Tips for tackling a magnetic-paint project

Painting is the most popular choice with DIY homeowners to transform their spaces since the job is quite easy compared to other many other projects. However, if just choosing the paint color palette and painting it on the wall creating a perfect surface is not enough to show your talent in home improvement, then adding magnetic primer is the way to take it up a notch.

Here are some tips to make the most of magnetic primer:

  • Shake it up

You can find magnetic primer easily where they sell interior paint since the secret behind the primer is the iron dust particles added to the paint. This is why it is really critical to have a professional expert shake it properly at the store before use. Also, you have to mix it during the painting process well or else your magnetic wall will not be so magnetic.


You can use a stirring attachment for an electric drill for the job, if you can get your hand on it. If not, you should shake the paint yourself every 30 minutes. The iron dust particles should be distributed all over the primer evenly and not accumulated at the bottom of the can, or else there will be certain parts of the wall that do not share that magnetic quality.

  • Know exactly what you want

This is one point that experts and consumers seem to all agree upon. You should expect the result before deciding on anything or starting anything. The magnetic primer does give the wall the power of magnetism but you will realize that the pull cannot be as strong as a sheet of magnetized steel.

However, this is actually a good thing for there are times you will walk pass by the wall with a bunch of bangle bracelet hanging on your arms or with collar chain for your big man-best-friend.


Visualizing the result beforehand can help to produce the best possible result. You might want to be able to display stuffs everywhere inside your home, or you might want just a certain part of the wall, certain side of the wall to have this characteristic. Remember that the result might not be what you have fantasized at all for the magnetic field is not that strong.

The best result comes from both the smooth, even surface with a magnetic primer. So you might want handymen or experts to get the job done as properly as possible for amateur might not be able to produce a smooth surface wall. A bit lacking may results in wasting your magnetic primer on an uneven, rough surface. Painting might be quite a simple project but it is not one to be taken slightly.

  • Use strong magnets:

Neodymium magnets and earth magnets work best as holding pieces of papers and photos on a magnetic-primer wall. But keep in mind that those magnets are typically small, very small to be exact. If you live with young children, you might not be able to enjoy this wall as much as you can for small magnets are seriously dangerous to young children. They can accidentally swallow the magnets and get choked or intestinal complications.


You can use regular magnets. They stick to the wall. However, they cannot hold anything and will fall along with your papers. That is one of the result you should expect before deciding on using magnetic primer, they are not as strong as you first imagine. Nonetheless, you can use magnetized alphabet letters just fine. They stick well to the wall.

  • Do not get confused between magnetic primer and regular paint

Magnetic primer has iron dust particles which make it very different from the regular paint that you are used to. Therefore, you should not handle them the same way either.

It has been known among users of this paint that oil-based products can be hard to wash off skin and other surfaces. They splatters more easily though. Therefore, you should take note to wear gloves when working with this paint. Masking tape and drop cloths are highly recommended.

It has also been known that users have to get rid of their brushes, rollers and other paint supplies because they are no longer usable after being involved with the paint stickiness. So you might want to use cheap tools to not bother throwing them away after use.


You should apply from 5 to 8 layers of magnetic primer. The more layer the more magnetic your wall will be. Do not concern yourself with the advices about applying only 1 or 2 layer. 30 minutes should be added for the paint to dry before painting another coat.


The paint can smell quite bad, so a fan should be used to blow the fumes away. If possible, paint smaller projects outside. The smell will go away eventually.

The magnetic primer is dark-colored and you have to paint light-colored paint over it. So invest in quality. The paint should be able to cover evenly with about 2 layers. With high quality products, you can have the freedom playing with pattern and colors all you want. You should consider layering chalkboard paint over magnetic primer to have good result.



Read More

Tips for decorating a small spare room

After rearrange stuffs in your house, you realize you have a small spare room and you do not know what to do with it. Maybe it used to be your kid’s room or a home office but now you no longer need it for that purpose. There are high chances that it will become some kind of a storage room for stuffs that are no longer needed but you do not want to throw away.

Here are some tips for decorating that room.

  1. Find a purpose
  • Everything has to start with a purpose. Many people have troubles give a purpose to this kind of room, since they only focus on rooms for basic use such as living-room, bedroom, dining-room, etc. It also can result from the limited space that you do not know which kind of furniture and appliances can fit in and it is harder to create a focal point with that.
  • For example, you can turn a guest bedroom which is rarely used into a private study by simply adding a daybed. You can decorate that daybed with cushions when it is not in use. It servers your purpose well and what’s more, it is stylish.


  1. Make use of reflections

This is a classic trick that can never ever get old when you get stuck trying to decorate a small room. The space can feel more spacious and bright with a mirror added to the room. The mirror creates an illusion which makes us feel like the length of the room has been expanded.

You can place the mirror in a way that it faces the window, looking out your yard or garden. This way, the expanding effect can be enhanced and an airy feel can be added to the whole feel of the room.

