Kitchen Design: A Picture Frame For The Backsplash

If you’re looking for ideas for a traditional kitchen backsplash, look at creating a picture-frame feature above your stove or cooktop. All these are square or rectangular tile layouts bordered by molding, similar to a photo frame. Consider it as wall art for your backsplash. Here are some fantastic examples of picture-frame backsplashes plus some strategies for doing so.

The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn

Frame a panel of remarkably shaped tile. These multi-colored cent rounds add interest and style to a mostly-white kitchen. The blend of contrasting colours generates visual movement, and a dark inner lining adds definition. Doesn’t it look like bubbles are coming out of the tea pot? Another fun thing to note: The round cupboard knobs echo the shameful penny rounds.

Rob Kane – Kitchen Interiors Inc..

Select a design and color that relates to the remainder of your kitchen. I really like this panel created from pillowed metallic tile set on the diagonal. It has the look of a quilt, brings out the silver gray tones from the granite, and softens the stainless steel stove. If you look carefully, you can see small square accent tiles (called “dots” in vinyl lingo). The thin coordinating bar liner is the perfect finishing touch within this French Country kitchen.

Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS

Consider readymade decorative tile attributes. Within an English Tudor kitchen, a carved medallion is bordered by a round beaded lining, four coordinating corners and a easy molding. This olive set is from Sonoma Tilemakers. The earthy tone works well with the mild mocha subway tile, cream cabinets, forged aluminum hood and terracotta walls.

Pay attention to placement. Center your picture frame feature over the range or cooktop. To ascertain how high to put it, make a paper mockup of this feature, tape it up and fix it until it seems right. This one is centered between the base of the hood and the top of this blue tile base.

Here, the backsplash feature is completed in a pleasing palette of blue, olive and light gray ceramic tile with white accents. The counter complements it well in Volga Blue, a black granite with gray tones and metallic blue flecks.

Venegas and Company

Mat your decorative feature. Much like framing a bit of art, add a coordinating mat inside the outer edge to put off your design. The brown edge in this feature makes the three diagonal squares stick out.

Frame a hand-painted mural. A lemon tree has been painted on mild tumbled travertine tile for a magical appearance within this Old-World kitchen. You can commission a custom tile mural or find a readymade one.

Frame a mosaic mural or pattern. This grapevine design was made from intricate parts of stone mosaic tile. New Ravenna is the Tiffany of this tile flooring world.

Turan Designs, Inc..

Length a decorative wall plaque. Tile plaques make an eye catching feature. Add coordinating accent liner bars and tiles in the rest of the backsplash for a pulled-together appearance.

Divine Design+Build

Use one tile but change the pattern. Square tile put in a right pattern covers the majority of this backsplash. A simple feature was made with the identical tile turned on the diagonal.

Mahoney Architects & Interiors

One of my favourite layouts is subway paired with a framed herringbone feature. The result is subtle and refined.

Dresser Homes

Do you have a picture frame tile feature you’d like to share? Upload a photograph below!

More: Great Backsplashes for Wood Cabinets
Mosaics Bring a Classical Art Form Home
Kitchen Backsplashes That Function

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Adding: 10 Ways to Expand Your House Out and Up

So you would like to have more space. A small amount of additional room since the household is growing, kids or parents are moving back home, you have started a home based business, you have always wanted that number, or any of the million other reasons why your existing house just is not big enough.

You have also lived in your home for some time and understand its little idiosyncrasies. You have become very familiar with the way the light changes with seasons, the very best views of the lawn, how motion from room to room takes place.

Together with all of this knowledge you choose to embark on constructing an addition. Maybe it’s likely to be a kitchen addition. Maybe a living room addition. Maybe an additional bedroom or two. Which ever the case, you’ll be considering adding on someplace. Will it be on the rear or the side of the home? Will it be over the home? Will it be different from the home? What about design? Will it combine with the home? Will it make a definite statement of its own?

To get started you’ll want to interview a few architects to see what they think about the chances of expanding your residence. Since each architect is going to have different approach, go ahead and ask them in which they envision the addition and how it will tie into the existing house. Determine which stocks your vision.

Pondering an addition to your property? Here are 10 design options to take into account.

Frank Shirley Architects

Connect into the lawn. The most common addition has to be the one which attaches onto the rear of the home. Normally, especially in older homes, these are kitchen and / or family room additions. A great advantage to an addition in this way is the ability to strengthen the home’s connection to its lawn. Here, new doorways lead into some new outdoor room complete with furniture.


Use a different substance. Another advantage to getting an addition to the trunk is the opportunity to change materials. Rather than trying to match an existing brick, which could be expansive and debatable, also could be of timber. Keeping the all the timber the same color contrasts each bit into the whole.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

Head the scale. A large addition can easily overwhelm an existing structure. So rather than create one big cube, split it into bits that are related to and do not overwhelm the existing arrangement (see next photograph).

Bud Dietrich, AIA

Rather than having one big gable roof which would have peaked over the existing, the addition roof is broken down into smaller and lower bits.

Matrka Group

Produce a jewel box. Like a conservatory, improvements are chances to create something genuinely special.

Matrka Group

Filled with light and space, an addition can let you live outdoors all year round.

