Tips for hanging artwork

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Has the time come for you to hang artwork in your beautiful home? Maybe you have even been avoiding it. The process of hanging artwork can seem frustrating and very time-consuming. To help put you at ease while hanging your artwork, we have composed a few tips and tricks to assist you. Let’s take a look! 

Placement:

  • You may find yourself standing there staring at a blank wall and find yourself unsure of where to hang your artwork. If you have only one or two pieces to hang, stand back and visually place in your mind where you want the artwork to hang.  Often people hang art too high; experts recommend hanging your art pieces at eye level. To help, you can physically take the art piece and place it on the wall in your desired spot. With a pencil, draw a short, centered line on the wall at the top of the frame. If your frame has a wire on the back of the art, simply measure from the top of the wire in the center to the top of the frame. Go back to your line on the wall and measure down from the top line to the distance of the centered wire hanger and mark. Erase the original top line, so you do not get confused about the proper placement mark. 
  • If you have multiple pieces of art, start out by placing the pieces on the floor for a symmetrical or asymmetrical look, whichever fits your taste. As you stand back to look at the items on the floor, you can visualize how they will look once hung. You can also move and mix until you get your desired look. 

Techniques for Strength:

  • If possible, drive the nail into a wall stud for the most strength. If you do not already own one, experts recommend investing in an inexpensive stud finder.  Although in most cases, where you want to hang the art a stud will not be present. For small and medium artwork, a 1 ½ or 2-inch nail in the sheetrock will suffice and hold securely. Always drive the nail into the wall at a 45-degree angle. This technique ensures a stable and secure hold. 
  • For large pieces of art, purchase hollow-wall anchors with screws.  Anchor sets will match the weight of the artwork. Use a small drill and choose a drill size to match the size of the anchor. Once you drill the hole, tap the anchor into the sheetrock and merely screw the screw into the anchor.

Straightness:

  • If your artwork is not hanging level and straight, you can purchase some small plastic bumpers that attach to the back of the frame with self-stick tape. What a simple fix for a challenge that will arise now or in the future. 

We would love to hear from you regarding any ideas and tips you may have for hanging artwork. What tips and tricks have you learned over the years that could be helpful for other readers? You can leave your responses below in the comment section. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back next week! 

Simple Home Projects

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Have you been saving year after year for a kitchen remodel or similar home renovation project for what seems like forever but never actually doing it? Instead of talking about what you want to do, there are many ways you can actively take charge of your home and bring new light to it on your own. Not everyone is as handy as they would like to be, but that does not mean you have to forgo improving your home altogether. There are many simple ways to spruce up your home without breaking the bank or even needing to hire a handyman!

Outlet Covers

Outlet covers are a quick way to clean up the appearance of your walls or even add a pop of detail to an otherwise plain wall. You can find almost any color or shade of outlet cover at your local hardware store, making it easy to find one that blends with your wall. You can also choose to have them stand out, creating more dimension, by choosing from a variety of fancier options. The most significant part of this project is its simplicity, all you need is a screwdriver, and you can replace your cracked and painted-over outlet covers with new ones and bring a cleaner overall look to your home.

Doorknobs

Replacing your doorknobs is a slightly more involved task than replacing your outlet covers may be, but the tool list is just as simple: a screwdriver. The options for replacing door handles are almost endless and offer a chance to change the appearance of the doors in your home drastically. Whether you have gotten paint on them attempting to repaint your doors or simply want to change the shape or look of your handles, the end result of replacing them is positively noticeable and not much harder a job than replacing your outlet covers will be.

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves can add dimension to any wall and quickly bring life to a room. You may need a drill to complete this project, but it is an endeavor that not only offers drastic change to a room by itself but also opens your wall up to many different decorating options. You can fill them with live plants or succulents that are easy to maintain. Books can also offer great conversation starters and an opportunity to display your interests in your home. Another option is candles to quickly brighten up a wall and add a bit of warmth to your home. No matter what you decide to put on the shelves, adding them to your home is a simple way to bring visual change without too much effort on your part.

and work your way up to the big stuff. You may find that a few small changes can make a big difference. These three DIY projects are a great place to start, but there are plenty of other easy ways to create a big change in your living space. What are some of your DIY project ideas? Let us know below in the comment section and remember to subscribe!

