How to Fully Restore a Sagging Sofa

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Sometimes, you come across a piece of furniture that you really fall in love with. You end up with a piece that you simply love so much that you couldn’t possibly even imagine your living room without it, never mind having to get an adequate replacement.

Sadly, time will always degrade things in the end – entropy will always win. However, this does not mean that you should just give up; we can always fight back, even if just for a short while. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do!

Sure, our introduction was maybe a little overblown, but this is serious stuff we’re talking about here. If your most prized and beloved sofa is beginning to look its age and it’s starting to sag, there is something you can do. Read on to find out how to stage your daring rescue.

Step #1 – Wash and Dry

This is a nice and easy step, which makes it the perfect place to start off with. All you need to do is to take off the covers from all the cushions on your sofa, then pop those covers into the washing machine. Make sure you follow the washing instructions, otherwise you might be in for a nasty surprise.

If your sofa is upholstered in fabric coverings, take these off as well – if that’s possible, of course. These also need a good wash and a proper drying off.

Step #2 – Fill It Up

The next step is pretty simple as well – lucky for us! All you need to do is to get hold of some Poly-Fil (or non-brand alternative) and start filling up the spaces in those saggy old cushions.

It really is that easy! Simply open up the zips or buttons on the cushion covers and get stuffing, adding more and more until you have some nice, plump cushions once more. As soon as you think they’re about as good as new, you can give it a rest and zip ‘em back up again.

The same sort of principles apply to the seat cushions, as well. Open them up a bit and use some Poly-Fil. This time, however, we would recommend using the Quilt type: the variety of Poly-Fil that you put on in layers, rather than stuff. This will give you a much more suitable seat cushion type of feeling when you’re sitting down. You don’t want it feeling like pillows or duvets, after all.

Step #3 – Sit Down and Enjoy

No really, that is actually all there is to it. We told you it was simple, didn’t we?

Well, if you really need us to break it down: zip up all your various cushions, pop them back into place, plump up the throw cushions with a couple of bashes, then sink into your gloriously un-saggy sofa. Wonderful!

Quick and Easy Craft Projects to Brighten up Your Home

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Crafting is a lot of fun. The problem is, craft projects can easily eat into your free time. And when you work full-time and/or look after a family, your time for yourself becomes incredibly precious, and you’ll often not want to “waste” it on creating something. Especially if you can use your time to read a book, explore a new part of the country, or simply to catch up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

So what are you to do? Well, it’s simple – get started on some projects that won’t eat up all your weekend! Read this article and use our tips and you’ll soon be able to complete some fantastic crafty projects and enjoy some free time. Who says you can’t have you cake and eat it?

Create a Funky Noticeboard

Is your boring old noticeboard getting you down? Maybe it’s making one corner of the kitchen look particularly drab, and is in some desperate need of livening up. Well, here’s one way of adding a bit of pizzazz to it.

Simply take the noticeboard off the wall and remove everything from it. Then grab some masking tape and use it to make interesting patterns on the board. We suggest a repeating chevron pattern, but you can go wild with checks or zigzags, or classic and simple stripes.

Next, get hold of a pot of paint in a lively colour and go to town with a brush. Paint over the masking tape until all the spaces are covered, then carefully peel off the tape. Leave it to dry overnight and… voila! One funky, fresh new noticeboard. Easy.

Make a Mini Photo Gallery

This one is just as easy as the last, and is a great way of making a personal and sentimental little piece to jazz up the home. It also makes a fab gift for friends and family!

Start off with some grey or sepia-toned card, and cut it to frame size – we like 33cm x 24cm. Next, grab some glossy white card and cut them into smaller shapes, 10cm x 8cm in dimension. Then, using a scalpel, cut out a square in each of them. Trim four photos so they will be displayed perfectly through the square hole, and glue the mini frames on.

Then all you need to do is attach two lengths of string the big piece of card and – with mini pegs – simply peg the photos to the string. Just pop a frame over it and you’re all done! One lovely mini photo gallery in minutes.

Produce Lovely Personalised Cushions

How about making matching his and hers throw cushions for the bedroom? It’s really easy, and can quickly brighten up the room. Take two matching cushions – perhaps in colours that will really pop against the bedding – and grab some iron-on letters.

All you need to do now is follow the instructions included in the iron-on letters’ packaging. Basically, this amounts to centring the letters on the cushions, then carefully ironing them into place. This’ll only take a few minutes and give you months of bedroom colour.

DIY Tips: How to Shabby Chic Furniture

Shabby chic furniture is more popular than ever before – but it’s easier to create than you might think. Learn how to shabby chic furniture with these tips.

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Things You’ll Need:

  • fine sandpaper or a gentle sander for particularly large pieces
  • water-based primer
  • water-based acrylic paint suitable for use on wood or furniture
  • knotting solution
  • paintbrushes (click here for painting and wall covering supplies)
  • finishing wax

Prepare the Furniture

Firstly, you need to prepare the furniture. Remove any knobs and handles, or if you can’t remove them, cover them really well with low-tack masking tape. If the furniture hasn’t been painted before, check it over for knots. If there are knots, apply the knotting solution to the wood and leave to dry thoroughly. Next, apply the primer and again, leave to dry thoroughly. If the furniture was painted or varnished, use sandpaper or a gentle sander to remove the paint, then thoroughly clean to remove any dust and debris. Paint with primer and leave to dry.

