Archive Monthly Archives: August 2015

How the Pro’s Paint a Room

Painting a Room in Your Home

I just got done with painting some of the house to spruce up for spring and it takes a little chunk of time out of your week if you are going to do things correctly.

How to Paint a Room

It is best to plan and if you can, remove furniture and fittings from the room to make it much simpler to decorate. If you cannot do this, then covering the furniture and special fixtures is essential if you want to avoid scraping off paint afterwards.

There are a couple of schools of thought in the prep phase. Some pro’s will tell you to go with painters tape to mask up the room for a better clean line finish, whilst others will tell you it is better to master the art of good cutting in to get that flush look. In the links below you can see a couple of great articles about the ways the pro’s do it, and watch a video from Home Depot in the US on how to paint a room.

My personal preference after several years of redecorating homes is to skip the tape and cut in with care and practice using a good quality brush.

Of course everything you need from Drop Cloths to Paint Brushes and Rollers, along with the actual paint is availa ble in store here at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging. Give us a call on 016 428 5525 if you need some help and advice, and remember to think about some colour ideas before you come to store so we can help you to narrow down final choice if you need it.

Here are those links I mentioned and the video from Home Depot USA.

The School of Non Taping

http://www.familyhandyman.com/painting/techniques/painting-how-to-paint-a-room-fast/view-all

The Pro who says to use Tape

http://www.housepaintingguide.org/seven-steps-to-prepare-a-room-for-painting/

 

Your Video Guide (which shows taping)

Tell us your personal preference for painting and even share some photos if you have them 🙂 Thanks for reading.

Raised Garden Bed DIY

Benefits of Having a Raised Garden Bed

Having a raised garden bed has many advantages. The obvious one is that you do not have to scratch around on ground level and can be seated comfortably, or even standing if you prefer to make them even higher.

Raised Garden Bed

Video Courtesy of WoodLogger on YouTube Channel

The soil that you put in can be controlled by you as well for quality additions, and watering is more controlled, plus the soil tends to warm faster once the sun rises due to the elevated position. This can be beneficial and even help to speed up growth a little in some situations.

Having the raised grow beds also allows easy management of your crop and can be protected more easily to avoid animals getting at your produce.

You can build your beds from Wood, Cement, Stone, brick etc, but just be sure to check that its not treated in a way that may leech out chemicals into your soil over time. You can also place weed cloth on the base of your area to reduce weed penetration as well.

Just remember, the higher you build, the more material you will need in the first place to build your raised garden beds which increases your cost. Plus you will need more soil and compost to fill them up. Keep beds at a reasonable length as having extended long beds can become annoying to walk around and tend each side. It is better as a guide to keep the width to around 4 Feet if you have access both sides, or 2.5 to 3 feet if only going from the one side to tend to the garden.

Just search on the web for many great ideas for different stlyes and shapes, and to get you started we have a neat video below showing just how simple it can be.

If you build one, send us in a picture to, we would be happy to share your efforts with our readers to show off your skills 🙂

We stock power tools, nails, screws and more down at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware. Plus we have Garden tools and range to choose from. Pop in store to take a look, and remember, if we do not carry on the shop floor, it is more than likely that we can order it in for you and delivery is not usually long from our suppliers.

 

Rockgrip from Dulux

Looking for something a little Versatile to Paint Your Home?

Rockgrip is Specifically designed to be value for money for consumers looking for an affordable solution in today’s market. It has interior and exterior use and comes in a selection of colours and finishes to suit your needs.

Rockgrip Paint from Dulux

It boasts a compact palette range of 180 colours and is part of the Dulux Range which includes Primers, Undercoats and Speciality Paint. If you would like some further advice or help, please feel free to call us in Vereeniging on 016 428 5525 or 016 428 1113

Rockgrip also offers a General Purpose Undercoat and Plaster Primer along with Bonding Liquid and other Primers.

Rockgrip Colour Card

The image below is a snapshot from The Basic Rockgrip Colour Card that we have in store at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging.

Rockgrip Colour Chart from Dulux

If you are looking to paint the exterior of your home, or want some simple colour choices for the inside, then be sure to ask in store about Rockgrip from Dulux if you are looking for a value for money product.

Here is a link to some Decorating Advice about Paint from Dulux too!