Mark Brand Architecture

Make a (small) statement. Occasionally different is better. Explore the way the addition could express your own aesthetic. Certainly an addition on the rear of the home can afford an opportunity to become more expressive.

Texas Construction Company

Make a (large) statement. Occasionally you’ll want to really express yourself and let the entire world understand. No backyard addition is going to do. Something obviously visible from the road announcing that this is your home lived in by 21st-century people.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

Produce a pavilion. If the site is big enough it’s possible to extend the addition out and away from the existing home. Doing this will give you a opportunity to create an almost stand alone pavilion which can be quite different from yet match the original.

Glenn Robert Lym Architect

Stretch out it. Again, if the site is big enough attempt extending out the house across the property. The best thing about this is to create everything could be rather big and enormous into a series of small and connected pavilions.


Boost the roof. Look at a second floor addition in a metropolitan area with little opportunity to expand horizontally. This is an especially effective strategy on a tiny lot and also is rather large.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

Ranch up. Rather than using up valuable ground area and building a base, including a second floor addition to a ranch home is a great and economical way to acquire that excess space. Since this kind of an addition calls for a brand new stair be located in the home, it is a great way to repair some of the inherent deficiencies of ranches (including the dreaded going through an area for into an area syndrome).

Are you adding on? Tell us about your job below!

More: Garage Conversions
Fixing Attics and Basements
Micro-Additions: When You Just Want a Bit More Room
Staying Put: Enhancing the House You Have

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Give a Little Glitz for the Bath

Everybody deserves to have a toilet where they can take a deep breath, exhale, and say “Calgon, Take Me Away!” We have amassed all of the latest toilet accessories that will spruce up even the tiniest and most weary looking bathrooms on the market, to help change them into rooms which feels more like a health spa. There is no demand for practical items to seem ho-hum; we have even found a toilet plunger that looks like it belongs in a museum!

We would love your great present finds, too. Add a link to your very best idea for the perfect present for the toilet in the comments section and tell us why you love it. The Houzz member with most creative thought wins a $50 gift card to Pottery Barn. Be sure to return tomorrow for our next guide to the most trendy gifts of this season.


Jewel Topped Bottles — Set of Three – $49

These beautiful jewel-topped glass bottles are a unique thing that can add some glitz to any toilet’s countertops. The tops are removable, so they can be packed liquid soap or bath salts.

Made from glass and metal
Place of 3
Ranges from: 3″w x 2″–3.25″d x 7.5″–12.5″h
$49.00 to get a Collection of 3

Contemporary Bath And Spa Accessories – $70

Houzz friend, photographer, mad D.I.Y.-er and author of Asiz’s Child, Ali states “Kontextur’s Viktor toothbrush/razor holders include a little bit of luxury to a few of the most used rooms in the home.”

Readily available in 18k gold, real silver, and black nickel
Created for the tub (toothbrushes and razors) but equally usable everywhere in the home, i.e. desk


Black River Stone Mat – $59

Produced from river stone, this bathmat massages the feet, and adds that the natural element of rocks to your toilet. Let your giftee toss out that moldy old rubber-backed mat and then replace it with smooth stones.

20″W x 29.5″L


Crown Ring Holder – $55

A secure place to store rings while washing or washing hands is vital. This modest crown-shaped silver ring holder is at once whimsical and elegant, and it is always a fantastic mix.

Silver-plated crown with crystal ribbon includes a place to hold rings that are treasured.
3.875″Dia. X 3″T.


XLarge Coffee Sack Basket Black Swiss Cross by BrinandNohl – $39.99

Houzz friend Linda, author of this site Restyled Home, chose these because “I wish to present these to myself! They would look great in my spare toilet!”

Burlap (sourced from our neighborhood coffee house) & 100% Natural Cotton Canvas Lining
10″H x 11″ W x 12″ L

Ballard Designs

Mercury Glass Candleholder – $15

At first glance you might think these mercury glass candleholders are strictly for the dining area, but they can add a few deco style and relaxing mild to a long soak in the tub.

Handmade in India
Large Total: 22″H X 6 1/2″ Diameter
Medium Overall: 16″H X 5 1/2″ Diameter
Small Total: 8 1/4″H X 5″ Diameter

Small $15
Moderate $35
Large $45

The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Shop

The Art Institute of Chicago Tower Fountain – $50

No more will your giftee need to maintain the toilet running to hear a tranquil splash. This stone tower adds calming white noise to your toilet.

Hand-molded granite and resin with a black finish.
Electric powered pump
6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

ShopSCAD Fizzing Bath Bombs – $16

Climbing into a tub fizzing from this particular bath bomb is like dropping your entire body into a vat of Alka Seltzer. That is a fantastic thing!

Designed by Kate Calloway Bethel
Includes six bath bombs; four scents to choose from.
$16 for a set of six

Design Within Reach

Hinoki Bath Mat – Design Within Reach – $85

Do little typical bathmats with rubber backing make you fear it won’t be long until you end up with a matching toilet seat cover? Pick this up bacteria, mildew, and most important, “kountry krafts”-resistant cypress Japanese wood mat instead.

