Friday, May 22, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
Choosing the wrong type of paint finish could mean a do-over that costs twice as much.
By: Pat Curry
There’s a basic rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine - and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be.
Flat paint has no shine; high-gloss is all shine. In between are eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, each with its own practical and decorative job to do.
Here’s how to choose the right paint sheen for your painting job.
The most durable and easiest to clean of all paint sheens, high-gloss paint is hard, ultra-shiny, and light-reflecting. Think appliance-paint tough.
High gloss is a good choice for area that sticky fingers touch -- cabinets, trim, and doors. High-gloss, however, is too much shine for interior walls. And like a Spandex dress, high gloss shows every bump and roll, so don’t skimp on prep work.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
One that seems to skip everyone’s mind? The vacuum cleaner.
By: Amy Howell Hirt
No matter how hard you try, it's easy to overlook some spots when you spring clean — because you're blind to what you see and use every day in your own home.
So before you say you're done with your spring cleaning, check to see if you missed any of these tasks:
#1 Clean and Inspect Your Vacuum
A clogged and dirty vacuum can undo any cleaning you've done the minute you switch it on. Blame it on that stinky odor that only vacuums seem to emit.
Best to clean it first:
Change the bag and wipe down the bag's holder or empty and thoroughly wash the bagless container with a soapy damp rag.
Wipe down the entire vacuum.
Pull debris from the vacuum's brushes and wipe out the underside as much as you can.
Change the filter.
Inspect the hose for holes.
This goes for your wet/dry vacuum, and handheld one, too, if you have them.
Friday, March 6, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
A little shelf here, a big shelf there. You'd be surprised where they can fit.
By: Stacey Freed
Finally, you get to take that beach vacation in the dead of winter. But where is your beach towel?!? You know it's somewhere in that linen closet, but (sigh) it's so crammed you can't find it.
One of these days, you're going to have to figure out how to get more storage space so you can find this seasonal stuff faster. But the last thing you want to do is go out and buy more stuff to put more stuff in.
There's a better way — shelves. Not the bookshelf kind (they only take up floor space), but shelves you can incorporate into your home's architecture for an interesting, personalized look that also solves nagging storage issues.
Here are five unexpected places shelves can boost your home's storage and personality:
#1 Over the Bathroom Door
Seems like your bathroom can never have enough storage, especially for that recurring avalanche of towels in your itty-bit ...