How to Transition Your Home for Summer

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Summer is here and so is the heat! With every season, we love to make little changes to our home to facilitate and embrace the weather. For winter, you put up your tree, use the fireplace, and pull out the cozy blankets, yet summer calls for a more refreshing protocol. Finding simple home improvement projects each season can make your house feel more like home. Here are three ways to get your home ready for summer!

Fireplace Candles

Your fireplace can add a beautiful aesthetic look to your home; however, summer is no time for a fire. Or is it? Instead of creating a hot, roaring wood burning fire, clean out your fireplace. You can still get the visual beauty without the warmth by adding a plethora of decorative candles. You can even find sweet summer scented candles to help enhance the atmosphere in more than one way!

Comforter Delete

During the warmer months, the heat can be brutal. You can always crank the air conditioning or make do with a little extra heat. This summer change out your bedding. Delete the comforter or fold it at the end of the bed. Find cool sheets like bamboo or silk to add more comfort. Add some summer throw pillows to the room as well!

Patio Furniture

Once the spring rain has come and gone, you will be spending a lot more time outdoors. Time to spruce up the patio with some patio furniture. Get some seating and end tables to make your patio feel more welcoming. By adding a grill to your patio, you can meal prep outside as well! You can even invest in a firepit for the nights as well. Patio décor and lighting options are endless. Tailor your space to your needs and wants!

Take pride in your home this summer. Simple summer turnaround tricks can make your home always feel ready and adapted to the season. The warm months can be brutal. Be proactive and make the best of them. For more fun tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe. What are your favorite ways to get your home ready for summer? Let us know below in the comment section.

Simple Home Improvement Projects with Maximum Results

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Personalizing your house is the best way to make it feel like home. While some home improvement projects can be very daunting and expensive, we tend to neglect some similar alternatives. Adding character to a room does not need to be a home renovation; it just takes some creativity. If you are looking for some simple home improvement tricks to transform your home, look no further. Here, we will provide home improvement projects you can do to your home without breaking the bank. Let’s take a look!

Painted Fireplace

A fireplace can be a powerful focal point in any room; however, if you have an outdated fireplace, it can quickly become the eyesore of your space. Instead of remodeling your entire fireplace, consider painting it. Painting cabinets and fireplaces are quickly coming back into style in the last couple of years with online DIY’ers raving about the results. You can add the color you want to your space to provide a powerful impact or go with a white to give a hard, clean contrast to the room.

Add a Dado Rail

Painting a room is one of the most impactful ways to change the room’s overall dynamic. If you are looking to create a bit more sophistication, consider adding a dado rail around the room. This molding can allow you to two-tone your color choices and give a more elegant finish to the space.

Replace Your Shower Head

Home improvements do not always need to be primarily focused on aesthetics. A home improvement that provides functionality and comfort to the home is equally significant. If you have an outdated or generic shower head, it may be time to replace it. Create a brand-new shower experience with a new shower head. This simple investment can take a boring shower and turn it into a wonderful spa experience.

Have simple home improvement tricks you would like to share with other readers? Let us know below in the comment section and remember to subscribe!

Creating the Ultimate Spring Garden

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Spring into a new yard design this year by incorporating some of spring’s trendiest flowers and plants. Every spring, homeowners fall into a routine of planting the same things each year. This year, liven up your yard with bright colors and take on planting that garden you have always talked about, and spring into a new routine!

Plan the Layout

Your garden holds extraordinary potential, and maybe you have the perfect layout already in mind. But if you do not, draw up a layout of how you want your plants, herbs, vegetables and/or flowers to sit in your garden.

Pro Tip: You do not need to section off your flowers from vegetables, they can coexist and actually mix well with one another. Vegetables can actually benefit from certain plants and their shade. For example, lettuce loves the shade; place your taller flowers in front to help the growth of this vegetable.

When Less Is Better

Look for plants that are grown in your area at local nurseries or shops, because these plants will flourish in your yard. Homeowners struggle with choosing their plants because a lot of times they are not native to your area and will ultimately take a lot of extra work. So, create less work for yourself by dressing up your yard in native plants.

Add Personality

Marking your garden’s items is a great way to get creative. Plus, making DIY garden labels creates a fun project!

