Category Archives: Other Upgrades and Repairs

home-related issues, maintenance, upgrades and repairsOn this section, you will find information about topics that may not necessarily be about home improvement, but about other home-related issues, upgrades, maintenance and repairs!

Spray Painting Vent Covers To Match Floor Color

spray paint cans

Choosing the right spray paint color for our vent covers

Is it just us or wouldn’t it be better if vent covers didn’t stand out as much as they usually do? In our area, chances are they are beige, even though your flooring is a dark walnut (our case). They may be white, even though your carpet is beige. Or they may be dark brown even though your flooring is a really nice travertine tile.

Does anyone really think they look nice like that?

We don’t. In a perfect world, they’d be completely invisible. However, since that may be next to impossible, we believe that spray painting them is one of the best alternatives you can try to hide, blend or disguise them as much as possible.

On this post, we show you how to do it.

Continue reading

Turning a Bedroom Into An Office Part 3: Building a Wood Desktop

DIY Home Office Desk Top

The lumber we used to build our desktop

As you may know by now, this whole “turning a bedroom into an office” project idea started when we decided to resolve the lack of desk space in what was then our home “office”.

We started painting the room. Then we went ahead and used an old desk from craigslist to build our new desk. And finally, we moved on to the last part of the project, building a wood desktop.

This was not your typical desktop, though, but one that is long enough for a double desk, so both of us can work at the same time. It is 11 ft. and 6 inches long to be exact, and on this post, we show you how we did it.

Continue reading

Turning a Bedroom Into An Office Part 2: Building a DIY Home Office Desk

Building a double home office desk

The old desk we bought to built our double home office desk

As you learned in our previous post, the main reason why we decided to move forward with this home office project was the need of additional desk space for both of us to work at the same time. While the walls color had nothing to do with the lack of desk space, it was an important part for us. It made sense to take care of them before moving on with the rest of the project.

So, right after putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and deciding the new office’s layout, we started looking for desk ideas. We came across many different options, but at the end of the day, for several reasons, we decided to try something similar to what we found at Young House Love.

Obviously, we like what they did. When possible, we like recycling and reusing stuff. It seemed like a relatively easy and inexpensive project for us to do, and most importantly, we had most of the supplies we needed to work on it.

Continue reading

Turning a Bedroom Into An Office Part 1: Changing The Walls Color

Small Home Office Desk

The small computer desk we used until now

Even before we moved into this house, we knew we were turning one of the bedrooms into an office. Then, the day we moved and started organizing our furniture, we decided which bedroom it was going to be.

At that point, what made this bedroom an “office” was a very small computer desk I’ve had for years. It is the one I have used to work on many projects until now, including the creation of this blog. Later on, we added a day bed, which we use to read and as an extra bed to accommodate friends and family when they visit.

Continue reading

How to Do an Oil Change

Tools for an oil change

The basic tools you need to change your oil

Changing your engine’s oil is perhaps one of the most common maintenance items we have to deal with. Long term, it can also be one of the most expensive ones, because, depending on how much you drive, you may need to change it often, at least several times a year. Fortunately, though, it is also one of the easiest ones to do yourself.

Until not too long ago, I would go to one of those quick oil change type places to get it done. Then, I realized that I was paying as much as twice what it would cost me to do it myself. I said, no way!

Continue reading

The Least Popular Posts Of 2016

No Caption Needed

The end 2016 marked the end of our first full year blogging. In case you have not realized, this blog went live on October 20th, 2015 the day I posted My First Project Ever! So on December 31st, 2016, the blog was 1 year, 2 months and 10 days old! Exciting huh?

When we first started, the only traffic we were getting was from friends, family and some spammers. Eventually, though, our organic and referral traffic started showing up! The excitement of seeing the traffic grow is what has kept us going until now (well, we could have kept blogging without traffic anyway, just with less excitement), so we would like to give thanks to all of you who decided to check out our blog. We hope our posts have been helpful and have also encouraged you to complete some DIY projects. That’s the reason why we’re here.

Continue reading

How to Fix a Toilet Leaking from the Tank Bolts

new-toilet-tank-bolt-washer-and-gasket

New toilet tank bolt, washer, and gasket

Fixing a toilet is perhaps the last thing a homeowner wants to deal with. It is one of the reasons why renters enjoy being renters and the most common argument against land lording you read about on the Internet. I agree with both of them.

Unfortunately, though, I had to deal with one leaky toilet tank a few days ago. It was not the first time I had to deal with one either, it is part of being a homeowner.

Continue reading

How to Set Up Your Own Blog

How to Set Up Your Own Blog

Learn how to set up your own blog in one blog post

For as long as I’ve had an Internet connection (I can’t believe it has been for almost two decades now), I’ve enjoyed reading online content, participating in different forums, and for the last few years, following and reading a few blogs.

Blogging has become a great avenue for regular people like you and me to learn and share ideas. As you may know by now, there are blogs about pretty much any topic you can think of: Home Improvement   (like this one), Personal Finance, Self-Improvement, Health & Fitness, Travel, Food, and many, many more.

Continue reading

Remember how to put things back together when working on home improvement projects

Remember how to put things back together with photographs

Use photographs to remember how to put things back together

When working on home improvement projects or repairs, at some point, inevitably, we will have to disconnect, disassemble, move around and replace stuff before we can complete, or in some cases, even start our work.

More than once, I have been ‘scared’ to move forward with a project, thinking that if I disconnect, disassemble or otherwise mess with whatever it is that is getting on the way, I will then not be able to put it back together later on after the job is completed.

Continue reading

Tools a homeowner needs for home improvement projects

Some of the essential home improvement tools I use to complete my projects

Some of the hand tools I use to complete my projects

If you’ve been following my blog, perhaps you may be thinking that to complete all the projects I’ve presented until now, I must have spent a fortune on tools, and that for you to be able to do the same, you need to spend a fortune as well.

How are you saving money if what you would have paid for labor you need to spend it on a bunch on tools? Some of my friends have asked.

Well, yes, you need some tools, but no, you don’t have to spend a fortune. They are not as expensive as you may think, even more, when you consider that you only have to buy them once, but you can use them forever (or until they break and cannot be fixed), and, at least, the most expensive ones, can be found used if you plan your projects in advance.

Continue reading