Kitchen cabinet – replacing or refacing?

So you are tired of entering your kitchen which is about 20 years old and looks like a Breaking Bad scene, when all you really want is one which could be seen in the Hell’s Kitchen finals. But you are asking yourself whether or not it is worth replacing the whole kitchen or just taking advantage of what you already have and saving a huge amount of money in the process by just by refacing it.

Reface kitchen cabinets - beforeWe have explained in other posts how to make your kitchen look brand new on a budget. This time we will talk about whether or not you need or don’t need to replace cabinets and/or doors to get the same results.

This is a much discussed topic, and there is usually just one determinant factor, your budget… Yes, and your DIY skills too… No, that’s too easy. It is also how motivated you are to do the work.

Ok, so let’s assume you are motivated enough to use some hours of your weekend in order to make your kitchen look better, and/or that your pockets are almost empty. For this reason we will discard the full kitchen refurbishment and instead just focus on refacing.

First of all,

think about the layout of your kitchen furniture. Do you like it? Would you move anything? All? Nothing?

Obviously, if you don’t need to move anything, or you can use what you have to build what you want, you will save money.

The second step

to take is to check the quality of your kitchen carcasses. Heat and humidity is often filtered through the kitchen furniture and this harms your furniture without you even realising it until it is damaged. Or maybe you have a cat, a dog, kids, or it is simply just too old.

reface kitchen carcasses - afterIn case any of the first two steps apply to you, you can still do your own low cost kitchen refurbishment by buying DIY kitchen carcasses.

If you reach this point it means that you have already thought about using carcasses and now you need to put them together to become kitchen cabinets, what lead us to the next step.

The third step

is to find a proper kitchen door to fit your taste. There are so many different types of them that is (almost) impossible to find the perfect one for you. Traditional or contemporary designs will make the difference when doing this kind of works for your home (for yourself).

Did you find the one you like? Of course you did! So now there is just the final, easy step – Now you just need a screwdriver… I bet you know what the next step is!

Tile effect laminate flooring: Yes! That’s your choice!

Tile effect laminate flooring has all the properties of classic laminate flooring, plus an extra anti humidity cover, so it is good to use in kitchens and in bathrooms.

Laminate flooring appears to be the best way that everyone can enjoy a wood effect in their home. It is affordable and has many desirable features – it is easy to install, easy to clean, and very durable! The most popular type of laminate flooring is the thermal isolation specification. It is very warm and comfortable, even in cold months. It has been the prevalent choice in north countries.

tile effect laminate flooring FAUS Palatino

FAUS Palatino

In warmer countries, real wood is rarely used, but laminate is. Real wood warps and expands in the heat, but laminate does not! So, we have a floor which is suitable for all conditions, winter and summer!

Tile effect laminate flooring is a more recent innovation in this market and it performs well across many different aspects. It does everything that a laminate floor can, but with a whole new style!

It is a little more expensive than most wood laminate flooring out there, but it is still affordable and cheaper than tiles or real wood!

In the UK, tile effect laminate flooring has become very popular, especially for use in kitchens and in bathrooms. This is because of its anti humidity cover, but also thanks to its range of styles and effects!

RELATED LINK: FAUS Laminate Flooring Exhibition

Tile effect laminate flooring FAUS aventino italiano

FAUS Aventino Italiano

Take a look at a few examples of the tile effect laminate flooring available exclusively from FinsaHome; Faus tile effect laminate flooring is available across the UK!

Sizes in tile effect laminate flooring differ from the traditional sizes of laminate flooring. This is because the effect should feel like real tiles, cut from real slate or stone. Realistically, stone and slate are cut into big squares, for practicality. The Faus range of tile effect laminate flooring introduced sizes of 1200×300, 1200×400 and 600×600 to the UK. Also, the pattern on each tile is slightly different, so you can place your tiles randomly and still achieve a look that is natural and balanced.

tile effect laminate flooring FAUS Vulcano negro

FAUS Vulcan Negro

In conclusion, tile effect laminate flooring is the up and coming choice for kitchens and bathrooms across the UK. With an anti – humidity cover and a wide range of new and classic styles to choose from, tile effect laminate flooring could be the perfect finishing touch to your bathroom or kitchen renovation. You can enjoy the cold stone aesthetics of stone and tile whilst also enjoying the warmth of classic laminate flooring underfoot. And it’s all thanks to wood!

