Accent Walls

Accent walls, whether big or small, can make a major impact on a room’s style. When plain white walls will always be considered a “safer choice”, opting to go big with a pop of style or unexpected pattern of material on one wall can make it feel like the space is truly lived in.images 6 2 - Accent Walls By blending color, texture, and tone, you can create an epic space that will become the centerpiece of the room. It sounds like it could throw your symmetry off balance, but it actually will add a touch of dimension, intrigue and style. After seeing the options below, you will want one in every single room of your house. 

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Wallpaper
Wallpaper is making a major comeback. One can’t be too surprised when it’s easy to apply and even easier to remove than ever before.images 7 1 - Accent Walls This allows you to create an accent wall without the long-term commitment! The key to wallpaper is to keep it to one wall only to help avoid feeling closed in.


Create with Paint
One bold color as an accent wall can make all the difference in a room – but why would you when there is so much more that you can do with paint? Stripes, circles, chevron or herringbone are all on-point style choices. download 2 9 - Accent WallsAll you need for this project is paint, painters tape, a pencil and a level.

Panels
With a few strips of MDF and very little money, you can create an elegant and restful accent wall for any room – from bedroom to dining room. download 1 8 - Accent WallsThis treatment adds a luxurious element to your space and is the perfect backdrop to your headboard. With so many different styles to choose from, you can’t go wrong. 

Feature Wall
You can finally have a good reason to display all the pictures you have been storing on your phone or hard drive. images 2 2 - Accent WallsA photo wall is a great way to share and relive those precious memories all while creating a brilliant accent wall.images 3 1 - Accent Walls Whether creating a sleek, uniformed gallery wall or choosing a few colors of frames that complement each other and mix the texture and size. To make sure they are positioned correctly, cut the frame size out of paper and use painters tape to place on the wall before nailing on the wall. 

Add Wood
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The Best Places for Marble Tile

Marble is known from its sophisticated beauty to its renowned radiance. Marble tile has long been associated with trendy and lavish homes. Polished marble reflects light to make rooms seem more spacious while offering a touch of elegance. Yet, for such an upscale material, marble is also durable and easy to care for.

Installing marble tile can make a statement in your home, but there are some interior spaces that are better suited for it than others. You will often find it installed in “wet” environments of the home such as kitchen and bathrooms, where frequent water splashes can simply be wiped away without any damage. So if you’re thinking about incorporating marble into your home design, read further for the best places to install marble tile in your home. 

Kitchen
Marble tile is a popular flooring choice for kitchens. download 2 8 - The Best Places for Marble TileThe surface offers a vibrant, high-end look for cooking and dining areas. The smooth, shiny feel of the natural stone can make any kitchen floor look more elegant. Many contractors and homeowners choose to use marble in other places beyond just the floor in kitchens. It is suggested to use caution when considering marble for countertops because it requires more maintenance. This is due to the porous characteristics, which makes it more susceptible to staining more than other usual countertop materials like quartz and granite. On the flip side, marble flooring can be argued that no other material can light up a kitchen quite like marble tile. 

Bathroom
Whether it is being used as flooring or as a shower surround, one of the main reasons marble tiles are a great option for the bathroom is its longevity. download 1 7 300x141 - The Best Places for Marble TileOnce you’ve properly installed and sealed marble tile in the bathroom, you can put your mind at ease knowing this type of surface can essentially last you forever, when maintained properly. Marble is an ideal way to transform your bathroom from predictable to unforgettable. From using white carrara marble to illuminate your space, to installing intricately veined earth toned options – no matter what you choose, marble tile will spruce up any bathroom with its natural sophistication.

Entryway
You’ve probably heard – first impressions are everything. This can be especially true when welcoming visitors into your home. There’s no better way to introduce your space than with marble tile floors in your foyer. download 15 - The Best Places for Marble TileThe flooring will dazzle your guests with intricate checkered marble tile floor in your front entryway or accompanying an expansive staircase with a polished, cream or white-colored surface. 

