Everyone loves tile. It looks good, it’s easy to clean and it’s durable. Whether it’s a vanity, a back splash or a floor, you can do it yourself. Today we are going to start with the floor. There are some things you should know before you tackle this project though so here are some videos on preparing your sub floor, tips and tricks and actual tiling. It’s easier than you think and will give you a feeling of satisfaction knowing that you did it yourself! So grab your tool belt and let’s get to work!
Whether you are renovating or just want to spruce up your kitchen, adding a new kitchen sink can make a world of difference. Maybe you want a deeper sink or a double sink? Stainless steel or porcelain? What ever way you decide to go, did you know that it is a fairly simple thing to do yourself? Here are 2 videos. One shows how easy it is to remove the old and the 2nd shows how easy it is to install. So grab your tools and let’s get to work!
These days, just about every fridge comes with built in ice and water. It’s a wonderful feature, but how do you hook it up? Do you have to call a plumber? Not anymore. With this step by step video that caters to all DIY levels, you can hook it up yourself. So grab your tool belt and let’s get to it.
Did you know that a dripping faucet can waste up to 5 gallons of water per day? Knowing how to fix a leaky faucet is a basic every home owner should know. Here are 2 videos that show you how to fix both a single handle and a double handle design. If you can’t replace the faulty part immediately, tie a string around the faucet and let it fall into the drain: Dripping water will silently flow down the string and won’t drive you INSANE!
Various reasons, including changes in humidity, can make cabinet doors rub, refuse to close, or just look cockeyed. Adjusting them is easy and generally requires only a screwdriver. This is basic knowledge every homeowner should have and thanks to this step by step video, you too can know how!
Want to know how to give your kitchen or bath an updated look without breaking the bank? Here’s how…
Paint Cabinets, Not Replace
With all of the products and techniques out there today, cabinets can look completely different just by painting them.
A fresh coat of paint does wonders. If you want something more, why not try a painted design like stripes? You could even add some molding for even more depth.
A lot of times you can find great deals online. I recently saw a post on Craigslist where someone was remodeling their kitchen and selling their (barely used) cabinets CHEAP! You just never know!
Have you ever heard of the Habitat for Humanity stores? They sell the unused materials for a bargain. Check online for a store near you or any other discount store in your area.
Give Retro a Try
So many “vintage” things can be found at flea markets and antique stores. Why not re-purpose them into something with charm and function. The results can be amazing!
Do Most of the Work Yourself
You might get a little dirty but you can save a bundle. With all of the how-to videos online now, you can do virtually anything yourself now. Why not give it a try?
Hardware and Fixtures
It’s amazing what switching out the fixtures and hardware can do. Just changing out the hinges and handles on your cabinets can give your kitchen/bath a whole new look!
Piece by Piece
If you cannot afford to do it now, buy one piece at a time. Look for sales and discounts and buy then. Before you know it, you will have all of the things you need to do your room and the cost wont be as noticeable.
Redo What You Have
Have you looked to see whats under that linoleum? Maybe it’s hard wood. Counters in good shape? Why not try refinishing them? You could try tile or faux granite. Whatever is in good shape can be re-purposed into something wonderful with a little imagination and elbow grease.
Whatever it is you decide to do it will make a difference. Take notice of things you like online or at a friends house and think of ways to recreate it cheaply. You’ll be amazed at what you can do when you put your mind to it!
Part of remodeling your kitchen is ripping out and installing a new sink. It doesn’t look easy, but it can be with the right tools and know how. Here are a couple of short videos that show you how to remove the old sink and how to install the new one. You’ll have your kitchen upgraded in no time. So grab your tools and let’s get to work!
HOW TO REMOVE THE OLD
HOW TO INSTALL THE NEW
A garbage disposal is a great addition to any kitchen. It cuts down on waste and reduces any lingering food odors from the trash can. The problem is though, they can become easily clogged if not taken care of properly. Today we will include ways to clean your disposal, what not to put it in and even a how to video, should yours ever clog.
NEVER PUT THESE ITEMS DOWN YOUR DISPOSAL
Grease or Oil: They can solidify and build up on your pipes.
Vegetable Peels: This is ok for some fruits and vegetables, but not the tougher skinned ones so choose wisely.
Egg Shells: There is a membrane on the inside of the egg that can wrap around the blades.
Coffee Grounds: They don’t flush away like you think and over time build up and clog.
Pits, Seeds or Bones. I think this is obvious but just in case… don’t!
Garbage: Anything non food, no matter how small it is. Example, those little stickers on the fruit.
If you should find that your disposal is clogged. There are a few things you can try yourself before hiring a professional or replacing the unit. Watch this short video…
Now that we’ve gotten your disposal up and running. Let’s talk ways to keep it clean and running smoothly.
Ice & Salt: Take one cup ice and one cup salt and put it down the disposal. Turn on the water and let run for a minute or so. This will scrape away any build up that you may have.
Baking Soda & Vinegar: A little of each with create a natural fizzy cleaning action that rinses grim away
Lemon: This is my personal favorite because of the scent it gives off. Cut up a lemon into smaller chunks. Place them down the disposal and let it run for a couple minutes. The lemon is a natural disinfectant. It cleans and makes the whole kitchen smell amazing!
Well that’s it for now. Hope you don’t have any issues but if you do, you know what to do!
A tiled floor can add so much to your home. It can add value, quality and most of all, style! There are so many decisions to make. What kind of material? What colors? Shapes? The possibilities are endless.
Now that you’ve got your tile picked out, here comes the best part. Installing it! You could hire someone to do it but with this step by step video, you might want to try it yourself. It’s really pretty easy and it could save you a bundle! So grab your tile and let’s get to work!
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where friends and family gather. It’s where we spend most of our time, so we want it to look the best that it can. Whether you are replacing or refinishing, here are some helpful tips to help you make the right decisions and the kitchen of your dreams.
Still need some more ideas? Check out this link from HGTV on different styles ideas! Some of them are really cool!