6 Exterior Decorating Tips To Revitalize Your Home

Spring has finally sprung, and it’s the perfect time to make a start on those DIY jobs that make a massive difference to how your home looks and feels – especially those exterior decorating projects!

We’re going to give you our top tips on sprucing up the exterior of your home so that you’re ready to welcome friends and family around for a BBQ or garden party.

Revitalise your house with these 6 exterior decorating projects

Paint Your Garden Fence:
A new colour will lift the whole exterior of your property, so rub that fence down with a wire brush and apply a couple of coats of wood treatment. Make sure that you use a soft brush to remove any loose dirt before applying the first coat. Easy to apply and offering many colour options, it’s ideal for the DIYer and provides 5 years of protection.

Paint Your Gate:
Is your metal gate looking sorry for itself? A rub down with some wire wool and sandpaper to remove any rust and dirt will prepare it perfectly for some metallic paint. Lay a sheet down to protect the floor, give it a good clean with sugar soap, and then apply primer. Once dry you can use a small brush to apply two coats of metal paint.

Paint Your Doorstep:
A coat or three of decent masonry paint can transform a worn doorstep and give your house a completely new look. As with all masonry painting, prep first with a good sand and clean before applying the paint.

Paint Your Window Sills And Surrounds:
Old Toronto terrace houses often have concrete window sills that look fantastic when painted. Rub them down with wire wool, fill in any holes with ready mixed stone repair and rendering, and then apply primer and paint. Use the same colour and technique for the arches and surrounds.

Jet Wash Your Paths:
A year’s worth of muck and grime will make any exterior paths or driveways look terrible, but a day with a hired jet wash and some elbow grease and your paths will soon look sparkling clean!

Paint Your House:
A fresh coat of paint to your house’s exterior will make it look like a new property. It’s best to stick to fairly simple and neutral colours in our climate rather than attempting to bring a little continental sparkle with a brighter colour – we simply don’t have the quality of light to pull that off successfully so white works best.

None of these jobs should be too much for the brave DIY enthusiast, but we’re always here to offer some friendly advice. Some exterior decorating projects can feel a little overwhelming for the novice though, so if you live in Toronto or surrounding areas, please feel free to contact The Toronto Painters for a quote!

Source: https://thetorontopainters.ca/

Electric Gates – Are they cost affective and will they secure my home?

It wasn’t long ago that electric gates were something you only saw on big estate houses and the driveways of the rich and famous. We all imagine tall iron gates with security cameras and intercoms that produce an over protective security guard demanding some scheduled appointment or other whys ‘please leave’.

Those days are long behind us and more and more people are installing stylish looking gates that complement the age and style of their property, protect their home or business and keep away unwanted callers.

So why not just install some basic gates and save some pennies?
Unfortunately, we are all only human and who wants to continuously get in and out of their vehicle every time we want to leave or enter our driveway. Especially when the rains coming down or we are late to get the kids to school. So, if we have gates, we leave them open. It’s just easier that way and open gates in a driveway are about as useful as no gates at all. What’s more inviting to an unwanted caller than an open driveway. Whether they are looking to tell you about their favourite religion or just checking out your property for late night easy access.

Are electric gates really that easier to use?
In short, yes. Long gone are the days of pressing a buzzer on a voice box to gain access to your home, or having to get your car inches from the gates to get the remote to work. The very latest technology provides access from remote wireless triggers or even your mobile phone. The Telephone Entry System (TES) is perhaps the most flexible system, it can offer the flexibility to use multiple phones with multiple access codes which can even be allocated to different time zones.

Will they help to secure my home?
Electric gates alone won’t guarantee a completely secure driveway, but used in combination with further security measures they will act as a deterrent to potential intruders. When not in use the gates are closed making it that much harder to access your property.

Are electric gates safe to use?

There has been a number of incidents recently in the press related to electric gate injuries. Always ensure that you have your gates installed by qualified engineers recognised by the industry’s leading trade bodies.

What will they cost?
The cost of installing electric gates can vary greatly. Your choice in material and the design and style of gate will affect the cost. A quality set of automated gates can be in the region of £6,000.00 to £9,000.00. You then need to add in the cost of access control
Most qualified installers will provide a free quotation and advice. So, if you have a sloping driveway or access is difficult from the street then they will have a solution that will work for you. Look for an installer that is accredited and approved by the right industry bodies to ensure they meet all safety standards.

No one can guarantee that a new set of electric gates will increase the value of your property but they will appeal to future purchasers looking for additional security and privacy to their new property.

Source: http://www.windlesham-electric-gates.co.uk

You’re in good company when you pair up with a pal to clean, organize, repair and replace

All Together Now: Tackle Home Projects With a DIY Co-op.

My sister Torey just moved. She and her husband are completely renovating their new house. They have accomplished so much in just a couple months, but the remaining to-do list is long. The underlying disorder is sending my Naturally Organized sister into a tailspin. My house is only a couple of years old, but I’m still working to make it home, so I have a list of things to do too.

Last week Torey mentioned she really needed to paint her front door. I intended to paint my back doors as soon as the weather cleared. “We should work together!” she said. And just like that, our DIY co-op was born. We’ve been in business a week, and both of us have crossed a task we were dreading off our list — and we’re looking forward to crossing off more.

