part of the cabinet where no one can see.  Plus, the coil can be unwrapped at any time to reach the cables if they need to be changed or moved.

4.  Use A Cable Strip

You can use a cable strip to hide cables that are running to a particular location in the room or the cabinet. In fact, the cables could be behind a cable trip that is the same color of the cabinet.  No one would have any idea that you have cables under there to begin with, and you need to be sure that you have bought enough material to build your cable strips.  If you buy a generic rubber strip, you should paint it to match the cabinet

5.  Use Bluetooth

Bluetooth connections for all your devices make a big difference because you only need a power cable for each unit.  You could put a power box in the cabinet that will connect to the outside, and you have but back on all the cables that you would normally.

There are many families that need to get a better TV stand, but you can make the TV stand yourself if you add all these little things to a much more functional unit you built yourself.

Sausage’s Bedroom Makeover

It’s got to that point where Sausage wants her own space. She’s starting senior school in September, so instead of being surrounded by her sisters toys and games, she wants a proper grown up space where she can chill, watch her own programmes and do her homework in peace. As we’re in a three bedroom house, Husband will be giving up his office space and moving his desk into the dining room, and we’re planning a bit of a makeover of the room so that it feels more like Sausage’s own.

The first thing we’ll do is replace the floor; there’s carpet in there at the moment, and while it’s good quality, we want something a bit more modern for Sausage, so we’ll opt for Quick-Step Impressive laminate flooring (https://lifestyleflooringuk.co.uk/laminate-flooring/quick-step-laminate/quick-step-impressive) as it’s so versatile, easy to fit and simple to keep clean. You can find it at  Lifestyle Flooring UK.

She’s also requested a change of colour – the walls are a plain magnolia at the moment, but we’re planning to replace that with three walls of light lilac, plus one wall of a darker purple colour. It’s a nice colour scheme for a kid of Sausage’s age, but one which I think will grow with her and won’t feel horribly young when she’s in her teens.

Another thing I’m planning is a multi-functional space which will double up as both a dressing table and a desk so that she can use it for doing her homework and then use it for doing her hair and make up at other times (she doesn’t go out in make-up, by the way, she just loves to practice at home!).

She currently sleeps in a single bunk beds that she shares with her sister, but we’ve decided to give her our king size bed so that she has more space and can have friends sleeping over when she wants, without needing to find extra sleeping space! Our bed is currently a neutral wooden colour, but we’re planning to give this it’s own mini makeover with some nice chalk paint.

In terms of finishing touches, we’ll be adding shelves for books and nick-nacks, plus colour co-ordinated curtains, lamp shade and other little touches to make it feel like Sausage’s own little haven of peace and tranquillity! I’m really excited to do this for her, and I know she’s going to love the end result. I’ll be sure to share pictures with you all when it’s done!

Spruce Up Your House Without Major Renovations

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Now that Christmas is out of the way, many of us are starting to think about ways to spruce up our houses, but if major renovations are too much of an inconvenience or are out of your budget, there are smaller things that you can do which will improve the look of your house without spending a fortune. Today, we’ve teamed up with Kitchen Warehouse to talk to you about a few of them.

Paint Your Woodwork

One of the quickest ways to make your rooms feel fresh and new is to paint your woodwork. Even if your walls are still in good order, things like skirting boards and dado rails often take knocks and the resulting marks make them look grubby and worn. A few weekends of sanding down and a couple of tins of gloss paint will cost next to nothing but will really make the place feel renewed.

Replace Kitchen Doors

If your kitchen feels dated or worn, you can spruce up your kitchen units by simply replacing the doors. Choose a colour which will stand the test of time and won’t look out of fashion within weeks and you could future-proof your kitchen for years to come with minimal expense.

Clean Your Outsides

Winter can take it’s toll on the outside of houses and months of rain and mud can leave your house looking a bit grubby. Hiring a jet wash for a couple of days will help you to clean any brickwork, rendering, patios and woodwork, and giving your front door a freshen up with either a bit of elbow grease or a lick of paint if it’s a wooden door will have your castle gleaming!

Attack Your Grouting

If you’ve got tiled areas in your kitchen and bathroom, there’s a good chance that it needs a little TLC. Kitchen grouting often accumulates grease and looks grubby, while bathroom grouting often falls foul of black mould which can look AND smell unpleasant. Using a grout whitener to get it all back to a crisp, white finish will really refresh the look of both your kitchen and your bathroom.

