Are you planning a remodeling of your house, including the kitchen? If yes, then you are in the right place. As you read through this you will learn of ways that don’t cut a hole in your pocket but give your kitchen a new look. Yes, amazingly, the ways that we will be talking about are affordable but will enhance and update the décor of your kitchen ensuring a new look.

There are many ways to make affordable enhancements to your kitchen décor. We are discussing eight of these to update your kitchen.

1. Updating the kitchen cabinets

If you want, and have the ability, you can replace the kitchen cabinets that you have but why not go with a more affordable alternative and update them to have a new look? Simple changes made to the knobs and the hinges will offer a new look to the kitchen. If you have wooden cabinets you yourself can do the sanding and paint it with a new coat of paint to make your kitchen look great.

2. Purchase cost-effective countertops

If you are not changing the cabinets that you have in your kitchen then you don’t need upscale countertops. You can easily find countertops which are affordable and replacing the old one/s with these will give your kitchen a new look.

When you are purchasing countertops keep your mind open regarding materials for the countertop and you will see that there are various affordable options to choose from. By matching the color of the countertop with that of your kitchen cabinet you will be amazed by the new look of your kitchen.

3. Have roll-out shelves

If you feel that having a new cabinet is costly, and the shape of the cabinet that you have at present is not affordable to renovate, then you can easily change to roll-out shelves in place of the old cabinets. They are cost-effective and will also help you to save space and money while giving an entirely new look to your kitchen.

Not only that, such roll-out shelves are also best suited for anyone having issues with mobility. It will make cooking in the kitchen more a matter of pleasure than of responsibility.

4. Play with the light

Lights, and their switches, can play a big role in giving your kitchen a new look without spending a lot of money. As a general rule, you must have warm light in your kitchen. You can easily shop for new light fixtures and switches at budget stores and for an affordable cost you can change the entire look of your kitchen.

You may have seen a decorative light fixture or a unique type of switch in design magazines. If you search you will be able to find a prototype of these for a reasonable price at a store nearby. So, purchase those and you will see how efficiently such fixtures change the entire look of your kitchen.

Have you found an ideal way to make your kitchen look new without spending a lot? If you haven’t, then there is nothing to worry about. Here are a few more ideas and, hopefully, you will find one which will match your taste and budget.

5. Re-paint and change the curtains

If you have a talk with an interior designer then you will find that they place high esteem on re-painting and changing curtains when they want to update a kitchen affordably. If you wish to change the color of your kitchen and have a new look then you just need a coat of new paint. It’s wise to choose oil-based paints so that it’s easier to clean stains.

Match the color of your curtains in your kitchen with the color of the new paint and see what a difference this makes to your kitchen. Curtains need to be changed regularly as they absorb oil and food smells in your kitchen. Follow these two affordable ways and have a new looking kitchen without putting a hole in your pocket.

6. Change the kitchen faucet

Having a new faucet in your kitchen will not only give a new look to your kitchen but would make cooking easier. You can change to a taller faucet so that filling and cleaning big utensils is easier to do. You can have a trendy finish so that the kitchen has a new look.

7. Have a backsplash area

If you do not have a backsplash area in your kitchen or you haven’t had one made of old designed tiles then it would be prudent to change those. This option will make cleaning easy and at the same time give a new look to your kitchen. If you feel that purchasing tiles is affecting your budget then you can use the stencil and paint method to have one which will add a new dimension to your kitchen.

8. Buy new appliances

You may wonder if this is affordable. It is you have an open eye and mind when making your purchase. There are a number of organizations making available useful appliances for your kitchen at affordable rates. You can buy these keeping your eyes open so that you get the best value for the money that you are spending.

If you have made up your mind to have a new look for your kitchen then you must have noticed that various sales and discounts are offered by reputed manufacturers of kitchen appliances. You need to grab those options and buy appliances that you need. The appliances will not only make cooking a pleasure but will also enhance the décor of your kitchen.

Hopefully, by now you have found some ways to update your kitchen affordably. You don’t need to implement all of the selected options above, simply choose those that suit your taste and budget. If you do we are certain you will have a new-looking kitchen.

