Amid the many trends ebbing and flowing through home improvement, one in particular seems likely to stick around. Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country — in contemporary and rustic designs. With this design element found on such opposite sides of the style spectrum, one might wonder what it is about barn doors that people love so much. If you’ve found yourself asking the same thing, read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project.
Barn doors provide the perfect transition between rooms
As homeowners seek more open floor plans, interior doors are evolving. Barn doors meet homeowners’ desire for fluid room flows by seamlessly connecting adjacent rooms, allowing the flexibility to close spaces off or join them.
“The rolling feature of barn doors creates a fresh look in any home,” says Brad Loveless, product development manager for Simpson Door Company. “The functionality of a door mounted on a barn track allows homeowners to control the degree to which spaces are opened or closed.” Unlike conventional hinge-mounted doors, barn doors open up previously divided rooms with an air of intentionality.
Barn doors make an unexpected statement piece
Like a distinctive piece of art in the home, the right interior door can showcase a homeowner’s style and personality. An unexpected door style tells a story that creates a great discussion point when entertaining friends and family. Is your home lacking something that inspires creativity and sparks conversation? You may find that a barn door is a simple solution to this problem with its eye-catching rolling feature. They’re subtle, but bold. Innovative, but not over the top. Barn doors catch your eye, without taking over the room.
Barn doors are adaptable to changing style trends
Do you ever worry that the sweater you bought last week will be out of style in a year or two? Are you forever a trend skeptic since the bell-bottom era? (If those can go out of style, anything can, right?) Contrary to what may feel like their recent popularity, these farmyard-meets-indoors statement pieces have been around for over a decade. Today you’ll find barn doors with a modern, sleek look, rustic wood paneling or even those made with a chalkboard.
Barn doors are available from a number of companies. For homeowners who like the look and feel of wood doors, Simpson Door Company offers rustic-style barn doors, as well as sleek, contemporary doors that can be mounted on barn track hardware.
You won’t regret moving this installation to the top of your priority list of winter home-improvement projects. Adding a barn door while you’re stuck inside for the cold months makes an immediate visual difference in your home and can provide a scenic backdrop for holiday photos.
You don't have to be a pro to tackle many home improvement projects. With a little elbow grease and a few smart tools, DIY novices can easily complete all kinds of household tasks efficiently and correctly.
Here are 10 common DIY projects for beginners that any homeowner (or apartment dweller) can learn to do. Not only will your house look great, but you'll feel a great sense of pride too.
1. Install a kitchen backsplash: You don’t need to learn how to cut and install tile. Instead, add a stylish backsplash by using inexpensive alternative materials such as tin ceiling tiles, wooden beadboard or wallpaper.
2. Loosen rusty bolts: For stubborn nuts and bolts, reach for a Bernzomatic TS3500 Multi-Use Torch. This easy-to-use tool empowers all levels of DIYers and can be used for dozens of tasks. For this one, simply heat up the bolt to loosen the rust, then turn with a wrench to remove. Discover more torch project ideas at Bernzomatic.com.
3. Conceal wall blemishes: From nail holes to furniture bumps, repair wall blemishes by using a putty knife to spread a resurfacing compound. For larger dings, you can use an adhesive patch and add an all-purpose drywall compound with a trowel. Allow to dry, then sand and repaint.
4. Give furniture a vintage look: The rustic look is “in,” but rather than splurge on trendy furniture, get the same look for less money and have fun creating it yourself. Add an aged look to wooden furniture such as patio sets or console tables, or decor items like picture frames using a torched patina effect. The Bernzomatic TS3500 Multi-Use Torch provides ultimate control for steady strokes back and forth on raw wood to bring out the natural wood grain without having to apply a stain. It only takes seconds.
5. Create a perfect patio: If you want a new patio, but don't want to deal with mortar, consider flagstone. These flat stones fit together like puzzle pieces so you can create a small patio, meditation garden or reading nook virtually anywhere in your yard.
6. Repair equipment: Need to repair the grips on your bike, tennis racket or hockey sticks? When you want to regrip them, take off the old grip and use a torch to soften the adhesive to make it easier to remove the old grip. Simply add new grips around the now adhesive-free surfaces.
7. Eliminate picture-hanging snafus: When hanging small pictures, put masking tape on the wall before hammering or drilling. This will help ensure the wall or paint doesn't crack. Additionally, place a folded sticky note on the wall before drilling and it will catch all the dust.
8. Spruce up landscaping beds: If your landscaping is looking drab, mulch is an affordable way to limit weeds and protect plants while making the space more visually appealing. Use cut outs of landscaping fabric to line the beds before spreading mulch evenly on top. Quick trick: use a torch to singe the ends of the fabric to keep it from fraying.
9. Replace outlet plates: Faded or dated outlet plates can make an entire room look old. Update your space by installing new covers. For little cost, you can buy new plates and all you have to do is use a Phillips or flat-head screwdriver to swap out the old for new.
10. Evoke elegance with crown molding: High-end homes often feature crown molding where the wall meets the ceiling. To get the look for less, purchase foam crown molding from your local home improvement store, paint and install with foam-board adhesive. No nails required!
Simply put, take advantage of a few of the above projects and your home can rhyme in sync with your own added flare.
Install a backsplash, Loosen bolts, Create a vintage flare
Perfect the patio, snaf the pics, focus on fix and repair
Spruce the landscape, replace the plates, evoke the crowing mold
These ten tips can make your home look new from bland and old!
My husband and I restored, cleaned, and then tuned this Whitney Kimball Upright Piano. When we first received the piano it was in horrible condition, filthy dirty, smelled like cigarette smoke, filled with years of dust, water logged, and the wood was faded and bland. I was actually pretty disguisted and really thought this was not going to work because it was in such critical condition.
CJ convinced me to see the potential that he saw in the piano and started with a serious cleaning. He took each piece apart, including the tiny pieces insides of the keys and paddings.
A Little Hope for this Unwanted Classic
After cleaning and fixing the piano, CJ sanded it down and began a newer, darker coat of paint. I love the Gothic, Vampire themes when it comes to a piano, so he got rid of the old puke-wood look and gave it a more dark Gothic theme to satisfy my imagination.
The finishing touches
CJ was able to clean out the entire piano, restain it, get rid of the smoke smell, and tune it within two weeks. He really put his heart and soul into making this a perfect new addition to our livingroom and he was determined to bring it back to life. There is a structure to restoring a precious piece of instrument like a piano and CJ is just good at it, plus he really enjoys what he does too. Most importantly, our daughter absolutely loves it and has played it non-stop. We love that our kids can play the piano to their heart's content and fill our home with beautiful music. I can't wait for the holidays!
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