No blinds? No worries!

At this time of year, blinds are crucial if you want to get a good nights sleep! With blinds we can block out excess light and heat.

However, Blinds are not always so stylish or practical!

So, if you don’t have blinds, and don’t want them either, we’re here today to offer some alternatives!

No Blinds, solutions

Sleeping mask

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Rolling Screens

No blinds, rolling screen

Rolling screen

 

They are made of a special fabric that doesn’t let hot or cold pass through – it is a thermal insulator. They can block out the light too depending on the thickness of the fabric. Plus you just need 4 screws in most of the cases to install them. Simple as that!

Black out fabric

No blinds, black out fabric

Black out fabric

The name might make you think it is intended to make you forget about what happens when you use it… but its real purpose is to make your room as dark as the nights sky. You can find it in coils to be cut to your desired size so we can do it by ourselves and make it a curtain to place with our existing one.

Polyester rolling estor

Several types of fabric in this case (cotton, linen, acrylic, polyester…). You can chose from them depending on where you are going to place it. You probably don’t need total darkness for the kitchen or a bathroom, but you probably do for your room, so make sure the chosen one meets your needs.

Electrostatic adhesive rolls

If we don’t want to blind the window we can use electrostatic adhesive rolls. They are commonly used in offices and commercial places. They make the room darker but the light can still pass through them. They reduce around 70% light and 90% UV ray. They are easy to install and easy to remove so this is not an issue, anyway they are not designed to be installed and removed daily or often.

Focusrite fabric

In case we want to keep our own curtains and we want to convert them to make them completely opaques, we can go for this kind of fabric. You just need to stick it to your own curtains and you are good to go. Plus they usually have velcro or any other way to install them really easy.

Can you think about any other way to solve this issue?

Colour for walls, so many options

Smells like fresh paint, the colour looks great, and the most important thing is that when you come home, you feel like you have arrived at a brand new house. Yes! Just painting your house can make a big difference, and summer is the perfect time to do that.

colour for walls - paint pot

Paint Pot

And don’t forget about the satisfying moment when your guests ask if you changed anything in your house. And you just think about that moment when everything began and you decided to go and buy some paint and paint rollers.

About colours

Colour range nowadays is infinite. And it is really powerful. It can make a room look bigger, smaller, and even influence your mood. So it is really important to combine them properly!!

Colour  for walls - Colourwheel

Colour wheel

There are several things to take into account when choosing colour. But you can minimize the list to just the environment you want to create, and who will be living in there.

For babies it is good to use lighter colours which are not too intense, to create emotional stability and to help them rest better.

Kids prefer brighter colours, and you can use colours from their favourite team or from a TV show they love.

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Common colours should be used in bedrooms, and it is great to combine the intensity or tone in different walls with the same colour, try it!

For the living room or any other shared room you can use more bright or saturated colours, like red.

Remember your limitations are not dictated by the manufacturers range of colours (which are huge), but you can mix paints to make your own too.

As a bonus, today we will tell you about some other painting techniques you can use instead of painting your house.

Painted paper:

it is a cool alternative to paint. It is really easy to install and you can combine it with your sheets or your sofa. And it is trendy right now, so if you want to be in fashion, this could be your best choice.

Decorative vinyl:

Colour for walls - Decorative vynil

Decorative vynil

as the previous choice, they are easy to install. But its purpose is more about giving personality. There is a neverending list of designs to stick to your walls.

Sheets of fabric:

yes, I know it sounds weird, but this is something that has been done for centuries. And they are easy to mix into the environment of the room because of the available range.

So what do you think is better for you? Do you know any other technique you would like to share with us?

Worktop, find the perfect for you!