Hinoki cypress is bacteria-, rot- and – mildew-resistant, and withstands humidity.
The elevated slats of the Bath Mat ensure efficient drainage, while the grooved surface provides traction.
H .75″ W 29.5″ D 21.25″
bath mat85.00


Extra Pure Liquid Soap: Fragrance Free | Pieces – $24

Don’t let plastic liquid soap bottles crap up absolutely beautiful counters. These glass soap dispensers will include subtle French flair and fragrance to your bathroom and kitchen.

Extra Pure Liquid Soap
Fragrance Free Available
16.9 ounce V
Glass pump jar
Produced from traditional Marseille soap with Palm Oil

West Elm

Mosaic Mirror Boxes – $29

This glamtastic mirrored box in West Elm will help corral jewellery or hide unsightly toilet supplies like Q-tips while representing light and incorporating a few shine to your bathroom.

Solid Wood and Glass
Rectangular Box: 8.5″w x 3.25″d x 2.25″h.
Rectangular Box (shown) is $29

Calvin Klein

Crete Alabaster Soap Dish + Dispenser – $95

Nothing, absolutely nothing, can be more elegant than hand-carved alabaster in the bathroom. Friends do not let friends depart out cheap liquid soap packs — let them stash those under the sink and show off these beautiful soap holders instead.

Hand Carved Alabaster
Produced in Italy
2″ tall and 5″ wide


Boatwood Mirror – $198

I posted an image of a frame from the exact same company awhile back, and Houzz users were clamoring to locate a person for themselves. This mirror’s frame is made from wood that has been reclaimed from old Thai ships and will give any room cheerful coastal charm.

19″W x 25.5″H


Paper Pot Tissue Holder – $40

Houzz team member Kathy states, “During this chilly, sniffly season, be kind to a nose and the noses of your guests, without including the eyesore of a Kleenox box to your area. This adorable little tissue paper holder is both stylish and highly functional, particularly this time of the year”

Comes in a range of bright cheerful colors, plus white and black.
W6.8″ x H6.7″
center tubing: W6.2″xD1.2″

Restoration Hardware

Traditional Towel Warmer – $129

What can be more luxurious than stepping from the tub or shower on a cold day and having a freshly heated towel awaiting you? This rack can be mounted to the wall to save space if needed, and can dry a moist towel as well.

Chrome finish
Illuminated on/off switch
7′ power cord; plugs into standard electrical outlet
Minimum assembly required
Wall Mount: 21″W x 3-3/4″D x 32-1/2″H
Freestanding: 21″W x 6-1/4″D x 34″H

Claus Porto Morning Glory Liquid Soap

Houzz Contributor and creator of Layout at a Bag Rebekah Zaveloff says says “this is one of my favorite liquid additives — and the package design is very good too!”

400ml | 13.5 ounce.
$ 16,80

Kosta Boda Atoll Votive – Dark Turquoise – $40

This beautiful glass votive remembers the relaxing coast and stands out as a piece of art as opposed to a dust-gathering tchotchke. If turquoise isn’t your giftee’s favorite colour, there are many other gorgeous colors of glass to choose from.

W: 4 3/8″


Hands Free Soap Dispenser – $39.95

Have you ever slipped in the front of the automated soap dispenser at the airport bathroom, feeling dumb as nothing comes out? You won’t think that way with this fabulous little at-home automated dispenser. It doles out the perfect quantity of soap, and you’ll be able to see if it needs a refill right on the front!



Reed Diffuser Set – Winter Berry

Houzz Contributor and creator of Layout in a Bag, Rebekah Zaveloff states, “You know how room diffusers often don’t work? I only found a few at Target which are wonderful, smell amazing and actually work! I’ve got one from Bella by Illume in Vanilla Amber and it is delicious. The glass jar is more economical than most with a cool pattern on the glass. Target appears to be from inventory on the internet — but they had them at the store.”

Glass, Paraffin Wax
Includes: Diffuser Oil, Reeds, Diffuser Bottle
10.5″ length x 3.2″ width x 3.2″ height

Restoration Hardware

Newbury Plunger – $109

There is nothing more unsightly in the restroom than a plunger, but where the hell are you supposed to maintain it? This beautiful chrome canister reaches Mr. Plunger. Follow the link and you will find matching canisters for Mr. Toilet Brush and Ms. T.P. as well!

Made of zinc and stainless steel In polished chrome, polished nickel, satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze
7″ diam., 21″H

Modern – $48

Who knew a toilet wastebasket might be so wonderful? A lacquer finish and a range of colors takes a ho-hum object to Glamtown. Comes in many different colors, and you can choose to pick up matching bathroom accessories which go with this.

• 6.25″ long x 9.25″ wide x 10″ high
• Hand Poured Lacquer
Color Turq Lime Brown Black White
wastebasket $48.00

Saks Fifth Avenue

Michael Aram – Pomegranate Dual Nut Bowl – $99

Techinically this really is a serving bowl for nuts, but it would look so beautiful on the counter at a powder room or master bathroom. It’s perfect for corralling jewellery, or for use as a soapdish.

Stainless Steel and oxidized bronze


Conair Chrome Lighted Makeup Mirror on Pedestal – $14.98

We love when a product is stylish and practical. This tabletop lighted mirror looks lovely on the dressing table and gives her the perfect light so she can place on her face.