DIY Garden Labels:

  • Purchase chalkboard signs and write each of the herbs/vegetables you have growing in your garden.
  • Use some old bricks and write the plant names with a permanent marker.
  • Paint some rocks with the names of your plants.
  • Hammer down silverware and engrave the plant’s name onto the utensil.

Also, think about the containers you are keeping your potted plants in and try to purchase some stylish pots. You can even get crafty with your current pots and a can of paint.

Make a Calendar

Timing is everything when it comes to gardening. Making a calendar will help assure your garden grows to its highest potential. Section off the things that should be done in the early, middle, and end of spring.

Do you love to garden? Have any tips you can share with our readers? We would love to hear from you in the comments section.

Charming Ways to Spruce up Your Home’s Exterior

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As spring is in full bloom, it is time to start taking care of our home’s exterior, and small weekend projects can make a big difference. If you have the opportunity to set aside a couple of hours this week, here are our top picks for exterior home modifications that are cost-effective and time-conscious. Let’s take a look!

Paint Your Front Door

This is a great do-it-yourself project that can really change your entire curb appeal. Simply, start by removing your door then remove your handles and locks so only the part that needs painted remains. Take your door outside where you can paint it. You will want to sand the door to remove old paint or until it feels smooth. Make sure all the dust is off the door before adding your primer. You can now paint your door any color you choose. You can give your home a pop of color with a bright red or blue, or you can even provide a modern look with a dark grey or black. Just make sure your door is completely dry before rehanging it.

Plant Flowers

Some flowers are easier to grow than others. If it is your first garden or flowerbed, you may want to start with easy plants. Consider if you will incorporate a water irrigation system. If you can make a system before planting, you can evade having your life revolve around watering plants during the hot months. Just make sure your plants can be exposed to plenty of sunlight as well. Trees and houses can block some other important sunrays crucial to growing your plants. Flowerbeds can be a fun project to keep up on during the warm months and completely change your home’s curb appeal.

Stain Your Patio Furniture

Pick a day that there will be no rain or intense heat. If you are staining patio furniture on a deck or concrete surface, make sure to tarp the area. Stain can really spruce up your old furniture but be sure to plan ahead because not all woods except stain the same. You will also want to sand with the grain. Apply your first coat and allow it to soak. You can wipe to remove any heavy coating and apply accordingly until you accomplish the level you like.

These simple projects are great for any level of home fixer-uppers. With little tools and a full weekend, you can accomplish wonders in your yard. Which projects are your favorite? We would love to hear from you. Make sure to leave a comment below and subscribe for more content.

DIY Project: Painting Furniture

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Why buy brand new furniture when you can reinvent your current furniture pieces? Before you go out and buy all new pieces, we suggest that you try painting it first! Painting furniture is not as easy as throwing one coat of paint on it and loving the outcome, but if you want an easy DIY project for painting furniture, keep reading!

Supply List:

    • Piece of Furniture
    • Painter’s Tape
    • 220-Grit Sandpaper
    • Paint Primer (Multipurpose)
    • Oil-Based Paint in Preferred Color
    • Paintbrushes

Step One:

Take your piece of furniture outdoors if the weather allows. This way you will not get paint on anything inside, and it will give you room to move.

Step Two:

If the furniture piece is a dresser, take out all of the cabinets. With painter’s tape, mark down which cabinet goes with which drawer to avoid confusion.

Step Three:

Begin lightly sanding the piece of furniture and drawers whether it is old or new.

Step Four:

Brush away any dust from the recent sanding then start priming the piece of furniture and drawers with your multipurpose primer. Let it sit until it is dry.

Step Five:

Grab your sander and begin sanding the furniture and drawers once again to take away remaining dust and raised wood fibers.

Step Six:

Paint your piece with oil-based paint starting from the top to the bottom.

Step Seven:

Apply as many coats as necessary. The more you paint, the richer your color will turn out.

Step Eight:

Let the piece dry completely before moving it back indoors and return all the drawers to their proper home.

Step Nine (Optional):

If you are painting an old dresser, try replacing the door handles with new ones to complete the dresser’s look.

See, was not that easy? With all the money you saved on furniture, you can begin investing in new flooring for your home. We have a wide selection available in different colors, textures, and patterns for customers to get their dream flooring. Do not hesitate, come visit us for more information.

We look forward to the opportunity to work closely with you! Hope to see you soon!