  1. Choose colors carefully
  • When you have found a purpose for the room, the next step is to think about the colors you will use for it. There are a lot of possibilities for you to choose from, from dark tone to brighter one, from colors that give out warmth and feeling of closeness to colors that feel airy and spacious.
  • If that spare room is in such a location that it receives much natural light, you can use white to enhance the airy feeling, make it elegant, comfortable and spacious. A small room will no longer feel so small after you do this. Do not add to many furniture and stuffs into the room, keep it to just a few pieces. You should not go overboard with decors either. Maybe use some see-through materials like glass to really take advantage of this feeling of space and air and freedom.


  • On the other hand, a dark room without window is a whole different matter. You have to accept the fact that it cannot be bright and light. In this case, white paint is not recommended for it will turn dull and grey and boring. Go for something bolder, moody or quirky look is fine. Those kinds of look make the most of the space.
  1. Maximalist décor is the way to go

Now this is where you can go overboard. Small space is heaven for creativeness. Patterned wallpaper can be used to cover all the walls and the curtain can be of the same patterns and texture.


You can easily imagine a small room as a kid’s room. And a bunk bed is a must-have piece for kids’ room. It makes the most of the space and looks nice in a small space as well.

Always keep in mind to fit everything you need into this room without affecting your movement around the room. You might want to keep furniture and stuffs at a limited number to move around easily.

  1. Features should be the focal point

Some original features can really bring depth to the space. It creates an interesting point for the room and makes the room feel like an important one, not just some spare box. You should leave out window treatments if possible for that will make the room feel more spacious and airier. The more reason to do this if your window provides you nice view out.

  1. Vertical space should be used

Make the most of vertical space in those kinds of room. The large surface area of the bed should be near the top of the room so the floors feel more open.


  1. Round and round

A round table can really help create a flow in the space and make you feel the presence of purposes.




Read More

Installing a ceiling fan in place of an existing light fixture

A ceiling fan with lights attached can be a perfect option to save on electricity cost while having both lighting and cooling features in just one appliance. Light kit included ceiling fans are not only energy-efficient, they are also beautifully designed, which makes them highly appreciated as decorative pieces in any rooms. Therefore, many people whose houses have existing light fixtures choose to replace them with light-included ceiling fans.

If that is your case, then your job of installing the ceiling fan is not as difficult and complicated as installing it to a room with no existing fan or light. However, you might need some help and we can give you some easy-to-follow instructions on this task.

Step 1: Prepare

First, you need tools which consist of a hammer and a drywall saw. They are typical tools which are easy to get. Then, prepare the materials for you to work with. They include a fan (of course) with mounting kit and a support brace. If you are ready, we can get started.

Step 2: Remove the existing light fixture

  • First of all, turn off the main circuit that powers the lights. Never forget this or else you will get into some serious troubles. Use tape to cover the switch so that your family members do not turn it on accidentally. You’d better make sure they all know what you are doing beforehand, though. Make sure that the electricity is really off with a circuit tester.


  • Disengage the lights’ wires; remove screws that hold the existing fixture and the central mounting nut. Now, check if the electrical box is strongly secured to a joist or support bracket. You might have to check the ceiling box through the attic if it is enclosed by drywall or something similar to find if a support brace is necessary.

Step 2: Set up a support brace

  • If you have to do this from above the ceiling, use a lumber of 2×4 to nail to the joists on both sides of the box. Secure the box to the brace with wood screws from below.


  • Otherwise, set up an expanding metal brace from below to hold the box and fan. Remove the box first and put the brace in through the hole then ratchet the mechanism to hold it in place. Extend the arms of the brace till they touch the joists on both sides of the hole and anchor the spikes on them into the wood. Then secure the box to the brace.

Step 3: Set up the fan mounting bracket

  • Buy a mounting kit if your fan does not come with one already. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to fasten the bracket to the box. A circular receptacle should be there for the ball mount on the motor or downrod.
  • If you need a downrod , pull the wiring through the rod after tape its end temporarily. Fasten the rod to the motor and secure the ball mount at its upper end.

Step 4: Connect the motor wiring

  • Insert the swivel ball into the bracket to mount the motor to it. Connect the motor wires to your house’s wiring. The basis is to connect black wires to black ones, white wires to white ones.


  • If there is a bare copper or green insulated wire, connect it to the ground wire and link both to the metal electrical box. If your fan is remote-operated, there may be more wires or a receiving unit. Wire nuts should be used to fasten all connections. Remember to read the manufacturer’s instruction on this.

Step 5: Attach the fan blades

Set up the fan canopy then fasten a blade mounting bracket to each blade. Fix them to the rotating bezel below the motor. Tighten all the screws.


Step 6: Attach the light fixture

Assemble the fixture then fix it to the fan motor assembly. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction.

Step 7: Set up wall control panel

Check the existing panel wiring for electricity safety then follow the manufacturer’s instruction to finish the job.