Hallways
Hallways can become the most overlooked areas in a home. images 2 1 - The Best Places for Marble TileBut once you add marble tile flooring to these areas, you will transform them from being just an area between rooms to an essential element of your home’s overall design. Before you commit to which style to go with, it’s always a great idea to order a few different samples of the marble tile you’re considering for your space to get a better idea of how they will complement the rest of your home’s decor.

She Shed

Have you heard of the term “She Shed” before? You’ve likely seen the popular State Farm commercial about Cheryl and her She Shed. The commercial went viral and got women everywhere excited for their own. download 2 7 - She Shed

But what is a She Shed?  It is a huge trend right now and almost every woman wants one. It is basically a retreat. It’s really the only way to define it. A place to call your own. Like a man cave, but for women – a girl cave I suppose. gardening shed shady seating area bright pink She Shed 300x300 - She ShedThere are different kinds of She Sheds ranging from a cozy living room type space to curl up with your latest book, to an office or even a craft studio that is a quaintly transformed little shed. The whole point is that you remove yourself from everyday life and chaos of your home to have a quiet space all to yourself. It doesn’t necessarily mean “no boys allowed”, but it does mean that you choose who you invite to come in. download 1 6 - She Shed

So how do you get started on having a She Shed of your very own? First, do you have an existing shed that you can clean out and fix up? Do you have the space outside for it? If so, great! You can build your own shed or you can buy an easy-to-build kit at your local Home Depot. Paint it, add furniture and make it your very own oasis. Enjoy!

Fixing Squeaky Floorboards

There are very few advantages of creaky floors (besides alerting you to kids being up past curfew) and often cause annoying squeaks. These maddening and irritating sounds can be common in older homes but newer homes are not exempt. They typically occur after the house has settled and the flooring lumber has dried out and shrunk. As you walk across the floor, boards rub against each other or slide against nail shafts to produce the squeaky, creaky noises you hear. Loose wooden floorboards are often the cause of annoying squeaks, but even carpeted rooms can be noisy if the plywood subfloor isn’t firmly attached to the joists. Fortunately, these squeaky floorboards can be silenced relatively quickly and inexpensively.

Repair from Below using carpenters glue
If the floor is over a basement or crawl space, go below to repair. Have someone walk across the floor so you can track them and listen to where the squeak is coming from. Once you pinpoint the exact spot, take a thin wood shim and coat it in carpenters glue. Gently tap the shim into the space between the joist and subfloor. download 1 5 - Fixing Squeaky FloorboardsJust make sure you don’t drive it in too far or you could raise the actual flooring. You just want to fill the gap above the joist and take out any “give” in the floor. If you feel additional support is needed, a 1 ¼ inch drywall screw can be driven at an up angle through the joist and shim into the subfloor. 

Squeak-Ender
This cleverly designed piece of hardware is called Squeak Ender. It has a threaded rod attached to a flat mounting plate and steel bracket fitted with a squared-off hook on the end. newsq  23626.1387465962.1280.1280 225x300 - Fixing Squeaky FloorboardsInstallation is easy – screw the mounting plate to the underside of the subfloor with the four screws provided. Position it directly under the squeaky spot. Slide the bracket over the threaded rod and hook it onto the joist. Spin a nut onto the rod and tighten with a wrench until the subfloor is pulled down and snug against the joist. 

Work from Above
When you are unable to access the floor joists from below, your only choice is to make repairs from above. The trick is to silence squeaks without damaging the finished floor. Fortunately, there are kits for this!

The Squeeeeeeek-No-More Kit can be used on carpeting laid over a wood subfloor. This kit has a screwdriver bit, pilot screw to help you locate the joists, depth-control fixture and 50 screws, specially designed to breakaway. To use this kit, first – locate the joist closest to the squeak. Stand the depth-control fixture on the carpet directly over the joist. Wrap transparent tape around one of the screws to prevent it from catching on the carpet strands, drive it through the fixture. Then remove the fixture, tip it sideways and insert the screw-head into the slot at the top of the fixture. Rock the fixture side to side until the screw-head snaps off below the surface of the subfloor. 

