Top 7 Mistakes You’re Making When Painting Kitchen Cabinets 

We recently reviewed the top kitchen cabinet paints that we prefer to use and for this one we continue with the same topic. Painting kitchen cabinets is not the same as painting walls. It’s a whole different ball game. Firstly, working with wood requires a different level of care and attention. If one is not careful they might end up with a kitchen that looks horrible. In this article we take a look at some of the reasons why your kitchen cabinet makeover might be failing. Keep reading to find out more!

Using the Wrong Paint Color

As with paint for walls, there are so many options to choose from when it comes  to kitchen cabinet paint. That doesn’t mean that all colors will look the same. That and the fact that wood is not as forgiving as walls means you must be sure about what paint you want to use on your cabinets from the word go. That requires you to visualize not just the cabinets but the entire kitchen. Moreover to avoid unnecessary restarts you should test several color schemes to make sure that the one you’ve chosen will appear as you first thought.

Wrong Painting Technique

Don’t just pick up paint and begin coating your precious cabinet. Even if you have the right paint and the right tools for the job, you may end up with bad results. For instance you should never paint the face of the cabinets before you’ve painted the interior. Too many people complain that they can get a slick finish on their cabinets and the reason is quite simple- the begin by painting the front sides of their cabinets, which usually results in the finish losing its slickness when one mistakenly touches it.

You Lack Patience 

While it’s completely understandable that you can’t wait to install your new cabinets, one of the worst mistakes to make is to attempt to install the painted cabinets before they’re dry. Again doing so will ensure that you don’t get a smooth finish on your precious cabinets as the paint will unfortunately smudge. It takes about fourteen days for kitchen cabinet paint to dry. Actually, it takes longer for it to actually cure, but by “dry”, we mean that when one touches it won’t smudge. It’s worth the time and money to be patient and let the cabinets dry!

Not Prepping Your Cabinets

Yes, doing it right can be time consuming, but the results will be worth it. That said, another error made by many people is forgetting or rather neglecting to clean their kitchen cabinets before painting. If one does not do so, the paint will not look slick as all the dirt and grime will show through. To clean kitchen cabinets all you require is a sponge and some mineral spirit. You must take your time to ensure that you get all the surfaces and the stains. Only then should you move on to the next step.

Handling The Cabinets Roughly When Reinstalling 

As mentioned before, kitchen cabinets take quite long to dry and even longer to cure. That said even when they appear to be dry, there’s a chance that they still need more time. This means that one must be extra careful when reinstalling kitchen cabinets to avoid ruining the whole job. Even after installing the cabinets, care should be taken, as the paint could still be a long ways from completely drying. Repainting because of lack of care can be frustrating, not to mention that it is time consuming and unnecessarily expensive. Be patient.

Neglecting To Prime 

Priming wood before painting not only prepares it, it also makes sure that one gets a better paint finish. Perhaps because there are so many steps in the painting process, many people neglect to prime before painting. As one primes the wood it’s important to do so with the gram of the wood, for best results. Keep in mind too that the primer usually takes around two hours to dry. If you do it right your cabinet paint finish will feel smoother and the color will appear better. Don’t skip this step!

You Forget To Label 

When you begin painting, you’re bound to disassemble your cabinets. As you do so it’s important to label them, to make your work easier when reassembling them and refitting them. Not only does this save on time, it also reduces the chance of you smudging the paint, as you won’t over handle you’re drawers as you try to find the right fit. On the same not, you should store hinges and screws in containers and label them too. It saves on time and makes the whole process much more efficient and less taxing. When you disassemble your drawers, don’t forget to label!

Check out this video to learn how to paint your kitchen cabinets by yourself!

10 best Backyard wedding Ideas

The wedding celebration is one of the most valuable ceremonies of life. Everyone wishes to get the feeling of “wow” from the attendees. So, here are some ideas that will turn your dream into reality and will make your wedding memorable in your backyard.

1. Create the Attendee’s Chart:

If you are planning your wedding in the backyard so, you must write down the names of your guests with their reserving table and seat number on a chart and pin it to the tree or wall to give it a rustic look. And when the guests move to their seats, they will see the reserving tags with their names. It will make your guests feel happy, and they will always remember your wedding day. You can also do a separate seating arrangement for each couple and a big dining table for VIPs.

2.  Set up a dancing floor:

In the backyard, allocate some space to set up the dance floor because the floor the greenery of your lawn will force the guests to dance. And this will increase the joy of your wedding day.   

3. Portraits of Groom and Bride:

Setting up a stall of portraits of the groom and bride adds beauty to the function. It may include the childhood pictures, the first day of relationship photos, funny and adventurous pictures of both bride and groom. The stall should give a rustic look with some traditional theme and antique photo frames. Doing this will amaze the people, and they will tend to capture those beautiful moments in their memories.

4. Relationship Story:

You can create a rustic wooden board where you mention what where did you meet for the first time, when and where did you do your first kiss, when you proposed your lover, what is the age of your relationship, etc. That is what your guests would love to read, and they will tease you, and this is what will develop a fun factor to your function.   

