Inspirational Wainscoting Ideas

Wainscoting is a great way to improve the look of any room or hallway. There are several different types of material that can be used. Here are a few #inspiring ideas. Most of them are variations of wood, other material as described here can be used as well depending on your preference. Letting your imagination run when it comes to this type of project can be an awesome way to express your own style.

Wainscoting can vary in height from 36 inches from the floor to 48 from the floor, basically depending on your ceiling height. You don’t want to go too tall, leave the majority of the sheet rock above the top of the wainscoting. Covering a little over a third of your wall from the bottom up usually gives you the perfect amount for the supportive structure look.

A simple chair rail piece is simply not enough to give the effect. Adding a 6 inch or 8 inch baseboard and changing the paint color between the two to a heavier darker color is relatively inexpensive, but delivers a very drastic upgrade. Depending on your choice of paint color this can take on a wide variety of visual appeal.

While there are quiet a few to choose from a preferred #luxury inspired wainscot is the heavier style 8 inch tall base boards and ½ plywood for the wall between the bottom and top piece. Staining of all the wood will definitely take the level of #luxury up about 10 notches incorporating judges panels will put the icing on the cake.

The style we like to call #Southern Living is where the base boards are A 8 inch square top base and a 4 inch top chair rail, but between the two spacing wood strips at 12 to 16 inches running vertical really brings out the country look. A lot of exterior southern #home styles have this type #woodwork, hence the name. This type also really looks superb with the adjoining rooms incorporating some ship lap type walls!

Depending the setting, popular as well is the tin type wainscoting with a wide variety of styles to choose from you are bound to find one that fits your unique #style and #decor! Coupled with a rustic type barn design, log cabin or any country style furnishings your sure to enjoy its coziness!

We hope some of these inspiring wainscot ideas have helped you in your quest to beautify your home!

Getting Creative With Making Patio Furniture

You might be an avid do-it-yourself fan or perhaps it’s something that you will try for the first time. There might be many reasons why you want to make your own furniture which may be price or you have a unique idea. Either way, you can be creative and do it yourself when it comes to making your own patio furniture.

You will need to decide what type of patio furniture you want. In other words, will it be made of wood or metal? For wood, you won’t need too much skill, as hopefully you would have had some experience with woodwork in school or with your dad when you were young. For metal, you may require a bit of skill as the tools you will need are specialised.

If you opt for a metal framed patio set, then you will need to source the same type of metal. This will help you with the structure and the soldering process. With metal you will have to solder the pieces together so that it can be sturdy. To begin the process you will need to measure the parts and cut them to size. Make sure that you measure twice to avoid any mishaps with the length of the parts. Place all the parts in the order that you will join them. Double check this. Once you are sure of each part’s positioning then begin with soldering it together. Once the parts are together and you have all your patio seats, you can paint it the colour you desire. The metal patio set will prove to be hard and cold to sit on. For this you can simply measure the seating and back areas so that an upholsterer can make the cushions for you.

The wood option is usually more popular because it doesn’t rust and it is a cheaper alternative to the metal. In most cases, people find unused pallets and use it to create their own furniture masterpieces. With pallet wood you don’t have to start from scratch. You could simply take one pallet as it is, add four small legs on each corner, sand it and paint it to create an outdoor coffee table. You may want to add a glass top for a smooth surface. For the seats you will need to take the pallet apart in order to piece the wood together to make it sturdy. You will need a saw, hammer, nails and glue to achieve this. Again, make sure that you measure the length of the wood so that your patio seats are all the same size and are symmetrical. If you are happy with the measurements, then glue and nail the wood pieces together. You can paint the wood or varnish it for a natural appearance. Measure the seating and back area. Send those measurements along with your choice of material to the furniture manufacturer who can make it for you. That part you don’t have to make yourself, because sewing the cushions can be a bit tricky if you haven’t done it before.

How To Color Stone Veneer With Advanced DIY Custom Color Matching

The following information on how to create custom colored stone veneer is geared towards the Do It Yourself community. This posting will cover an advanced coloring technique that can be used with all types of concrete stone veneer molds. Step 1 starts where our basic “How To” page page leaves off.


Basic Items needed

Stone veneer molds
A Concrete Mix
Color Matched Paint
Step 1 Custom Color Matching: Take your color samples to the paint department at your local paint supplier which has a computerized color matching system. Ask for your custom paint to be created using the highest quality masonry paint available.
Step 2 Blending the Paint: Simply mix the paint at a ratio of 1 part paint to 1 part water.

Step 3 Preparing the stone veneer to be painted: The only prep needed for the stones is saturating them in water. The water will carry the paint deeper into the stones. There are various ways you can go about saturating the stones in water. Some people use a concrete mixing tub and some people use a water hose.

Step 3 Applying Paint: Using a lint-free cloth dipped in paint. Using a water soaked cloth, wipe or dab the excess paint from the surface of the stone veneer. The harder you wipe or dab the stones the lighter the color will be. Just like painting a piece of paper, the stones can be painting with as many different colors as you can fit on the stones.

Step 4 Ready for installation: Paint drying and paint curing are not the same thing. Keep in mind that the paint can be easily scratched during the curing process. Paint is dry to the touch in a few minutes at proper temperatures, but will take up to 30 days to cure, depending on the type of paint type.

Step 5 Stone Care: Taking water exposure into consideration will greatly extend the life beauty of your stone veneer. Daily exposure to water will initiate a process called efflorescence. Basically, a white calcium crust will build up and eat away at concrete which has regular exposure to water.

Stones purchased at a local supplier are scratched up due to excessive handling and stacking. If you want clean and scratch free stones then you will want to NOT stack or excessively handle the finished product.

Now it’s time to add your own spin and you’re done!

Happy stone making