Ways to Use Leftover Wood and Tile Flooring

Do you have leftover wood or tile from a flooring project you did? You can put those flooring scraps to good use with some fun DIY projects. With this compilation of suggestions, you’ll have fun getting in touch with your creativity:

Wood Flooring

You can use leftover wood floor scraps in a number of ways. Here are eight ways you can use them up:

  • Wainscoting
  • A doormat in a sheltered area
  • Cabinet doors
  • Smooth out wallpaper
  • Cover the ceiling
  • Photo frames
  • Coffee tables
  • Level soil or sand

Tile Flooring

Here are six ways to use that extra tile:

  • Coasters
  • Frame a mirror
  • Cover a tabletop
  • A serving tray
  • Hang artwork on the wall
  • Decorate large pieces of tile with photos

 

You can easy find step-by-step instructions for many of these projects! Next month, we’ll offer suggestions on how you can use leftover laminate and vinyl flooring pieces, so stay tuned.

Do you have other suggestions on how to use leftover wood or tile flooring? Share with us in the comment section below!

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Insulating Your Home for the Cold Months

Winter is just around the corner so it’s important to find efficient, inexpensive ways to keep your home warm over the next couple of months. In order to keep your home from getting too drafty and cold, here are 5 tips for you to use all winter long:

  • Thick Curtains: Blackout curtains will help contain the heat in your home. You can also buy a fleece liner or a PVC shower curtain to line your existing curtains. During the day, leave the curtains open to let the sun in to heat your home naturally, but in the evening, close up the curtains to keep the heat inside.House in Snow
  • Weatherproof Air Leaks: Air leaks in windows, doors, in the attic or anywhere else can cause your home to lose heat. Contain those leaks with weatherproof strips, caulking, foam and reflective foil material.
  • Space Heaters: Remember to turn down the thermostat in the house before using a space heater. Space heaters work best in walled-in rooms, such as a bedroom, because it keeps the heat in that room. A space heater is less likely to heat the whole room if it’s in an open area.
  • Storm Windows: Storm windows can be used all year-round and some even offer low-emissivity coating to cut the heat loss even more.
  • Plug Up the Chimney: To keep the heat from escaping your home, plug your chimney with a chimney balloon when you’re not using it. You can buy the balloons or create your own with cardboard and bubble wrap.

Do you have other ways to keep your home warm during the winter months? Share with us in the comment section below.

Designing a Bedroom on a Budget

After a long day, there’s nothing more relaxing than coming to your humble abode and being in your own space. While not everyone has a large budget to spend, you can still create the bedroom of your dreams with these tips:

  • Accent wall: If you’re looking to add some color to your space, painting an accent wall will give your bedroom the life it needs to make your room feel homier.
  • DIY: You can create a headboard for your bed, refurbish old door knobs or drawer handles, or even paint over your dresser to give your bedroom the look you’ve always wanted.
  • Plants: Adding some greenery to your space will make it feel more Zen and calming when walking into your room, especially if it’s been a busy day and you’re looking to relax for a few moments.
  • Clear the Clutter: Add shelving units or storage under the bed to get rid of some of the clutter. Your bedroom will feel like the big space you want.
  • Canopy: If you have some extra fabric from your last DIY project, you can make a canopy to make your space look more luxurious. Even if you don’t have fabric around, you can easily find an inexpensive roll.
  • Lighting: Lighting can give your room a chic, simple feel. Lamps, candles and even white Christmas lights can give you that effect.
  • Throw Pillows: Find some inexpensive throw pillows to accent your bed and to give it the comfy, cloud-like feel you want when you put your head down at night.

 

Do you have other tips on how to design a bedroom on a budget? Share them with us in the comment section below!

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How to Use Carpet Remnants

If you recently put carpet in your home and you have carpet remnants you’re not sure what to do with, we have six different solutions for you:

  1. Move furniture: Sure, you can buy little stickers to put on the bottom of furniture when you move it around, but instead of buying cheap stickers that may end of scratching your floors, you can use a square of carpet underneath and move it around that way.
  1. Cushion your knees: Whether you’re kneeling on the ground when gardening or you’re working on hardwood floors or cleaning the floors, take a carpet remnant, fold it over and kneel on it so it’s not so hard on your knees.
  1. Scratching post: If you have a cat that scratches your furniture, use leftover carpet remnants to create a scratching post.
  1. Muffle noises: Do you have a laundry set that makes a lot of thumping noises when it’s running its cycle? Place carpet squares underneath the set to drown out the sound.
  1. Create an exercise mat: If you have a large, excess amount of carpet remnants, cut out about 3 feet of the carpet and roll it up for when you’re not using it.
  1. Car mats: To keep your car clean, you can use carpet remnants to put on the floors of your car to keep dirt from spreading or to keep your feet comfortable while driving.

Do you have other tips on how to use carpet remnants in your home? Share with us in the comment section below!

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Decorating Your Home for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we want to make sure that you have all the essentials to get your home in the spirit for the best holiday in October! Here are a few tips on how to decorate your home for Halloween:

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  • Front porch: Sprinkle Halloween on your front porch with pumpkins that have either been carved, painted or anything else creative you can think of. You can also decorate your front porch with straw hay that’s bundled together with themed Halloween ribbon.
  • Doors: Decorate your doors with Halloween themed wreaths. You can make your own wreath with your favorite ribbon, pumpkins, spiders or anything else that fits your decorating needs. You can also buy Halloween wreaths at your nearest craft store.
  • Windows: Place Halloween themed window clings on your windows, create silhouettes to hang in your windows, or if you really love Halloween, you could hang window treatments to really get your home in the spirit!
  •  Entry-Way: When trick-or-treaters arrive at your doorstep, you want to make sure they see the fun decorations you have for Halloween. You can set up a cauldron with a fog machine inside the pot, witches’ shoes, dimly lit electric candles or tall pillar candles.
  • Inside Your Home: Strategically place candles or fake skulls that you got from a Halloween store around your home. Add fake frogs or eyeballs in jars to really get into Halloween or dress up your walls with “spooky” paintings or spider webs.

Do you have other tips on how to decorate your home for Halloween? Share with us in the comment section below!