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  • How To Paint A Brick Fireplace

    Learn how to transform an old fireplace with new paint and molding.

    We brought an old fireplace back to life with a little elbow grease, a couple coats of paint and new mantel (materials found at a salvage shop). It was cheap, easy and the results are stunning.

    CI-Susan-Teare_Brick-FireplTools and Materials
    wire brush
    screwdriver
    tape measure
    chop saw (optional, if extra wood is added to mantel)
    studfinder
    simple recycled mantel (to slip over the old stone mantel)
    (2) salvaged boards (optional for larger mantel)
    4 to 8 long screws
    paintbrush and painter's tape
    white paint for mantel (eggshell, latex)
    paint for brick (eggshell, latex)
    black heat resistant paint for firebox
    sandpaper
    wood glue
    wood filler
    water/white vinegar spray
    rags
    shop vacuum

    Here's what the fireplace looked like before:
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    Scrub the Brick
    Lay down a drop cloth to make clean up easier. Use a wire brush to get all the dust and sot off the brick fireplace. Vacuum the entire area.
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    Wash the Brick
    Spray the fireplace brick with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar then use a rag to clean off any residue so the paint and adhesives can stick.
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    Paint the Inside
    Paint the inside the firebox area with special heat-resistance paint. Apply two coats if necessary.
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    Paint the Brick
    Paint the rest of the brick with your paint color. Brick is porous, so make sure to push the paint into the brick so there are no pinprick holes showing. Apply a second coat if necessary.
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    Build a New Mantel
    Measure the current mantel top and plan a design. We got lucky and found a simple mantel at a recycle center that will slip over our existing mantel. We added molding to the newly found mantel to give it more interest. We attached the molding with wood screws, covered the holes, then sanded and painted the entire mantel.
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    Install the Mantel
    Place the mantel over the top of the old mantel. Find the studs in the wall, they should be just at the edge of the fireplace. Toe-nail the screws into the mantel through the wall.

    Fill the screw holes with wood filler, let dry, sand and then paint to match the mantel.

    Joanne Palmisano - Joanne is the author of Salvage Secrets

  • Stylish Nespresso® Capsule Holder

    20213ZACK CURO capsule holder

    Stylish capsule holder for up to 18 Nespresso® capsules.

    The elegantly finished holder is made of brushed satin 18/10 stainless steel and a contrasting black plastic inlay. The holder safely stores the Nespresso® capsules on both sides and can be rotated freely on the base, ensuring that you always make the right coffee choice.

    The bottom capsule can be removed easily by pulling lightly. The other capsules move down and remained fixed in position until the next capsule is removed.

    20214This stylish capsule holder is also available as a wall mounted version. The bottom capsule can be removed easily by pulling lightly. The other capsules move down and remained fixed in position until the next capsule is removed.

    Available to order right now at Proleno

  • Drill Or Glue? Secure Adhesive For Bathroom Accessories

    ZACK adhesive set ZACK MOUNT

    zack_mount_logoZackMount is ideal for attaching wall mounted itens without having to drill holes and is suitable for many different products on stable, rough and smooth surfaces, both indoors and outdoors. It is now no longer necessary to drill through your valuable tiles. The answer is adhesive. And, when you want to remove the mount in question, this can be done quite simply and without leaving any traces.

    zack-mountNumerous bathroom products from ZACK are already prepared for this progressive mounting method. They are identified by the red ZackMount emblem on the packaging.

    The adhesive is provided in two packaging sizes (6g / 13g) and is sufficient for 2 and 4 mounting plates respectively.

    As always, available now from Proleno!

  • 12 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

    Easy ideas that will take a bath from chaos and clutter to simple and serene.

