The next time you’re faced with the task of painting an unfinished ceiling, keep a few things in mind that just might make you look at this job as more of a fun, decorative project than as a chore. Being such a large area of a room with almost no obscurations save for perhaps one or two light fixtures and maybe a ceiling fan or two, the ceiling presents a big opportunity for making a room stand out. For instance, take a second look at the use of the color white.
Archives for September 2006
Tired of looking at that grungy, moldy, unappealing grout between those still-attractive tiles in your bathroom or kitchen counter areas? Well, short of digging it all out, some people think there’s not much one can do. But, wait! There is! There is! So before you haul out the tools and chemical grout removers, take a look at some of the following suggestions on how to make grout look like new (or nearly new, anyway!).
Try the Easy Way First
Learning how to grout tile puts the do-it-yourselfer way ahead of the game if you’re looking to redo the ceramic tile in a kitchen, bath, or other area. Doing it right saves time, headaches, and expense. Tile falling off can break, look terrible, and wind up causing water to seep through and rot the support panels in some cases, so knowing how to grout and how to grout correctly is important.
Buy the Right Grout & Go Easy on the Water
What’s the Number 1 thing to know about how to grout tile? Don’t buy the premixed grout that comes in a little tub! These pre-made concoctions are invariably too watery and when grout is too watery, it won’t do the job it’s meant to do, that is, hold the tile firmly without crumbling and cracking away.
Learning how to build an arbor made from wood that is arched is not as difficult as it looks. The trick is in knowing how to make the arch. Cut two, 2 x12 inch lumber pieces (pressure-treated pine is a good choice) in half to make four pieces. Lay out two of them to make a capital T, ensuring the bottom, vertical bar of the Tee is centered in the middle of the horizontal piece.
From the center of the top piece, measure 30 inches down to the bottom piece, driving in a nail to which you have attached a length of twine. Tie a pencil at the end of the twine so that the pencil measures 30 inches away from the nail when the line is held tight.
Crown molding corners present one of carpentrys more trying aspects. We all want them to fit perfectly in order to show off to their very best the interesting curves and planes for which you bought them. As we all know, the trick lies in making those aggravating, time consuming angled cuts that can be the bane of an otherwise adequate weekend carpentry warrior.
The Problem With Pre-Cuts