Planning and Painting of Murals #DIYHome


Basic Techniques for Planning and Painting of Murals

While most paint effects are easy to master following the simple steps, mural painting presents more of a challenge. So there are some general guidelines which should help to galvanize and inspire you. The most common creative ideas that you can apply are those scenes that’s inspire you as a creator.

The most successful murals are those which appear to extend the room’s living space beyond the wall and which make this illusion seem architecturally plausible: elements such as terraces, patios, balconies, flights of garden steps or the continuation of roof beams as if in a conservatory can all be helpful. The perspective of lines of tiles painted on the floor of a pretend patio, for instance, will lead the eye into the mural and, because they are in the foreground, will look like an extension of the real world. If you can match the style of the real floor in the room with the painted floor, so much the better.

If you are embarking on your first mural, a board or screen presents a less daunting “canvas” than a whole wall. It also gives you the option to decide where in the house to place your masterpiece, once it is completed.

Finding the right blank wall to paint is unlikely to be difficult: it usually stares you in the face. Garden walls and patio areas are traditionally popular. A conservatory often has a dominating high wall to which the structure has been added. Long passages and windowless rooms such as bathrooms and toilets are obvious contenders for pretend windows. Recessed alcoves on either side of the mantelpiece in a living room can be turned into interesting focal points. Built-in cupboard doors in bedrooms and on landings are favorite locations. Sky ceilings or beach scenes usually go down well in children’s bedrooms. Because of the humidity it’s inadvisable to hang pictures in bathrooms, so they are strong candidates for murals, particularly seascapes or plant-filled conservatories.

It requires thought to integrate and make sense of existing structural elements such as sloping ceilings, doors and windows. If the window has a distinctive characteristic such as an arch, you can echo the shape in other painted features. On walls where a solitary window or door is positioned off-center or to one side, you have the opportunity to improve the architectural proportions. If you double the shape you will end up with a pair of windows, one painted and the other real. A pair of anything creates a desirable symmetry. The painted window should have a vista to match the real view as far as possible. The same principle could apply in the case of a door. Most doors and windows will not “float” comfortably in a landscape so you need to create walls around them – even a half-crumbling stone wall can look decorative and atmospheric.

You can begin with only the haziest idea of what you would like to achieve, even with an initial doodle on the back of an envelope. You may be inspired by a travel poster or a magazine cutting, or a landscape view found in some classical architectural reference book. At the next stage, you should begin to structure the design to include a foreground, middle-ground and background. It is always a good idea to frame a mural in some way. A framework of trellis and climbing plants placed at the top and a low wall with a row of pots, or a line of grass, at the bottom will make the rest of the scene recede, creating the important illusion of depth.

A useful device which will save you time and energy, and also to improve the authenticity of any mural, is to incorporate some real architectural features in the illusion. Dado rails, moldings, skirting boards, window frames, window shelves, shutters and even hinged windows, preferably without glass for safety, can all be included where possible and appropriate.
As a general rule, begin by painting the wall in off-white vinyl silk emulsion, which is not too absorbent a base for paint effects. On a piece of graph paper, firm up your design and draw it to scale, so that it can be translated easily on to the wall. Then, to scale up the outline design on the wall, simply divide the surface into large squares using a soft pencil and straight edge, then copy the outline shapes, drawing them into the appropriate squares.

It is usually best to paint the sky first, starting with a band of mid-blue at the top of the mural. Thin the paint with water or glaze as you move towards the horizon, as this part of the sky needs to be palest. As a general rule, use pale colors in the distance, and increase color intensity as you move towards the foreground. The brightest and darkest colors need to be kept for images nearest the viewer. When applying color to seas, lakes or distant hills, always use a soft paint effect like stippling or mutton clothing. The nearest hills need a rougher, more distinct texture, which you can achieve with sponging or ragging.
For botch-proof professional success, use stencils to create the important images in the mural. Before painting them, stencil the shapes in several coats of white to obliterate the background colors.

For indoor scenes, once the stencils have been colored in, paint a shadow to one side using an artist’s brush and cold tea (or thinned brown paint). Decide on the direction of the light source first. This should reflect the real light source and to establish its direction, simply place a hand flat against the wall and then move it away a fraction. Note the position of the shadow created by your hand. For outdoor scenes, you can highlight one side of the stenciled shapes with white paint to imitate light.

Home Electrical Safety Inspection Audit #DIYHome


Are You Considering Home Electrical Safety Inspection Audit?

Have you conducted an audit of the connections, cords, gadgets (aside from major appliances), and other electrical equipment in your home? If not, such an audit is virtually a must. Usually, a male person can do these things; husband, brother or other experienced person.

You can start checking all lighting, including bulbs and sockets, all cords and extension cords, and all TV or audio equipment. Bulbs with wattages too high for the size of a fixture may overheat and cause a fire, so you should replace oversized bulbs with others of appropriate wattages. If the correct wattage is not indicated, use a bulb no larger than 60 watts.