    1. Old wooden crates make smart holders for extra toilet paper and rolled bath towels.
    2. Turn an unused nightstand into storage for small towels, makeup, hair tools, and toiletries.
    3. A sink skirt hides a multitude of sins. You can easily make a no-sew one from a pretty bedsheet.
    bath-towels_3004. When your bath lacks wide ledges where you can stow your bath products, hang a multilevel fruit basket for additional space.
    5. A shelf rack with hooks is an ingenious answer to the storage problem posed by smaller spaces.
    6. Separate cosmetics by category―lip colours, shadows, blushes, etc.―and store them in small drawer organisers that you can easily rearrange.
    7. Make a long soak even more luxurious with bath salts, lush towels, and aromatic candles within easy reach.
    8. Think of an unused sugar bowl as a decorative container, perfect for cotton balls and Q-tips.
    9. Something as simple as an over-the-bath wire rack devoted to bathing goods adds a nice touch (and extra convenience).
    10. It is possible to keep toiletries looking neat on a bathroom countertop, with the aid of odds and ends like unused, mismatched serving pieces.
    11. A woven basket holds an ample supply of toilet paper, eliminating the need to hunt when you’re down to the end of a roll (your guests will thank you).
    12. A retractable mirror is a practical solution on walls that won’t allow for a conventional mirror.

    Ideas from Real Simple

  • Timeless Design in an Exclusive Mirror Finish

    ZACK SCALA hairdryer holder

    This exquisitely finished hairdryer holder is made of high-gloss 18/10 stainless steel. This practical bathroom accessory impresses with its typically exclusive ZACK finish which lends the design article its unmistakable appearance.scala-hairdryer-holder

    The clear forms and the consistently timeless clear-cut design language through which the SCALA range fits harmoniously into a wide variety of bathroom worlds are the outstanding characteristics of this modern bathroom series.

    The inside of the holder ring is fitted with a soft rubber lining to prevent the hairdryer from becoming scratched.

    When it comes to wall mounting of the SCALA range you can choose between traditional drill fitting and modern adhesive fitting using the special adhesive ZackMount.

    ZackMount is ideally suited for stable wall mounting without drill holes on almost all load-bearing, rough and smooth surfaces both indoors and outdoors. ZackMount can be removed from all surfaces without leaving any traces.

  • 3 Most Wanted Moroccan Interior Design Elements For Home Décor

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    When it comes to home décor, there is no scarcity of interior design objects in the modern world. However, when it comes to unique interior design objects, they can be rare to find and obviously will be very costly. Thankfully, there is a group of interior design elements which are unique and are very affordably priced. Moroccan styled interior design is fast becoming a great trend worldwide. Moroccan interior design has gained huge popularity since the renovation of the Riad traditional Moroccan house. You can bring the marvels of the Moroccan interior design to your home by wisely choosing the home décor elements.

    moroccan-theme-decorThe Moroccan Furniture

    According to expert interior designers, home décor without unique furniture will be incomplete. One of the main advantages of using Moroccan furniture in home décor is it offers great functionality combined with unique looks. The problem associated with most modern furniture is that they will have unique style but most of them will have zero usability. This disadvantage is overcome by the use of Moroccan furniture. Moroccan furniture gives great value for money. According to real estate experts, homes decorated with Moroccan furniture will have great face value when compared to others.

    The Moroccan Lighting

    Lighting is a critical part of home décor because proper lighting will greatly increase the beauty of the room. You will be well aware that ambient soothing lighting will make any home look peaceful and calm. This is where Moroccan lighting comes into play. You’d have noted that Moroccan home décor will enhance peacefulness. This is made possible with the help of the lighting effects cast by Moroccan lighting fixtures.

    Decorating The Bedroom

    When it comes to Moroccan home décor, the opportunities to decorate the bedrooms are unlimited. You can apply both Moroccan lighting and place some unique Moroccan furniture in your bedroom to make the room look beautiful and unique. To add to the beauty of the bed rooms, you can throw in some Moroccan lamps which are cheap.

    Bottom Line

    If you are looking for unique interior design objects, the Moroccan ones are made for you. Head out to a Moroccan home décor store and see the vibrancy by yourself.