 

The living room is one of the places where you put a lot of effort because it is where we entertain our guests. However, even when we have guests, they may end up in the kitchen somehow. Regardless of whether people may want to use your kitchen or not, it is always important to put some effort in there and the design can impact the space in some amazing ways. The kitchen is one of the areas that has to look as elegant as possible and should be convenient and functional at all times.

Having a modular kitchen serves all the purposes that you may want. There are many reasons as to why you should fit in the modular option and they include:

Assembly

This is one of the greatest features. A modular kitchen can be assembled very easily. You can enjoy flexibility in a great way since you can shift the whole kitchen, especially after you move. You can have the kitchen repaired or altered at any one given time without affecting any other part.

Customization

The modular kitchens are usually designed with the customers’ needs in focus. Depending on your own personal preferences and the space available, the kitchen can be customized just as you want it to be. The kitchen can easily be color coordinated or you can even choose a design that contrasts the whole theme of your home. This allows you to actually personalize the entire space and also allows you to work within your set budget.

Space savers

A modular kitchen has shelves that allow you to save on space. You can notice shelves in tiny spaces and the small corners as well. There are others where you find them hanging on the doors. You can easily fit your appliances along shelves or walls. The features are a great choice, especially if you have a small apartment.

Convenience

In the traditional setting, carpenters were hired to design the kitchen within your home. The approach consumed a lot of time and a lot of inconvenience in the part of the owner. As for the modular kitchens, they are created within a factory and then easily fitted in your home. You only need to place an order and you will have the installation done within a month or so.

Beauty

Modular kitchens have a lot of chick and contemporary designs. There are the elegant and refined ones, and there are also the slick and modern designs that you can choose from. There are also many patterns bearing great aesthetics as well as functionality. There is nothing wrong with having a beautiful kitchen.

Storage

Storage is always a great thing where kitchens are concerned. Modular kitchens have drawers, cabinets, and shelves fir more efficient storage. This allows you to organize your items so as to make working and cooking within the kitchen efficient and easy. You can then de-clutter the kitchen giving it that clean and neat appearance.

Design

The modular kitchens are designed in a smart way. The design is done in a way that allows you to store the things that are frequently used in very convenient positions within the kitchen. You can separate the cooking and cleaning areas as well.

 

Since most of Pam’s activities revolve around the kitchen area we decided that we would need to do something fast to correct this nasty and forgotten area of the house. With that thought in mind the kitchen was designated as the next priority. As you can see from the before photos this area had some serious problems, actually more than we were aware of. Our immediate concern was to establish some sort of functionality in the room. We first thought perhaps we would renovate the kitchen first before the living room but I wanted to see some progress being made and chose the lesser of the evils. Who knows it is likely that the kitchen will undergo a number of transformations in the future.

We started with a couple of coat of fresh paint on the walls and woodwork. This helped a lot. It is amazing what a little paint can accomplish for a room. We carefully looked at all the kitchen appliances (stove and dishwasher were the only appliances in the home) and decided that the filth was too much. I went out and purchased a new dishwasher and stove for Pam. We still had our refrigerator so we put that in place. Even a good scrubbing couldn’t help those appliances that were in the home.

It was almost too fearful to start taking pictures of our new home. From one room to the next all we see was vast amounts of filth. Nasty surroundings greeted us at every corner of the home however during our pre-cleaning phase when all we were doing is taking pictures I thought I would break the rooms down one by one. I must warn everyone this house is the leader in the “Cult of the Filth” so have your life insurance paid as you view these pictures. You can see the before images of the filthy kitchen which we recently encountered. First notice the unclean stove ready to haunt anyone entering the kitchen. Who would ever want to cook a meal on that? The refrigerator was not working so that was sent to the salvage yard for scrape (as was the unclean stove). Glance with caution at the image showing behind the stove as it looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for many long years.

You will notice that there were many floor tiles in the kitchen that will need to be replaced. It is obvious that the previous occupant was not very clean and failed to maintain the house to standards.

The light and fan assemblies that were in the kitchen/dining room combination were in pretty bad condition and we decided to replace them with just a ceiling light. The fan in the dining area would hit the door of the cabinet when it was opened. The lights served much better for us.

We placed our refrigerator where the previous tenets frig was located and since it had a water supply line already run for the ice maker is was very convenient for us. Pam took a small cabinet that she had and placed it in the middle of the floor to use as an island for working on. This also is merely a temporary condition. The dining room area has the table and four chairs in it while her china cabinet had to be placed essentially in the kitchen. The counters at the breakfast bar cleaned up real good and once Pam put some of her items on it the area began to take on a new and exciting life of its own.

