How to Paint Door Hinges

My Mom purchased a small house down the street from us. We spent several months updating the house prior to my Mom moving into her new home. We are so glad she lives close to us. ☺️

The door hinges were mix-matched. Some were brass and some were silver. We ordered new black doorknobs and wanted to paint the hinges to match so we decided to spray paint them black. Continue reading “How to Paint Door Hinges”

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How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

This blog post is one of a series that describes how we updated the house my Mom purchased a down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.

Preparing the Floor Surface

First, we removed the old flooring. There were several issues. It was raised in some areas and there were gaps (with years of dirt and grime) between the planks. Continue reading “How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring”

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Updating Light Fixtures (and Ceiling Fans)

This blog post is one of a series that describes how we updated the house my Mom purchased a down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in. Continue reading “Updating Light Fixtures (and Ceiling Fans)”

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How We Replaced Exterior Doors

Mom purchased a small home down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.

Part of the renovation process was replacing exterior doors and in one situation, replacing a window with a door. Continue reading “How We Replaced Exterior Doors”

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How We Replaced a Window with an Exterior Door

Mom purchased a small home down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.

Mom wanted to replace a window with a door to enable her direct access to the carport. Continue reading “How We Replaced a Window with an Exterior Door”

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How to Mortar Wash (German Schmear) a Brick Fireplace

Materials Needed:

    • Plastic or drop cloth
    • Painter’s tape
    • 2 buckets (one for mixing mortar and one for water)
    • Durable gloves
    • Mortar mix
    • Electric drill (for mixing mortar)
    • Mixing paddle
    • VersaBond White Mortar Mix
    • Putty knife (metal is preferable)
    • Heavy-duty sponge
    • Rags

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How to Install Shower Tile

As part of renovating my Mother’s house, we tiled her shower.

Materials Needed: 

    • Backer board (we used USG Durock)
    • Joint tape and screws for the backer board (we used Durock screws)
    • Measuring tape
    • Putty knife
    • RedGard Speed Coat from Home Depot
    • Roller and roller handle
    • Tile
    • Tile saw
    • Spacers (depending on the width of the grout line)
    • Thin-set
    • Bucket
    • Large sponge
    • Drill and mixing paddle
    • Non-sanded grout (We used Cape Gray.)
    • Notched trowel (size of notches depends on the size of tile – see manufacturer’s directions)

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