  • Tips For Moving With Children

    movingMoving from one place to another; be it a long distance or to the next street, is so stressful and if it is with children it is even more stressful so. You will be having lots of things running through your mind, from finalising the new house, choosing a removal company, things to pack, what to give away, donate or leave. In this situation, children are also going through a lot of stress as they feel scared and excited at the same time. They are frustrated to be leaving their friends in the neighbourhood as well as at school. They are scared about how they will adjust to the new environment and excited to meet and make new friends. Their stress, added to your stress, makes you more stressed.

    To make these things easier to deal with think of some ways that will help you with sorting out these things step by step using some sort of a moving checklist. There are a few tips and tricks to make this experience happen in a smoother way. Here is how to do that:

    Communication

    First thing to do is to sit down and explain to all the family members, especially the kids about the move. Explain why this move is so important, where you are going to move and when. Make them understand that this move is for a good purpose and they will have more advantages in the area where they are going to move than what they have now.

    Get the kids engaged

    Make sure you engage the kids as well in this moving process. Take them along with you for the new house hunt. Help them pack their own clothes along with things that will make them feel responsible. Have them design their own room, such as where to put their furniture and allow them to choose the colour for their room. When children feel that their opinions are valued in a big life change, it will help them to relax and become even more comfortable and confident with moving to a new environment.

    Organise a goodbye party

    Along with the children, organise a farewell party and invite their friends and some neighbours. This will help in bonding with the friends and neighbours and also the kids will enjoy sharing their addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with others, not least sharing their Facebook & Twitter details. This also helps them view their move in a positive manner.

    General advice

    1. When you are moving with children who are in school, make sure you move after the academic year is over. Moving in-between the years will stress the child more.
    2. Make sure you create an environment that is the same as the previous house for your children. This creates a feeling of security in the family unit.
    3. Always have some clothes, toys and food for the kids packed in a separate back-pack and carry it with you on moving day. This will be handy in situations where they get hungry or bored before you reach the destination or before you start unpacking in your destination.

  • Mattress Toppers & Protectors Explained

    Mattress topper or mattress protectors are detachable bedding that fixes on top of or encloses a mattress to protect it. Some mattress protectors also protect the person sleeping on the mattress from allergens and irritants such as dust mites, bed bugs, mold, and dead skin (like dandruff). This article outlines some popular types of mattress protectors and toppers along with their special features:

    mattress-topperPopular Types of Mattress Toppers

    Luxury Mattress Topper
    Luxury mattress toppers are comfortable, well manufactured and most notably affordable. They are filled with a luxurious polyester hollowfibre filling that retains its shape in order to provide your bed a constant extra layer of down-softness and lightness. Luxury mattress toppers are anti-allergenic treated, quality assured and certified. Their baffle walled cassette construction of ensures that they remains balanced throughout.

    Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
    If you are struggling for a good night sleep due to hip or back pain, you should seriously consider memory foam mattress toppers because they allow your bed to actually mould to your body by eradicating pressure points. Pressure points are basically areas on your body which press hardest into the bed. The extra thick memory foam allows your mattress pad to perfectly suit your body. The support of memory foam may also ease pain, tension, and headaches.

    Mattress Revivers
    Mattress revivers are hypoallergenic, nontoxic, chemical-free luxurious mattress toppers which provide extra comfort to your bed so that you can get a good night sleep. They are especially filled with an anti-allergen cotton-rich cover that contains sumptuous anti-allergy bi component hollowfibre to protect your body from dust mites and allergens and helping you to sleep well.

    Popular Types of Mattress Protectors

    Classic Mattress Protector
    Classic mattress protectors minimizes the wears and tears and stains to your mattress. What's more, they are the most popular types of mattress protectors due to their affordable price. The upper surface of classic mattress protectors is a high-quality polyester cotton fabric that contains a polyester hollowfibre filling. The skirt of classic mattress toppers is a non-woven elasticized fabric.

    Microfibre Mattress Protector
    Microfibre mattress protectors are non allergic mattress protectors which feature a soft peached microfibre cover which contains a plump and supportive hollowfibre filling to ensure breath ability and additional comfort so that you can enjoy a peaceful nap night after night. Microfibre mattress protectors are available in m,any sizes and designed to fit mattresses up to 30cm deep.

