Yes! You Can Paint a Ceramic Tile Floor

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Painted tile floor - it really works!

When we bought our house many years ago, one big problem was the big front entry and hallway. They were tiled in a mauve-y purple thick ceramic tile. Mr. Mod had just put down hardwood floors in the large great room and we had them stained and finished by a professional (at that time we lacked DIY know how), and we were tapped out. 

Painted tile floor - after

Contrary to the advice of every single paint store person I interrogated, I decided to go ahead and...

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Holly Turns a $40 Rug into a Show-Stopping Focal Point

by Chris Gardner

Holly Turns a $40 Rug into a Show-Stopping Focal Point

It's easy to get excited about furniture. And it's plenty fun to explore paint colors, wall art options, and accessories. After all, those are what go into a room's design, right?

Well, yeah. That's part of it. But don't forget those other two sides of the space - the ceiling, and the floor. Of course, a room defining floor piece can often cost significantly more than that can of paint or awesome framed print. Like, a whole lot more.

Unless, of course, you take Holly's advice, and transform the whole space for a cool $50.  

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Fantastic Faux-Floor Illusions.

by Chris Gardner

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In his later years, my grandfather took to intricate wood carving and burning, and he used one of these magnifying headband visor to see all the details. The siblings and cousins and I would sneak into the workspace and put it on, and then look down at the floor with our skewed depth perception through and below the lenses, making a seemingly ten-foot vertical drop off, into which we would fearfully step and then giggle when we'd...

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Paint a Floor Canvas.

by Chris Gardner

Paint a floor canvas

Oh my goodness, rugs are such a pain to purchase. They're either 1) crazy tacky, or 2) crazy expensive.

So, make your own. Begin with a preprimed canvas, and get creative. The result is a surprisingly durable floor covering that can be as graphic or demure as you design it.

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Recycle Carpet Samples

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/10/08

It's time for me to take a break from Christmas decor.  When I think about the fresh, new year, I get giddy about cleaning, clearing, and being creative with inexpensive materials.  Lucky for me, Readymade has provided three ideas from Jen Trolio for reusing carpet samples.  Lowe's,  Home Depot and some supersize stores always seem to have an abundance of carpet samples available right after New Year's Day.  With a utility knife, a straight edge and duct tape, boring carpet samples can be transformed into a dandy floor runner, a tactile headboard and a wacky flower vase.  To get a jump on things I'm making lists.....

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Curbly Recession Busters: How To Spruce Up Your Own Digs For The Holidays

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 10/29/08

created on: 10/29/08

  It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up.  Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.

This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch.  You can save loads of dough by doing most  jobs yourself.  If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do some of these...

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Linoleum Remnant Kitchen Floor.

by Chris Gardner

Linoleum Remnant Kitchen Floor.

From the Diary of a Vermont Eco Builder:

"In keeping with our eco design model, and just for the sheer fun of it, we’ve decided that the kitchen floor will be made up from all the leftover pieces of Marmoleum we’ve saved so far."

They took stock of their collection, designed a pleasing layout on the computer, and after a proper subfloor, had the pieces installed. Fantastic.

Via Materialicious.

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Liquid Floor Tiles

by Chris Gardner

"Modular Liquid Floor Tiles - Walking on them creates play and movement of light stimulating sensations of nature and atmosphere. The Mono-chromatic tiles leaves a diminishing ray of colors tones the memory trace of a footprint behind. The Bi-chromatic tile stimulates play with colors and forms in continuous evolution. Walking on a LIVING FLOOR is stimulates memories of nature like walking a sandy beach or across a green...

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15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

by Chris Gardner

Proper care of hardwood floors can be difficult under the everyday trample of a family and pets. Preserving the natural beauty of hardwood keeps your home looking crisp and is a crucial part of maintaining your investment and your home's value.

15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

1. Get to know your specific type of flooring and finish, and rely on the manufacturers instructions whenever available.

2. Research the proper care for your particular finish. For example, never use paste...

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The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

by Chris Gardner

Here's a collection of online articles and reviews that detail all the environmental, aesthetic, and DIYable benefits of opting to replace your carpet or linoleum with bamboo flooring.

The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo Flooring (From A Much Better Way)

Bamboo Flooring (From BuildingGreen.com)

Bamboo Flooring: The Environmentally Friendly Alternative (From Flooring2Roof) 

Bamboo Flooring: Is it really Treehugger Green? (From Treehugger) 

  

Any more good info? 

 

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