Clean Your Carpets

Again, carpets are one of those things which can look lacklustre if they’re not maintained, especially in high traffic areas such as hallways and living rooms. If your carpet is in basically good condition then replacing it is costly and unnecessary. Carpet cleaners don’t cost a huge amount to hire, and if you pay for a weekend then you could have every carpet in the house looking and smelling fresh by Monday morning.

Get The House In Order Before Christmas

Get The House In Order Before ChristmasIt’s that time of year when our thoughts are filled with festive plans; where we’re going for Christmas dinner, what’s happening on Boxing Day, who will we see the New Year in with? If you’re someone who likes to host, you may also be thinking about getting your house into shape before the masses descend upon you for eating, drinking and general merriment. But what can you do to spruce the place up without spending a fortune? Here are some ideas:

Flooring

It doesn’t matter how perfect your paintwork is, if your flooring is worn or dated it can ruin the whole look of a house. One of the most economical and hardwearing ways to improve things is by putting down some laminate flooring. It won’t cost a fortune, it will last for decades and you won’t have to worry about someone spilling a glass of Christmas mulled wine on it (which you KNOW will happen if you put a new carpet down instead!)

De-Cluttering

Another thing which can massively improve the look of a house is de-cluttering. If you get rid of stuff you don’t want and keep surfaces as clear as possible, it can even make your rooms look bigger and improve your health because of the reduction in collected dust. If you sell anything of value, you could even make yourself a few quid in the process!

Woodwork

Sprucing up things like skirting boards and dado rails can give the room a much fresher look, and sometimes they simply need a wipe down with a wet cloth or Magic Sponge to get them looking nice again. Look at the bottoms of doors and the areas around handles which can often get grubby over time, especially if you’ve got kids or pets.

Sofas and Cushions

If your sofa cushion covers and throw cushion covers are washable, taking time to stick them through a wash cycle will have two positive benefits – as well as looking cleaner, they’ll smell nice too, which can make your whole living room smell nicer. If they’re compatible with fabric softener, opt for one of the strong smelling concentrated ones for maximum effect.

Carpet Cleaning

If you don’t have the option of ripping up your carpets and laying laminate (if you live in a rented property, for instance), hiring a carpet cleaner is a good alternative. It won’t cost much and will revive the carpets, leaving them looking cleaner and smelling much fresher. You can get spot stain removers and even anti-pet smell solutions which can get your carpet looking and smelling as good as new.

How To Pursue The Modern Washroom Makeover?

Most modern cities have been burdened by overpopulation with the rise of various industries and work opportunities. The rapid urbanization that has come with this influx of people has robbed major cities of large, open living spaces. In order to accommodate all the new people and a large number of people who have started living in these cities, most old houses and buildings have been brought down to give way for construction of newer high rise apartment buildings that can accommodate a large number of people in flats and apartments. Although more people can live in such buildings and apartments, it results in smaller living spaces. Gone are the days of large sprawling houses, people have to make do with small flats with only one or two bedrooms and a single kitchen, dining area and bathroom to share.

In spite of such cramped up living conditions, the desire of people to live in luxury and make their homes feel like a well decorated mansion have not died off. People are preferring to decorate their houses in whichever way possible, and are finding new and innovative ideas to give their bedrooms or kitchens a makeover, all within a budget.

Giving your Washroom a new look

Although people spend ample time decorating their bedrooms and kitchens and spend tons of money buying little trinkets and other accessories to give their bedrooms or dining areas a fresh makeover, one area of the house that often ends up getting neglected is the washroom or the bathroom. It is an indispensable and essential part of every household, and in fact the true cleanliness of a house can be determined by the amount of cleaning that gets done to the washrooms. A guest’s perspective about their hosts manners and cleanliness gets a rigorous test if the guest finds the washroom to be in an unclean and untidy state. Although basic cleanliness and hygiene is a must, one can go a step farther and give their washroom completely new do-over with a few simple tips and tricks as mentioned below.

1)  Changing your shower curtain

Starting off with something simple yet effective, the cheapest thing to do to give your washroom an instant new look is to install a new shower curtain. A shower curtain generally acts as a barrier between the shower area and the rest of the bathroom, providing some privacy and also preventing against unnecessary spilling of water onto the floor of the washroom or onto other dry surfaces. Except for this obvious useful utility, shower curtains can also act as a decorative piece. Many home decor stores or upholstery stores sell shower curtains with unique prints and textures, that can turn your washroom into a completely different feature within minutes. It is cheap, and super easy to install, just slip the shower curtain on to the rod, or install a new rod if you don’t already have a shower curtain, and stand back and admire the new piece of decoration in your washroom, that also serves a purpose. You can choose between a wide variety of colors, textures and prints to match with the rest of your bathroom.