    Waterproof Mattress Protector
    Waterproof mattress protectors are most popular and highly-recommended type of mattress protectors which prolong the life of your mattress by keeping it clean, dry and fresh. They have a soft-touch surface with waterproof and breathable polyurethane backing that not only provides you a good night sleep but also protects your mattress from body sweat, water and other spills. Take Care of Your

    Mattress Toppers & Protectors
    Most of the mattress toppers and protectors come with a complete care instructions guide. Make sure you wash your mattress protectors by following the manufacturer's instructions on washing, drying and ironing. You can find these instructions on the packaging or on the labels sewn into the inside seam of each item.

  • Living Room Colour Schemes

    Wall Colours impart an attractive effect in your every room when chosen well. But may the excessive use of bold paint colours on walls makes your family room disturbing and you can get irritated using the bold paint colour. So it's better to choose paint colours by knowing their effects in your living environment andbody.When you're going to choose paint colour, then always think about the amount of sunlight entering into your family room. The paint colours also rely on the style of your room.

    living-room-color-schemesNeutral paint colours for family room are always calm and elegant, so a palette of white, cream, taupe, grey and brown is really a classic option for a living room that has got to please everyone. Select any one of paint colour themes for example monochromatic, analogous, complementary, triad, split-complementary, warm, cool or neutral colours. You are able to apply paint colours which will highlight your living room colour design. Feel the article to know the latest paint colour trends for walls to improve your living room.

    Living Room- Green Colour Paint

    Green colour imparts a brand new feel to your living room. You may make your living room relaxing by utilizing green paint colours. It is best to use light hues of green colour so you feel comfortable in your living room. If you are using a little amount of white or yellow colour with green colour paint, it will give a dashing turn to your living room. If you are a true lover of natural splendor, then you can add some fresh plants or flowers to intensify your living room. Add wood furnishings to enhance the look of your family room interior.

    Paint-Ideas-For-Modern-LiviLiving Room- Yellow Colour Paint

    Yellow colour provides a welcoming look to the living room. Whenever you apply yellow colour paint within the living room, then it will give a haunting turn to the interior theme. You can also apply yellow paint colour in poorly lit foyers or dark hallways. You can test a medley of yellow and violet colour that will give a superb contrast, but play one colour as a dominating colour and also the other as an accent.

    Living Room- Blue Colour Paint

    For any cool and refreshing look, you are able to choose blue colour paint. Should you apply blue, red and yellow triadic colour paint, it will create a wonderful atmosphere inside your living room. For a different feeling, use a tint of blue colour paint with white colour.

    Living Room- Brown Colour Paint

    Brown colour paint provides a classy look to your family room. Mostly furniture such as wood furniture etc. is available in deep brown colour. You are able to match this scheme with a green wall paper for a different look. The hues of brown and green paint get complement the natural wood accents. The contrast colour paint looks pleasing to eyes.

    Living Room- Red colourization Paint

    If you want to add luxurious feeling for your living room, the red colour paint works more effectively. Red colour paint gives you energy to complete work throughout the day. But use red colourization paint either on one or two walls of the living room. If you use too much red colourization in your room, then you will definitely get feel restless after sometime. A mix of red and green colour paint or green and dark coloured paint looks fantastic but play one colour as a dominating colour and also the other as an accent.

    Living Room- Neutral Colour Paint

    Neutral colour paint is extensively utilized in the various living room designs. You are able to better display your artwork, wall paintings and then any type of wall décor on neutral colour scheme within an effective way. You can mix any colour paint using the neutral colour scheme to provide your living room a sophisticated look.

    Living Room- Grey Colour Paint

    For any modern and sober look, you should use grey colour paint. Grey colour is dull in addition to cold. But for a different look, you are able to combine two or more colours paint out of your living room scheme. Being a neutral colour schemes, you are able to combine grey colour paint with just about any colours. You can try greyish yellow or red colourization paint to perk up the feel of your living room interior. Should you opt for simple furniture and accessories, then your modest grey colour paint provides a graceful and sophisticated look to the lounge.