Make sure all electrical cords are placed out of traffic areas so that people will not trip or fall over them. Stepping on cords can damage them, too, and produce fire hazards. Also check to make sure that cords do not have furniture resting on them. Cords should not be frayed, should not be wrapped around themselves or any object, and should never be attached to walls with nails or staples.

Extension cords should be equipped with safety covers and should never be expected to carry more than their proper loads. Both the cord and the electrical device will normally have electrical ratings.
Wall outlets and switches call for special attention. Whether they are in use or not, the same basic safety rules apply. All switches and wall outlets should be checked to make sure they are working properly and fixed if they are not. You can test them by touching: an unusually warm outlet or switch may indicate an unsafe wiring condition. Plugs should fit into outlets snugly, and all outlets should have face plates so that no wiring is exposed.

Kitchen countertop appliances like TVs, radios, and other home entertainment equipment, should be placed so that they remain dry. If they give off heat, as does a toaster, they should have some space to “breathe.” Countertop appliances should be unplugged when not in use.
Cords for countertop appliances are critically important. These should never be placed so that they can come into contact with hot surfaces; this applies especially to cords around toasters, ovens, and ranges. The same rule holds where water or wet surfaces are concerned.

Because ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) can prevent many electrocution authorities recommends that all countertop outlets be equipped with them. They should also be used in bathrooms and other areas where there is a risk of electrical shock. Test your GFCIs regularly in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions.

Other electrical appliances and equipment require other kinds of safety care. These items can include hair dryers, curling irons, and electric blankets.

A universal rule is that such devices be unplugged when not in use. Plugged in and allowed to fall into water, they can cause an electrocution. They should also be in good operating condition, with no damaged wiring or other parts.

Do not use portable electric heaters in the bathroom or other rooms where they may come into contact with water. Keep any use of electrical devices or appliances in such rooms to a minimum.

Basement, garage, and workshop power tools and outlets constitute another extremely important area of safety concern. Power tools should have three-pronged plugs to indicate that they are double insulated. These plugs reduce the risk of electric shock.

Check your fuse box or circuit breaker. A fuse of the wrong size can present a fire hazard. If you do not know what sizes are correct, an electrician can tell you. Your circuit breakers should be “exercised” periodically if they are to remain in good working order. This procedure is simple: (1) Turn off your freezer, refrigerator, and air conditioner. (2) Flip each circuit breaker off and on three times. (3) Turn the appliances back on. Repeat this routine at least once a year. Also check the GFCIs on your basement, garage, or workshop equipment to make sure they are working properly.

Receptacles located outdoors represent a final stage in your electrical audit.

These receptacles or outlets should have waterproof covers that keep water out and prevent malfunctions. The covers should be closed when not in use. If your home has no GFCIs on outside receptacles, you should have them installed.

As regards to electric lawn mowers and other electric garden tools and appliances, the basic rules of safety apply. But remember: extension cords used outside should be specifically designed for such use, or you may be risking a fire or a serious shock.

Rules should always apply with regards to electrical safety: if you can afford to hire an electrician, the better. If you are in doubt, consult an experienced person. If you don’t have any knowledge of these things at home, learn with the experts or self-study with guides. Remember: this is very important to ensure the safety of your family; also, to prevent accidents, fire, damages and human lives.

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Home Decors #DIYHome


Decorating our homes and making them personal has become a pleasurable pastime for many. Transforming the “not-so-pretty” into something gorgeous is surprisingly simple and lots of fun, and can result in a great source of pride. Lots of media will introduce you to many exciting techniques that are not only easy to achieve but fun and beautiful as well.

Using ordinary latex paints and easy to find tools and supplies, you can create a variety of textured finishes and faux finishes for walls, floors, ceilings and furniture.

Learning some DIY techniques, you can create the look of stone, wood graining, wood inlay, marble, plus ragged, sponged, and brush textured finishes. The appearance of age and wear can be added almost instantly with crackling, aged plaster, antiquing, distressing, and spattering.

You can learn how simple techniques such as stenciling, stamping, and design painting can be used to give walls and furniture a professional look.

Painted illusions can be extraordinarily effective, decorative and fun to execute. Let’s not pretend it will always last as long or feel the same, but if the real thing is too expensive, the likelihood is that you can fake it with paint. Faux painting can be more beautiful than real thing in some cases.

Another big bonus in favor of faux decors is saving work and money but it can give a true-to-life effect to your rooms, walls, ceilings, and floors.

The room and furniture projects, wide range of decorating styles, and other techniques that you can study; from supplies and tools needed, take photographs before decorating and making step-by-step details of the work in progress. Some decors needed design patterns, cutting your own stencils and painted designs.

So, be determined to make your house, your own by creating one-of-a kind interiors.

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