DIY Painted Countertops

Read below for some helpful tips from HGTV on how to update your countertops.

Once you find a color that meets all those criteria, follow these steps for a high-quality paint job:

  • Clean the countertop with warm soap and water and dry it with a soft cloth.
  • Lightly sand the counter with 150-grit sandpaper and wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.
  • Prime the entire surface with 100 percent acrylic primer. “You want a flash-bond primer, one that will stick to the laminate and that will allow paint to stick to it,” says Stephen Ingerson, color specialist for Hirschfield’s, Inc, who suggests XIM primer, Benjamin Morris Fresh Start, Bullseye 1-2-3 or any other high-quality primer that says on the label it’s intended to cover gloss or high-gloss surfaces.
  • Let the first coat of primer dry and then apply a second.
  • When the second coat of primer is dry, paint over it with a couple of coats of latex satin or semi-gloss enamel, allowing each coat to dry before painting another. After the finish coat is dry, seal it with a couple of coats of clear acrylic.
  • “Make sure to use satin or semi-gloss, because the higher the shine in the acrylic, the stronger it is and the more protection it offers against scratches and wear,” says Ingerson. “Avoid egg shell or flat paint.”
  • The acrylic seal will dry quickly, says Ingerson, but it’s important to go easy on the counter for a while anyhow. The seal takes two or three weeks to cure, and during that time you shouldn’t scrub it, just wipe it off lightly with a damp cloth,” he says. “Of course, you never want to use scouring powder or other abrasives on an acrylic-seal painted counter, even after curing.”

Real Estate White-Boxing

If you’ve kept up with the latest trends in real estate you may already be familiar with a strategy known as “white-boxing.” Under usual home buying/selling circumstances both parties are familiar with the staging of homes listed on the market–fully furnished, complete with a fresh coat of paint, and/or updated fixtures and flooring. White-boxing means everything is completely removed from the home to appeal to the buyer’s imagination, a blank canvas if you will. The strategy allows prospective home buyers to start from scratch–dreaming up numerous layout possibilities and floor designs.

White-boxing may not be for all properties and buyers. There must be something enviable about the property that will get buyers to overlook the current condition of the home–whether it’d be a wonderful location, the views, or even the Blue Ribbon school district. Another thing to consider: if a home is white-boxed, buyers will not be able to move in immediately. Depending on how much work needs to be done it could take up to 1 to 2 years, so a buyer who plans to gut their house and put their customizing touches on it will more than likely benefit from

Easy DIY Christmas Decorations

Time flies and next thing you know it’s 2 more weeks until Christmas! If you’re reading this and haven’t yet adorned your home to welcome the upcoming festivities of dinner parties, gatherings and gift opening, click  below for tips on how you can decorate your house in fast and budget-friendly ways!  

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Roof Leaks and Ice Dams

Did you know that one of the causes of roof leaks is ICE DAMS? Generally, ice dams (ridges of ice) form at the eave’s edge, as well as in the valleys. The ice prevents the melting snow from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can can leak into the home, causing damage to ceilings, walls, insulation and other areas.

Shingle Shopping? What Are the Choices?

More than three decades ago, homeowners were basically limited to 3 choices of roofing shingles: asphalt, wood, or ceramic tile. Now, just like there are many different types of roof styles, there are also many types of roof shingles. The type of shingle you choose is most important when striving to waterproof and protect the integrity of your home. Continue reading “Shingle Shopping? What Are the Choices?”