Color Choices

Color Choices

We had plans to set up our mudroom and had a vision of how we wanted it to turn out. The first step was scrolling through thousands of Pinterest images to get inspiration. We wanted to create a fresh inviting space as a side entrance room with the sliding glass door leading to the deck. There was a lot of natural light coming into the room with the large window by the entryway door. with vaulted ceiling‘s we could do something really great with the space. First off we had our contractor install some brand new colonial trim around the door casings and windows and along the floorboards. Then we selected the same type of flooring that was in our kitchen to continue through into the mudroom to create a seamless feel and a large open space. We then hired a professional local painting contractor to put a coat of primer on the walls and the ceilings, which i found by searching for house painters near me. Then came the biggest hurdle of all; which color to choose for the walls.
If you have ever walked into a paint store you know what I mean by being overwhelmed with the amount of color choices that are available. I knew I wanted some shade of gray when I looked at the wall of shades of gray I was amazed to see that there were literally hundreds of options. So begin the process of elimination. I knew I did not want any shades of green and I was steering more toward the cooler shades of gray.
Once I had narrowed down the color tone then it was a matter of the shade. Working with a decent size space I could afford to go medium to medium light shade without the room feeling too small.
The rest of our house is very very pale off white shade of gray, so keeping it in the same family I decided to do one shade darker of gray. I finally settled on winter solstice from Benjamin Moore. I made a gutsy move and purchased an entire gallon of this color before I even tried a swatch on my walls.
My husband wasn’t crazy about the color when I first showed him but we are about to have a painter apply it with in the next day or so, so we will see how it turns out.
Blog update; The paint came out amazing exactly as I wanted it to.
Now for the cherry on the cake we ordered some reclaimed wood to mount on one side of the wall as an accent wall. The most exciting future of this room is that I could possibly use it as a photo studio in the future.

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Painting a kids room

Painting a kids room can be really fun activity. When you’re expecting a child or just repurpose sing a new room for your kids here a couple different ways that you can choose how to paint it.
Keeping it simple can sometimes be the easiest and quickest way to get the room going if you want to focus on other things the room such as the furniture or artwork sometimes just doing a light solid color can be a good call.
At times, a plain color across the entire room can be a bit boring. Doing an accent wall that stands out either in a different color or with the striped pattern can be a fun way to make the room pop. A lot of recent trends are showing that you can even add an accent wall with a layer of patterned wallpaper that can create a subtle but classy statement and adds a lot of texture to your child’s living space.  This is a great way to add a bit of character, or a playful touch. There are many designers and websites available to check out for wall paper designs, that are not tacky.  Look at pinterest or other blog style sites that feature decorating tips for kids rooms and baby rooms. You can get a lot of inspiration from there and see what you like best.
 If you have a budding artist in the family chalkboard wall is another great way for them to have something to write on and be creative.
If you’d like to mix the traditional and the creative painting the room solid color and adding a stencil look to it by cutting out the shape of paper and painting over it can give the room some real dimension and interest.
If all of this seems a little overwhelming for you to take on individually calling local painting contractors who are professionals may be the way to go.
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How to Repair Your Auto Glass Chip

One of the overlooked repairs is auto glass chip repair. The chip might appear to be not much but the contamination from stresses and debris from changing temperature will grow and will result to future damages. It will lead to cracks and expensive repairs in the future.

You can avoid this, by doing the repair yourself with your auto glass repair kit. We will show you in this article how to do the repair yourself. With 4 easy steps, you will find yourself doing an auto glass repair that’s easy and quick.

Repair Auto Glass Chip

Step 1: Inspect the Damage

This is the first thing you always do when it comes to inspecting damages. This task can be done by yourself or by an assistance of a professional. The rule here is that if the damage in your windshield is limited to knick or minor chip, this one can be repaired. Small spider cracks are repairable, but those with long veins imply a bigger problem and are not already repairable.

Step 2: Choose the Repair Kit

If you have decided that the glass chip is repairable, go to the nearest auto parts store. They sometimes offer DIY windshield kit that has all the things you need. The kit includes a base or stabilizer, applicator or injector, adhesive curing film and a tube of resin.

Step 3: Performing the Repair

There is a detailed instructions that come with the kit, make sure to read it carefully. To begin with the repair process, first you should clean the chip and its area. Use the glass cleaner. Dry it with a clean towel. Use a safety pin to get out the debris left.

After the cleaning process, using an adhesive attach the base or the stabilizer to the windshield. Carefully position it so the seal between the glass and the base is airtight. Next, attach the applicator or injector to the stabilizer. The air between the windshield and stabilizer is removed while you inject the resin.

Wait for the moment until the resin has cured. If so, remove the stabilizer and applicator. After that, place the resin on the repair. Place the cure film over it. if you place the film, don’t forget to remove the air bubbles. Let the resin cure once again.

