These tricks will make you feel like a professional decorator and handyman. We use these all the time . We are a design/build company and Kitchen and bath design and installation professionals.
By: Lauren Smith
From: Good Housekeeping
1) HANG DRAPERIES LIKE A PRO
Want your curtains to look fuller? Measure the space between the rod and the wall — this space is called the “drapery return” — so your curtains can wrap all the way around.
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2) HANG A NO-FAIL GALLERY WALL
Don’t go the trial-and-error route (that’ll just leave your wall full of random holes). Use kraft paper to map out where each frame should go before you even pull out the hammer.
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3) PAINT A DOOR THE RIGHT WAY
Betcha didn’t know there was a wrong way to paint a door. Well worry not: This numbered guide could not be any easier to follow and will ensure your paint job comes out smooth and even.
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4) SEAL THE GAP BETWEEN THE BASEBOARD AND THE WALL
If you notice a crack starting to form at the seam between your wall and baseboard, you shouldn’t just paint over the top — that won’t fix anything. Instead, add a new layer of caulk to help fill in the gap.
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5) HANG A NEW LIGHT FIXTURE
We get it: Electricity is scary. But as long as you turn off the power before starting this home improvement task, you’re golden. Then it’s only a matter of removing the existing fixture and feeding the wires through the new light before securing it to the ceiling with screws.
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6) MOUNT A PICTURE WITHOUT A HANGER
If you spot a frame you like that’s intended to rest on your tabletop instead of your wall, here’s a nifty way to make it work for you: Just cut slits through the cardboard back and use a knotted piece of ribbon as your makeshift hanger.
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7) CAULK YOUR BATHTUB WITHOUT A GUN
Don’t want to invest in a caulk gun? Use this nifty tape trick instead (that you’re probably familiar with if you paint). First, you should clean your tub, then dry it completely. Afterwards line up your tape, add the caulk, and voilà!
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8) HANG A CURTAIN ROD
Instead of measuring up, out, using a level, and then repeating the process all over again, use a cardboard stencil to guarantee your rod hangs evenly. Even better: The high, wide placement makes the windows feel larger.
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9) REPLACE YOUR FAUCET WITH EASE
Nothing dates your bathroom faster than an outdated faucet. If this step-by-step tutorial teaches you anything, it’s that updating hardware is easier than you might think — just make sure you turn the water off before you start!
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10) PAINT SHARP LINES EVERY TIME
If you’re going to paint stripes on your wall, make sure you paint from the surface of your tape towards the other piece (instead of up and down). This will make your lines extra sharp when you pull the tape off.
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11) RESTORE YOUR GRIMY GROUT
You probably don’t notice your grout getting dark and dirty until it’s too late. Just use cotton balls to spread cleaner on the crevices and let sit over night. Wipe off in the morning and you’ll wonder why you didn’t clean between your tiles sooner.
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12) SAVE TIME WHILE PAINTING YOUR HOME
Artist brushes make painting around even the most difficult household items (doorknobs, outlets, you name it) a breeze. Use ’em to touch up knicks and marks on your walls, too.
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13) FIX DENTED WALL CORNERS
Don’t just paint over your problems (that won’t fix anything). Grab some Spackle and a plastic knife to even out holes on your corner or dents in your wall — then add paint on top of your smooth-as-can-be wall.
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