Does this sound like a dream come true? Setting up your own DIY co-op may not be as simple as a quick phone call to your sister, but it may be easier than you think. When considering a possible DIY co-op partner, ask yourself a few things.

Is the candidate:

• Committed? You need someone who is going to show up when she says she will. Many of us have at least one of those friends — we love her to death — but our plans with her always have an imaginary asterisk beside them. If your friend isn’t reliable, no matter how wonderful and talented she is, forget about it. No flaky friends allowed.

• Fun to be with? When you are tackling arduous projects, it’s incredibly draining. Being able to laugh with another person can be a lifesaver. Lacking a sense of humor may not be a deal breaker for you, but it is for me.

Paint a door, swap out a light fixture or introduce freshly cut botanicals. These 7 subtle ideas bring warmth home

Bring Cheer to Your Home With a Dash of the Tropics.

It’s nearly spring, but in many parts of the country there’s still a chill in the air and summer feels a long way off. So now might be a great time to consider bringing a vacation vibe to your home — in the subtlest of ways, of course. For me, there’s nothing more cheerful and summery than colors and accessories that evoke the tropics.

Going tropical with your decor doesn’t mean you have to paint several accent walls in vivid colors such as turquoise, tangerine or canary yellow. Nor do you need to trade in sleek furniture for wicker pieces. In fact, when it comes to adding a vacation vibe to your home, less is often more. Here are seven ways to add a splash of the tropics to your existing design. Doing so can give your home a sunny vibe — and you an emotional boost — all year.

Make quick work of minor repairs and replacements with this thorough, step-by-step approach

Don’t we all have a running mental list of “little” things to get done around the house? When those things remain undone, they can add up to make a big difference in how the home looks and feels. Here you’ll learn how to make a thorough list of minor home improvements and find the motivation you need to check everything off.

Let your favorite hues loose without skirting your lease, with these room-by-room ideas for apartments and other rented homes

Steep Your Rental in Color — Without Painting the Walls.

This ideabook is for color lovers who need alternatives to painting the walls. Even if your landlord has a strict no-painting policy, or you know you will be moving before long, you can still have a home that is vibrantly colorful and utterly you. Check out these ideas and inspiration to fill every room in your home with rental-friendly color.

Learn how to decide whether a repair is worth making before you put your house on the market

Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale.

When you make the decision to sell your home, it can be tricky to know which changes would make your home sell more quickly or boost the sale price — and which would just be a waste of your time and resources. Each home (and each homeowner) is different; that’s why we’ve come up with 8 key questions to ask yourself before making any changes to prep your home for sale.

Torn Wallpaper

If you have torn or ragged wallpaper that looks beyond repair, don’t worry, because if you have some extra paper, you could easily fix it by matching up the pattern.

1. Cut a section of wallpaper making sure that the piece you’ve chosen matches the pattern of the section on the wall that needs repair. Carefully align the pattern.

2. Tack it to the wall with some painters tape.

3. Use a straight edge and utility knife to cut through both the new wallpaper and the damaged paper underneath. Set the patch in a safe spot .

4. Use a sponge dipped in hot water to dampen the damaged section. The water should easily loosen the adhesive so you can peel away all the problem area. Rinse the sponge and clean the wall. Then allow it to dry completely.

5. mmediately, place it on the wall. It should fit perfectly into your area.

Stripping Hardware

You painted and skipped the prep work but now you have painted hardware. Well, I can show you how to fix it.

1. If there are just a few splotches, hold a cloth dipped in warm vinegar over the paint and then use a plastic putty knife to scrape away the drips.

2. If that just isn’t going to cut it, carefully remove the hardware from the doors and windows.

3. Lay some foil on your work surface to protect it from chemicals, and pull on a pair of chemical resistant gloves.

4. Work in a well ventilated area. Fill a coffee can about halfway with paint stripper. Then, drop your hardware in the liquid. If you’d like to be able to fish the hardware out just tie a piece of string to the hardware then dip it into the liquid. Be careful not to splash.

5. Let it sit for the amount of time recommended on the package and then carefully pull it out.

6. Scrape away any big drips left on and rinse the hardware well.The good thing about this method is that you can re-use the stripper until your project is completely done.

Store and Dispose of Paint and Chemicals

Lots of do-it-yourself projects involve different paints and solvents. These can be very dangerous if you don’t know how to store or dispose of them.

1. If you’re going to store a chemical that you know is toxic, keep it in its original container, or a container that is clearly labeled with the product name and a toxic sign. Seal it tightly and keep it out of the reach of curious children and pets.

2. If you’re done with some latex paint, you need to allow it to harden. To speed up the process, pour some kitty litter into it. Once the paint is hardened, you can throw it out in the regular garbage.

3. If you’re using oil based paint, it can never be put with garbage. Regulations governing disposal vary from state to state, so call your local hazardous waste disposal center for advice.

4. Paint thinner doesn’t have to be thrown away, it can be re-used (Make sure you only use paint thinner outside – the fumes are toxic). Put it in a clearly labeled glass or metal container, and seal it tightly. Paint particles will settle out, then you can pour off the clear liquid to be re-used. Just remember, you use paint thinner for oil based paints so don’t throw the paint particles in the garbage.