Chrome Lighted Makeup Mirror on Pedestal
Double sided 1x and 5x magnification
Circular lighting
Battery operated
Chrome finish

Burke Decor

Simrin Block Printing Dish Towels – $32

Houzz Contributor and creator of Layout at a Bag Rebekah Zaveloff likes to think outside of the kitchen to get these exotic block print towels “Tea Towels — that is exactly what my husband’s family is famous for. We have a huge collection!” These are perfect to leave out as hand towels to get a soda of print and colour on a towel bar.

Made of 100% cotton and available in 6 different colors and patterns.
20″ x 28″
$12.00 per

Pottery Barn

Sofia Towel Bar – $39.99

This gift idea is really specific, but if your giftee’s toilet is seriously lacking in towel bars or if you have noticed his is falling apart, this design is ingenious! It’s the space to distribute that moist towel over the pub, while also supplying two hooks for hanging dry towels, even smaller towels and washcloths, a robe, a loofah — anything they require!

Die-cast of brass
Oval backplate with slotted screws
Hand-applied complete; sealed with a protective lacquer for moisture resistance.
Mounting hardware included.
Two Sizes Available:
19″ wide x 4.5″ deep x 5″ high (18″ pub; $39.99)
24.5″ wide x 4.5″ deep x 5″ high (24″ pub, $49.99

Design Public

Thomas Paul Shower Curtain – Octopus – $120

This hand screened octopus shower curtain attracts one of the most mysterious creatures from the ocean right to your giftee’s toilet.

100% cotton.
Hand screened.


Fringe “Masked Ball” Botanique Document Soap – $10

Admit it: Someone gave you a soap so beautifully wrapped which you’ve been not able to unwrap it, and you leave it to the counter to respect. This really is that soap, and when your giftee runs from soap, they’ll eventually unwrap it and use it. Until then, they’ll enjoy this gorgeous packaging!

Every soap is tied with a delicate series and a classically simple vibrant tag
Scent: botanique
Natural glycerin at a vegetable base
5.3 ounce.


Tocca Beauty Candele De Viaggio Travel Candle Collection: Candles & Home Scent – $42

Let us face it: Most of us will never splurge on expensive candles, because it is just too darn extravagant. That is why they create the perfect gift, and you get a lot of bang for your dollar with this set of luxurious Tocca candles which comes with four different scents and a schmancy box of games.

The set includes one Stella (blood sugar), Tahiti (tiare flower & grape), Yma (guava & citrus), and Isabella (fresh watermelon) candle, packaged in a gift box using Tocca signature games
Each candle has a burn time of half an hour.

Pottery Barn

Quinn Beaded Bath Accessories: Apothecary Jars – $27

Inspired by vintage glass jars, these glass apothecary bottles can corral Q-tips, cotton balls, and other bathroom supplies in a unifying way that cuts down on the mess.

Crafted of silver-plated cast brass and handblown glass.
Small Canister: 4″ diameter x 4″ high
Medium Canister: 4.5″ diameter x 8″ high ($27.00)
Large Canister: 5.5″ diameter x 9″ high ($32.00)


Free Standing White Toilet Brush Holder by Gedy – $51

This is the cleanest, most inconspicuous toilet brush and holder we have found so far. There are lots of choose from in various finishes, shapes and colors, but this boxy resin variant is perfectly contemporary in its simplicity. Feel odd about giving a toilet brush as a gift? Your pal will have a laugh, and then appreciate it every time they notice how nicely camouflaged it’s in the restroom.

Toilet brush holder made in thermoplastic resins
13.4″ x 4.5″ x 4.5″


Fringe “Summer” Tray & Soap Place – $30

You know who this person is — they have a bar of Irish Spring sitting on a gunked up plastic soap dish, or worse, on the counter, or worse than that, they have no soap next to the sink in any way. Help this person fix the toilet with this beautiful transferware soap dish and bar of soap.

Each keepsake box comprises one transferware tray plus one piece of soap
Highly fragranced, triple milled luxury soap is formulated using natural glycerin in a vegetable base.
Fragrance is Botanicua, a combination of currant, blackberry, and gingergrass
9″W x 5.5″H x 1.5″D present box 4.5″ x 4.5″ glass tray 2.75″ x 2.75″


Otto Window Film – $86

This beautiful Emma Jeffs glue Window picture will keep things in the restroom private but still lets in the pure light. Do you know anybody who would need this tiny nudge to pay up?

37″ x 52″ roster

AphroChic Shop

AphroChic – The Beat Shower Curtain – $150

If you are giftee has tired of the all-white bathroom (or, chances are, said giftee’s shower curtain is exhausted and moldy), why don’t you include any bold graphics on this eye catching shower curtain out of Aphrochic?

100% organic cotton
Measures 72″ x 72″
Twelve buttonholes
$150.00 USD


Matouk “Gordian Knot” – $49.99

Odds are, you will find a handful of towels at anybody’s home which need to be demoted to the car wash towel heap. Help spur this along by gifting these luxe fluffy towels with the garden knot design.

Egyptian Cotton “zero-twist” towels with lace.
Range of sizes from washcloth to bathtowel; prices vary, bath towel is $49.99

Bed Bath & Beyond

Black Croc Hamper

I was eager to locate a super-fancy leather hamper on a website the other day, then realized that it was $1200. I manner WAY more eager to discover this faux-croc hamper. It will bring some serious style to any bathroom, and maintain these dirty clothes from the toilet floor. Oh, and it has a lift-out liner for toting everything to the laundry area!

