DIY – Install Closet Shelves

Increasing Closet Storage Capacity

In most closets, the closet space is usually limited to just a single shelf and a hanging rod below it. When you remove the hanging rod and fill the space with more shelves, there’ll be a surprising increase in the storage space available in your closet.

Measure Closet

To begin the installation, remove the existing hanging rod and single shelf, and then measure up the closet so as to know the length and width the new shelves will need.

Rip the Shelving

You can make your closet shelves from plywood, solid wood or a composite material like medium density fiberboard. Although, solid wood doesn’t sag too much and it’s stronger, but you’ll spend less for composite material and plywood. With the aid of a rip fence and circular saw, the composite material used for these shelves can be ripped to 12 in. wide.


Cut Shelves to Length

After ripping the shelves to width, you’ll have to mark it to length; then, using your framing square, draw a straight line across it. Crosscut shelves to appropriate length using a circular saw.


Cut Cleats to Length

Wooden cleats are used to hold up the shelves along the sides and back. Ensure the lengths of the side cleats are lengthy enough to be attached to a stud at all ends.

Prime and Paint Shelving and Cleats

Before installing your shelves and cleats, prime and paint them outside using a paint roller. Aside from the fact that this saves time, it also prevents the whole place from getting messy and also reduces the volatile organic compounds in your room. Allow the shelves and cleats to dry outside so as to reduce the off-gassing in your home.

Measure Height of Cleats

Measure from the ground and mark the height you want for each cleat.

Attach Cleats

The cleats can be nailed or screwed to the studs.

Install Shelves

Align the shelves and place them above the cleats properly.

Quick tip: in order to prevent the shelves from sagging, we recommend adding additional support. You can glue and nail a 1 x 2 to the front of each shelf or fix a metal bracket under the shelves.

DIY – How to Repair Drywall

Congratulations on owning your very home! Now you can enjoy the numerous freedom and other benefits that come with having your own house. Don’t forget about the tons of difficulties you would face over the years also, like repairing and patching up holes in your wall.

This is especially nearly inevitable if you mad use of drywall (or sheetrock) when covering your house. Let’s face it, while dry walls might be cheap, easily installable, and an amazing wall covering in general, it can’t be said to be one of the most durable wall covering out there. However, while you might need to fix the walls occasionally, it isn’t something you should get all worked up over as it is essentially cheap and easy to do.

If you want to hire a pro, we recommend a local Gilbert house painting company that specializes in drywall (or sheetrock) repair.  They are also experts in matching the existing paint and the existing texture. However, if you are feeling adventurous, it’s not really that hard.  Basically, all you need to fix all types of holes in your dry walls, say sheetrock, are the following:

  • Cordless drill
  • Rock saw (a razor knife will do the job as well)
  • Drywall knife
  • Drywall tape
  • A small amount of drywall mud (buy with discretion)

Now, while patching smaller holes (those about the size of your thumb) are pretty much easier and straightforward, repairing larger holes take up comparably more work. For the former, all you need to do is simply use your finger to apply a little drywall mud into the hole and that’s all she wrote. You could even make use of toothpaste if you don’t have any drywall mud to spare and all will be just fine.













For larger holes, the repairs procedure might differ based on the size of the holes but the basic idea is this:

It is advisable to mark the spot you intend to repair before proceeding to cut it off with the rock saw as this will make for a more professional looking job. Then you will cut off a patch the exact size of the hole from some scrap drywall and screw it to the hole using the cordless drill. After the screwing, you are to apply the drywall tape around the patch to hide the tiny space that might be between the patch and the wall.

Once it is all dried up, you are free to finish the wall as you wish – spray, paint, whatever!

Exterior Painting Tips

If you intend to paint your home yourself and you need some smart and basic tips and how to do it like a pro and make your home look amazing, then you’ve clicked the right link. Our tips will guide you through the whole procedure, so you can save your money for other home maintenance projects that you definitely won’t be able to DIY.

Without wasting much of your time, let’s quickly brush through the best tips that will definitely help your house get a new look.

  • Purchase high-quality paint. The fact that you are on a DIY budget shouldn’t make you consider getting low-quality materials. If you get them, then you should prepare yourself for another painting project in few months to come, and this may cost more.
  • Prep the surface to be painted properly so the paint can adhere well and last longer without flaking prematurely. You can use a power sprayer and you can as well hand-scrub the surface. If you have a wooden surface or any other kind of surface, it’s advisable to check with your paint supplier on how to prep such surface for a paint job.
  • Use the right kind of brush and roller on the surface. Make use of brushes and rollers that are comfortable to use. If you aren’t sure about the right kind of brush or roller size you’ll need, you can ask your paint store for some help.
  • Rinse out the brush every few hours. If you fail to do this, the paint will dry off at the top of the bristles of which this can ruin the brush. If there is a buildup of paint on the bristles of the brush after painting, you can soak it in vinegar all night. This will help loosen the dry paint.
  • If you can work in the shade, it’s a good idea to do so. You should begin your painting where there is a shade and try to move as the shade moves, this will make the paint adhere better to the surface. Also, it will let you see the application of the paint better and it’s more comfortable as your exposure to the sun will be limited.
  • When you are on the ladder, ensure your hips are within the horizontal rails. You should also not try to move the ladder while on it.


Five Things to Consider Before Remodeling

We all want something new or better in our houses. Regardless of how happy you’re with your living room, you will always have the desire to make it better. Proper planning is vital to the success of any project. While remodeling can be so exciting, there are things you need to think about before you embark on the process. From making your kitchen bigger to increase the space of your living room, your remodeling project can be a worse experience than you imagine. Failure to pay attention to details will make you blame your contractor when the reality is that you caused the problem yourself. Before starting your home improvement project, here are the top five things to consider first.  

The Design of Your Dreams

For you to be happy with what you get, you should have expectations for it before you achieve it. Have a clear picture of what you want out of the renovation. Your renovation project should also be in view of your future. For instance, you may need a new bedroom for a new baby. If you aim at selling your home soon, make the home attractive to potential buyers. Let your goals and inspirations guide you during this process of deciding the project to embark on.

Assess Your Budget Realistically

It is one thing to know what you want and another different thing to afford it. You should keep in mind that you will still have to eat and pay your bills during the home improvement project. It is true that you may not be able to do everything at once. However, the one you choose to do, you should do it well. Have a clear budget that you’re willing and able to spend on your remodeling project before you call a contractor.

Who to Hire

Finding the right contractor to hire is one of the challenging tasks you have to face. Choosing a contractor requires research which will definitely need your time. You need to have a list of potential contractors from which you have to vet. Look for contractors who have more experience working on remodeling projects of your type. Don’t forget to ask for adequate insurance, proper licensing and references from the potential contractors.  

Get the Timing Right

Delays can be both disappointing and costly. You should, therefore, be keen to know the duration it may take before starting the renovation project. If you’re to do a bathroom remodel, knowing the timing prior will help you decide whether to move out while the project is underway or not. Depending on your improvement project, have an approximate timing from the contractor for you to plan yourself prior and avoid inconveniences.

What Guidelines am I supposed to Follow?

With the home improvement project that you want to embark on, you may or may not need permission. Besides warning your neighbors about the noise, there is likely a city official that should know you will be altering your house. If you want to dig a pool, there are safety rules that you need to comply with. Check the rules and regulations of your city to ensure you comply. No one wishes to do a renovation only to have to undo it later because of noncompliance.