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When you live in old house like I do, remodeling is always a challenge and a surprise. I am currently involved in a major kitchen remodel. Our kitchen like many kitchens, has seen better days. It was installed in the house was built back in 1945 and I'm sure it's has served its previous owners well. However, modern kitchens are large and open. This kitchen, like most kitchens of its era, a small enclosed off. We decided to open the kitchen out by removing part of the wall, removing old tile from the walls, and updating the entire kitchen with new cabinets and appliances.

Our first surprise came when we moved the refrigerator from its current location. The refrigerator sat up on a platform about 1 inch off the kitchen floor. We never gave it much thought and assumed that it had always been like that. When I move the refrigerator and lifted up the old flooring, I discovered why. Plumbing from the sink did not go through the floor to join a drain pipe in the basement. It did, however, run across the floor and under the refrigerator. This required some major engineering to move the drain line for the new sink and dishwasher.

Surprise number two was the ceramic tile on the walls. The ceramic tile wound up not being ceramic tile at all! It was tin tile that was glued to a masonite backing board. The backing board was itself glued to the plaster walls and nailed every eight to 10 inches. So while the tiles came down very easily using just a screwdriver, getting they masonite backing board off the plaster was a nightmare. Not only were the plaster walls full of holes from the nails, big globs of glue was smeared all over the walls. At first I tried sanding. All that did was create a cloud of dust. After two hours of creating dust clouds I had only managed in clearing off a 2' x 2' square area. I talked to a number of contractors who only shook their heads and offered me luck in removing the glue roof tiles suppliers from the walls. Someone suggested I use glue remover but I didn't want the fumes in the house. Someone else suggested a strong scraper but I wasn't strong enough to remove this glue. Finally, someone suggested a heat gun. I was skeptical. How would a little heat gun remove 60 years of hard and glue? Much to my surprise, it worked! Now it didn't work easily. It was still colored tile a lot of hard work, but by working slowly, and steadily, I was able to remove all remnants of glue in about four days.

I hope this tip and technique helps you if you ever encounter a similar situation. I know what I first started removing the glue from the wall, I would get discouraged thinking it would never end. However, by working slowly and steadily, I managed to get a little bit done each and every hour. I took frequent breaks, and went outside for a breather every couple of hours. It didn't help that I was doing this in the middle of summer when the temperature was in the 90s. However with perseverance, this task can be finished easily. And if you do it yourself, you'll save all the money that you would pay contractor to do the exact same thing.

Wall murals make a house unique. They are an easy and inexpensive way to fill your home with scenes that make you happy, metal decorative tiles relaxed, and proud of your home. Then what better inspiration than Tuscany, the sun-soaked, romantic region in Italy?

Tuscan wall murals use smoky taupe, elegant creams, warm browns, tile and marble. Tuscan wall murals look wonderful by stairs or in entryways to create the image of a sprawling Tuscan landscape just outside.

Tuscan wall murals are some of the more difficult murals to create on your own. Rather than simply copying a stencil, you will probably need to blend paints to capture the image of sun warming a Tuscan patio. It will also need to look lifelike so that it fits with your d?cor. A Tuscan wall mural does more than decorate a room?it creates a room.

You can easily find someone who will create a Tuscan wall mural for you. Check your phonebook for professional mural painters. Depending on the complexity color roof tiles and size of the wall, the cost will probably range from around $20 to $100 a square foot. A professional can have the mural completed quickly.

If you choose to make your own mural, you will save money at the expense of time. Expect to pay fewer than five dollars per square foot, but a very large time commitment. A Tuscan wall mural kit can help you plan your mural. Check your local craft, paint, or home improvement store.

You can, however, easily incorporate elements of a Tuscan wall mural on your own. You can easily accent your walls with faux Tuscan tile. Just measure out tile squares with a ruler, and use a sponge and several colors of paint to create the perfect look. Practice coloring your tiles on spare dry wall first. Or use a stencil to paint ivy accents. Use green and blues to help open your space and yellow and reds in Tuscan gardens to warm your walls. Paint architectural elements in neutral creams to blend with the mural and your home.

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