Archives for September 2018

How to Paint Your Front Door, From Start to Finish

Learn what you need to know about this weekend project, such as the best paint to use and the right time to do it

Maybe you want to give your home’s exterior a color makeover. Or you’re ready to paint the front door that bold color you’ve been eyeing. Perhaps it’s time to refresh paint that has faded over time. Regardless of your reason for doing it, painting the front door is an easy and effective way to update and enhance your home’s exterior. It’s a home improvement project that can take a day to finish, won’t cost too much and can be done on your own or with the help of a professional.

Painting the front door is a seasonal project, depending on where you live, as you can’t paint in winter if it’s too cold outside. (Paint cans will state their minimum temperature requirements). You also don’t want it to be too hot, as the paint will be at risk of drying too fast and will be more likely to leave roller or brush marks. “We always try to paint doors when they are in the shade and are cool,” says painting contractor Michael Murray.

Read on for more tips on how to paint the front door.

Determining Your Learning Style

Find out what learning style serves you and use it to your advantage to learn new skills efficiently.  Your learning style is your approach to learning based on your preferences, as well as strengths and weaknesses. Establish your style by following this flowchart, then develop better ways to absorb information.

The Dangers of Biking in the City

Biking is one of the most popular activities worldwide. In fact, in some countries like Denmark, it has become the main vehicle for transportation, surpassing cars and even the subway.

I’ve just put my bike in storage until the spring.

Among people in the US, men are more likely to ride a bike than women. This isn’t the case in northern Europe, where pretty much everyone bikes.

In the US, women claim they’re concerned by their safety and that keeps them from riding more often. Women with children drive around 20% more than men, probably hauling their kids to a myriad of activities: this makes it more difficult to ride a bike. In Denmark, they have those long family bikes, but they’re still a rare occurrence in the US.
Women’s concerns about bike safety are well founded: in 2009 bicyclists deaths represented around 2% of all traffic fatalities.

How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers for Good

First, empty your cabinets and lose what you don’t use. Then follow these steps to keep your kitchen organized

Getting your kitchen storage organized and working well is very satisfying, but it can be hard to know where to begin — especially if you’ve been using your kitchen for a while and are used to its quirks. To help, here’s a quick guide to the best ways to organize your kitchen cabinets and drawers by grouping items by type, storing them near where you use them and getting rid of what you’re not using.

Home Styles From Around the World

I love watching home makeover shows. It’s fascinating to see before-and-afters, but I also enjoy seeing the existing design of a home. I sometimes wonder how architects and interior designers come up with home styles. Today, we’re going to look at 21 house styles from around the world thanks to research from the team at RubberBond.

 

50 Ways To Relax Without Spending Any Money

Compared to previous generations, we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, but there is no doubt that we have developed some bad habits as well. Stress in particular has a huge impact on our bodies and health, and being on our phones all the time can’t help. Regardless of your background, both your home and work environments can be pretty stressful. Finding ways to healthily relax has never been more important than it is now.

8 Pieces of Furniture You’ll Keep Forever

If you’re just starting out in a new place, consider these furniture options that you can take with you to any new home

Investing in furniture for your first home, or anywhere you don’t expect to stay forever, can almost seem like a waste. Why spend money on pieces that might not fit in or go with your dream home down the road? Well, there are some pieces worth investing in as early as you can — furniture that will suit your home right now and that will easily find a place in your next house. Here are eight pieces you shouldn’t hesitate to add to even the smallest starter home.

How 2,000 People Define The American Dream

What does it mean to “make it” in the U.S.? In the land of opportunity, the American dream lives on — but the definition has changed over time.

What You Can Learn From Multi-Billionaire Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is one of the richest men in the world — a net worth of $84 billion is hard to argue with. He’s an inspiration to business owners, entrepreneurs and people who want to succeed. But how did he become so successful, and what can you learn from it? Buffett, who is regularly heralded as the greatest investor of all time, is still plugging along at 87 years old with a list of accomplishments that began when he was only five. Buffet began his first business operation at that time when he bought and sold Chiclets gum for a profit. At 6, he moved on to packs of Juicy Fruit gum, selling them by the stick and making 2 cents per package. He used the same philosophy with six-packs of Coca-Cola, earning 5 cents for each pack he sold.