DIY

  • Playing With Paint Effects

    Posted on 18th May 2011 by Andy.

    I stand back and admire my work. After 2 days of stripping the ancient wallpaper from the bedroom walls I’m proud. The only thing is, this is an Edwardian house, there is a lot of damage, the walls are original plaster and laths and there are so many holes, I’m not sure what everyone was up to over the decades but I think the general idea was to hide the mess under layers and layers of wallpaper. So, bare walls. I decide to fill the holes and cracks in the wall which will eventually become a “feature wall” with some beautiful elegant Edwardian Style Wallpaper. The rest of the walls will be painted with a natural colour, although it will show up every hole and mark, but apparently that’s not a problem. So I have a think and discover some amazing things you can do with paint to create effects on the walls and there are so many textures you can create, from something simple like sponging which is exactly as it says. Grab a natural sea sponge and daub it across your walls, it’s really simple and produces a wonderful effect, especially if you use different colours.

    Next is rag rolling which creates another fantastic effect, and there are two methods of doing this, by attaching rag to your actual paint roller or by physically rolling the rag up and down the wall by hand. Finally I discover some more intricate ways of decorating the walls using paint effects, for instance marbling which I feel would be somewhat over the top for the bedroom. The same goes for Dragging which give a wood grain effect, very clever but not what I’m looking for really. Stippling is another great effect which is subtle but really creates texture on the wall with a specialised brush dabbed all over in the wet paint, this could be a break through and what I’m looking for. I still can’t really decide on how the room should look but there are so many ways to create a fantastic look on walls colour and texture! I think it’s a trip to the local paint shop for me to think about colours before I start attacking the walls.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with bedroom, colour, design, DIY, effects, interior design, paint

  • Prepare for Christmas with a Dining Room Revamp

    Posted on 3rd November 2010 by Lee.

    The Christmas and new year holidays are just around the corner so this is the perfect time to get your dining room renovated in time for your holiday guests. With just around six weeks until Christmas, the clock is ticking for any interior revamps. Some of you may be party hosting pros with many years of successful dinner parties tucked in your belt. Others may be planning their first Christmas dining extravaganza for the first time. Perhaps you want to ditch the holiday tradition of spending this festive season without the hassle of guests, but you'd like to give yourself a treat and refurbish your dining room. Whatever your motivations for your renovation, here are a few suggestions from Controliss. Your dining table is the focal point of your dining room and a functional one at that. If your space is smallish, consider extendable dining tables which could accommodate extra guests who decide to drop by unannounced and greet you "Merry Christmas." If your dining area will not accomodate the larger exteble tables, you can choose a round dining table that can seat more guests without taking up too much space plus its cosiness guarantees warm and intimate dinner conversations. Aside from the dining table, grab some new dinner chairs that will keep your guests seated comfortably until well after dessert. For the chairs, you can opt for matching chairs to project a clean organised look. But the trend these days is to mix and match different chairs to add interest in your dining room. For example, a bright red chair with a wooden table will be a magnificent combination that will give your dining room a trendy atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere, lighting must be considered because it can make or break your dining room look. Consider having a main light source that could be adjusted by a dimmer to alter the room’s mood. Decorate your windows with our Controliss electric blinds and you can adjust the lighting of the room without leaving your seat at the head of the table. You can tilt the louvres of our electric blinds to get the exact lighting you need for the occasion. Another lighting trick is to have candles ready to set an elegant mood. You can either have antique candle holders or tea lights running the whole length of your table. It’s really up to you which will work best with your interior decorating style. Lastly, take a look at your tableware and see if these important accessories need an update. Plain white tableware can make any food look enticing. Consider looking for decorative plates that could be added to your white china to spruce up your dining table setting. After you have completed your renovation project in your dining room table, it’s time to plan your menu. In this way, you’ll not only impress your guests with your interior decorating skills but with your cooking as well.

    This Post was posted in Controliss® Blinds and was tagged with Christmas, decorating, dining, DIY, guests, home, interior, room

  • Do-It-Yourself Window Design for Vertical Blinds

    Posted on 3rd August 2010 by jenny.

    Vertical Window Design

    Are you feeling bored with your vertical blinds? Here is a design project you can do yourself on a weekend to cover the hardware of your vertical blinds with traditional curtains with a contemporary style. What You Need: Fabric of Any Material and Pattern Metal Ring Clips Two Tassels Trimming with Tassels Scissors Vertical Blinds Directions: 1. Cut half a width of fabric for each side panel. Using blind stitching, add side seams and hems. 2. For the valance, sew together two widths of fabric in the center and hem the panel. Prepare a scallop-shaped pattern on paper and use this to cut scallops along the top edge. Use a basting stitch into the panel to keep the valance from falling apart. Add the trimming to decorate the scallops. Use the same process for the header of the side panels. 3. Clip the metal rings to the points in the scallop and slide them over a curtain rod over the vertical blinds. Place the valance on each of the side panel to make the three pieces look like a seamless piece. Tie the side panels back with a tassel to keep it from hindering the operation of the vertical blinds. These curtains and valances will frame your vertical blinds and will up the “wow” factor of your motorised vertical blinds. Check out our line of vertical blinds; these all come in several shades and colours that can complement any room in any style.

    This Post was posted in Vertical Blinds and was tagged with curtain, DIY, Vertical Blinds, window

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