Home Upgrades Under $600 (Better Homes & Gardens Decorating by Better Homes and Gardens

By Better Homes and Gardens

Reasonable, feasible enhancements that convey sizeable worth in your home

whereas many folks are looking to improve their houses, the industrial downturn has placed the brakes on many huge tasks. the recent concentration is on brilliant, market-smart improvements for convenience, pride, and value.

domestic improvements lower than $600 showcases clever, effortless tasks for the budget-conscious yet committed home-owner. You'll get a potpourri of upgrades?not simply repairs?that are reasonably cheap yet that upload in your home's worthy, livability, and appeal.
70+ tasks that may be accomplished for less than $600 and in not more than a number of days
All tasks are homeowner-friendly, despite your ability set

If you're a home-owner who desires to replace or improve your house on the cheap and in precisely a couple of days, domestic improvements lower than $600 has you covered!

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First hold the float nearly flat and press the grout into the joints. Then tilt the float up to scrape away excess. produce grout lines that are consistent in depth and width. Allow to dry, then wipe away the grout haze with a clean, dry cloth. joints to avoid digging into the spaces. Use long, sweeping strokes to remove about 80 percent of the excess grout. tiles and the wall. Caulk is flexible, so it will prevent cracking due to expansion of the tiles. Add baseboards or base shoe as needed. ENHANCING FLOORS 45 Mosaic Tile M osaic tiles come in sheets, most often with a mesh backing that holds all those little tiles neatly with perfect spacing.

But if you are confident of your skills, you may choose to really spruce things up by replacing all the moldings— including the window and door casings— with stained hardwood. MATERIALS & TOOLS: • • • • • • • Base molding and perhaps base shoe Finishing nails Hammer and nail set or power nailer Drill Power miter saw or hand miter box Framing square T-bevel TIP: LAY OUT THE JOB Mark the walls lightly to indicate stud locations so you can attach the molding to framing. Cope cut an inside corner, as described opposite, coping the pieces that are least visible from the doorway.

ENHANCING FLOORS 43 Ceramic Tile (Continued from previous page) Cutting Tiles On a large job you may choose to install only the full-sized tiles on the first day, then install the cut tiles on the next day; this may save you a day’s rental for a wet saw. If you’ve never cut tiles before, make some practice cuts until you are satisfied with your skills. Tiles are rarely cut to fit snugly; it is best to leave a gap between tiles and walls, pipes, or other obstructions that is about the same as your grout width.

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