Are you a chef, or do you rely more on your microwave? Whatever you do in your kitchen, you don’t need to worry – there is a kitchen worktop for you! You should keep in mind that just because your worktop may be used intently, it doesn’t mean that can’t be stylish.

Today we are going to help you choose your perfect worktop, and point out some things that you may not have considered along the way.

So let’s get started, there are some rules you should follow to be happy with your worktop…

  • It has to fit your lifestyle
  • It has to fit your way of cooking
  • It has to fit your preferences

Do you like spending time in the kitchen? Do you enjoy cooking?

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen or you just like to cook, you should go for something that is resistant to heat and abrasion.

You can chose a natural stone worktop. They are strong and resistant. There are plenty of options in this category to choose from. However, it could be really expensive depending on the type of stone you choose.

Stone WorktopAnother interesting choice if you are a cooking enthusiast, is a quartz worktop. There is a huge range of colours for worktops made of quartz, from beige to pink, so you will find the perfect one for you. The thing is quartz is not so heat resistant, so you will have to be careful with it.

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Our last suggestion for cooks is the porcelain ceramic worktop. They are made of a really resistant material in terms of heat and wear. Plus, they are nonstick and some of them are even antibacterial. Designed on plain colours, they are trendy right now because of their fineness.

Don’t have time for cooking? Don’t like it? Don’t worry, there are worktops for you too!

White stone laminated worktop

If you are more of a tupperware and microwave person, you probably don’t need the high spec worktops we’ve been talking about. But there are still a couple more options for you to choose from.

Laminated worktops are probably the best choice for you. The range of finishes is so huge that it is ridiculous to talk about – you can find everything you can imagine! They are not so resistant to wear and heat, but they will meet your needs! The best thing about this kind of worktop is the price! They are really cheap for what you get!

Wood worktopAnd last but by no means least, is the option of real wood. A real wood kitchen counter top will give your kitchen a warm and natural touch! A little more expensive than a laminated worktop, but a little more hardwearing too! Real wood is the only option on our list which is recommended for cutting, slicing and chopping!

So, as you can see, there are plenty of options when choosing your kitchen worktop. Just follow your needs and your budget!

Tell me where you live, and I’ll help you choose your floor

When choosing your perfect floor, some critical questions will rise: Will this one fit the style of my home? Will this one make the room look bigger? Will this one be long lasting? There are several types of flooring like tiles, wood, laminated, or vinyl. Each one is perfect for a specific house depending on where you live, and just as good for any others. This is what we want you to think about when choosing a floor.

Tile flooring

Types of floor - Tile floor

Tile floor

is perfect for the bathroom, the kitchen and terrace. The most important specification of this flooring that makes it perfect for these rooms is the humidity resistance and that it is easy to clean. There are several finishes for this flooring, including wood looking, marble, slate… So you won’t have any problem when thinking about style. You have plenty options to choose from! They are even more perfect for warm coast houses, where it is usually hot and by the beach. The sand will be easy to sweep away.

Using wood flooring

Types of floor - Wood floor

Wood floor

to help fight the winter cold. This is a classic use of wood flooring as it is often used in cold areas for its thermal isolation. Colours used on this flooring have evolved over the years so they are not so traditional now. Colours like grey or white are trending now and replacing those old fashioned “wood” colours. This flooring provides elegance and class plus more value to your house (because it is expensive).

Laminate flooring

Types of flooring -  laminate flooring

Laminate flooring

is the probably the most popular of the options. It fits pretty much every space you could need it to. It is made of substances taken from real wood and synthetic products, so you don’t need to worry about what it is made of. The important thing about this type of flooring is the fact that they almost don’t need any maintenance and they are the easiest to clean. In addition they are the cheapest flooring you can get and are easy to install. That’s why we think it is a perfect fit for most cases.

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Vinyl flooring or luxury vinyl tile (LVT)

is the last one on this list. Maybe the reason for that is that it is the most recent innovation of this business. It is very similar to laminate flooring but made with a rubber feeling. It is even more resistant to abrasion and it provides a huge range of textures and finishes. It is good for insulation and easy to install, just stick this to the previous floor in the room or use the “click method”.