Kitchen Make Over Guide

Fitting a new kitchen can cost thousands, especially if you pay fitters and installers to do all the work. If you are a little handy or really want to have a go at installing a new kitchen yourself, then the video series below will be worth some time watching. It gives you some great advice and walks you through the steps you will need to take in order to do this job. The Series is by ToolSelect.com and their web site is worth a look too for other neat guides 🙂

Kitchen Make Over How to Guide

Make sure if you are planning on doing this yourself that you prepare well in advance.

Have all the tools required for each stage, the new equipment that you wish to install and some help on hand. It’s never going to be easy to remove ovens, dish washers and especially cabinets from walls by yourself.

The other thing to remember is that this is unlikely to be just a day or two job if you are doing most of the work yourself. Allow for a few days, possibly a week off in order to get the complete job finished, especially if this is the first time you are attempting it.

If after watching the videos you decide that its just too much to take on yourself and bring in the pro’s, at least you will know what to expect, what to watch for and how things should be done properly 🙂

The Kitchen Remodel Process

This is a great series of videos on upgrading your own kitchen. The first video shown below gives you some help and guidance on removing the old content first. It helps you to think about the process you will follow when removing all the older cabinets etc.

Well worth a look, the video walks you through the process and underneath you can see the link to see the other videos in the series.

Here is a link to all the videos in their series!

Part 1: Kitchen Remodel – How To Design or Remodel a New Kitchen

Part 2: Kitchen Remodel – How To Choose Cabinet Doors

Part 3: Kitchen Remodel – How To Choose A Door Glide System

Part 4: Kitchen Remodel – How To Choose the right wood or material for your Cabinets

Part 5: Kitchen Remodel – How to Prepare for Demolition

Part 6: Kitchen Remodel – How to remove existing cabinets   (This video is actually a repeat of the First Part so you can Skip)

Part 7: Kitchen Remodel – How to prepare walls and measure layout for cabinets

Part 8: Kitchen Remodel – How to hang kitchen cabinets and keep them level

Part 9: Kitchen Remodel – How to install and level cabinets on an uneven floor

Part 10 & 11: Kitchen Remodel – How To save time and install cabinet hardware

Hanging a New Door – Chisel or Router?

There is some debate when choosing to hang a new internal door in the home about using the old fashioned option of a hammer and chisel versus creating a template and using a router. From our experience it actually depends on personal choice but essentially it is much quicker and easier to just go with the hammer and chisel, especially if you are only going to do one door at a time around the home.

Hanging an Internal Door Correctly

Here is a link to an article that shares both options and further below you can see a link to a video that shows using a Router on YouTube.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/cut-out-notches-door-hinges-42757.html

For our personal choice, the manual way, this video below from DIY Specialist Store in the UK called B&Q shows how simple it can actually be. Just make sure you have the correct tools to begin such as Square Saw, Measure, Wood Planer, Pencil, Chisel and of course the door with hinges.

How to Hang an Internal Wood Door with a Chisel and Hammer

If you would like to see the video using a Router, then go to this YouTube Video for more…

Tell us what you think and share any personal experiences too if you like, we love getting your feedback!

Boring in the Bedroom?

Have you always had the same looking bedroom design?

Headboard Change in the bedroom
Perhaps the Bedscape, or the headboard surroundings are just dull and not quite doint it for you?

Check out these couple of sites below for some awesome ideas on giving some impact to the room you probably spend most of your time in (even though you don’t always get to see much of it in that time).

There is something quite comforting about a stunning looking bedroom. Some look for the thrilling and stand out look, others the sedate, soothing feel, but whatever your taste, you cannot fail to be inspired by at least one design on these following articles…

These first few are a little more reserved and calm.
http://htjvj.com/making-your-own-unique-and-creative-headboards/

These are a mix of soothing to madness, elegant to sophisticated.
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/47384547/list/houzz-flip-94-dream-bedscapes

Share with us by commenting below on the ones that you like the best 🙂

Enjoy!

Dulux Paint at Hot Pot Paint & Hardware

Dulux Paint Stockist in Vereeniging

We have been selling paint and hardware for over 17 years in the local community. A family owned business we are proudly South African and happy to be a part of the great community around us. Thank you for your support over the years.

Dulux Paint Stockist

We stock many top brands of paint, Dulux being one of them. If you need something for the roof, kitchen, bathroom, entertainment area, iron fence and more, be sure to ask in store for some advice and assistance before buying. We have experienced staff on site who know all about the harsh weather in SA and the impact it can have on your walls and roofs, not to mention the gates and fences.

We sell to trade and direct to the public, so be sure to give us a call on 016 428 1113, 016 427 5525 and let us assist you with your paint and hardware needs.

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