2) Putting up fake trees as decorations

Washrooms can be a hard place to decorate, because it is unwise to keep expensive artwork or sculpture or decorative items in here, since the area always gets wet and may damage your precious decorations easily. One of the few decorations that do enjoy the humid environment are indoor plants, but they can be very hard to maintain and clean, and may end up doing more harm than good. The best alternative to this dilemma is to use an artificial tree. The advantage of these artificial trees over actual potted plants is that they require very little to almost no regular maintenance, and yet they give the same look and feel of indoor potted plants. They can also serve a magnitude of purposes, and can be used in various other ways than simple decoration. For example, an artificial plant wall, which consists of fake creepers and climbing trees and branches arranged on wire mesh network or a simple frame of sorts, can act as a good partition between the shower area and the toilet area, in place of a traditional shower curtain. Also, a fake tree stump can be very easily used as a small tool or a makeshift rack to serve various miscellaneous purposes inside the washroom, as and when required. The possibilities are almost endless, and it comes with the big benefit of being cheap, easy to clean and maintain without causing any unnecessary mess.

3) Installing new tiles

It is virtually impossible to completely change the plumbing and all the faucets and fixtures of a washroom including toilets and bathtubs without causing a huge mess and incurring a large bill from the plumber. But, the floor and wall tiles are much easier to replace and help in giving a complete overhaul to your washroom. It can even be done with very little professional help and thus saves up on costs too.

The patterns and designs and colors of the tiles should match the color of the faucets and fixtures, or to give a more modern look, a contrasting solid color can be chosen to give a new look to your washroom. The common idea is to stick to neutral colors and standard geometric patterns, and although that creates for a very minimalist modern decor, with the huge range of colors, designs and textures available in tiles nowadays, one can give a very unique and interesting look to their washroom without spending a fortune on custom fittings and fixtures. Changing tiles may also be a good opportunity to install anti-slipping or textured tiles that also serve a very useful purpose of preventing slipping on falling on wet floor surfaces, and thus saves from deadly injuries, especially for the children and elderly people of the house.

Not confident with a paint brush? 5 simple ways to add colour to your bedroom

From dull décor to boring beds, our bedrooms can look drab pretty quickly. Clothes on the floor,
tired old bedding, dust, scratched and scuffed walls, the list goes on. If you wanted to give your
bedroom décor a bit of a boost, you could try injecting a little colour here and there. But if you’re
not confident with a paintbrush, then the idea of stripping walls and making it look professional can seem a little daunting.

Even if you’ve recently had a decorator do all the hard work for you and you’ve even had new
skirting boards installed – check out the skirtings r us website for more information – if your room is lacking personality then it can leave you feeling a bit deflated.

But don’t worry! Did you know there are ways you can add colour without picking up a paintbrush? Read on for 5 simple ways to achieve a pop of colour.

Big colourful art

If you live in rented accommodation and painting just isn’t permitted, then hanging a piece of big, colourful art will certainly draw attention for all the right reasons. Not only can you select something that’s big and bold but also something that reflects your personality and really puts a stamp on the property without risking your deposit.

Pillows and throws

With the colder weather now upon us, we’re looking for ways to make our bedrooms extra cosy and comfortable and there’s no easier way than treating yourself to a new pillow, cushion and throw – or three! Choosing vibrant, even clashing colours will really give your room a “pop” effect as well as providing the perfect place to hibernate and binge on all those TV box sets.

Colourful curtains and beautiful blinds

Introducing a set of curtains to any room, makes it look “finished”. They’ll add an extra layer of style and comfort to your bedroom too, so they’re definitely worth investing in. They also serve as an easy way of introducing colour, particularly if the current colours of your room are muted. If you wanted something really eye catching then you could hang two different colours! If you prefer blinds, then you’re in luck – any good blind stockist will have something to suit your colourful tastes and budget.

A rug

Who says you should neglect the floor? Dragging yourself out of bed most mornings will be a little better if the first thing your feet land on is a thick, soft rug. You can buy these in a range of colours, styles and textures so you can really get something that compliments your style.

Upscale your hardware and accessories

This might sound a lot harder than it is! By hardware, I mean things like door handles, the knobs on your wardrobe or bedside table – all these things can be replaced with something bright and vibrant. They’re simple to install and don’t even have to be permanent; you can swap them back again if your taste changes.