Remember a couple of tips already said in some other posts like to place the laminate flooring in the same way as the light comes into the room to make it feel bigger. Or use light coloured flooring to light up the room and dark colours to make it feel warmer.

It is always a good decision to invest money in your house. Just look for the floor you like and the one that fits your needs and go for it. After that, you can show us your results!

How to organise the paintings in your living room

This is not an easy task, but we will try to make it easier with our tips for organising all kinds of paintings in your living room.

So you have bought or painted these canvases and now you have some doubts about where and how to place them. Help is always welcome so let’s place them together!

The first question when placing paintings is which will fit better in your living room in terms of lighting and space?

Place paintings horizontallyIf you have a small living room you should not have too many paintings. We want to make a room feel bigger, don’t we? So simply use bigger paintings instead of a large amount of them. This will ensure that the room does not look too busy.

If your living room has a lack of light, the best way to solve this issue (using paintings) is to place light coloured ones, and make sure again that they match the size of the space.

There are several ways to hang them up depending on your preferences and the style of your house. Here we suggest some of the most commonly used:

Paired:

Use two paintings in the same axis, horizontal or vertical. Furthermore always use the same theme, for example landscapes, family pictures or portraits.

Resting on a shelf:

One original way is to place them on a shelf instead of hanging them up. You can even place them on top of a piece of furniture.

On a horizontal line:

When placed vertically, this creates an illusion of a higher roof. On the other hand, placing them horizontally will make your room seem bigger.

Placing picturesThat is all for now about placing your pictures, but we want to give you a couple of more tips::

Place paintings with colours that match the chairs and tables in the room. It is all about chromatic harmony in any space.

Finally, use adhesive felt on the back of the paintings to avoid the wall becoming damaged.

Is there anything that we have forgotten? If so please let us know in the comments section.

Cold Beers in 10 minutes? We know how to do it!

Going to the shops or ordering online, gathering everything you need, creating the perfect environment, moving furniture, getting prepared for working safely, feeding the dog… We know that doing your own stuff at home is tiring (and satisfying), so we thought, what if you would like to rest in the middle of D.I.Y. project? Or at the end of it?

But… what if you forgot to buy some beers and put them in the fridge the day before? Warm beers are disgusting and, after working (or in the middle) you really want that beer inside of an ice cold can… in fact, it’s the one you deserve! Let’s cold beers quickly

We need to make these beers cold in the fastest way possible!

So here we are, to help you solve this issue.

Cold beers - the beerToday we are not giving advice about a DIY tip or technique, but about something that you can do to make these DIY moments better, which in turn will make you love what you create even more!

Let’s get started with this easy-to-follow 2 step reward guide.

We are assuming that you already have these warm, disgusting beers, maybe hidden in the basement, or in the cupboard, but not in the fridge, or not for a long enough in there.

1st step:

You need a sheet of kitchen roll (any tissue or toilet paper would work too, but trust me, it is better with kitchen roll) for each beer you want to freeze ultra fast. Soak this sheet in water and coil it around the can or bottle.

2nd step:

Place the beer with the coiled sheet into the freezer and wait 10 miCold beers - the freezernutes.

DONE!

We are not scientists, but the quick explanation about this fact is; The water on the sheet will get cold really fast, even frozen, in some minutes. This frozen water is in touch with the can or bottle and will make it freeze faster than if the can were in the freezer with just cold air circulating around it. Imagine you are on a snowy mountain… Yes, it is cold there, but it would be a lot worse if you were in contact with water. You would die faster, and that’s what we want to do with our beloved beers – kill them quickly so that they don’t suffer. :)

Do you have any other hack to make beer get cold faster? Share it with us!!!

Flooring Calculator, how much flooring do you need?

When we are about to refurbish or install new laminated flooring in our house, we need to make a brief estimation of how big the room we want to cover is. With this in mind, we will know how many boxes of laminate flooring we need to buy. Lots of laminate flooring websites have their own flooring calculator in each product page. Each shop knows how many square meters one box would cover. All you need to do is it type in the ‘Area’ of your room, and you will be informed of how many boxes you’ll need to buy! So, you need to know how to figure out the area of a room!

