DIY on a Budget

Quality High, Price Low – DIY on a Budget

Houses quickly become outdated or tired and are left in the same state for many years purely because the cost of upgrading or renovating is just too high. Sure, regular cleaning and the odd addition here or there might keep it looking fresh, but some areas of the home just cannot be improved without some proper work. Continue reading DIY on a Budget

Using Tape For Painting

Before painting any room in your home, it helps to have the proper tools on hand. Paint brushes, rollers and drop cloths are all obvious necessities, but you should also invest in a good quality painter’s tape to ensure a clean, attractive finish.

What is Painter’s Tape?

Painter’s tape is an easily removable type of masking tape used by both DIYers and professional painters. The purpose of painter’s tape is to cover edges such as window frames and baseboard trim, keeping them free of paint when you’re putting a fresh coat on the walls. It is also used to keep the new wall paint clean when it comes time to add accent colors to the trim. You can use it to create straight clean paint lines like the ones professional painters have. Form a square with your painter’s tape and use different colors to create beautiful designs.

How Much Does it Cost?

Blue tape roll and a blue tape squarePainter’s tape styles such as green tape and blue tape vary in price. Prices will likely be higher at your local hardware or home improvement store than at department stores or online. Shop around before starting any painting project to help determine what kind of budget you’ll need for the job. The width of the tape will also influence the price. Online, you can expect to pay around $3 to $15 for a roll. Buying in bulk can help you save a few dollars when working on large projects.

How Long Does it Take?

The amount of time it takes to apply and remove painter’s tape depends on the size of the room and what you have to tape around. Rooms with a lot of windows or extensive trim will take longer to prep than those with plain walls and minimal decoration. However, the time you spend applying blue tape will save you having to correct mistakes or do touch-up work when your painting job is done.

Tips for Using Painter’s Tape

For best results, follow these guidelines when placing painter’s tape at the start of your project:

  • Make sure the surface where you place the tape is clean before you begin.
  • Stick the tape to the wall or trim where you want it and unroll it, pressing down as you go and being sure not to stretch or tear it.
  • Use long strips of tape to minimize the chance of paint bleeding.
  • Create a generous overlap whenever you have to start a new piece of tape.
  • Use a credit card, a roller, or a 5-in-1 tool to smooth the tape for a tight seal.  The roller helps to remove any air bubbles and provides even pressure.
  • Do not leave the tape on the paint surface for more than a few days. Depending on the humidity in the room, this can cause the sticky tape residue to stay on the paint surface. Let the paint dry and then remove the tape as soon as possible.

Painter’s tape helps you create smooth, sharp delineations between wall and trim paint. When used correctly, this special masking tape protects from paint drops, smudges, bleeding and spills. Though using green tape requires both time and effort, you’ll see the benefits the moment you remove the tape and can step back to admire your perfect painting job.

Colored Wax for Furniture Cracks

Once upon a time, filling nail holes, mending cracks or removing scratches from your wood furniture was typically a time-consuming chore. Now you can handle these tasks in just a matter of minutes and for a very low cost with colored wax filler sticks. There is no need to strip the existing finish or sand the surface before making repairs with the sticks. Continue reading Colored Wax for Furniture Cracks

Sponges For Staining Furniture

Staining wood furniture is an art, and it is not an art form that is achieved the same way for each person. Many people argue whether sponges or bristled brushes are better for staining wood, and some people prefer brushes. However, sponges are often preferred by people who are beginners or those who want to make it easier to create an even finish. Sponges do not leave the same types of streaks that some brushes leave, and they can also be used to create an added marbled look to certain types of wood. In some cases, they provide a better overall finish. For example, pine wood soaks up stain quickly, so a sponge or foam brush will give it the most even look.

