Homeowners across the country are loading up their tool belts and taking on home improvement projects on their own. This DIY crowd is looking for ways to make the home better while keeping expenses down.
The experts at Black & Decker have some tips and tools to make four of the most common projects a little easier.
Rejuvenate Cabinets. Instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets, stain them for a fresh, new look.
- Wash cabinets with mild detergent. Let dry, then scrape off loose paint.
- Sand all surfaces. Try Black & Decker’s all-new Complete Sanding Kit with Smart Selectä Technology. Then wipe away sanding dust and prime all bare wood with sealer.
- Paint cabinet interiors back walls first, then tops, sides and bottoms. Paint bottoms, tops, and edges of shelves last.
- Paint both sides of doors, beginning with inner surfaces. With panel doors, paint in this order: 1) recessed panels, 2) horizontal rails, 3) vertical stiles.
Assemble Furniture Yourself. Adding even one new piece of furniture, like a bookshelf, can help transform a room. To help eliminate some of the frustration that can come with following assembly instructions, follow these tips:
- Set aside a work area that’s big enough for unpacking and maneuvering the preassembled pieces.
- Spread out all the furniture pieces and hardware. Compare what you have with what’s listed in the instruction manual. Make sure you have everything before you start.
- Be ready with the basic tools. Some furniture is simple enough that no tools are required, but more complex pieces will probably call for a hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches and maybe even a power drill.
Install New Blinds. New blinds can help change the look of a room in no time. They also add privacy and can be an added form of insulation in the cooler months.
- Take accurate measurements before you buy. Inside and outside mounted blinds are measured differently. You can find measuring guides online to help you get just the right fit.
- Open the package carefully. Don’t use a razor blade or knife to open the boxes because you could accidently cut a cord.
- Predrill pilot holes for screws to avoid splitting the work piece. Use a slower speed and moderate pressure. A steady and patient approach works best with wood, to avoid slipping and misaligning holes.
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