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Kitchen Remodel-On a Budget, I moved in with my boyfriend in February and the kitchen was my least favorite part of the house. I knew we didnt have a ton of money to spend, so we made big changes with a fairly small budget. Other than appliances, we spent a total of $550. We are doing the cabinets next weekend with a great product to paint them, and that is costing an additional $250. I am very happy with the way its coming together. Please let me know your thoughts!, Kitchens
Pretty In Pink, I wanted to give my daughters a beautiful bedroom where they could feel like little princesses. Most of my inspiration comes from Pottery Barn Kids. I have a few more things I am planning on doing to it but here is my progress thus far. I wish I would have taken before photos, but I forgot. The walls were tan and the window and all woodwork was oak. I painted the trim and wood white, the room pink, and added a lot of new artwork. I made a lot of the things in the room such as lamp, coat rack, letters. I cant wait to finish! Please let me know your thoughts., Girls' Rooms
Master Bath, Master bath remodel job. New spa tub, porcelain tail floor to ceiling, custom over size concrete counter top and more., Bathrooms
Reclaimed Wood Bathroom, redone bathroom with a Moroccan tile walk in shower with teak wood shower set and a reclaimed wood vanity, Bathrooms
Entry way makeover, My Country Home Entry Way needed help; so I wallpapered the walls to look like logs and then I laid new subflooring down and tiled my floor using pennies. Using pennies / glue/ grout/ sealing with epoxy floor level, and wow the new look is amazing and everyone every time loves the floor., Other Spaces
5 Painting Tips to Paint like a Pro for Chicago Dwellers, Painting your home like a pro is not a mammoth task. It just needs some basic guidelines, knowledge and a little experience.

A fresh coat of paint can make your home look pretty and nice for a long time. By keeping a few tips in mind, your paint job can look as good as a pro. Paint can be broadly classified into water based latex and alkyd which is oil based. The former is very easy to clean with mild soap and water. It has very little odor and stays on for a long period of time. The alkyd paints need a thinner to clean up. But most professional painting contractors in Chicago prefer the alkyd variety as it is resistant to stains, more durable and easy to apply.

You might choose any of them just remember that alkyd won’t go on latex and vice versa. Read on to know some tips for painting – 

1. Always Use a Primer

You might be tempted to skip the primer, but you will surely regret it later. Primer ensures that the paint goes on a smooth surface and also bonds strongly with the wall. The true color of the paint only comes out when used after a primer job.

2. Try All the Pro Tricks

If you want your paint job to look like a pro, then paint like one. Get an edge pad for clean edges and corners. Ensure to tape off all surfaces to minimize drippings.

3. Ensure That the Paint Sticks

Paint will stick the best to a well prepared wall. Ensure that the wall is absolutely clean, has no traces of gloss and in good condition, before you start painting.

4. Buy a Gallon At One Time

House painting experts in Chicago suggests that a home maker should buy a gallon of paint for every 400 square feet. If the walls are going to have texture or faux effect then more paint will be needed.

5. Plan Panting On A Dry Day Or The Summer Months

Painting done on a moist or humid day, will take long to dry. Always plan a paint job on a dry and sunny day so that the paint dries up evenly and quickly., Home Offices

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