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Ideas For Your Custom Bathroom Remodeling

There are many creative things you can do in your custom bathroom remodeling. If you know you want to start a custom bathroom remodeling project but have no idea where to begin, read on to come up with ways that you can get thinking and come up with new and unique custom bathroom remodeling ideas.

Learning the Basics For Your Custom Bathroom remodeling

Before you can come up with some truly unique you need to first learn the basics of custom bathroom remodeling. For this you can pick up and introductory bathroom remodeling guide and follow and learn the steps laid out in there. A basic book like this is the key to having custom bathroom remodeling projects come out right. Without this base knowledge your projects are doomed to complications and possible failure.

There are many different areas you can let your creativity shine in your custom bathroom remodeling project, but the two best areas are probably the tub and the tile. The tub should be the center piece of your custom bathroom remodeling project and I recommend building everything out from there. All the other pieces are there to accentuate the tub area. If you are doing a utilitarian bathroom then there may not even be a tub, but a project like this really is not a custom bathroom remodeling project. You can probably find a basic book that can show you how to do that.

When looking at the tub for your custom bathroom remodeling project, I like to put in something that is elevated with a step up to it. You can do this with any tub it is just how you mount it and pair it with the tile in your home. This again is an area where you can start to show your creativity by doing the tile in a custom and unique pattern. There are guides that you can find online that show you how to set up and do the tile, and you can create your own pattern off of this. I would try to match the pattern with the tub and then match the toilet and vanity to this. This gives you a basic thought process for designing and setting up your customer bathroom remodeling project.

Follow that path and your bathroom should be able to pretty much design itself. If you do not, you could find yourself with mismatched components and a failed project.

How Would You Fix A Concrete Apron In The Front Of A Garage Door That Is Deteriorated

I received a call from a property manager for a large Condo organization in our area. He has a problem with many aprons in front of the garage doors for the units. I went to see him and the first product I thought of is Cerlon for the repair, because salt that was put on the driveways during the winter caused the deterioration of the apron and Cerlon is not affected from winter salt application.

I called Brian the certified installer for the Cerlon product and showed him the problem. We decided that we could repair any of the aprons in the project that needed to be repaired using Cerlon.

The aprons are 18 wide by the length of the door. We snapped a line half the width of the garage door thickness. We then installed a diamond masonry cutting blade on a skilsaw and cut a deep cut along the chalk line. The next thing we did is every 3 inches we scored the concrete the length of the door deep.

The next operation was using a hilt chipping hammer to remove all the concrete between the scores down of an inch so that the Cerlon can be poured at least of an inch thick. Only a of Cerlon is needed to make the area impervious to the salt, but we figure that we go to of an inch to make sure the salt will not affect our repair.

Once this is done and the spoilage is removed the concrete has to be cleaned and remove as much of the dust as possible. Cerlon will chemically bond with the concrete so you do not need to put any product as a bonding agent as you do with concrete.

The next step is mixing the Cerlon. This is done in 5 gallon buckets using the buckets that the Cerlon comes in take and pour of the Cerlon in a clean bucket and mix the product half at a time. The most important part of mixing Cerlon is the ratio of water to the Cerlon has to be measured very accurately. A paddle on an electric drill that you use from mixing taping compound or floor leveler can be used to mix the Cerlon.

Mixing the Cerlon with the paddle causes heat to start to build up in the mixture. Heat causes the Cerlon to set. Using a heat gun you need to get the temperature up to about 80 to 90 degrees before you pour it into the area that needs to be repaired. Once it reaches 100 degrees you have only about 10 minutes to finish the patch with a trowel.

You can mix a batch of Cerlon at a time then trowel it because Cerlon will adhere to itself even if it is set without causing a cold joint. Cerlon sets in 10 minutes. Cerlon when setting the temperature reaches in excess of 140 degrees

In my opinion Cerlon to patch concrete is best product to use to eliminate salt from damaging the Concrete. Cerlon also sets fast so there is little or no down time on the area to be repaired. The only down side to Cerlon is the need for training so that Cerlon does not harden before you can finish it.

Innovative Kitchen Painting Guide and Ideas

 Kitchens like every other room in a home do require their share of painting and decoration. Often people feel it is functionality that needs to be given more importance rather than the look of the home, as they forget innovation can be blended well with it too. If you thought home decoration only meant designing just the living area and bedrooms then you are wrong, the kitchen area too requires its own special treatment.

Paints: When painting the kitchen area consider paints that are of good quality. If its the kitchen, you know how much cooking and even dinning happens in the space and you will not want to do touch ups again and again. So it is better to go with quality of paints rather than quality strictly in this area of the home. There are wide ranges of eco-friendly paints available that have zero lead content and thus do not emit any toxic substances during their application. It is always advised to make use of green paints in home painting job for their sustainable nature.

Paint finish: The paint finish plays a vital role in the kitchen painting exercise. You will want your paint to be dust free and stain resistant as the kitchen area is where a lot of cooking takes place. The wall surface should also be easy to clean. Thus it is best to use semi-gloss or gloss finish paints. These finishes are easy to maintain and can be washed with ease. Kitchens demand long lasting and low on maintenance walls which you can get by using the apt paint finishes. Tiling is a widely used option in kitchens but there are some areas where you cannot escape and will have to make use of paints.

Textures: Plain painted walls can get dull and boring; you can add vibrant colours and textures to your kitchen walls and make them appear lively. You can use your favorite colours and paint your kitchen in any possible colour. From the soothing blues to appetizing reds to the sunny yellows; you can experiment with numerous hues. If you want to go a step further and add some more detailing to your kitchen walls, using decorative paints is recommended. You can choose from endless theme inspired effects or even make your own customized patterns. Home painting can be given an altogether different dimension with decorative paints and the end results are always pleasing to the eyes.

Kitchen painting should be treated with a different view as it is not just about splashing paints over walls and then leaving them. This space attracts a lot of people in the family, guests etc and needs to be kept spic and span and hygienic. Home makers spend a lot of time in the kitchen and therefore it is important they bring in their personal choices and tastes to this space. You too can do it by making effective use of wall paints and colours.

Author's Bio: 

When thinking about your home decor do not neglect home painting activity as it can enhance your abodes look to a high extent.