Category: Lifestyle

How to give your kitchen a facelift by painting the cupboard doors

Posted on June 13, 2017 in Lifestyle

Give your kitchen a transformation with a fresh new colour!

If you have been considering giving your kitchen a facelift, you have most probably been wondering how you can minimise the cost and the mess. One of the best ways to do this is to spray paint your kitchen cupboard doors. If you come to think of it, most of your kitchen is composed of these cupboard doors. So, if they are not aesthetically pleasing due to scratches and other defects, or due to a color that is now rather old fashioned and tired looking, then they need to be addressed. Painting these cupboard doors is actually not that difficult. You will not be spending a lot of money either. Besides, it is something that you can do yourself as there is no need for any skill or expertise. You just need to be careful to choose a good quality paint and to paint them carefully so as to get a good finish.

First and foremost, you will need to check the cupboard doors one by one. Is the surface suitable for painting? Are there any defects that need to be seen to before you apply the paint? Unfinished wood doors that have a flat surface are the best candidates for paint. Wood laminate is also fairly easy to paint. However if your kitchen cupboard doors are made from plastic laminate, this may require special kitchen door primer and a professional to paint them well.

Before & After Kitchen Door Primer. Image credit: Kiiz

You will need to remove the doors as well as the hardware that holds them into place. Make sure to number each door, or label it, so as to know where they need to be installed later. Clean the all the door surfaces properly. It is important to use a suitable soap based cleaner and then ensure they are completely dry. Apply the cleaner, and then use clear water to rinse the door without soaking it. Allow the doors to dry well before proceeding.

Once they have dried, you can now start sanding them. You need to get a surface to which the new paint will adhere to well. In case there is old paint just sand it down to roughen up the surface. There is no need to keep sanding until you get bare wood. Once the sanding process is completed it is a good idea to use a vacuum to remove all the fine particles of sanding dust from the surface. Then wipe them so that there are no problems when the paint is applied.

Spray Painting Your Kitchen Doors Will Achieve a Better Finish. Image credit: Family Handyman

Before applying the paint is is highly recommended to apply a primer-sealer. Leave it to dry well, and then apply the paint. The paint can be applied using a brush, but you might prefer a sprayer or a roller. The latter option is ideal if the doors’ surface areas are completely flat. Once the coating of paint has dried, you may wish to apply a second coat.

Finally you can re-install the hardware and hang on your newly painted kitchen cupboard doors. A fresh coat of paint to your kitchen cupboard doors could work wonders and really does work in giving any home owner kitchen makeovers to be proud of that has hardly dented your pocket. It will add colour to your kitchen as well as updates the cabinets regardless of their condition or age.

How to choose the best running shoes for women

Posted on January 10, 2017 in Lifestyle

Top tips on selecting your first pair of running sneakers

Running shoes for women have different features than running shoes for men because women have a different running style which explains why women have distinct injury patterns. There is a huge selection of running shoes on the market and choosing the correct one will keep you off blisters and injuries you run. Most manufacturers are designing shoes with the aim of promoting women with comfort, support, and performance. Women tend to choose shoes that will make them look good but this should not override the fit and comfortability of the shoes.

When choosing the best womens running shoes, consider the following:

Foot shape

Women have different foot shape than that of men and they are smaller with a narrow heel in relation to their forefoot. The ball of the foot, arch, and the toes are also different, hence one should get a well-fitting shoe much different from that of men. The forefoot and the toe area of women’s shoe are a bit wider while the heel is narrower which reflects the gender difference.

Women’s vs Mens Foot Shape. Image credit: Bike Clothing

Comfort & Fit

A perfect fit is very important and there are different shoe types which offer various requirements and preferences. Whichever type of feet that you have, you need to get a shoe that fits well and will not hurt as you run. If you don’t wear the correct shoe for your feet then the heel will slip inside the shoe and this leads to chafing and instability. The length and width of your feet matter too, so get a shoe size that’s a half inch longer than what you normally wear to allow breathing space.

