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Month: December 2017

How To Make Your Concrete Floors A Work Of Art

Concrete foundations are essential for almost every type of building. There are several different types of slabs which can be used to make the foundation of your building. Fortunately, these do not have to be dull and boring. Much like polished concrete, with a splash of color here and there, you can easily turn your own floors into a work of art. Read on to find out everything you need to know about coloring concrete foundations. Preparation Before you attempt to add color or make patterns on your cement flooring, it is extremely important to know whether your project will be able to withstand the changes which you intend to make. This means that your concrete slab needs to be intact before you can start designing it. Since seams and crevices in your flooring can practically destroy the design, it is necessary to repair your cement flooring before you try to personalize it. It is also important to know that you cannot paint a concrete surface unless it is cured. Therefore, if you have a cement slab which was recently built and installed, it is necessary to wait at least four weeks before you can start painting it. New concrete…

Exposed Brick Wall DIY

How to create an exposed brick wall Firstly, what you’ll need: Brick chisel Small crow bar Plastic sheets Scrubbing brush Brick sealer Dust mask & eye protection Step 1 Protective sheets. As you can imagine removing the plaster from your brick wall is messy work! This is particularly important if you have an old house with the original plaster. Whilst it may seem like a bit of work it is definitely worth using plastic sheets (painting drop sheets are perfect) and taping them to your walls and ceiling to completely seal off the area you’re working in. It is also highly recommended to wear a mask to protect your lungs from the plaster dust, and even eye protection as the dust can easily irritate your eyes. Step 2 Pretty easy to see what’s next. Simply make a hole the plaster using your brick chisel. This is a good chance to expose a small area of the brick, perhaps somewhere hidden, to see if the quality of the brick underneath is good. Once you’ve created a hole, you can either use the chisel or a small crowbar to remove the plaster. Just tap it lightly to get behind the plaster and…

12 Clever Ways to Re-Purpose Your Furniture

They say ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ and that’s true, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your own junk and make it a treasure once again. By reusing your old furniture, you can add some great charm to your home d├ęcor. Not only that but being able to re-purpose furniture is actually a lot of fun. From cabinets to dressers to old doors to countertops, anything can be repurposed. All it takes is just a little creativity. So, the next time you’re ready to throw away that old side table that you’ve been holding on to for years, look at these 12 clever ways to repurpose your furniture before you do. You might get a little inspiration. 1. Use an old door as a headboard If you have an old wooden door just lying around why not try repurposing it as a headboard to your bed. By sanding down any rough edges, your bed will have an added rustic flair. Plus, it’s really easy to do. All you need is a sander (or just sandpaper) and a bit of putty. 2. A bookcase can become a bar No idea what to do with that old antique bookshelf?…

Refrigerator Repair – When To Go It Alone and When to Call a Professional

In many ways, being a homeowner this day and age has been transformed by the rise of the home DIY movement, and this also includes refrigerator repair. It’s interesting because at one time, self-reliance was thought to be a general part of being a homeowner rather than an added bonus skill-set. Now, because of the DIY push, peoples’ confidence in their ability to repair just about anything in their homes, including their refrigerator, is high, and that’s a good thing. The problem is that perhaps this confidence might be a bit too high. The elevated confidence may put you in a situation where you dive deep into a repair that you’re not really ready to tackle. There are some DIY advocates that have spread the word regarding the way to tell if you should tackle a repair, essentially saying, “If it has bolts, screws, or accessible pieces, you can knock it out yourself.” The doctrine has spread, as seen with such cool spaces such as DIY auto garage spaces where you can use professional equipment & tools, but you make the repairs. They also have creative crafts hubs with available workshops for the aspiring “DIYer”. Sure, the pieces may seem…

DIY Timber Decking – What Materials & Timber to Use

Are you looking to build your own timber deck in Australia? Below, you will find advice and tips from an experienced deck builder in regards to what timbers and hardware you can select from to build your new timber deck. TIMBER SUPPLIES There are many Australian and Imported timbers to select from when building your new deck or outdoor structure. When deciding on what timber and materials to use you should consider the climate, what the structure will be used for, the size of the area and the surrounding structures. Spotted Gum Spotted Gum is an extremely tough timber and is therefore used in many large commercial projects and applications. It has a high durability rating against pests and is sourced from the Eastern States of Australia. Blackbutt Blackbutt is a hardwood that is also sourced from the Eastern States of Australia. It can cause issues in areas with full sunlight and therefore should be regularly sealed. Blackbutt is typically light in colour. Jarrah Jarrah is ideal for hot and harsh climates such as Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. It is generally more costly than other timbers although is quite popular because of the large range of colours…