Hinged, using internal metal string lid prevent
Cut-out handles for portability
Black polyester liner is attached with Velcro for convenience
23″ H x 17.5″ W x 15 D”

Burke Decor

Goldfish Alabaster Lacquer Box by Thomas Paul – $36

This modest lacquered box is a fantastic storage place for anything your giftee wishes to keep handy but not need to examine, such as dental floss or tablet computer. This orange fish really is really is the most whimsical of these layouts; you will find likewise octopus, pagoda, and botanical design choices.

Lacquered wood, screened image on lid
5″ x 5″ x 3″


Antiqued Peacock Mirror – $2,399

OK, so I highly doubt anybody has been giving a mirror which costs tens of thousands of dollars as a present, but we have been asked about “where to buy” this mirror so many times I couldn’t resist throwing it!

Handmade nickel silver mirror
Every piece is unique
Dimensions: 60″w x 8″d x 48″ h

Add your ideas, and you could win a $50 Pottery Barn gift card!

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6 Easy Steps to Paint a Room Like a Pro

Doing a painting Colorado Springs, CO job on the interior walls of your home is a great way to instantly refresh whatever room you’re updating, and a lot of homeowners find it to be one of the easiest DIY projects to work on. All it takes is having the right tools, some practice, a bit of patience and a lot of good guidance.  

Speaking of which, here are some tips for you to use the next time you have to paint a room.

Prepare the Surface

Before you even open the paint, start by preparing the wall for the house painters Colorado Springs, CO job. This means scraping, patching and sanding away any flaws that you might see on the wall, followed by filing down stubborn dents and cavities until you have a smooth surface to work on. After all, you don’t want to paint over cracks or holes, because that can completely ruin the results.  

Tint the Primer

Now, you’ll have to prime your surface so that no pigments bleed through the paint, and this enables the paint to adhere more efficiently while reducing the chances of peeling and blisters. Professionals often recommend adding a dye to the primer so that it somewhat resembles the actual paint color, and in the end, it ensures that the primer won’t show.

While there are certain paint brands that come with primer, nothing beats an actual, dedicated primer to improve adhesion.

Choose Canvas over Plastic

While most people use plastic to cover up their furniture and surfaces while they paint, canvas is actually a much better option because it’s rip-resistant, durable, and you’re less likely to trip on it while you’re doing Colorado Springs painters.

The best part about canvas is that you can easily fold it up and throw it out when you’re done.

Get an Extension Pole

Instead of using a normal stepladder, get a telescoping extension pole. These are available in different lengths and can go up to 18 feet long, which is the recommended length, as it’s able to extend to 36-inches, which means that you can use it to paint high ceilings.   

Just make sure that you use a paint roller with a hole on its handle so that it’s easy for you to screw it into the extension pole. Also, get an extension pole with a stiff metal core and a soft grip, as well as a threaded end that’s made from metal. Whatever you do, avoid plastic handles, because controlling them will give you a headache.

Use a Paint Grid

These days, you don’t have to use a paint tray and you can opt for a much more convenient alternative; the paint grid. All you have to do is hook the paint grid into the rim of your bucket, pour some paint into the bucket until it’s halfway full, and then suspend the grid inside. You can then dip the roller inside, and slope it on the grid to get rid of any surplus paint.

Overnight Storage

If you’re doing a major Colorado Springs house painters job then you may have to store your tools so that they’re viable to use the next day. Luckily, overnight storage for painting tools is pretty simple and straightforward.

Just remove the surplus paint on your paint-rollers and brushes, cover them in some plastic food wrap and place them in the refrigerator. This helps to seal the brushes so that air doesn’t get through, and it’ll ensure that your brushes don’t dry up overnight.  

All you have to do the following morning is to remove the brushes from the fridge and give it about 30 minutes to thaw before you start painting. You can use this same method to preserve the functionality of your brushes for several days while you work on different rooms.

The best way to Repaint an Aluminum Door

Aluminum is a standard material for screen and storm doors, which are installed before an exterior door. Aluminum is used for some bifold cupboard and closet doors. Even though aluminum can be painted by you exterior -grade spray paint leaves a straight, smooth complete without brush-strokes, plus it dries bonds better and quicker than latex. Unless you’ve chosen reduced- or no- spray-paint that is fume, perform outside or in a garage using the principal door opened. After painting, the door should seem new again.

Remove the hinge and arm screws that are nearer, if any exist, with flat-head or a Phillips screw-driver and take the door down. A pneumatic nearer is a tube shaped equipment, generally on top of a screen or storm door, that closes the door immediately. In the event the do-or sits on a monitor, like a bifold closet door, pull the spring loaded pegs on top of the door from the monitor and raise the door from the bottom monitor. Separate bifold doors in the hinges by by eliminating the screws, after eliminating them from your track.

The location where you are going to paint with a dropcloth or newspapers. Set them on the newspaper or dropcloth in the event that you are using saw-horses.

Lay the door.

Clean the door with an ammonia or cleaner -based cleaner along with a rag. An old tooth-brush aids clear inside places that are restricted. By wiping it using a moist sponge rinse the do-or, should you be working outside or use a hose. Let the do or dry entirely.