5. Schedule Time for fireworks and sky lanterns:

Scheduling time for crackers and sky lanterns enhances the joy of your wedding. If we do this, people will wait eagerly for the moment of shooting fireworks and releasing sky lanterns in the sky. Your guests will set up their cameras to capture this beautiful moment. And when the moment comes, this will create a dream view and will enlighten your venue as happens on a New Year’s Eve.

6. Set up a food bus:

Being traditional and unusual is what attracts all. You can arrange a mobile food bus in your backyard, and this is what your guests will love the most. And on the bus, you can serve fast food, beverages, and moreover, you can set up DJ on the bus. Your guests will help themselves to take what they want to eat, and they can carry it to their seats, and that is what will make your wedding function unforgettable.

7. Set up a vintage cart for desserts:

To enhance the beauty of your wedding function, you can set up a vintage cart having a rustic look. And on the cart, we can put fruits, sweets, desserts or any other stuff like this. 

8. Entertainment with games:

As, in a marriage function, there come the people of all ages. So, we can entertain your guests with different physical and mental games like Giant dice, Giant stacks, Corn hole, high striker, etc. That is what will add much fun to your wedding ceremony, and will never let people forget your marriage function.

9. Wear the movie/cartoon Character’s dress:

If you want to add some more joy to your wedding ceremony, you can make some of your friends to wear the dress of some prominent movie characters like Batman, Spiderman, frozen princess character, mermaid princess, joker, mickey mouse, etc. And they will act as a real character does. That will create an amazing environment.

10. Complimentary gift:

When the function of your wedding ceremony ends, you can give your guests something that may make them remember your wedding day when they see it. That could be anything like key-ring of their name, a card where you thank them for joining you, or any rustic stuff.  As long as that will be in their hands, they will remember you, and this is what will make your wedding function unique.

Please visit our post “outdoor wedding decoration” that will let you know more about wedding decoration.

How to Decorate a House for Wedding Reception

Wedding at home has become trending nowadays. But before you decorate your house, you need to keep some crucial points in your mind. First of all, you should look at how much free space do you have at your home and how much is required for a particular wedding theme to make a proper setting. You also need to make sure whether your wedding is going to be indoor or outdoor.

Once, you get the answer to these questions, you will have plenty of options to decorate the house, but all will depend upon your budget. So, here are some ways by which you can decorate your home for the marriage reception.

(1)  Use Multi-colored LED lights:

To give your house a sparkling look, you can use multi-colored LED lights inside and outside your home. Especially, you can hang lights from the roof and ceilings, put them on the plants, etc. And this will impart an elegant look to the wedding reception venue. 

(2) Tie Ribbons to the seat covers:

As, there is too much for furniture decoration, but staying within a normal budget, you can tie ribbons to the seat covers. You can make a variety of ribbon styles and tie them to the back of seat covers. Doing this will give a classy look to the seating area of your venue.

(3) Put Flower Bouquets on the tables:

A flower is what everyone wants to touch and smell. So, we can put a flower bouquet on every table to increase the beauty of the wedding reception venue. Moreover, the Bouquet of fresh flowers will spread the fragrance, and that will make the atmosphere charming and sentimental.

(4)  Set up a water fountain at the entrance:

To enhance the beauty of the wedding reception venue, you can also set up a water fountain. That will not only increase the beauty of reception but will also create a peaceful environment by its relaxing sounds.

(5)  Glowing heart-shaped balloons:

If you want to make your marriage reception unforgettable, you can inflate the heart-shaped balloons and hang them at the arrival and set focus lights of different colors behind and above the balloons to make them shine. This technique will turn the usual balloons into magic balloons, and your guests will be surprised by viewing this.

(6) Set candles in the walkway:

Setting up candles in the walkway magnifies the charm of the venue and will also guide the guests to their reserved seats. That will add elegance to your wedding decoration and will also create a sentimental environment. That is what will force people to remember your wedding day. 

(7) Hang Honeycomb Balls:

Papercraft is one of the best decorations for the wedding ceremony. There is a variety of artworks, and among them, honeycomb balls are the best match for wedding decoration. You can hang the honeycomb balls from the ceiling or hang them in the walkway with the rope. That will make your house decoration astonishing.

(8)   Set up a Flower Entrance Door: 

To welcome your guests excitedly, you can set up a big entrance gate of artificial or real flowers. That will make your guests feel wondrous. You can also set up focus lights inside them to make the flowers glow.

(9)  Furnish floor with carpets and dance area: 

To make your floor look beautiful, you need to put carpets on the ground according to the wedding theme you choose. That will add some extra beauty to the decoration. But don’t cover all the area with the carpets, instead, make some space free for the dance floor. You can also set lights under the dance floor to make it glowing. That is what people will like the most.

(10) Floating Names of bride and groom:

If you want to give your house decoration a different look, you can blow up the Name alphabets and can float them in the air on the stage. You can also write like William weds Ellen and can float them up in the entrance and at the dance floor as well.