The Couner-Snap Kit provides an effective and almost undetectable way to stop squeaks in hardwood floors. The kit has a screwdriver bit, depth-control fixture and 25 breakaway screws. Unlike the Squeeeeek-No-More system, the screw-heads automatically snap off when you drive the screw into the depth-control fixture. 

  • Locate source of squeak
  • Start by boring a 3/32-inch-diameter pilot hole through the hardwood flooring (not necessary to hit a joist)
  • Put screw through the Counter-Snap’s depth-control fixture and into the pilot hole. Drive the screw until it automatically snaps off below the surface of wood
  • To conceal the screw, fill the pilot hole with wood putty. Allow to dry, lightly sand the spot. You can also use a crayon-type putty stick.

It may not be possible to silence every squeak in your home, but with the techniques described here, you can certainly cut down the chatter to an occasional chirp.

Fixing Squeaky Stairs
When it comes to figuring out how to fix your creaky stairs, it’s important to understand where the noise is coming from. Interior staircases tend to squeak because they are made up of a variety of wooden stair parts that contract and expand over time. You can use a few methods to stop the noise:

  • Drive flooring nails at opposing angles 
  • With hardwood treads, drill pilot holes for the nails, drive nails into risers and countersink the nail heads
  • Fill holes with wood putty

Flooring Options for an RV

With so many people taking to the road to travel due to COVID, many are turning to RV’s to ride in comfort. After many years of use, the flooring in your RV might be worn down and simply not looking its best. You should be able to tell if you need new flooring based on the appearance of the carpet or old flooring. Carpet has a lifespan that rarely lasts longer than 8 years and if the previous owners of your RV smoked or had pets, then replacing the old flooring will make a huge difference. If your RV has vinyl flooring, you can usually tell that it needs to be replaced by looking for cracks and tears. Signs of water damage is another indication that you need new flooring. Check the ceiling and plumbing to look for leaks if you notice any water damage on the floor. You should also replace the flooring if it looks uneven, if you notice mold or if it seems to creak excessively. What a great time to redo the flooring while it’s getting used. But where do you start? For the best RV flooring, you will need something durable, stylish and most of all, functional. images 6 1 - Flooring Options for an RV

There are many flooring options for RV’s to choose from, ranging from vinyl to laminate and even carpet tiles. With so many options, here are a few important factors to consider:  

  • Durability: you will need something that can handle dirt, dust, water and other outdoor elements getting tracked in. Plus, your RV won’t be climate controlled 24/7, so your flooring needs to deal with extreme temperatures. 
  • Water-resistant: it’s always a good idea to expect the unexpected and protecting your floors from moisture is important.
  • Weight: since your RV is already heavy, it doesn’t make sense to add additional weight. Lightweight flooring is always ideal for a camper and RV.
  • Cost: if you’re on a budget, you need an affordable option that is also durable enough to last.
  • Easy install: there are flooring options that you can install yourself, saving money from hiring a contractor.

The best flooring replacement for your RV is vinyl. It is a versatile material that you can find in tiles, sheets and even planks. They also have simple installation systems so should be a weekend DIY project for most. Vinyl is durable and water resistant. It can be cleaned easily, which makes a huge difference in high-traffic areas (which is most of your RV). images 5 1 - Flooring Options for an RV

Carpet is another flooring material that is worth considering. It can make it feel more “homey” and is easy to replace. It can absorb sounds, which can be very beneficial, especially if you stay at an RV park. However, carpet requires more maintenance and can be difficult to clean compared to vinyl. You will have to keep in mind that it will need to be replaced again in about 5-8 years. 

Laminate flooring is a very affordable option. The material is easy to install and can look and feel similar to vinyl flooring. However, it is not the best replacement flooring because it is very likely to get water damage. 

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