    Living Room- Orange Colour Paint

    Orange colour provides a warm feeling to your family room. But it is more friendly and welcoming colour than the red colour. Orange colour paint will absolutely add interest and zest for your living room design.

    Add More Colour on walls with Amazing Ideas

    1. You are able to paint one wall of the living room with a bold colour making this wall the focal point from the room. If you choose any contrast colour for that rest walls of the room, it will give a tempting look to your family room.
    2. Avoid monotonous atmosphere from the living room by adding a few notes of energetic colours for example green or cobalt blue if you work with white colour for decorating whole room.
    3. Use energetic colours for furniture if you wish to paint your living room with single soft tone for example off white.
    4. Paint one wall with indigo, dragonfly green or scarlet colour paint and employ the same shade on a few accessories like flower pots or cushions to produce a sense of continuity.
    5. Never apply dark colours of paint for small rooms because they make the rooms look smaller.
    6. Use soft colour to help make the space look larger.
    7. You may create a serene and tranquil atmosphere by making use of soft tones of blue with white, beige and ochre shades.
    8. For any new look, you can add fresh flowers and plants for your living room.
    9. Paint your ceiling with white colour paint to maximise the sense of light and space.
    10. Special lighting can change the entire atmosphere of the living room.
    11. You can choose a table lamp with stained glass lampshade for providing an impressive look.

    James King - James is a professional writer and editor.

  • Shutters vs. Blinds

    11123428Which Ones are Better?

    Well, there is no easy answer to that question, since both of these window coverings have basically the same function, but when it comes to details I think that you will be able to pick one over the other. In order to help you with your choice I decided to confront shutters vs blinds, and based on their comparison I think that you will be able to make the right decision.

    Shutters – why Pick them?

    Shutters can be found in many different colours and designs bur can be also easily painted in any colour in order to match them with the overall room colours. Being as they are, they can be mounted both inside and outside of the house. When mounted outside, they can be used as a decorative item for your house, but if you mount them on the hinges on the exterior wall, they can protect your windows from breaking during storms, strong wind, etc. These window treatments are typically made of wood, and being made of wood they will bring the natural element to your room décor. They will also bring that traditional look which people tend to search for, when decorating the rooms. However, they are more expensive than the blinds, but they can be cheaper if you are looking at the bigger picture, since wood shutters act as great insulators, which again means that they will save your money when it comes to heating and cooling bills in the long run. Plantation shutters are the best window insulator. Because they consist of slats which are fitted tighter than the blind slats, a smaller amount of light will be able to penetrate through them, which cannot be said for the blinds.

    Blinds – what Makes them Special?wooden-window-shutters1

    Window blinds are looking good on any type of windows, and they can be manufactured in many types of material, and the most common materials are: aluminium, PVC, MDF, metal, they can be also made in fabric (Roman blinds and Roller blinds), but since we are talking here about some sturdier window treatments we will leave them behind. Sturdier ones are made of wood or aluminium. Venetian blinds can be used on both windows and doors. Being made of thinner slats, you can always customise them and make them fit any size or shape of the window. Because of their material, they can be found in many different colours and shades and patterns, which is not the case with their opponents. They are also very easy to use, since they can be closed or opened by the twist of the wand or raised at the certain level of the window by pulling a cord. Faux wood blinds are made of PVC material and because of that they are very good option for the kitchen or the bathroom, since most of them are moisture resistant, while wooden ones can warp if they get in touch with water.

    home_large11Final Choice...

    Well that's really up to you, but you should have in mind all of these factors and based on them make the right decision. Shutters are a bit expensive, but they will offer much more privacy, yet blinds, because of their versatility in materials and colours, can be easily incorporated into any type of room design, so the final decision should entirely be up to you.

    Take a look at Shaftesburys for more info on our top end Plantation Shutters. Shaftesbury Shutters offer a full service, (design + fit) for a complete range of high quality Plantation Shutters.

    Mark Row - Mark Row is a professional freelance writer and SEO Expert working for a number of websites.

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