Bounce Back

The cushion in shoes offers comfort and prevents injury when one comes into contact with the ground. For women, the cushioning is much dense, especially under the ball of the foot and extends across the width of the shoes hence giving more bounce and greater impact. Women have wider hips than men which mean that they will pronate more on the outside as they run and this adds extra stress to the knee. This means that they should have extra support by having different midsoles or outsole in their shoes, but should be less to offer a slightly lower, lighter and faster version than men’s shoes.   The outer sole supports the movement of the heel and is made of two types of rubber while the midsole supports the running shoe and it is made of two types of cushioning materials.

Level of Flex and Toe-off

Women have a 15% lower body mass than men, hence their running shoes should have a deeper groove that provides greater stability and a smooth and natural running motion. This is because the women’s lower body mass usually makes it difficult to flex the midsole so the grooves help. The midsoles are usually softer and lighter than that in the men’s shoes.

The Brooks GTS 17 is a very popular Women’s Running Shoe. Image credit: Brooks Running

Durability

No matter the terrain that you are running on, the shoe should be well constructed from the inside to the outside. The material should be water-resistant and mesh to allow free movement of air and the midsole an outer sole should be strongly constructed to last for several miles before wear and tear.

Your Running Style

Are you a sprinter or marathoner and are you going to run on road or off road? The kind of terrain matters when considering the outer sole of the shoe. If running on a terrain that is wet or has loose dust and dirt, get shoes for more aggressive outsoles that can provide you with additional grip and support. It should have a breathable upper part to allow a cool and breezy feeling as the temperatures rise. If you are running long distances, get shoes that have a strong cushion that can last for a long period before they start to give in.

There is a wide selection of fashionable running shoes and they come in a wide variety of styles and colors to fit your personal taste, but it is important to focus on its features rather than the look. They have much difference in color, fit, and design than the men running shoes. Every shoe brand fits differently so have your feet measured and try on each shoe without assuming that you are a certain shoe size number. Buy your shoes in the evening because the legs are largest then due to the day’s activities and carry your running socks so that you get a proper and perfect fitting.

Give the shoes a test run while in the shoe store by either taking a lap around the store or running on a treadmill if they have. This will help you know if you feel comfortable while you run.

Remember, having the right shoe as you run can make a whole difference in the world.

How to make an upholstered headboard with MDF boards

Posted on November 12, 2016 in Lifestyle

Upgrade your bed with a beautiful, simple MDF headboard

Most of us like to get into bed so as to snuggle under the covers and watch some TV or read a book, before going off to sleep. However, if your bed’s headboard is a simple wooden one, and not cushioned, you have a problem. Sitting with your back and head against a hard headboard is not comfortable at all. Even if you place a pillow behind your back, you are not going to be very comfortable as it starts to slip with every little movement you make. So why don’t you make an upholstered headboard yourself? It is a relatively simple project which will solve this problem, as well as make your bed look cosier and more aesthetically pleasing too.

You can do this quite simply using MDF boards. You do not need any particular skill or expertise, and neither do you have to have expensive tools. Let us outline how to go about it in a little more detail.

First of all you will need the MDF, and a jigsaw to cut to the required shape and dimensions. A staple gun and staples to attach the fabric and of course, the foam. Nail heads, batting and fabric chalk will also come in handy. All in all this project is easy, and it will be completed in a few hours’ time. You do not have to be an expert at all since ultimately all it involves is cutting, nailing and some hammering to get it done.

Primarily, you will need to cut the MDF boards. The style in which you cut the MDF boards is up to you. Instead of opting for a plain rectangular shape, you can cut off circular corners for instance.

Once you have completed this cutting phase, you can then start building the raised frame. For additional thickness and sturdiness you can attach two or more MDF boards to each other. MDF boards are not that thick, but MDF is one of the strongest materials you can use for a headboard project such as this as they can be managed easily, unlike other kinds of wood. With this step you will be able to achieve a thicker look for your headboard, and a more professional looking one.

Headboard Template. Image credit: Little House Big City

Headboard Template. Image credit: Little House Big City

Now that the headboard’s foundation is completed, you can then move on to the upholstery phase, which is the main purpose of the project. The foam that you choose is going to be more comfortable the thicker it is. So keep that in mind when buying the foam. You will need to cut the foam at least 5cm smaller than the headboard. Using spray adhesive you will easily stick the foam to the MDF board. It is a good idea place some heavy items onto the top for some time so as to help it stick better to the board. Afterwards, use the staple gun to staple the edges of the foam to the board. It is best to use an electric staple gun.