The French doors leading from the kitchen/dining room to the rear deck are in bad shape and will need to be replaced in the future. In the mean time at some point in the future we will be adding on a formal dining room for Pam but that will be later in time. Pam put some curtains up to the windows and it doesn’t look too bad. The floor was in such bad shape that we had to place a piece of wood over a section of it. Over the wood Pam put a carpet runner and it doesn’t look bad at all. It will do until we have the time and funds to redo the complete kitchen/dining area floor. At least now we have a complete kitchen and Pam can now unpack the remainder of her kitchen boxes.

 

How safe is bunk beds:

Each year about 400 kids are hospitalised due to bunk bed-related injuries – often because they have been badly put together or are being used incorrectly! Use the following Safety Checklist to ensure that you prevent your child from falling.

Hundreds of kids are hospitalised each year as a result of injuries sustained while playing or sleeping on a bunk bed. Follow our Safety Tips below to keep your child safe:

Safety Checklist:

  • When buying a mattress for the upper bed ensure that you are aware of the maximum height requirement for the mattress as a too high mattress will compromise the efficacy of the safety barrier.
  • The recommended minimum age for a child to be able to use the upper bed is nine years old.
  • When assembling the bed make very sure that the guardrails are secure and within the correct spacing.
  • The structure must be able to carry the weight of both a child and an adult, so do a regular check on the connection points to avoid collapsing.
  • Any gaps larger than between 95mm and 230mm could pose the risk that little bodies can crawl through and get stuck.
  • The ladder should not have any openings higher than 400mm.
  • Remember, all four sides should have guardrails attached, not just three-sided. Kids can get trapped between the bed and the wall.
  • Make sure that the room is also safe: No blinds or curtains near the bed and no ceiling fans that can be reached from the bed.
  • Always use the ladder to get to the top. Ensure that no nearby furniture pieces can serve as makeshift ladders!

Different Types Available

As you do your research you will find many different types available in terms of configuration. This can include, a double sleeping area below, trundles (also called loft designs) which fits a desk underneath instead of a bottom bunk. Some designs include a slide-out 3rd sleeping space, ideal for friends that overnight.

Apart from the different benefits of each design your final choice will greatly depend on the space you have available and how the room will function.

Considering to purchase online? Follow these steps:

Once you have done your homework and are certain of the type of bunk you want you can, either purchase in-store at a bed store of your choice, or opt for the convenience of making your purchase online. If you do decide to buy online, follow these steps to make sure you get what you need:

  1. Take accurate measurements of the space the bed will need to fit into.
  2. Determine what features and functionalities will be required.
  3. Based on the above, choose the type or style of bunk bed that will best suit your needs.
  4. Double check that it will meet all the recommended safety standards.
  5. Make sure you are purchasing from a reputable retailer that offers a warranty and a return policy.

 

Who doesn’t love their Garden? For some people, their Garden is their only place at their home where they can relax, think creatively and be close to nature. In the summer months, the amount of time we spend in our Gardens with our friends and family, have get-togethers and Barbeques is incredible. As such, choosing just the right Garden Furniture is not an easy task. There are multiple factors to think about: aesthetic things like the theme and colour scheme of your Garden, down to weathering effects like the climate, humidity and shielding the Garden offers from the elements. You can get an insight into the furniture world from the multiple resources available online if you have no prior experience in buying outdoor furniture. Solid Wood Garden Furniture should be your first choice if you would like to add the rustic look in to your Garden. More than that, you can buy cheap furniture online if you’re too busy to head out to a furniture market and search around every available piece.

Some people will spend a great deal when decorating their Garden, as they think of it as an extension to their home that therefore deserves the same amount of money spend on it. For some people, however, after spending hundreds of pounds on flowers, maintenance and getting a wonderful aesthetic to their Garden, looking for cheap furniture online seems like a far better idea. Whatever it is that you want to do with your Garden is up to you, but I think solid wood furniture is a great place to start looking. More than that; available in many designs and with a wonderful natural look, Teak is quickly becoming a popular choice for people looking for solid wood furniture.