Get Painting

When it’s time to start painting, determine the grain of the wood. Brush the paint onto the wood, in a thin layer, working in the direction of the grain. Thin layers are best, as they still let the natural grain of the wood show through and it’ll also ensure that any engraving or pattern work on the wood shows through. Paint that is thickly applied will also dry unevenly and might end up dripping, resulting in an unclean and untidy finish. Once you’ve applied the first layer, let it dry completely, sand away any marks or drips and then apply a second or third layer on top as needed. Once the item is painted, use a little bit of sandpaper to very carefully sand away marks or drips on the surface of the wood.

Distress the Wood

Shabby chic furniture typically has a distressed look – well-worn is the look you’re going for. The great thing about painting your furniture yourself is that you can repaint if you’re not happy with the finish and experiment by layering different colours. Some people will paint the whole piece in blue, for example, and then paint over the top in white. When the top layer is sanded, little pieces of blue show through. You can also simply sand away the top layers of paint to show off the wood underneath. Don’t sand in the middle of drawers or doors – instead, sand around the corners, along ridges and around engraved or patterned parts as these are the areas that will naturally be more worn. Once you’re happy, rub on the furniture wax to seal in the paint and complete the look.

Source: 4Homes

DIY Tips: How to Clean Outdoor Furniture

Discover how to clean outdoor furniture, including outdoor cushions, canvas seats and chair backs, plastic chairs and tables and aluminium chairs and tables with this simple guide.

You’ll Need:
• Cleaners, including borax, dishwashing detergent and laundry soap
• Fabric protector
• Scrub brush
• Fine steel wool
• Sponge
• All purpose cleaner (non-abrasive)
• Soft cloth
• All purpose furniture wax

To Clean Outdoor Cushions

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1. Mix together 1 litre of water with 1 tbsp. borax and 1 tsp. dishwashing detergent.

2. Thoroughly saturate the cushions using either a sponge or spray bottle. Ensure that any creases and the corners of the cushions are saturated, then leave the cushions to stand for at least 15 minutes.

3. Using a hose, spray the cushions to rinse the mixture out. Stand them up out of the sun to dry.

4. Once the cushions are dry, spray with a fabric protector. Leave to dry once more before using.

5. To clean the cushions in between thorough cleanings, shake out the cushions or brush them using a bristle brush to remove dust and dirt.

To Clean Outdoor Canvas

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1. Check to see if the canvas can be removed from the chairs. If it can, pop it into the washing machine to get rid of stains and dirt.

2. If the canvas cannot be removed, use a laundry soap and scrub brush to remove the stains and dirt. Rinse well with water, then leave to dry completely out of the sun.

To Clean Aluminium Furniture

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1. Simply use steel wool soaked in detergent to scrub away dirt and stains. Simply rinse thoroughly to ensure that the detergent has been rinsed away, then leave to dry out of the sun.

To Clean White Plastic Furniture

Clean White Plastic Furniture

1. Mix together 1 gallon of water together with 3 tbsp. of a dishwasher detergent with added bleach (do not use this on coloured plastic as you’ll discolour it).
2. Using a sponge or brush, scrub the furniture using the detergent mix. Leave to stand for 15 minutes, so that the bleach in the detergent can lighten any stains, and rinse well with lots of water. Leave to dry out of the sun.

To Clean Coloured Furniture

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1. Use an all purpose cleaner and sponge or brush to get rid of stains and dirt. Rinse well and leave to dry out of the sun.

To Clean Aluminium/Enamel Furniture

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1. Using a non-abrasive all purpose cleaner and soft sponge or cloth, buff away dirt and stains. Enamel can scratch away, so be sure that you don’t scrub too hard or you risk damaging the furniture.

General Cleaning Tips

• To clean plastic webbing on chairs and tables, simply use a sponge, soap and water. If the stain is particularly tough, an all purpose cleaner will do the job.

• To keep the shine on metal, plastic and resin furniture, simply remove the cushions and use a soft cloth to apply the wax to the furniture, leave it to completely dry and then buff off gently with a clean soft cloth.

 

Source: DIYNetwork

DIY Tips: How to Build a Kitchen Vegetable Organizer

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Learn how to build a unique kitchen vegetable organizer with this simple guide.

You’ll Need:

• MDF
• brads and brad nail
• carpenter’s glue
• safety goggles
nail gun
• straight bit
• router
• biscuit joiner
• pencil

1. Cut the Shelving Pieces to Size

Make Equal Cuts

Cut all of the shelving pieces to the desired size and lay out all of the different pieces. This vegetable organizer will be put together with biscuits rather than nails, so you’ll need to mark where the biscuit grooves will be placed before cutting them to ensure a tight, accurate fit once the pieces are fitted together.

