Improving Home Value-How To Renew An Old Floor

Floors

Adding a new look to your floors is another way to improve home value for an older new-shine-for-valuehome. Wood floors seem to be one of the more trendy things today, from hardwood to pine or what ever type.

Preparing Old Floor

Having just finished sanding a pine floor that had been painted with a green paint, I can honestly say it consumes a large amount of time. I found the easiest way to remove the paint was scraping by hand first. The floor was twenty five feet by seventeen feet and having found a couple pennies dated nineteen forty one and forty two below the  plywood and old linoleum that covered it, the paint below this was not easy to remove.

Sanding

The sanding part went well and took very little time to do. As the floor was installed in eighteen seventy or before, a few nicks and cracks seem to just add more character to it.

What Finish To Put On Floor

Having looked over quite a few different products to paint it with. I finally settled on a Minwax Oil Modified Polyurethane. I picked the clear gloss, as I prefer a shine, satin would floor-finishing-for-home-valueleave a duller finish. One thing I found great about this product is that it take two hours to dry, and can be lightly sanded then recoated.The  manufacture recommends three coats, but I did four and it turned out looking great. Also has very little odor and the brushes clean up with water.

A Few Repairs

It was necessary to replace a couple holes on the floor about two feet by three feet with newer pine boards. I have used newer pine boards before in this situation , so through experience I know the newer pine will come to match the older in time.

Something New

Having sanded many floors in the past using drum sanders, edgers, and hand sanders, I decided to try something different. As I do drywall sanding at times and have the disk sander for this, a nine inch model, decided to give it a try. Its not as fast as the drum sanders, but if you take the time it works quite well on the pine floor. A little sanding by hand after and a good vacuum of the dust, then your floor is ready to coat.

If anyone has any new ideas on doing floors, or restoring them drop me a note, always great to get new ideas.

 

 

Improving Home Value-Try a New Paint Color

I will list a few different paints that I have used over the years. Applying some paint is the one thing that will improve home value. Try to stay away from the darker colors like black or purple, lighter shades seem to give a warmer feel to the home. Having seen all colors on walls, that’s just my opinion.Paint to increase home value

Estimating

A good way to estimate how much paint your going to use, is a quick measure of the rooms height times width. As a gallon or four liters of paint will cover approximately three hundred fifty square feet, so is easy to figure out.

Roof Paint

A paint I have used on many roofs, and which I still recommend is Tremclad. It comes in a variety of colors, and has a great rust protection on metal roofs. Always mix or stir well before using, and I also recommend it being put on with a brush straight from the can with no thinning.Tremclad Paint

Flat Paint

Flat paint can be used on walls and ceilings  that are not exactly what you would call smooth, usually found in many older homes. Is also not the easiest to clean, but if you have a ceiling or wall that’s with a rough finish,  give it a try.

Eggshell

Eggshell has a low shine finish, can be used on bedroom or living room walls. Also the finish  is much easier to keep clean then a flat paint.

Satin

Can also be used on walls, a good choice would be kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, etc. It also cleans well. Satin Paint

Semi Gloss

Having used Satin and Semi Gloss in many homes, I often recommend either one for the bathroom or kitchen walls, etc. The choice is yours as this one also cleans up easily.

Gloss

Gloss has more of a shine to it then the other types of paint. I would not recommend it on walls, as it can show any minor imperfections. Is best used on the mouldings or trim in your home, or any smooth woodwork that needs painting.

Quality Counts

Also when painting always try to get the best quality, because I have seen cheap paint used and its not worth spending time or money on. Good rollers  and brushes can make a big difference in the finished look. I prefer to use a good quality two inch angle sash brush for trimming and edging. Also when using your rollers try not to leave streaks or runs on your walls, smoothing things out takes a bit longer but leaves a much better look.Rollers and Brushes

So I hope this gives a better idea on paints, and what to use around your home. A little maintenance and paint can go a long way to keeping the place looking great.

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Dont Empty Your Wallet Improving Your Home

There is many ways to keep your house looking good,A Home Well Cared For and to improving home value.  The  one  that’s probably the cheapest  is to just  keep  it  decluttered, everything in its place. Having worked in many homes I have seen it all and am also guilty of a little clutter myself.

Applying A Little Paint

Another way is a new paint job, which does wonders for the look. Its best to patch any holes or screws that have popped out in the drywall. One product I found that works great is Durabond 90, which also seals cracks in ceilings and walls. Once the Durabond is dry you can smooth it out with joint filler, then sand when dry and your ready for paint. I always recommend a primer and two top coats to give a better finish.New Paint

Kitchen

One place used the most is your kitchen, so keeping it up to standards could be new paint also. Changing handles and knobs on the cabinets can improve things. If your appliances stove, fridge, are looking well used, and on a tight budget try a little paint. Also recessed lights in the ceiling seem to be a new trend for kitchens.

Bathroom

In the bathroom try a new shower curtain for a cleaner look, and also a paint job will make a big difference. Any leaky taps are easily fixed with new rubber seals, or new parts. If your ever installing new tiles on the floor I would recommend a floor warming system controlled by a thermostat. These are easy to install before the tiles go down, and sure make the room comfy. New caulking around tub or shower also helps for a better look.

The Outdoors

Keeping the lawns mowed and flowers growing around the place gives a clean look. I always try every few years to apply some paint where ever needed on the outside of house. Planting some trees around the place, whatever kind you fancy, try checking your local nursery, or seek advice from landscapers in your area.

If you have any questions about a project, drop me a note.

Thanks for stopping bye.