Archive for November, 2012

Give Your Home a Little Gift for Christmas

Monday, November 12th, 2012
  • Use stencils to design modern walls and make warm and cozy interiors

Hanging wallpaper is fine, but it’s always better to stencil your walls. This procedure is extremely simple and creates an interesting design. Moreover, it doesn’t carry the hassle of applying wallpaper.

Cheap and simple

A room looks fantastic in wallpaper. Still, it requires a lot of labor and effort. On the other hand, stenciling is much simpler and has a similar effect. You can make use of custom design combinations and you can either stencil the entire wall or add a border. Through stencils you can accentuate your wall’s design by using different patterns. The result is attractive and the procedure is much simpler than applying wallpaper.

Stencil styles

If you simply want to add a border by using stencils, you have to make use of a guideline to keep the line straight. First, you need to measure the line and afterwards draw it with a piece of chalk or a pencil. This will be the reference point for your stencil. After you paint the stencil design, you have to remove the stencil immediately, while the paint is damp. When you take away the stencil, make sure you don’t ruin the design.  The stencil will be moved to the following spot and so on. If you’re using 2 or more colors, wait until the first color is dry.

Stenciling is much more advantageous because if you’re tired of the design, you can always paint over it. The wallpaper must first be removed to paint the walls underneath. Moreover, in case you make a tiny mistake while using stencils, you can always paint over and cover the mistake. Thus, stenciling can be immediately updated.

  • Your walls can have a unique finish with Faux Finish techniques

There are numerous faux painting techniques and they all use texture tricks, paint colors, glaze or plaster. These techniques can be used for a piece of furniture or for a room. The most common faux painting methods are:

Faux Terra Cotta: the Terra Cotta look can be easily obtained by using a cardboard backing and foam rubber. The procedure is called stamping and it’s extremely cheap. It is mainly used for flooring. After you complete the stamping process, you should use polyurethane coating to seal the floors.

Faux Woodgraining: this technique can be used for walls or floors. You can simply drag the paint and afterwards glaze it make it to look like wood grain. This method is more complicated, but if you know exactly how to do it, it will look like real hardwood.

Faux Marbling: this technique requires more steps to be achieved. This finish must have depth. Also, you should not overdo the areas and you have to make use of the right veining procedure to create the veins. If you don’t stick to these guidelines, the final result will be far from the real marble’s lustrous look. The perfect marble look can be acquired with a special dabbing technique. A visual aid, like a piece of marble will help you imitate the look.

Faux Stone: this technique is great for walls because it can conceal various damages. The texture is created from wall compound and the patterns are manipulated with a trowel. In the end, you will need a glazing paint color.

  • With a homemade painted headboard you can change your bedroom’s appearance

A bedroom can be instantly personalized with a headboard that leans against or attaches to the wall. So, you don’t need to occupy the entire space in your room or build a new bed frame. The mattress and the box springs can be supported by a cheap metal frame and the headboard will sit behind the bed. Before starting manufacturing your homemade headboard, there are a few things that you should take into consideration.

Think about a preferred style, height, the mattress’ size and the attaching mode. It all depends on the overall design of you room and the desired look. Make up a design plan and measure your mattress before you start the project. Remember that you have limitless design options by using a wooden headboard. It can be colored and stained anyway you like.

Environmentally friendly paints and colorants

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Definition of VOC

VOCs or volatile organic compounds are gases emitted by certain liquids and solids. VOCs are made from various chemicals that might have long – and short – term health effects. VOC concentrations are usually higher indoors as compared to outdoor spaces. There are thousands of products out there that emit VOCs. Some of the most important are photographic solutions, lacquers and paints, permanent markers, paint strippers, adhesives and glues, cleaning supplies, craft and graphics materials, pesticides, carbonless copy paper, building furnishings and materials, correction fluids, printers, copiers and office equipment.
Unfortunately, VOCs are used in most commercial and household products. Most preservatives, cleansers, varnishes, disinfectants, paints, waxes, dry cleaning products, cosmetics and glues contain volatile organic compounds. Not to mention that VOCs are included in fuels like kerosene and gasoline. Pesticides and cigarette smoke also include VOCs. The sources of VOCs can also come from different household and building materials. For example, wall coverings, vinyl type flooring, new carpeting, wood products with waxes, finishes and glues, draperies, adhesives, and backing can release harmful VOCs.

The different types of VOCs

There are numerous types of volatile organic compounds. They are classified based on different needs and interests. For example, the VOCs can be classified according to their effects, source, use and target organs. There are also volatile organic compounds that come in groups depending on their poisoning potential, physical state, general chemical structure, reactivity and chemical stability. Basically, volatile organic compounds are the physical or chemical agents that interact with various biological systems and cause different adverse responses. These special responses can be included in a diversity of physiological groups and can range from serious to minor responses and effects. They can lead to critical disabilities including cancer or kidney failure or they can cause kidney or liver damage.
The most common types of volatile organic compounds are perchloroethylene, benzene, heptane, methylene chloride, styrene, hexane, trichloroethane and toluene.

The market  features numerous products that don’t contain volatile organic compounds. One of these healthy products is the Benjamin Moore Natura paint. This type of paint has zero VOCs, but it’s still extremely efficient and performing. The Benjamin Moore paint is resistant to fading, odorless, durable and washable. The product makes use of the innovative waterborne Aura technology to offer a high – quality and eco – friendly paint. Natura comes in a wide array of colors and shades and even if it contains colorants, it doesn’t have any VOC. There are plenty of so called zero VOCs paints out there that contain VOCs because of the colorant. Natura is one of the only paints that’s odorless and that doesn’t have VOCs. It comes in primer, flat, semi – gloss and eggshell and it’s mainly used for the interiors. Moreover, it is resistant to splatter and 100% acrylic latex. Not to mention that it is VOC compliant and follows the special Green Promise designation.

Choose zero-VOC paint for you and your family

Zero-VOC paint will keep your family safe because it does not contain harmful chemicals. It is odorless and it can be washed extremely easily. Often used for the insides of people’s homes, the paint is eco-friendly. It will improve air quality and your family won’t develop any kinds of respiratory problems. Additionally, zero-VOC paints are extremely helpful for people with chemical sensitivity and allergies.