Material

Indoor furniture, it must be said has more items available than you ever imagine. When it comes to garden furniture however, there are admittedly less options, but that’s not to say there aren’t so many as to fill up your brain and make you wonder if this endeavour wasn’t a terrible idea from the start!

Let’s not forget as well that the furniture material is another aspect of this. Garden furniture has a wealth of options available: Solid Oak, Teak, Pine, Metal, Plastic, Wicker and Aluminium. There’s a lot of choices available and so it’s best to plan what style and material you want before heading off down this particular Rabbit hole.

Reasonable Price

Some people don’t think about price when buying Solid Wood Garden Furniture. For them, quality matters a lot than any other factor. We know however, that quality and price do not always go together. There are multiple ways out there to buy quality, durable furniture for low prices. There are many cheap furniture stores online which are selling Solid Wood Garden Furniture at very reasonable rates. You can also go for the option of used wood garden furniture which will also save you some money.

Sturdiness

When it comes to solid hardwood furniture for garden, Teak is considered as one of the most reliable woods for outdoor use: It is resistant to decay and has naturally present silica which gives it anti-fungal properties. Solid Wood Garden Furniture built from Teak can bear harsh weather conditions and has the possibility to last for much longer compared to any other furniture material.

Maintenance

You need to consider the fact that wood garden furniture also needs maintenance. If you want your garden furniture to last longer, you will have to take good care of it with cleaning, applying protective coats and possibly even varnishing. Solid Wood Garden Furniture can avoid decay through these preventative measures in a much easier fashion than metal furniture can avoid rust. This again is a positive for wooden outdoor furniture.

 

If you have newly shifted to a new unfurnished house, you have a blank canvas in front of you. You can use your creativity and artistic bend of mind to decorate your house in a way that reflects your personality. Even if you have been living there for a while, it is always refreshing to change its décor a bit once in a while. Your home is the space where you spend live and spend most part of your life.

If that space doesn’t feel comfortable and pleasing to you then it is highly likely that you’ll remain frustrated most of the time. For offices as well, the task of choosing furniture is very important as you have to spend a major part of your day there. If your workspace is not inviting and doesn’t prompt you to work then you are in the cards to avoid your job.

You’ll agree with me on the fact that the appearance and appeal of a house is decided by its furniture. It is extremely essential to choose the right furniture according to the space, dimensions, aesthetics and colour of the house.

How to choose the right furniture
Choosing furniture can be a tricky task if you are new with interior decoration. Here are a few things that can be kept in mind when you go out for furniture shopping.

The first step is to choose furniture according to the compatibility between its functions and your needs. Each room has some basic functions like a dining room is for eating and a bedroom is for sleeping. Find furniture to equip the rooms to serve their functions. It is also necessary to identify your personal requirements and customize your furniture list accordingly. If you have kids then your choice of bed for the kid’s room will be different from your room. It is also necessary to keep in mind the need for complimentary furniture for each room. A bed room might also need a book shelf if you are a reader or will need a table for your computer or T.V., depending on your interests.

Determine the size, shape and dimensions of the furniture to be used. If you have a small dining area then buying a large table will make your room look small. Some shapes and patterns also play a role in managing the aesthetics of the room and making it appear big or small. Identify the compatibility of various shapes and dimensions of furniture with your room before buying it.

Identify the final look or the style you are trying to achieve and buy furniture that compliments the overall style. Research and look out for furniture that’ll contribute in achieving the visual impact you are trying to create.

Also check the material of the furniture you are intending to buy. Some materials are of cheap quality that might not be durable and some materials shouts rich with its very appearance. Materials also contribute to or decrease the visual impact you are trying to create.

It is not necessary that you’ll be able to incorporate every piece of furniture you like. The size and dimensions of your house and the overall style of the house is also to be considered. Make vice choices of furniture that’ll serve the purpose as well as last long.

As we evolve, our home should too. Having comfortable furniture is important to improve the mood and quality of your home. Furniture is the heart of homes and offices. They add life to these places. Classy and fabulous furniture makes the place more productive. The furniture has equal importance both in home and offices. Comfortable and accessible furniture makes any space, the space that everyone can enjoy.