How To Pick The Right Sponge For Staining Wood

Although regular sponges are still used for staining wood, foam sponge brushes are the most common choice. These are sponges that are shaped and come in different sizes. The tips are usually tapered to a point. To choose the right type of sponge, think about the size of the wood surface. If it is long and wide, a bigger sponge is better. For pieces of wood with smaller surfaces or intricate details, a much smaller and more tapered sponge is better. Also, look at the surface of the sponge. For the most even results, the porous surface should have small openings. If they are spaced far apart, this can result in blotches. To create a more marbled look, some people may prefer handheld sponges.

Where To Find Sponges For Staining Wood

Sponges can be purchased in most home improvement stores. It may be harder to find the smaller sponges or foam brushes in these stores, so look in an art supply shop if necessary. Most major home improvement and art supply retailers sell these items online as well.

How Much Do Sponges Cost?

The cost of sponges will vary depending on their size and quality. Expect to spend anywhere between $1 and $20 depending on specifications. Online stores normally add shipping charges. A high-quality sponge can be reused for several projects if it is cleaned and cared for properly.

Cleaning Up And Maintaining Sponges

It is difficult to remove the stain from sponges, but they are cheap enough that most people buy new ones for each project. However, people who regularly stain furniture may choose to soak their sponges in turpentine or mineral spirits before rinsing them well with water. Sponges should be stored away from sunlight in a sealed bag if they will be reused. The bag will prevent dirt and other debris from collecting on them.

How to Properly Apply Wood Veneers

Wood veneering is the process of gluing thin pieces of wood to thicker, more solid pieces of wood, often called base wood or substrate. This base wood is usually made of particle board or plywood. Veneers are frequently made from expensive wood such as mahogany or maple. Veneers also give the appearance of expensive decorative wood but are less costly compared to crafting the furniture from solid pieces of lumber. Continue reading How to Properly Apply Wood Veneers

Best Brushes For Staining

The best brushes for staining furniture are those that work on multiple furniture projects. Brushes are the most versatile stain applicator. They’re used to apply clear, semi-transparent or semi-solid viscous stains. Brushes are used to apply solid color stains over previous coats of paint or solid stains. Brushes can be used to apply stains to raw new surfaces or those previously stains. Brushes allow for greater application control and offer deep penetration of stain into wood pores. Continue reading Best Brushes For Staining

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Wood Cleaning Products for Furniture

Cleaning wooden furniture is important if you want to make them last longer. There are many different wood cleaning products available on the market today, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. Continue reading Wood Cleaning Products for Furniture

Laminate vs Hardwood Flooring

Laminate vs Hardwood Flooring

Wood is a popular choice for flooring because it’s beautiful, timeless, and classy. Nowadays, wood flooring can be divided into two types: hardwood and laminate flooring. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each will help you choose which is best for your home. Continue reading Laminate vs Hardwood Flooring

refinishing hardwood floors without sanding

How to Refinish Hardwood Floors Without Sanding

Sanding is a common refinishing task that just isn’t very practical when refinishing hardwood floors. It’s tedious and will create a lot of dust. Fortunately, you can refinish hardwood floors without sanding by buffing or mopping first instead.

Method 1: Buffing

Step 1: Clean the floor thoroughly: Sweep and vacuum up all the dirt and make sure loose pieces of resin are peeled off. Once there are no loose particles or dirt anymore, use a wet cloth to wipe the floor and then let it dry. If the floor is covered with carpet, remove the carpet and use a scraper and a solvent to remove the glue and tacking strips. You can try using peanut butter to remove the glue, but Goo Gone® works better. Goo Gone® can damage your floors though, so only use a little bit and remember to test on a small area first! Continue reading How to Refinish Hardwood Floors Without Sanding

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Different Types of Wood Joints

Learning how to construct wood joints is very important not only for wood professionals but also for do-it-yourselfers. Every wood project needs a wood joint at one point or another. It would therefore be very beneficial to know the different types of wood joints and how to construct them in case you want to make your own wooden furniture or if an existing one gets damaged. Continue reading Different Types of Wood Joints