Remove the glass or screens, if any exist and whenever they’re detachable, by sliding the panel from its own track or turning the clips. If display or glass isn’t detachable, protect it using newspaper. Trim the newspaper somewhat smaller compared to glass or screened location with scissors, and tape the newspaper round the perimeter with painter’s tape or masking tape. The majority of screens will be stuck to by tape.

Cover any other elements of the do-or that you don’t want to paint, like the handle and weatherstripping, with tape, and trim the edges of the tape using a utility knife. It’s possible for you to remove a few of these items in the event that you want, but it’s more straightforward to to protect them with tape.

Put on a pair of a dirt mask or goggles, protecting security glasses and chemical- .

Sand off any paint having an ultrafine-grit sanding sand-paper or sponge, and wipe-off the sanding dirt using sponge or a rag.

Shake a can of exterior-grade spraypaint to to combine the paint.

The do-or lightly, forth and straight back, over-Lapping the paint strokes to inspire a program that is even. Spray the whole do-or this way. A neater outcome is produced by several light coats of spray-paint than less coats.

Let the paint dry, as recommended from the paint maker to accomplish full-coverage and apply as additional coats.

Let the do-or dry for a T least 2-4 hours before painting the other facet and turning it over.

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Uses for Lilac Bushes

Lilacs (Syringa spp.) appreciate areas in full-sun, but require gentle shade in hot climates. This deciduous shrub creates heart shaped leaves and huge flower clusters -shaped blooms. Lilac bushes wear their show that is spectacular in the spring. You can find different types that develop in Sunset’s Environment Zones A1 through A3, 1 through 12, 14 through 16 and 18 through 22. The gardener can be served by this aromatic bush in various ways in the landscape.

Flowering Shrub

Lilac bushes act as a focal point in the landscape during bloom. The flower-spikes that are big increases the attractiveness of the shrub when planted as a border or edging plant. When not in flower, the density of the leaves that are wild make an excellent screen or hedge. Flowers and shrubs that bloom throughout other times of the period produces an area which is in flower. Look using the same needs that are developing as well as in complementary colours like purple, pink, white and gold. Consider flowering hostas, peonies, magnolias and dogwoods.

Fragrant Bush

When their flowers open in May, lilacs match a fragrance backyard. They fill the air with aroma that is sweet. Oil processed from blossoms is employed in the making-of fragrance. Take advantage of the characteristic therefore the fragrance may be enjoyed and plant bushes near outside amusement places.

Cut Flowers

Add flower heads to bouquets to improve the fragrance of the slice the flowers. When the flowers are just open, cut the stems in the first morning. Slit the stems underwater after which remove most of the leaves that will spoil the water in the vase. Fill the vase with equivalent components of non-diet lemon lime soda and water. This prolongs the life span of cut flowers in the vase.

Deer-Resistant Plant

If deer are a problem in town, they wo n’t be attracted by lilacs. Design a deer- backyard throughout big deer and the lilac -resistant shrubs.

Attracting Helpful Animals

Lilacs entice birds to the landscape by supplying them with defense and habitat from predators. Birds keep down backyard pests when they prey on insects as an act of normal pest get a grip on. Butterflies are drawn to aid pollinate other backyard crops and bushes. Plant lilac bushes in places from wind that is strong to motivate butter flies in to your backyard.

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The best way to Plant a Plumeria Tree Inside

A frangipani (Plumeria) tree has very fragrant flowers in the next season after planting it. Frangipani flowers are employed to make leis, which is called a lei tree. This flowering tree grows outside in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 1 through 15, although it’s really a a potted plant that over-winters in-doors in any zone. Frangipani needs hrs of full sunlight per day-to bloom from spring to fall.

Cut a limb tip that is healthier in the spring that’s more or 12 inches long of development with pruning shears. Place the limb within and allow the cut to cure for three to 7 days. Nurseries are prepared to plant and market frangipani as cuttings which were cured.

Place the cut conclusion of a frangipani cutting in rooting hormone. Set the reducing apart.

Mix perlite and potting mix in equal quantities. Fill a 1-gallon pot three quarters full of the combination.

Water the mixture in the pot until water runs out the drainage holes in the underside of the pot.

Insert the frangipani reducing about 3″ to the soil combination. Press the soil down across the cutting.

Place a stake close to the fringe of of the pot till it touches the bottom of the pot, and press it down. Tie a bit of the cutting about 4″ in the soil level as well as twine round the stake to support the the frangipani set up.

Set the pot in shade for approximately two weeks, then move it to an area with full sunlight, preferably out doors. In the event the temperature falls below 65 degrees move the pot inside.

Water the cutting with 1 cup of water every three or four times before the root system is is set up as well as the plant has four leaves. This takes place around 2-3 months. Afterward, drive your finger to the s Oil to check it when the s Oil is dry, and a-DD water.

Following the root-system types place the pot outside in-direct sunlight. Water it seriously in summer months when the soil is dry.

Fertilize the tree having a quality fluid fertilizer throughout development intervals. Use a bloom booster fertilizer with the quantity of phosphate as potassium and nitro Gen, for example 15-30-15.

Snip any buds that kind in the firstyear with pruning shears off. Immature certainly will cause it to die and blooms spot anxiety on a plant which is forming a new root system.