At home to greet the guest, to welcome them, to have some valuable chit chat with the guest, furniture plays an important role. The classy design and comfortable sofa sets make the gossip more attractive and enchanting. Chatting with your friends, sipping the tea or coffee over the comfortable and cushioned sofa, makes the topic of discussion more lively and delightful. On the other hand, if your friend is sitting in the uncomfortable position, the passionate discussion cannot stay long. The sofa sets that provide your body the right posture and put you in the restful zone, makes life without a doubt easy.

Moreover, if you are starting a new office, your reception should have a sofa, where people can sit. The way the reception is organized leaves the first impression on your guests. Not only the sofa sets, but other types of types of furniture are also an essential requirement for the corporate sectors. The furniture adorns the beauty of the place that helps in increasing the business productivity. The first impression on your client binds your customer to shake hands with you, for the various business proposals. Your client will make sure that you maintain your maximum business potential in the competitive market.

That is why to select the right furniture is important in every aspect. From the employee’s point of view, the employee’s comfort zone also enhances the productivity of the business. The comfortable chair and table, where they can sit and relax throughout the day, help them to focus more towards their business target. There are varieties of trendy furniture that are available in the market; you just need to share your requirement with the furniture manufacturer. According to the functionality of the place, furniture’s are defined and designed. So, feel free to contact the furniture outlets, to know more about the new and stylish furniture. Find the right furniture for you that can transform your home and office into the better place that creates the comfortable and attractive environment.

 

Did you know that there is more to your home’s exterior than just siding and paint? Sure, you may recognize that, but it should also be noted that your roof is also a part of the exterior of your home. After all, without the roof, your home’s interior would not be protected! (shocking, isn’t it?)

So, it is quite important to see that you take care of your home’s exterior. This doesn’t have to be a part of the basic To Do list that you check off weekly, but it should definitely be a part of that quarterly list! By doing so, you have a better chance of identifying home exterior concerns and being able to stay a step ahead of them – before they become full on problems that are costly to repair (or need to replace!).

If you are new to home ownership, then determining what type of checking on the home exterior needs to be done can be stressful. So, to help out, here are the place you need to be paying special attention to:

  • Gutters – The gutters of your home control the amount of rainwater reaches your home’s exterior and protect your roofing as well as your home’s siding. Be sure they are attached correctly and are not sagging anywhere. It is also important to clean them periodically so that there is no build up of debris.
  • Paint – Take time to note if you need to touch up an area or call in a professional painting crew. The status of the paint job/siding will be one of the first thing people notice.
  • Siding – If you have vinyl siding, or one of its sister products, then you will want to clean it off periodically using a pressure sprayer.
  • Windows – Be sure these are not just clean, but open and close as they are designed to do.
  • Patio or deck – e sure that the boards are sound, and that any debris is swept off of them. Not only does this look better, but you can prevent any damage caused by critters/pests. Be especially vigilant against areas around windows and doors – were wood rot can occur. If you notice damage near these locations, be sure to get someone to check it out and determine the action to be taken.
  • Roofing/Shingles – Walk around your home and note any areas where shingles may have pulled away or are loose/missing. If you see any, repair them before they fall away and leave your home exposed to the elements of nature.

Dealing with home exterior issues doesn’t have to e stressful. Do some basic maintenance and then be sure to connect with the right companies within your community to help with those aspects that you don’t feel qualified to do yourself.

 

Hiring a handyman gives you a lot of benefits. They are professionals who will help you get things done easily and smoothly. In fact, they are one of the most important workers in our society these days. They will help you live a more convenient and peaceful life.

What most people like about a handyman is their expertise and services offered. They are one of the solutions to our pressing needs. If it weren’t for them, we would have difficulties fixing damages at home and in our office. The following are some of the reasons to hire a handyman.

Training and experience

Whatever the problem is, whether a simple crack on the wall or a faucet than needs maintenance, handyman will always be on the go. Things that cannot easily be fixed on your own, they can do it for you!

A handyman is a trained and experienced professional that offers repairs, installations, and maintenance at your expense. Without them, damages may lead to a disaster. This would result to more problems than you think.

Affordable rates

Quality service with affordable rates is what makes a handyman service a good deal. They can offer you different types of services available and you can also be rest assured that these professionals are able to deliver quality results without you shelling out too much money for it.

These days, with all the services available, where else can you find a handyman service that upholds both quality and affordability?

