Monthly Archives: November 2016

Decorate Your Stair Risers

Depending on their placement in your home, your stairs can be a prominent decorative feature that shouldn’t be overlooked. The stair risers present a unique opportunity to decorate your space and give your stairwell a fresh, new look.

If you’re feeling stuck on how to decorate your stair rises, don’t worry, there are plenty of options. From traditional and timeless to bright and colorful, see a few decorative stair riser ideas.

 

What Is A Stair Riser?

While you may think about your stairs as one complete set, there are many parts that make up your stairs. The stair riser and tread are the two major parts that make up a staircase. The stair tread is what your foot lands on as you walk up the stairs and the riser is the vertical support that fills the space between each tread.  According to the International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors, the average height of a stair riser should be between 4” and 7 ¾”.

Before you consider your stair riser décor, you should inspect your steps to be sure they’re in good shape. With average wear and tear, creaks and squeaks can occur due to gaps occurring between the tread and riser.  With older stairs, you may find a crack or two. These should be repaired as soon as possible so the damage does not worsen and become a safety hazard. The average cost to repair stairs is $597, with most homeowners spending between $361 and $678.

 

1. Wallpaper Stair Risers

If there’s a pattern you love and want to incorporate it into your home, wallpaper is a great option to incorporate a seamless look into your home. This is also a great project to DIY. For those looking for a less permanent option, temporary wallpaper is a great choice to see if it’s truly the wallpaper pattern for you.

 

2. Painted Stair Risers

Paint is what most homeowners turn to when it comes to painted stair risers. Paint allows you to get creative and find the exact match to your home’s décor. It can also be an easy and fun weekend DIY project. Here are a few popular ideas in painted stair risers:

 

Multicolor Painted Stair Risers

Can’t decide on a painted stair color? Mix it up! Utilize a blend of your favorite hues to create a unique look for your stair riser décor. Paint each riser a different color. I love the look of various pastel colors for a pop of color. Or, contrast a neutral to a bright color to really make your stair décor stand out.

 

Solid Color Painted Stair Risers

For one cohesive look in your room, solid color painted stairs are the way to go.  If you have a color that matches perfectly, paint each riser for a uniform look.

 

Ombre Painted Stair Risers

The hottest look in painted stairs right now is the ombre style. This takes a lighter color and transitions it to a darker shade with each step. Blue, red and green make great choices for ombre painted stairs.

Tree Maintenance Tips On Your Home

From old to new, the trees in your yard need proper care to thrive and look their best. Trees can be beneficial to any yard. Not only do they help the environment by reducing pollution, they also improve the value of your home and cut utility costs.

The benefits of trees in your yard are truly endless, but an unhealthy tree can cause problems for you that cost you money and curb appeal. See seven tree maintenance tips that will help keep the trees in your yard healthy and happy.

 

1. Regular Tree Maintenance

Regular tree maintenance can mean a variety of things. From tree trimming to regular watering, entrusting your trees to a pro can mean a longer and healthier life for them. It also has the benefit of taking that landscaping project off your plate. The average cost of tree maintenance is $425, with most homeowners spending between $247 and $470.

 

2. Tree Trimming

Much like we all need a haircut every few weeks, trees need to be trimmed to maintain their beautiful, healthy appearance. Tree trimming is a task you can do yourself or with the help of a landscaping pro. Regular tree trimming is important to remove dead branches and leaves so new ones can grow. You may also find that your tree needs some trimming if it’s getting a bit too close to the house. High winds, storms and loose branches can cause serious damage to your home, if not taken care of properly.

 

3. Soil Testing

If you’re finding that your trees are looking less than their best, soil may be the culprit. This is especially important if your tree is a seedling or you’ve recently replanted a tree. Soil testing can help you determine the pH levels and minerals already in your soil, and how you can improve it to see your trees truly thrive.

The average cost of soil testing is $1,142, with most homeowners paying between $947 and $1,515. Keep in mind, this is the cost for professional services. There are plenty of DIY services available at your local home garden store, however, they may not reveal all the details about your soil that could be important to tree growth.

Paint Projects That Boost Curb Appeal

As the weather gets warmer, you may start to think about how you can improve the look of your home’s exterior. Weathering and age can make your home look bland and uninteresting. If you’re considering selling your home this year, your curb appeal should be top of mind.

Thankfully, a fresh coat of paint could be just what your home needs. If you’re ready to improve your curb appeal, consider trying one of these outdoor paint projects.

 

Popular Exterior House Paint Colors

One of the most difficult parts of a paint job isn’t usually the painting itself, but rather choosing the color. Unlike interior rooms, exterior home paint can’t always be changed as easily. Depending on the size, it could take up to four days to complete an entire home painting project. Smaller projects, such as garage or deck painting, could take less time.

While neutrals will never go out of style, a colorful look will make your curb appeal stand out from the rest. Here are a few popular exterior paint color ideas:

  • Dark Gray
  • Beige
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Navy Blue
  • Light Green

Don’t forget about any exterior trim as well. Here are some colors that will be the perfect accent:

  • Ivory White
  • Cream
  • Light Gray
  • Aqua
  • Black

Bathroom Decor Ideas

For most of us, the bathroom of our dreams is matched with a budget we can only imagine. However, that doesn’t have to hold you back from falling in love with the bathroom you have right now.

If you love to DIY, there’s no reason you can’t create the perfect bathroom. There are many DIY bathroom décor ideas that can fit in budgets of any size and still look great. See a few DIY bathroom ideas that will inspire your next project.

 

DIY Safety

DIY is a fun way to truly customize your home while saving money. However, many projects use power tools and products that could be harmful to you or others if used incorrectly. Never take on a DIY project you don’t have the right tools for or that you may not have the experience to do. Review a few basic DIY safety tips before beginning your next bathroom DIY project.

 

1. DIY Bathroom Mirror

Regardless of its current style, your bathroom mirror can be a focal point of the room. Therefore, it should be a feature that you love! Of all the DIY bathroom projects available, framing a bathroom mirror can be the most versatile to your current style. This project will take a bit of DIY experience, as cutting at an angle is required. See the tutorial on Cherished Bliss.

 

2. DIY Bathroom Storage Ideas

No matter the size of your bathroom, storage is always an issue. After all, the bathroom contains many items we use on a daily basis. But the storage you choose can be a part of your bathroom décor. For elegant bathrooms, consider repurposing an old cake tray to hold basic toiletries. Or, a wine rack can be repurposed as a towel holder.

Another popular DIY look for bathrooms is a farmhouse style. Mason jars add the perfect touch to your bathroom storage without losing the rustic style You can either simply have them out to hold items like cotton balls, Q-tips and more, or hang them to keep small toiletries in reach. This tutorial from the DIY playbook will show you just how to do so.

 

3. DIY Bathroom Rug

Bathmats are usually drab and boring. What if I told you that you can make your own DIY rug for less than you can buy in the store and add a unique look to your bathroom? Leftover towels are a great way to do so and is what makes this project so eco-friendly. You will need about two to four old bath towels depending on size cut into strips about 6’ long. Next, get some grid matting and begin to tie them in each row.

 

4. DIY Bathroom Shelves

If you’re looking for a trendy idea for your bathroom, floating shelves are just what you need. Not only do they provide storage, they also add a unique look to your bathroom. For a timeless look with added storage, floating shelves are hot right now. Though you can get some floating shelf units from the store, consider buying the materials yourself to create your own style. Create your own with this how-to from Thrifty & Chic.