The Benefits Of Having A Gym At Home

It seems that there are more people nowadays that are concerned about being healthy and fit. Going to the gym is one thing that many people have written on their list as one of their main goals. Generally the majority of the people that have this goal don’t commit to it for various different reasons.

Some people simply don’t want to get out of the house to drive to the gym every day to work out. With the busy lives that many of us have it would be much easier to have an in-home gym. There are so many different advantages nowadays to having a gym in the home.

The Benefits Of Having A Gym At Home

The Benefits Of Having A Gym At Home

Owning a home only adds to the benefit of being able to have the opportunity to have a spare room for gym equipment. You can stay fit while at home and not have to worry about going out or have people stare at you while working out if that is something that tends to ponder your mind.

You will have to be committed to buying your own gym equipment though, so make sure you save up some money so that you can buy high quality equipment. The good time to invest in this type of equipment is when you receive income tax money.

Although many gyms operate 24 hours, you won’t have to worry about paying a member ship fee to join a gym or have to share it with hundreds of other people when you have a gym in your home already. You will have the ability to choose to workout whenever you want without having to make that extra drive to the gym.

Another thing to take note of is that you will be able to purchase fitness equipment that will meet the standards that you have for losing weight or toning up in certain areas of your body. So if you’re seeking to shed some fat in your stomach then you could purchase a treadmill, or if you want to work on your stomach and your legs then you might be interested in buying a rowing machine.

Looking online at websites such as will allow you to read and research on some of the best rowing machines for your home in 2106. Buying quality workout equipment is very important as well; especially if you plan on using the equipment for many years to come.

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Dec 28th, 2015 | Filed under Furniture 101

Kitchen Furniture for the Outdoors

One of the best things about living in a technologically advanced time such as this is the fact that you can do just about anything. Not too long ago, cooking outside required you to take the small grill and load it up with charcoal, waiting while it heated up just so you could throw a couple burgers on.

These days, however, you can have an entire kitchen sitting on your back patio to make cooking out an everyday event, and still save time. You can have everything from a high tech gas grill to a fridge or masticating juicer sitting out there to keep things cool.

Kitchen Furniture for the Outdoors

Kitchen Furniture for the Outdoors

There are a few steps that you might need to work through in order to get your outdoor kitchen up and running. The first thing you should do is sit down and plan out exactly what you are going to need. Make two lists of the things you want and the things you can actually afford to do.

This will help you in the realization of your outdoor kitchen and allow you to plan ahead when you have the money to expand. You can also draw up plans of the design you would like to have as well. This will help you in seeing the amount of space you will need.

You are, then, going to need to find the location of your outdoor kitchen. Remember that you can place it anywhere, but you will need to have certain things like electric outlets for appliances within easy reach. You should keep it close to the house, or even off the main kitchen, so that you can have that much needed extra space when you have company over. Your budget will also be a main factor in what kind of outdoor kitchen you have, so don’t forget about that.

Don’t forget that any outdoor kitchen is going to have a grill. These grills can be made for all kinds of materials. Modern gas grills are great time savers as you just turn them on and cook, but nothing beats the taste from a traditional charcoal grill. So, decide which way you are going to want to go with your food. It’s all up to your imagination and needs.

Dec 21st, 2015 | Filed under Furniture 101

How to Paint and Varnish Wooden Floors

A wooden floor makes an attractive feature in itself, but it can take on a whole new dimension when you experiment with colorful paints, stains, waxes and varnishes. Bare floorboards in pristine condition cry out for innovative treatment. If you prefer traditional treatments, look at oak, mahogany, or beech stains coupled with varnish or a clear wax finish.

Essential preparation
Prepare the surface by vacuuming up all traces of dust, then clean the boards with a lint-free cloth moistened with white spirit (paint thinner). If the boards are already painted or varnished, the floor will need sanding. A hardboard floor will look more attractive with a painted finish. Use a primer first, then apply two coats of paint. Allow each to dry thoroughly, sand lightly and finish off with two coats of varnish.

Wooden Floors

Wooden Floors

The most important rule when treating a floor is not to paint yourself into a corner. Start at the corner farthest from the door, then work back toward the doorway so that you can make a safe exit while the floor dries.

Limed boards
Liming is an easy technique and a good one for beginners to try. It can be used ill conjunction with colorwashing – the colorwash goes on first, then the liming paste – to produce an effect known as pickling.

Strip back any worn or grimy floorboards and apply a coat of shellac to seal the wood. Allow the shellac to dry, then use a wire brush to expose the grains and provide a good surface for the liming paste.

For a very attractive finish, try using pastel shades such as pale green or blue for the background color.

Wood dyes
For modern schemes, consider colorful wood dyes. These must be applied to a clean, sound, grease-free surface. If the preparation is not thorough, the result will be patchy and unattractive. Wood dyes penetrate deep into timber, but they do not provide a protective surface and must be sealed after application.

It is advisable to test the dye on a similar piece of wood before you start work on the floor as the dye will give varying results on different woods and can change significantly as fresh coats are applied. Finish the test with a coat of varnish.

If you are happy with the finish, apply the dye with a 100mm (4in) brush in the direction of the grain, working rapidly so that hard edges do not spoil the effect. Alternatively, you could use a soft cloth.

Wood stains
These do have a protective function and come in a wide choice of colors, in water- and solvent-based versions. The former dry more quickly, but this may not be an advantage when covering large areas, as patchy sections could develop. When staining a newly stripped floor, seal the surface with a thinned polyurethane varnish first.

Use a brush to apply up to three coats of stain, using the product sparingly and working with the grain. If, at some point in the future, you wish to over-paint a stained floor, you will need to strip the surface back to bare wood, then apply a primer and undercoat.

Floor paints
Specially formulated floor paints give a particularly durable finish, but m practice, many ordinary paints will suffice. The latter will need one or two coats of varnish to protect the surface. Although paint will conceal the natural grain of the wood, it can produce an attractive, hardwearing finish, which requires less preparation time as floors do not need to be stripped back to bare wood, although they must be clean and grease-free.

These are available in oil- and water-based versions, and in satin, gloss and matt (flat) finishes. Colored varieties, a mixture of stain and varnish, give you the option of transforming pale floorboards into a rich spectrum of colors, ranging from light honey pine to deep mahogany.

If you are applying a solvent-based product, ensure that the room is well ventilated. Stir the varnish well and use a wide brush to apply it. Apply a minimum of three coats. Rub the floor down with a fine abrasive paper before applying the final coat of varnish. On the minus side, varnish will crack with time. Every two or three years, you will need to sand the floor back to bare wood and treat the boards again.

Practical tips

– Colors that work well in wood washes and stains include yellow ochre, blue, Indian red, violet cream and pale green.
– If you use a solution of artist’s oil paint and white spirit (paint thinner) to make up a thin wash, make sure you only use a small amount of oil paint, as the pigment produces intensely strong colors.

This post was written by Tom, who is the owner of the best vacuum cleaners 2016 blog.

Dec 16th, 2015 | Filed under Home Improvement