2. Make Biscuit Grooves

Make 1-4-Inch Grooves

Using the biscuit joiner, make a centred groove at either end of each horizontal shelf piece. Match up the biscuit grooves with the shelf sides and make equal grooves on the shelf side faces with the biscuit joiner. Measure the first grooves for the shelf pieces ¾ of an inch from the top, then the rest of the grooves should sit 8-5/16 of an inch below that, continuing until you reach the bottom of the side pieces.

3. Make the Backing Grooves

Dry-Fit the Biscuits

Using the router, make ¼ grooves along the two side, top and bottom pieces for the backing to sit on once the shelving unit is complete.

4. Fit the Shelf Pieces

Fit the Shelf Pieces

Before fitting the shelf pieces and biscuits with glue, dry fit the biscuits to ensure a close, tight fit. To fit the shelf pieces, put water-based glue into each groove and insert the biscuits. Assemble the shelf pieces. With the back side of the shelf facing upwards, use clamps to hold the organizer together until the glue is completely dry and the unit secure.

5. Put the Back On

Attach the Backing

Run a line of glue over the back edges of the shelving unit and slide the ¼ backing pieces into the ¼ inch grooves on the back of the shelves. Attach the backing pieces using ½ inch brads.

 

source:DIYNetwork

DIY Tips: 7 Steps to Choosing the Perfect Kitchen for Your Home

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The wooden panelling that covers your kitchen walls was once to die for but has now lost most of its charm, while the white sink and stove top are no longer au fait. You’re itching to bin the old appliances and scrappy bits of wood covering the walls, but just what should you replace them with? How much money should you spend? Before you revamp your kitchen, take a look at the steps below to learn exactly what you need to do to pick the perfect kitchen for your home.

1. Don’t Go Overboard

By all means, you can spend as much money on your kitchen as you’d like. But if you’re planning to sell up in two, five or even ten years, it’s worth keeping in mind the value of the neighbourhood before you install your kitchen. If the homes are worth £150,000 and you install a £50,000 kitchen, keep in mind that you might not make your money back when you sell – and it won’t add that much value to your home. There is a ceiling price in every single village and town and if you reach your ceiling price, it’s fairly difficult to break it.

2. Match it

Live in a tiny Victorian semi? A gleaming marble and chrome kitchen will just look out of place, whereas a traditional country-style kitchen with white painted doors and drawer fronts and a large butcher’s sink will look just right. Match your kitchen to your home and ensure that it is in-keeping with the rest of your house. This means that your home will have a cohesive look, which is always essential for prospective buyers and it also means that you’ll feel comfortable in it. Too many different styles will make your home feel disjointed.

3. Keep it Simple

You might want a huge island and hundreds of cabinets, but if you don’t have the space, your kitchen will feel small and overcrowded. Keep things simple and evaluate what you must have, rather than what you want. Design the kitchen with all of your must haves in place and if you have any extra space, think about the things that you want – like that wine cooler and spice rack.

4. Think About What You Need

Your friend has warming drawers and pull-down cabinets that you’ve been lusting after and you’re desperate to put them into your own kitchen. But do you really need them? If you don’t entertain very often and the only appliance you really use is the toaster, you don’t need lots of fancy gadgets. Save your money, or spend a little more on the finishing touches like handles and cover panels instead. Don’t spend when you don’t have to!

5. What About the Other Rooms?

If you’re planning to update the kitchen, but the rest of the house is looking a little dull and tired, think about diverting a little of the kitchen budget towards some of the other rooms in the house. A brand new kitchen might look fantastic, but it’ll also highlight the rooms that haven’t been revamped and will make the rest of the house look even more tired and outdated. Even if you can only afford a quick paint job and spruce up with a few new accessories, your home will look brighter and ultimately more cohesive.

6. Spend Your Money Wisely

Do you really need to spend £1000 on countertops when you can have tops that look the same for £500? The answer to that, of course, is no. Spend your money wisely on things like appliances, such as your oven and hob and things that you know you’re going to use everyday – microwave, toaster, kettle. As for your kitchen cupboards and drawers, if the cabinets themselves are sound you could just replace the door and drawer fronts. If the doors and drawers just need a little updating? Think about painting them or changing the handles.

7. Walk Through the Layout

Whilst your kitchen is empty, before you start installing new cabinets or appliances, mark out where you’re going to put things like the sink, oven, hob and fridge. Mark out where the cupboards are going to go and what you plan to put into the cupboards (if you’re reconfiguring the existing kitchen, use sticky notes). Walk through the layout of the kitchen as if you’re putting shopping away. Walk through the layout of the kitchen as though you’re cooking a meal for ten. Keep walking through the layout and making adjustments, keeping in mind things like the views from the window/s (this is why sinks are usually placed in front of windows), distance from the oven to the sink and distance from the oven to the table. Make adjustments until you come up with the perfect design and layout for your family.

You’ve picked out your cabinets and arranged the layout of your kitchen, but before you get started, here’s one last tip: always allow an extra 20% on top of your existing budget, just in case a small job turns out to be a huge one. If you don’t spend that extra budget? Treat yourself to a swanky bottle of wine for your new wine cooler, or put it towards decorating another room.