It is an easy calculation, so don’t worry!

If you have a square or rectangle room , this is a particularly easy equation!

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Flooring calculator: Square or rectangle

Room area flooring calculator - RectangleSo, to find out the area of your room, you just need to measure two sides of the room; the length and the width. Multiply these numbers together and you have figured out the area of your room! For example, if one side of your room measures 7 meters, and the other side measures 5 meters, the area of your room will be 7×5=35 meters squared. Another way of writing this, is 35m2.

If your chosen room is not a simple square or a rectangle shape, you will have to make a slightly trickier calculation!

There are two equation options to choose from! The first one is simple; Inside the geometric shape of your room, divide it into small squares or rectangles and figure out the areas of all of them. Add these area’s together, and you got it! This is probably the most archaic way to do it, and may be a little time consuming, So we encourage you to try the second equation! If not a square or rectangle, the shape of your room is likely to be a trapeze or trapezoid; we are assuming your room is not a triangle or a circle!

The equation for trapeze and trapezoid rooms is explained below!

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Flooring calculator: Trapeze and trapezoid

Room area flooring calculator - RectangleYou just need to know the length of each parallel side of the room and the distance between them, which is the height of the trapeze. So, it is the sum of the length of each parallel side divided by 2, and the result, multiplied for the distance between them (the height). It is not so difficult, is it?

For the more laid back type, we have a third option; you could go to the shop and buy one box of laminate flooring. Lay it out in your chosen room and estimate how many boxes it would take to fill the room.

You could even buy loads of boxes in one go, and return any boxes you didn’t need to open!

In any case, it is always a good idea to buy a little more laminate flooring than you will actually need, just in case you made your calculations wrong (that’s life!), or you cut something wrong (that’s life!), or you make a mess after some time of having placed it (don’t worry… that’s life!)

 

Kitchen refurbishment, you can do it on a budget!

Your kitchen is old, you know it. You want to buy a new one, but you don’t want to spend too much money. You need a kitchen refurbishment. Yes, we can read minds… So, we are going to tell you the “secrets” of how to get your new kitchen on a low budget. You will just need a can do attitude!

The first thing

Kitchen refurbishement - Old kitchen

Refurbish your kitchen easily

to do is remove your old kitchen cabinets. It should be easy in most cases, especially if you are not expecting to use them again for any other purpose, so you can break them, which makes this relaxing… even therapeutic! However, you may want to reuse the cabinets and only buy new doors for them. It is totally up to you, but the real change will come if you modify the structure of your kitchen a little bit.

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After that,

painting walls, and refurbishing the floor should be the next step. You can paint tiles, it is easy. Just ask for a special paint to do that job in your nearest shop. Remember to clean them before starting. And do not be scared of painting them with contrasted colours, or even like a chess board. For refurbishing the floor you can use vinyls or tile laminated flooring, which is an affordable option and the results are impressive, plus, you can install it by yourself easily. So, we got floor and the walls ready to go.

The third step

may vary depending on your choice in the first step. So, if you are just modifying the appearance of your kitchen and not the layout, it is time to take the old front doors and drawers out, and take the new ones out of the box. If you made a proper purchase (in terms of the size of your old cabinets and new doors), you just need a screwdriver to install the new ones, simple as that. In case you preferred to go a little bit further and restructure your kitchen, it’s the moment to mount your news cabinets, with the new doors. It is not difficult to do, you just need some more time, that’s all. Remember always to buy hinges and handles, which are not usually included with your cabinets and doors. If you are here, you are almost done with your kitchen refurbishment!

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Did you buy a new worktop?

If so, this is the moment to place it over your almost finished new kitchen!

Kitchen refurbishment - New kitchen

And that´s all!

To finish

your new design, you can add to the final work some kitchen accessories, like a kitchen clock, paintings, or whatever could give your kitchen something that better reflects your personality. Congratulations! You´ve finished your kitchen refurbishment !