When the leaves falloff, bring your tree inside a region in the period. Store don’t water or fertilize it, and it in a region clear of awesome drafts. It is possible to start watering and fertilizing it when new leaves appear.

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Tips for Carpet Repair

If you’re like us, then you probably have a mini heart attack every time your carpet gets damaged, because you know it’ll be a pain to fix it. If you’re tired of paying someone else to repair your Anchorage carpet cleaning and want to find out how to DIY, then read on for our easy and straightforward step-by-step guide.  

Find a Remnant Piece

First things first, you need to go to the basement or wherever you have placed the remnant piece from the carpet’s installation and cut a piece of it that’s big enough to cover the damaged area.  

Trim the Repair Piece

You need to trim the remnant piece so that it fits neatly over the damaged area. To do this, place an empty can, or a similar suitable container, and press the rim down onto the nap side of the piece. Then, take a utility knife and cut around the outline made by the container.

Mark the Nap’s Direction

Next, get a piece of adhesive tape and mark it with an arrow. You’ll use this to show the carpet nap’s direction parallel to the repair piece. Then, take another piece of marked tape to isolate the nap’s direction close to the damaged carpet cleaning Anchorage spot.

Outline the Damaged Area

Take the same container as before and press it down onto the damaged area.

Remove the Damaged Piece

Use your utility knife to cut through the outline made by the container, effectively removing the damaged area. Just make sure that the cut-out area is big enough to accommodate the remnant piece but small enough to not leave gaps when the carpet tape has been inserted.

Insert the Carpet Tape

The carpet tape needs to have a wider diameter than that of the cut-out area, about two or more inches wider to be exact. Separate the adhesive from the backing side of the tape by peeling it off, and gently place the piece onto the previously cut-out area. To make sure that it stays put, press the piece down with your fingers, and use one piece of tape to cover one half of the space and another half for the other side.

Insert the Replacement Piece

Before you insert the carpet cleaners Anchorage piece into the hole, turn it so that its arrow is facing the same position as the arrow which is close to the cut-out area. Press the piece into the opening by applying extra pressure on the sides so that the new replacement piece is perfectly blended in with the existing carpet.

Trim Longer Fibers

Finish the job by trimming away any long fibers that are sticking out. Place the scissors flush against the carpet and press down with your fingers so that the uneven fibers are between your fingers.

Press the Repair in Place

For the final finishing touch, take a large and heavy piece of furniture or a stack of books and place them on top of the repaired section of the carpet cleaning Anchorage AK. Leave it like that for two days or so to make sure that the piece is completely integrated.

The best way to Repair a Fridge Shelf Bracket

Refrigerator shelves can be tempered-glass or wire grills. While under tension from huge load or the help post can snap-off in the slots of the fridge wall refrigerator shelf brackets usually crack. Refrigerator shelves are held in place using a shelf support post, which consists of a peg that fits to the aspect of the fridge. Its a good idea while you fix the shelf bracket to keep your fridge in operating order, to to displace the assistance post.

Shelf Help Post

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Concrete and Masonry Patio Ideas

When creating a patio, a lot of people just settle for a simple concrete slab with no details and call it a day. Little do they know that with a little imagination that concrete slab can be transformed into something very attractive and interesting, with color, texture and more definition that you can ever imagine.

In fact, you can use the Pasadena landscape design ideas on this article to turn your patio into one of the most popular spaces in your home. Continue Reading

The best way to Know In Case Your Walls Are Painted With Oil Paint

It helps to know when it comes time to modify the color-scheme of a space, what kind of paint is presently on the partitions. A house constructed before the 1970 s most probably has walls painted with an oil-based product, which was generally employed at the time. But in the event you are still not certain, a fast check might be all that is required. In the event you determine that the walls are covered in a oil-based paint, you will need to the area therefore a latex- . Continue Reading

The best way to Get a Fridge Upstairs

Moving is never an easy work, particularly in the event that you are relocating up-stairs as well as the appliances, the furniture as well as the containers should be moved one or two flights of stairs up. Additionally, items like the refrigerator need at least a couple to shift the stairs up. Rather than risk damaging your fridge as well as hurting your self, hire an equipment dolly. Dollies are designed for with little wheels, straps as well as a broad base to support the the ice box set up, with this task. Continue Reading

Hiring a Junk Removal Company Vs. Renting a Dumpster

There are different projects at home for which you might need to hire a tree trimming company. You need to hire professionals for this service. Some of the projects that might necessitate this include furniture removal, home cleanout, a renovation or construction project etc. You can choose to hire a removal company or rent a dumpster.

Below is an in-depth analysis of the two, to help you choose the one that will suit your needs.

Rent a tree services

In case you are comfortable clearing out the debris on your own, renting a dumpster will be a good option. Continue Reading

How Would You Paint Metal Folding-Chairs?

