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DIY that adds Value to your Property #2: DIY in the Kitchen to add a touch of Value

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In the second part of this blog, instead of just thinking about the house as whole, I thought I’d focus more on just the kitchen in which adding a touch of DIY could increase the value of your home. Using a fair bit of my real estate experience, my slow but steady gaining of DIY experience/knowledge and an article I found online here at TheMoveChannel, I thought I’d write this short piece to carry on with the series!

Now no one is expecting you to have a PHD in electronics here and create your own fully functioning microwave with all the bells and whistles to go on it, however there are a few little neat tricks you can do to add a nice touch here and there. So here are a few of my home brewed tips on adding a touch of uniqueness, fun and a touch of value to your kitchen using a dabble of DIY!

Lets see those walls

An interesting and neat little trick that I’ve seen in a few of houses is to show as much of the kitchen walls as possible.


(image from http://zlypups.com/)

Removing big clunky and imposing cabinets and replacing them with shelves can really increase the illusion of space in the room. Of course this means that you’ll have to dust a little bit more often but hey, if your kitchen looks that good, who cares! ?

Hang em up and hang em high

Again this isn’t a massive DIY task but it adds to the overall charm of the kitchen. If you have the space, building a wooden rack or metal rack, which allows you to suspend your pots and pans above the workspace, will give you more surface space to create your Sunday roast!


(image from http://www.shelterness.com/)

I think the picture above is a bit optimistic but that’s what I want mine to look like! A smaller and more realistic version should be pretty easy to build and there are plenty of tutorials online for you to follow if you need a hand, I know I will!

Tap it all together

Something that is also overlooked but can have a massive effect on a kitchen is the sink and tap area. Your old rusty and old looking sink can be a bit of a stomach churner, especially if you’re preparing food near it! Try replacing the sink with something a little bit more shinier and appealing.

Instant Hot Water Tap

A great idea though is to add an instant hot water tap. I saw it in quite a few homes that I was showing to potential buyers and it was a nice little touch that impresses people more than you’d think actually.


(image from youtube)

As the name suggests it gives you instant hot water without the effort of having to wait for the kettle to boil! Installation isn’t as difficult as you may think and you can usually buy the instant hot water tap online from company’s such as water boilers direct so all you need to think about is where around the sink you want it!

Instant hot water taps look amazing and very cutting edge and as the taps are plumbed in they provide an automatic fill. The access to instant clear filtered boiling water is a real time saver and they have advanced safety features so there will be no accidents. You can now boil eggs, steam vegetables, clean and soak roasting tins with ease and of course make you much needed morning coffee instantly. It really is a fantastic addition to any modern kitchen re-do.

Smooth and Subtle Lighting

Now I must stress that if you’re not totally confident installing lighting yourself, it may be best to get someone to help you. A really nice addition to a kitchen is to get some subtle and warm lighting installed. Don’t just think of the traditional places though. I remember seeing a great little trick of installing some lighting at the floor level pointing outwards towards the kitchen.


(image from http://www.dmkbb.co.uk/)

If you get the colour and wattage perfect, it can really add warmth and instantly makes an impression, especially when the sun goes down. I must confess that electricity is a touch intimidating for me so I’d need an extra pair of expert hands to help me if I wanted to do this, but if you have a bit of sparky experience, Do It Yourself :D



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Even though pizza is the ultimate comfort food on a Friday night, it’s also messy and often the culprit behind life’s worst grease stains. If you need to get grease out of clothes, couch cushions or, any other beloved item, use this advice from Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab.

Clothes
Pretreat with a prewash stain remover, like Shout Advanced Gel ($13 for a 3-pack, amazon.com). Launder, using the hottest water safe for the fabric. “Don’t let the stain sit while you’re at work,” says Forte. “This pretreater is safe to use up to several days before wash day.”

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Scrape off excess grease. Sprinkle baking soda, corn starch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let it stand 10 to 15 minutes, then vacuum. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent, like Guardsman Professional Strength Dry Cleaning Fluid ($50, amazon.com). Blot until the solvent is absorbed. Repeat until the stain disappears.

Carpets
Use the same method as you would for upholstery. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap ($2, amazon.com), and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent/vinegar solution.

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Way to Get Coffee Stains Out of Everything

Coffee spills always happen at the most inconvenient time: as you’re running out the door, in the middle of a dinner party or just when you finally sit down to curl up with a book. Good thing Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, shared her advice with us on how to fight the stain fast and get back to your life. The first step is making sure you have all of these essentials on hand.

What You’ll Need:
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If you’ve ever left your mug in the sink for a couple days, you know the struggle that is a stained ceramic cup. Forte says all you need is a GH Seal holder Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to wipe off marks. Or, if you don’t have one on hand, sprinkle some baking soda on top of your dish soap to add an extra oomph of abrasion and clean as usual.

Clothing
Sponge the stain with cool water or soak the garment in cool water for 30 minutes. Use a GH Seal holder Tide To Go Stain Pen to remove as much of the stain as possible, then pretreat with a prewash stain remover, like Resolve Stain Stick and launder as usual.

If your coffee had milk or cream in it, make sure you use a detergent with enzymes in it that will help break down stains, like Tide Coldwater Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent. “Most stain-fighting detergents have enzymes, but check the packaging to make sure your brand does,” Forte says. Add chlorine bleach, if it’s safe for the fabric.

Upholstery
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dish soap with two cups of cool water. Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain with the mixture. Repeat until the stain disappears, then sponge once more with cold water and blot dry. You can also try sponging the stain with dry-cleaning solvent. Blot until the solvent is absorbed and repeat until the stain disappears.
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