Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

A kitchen or bathroom renovation can bring many positive changes to your home, but it can also uncover some not so pleasant things lurking beneath the surface. Lead and asbestos are two of the most common hazards that are found in paint, insulation, and other materials used in older homes. If your home was built before the 1970s and hasn’t been renovated in a while, lead and asbestos abatement might be part of your remodeling project. Here are some tips on what to look for and how to make sure these hazards are removed from your kitchen or bathroom for good. Lead Health Risks Lead-based paint was not banned until 1978 and was very common in homes built before that time. According to the EPA, the older your home is, the more likely that it will have lead paint — nearly 90 percent of homes built before 1940 have it. Continue reading

How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

Many people enjoy having ceramic tile floors in their kitchen because they are extremely durable and low maintenance. However, accidents do occasionally happen, and if you, for example, were to drop a cast-iron pot on the ground, you might find yourself having to replace a broken tile or a chipped tile. Never fear—this is a job most homeowners are able to handle, even if they don’t have a great deal of experience with do-it-yourself jobs. Here are the steps you’ll need to take: Remove the grout. Make sure you’re wearing safety goggles so you don’t get any flying dust or ceramic chips in your eye, and then pull out the grout from around the tile using a scoring tool tipped with carbide. You should apply just enough pressure to remove the grout without potentially damaging neighboring tiles. Loosen the tile. Put some painter’s tape around the edges of the surrounding Continue reading

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

A fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective ways of sprucing up a space! The biggest challenge, even for experienced designers, is picking the right paint colors. It seems easy enough: you go to the paint store, pick a color from that little bitty chip, take it home and slap it on the walls. In reality, after hours of prep and painting, you may find the color that looked so great on paper looks horrible on the wall. So, short of hiring a paint guru at $150 an hour (really,) here are ten tips for choosing the right paint color: