How to Replace Carpet in Your Home & Choose Matching Decor

Most homeowners know the feeling of having a home improvement "to do" list a mile long. When will you find time to do it? What should you tackle first? Should you call a professional?

One project that you can do yourself and can make a big difference is carpet replacement. It won't take months to complete, won't cost a fortune and (most likely) won't get you in over your head. According to the DIY Network, laying carpet can be done in about a day and will cost around $1000-$2500. New carpet can give your home a bright new look— and an excuse to redecorate. Just make sure you're prepared to take on the task.

Tools and Prep

What you'll need:

  • Tackless strips
  • Carpet Stapler
  • Regular hammer
  • Knife
  • Measuring tape
  • A carpet steam roller (usually can be rented affordably)
  • Knee pads
  • Carpet stretcher
  • Seam cutter
  • Seam iron and tape
  • Wall trimmer
  • Strip cutter

After you remove the old carpet and before you start installing, you'll want to:

Pointers for Childproofing Your Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

Safety 1st 2 Count Grip N' Go Cabinet Lock Decor $4

Whether you are a first-time parent or you've got enough kids to field a football team, you should always remain vigilant about childproofing your house. Even if your previous child wasn't much of an explorer, it only takes a split second for a disaster to occur.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, more than 67,000 children go to the emergency room each year for medicine poisoning. Many seemingly harmless household products can actually be very dangerous for your child.

Once they can crawl, stand, and climb, it's too late to put your safety plan into action. Get a head start, and childproof your kitchen and bathroom cabinets now. Here are some potential hazards to be on the lookout (Read More.....)

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5 Ideas For The Extra Room In The House

Craft Space Ideas From houseandhome.com

If you are wondering what to do with an empty spare room, look around your house and see what is serving dual purposes. Is your kitchen counter overrun by bills and to-do lists? Does your laundry room look more like a crafty project disaster than a place to clean clothes? If so, you may have your answer — a home office or hobby room. If not, there are a lot of options of what to do with your spare bedroom.

Game Room

If you love board games, family time or a friendly competition of ping-pong, make your game room a place everyone in the family can enjoy. Choose furnishings that double as seating, such as convertible storage benches, ottomans and stools. Line the room with open shelving to store and display activities. Pottery Barn has a wide selection of built-in and standalone shelves. Include a place to keep score — consider painting a wall or the back of a (Read More.....)

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‘Tis the Season for Spring Cleaning: 7 Tips to Get Organized

'Tis the season to be ... cold. Winter may not be over, but if warm thoughts keep creeping in, consider it a sign that you're ready for a new beginning. Get a head start on your spring cleaning with these seven organizational tips:

DIY Drop Off Point

The entryway tends to be the place where everyone unloads. From keys and purses to school bags and coats, things can quickly get out of control. Give these items a convenient resting place by installing a built-in shelving unit for small items and a bench with organizational baskets for larger items. For an even simpler approach, mount hooks and knobs to the side of the wall then label them per person or item.

Create A Command Center

Busy families need a place to keep track of all their to-dos, including schedules, permission notes, grocery lists and mail. Find a convenient place in your home to dub the household hub. Gather up all loose papers and sort which ones can be posted or thrown out. Use a bulletin board to post notes, photos or reminders (Read More.....)

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Unique Whimsical Cabinet Hardware

I stumbled across a very unique seller of custom cabinet hardware that truly could make a piece of furniture more interesting. Custom Knobs by Lisa features one of a kind knobs that could work with all styles of dressers and cabinets. They feature toile, polka dot, gingham plaid, damask, hounds tooth, and even the Union Jack Flag pattern. The shipping for US and Canadian clients is the very first knob is $1.50 and each knob thereafter is .25 cents. They surprised me, and will surprise you! (Read More.....)

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