When the foam has been well attached to the board, you can then complete your upholstered headboard by layering the textiles. Some may prefer to simply staple the fabric onto the foam, but adding a layer of batting is recommended. Make sure you staple each layer thoroughly. For the corners, it is best to shred that part of the fabric so as to be better able to staple it around the curves, if you have curved edges. It is best to choose a thick fabric. Otherwise you will not manage to attain a good result. With a thick fabric you will be better able to achieve a smooth finish, which is very important for a neat result.

The staples will securely fasten the fabric and batting to the board, but it is best to nail them too for best results. With the fabric chalk draw a straight line to show where the nails will be inserted. Then start hammering the nails in a way that you are stapling down the foam well. For this part you can also use pre-made nailhead trim strips.

Padded DIY Headboard. Image credit: Projectophile

Padded DIY Headboard. Image credit: Project-o-phile

That is what it is all about! Fairly simple right? Try it out if your headboard is hard and dull. You will be amazed at the difference. Even more so, if you complement all the other soft furnishings with it, such as the curtains, the cushions, the bed linen, and so on. Your bedroom will get a great renovation very easily and cheaply if you simply invest time in this upholstered headboard project, and see that all the soft furnishings are of the same fabric.

7 Most Common Mistakes Interior Designers Make

Posted on June 16, 2016 in Lifestyle

Avoid these classic interior design pitfalls

Nowadays, design has emerged into a new era – where interior designers are the new heroes of the modern homes. Everyone wants to create a better space for living and working – and feel better inside the home or the office.

However, there are still some common mistakes that interior designers make. Today, we are listing the most common ones so that you avoid them when renovating your home or office.

1. Lack Of Vision

Let’s face it, the best interior designers in London are creative and willing to try out new things. However, it is not the creative mind that is always the most important aspect for creating a stunning interior space. Sometimes, the lack of vision may be the main problem resulting in a terrible design – and a less than dramatic effect. Hurrying out in choosing the wall colour or furniture can be one of the most common examples.

2. The ‘Wow’ Effect

As you may know, the ‘wow’ effect is that special something that creates balance in every interior space. It is the harmony of colours, styles and items that makes an environment pleasant. However, not many interior designers focus on the ‘wow’ effect – and occasionally fall short in creating that necessary drama.

Most architects and interior designers have two to three projects they are proud of. They reflect on them and try to incorporate their styles in every next project. Although this has created a certain ‘wow’ effect in the past, it is not necessarily something every home needs. In other words, trying to incorporate a certain style in more than one place may result in a huge mistake – and an interior design that is too much forced and does not look natural or sympathetic to the environment you are designing to won’t always work.

3. Establishing a Design Budget

We all know that there are times when the budget of the client may be low to create something stunning. However, being resourceful is a big advantage found with the very best interior designers. All in all, establishing a budget is something that many interior designers skip when negotiating with their clients – and this situation leads to many struggles afterwards.

Clearly identifying the approximate cost of the interior design project gives the needed structure for the process – and breaking the process into phases ensures the proper funding and a vision of all the design effects for each room or space.

4. Capturing the Idea

A lot of interior designers are driven by their creative minds. However, interior design ideas may be like the wind – flying away too fast. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to capture all of them when they are going by , and many interior designers do not practice this rule.

In a nutshell, it is much easier to test all the new ideas, textures, fabrics and colours if they are put on a ‘design board’. Listing all the things and aspects will therefore ensure that everything is on place. Aside from that, they can let the designer sense what is creating drama and what is not working. Capturing the ideas makes the process flow in a better way.

5. Understanding the Principles of Colour, Texture & Effect

There is a rule that everything that is appealing to the eye was created with the layers of colour, texture and effect in mind. The principles of layering are not only something interior designers in London should have in mind – but something they should study and be experienced with.

After all, colour and texture are the most essential things interior designers work with – in order to create a special effect in every space. Layering styles and colours is a true art – and every interior designer should learn the principles of layering before putting them to practice.

Conclusion

At last, staging is also something that makes every interior design project special. Interior designers should put this to practice and understand more than just the space that needs to be reinvented. The feelings, mood and ambiance the client wants to feel are after all the most essential part of each interior design project.