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    Advanced Painting Techniques: How To Create And Apply A Farmhouse Finish

    There is something nostalgic about the beauty of a farmhouse finish. It’s rustic, aged look, harkens back to the days of apple pie at grandma’s house, the warmth and coziness that is associated with it, the worn, painted woodwork of a country farmhouse. This is a finish that can be applied to woodwork and cabinets; it is not recommended for ceilings, walls, or wood-veneered furniture or cabinets. The farmhouse finish can be used for unfinished or previously varnished wood, you can use this finish to give your wooden cabinets an authentic country look, or for shelves, peg rails, gallery railings, etc.
    Start by mixing equal parts of denatured alcohol and clear shellac in a jar or can that has a re-closable lid. Next, you add Aniline Stain Powder, which you can find and purchase online from any woodworker’s supply store. This mix, called Aniline Tinted Shellac, is first brushed onto the wood surface, and then followed by latex based paint. Next, apply the De-natured alcohol after the paint is dry. Then, rub the surface with a lint free cloth and/or sandpaper; this will dissolve the shellac, mixing the paint with the aniline tinted shellac. You can determine the wear of the finish depending on the amount of rubbing or sanding. The amount of aniline shellac you will have to make depends on the size of the project, the recommended amounts are 1 cup for small projects up to 1/2 gallon for large projects ( such as kitchen cabinets.) To obtain a good contrasting color, use a light paint color over the dark tinted shellac, or a dark paint over a light tinted shellac. Remember, always test your technique on scrap lumber first to allow for trial and error, and acquire the color and look you want to achieve.
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    Home Improvement: A Few Benefits of Roof Repair

    Your roof has some very important duties to take care of; namely, protecting you, your family, and whatever else is inside your home from the rain, sleet, snow, hail, and strong winds that can come during a storm. In order for your roof to do its job to the best of its ability, however, it needs to be in good shape. It can’t maintain itself, so this responsibility falls squarely on your shoulders as a homeowner. Here are a few benefits of repairing your roof should damage occur and compromise its ability to protect your home.
    One of the major benefits of roof repair is, of course, to fix up trouble spots and prevent damage in the future. Roofs that are neglected and begin to suffer wear and tear can actually cause further damage to other parts of the roof, as well as the interior of your home. If you want to prevent your roof from reaching into your wallet and continually taking money out, it’s a good idea to take care of problems as soon as they become apparent so that they can’t spread and cost you even more money.
    Taking a preventative stance toward roof issues can not only save you money from other minor damages that may occur, it can also save you from having to replace your entire roof completely. The installation of a whole new house top can be a costly endeavour; that’s why repairing certain areas alone can benefit you tremendously in terms of money and time. Unless you prefer to pay a lot more money and have your life inconvenienced for a period of time while a new roof is being build on your home, hiring a company that can repair specific issues can be a much better option.
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    Cleaning Up Perfume Spills on Your Carpet

    Perfume can really improve how you smell. It is great to use when you are going out on a big date or when you have to attend a party. While it can really improve the way you smell, it is only good when you use the adequate quantity. Using too much can really be bad as it will be very strong and will put off the people around you. Such is the case when you accidentally spill your perfume all over your carpet.
    While most perfumes are clear liquid which usually do not leave a stain, there are those which are colored and can really leave a mess if you spill it on your carpet. More concerning about this kind of spill is having the strong smell permeate from your carpet. This is why you should learn how to properly clean up the carpet after this kind of mess in order to get your carpet back to normal.
    If you have accidentally spilled perfume on your carpet, here are some tips on how you should handle the situation.
    • The first thing that you should be doing is to extract the spilled perfume on your carpet. Try to remove the excess liquid by using a sponge or a paper towel and blotting the spilled area. If you act fast, you may be able to prevent the perfume from penetrating deep into the carpet fibers thus making it easier to clean up.
    • Once you have removed the excess perfume, it is time to deal with the possible stain and the odor on the carpet. You can remedy this by making a cleaning solution out of dishwashing liquid and a quart of water. The dishwashing liquid will help eliminate any kind of stain or mark as well as remove some, if … Read More

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    What Are The Main Varieties of Outdoor Water Features?

    Becoming more and more sought after, outdoor water features offer peace and tranquility with the soothing sound of water trickling down like a babbling brook in the courtyard or back patio area. Extending the living space to the outdoors brings a sense of peace to the whole family. With many varieties available in hardware and gardening supply stores, outdoor water feature kits, coloured lighting, a cascade water feature and rock gardens and pools can become part of the home quite easily.
    Some of the more popular water features are the bubbling rock, the water fountain or cascade waterfall, the retaining wall waterfall and the garden pond waterfall. Add lights, greenery, a comfortable bench and fireplace and every day will feel like a vacation. Get away from the stress of everyday living with an outdoor feature in the backyard. It’s not as difficult as one may think to add a waterfall or pond to the backyard area with the many varieties of kits available in hardware stores and even specialty shops.
    The bubbling rock feature can become the main feature in the backyard. It includes a faux rock instead of real rock. The faux rock sets on a basin with a pump installed underneath it. The water enters through a pump and recirculates, bubbling down through the opening in the rock. This feature can be solar, electric or battery operated.
    The cascade feature is popular because there are many so many styles available. Statues, bird baths, tiered cascade waterfalls, with or without solar panels, are enjoyable and draw wildlife to the area. Adding floral arrangements and greenery, this area will bring out the designer in you.
    Build a retaining wall where water cascades down into a pond with the use of a pump and lighting and enjoy the magical look of … Read More