Personalized service

The best part about a handyman service is that they can work directly with you to better understand your needs. As mentioned, services come in different types, so by working closely with you, they make sure to deliver the service needed at the moment.

Most of the handyman services you can find these days can be personalized. This means that you can get the service you need according to your needs and preferences. This will ensure quality result without wasting time and money in the end.

Today, you can find a lot of different people relying on a handyman service. Ever since, no one has ever turned back and regretted the services they got. A handyman service does its best to make you satisfied in the end.

Thousands of people these days rely on this type of service and the good news is that these professionals possess a wide variety of skills set that are suitable for every kind of need.

Good workmanship

When working with a handyman, you can be sure that you will not get disappointed with the way they work. One of their priorities is to build a good working relationship with their customers.

Doing this means not compromising their work ethics and accomplishing what needs to be done on time. They always have your best interest in mind.

If there’s any issue or confusion, they will be there to give you insights to shed light to your situation. They are professionals in all of their dealings.

When looking for a good handyman service, make sure that they are the best in your town!

They can work for various clients

Whether you need repairs, installations, and maintenance for residential or commercial use, a handyman service will do it for you!

This type of service is very much available anytime you need help. They can be very reliable during emergency situations. Tell them your request, and they will deliver the job as expected.

Today, you can find a lot of different services for various occasions. It is very rare to find those who really work hard to exceed a customer’s expectation. Today, with all of the many services lining up, it is often hard to know where you should be spending your money on.

The best thing to do is to be wise with your dealings all the time. If you want to hire a handyman, make sure you hire one that you can trust, offers a lot of services to choose from, affordable, ready for any situation.

A handyman service that provides quality and affordable services will most likely work to your full satisfaction. They are worth every penny you pay for their service.

 

 

Big wine drinker? Have old cork coasters lying around? Well, save those corks because we have found 10 more ingenious ways to use them all around your house. Who knew something so simple can be so versatile!

1. Cork Magnets

Gather some magnet strips, a knife, glue, and some wine corks. Cut corks in half lengthwise and them apply adhesive on each magnet strip. Press firmly onto the flat side. And that’s all.

2. Drawer Knobs

Gather up some champagne corks, screws, and a screw driver. Remove existing drawer knobs and replace them with your pointed screws. Hold a screw in place with a screwdriver. Next, firmly press a champagne cork against the screw and twist in a clockwise motion. Do the same for all the drawers. Your new drawer knobs are ready.

3. Planters

You’ll need to gather up some potting soil, a puncher, paring knife, magnets and tiny succulents. Cut a hollow shape in the center of each cork. Attach magnets into each cork by pushing hard. Next, fill the hollow hole with soil and then place a tiny succulent inside each one. Add a few drops of water and attach the planters to a metal surface.

4. Jewelry Frame

Looking for ways to arrange your jewelry neatly? All you need is a frame that you like. Paint it. Cut out corks in long circular sizes and fuse into the frame. If you want to personalize it some more, you can wrap the corks in your favorite fabric.

5. Pinboard

All you need are cork tiles, white paint and brush, painter’s tape, and picture hanging strips. Apply the tape to the corks and proceed to make stripes. Next, arrange tiles in a pattern and then start painting. Finally, remove the tape and there you have it.

6. Mouse pad

All you have to do is cut cork to size then bond them together on top of a piece of thick cork paper. It’s better to keep it simple but you can design any shape you wish.

7. Cork Wall

Have you been looking for ways to spice up your kitchen? Is your kitchen backsplash too ordinary? Well no more. All you need is a piece of wood cut out to the exact size of the area you wish to cover up. Next, start gluing half-cut corks onto piece of wood until every inch is covered. You can opt to either try a pattern design or simply fasten them in a row formation. When the wood is completely covered, attach it to the wall and voila!

8. Pencil Holder

You’ll need a power drill, cork trivets, and glue. Stick trivets on top of each other and press firmly. Next, using your drill bit, drill out holes and fill each hole with a writing device.

9. Stool

You will need A LOT of wine and champagne corks. All you have to do is simply gather all your corks and enclose them in a breathable and durable mesh fabric.

10. Cork Stamps

Why not make cute and unique stamps with your corks? All you’ll need is a good knife, a sharpie and a bunch of corks. Next, draw whatever design you want and then simply cut around it and slowly chip away any excess wood. Use ink and fill in your designs and voila!