How To Customize Your Cabinet Stain

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Antique stains are very popular. They can make any piece of furniture look unique and stylish. With a few tricks and the right product, you can easily give one of your cabinets an antique finish. This article explains how to achieve a professional looking antique stain on a hardwood cabinet. Of course, you can then use this technique to add an antique stain to other pieces of custom woodworking throughout your house. Removing the Old Stain First, you need to remove the old stain. Most likely, this will be the most demanding and time consuming part of the whole job. You definitely want to invest in a vibrating power sander to help remove the majority of the stain. But, you will also need sponge standard help reach the corners, cracks and crevices of the molding and decorative doors. For the quickest results, start off with a medium grit sandpaper to remove the majority of the stain and then step up to the finer grit to make it paint-ready. Distressing the Wood At this point you want to distress the wood. The key is to try and make the distress marks look natural and random. You can use all kinds of tools and supplies around your house to achieve this luck. One great method is to find an old set of keys. Place them on the cabinet and then knock them with the hammer. This will surprisingly create a random distress mark. You can also try hitting the wood with the actual hammer. Basically, any sharp metal object you have can be used to create unique patterns. You can even get out the sander and randomly sand certain spots. This will create variations in the way the new stain is absorbed. Staining the Cabinet There are many types of antique-style wood stains. The most dramatic have a crackle effect that make it look like the stain is peeling away. However, if you do enough distressing, you can just use a standard interior wood stain. This might actually even look more authentic if you’re hoping to make it look like you have an old cabinet that was naturally distressed over the years. The best way to apply the stain is to just rub it onto the wood with a lint-free rag. This works much better than a normal paintbrush. Most stain jobs will require multiple coats. In between each coat, it is very important to rub down the stain with steel wool. This rubs away the stain particles that stick out when it dries. Also, make sure you rub it down after the last coat. As you can see, giving your cabinet, or any piece of custom woodworking, the antique look...

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What Does It Mean If Your Asphalt Driveway Gets Potholes?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Driveway potholes are unsightly and can be damaging to your vehicle. Once you understand why the potholes appear and what you can do to fix them and prevent them, you can take better care of your driveway. What does it mean if your asphalt driveway gets potholes? Asphalt driveways typically develop potholes because of water intrusion into the asphalt. When the driveway develops cracks, water seeps into the asphalt and beneath the driveway, into the soil. When this happens, water saturates the ground and destabilizes the soil. This causes movement beneath the driveway base, resulting in more cracks and potholes. If this isn’t repaired, your asphalt driveway may begin to crumble. This issue may become more pronounced in winter when freeze thaw cycles cause water in the asphalt to freeze and expand, causing more potholes. How can you repair your driveway and get rid of the potholes? To repair the driveway on your own, clear out any debris from the pothole using a broom and a hose. Allow the pothole to dry, then use asphalt patch filler to fill the hole and tamp the patch filler down with a tamper. Once the patch is tamped, fill it with more asphalt patch and tamp again until the patch is even with the surface of the driveway. Then, allow the patch to cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For a more professional patch, call a reputable asphalt repair service in your area. Your asphalt repair contractor can use commercial-grade patching material to repair your driveway. What can you do to prevent potholes in the future? There are two things you must do to protect your asphalt driveway and prevent potholes. Repair cracks as soon as they appear. Asphalt cracks need to be filled as soon as they appear. To do this, clean out the cracks and remove any weeds. Sweep out the dirt, then wash them down with a strong jet of water from a hose, if necessary. Finally, lay down a bead of crack filler in each crack, and smooth the crack filler with a squeegee so that it’s flat on the asphalt. You can also Seal coat your asphalt on a regular basis. Seal coating is the process of covering your asphalt with a water resistant film that closes the pores of the driveway. Rain on a properly seal coated driveway will bead up on the surface of the asphalt without rolling off. Driveways need to be seal coated every few years, as soon as the driveway begins absorbing water when rain falls. You can seal coat your driveway with seal coat purchased at a home improvement center, or contact an asphalt repair service to do the seal coating...

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3 Tips For Finding The Right Remodeling Contractor

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you have decided that you want to remodel your home, you probably already have some ideas as to the changes that you want to implement. However, there are a number of factors that will need to be allowed for as part of that improvement. For instance, it is important to determine which walls cannot be moved because they are a retaining wall and how to make the most appropriate use of all the available space. Fortunately, a good remodeling contractor will have that information and you will be able to find the right person for the task by following the advice below. #1-Research The Project  One common mistake when choosing a contractor to work on the home is to automatically choose the person with the lowest bid. Doing so is often a bad choice because the cost is not the most important factor to consider. Instead, it is a better idea to research the project that you are planning, including the necessary materials, permits, and amount of time it will take to complete the job. After determining what you would typically expect to pay per hour to the appropriate number of workers, you can determine about what the project should cost. Then, solicit multiple bids for the project, as mentioned below. #2-Get Multiple Bids Once you know about what the project should cost, you can work on finding the right contractor. As part of that, remember to solicit numerous bids. If someone offers to do the job for a significantly lower cost than what you expect to pay, they may not have the necessary skills to complete the job as you need or they may be planning on using shoddy material. Regardless, be careful when choosing a contractor and be sure to have everything in writing, even seemingly minor details like cleaning up the project area at the end of the day and how long the work day will typically be for all of the people working on the project. It will also be helpful to determine how many of the people who will be working on your home will be employees of your contractor and how many will be sub-contractors, as that could impact the final results and cost.  #3-Do Not Expect A Good Contractor To Always Be Able To Start The Job Right Away A good contractor is likely to be a busy contractor. As such, you should not expect him or her to be able to start the job right away. It could easily be a month or more down the line until they can start on your project. As part of that, it is okay to ask why the contractor has an available slot for your remodeling project.  It is not automatically...

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