Metal folding-chairs, along with the often- card tables, can appreciate lives that are useful and extremely lengthy with care. Most of the time, tables and steel chairs are durable and well-constructed enough to hand down through at least several generations. It is possible to paint them effortlessly with no resources or supplies in the event that you own steel folding chairs that have indications of rust, or in case you you want to to alter their colour. Continue Reading

The best way to Straighten Fins on an HVAC Unit

Every HVAC device has cooling fins for the heat-exchanger part of the method. These fins, similar to the radiator fins on a car radiator, transfer heat in the unit and let it run effectively as possible and as great. Most of the time, foreign objects like balls or branches come in to connection with the fins, dent them and drive them closed. Every property that is marketable become significantly more sellable having an HVAC device that is highly-efficient and correctly functioning. Continue Reading

4 Tips To Consider When Renting A Dumpster

There are so many instances where you may need a dumpster. In such cases, you should not just go and buy one, you can simply rent it. Over the last few years, handyman services Los Angeles have gained momentum and while people have had different experiences renting these trucks, in case you are doing it for the first time, there are a few things you will need to know. There are many things that you should consider. At the end of the day, what you need is a dumpster that works for you and is affordable enough to not hurt your pocket. Continue Reading

The Treatment & Pruning of a Potted Frangipani

Bring the tropics to your own outdoors by including a potted frangipani (Plumeria). This little tree makes an ideal specimen that is containerized. The sweetly-scented flowers come in a rainbow of colours and accent the foliage that is big. Potted frangipani treatment is simple and pruning needs minimum when developed in circumstances that are preferred. Given safety that is proper, the little tree will thrive frost-prone climates.

Climate Needs

Frangipani prefers dry, warm and frost free climates. Continue Reading

The best way to Repair a Resin Sink

Solid-surface sinks are usually made of a fiberglass-resin. These sinks are sought after for their toughness, but the sinks may be broken over time. Heavy things dropped in cracks can be caused by the sinks, and gouges can be left by scrubbing with abrasives. Repairing the sink can have it in operating situation overnight and charges significantly less than changing it. An epoxy-based repair package developed for fiberglass-resin repair to resolve your sink. Continue Reading

Evergreen Trees That Tolerate Heat

Evergreen trees can endure and even prosper in areas that are warm if warmth-tolerant types are chosen as well as the trees are properly preserved. Some warmth-tolerant evergreen trees are Us natives. Others are from the Mediterranean or Australia, where they prosper in developing problems comparable to all those found in the Environment Zones 4 to 9 and 14 to 17 of Sunset. When choosing warmth-tolerant evergreens to improve residence landscapes, most folks think of conifers which show needles that remain green year round. Continue Reading

Potting Soil Mix for Geraniums

Though generally grown as annuals, geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) are evergreen perennials beginning in Africa. More than 200 species offer development habits, flower colours, scents and various leaf designs. Leaves differ from oval with mahogany- bands to lobed ivy-formed and finely cut. Flowers are red, pink, salmon, white or bicolored. Scents that are geranium imitate several other plant species. Citrus-scented geraniums are employed to repel mosquitoes. Continue Reading

The best way to Prune Pumpkins

What could be more satisfying than consuming a pumpkin-pie or carving a jack-o’-lantern from a pumpkin you grew your self? Pumpkins increase in just about any of the Environment Zones of Sunset, making it simple for anybody to develop their own. It’s possible for you to grow vine or bush pumpkins. Pumpkins can include 500-square feet of garden area. Leaving the foliage to develop untamed decreases the standard of fresh fruit production although a vine this big is amazing. Continue Reading

Instructions for Painting a Basement Floor

Adding a brand new coat of paint to your own basement flooring is a simple, affordable and fairly fast solution to beautify the the area. It lets you improve the general look of your basement without covering your traditional floors with carpet or rugs. Before you start, choose an epoxy paint produced especially for garage floors or basement. Other kinds of paint are also sensitive and won’t offer the toughness you require. Paints designed for for floors dry with an impossible finish that will easily withstand visitors, abrasion, scuffing and heavy blows that were repeated. Continue Reading

The best way to Hold Sod Set Up on a Hill

Sod is clean, living turf-grass that is sheared the floor out below the root line-in strips in a turf farm, rolled-up and sent for re- . Laying sod is the fastest way to produce a fully-grown, garden that is thick in area or a yard. Unrolling strips of grass, which typically measure 18 inches and tucking them tightly so the edges of the strips never align with these beside them typically lays sod. Special steps ought to be taken for sod presented on slopes, from slipping aside to keep the turf. Continue Reading

Companion Crops to Cinnamon Ferns

Cinnamon ferns (Osmunda cinnamomea) are tall, appealing ferns that improve any home landscape. Cinnamon ferns require constantly- normal watering or soil to prosper. While the plant has been established, it is particularly crucial to water often throughout the year. The fronds of the fern are a blue green colour when the plant is ages.


Plants in the Hellebore family (Helleborus) are well-suited companions to cinnamon ferns. The greatest part is that hellebores are so different, it is simple to locate a plant that fits your home. Continue Reading

The Drawbacks of Western Red Cedars

These trees do have some drawbacks, although, therefore it is essential to consider the treatment and upkeep involved before adding them to your own home in-growing red cedars.Since they prefer moist, well-drained soil red cedars are susceptible to flagging after extended intervals of warm, dry climate which can be followed by large rain. Flagging happens when the tree’s older leaves, branches and twigs turn brown.An evergreen tree Fresno grown because of its deep green foliage, the Western red cedar (Thuja plicata) is a flexible landscaping San Diego plant San Diego that grows in Sunset’s Environment Zones 1 through 9, 14 through 17 and 21 through 24. Continue Reading