Remove the film. If it is uneven, fix it with a razor blade. Any residue should be cleaned up the glass cleaner. If you can complete it, the repair you made will not be noticed.

That’s it folks. A chip in your windshield might be not as important as others; you should take care of it before bigger problems will arise. This DIY task will save you bucks in the future. If you’re still not sure that you can do the repair alone, consulting a professional will not hurt. It’s important to fix small issues rather than wait for it to become bigger in the future. Do you have questions? If so, just put it all in the comment box below.

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How to Choose a Windshield Repair Contractor

If you are not comfortable with doing a DIY windshield installation or replacement, there are always professionals out there who can do the job for you. It’s just a matter of how you choose the service provider and where to find them. The skills of the contractor should be determined so the job will be done correctly. There might be a chance that the contractor will lie about his capabilities. We prepared some techniques for you so choosing the professional will become easier. Remember all these things when you come face to face with service providers.

Windshield Repair Contractor

1. Ask for References

It’s important to ask other people’s opinions and references. Ask those who have their windshield repaired or replaces and ask them about their experiences of the service provider they hired. When you call references, get in contact with them. Get a clear understanding of their opinions and ask them if they’re still going to hire the contractor in the future. If they are willing to repeat the service with a particular contractor, it means that the service provided is satisfactory. You can put the names of the contractor in your list. If you don’t know many people that much that had had their windshield replaced, look for online reviews. Online reviews are also good source of information.

2. Financial References

If you already have window replacement service provider in mind, you can ask him about his experiences. You can also ask him about his past clients, and then you can keep contact with those clients. If the feedbacks are positive, then that contractor might have done a good job. Request a financial reference. You can tell the quality of his work through the products that he use.  This way, you will know that the work he does if of good quality because he uses high-quality products too. Ask the contractor of the materials he’s going to use too.

3. Ask for Estimates

Highly regarded windshield service contractors are proud to present a written estimate to their clients so you shouldn’t shy away with asking for one. After you’ve chosen the final candidate who will do the job for you, ask for the estimated cost of the service. Make sure too that they have enough time and right experience to dedicate to the project.

Also, pick the right window repairman during the busiest season of the year which is summer. They are in-demand during this season so they might take extra work and run out of time. Hire the one who will really dedicate his time and effort to the job.

There are a lot of window repair service providers out there, so you should be searching for the right one carefully. Again, ask for references from your family, friends and co-workers for recommendations. Using the techniques we showed you, you will have the opportunity to check the contractors in town and choose the right one to work with you. It’s like shopping. You will spend time looking for the right clothes but eventually you will find the right one that suits you.

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Why You Should Replace a Cracked Windshield

Having a cracked or chipped windshield is not just a simple blemish on your vehicle. According to auto experts, it can be a major safety issue that needs to be addressed. A cracked windshield should not be ignored because it will create a major issue in the present. You should do a car windshield replacement for many reasons, and we will share those with you in this article.

 Replace a Cracked Windshield

1. Safety Issues

When you drive with a damaged windshield, you are putting your life at risks as well as the lives of the drivers around you. You are more prone to accidents when your windshield is cracked. A windshield that is damaged or has not been properly glued to place can pop out during collision. Your windshield provides a structural support, so if it’s not properly installed, it will cause the roof to collapse.

2. Driving with Cracked Windshield

Some chips can be fixed easily. But if the damage is too large, it should be replaced. The standard windshield is made of two transparent glass pieces glued to the vinyl resin in the center. The vinyl resin will help the glass intact during the collision. This will also stop the pieces of glass from flying that will cause serious injury and worst death.

However, if the vinyl resin is chipped or cracked the windshield won’t be able to withstand such an impact. The result is; it won’t be able to protect the passengers or the driver. Also, a crack also affects your vision making the road difficult to see.

3. Why Do a Windshield Replacement?

You can have your chips and cracks repaired for less than $100. But if the chip becomes bigger and the crack is wide, you need to get it replaced. The windshield replacement will only take less than an hour, but with the right professional who has the expertise and complete tools to do the job.

First, the rubberized weather stripping should be replaced. It holds the windshield to the car’s frame. After removing the weather stripping and other exterior trim, apply the coat of adhesive on the edges of windshield frame. Then you lift the glass into place.

Typically, some models have windshields glued in place. The old one should be cut out of the vehicle. The glass and the body and prepped and cleaned. The new moldings and windshield are reinstalled in the car.

Your windshield is an essential part of your vehicle’s component. It supports the pillar and roof area. So it is important that during replacement, no corners are cut. An improperly installed windshield falls out the vehicle during the collision and will eject the passengers and drivers from the car.

I hope you learned from this article. Remember that safety should be a great issue that needs to be addressed. Don’t ignore a small crack in your windshield; this is the start of problems that will lead to accidents. Repairing it or replacing it should be done so future accidents will be avoided.

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