Finally, turn the power on, switch between modes tosee for yourself if the fan and lights work well.






Read More

Have fun decorating your room with patterns

While color plays the key role in defining the theme of the room, pattern contributes a lot to the whole look and feel of the room as well. If you choose the right pattern, you can feel the connection between pieces of furniture and decors and add a focus to your room space.

Here we have some suggestions that help you have fun with pattern.

  1. Repeating is the way to go

A motif of pattern can be repeated in different colors and sizes to somehow connect different pieces of furniture and decors. Do not be afraid that repeating will make the room look monotonous and boring. This way you can tie together parts of your room subtly and cleverly.


Filling the room with too many different shapes is a common mistake and it makes the room feel overwhelming, unfocused and sometimes cramped. You can use contrasting palette to take advantage of this repeating strategy. The room will not feel like you try too hard to match everything, though united and interesting.

  1. Something that pops

Vibrant colors can be the twist you want to add in your room. Just one or two pieces of furniture of colors that pop and stand out can create a focal point for the room and make it more fascinating.


While pattern-lovers tend to go for neutral, do not neutralize the whole room. Going well with each other does not mean blending in completely. You need something that draws attention towards it. Do not forget to add other smaller pieces that have complement print or colors.

  1. A little bit outside-the-box

When inviting guests over the first time, everybody wants to wow them, to impress them, to make them admire your esthetic sense and exquisite taste. So go for something that people rarely think of, something unexpected.

Pattern usually lies in wallpaper. However, the word “wallpaper” can make you get the wrong impression. Most people do, though. Most people think that wallpaper is meant for wall and wall only. How about wallpaper your ceilings? That way, you will get people to look up in admiration and maybe there are days that you like to lay on your sofa and stare dreamily at your beautiful and not-at-all typical ceilings just like those that are full of white and beige of other houses.


Decorative moldings can be adorned to your plain walls to add a little extra something to your house. That move is simple and yet not everyone expects it. You would want to keep your color palette neutral so that you can go a little more creative with the artwork that goes with it. Make sure it complements your ceilings wallpaper well.

  1. Make a whole wonder wall

Striking colors and patterns will make everybody go “wow” when first lay eyes on the wall. That wall will be the best background to the other neutral pieces, adding to the room the break-the-rule feel.


  1. Mosaic is great

Patterned tiles can be used to add something fun to your bathroom. Maybe bathroom tiles keep you in the bath a bit longer. Let the tiles go up your walls and mix vivid prints with your typical white bathroom wall and see for yourself the amazing effect.

  1. Decorate your windows

Stained glass window can be the perfect touch to add to the room. It brings personality, classy feel to your room and creates the perfect opportunity to incorporate patter. This can be the little something that your room needs.




Read More

Tips for adding a little something to your room

You have tried everything, you have got it all, and yet you still feel like your room is lacking in something. The wall decors are there, the furniture is there, you even have a decorative ceiling fan with light fixture included. Yet something seems wrong about the whole look, the feel.

There are things you can do to balance everything out, to rearrange the room to have the exact feel you want. Here, we have things you can try for certain problems.

  1. Something is wrong with the furniture arrangement:

Suggestion: remove area rugs

As you know, area rugs define the room’s layout. With them already placed in the room, you might have difficulty in seeing other possibilities and get stuck with the same idea. Roll up the rugs and let your eyes be open to new choices, new chances.

You can try look at the room from different angle. From a higher stand such as a chair or a ladder, from lower down the floor, from the next room, from outside, you can get new ideas seeing from different perspective.

  1. Wall decors feel all over the place

Suggestion: Create a focus point with a big artwork

If you hang a lot of small frames of photos, paintings on the wall, they will feel scattered and unfocused, especially if you try too hard and put them at different heights. Try put them all away; keep only a big piece that you like the most. A big piece can leave an impression of the whole overall theme of the room.


Suggestion: Go for crisp grid

If you do not like any large artwork, you can arrange small frames into a grid layout. Remember to use frames of the same size and shape.


It will be great if they all deliver the same story. Try pictures of the same shades of color or taken in the same place for example. Let your imagination work things out.

  1. Your room feel cramped

Suggestion: Use a giant mirror

Do not blame it on the limited space of the room. It is on you to create that feel. A simple, easy solution is to add a giant mirror. It makes the room look larger and brighter.


Suggestion: Replace solid piece with a clear something

Too much solid wood furniture might feel too heavy on a room. A glass or clear acrylic something can work things out, a glass coffee table, a glass-top dining table or acrylic chairs for instance.

  1. Too much formality

Suggestion: Upholstered pieces are the answers

Upholstered version replacing solid and stiff looking piece can solve your problem.

Suggestion: A little bit of vintage

Something that seems aged can work a little magic for you. A chipped painted chest or hand-me-down table makes your room feel peaceful.

  1. Too small

Suggestion: Hang curtains high

Curtains should be hung close to the ceiling to enhance the feel of vertical space.



Read More