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Decorating/Remodeling

All your DIY Decorating and DIY Remodeling articles are located in this section. We have a number of do it yourself categories here that include: Flooring, Painting, Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Doors/Windows and Others. If you do not find the information you were looking for please use our custom DIY search or contact us for any home improvement or repair questions.

Painting Like the Pros: 6 Tips for Painting Your House with Style Print E-mail
Written by Kenny   

Paint magically transforms any room within your home. Plus, it’s an easy and economical way to add style and pizzazz to your décor. The challenge is choosing the perfect shade and taking advantage of all the tips and tricks to accomplish the “look” you have in mind. A successful interior paint project requires more than selecting the right colors; it also involves using the right tools and techniques.

Color Theory

Before tackling these great tips for interior painting, ’let's learn a bit about how various coloring techniques complement one another.

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How to Clean Brass Naturally Print E-mail
Written by kenny   

When brass becomes tarnished, it loses its luster and beauty. Fortunately it’s simple to clean brass naturally. If you want to know how to clean brass, follow a few steps and your brass will shine again.

Tools Needed

Before you can begin the cleaning process, you need to gather the appropriate tools. You will need:

  • Kitchen sink

  • Liquid dish detergent

  • Non-aluminum pot

  • Two teaspoons of baking soda

  • Two teaspoons of washing soda

  • Lemon

  • Knife

  • Small to medium sized bowl

  • Soft cotton cloth

  • Soft bristled toothbrush

  • Microfiber cloth

  • Olive oil

Steps for Preparing the Brass Object

Before you can begin cleaning the brass, you need to prepare it.  You will just need to follow a few simple steps to prepare your brass for a thorough cleaning.

  1. Put lukewarm water in the sink.  You just need enough water to submerge the brass object.

  2. Put dish detergent in the water. Make sure the detergent is gentle and nonabrasive.

  3. Soak the object for five minutes, as long as the brass is not lacquered. If is lacquered, skip this step and move on to step four.

  4. Lightly scrub the object with a cotton wash cloth.  You will do this with lacquered and non-lacquered brass.

  5. Use a soft bristled tooth brush to get into the object’s crevices.

If your object is lacquered, you will need to follow the steps in the next section.  If it is not lacquered, skip the next section, and move on to the section that explains how to make your own brass polish.

Finishing the Preparation Process for Lacquered Brass

If your bass is lacquered, and you want to remove the lacquer, you need to follow a few more steps before you move on to the deep cleaning process.

  1. Put four cups of water, two teaspoons of baking soda and two teaspoons of washing soda in a non-aluminum pot.

  2. Boil the water.

  3. Put the object in the boiling water.

  4. Watch the brass.  When the lacquer comes off, remove the object.

Now you are ready to make some brass polish so you can deep clean your brass object.

Make Brass Polish

  1. Cut a lemon in half.

  2. Remove the seeds and put the juice in a bowl.

  3. Mix baking soda in with the lemon juice.  Stir the mixture and continue to add baking soda until the mixture turns into a paste.

Now you have a brass polish.  You will use the polish to clean the brass.

Clean the Brass

  1. Put your brass cleaner on a cotton cloth.

  2. Rub the brass gently. Be sure to go with the grain of the brass.

  3. Remove all of the tarnish.

  4. Rinse the brass

  5. Dry it with a clean microfiber cloth.

Protect Your Brass

Once your brass is clean, you will want to keep it that way.  That means you need to protect it.  You can do that in a few simple steps.

  1. Take a clean cloth and put some olive oil on it. Do not saturate the cloth. Just dampen it.

  2. Rub the cloth lightly on the brass.

  3. Do not wash it off. This will act as a protective coating.

Now you know how to clean brass.  Follow these steps, and remember, be gentle with your brass object. That way, you won’t have to worry about scratching or damaging the metal.

 
Closet Organizers Do-it-Yourself Print E-mail
Written by Kennyh   

Do-it-yourself closet organizers are best when they are simple.  However, once you learn the basics, you will be able to create your own designs.  These steps for do-it-yourself closet organizers are simple so that you are able to learn the basics.  Once the basics are learned, you can get as creative as you want.

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How to Install a Dishwasher Print E-mail
Written by Mike C.   

Learning how to install a dishwasher is not as intimidating as you might expect.  Do not let this stop you from getting a new dishwasher.  Learning how to install a dishwasher will also eliminate that costly labor bill.

Preparing for Installation

Before you begin, you will need to ensure you have the following:

  • Electrical outlet under the sink or available circuit rated at 20 Amps coming directly from the electrical panel

  • Water supply and drain close to dishwasher

  • Space (needs created if you do not have an existing dishwasher)

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Make Your Own Headboard – Simple Steps for Your DIY Project Print E-mail
Written by Mike C.   

If you want to take on a simple do-it yourself project, consider making your own headboard. It’s not too difficult to make your own headboard, and you will love the pride you feel when you show off your craftsmanship.  Just gather your tools, follow a few steps, and your headboard will be ready.

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How to Clean Suede – A Simple Guide for Cleaning Suede Couches and Shoes Print E-mail
Written by Susan B   

Suede looks great when it’s clean, but when it gets dirty, it can be an embarrassment. If you are tired of hiding your suede couch or shoes, use this guide to learn how to clean suede. Then, your suede will look like new once again.

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How to Build a Platform Bed With Storage Print E-mail
Written by Bob B.   

A platform bed is more than a stylish piece of furniture. It can also be a great way to store items.We are going to show you how to build a platform bed with storage. The instructions are for a king bed with a platform height of 16.5”. If this is not to your liking, you can make adjustments so you can get the right bed size and height.

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How to Clean Granite Countertops with Dish Soap or Cleaner Print E-mail
Written by kenny   

Granite countertops are a great addition to any home.  Once they get dirty, though, they can become an embarrassment. If you want your countertops to return to their original beauty, you need to learn how to clean granite countertops. There are two good ways to clean countertops. You can use dish soap or a dedicated granite cleaner.  We are going to take you through both processes. Also see How to clean leather.

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How to Clean Leather Clothing, Couches and Purses Print E-mail
Written by Mike C.   

Leather is not like other materials. It can’t just be cleaned with soap and water, or with standard cleaning solutions. You have to take special care when cleaning leather.  If you want to know how to clean leather, look through this article to find the type of leather you need to clean and then follow the steps.

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How to Clean a Coffee Maker Print E-mail
Written by Sarah   

You are addicted to your morning coffee.  However, that doesn’t mean that you are addicted to the sludge and grime that builds up in your coffee pot.  The best way to combat this problem is to clean your coffee maker correctly.  We are going to teach you how to clean a coffee maker. Then, you will no longer have to worry about sludge taking over your favorite drink dispenser.

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Popcorn Ceiling Removal – Easy Steps for Removing Your Ceiling Print E-mail
Written by Jeff. D   

If you are tired of having a popcorn ceiling, you have two choices. You can pay someone a bundle to remove it for you, or you can follow a few simple steps and remove it yourself. If you want to save money, follow these tips for removing popcorn ceiling. The ceiling will be down in no time, and you can use the money you saved to treat yourself to a night out on the town.

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