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How to rent a house for wedding

In this era of modernization, everyone wants to select a unique venue for one’s wedding. And renting a house for a wedding venue is an amazing approach. This plan is becoming very familiar yet high-priced. That is like you are getting married into a dream house at an ideal location. The idea of getting married in such a place is gaining prominence too quickly. There are several ways through which you can rent a house for your wedding.

You can contact the dealers or vendors in your local area who deal with wedding estate venues. They will guide you and will let you see the gallery of the venues. You need to look at your favorite location, your gathering, and your budget. The dealers will let you know which venue falls under your resources and space.

But there are some elements you need to remember. You have to schedule a time for the arrival of guests, and you will only be allowed to stay your guests for the said time period.  In case you do not leave the house, you will have to pay extra money for the overtime. Furthermore, if there happens any damage, you will also be charged a hefty amount of money.  That is what you have to avoid to flee from budget overflow.

Another way to get a house for a wedding venue is to rent a home online. There are many websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and event homes, where you can find your desired location.

In the above websites, you need to put the information about the location where you want you to get married, what is the arrival and departure time, how many guests do you have. And the guests will be categorized into how many adults, children, and infants are going to join the ceremony. Furthermore, you will also have to add whether your guests have pets with them or not.

Once you add the information, you will be directed to a page where there will be dozens of available houses in a particular location. And the details like Area of house, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, half bathrooms, and the number of guests who can sleep inside that house.  Furthermore, there will also be the rating of that house and fare per night stay. 

There will also be the information of what are the amenities that you will get staying in there. The amenities include cable, internet, air-conditioning, heating, car parking, telephone, microwave over, dining area, etc.

If we want to add some extra decoration to the venue, you will have to pay some extra amount of money. You also have to give some fee for cleaning the house after you leave the house. In addition to this, you will have to pay sales tax and service fee for the selected venue.

Catering charges will be separate from all those, and you can arrange a caterer yourself, or you can hand this to the same vendor. The price of the catering varies with the wedding theme and the quality of the utensils. If you also want dinner or lunch from the vendor, you will have to pay the charges on per person basis to the vendor.

You can also book your venue in the shape of a package, where you have to propose your venue location only. The vendor will tell you a fixed amount for the whole function following the required number of guests, night stays (it’s optional), and dinner menu. On average, you have to bear the expense of around 30,000 Dollars for rent, dinner, stay, decoration, etc. This amount of money does not include traveling or other expenses of marriage. That is not a pretty much big amount, but still, it will cost you more than a traditional venue.

So, it is up to you what kind of venue you want for the wedding reception, what budget constraints do you have, and how much time do you want to stay at the house you rent.  Mostly, events are given 5 hours’ time limit to execute all the wedding function. And you should try not to exceed the time limit because it may cost you for the over time.

Outdoor Wedding Decorations

Outdoor wedding creates magical look to the wedding and is so natural and less expensive. You can just arrange wedding ceremony in your backyard or lawn. Wedding decoration requires proper planning and management. Mostly summer wedding and spring wedding are more enjoyable when ceremony is held outdoor.

You will feel the difference how beautifully the arrangements are settled.

There is hell of ideas available to decorate outdoor wedding and certain tips how to make it more splendid. Arrange meetings with your event organizer or wedding planner and share your idea about the theme of wedding. Discuss your wedding budget and all other arrangements. Discuss about the view of the location, whether you want to make arrangements on your backyard, beach or on any other location.

You can select the theme like modern, Victorian etc. Colors should be added in the ceremony in such a way that it gives more dramatic look. You can use colorful tulles, flowers with bows and add colorful ribbon to enhance the effects of decoration.

Make right placement for the wedding arch. You can also adjust pool along the walkway.

Adjust gazebo where couple will say their vows. Gazebo can be decorated with tulles, flowers, bows and glittered cloth with ribbon to complement the arrangements. Gazebo is the important part of the outdoor wedding, so more concentrate on the decoration of the gazebo.

Set the proper place for the buffet table. Decorate all tables and chairs with ribbons and flowers or according to your planned theme. Proper arrangement of different tables and chairs defines your complete aesthetic sense.

Decorate reception table with soft silk cloth to give elegant look and use flowers, balloons and candles to decor it. Reception table is of main importance, so decorate it with special attention to bring amazing welcome to the guests.

Use hurricane lamps for the lighten purpose. It will give the dramatic effect to the environment. Cover the food with net to avoid bugs.

You can make your wedding amazing by using different type sparklers, fireworks to create sensational environment. So don’t forget to use sparkler.

Depending upon the timing of day or night, these ornamental items will work fantastic. Outdoor wedding is the best way to celebrate your wedding with nature. Outdoor weddings are becoming more popular nowadays. Because according to theme you can work on your imagination and make it true for that special day. The most important thing is your resource. If you can allocate your resources according to your budget then this is the best way to celebrate the wedding occasion outdoor.